A look at the book from Global Communications: “Underground Alien Bio Lab at Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers”
The story of Paul Bennewitz is one of the sadder ones in all of Ufology. He seems to have been a victim from the very beginning, though he was not victimized by the aliens he came to believe in but rather the shadowy finagling of a government to whom he mistakenly gave his trust.
Bennewitz’s experience, as related in a book on his struggle called “Underground Alien Bio Lab at Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers,” by Timothy Green Beckley and Christa Tilton, started in 1979. The twisted trail that is the story of Bennewitz took many bizarre turns on its path to UFO and conspiracy theory legend. One of the more mysterious places it led to is the tiny New Mexico town of Dulce, located not far from the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. For my own contribution to the abovementioned book, I spoke to some researchers about the strange rumors continually floating around Dulce, which together form one of the most interesting enigmas of the present age.
Perhaps the most vocal and visible expert on the Dulce mysteries is Norio Hayakawa, who has written many articles on the subject and appeared numerous times on radio and television programs dealing with the town.
“Dulce, New Mexico,” Hayakawa said, “is a location filled with mysteries that are still ongoing. I believe it is far more interesting than Roswell. Yes, Roswell was significant in that it is the alleged location of the crash of extraterrestrial vehicles in 1947, but, you know, that was it. But Dulce is something different. It is an ongoing thing that is taking place.
“Not only that,” Hayakawa continued, “but Dulce has the highest percentage per population of UFO sightings. This is a fact. Almost the entire town of Dulce, which has a population of about 2,600 now, almost the entire population has experienced a sighting of strange objects in the past 30 years. This is the highest percentage of any community in the United States.”
But back to Bennewitz. The story goes that Bennewitz was a scientist living near Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1979, he began to observe the flights of mysterious objects from his home, which was also adjacent to the Monzano Storage Area, the country’s largest underground nuclear storage facility, as well as the Coyote Canyon Test Range.
“Albuquerque is very significant,” Hayakawa said, “because it is where German scientists were first transferred in 1945, immediately after World War II, through the Operation Paperclip Program in which the U.S. brought into the country not only scientists from Germany but also many skilled intelligence officers.”
Bennewitz began to film and attempt to report on the strange aerial activity he was witnessing, which immediately drew the interest of the government. One theory is that the bewildered scientist was seeing test flights of what are called “UAVs,” or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, pilot-less aircraft that are remotely controlled either on the ground or programmed by onboard computer systems. Whatever the secret flights involved, the government did not want Bennewitz to know the truth.
Apparently, so the story goes, the government brainwashed Bennewitz into believing that he was witnessing a flight of alien discs over Kirtland Air Force Base. Bennewitz received a message somehow, either by radio or over his computer, saying that there is a secret base 150 miles north of Albuquerque in the mountains. Bennewitz was provided with the exact coordinates of this alien base, which of course turned out to be Dulce.
Bennewitz was never able to prove either the existence of aliens over Kirtland or the government’s manipulations of his attempt to document the mysterious overflights. He sank deeper and deeper into an increasingly paranoid frame of mind, unable to cope with the bizarre scenario in which he had been ensnared.
In the years before his death in 2003, he corresponded with a woman named Christa Tilton, an alien abductee who was conducting research into UFOs in an attempt to understand her own experiences with what she felt may have been government agents posing as extraterrestrials. A reprint of her manuscript about her dealings with Bennewitz is included herein, as well as photocopies of newspaper articles that dealt with Bennewitz and other witnesses to the strange craft. The book also reproduces letters exchanged with local law enforcement officials, who totally pooh-poohed any inquiries into the alien rumors around Dulce.
It all coalesces into a very complicated story that leaves one with more questions than answers, but Tilton and the other writers do their utmost to bring some order to the general chaos. For instance, the book offers a lengthy interview with Thomas Costello, who claims to have been employed as a security guard at an underground facility in Dulce. Costello talks at length about interacting with aliens far below the surface and some of the protocols the humans and aliens were required to observe. Costello would sometimes be forced to intervene if a human wandered out of the zones where earthlings were permitted and had to try to smooth things over when an alien felt a human had crossed some kind of agreed upon line.
The interview with Costello, conducted by a writer named Bruce Walton (who also appears under the pseudonym Branton), is fraught with the kind of detailed information about day-to-day human and alien interaction that would seem to be very difficult to conjure out of nothing. Costello died about a year after the interview was conducted, a questionable case of suicide.
In addition, the book includes a report by Dr. Michael Salla in which he attempts to understand the Bennewitz/Dulce story based on primary sources as opposed to secondhand information and hearsay.
“Was Bennewitz just an overzealous UFO researcher,” Salla asks, “that accidentally tapped into highly classified Air Force research and development projects? Or was he an electronics genius who single-handedly uncovered the existence of a joint U.S. government/ET underground base where ETs conducted gross human rights violations on abducted civilians? Seeking clear answers to these questions has spurred a number of books, articles and internet websites. A more scholarly effort of analyzing the primary source material available on Dulce is needed to help answer key questions about the alleged base at Dulce.”
And just what would that primary source material be? Salla said he started by reviewing whistleblower testimonies that would seem to support Bennewitz as well as analyzing current government whistleblower protection laws. The long and tangled path was not made much clearer, but at least a sensible effort to solve the mystery in real world terms was underway.
