Book Review: The NASA Conspiracies
Written By: Paranormal News
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With all of the conspiracy books cropping up year after year, it’s nice to read one that contains non-regurgitated material. Thankfully, The NASA Conspiracies by Nick Redfern seems both up to date as well as unique in its own ways. Sometimes citing cases that remind one of John Keel, (Bigfoot with a tracking device recovered by NASA, anyone?) this book is a welcomed addition to both the serious conspiracy researcher and enthusiast alike.
What I generally look for in a conspiracy work is not necessarily an excruciatingly painful attention to detail (although this is obviously important), but a fresh take on off-kilter topics, and Redfern provides that in quite a few chapters. One of my favourite passages in this book, for instance, is on page 127 where Redfern states, "There is an acceptance on the part of many people (probably an unconscious one) that any visiting extraterrestrial entities to our world are going to be nearly omnipotent in nature. As this chapter’s revelations and documentation concerning NASA and crashed UFOs would seem to indicate, however, neither our alien visitors nor their craft are apparently infallible." After reading this, I nodded in agreement, recalling Michio Kaku’s Sci-Fi Science series where he dedicates a whole episode proclaiming that if aliens do exist, they would quickly obliterate us. Obviously, there are some (hello, Nick) who have in their files grounds to disagree.
In addition to providing a fresh perspective, Redfern is also quick to illustrate certain oddities without completely jumping on the fringe-belief bandwagon as well. As an example, in ’Space Shuttle Sabotage’, Redfern looks in to conspiracies concerning the Challenger disaster in 1986 and points out how, although he doesn’t quite support the conclusions reached by the Fox Mulder wannabes involved in the research, they still have been able to find bizarre coincidences with no explanation. I was particularly impressed by Nick’s reasoning here, just as I was impressed by some of his communications in the book with abduction experiencers who seem to portray question marks above their heads more so than full-blown “I have been sent by the lords of the Anunnaki" delusions of grandeur. Many honest people just don’t know what has happened to them or what they have seen, just as many people in the government don’t seem to know what is happening out there, either. Is there anyone who does know? That curly punctuation mark demands an answer.
Another story Redfern provides in his book highlights this honest confusion: a former New York Police officer named “John" relayed to Nick that he was employed in 1971 to work as a custodian to historical documents at Area 51 for one year only, told that the pay would be good, and if he successfully fulfilled his duties (presumably by not tell anyone about them) that his future career prospects would be fantastic, which they were. The documents he handled were all written between the dates of 1943 to 1968 concerning UFOs, and upon completing the program, John couldn’t make up his mind if what he been hired to do was a ’test’ of loyalty more so than dealing with legitimate documents. Why, for instance, hire someone with no experience to be a custodian for one year only? Why not hire someone full time, for good, who would make it his lifelong work? Questions linger in John’s mind to this day.
Most conspiracy researchers generally take ownership of one or two of their topics, but I didn’t really get this impression from Redfern throughout the book, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Yes, the chapters in one way or another relate to NASA involvement with recovered and/or covered up information concerning alien beings, artifacts, and technology, but after reading it, I felt he was just passing on information that he had been exposed to as opposed to attempting to write a deductive or inductive argument concerning what it all might mean. Although the back flap of the book does say that the Space Agency’s doors have been blown open, after reading the book, you realize dumbly that the doors remain closed as they probably always will, leaving question marks above everyone’s head which continue to have the same function as they do in World of Warcraft—point the way , but reveal very little. Although we don’t live in Azeroth, we do live somewhere in the universe that is very special to us--and perhaps to a countless number of other alien races as well. We have questions, we want answers, but none of those given to us truly satisfy.
In conclusion, The NASA Conspiracies was a great read that took me away from constantly having to deal with the Lich King’s antics. Having said that, I must now go and slay some more monsters in preparation for The Inevitable--which is probably documented underneath all that governmental black ink, mind you. I may not know precisely what those documents say, but I am sure it requires me to be at least level 80. Time’s a luxury that we might not always have--a full-blown cataclysm of cosmic, fiery proportions could be just around the corner.