There is no easy way to answer the question of “Who can we believe?” Two different government disinformation agents, Richard Doty and William Moore, have both publicly confessed on more than one occasion to feeding disinformation to Bennewitz designed to throw him off the scent of what he had uncovered and documented about Kirtland Air Force Base and Dulce. As stated previously, Bennewitz began to grow increasingly paranoid as a result of their efforts at brainwashing him.
Writer Leslie Gunter contributes a report on Bennewitz to the book in which she firmly declares, “Still, Paul Bennewitz was not a complete nut. The signals he was receiving were real signals and Doty says the National Security Agency, who had their own offices at the base, were doing the sending and receiving. Doty was eventually replaced by NSA agents who wanted to make sure Bennewitz discredited himself by spreading wild stories about UFOs. They also wanted to keep an eye on him to make sure that he wasn’t sharing his method of intercepting these signals with Soviet spies posing as UFO enthusiasts.”
The pattern of deception extended to the cattle mutilations around Dulce, which the NSA wanted Bennewitz to continue to blame on the alien presence in the area. They also installed some fake air shafts in Dulce that Bennewitz was intended to believe served the underground base below. Sorting through the lies and manipulation, as Dr. Salla seeks to do, would seem a daunting task to say the least.
“In 1988,” Gunter writes, “after eight years of constant stress and lack of sleep, Paul Bennewitz had to be taken to a mental hospital. His paranoia had reached an all-time high and he had pretty much barricaded himself in his home. He was hardly eating or sleeping and was sure aliens were coming into his home late at night and injecting him with strange chemicals.”
Gunter credits Bennewitz with being the first to state that the alien abductors were inserting implants into their abductees, though Bennewitz felt the implants were some method of mind control as opposed to the more popular theory that they serve as a kind of tracking device that keeps the whereabouts of abductees easy to locate. Bennewitz did show others the needle marks left behind after the alleged alien injections, but it was never certain whether the marks were self-inflicted or were in fact made in the way he claimed.
But leaving aside the story of Bennewitz’s personal struggles, his revelations about the underground base at Dulce were nothing short of spectacular. The rumors that have circulated since then are full of nightmare scenarios like huge vats of human and animal body parts used in genetic experiments, perhaps in further efforts to create an alien-human hybrid species or an even stranger chimera that is part human and part animal. One expert says the government and the aliens may be working to create a “perfect soldier,” one that is capable of fearlessness and obedience beyond that of the normal GI grunt. There is the case of a female abductee who claimed that she was in one of the lower sections of Dulce when an alien walked right through the wall and raped her. That kind of forced copulation may also be a component of the genetics experimentation said to take place in Dulce, the goal being to impregnate the human female with an alien seed and see what is produced, a scenario already familiar from other stories of alien abduction.
For my part of the book, I also spoke to Bill Birnes, the former publisher of the now-defunct “UFO Magazine” and the team leader on the also defunct History Channel program “UFO Hunters.” Birnes said that one possibility about what’s happening at Dulce may be experiments with various virulent diseases and certain kinds of bacteria. Most of the land there is owned by the government, specifically the Bureau of Land Management, and the base may also lease some of the land from the nearby Indian reservation.
The government could be researching mad cow disease and its penetration into the American beef supply, which may account for some of the cattle mutilations in the area. The secrecy could have something to do with keeping the mad cow problem from panicking an already jittery public. They may also be using cattle to determine how much the ground was penetrated by nuclear fallout following the atomic testing in the last century.
When asked about the “alien stuff,” Birnes replied, “Quite frankly, I can understand the alien hypothesis. I really do believe that there are areas where aliens and humans are working together, such as Area 51 and S-4. But whether Dulce is indeed that kind of base or not, everything we’ve seen – when you talk to Norio Hayakawa, when you talk to Gabe Valdez, a New Mexico state trooper, they really discount the alien connection and talk more about the New World Order. But I mean, the base is top secret, and there are serious things happening at the base. But whether it’s because of aliens or because the aliens are a very convenient cover for even more dastardly things going on there – which I can’t tell you.”
While Birnes obviously has his doubts about an alien presence in Dulce, he did relate an interesting story about what has come to be called the “Firefight at Dulce.”
“The story goes that all the way back in the 1980s,” he said, “the extraterrestrials were giving a lecture to some scientists. In that demonstration, a lot of the scientists were getting sick because of what the aliens were doing. So some of our military guards, who were prohibited from entering the area and prohibited from carrying any kind of weapons into that area, suddenly burst in to protect the scientists.
“And the aliens reacted,” Birnes continued, “by basically turning their weapons on the security guards, killing them. Some aliens were killed and some scientists were killed. And supposedly we all worked very hard to try to patch it together so there wouldn’t be any more incidents like that.”
Which brings us back to Paul Bennewitz. Was he just another casualty in a war zone of alien and government conflict? Did he cross some line of knowing that upset the powers that be, again powers that are both human and alien? While these questions cannot presently be answered, and may in fact never be answered, reading “Underground Alien Bio Lab At Dulce: The Bennewitz UFO Papers” will at least bring the curious reader up to speed on the ongoing discussion and the seemingly unending tug of war about the truth. Whether we’re dealing with human beings and/or an alien contingent, they all seem to be playing this game for keeps.
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