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BoA : Audio continues our conversation with Nick Redfern, recorded on 4.2.2006. In this second installment, we talk about UK Ufology, what it was like for Nick to be watched by the UK government, Ufology in general, his previous book, the controversial "Bodysnatchers in the Desert" and the estoeric fall-out, Serpo, cryptozoology, and much more.
Full Preview : We begin by discussing the adventures of Nick Pope, former head of the British equivalent of Project Blue Book, and how he translates from officialdom to UFO research and the strange events that happened along the way. The evolution of the British equivalent to the US's Freedom of Information Act. Nick talks about The Phantom Helicopter wave in the UK from the early 1970's. He also tells the story of how UK Ufologist Matthew Williams got wrapped up in a bogus crop circle story.
Fringe elements of Ufology that have drawn the attention of UK officials, including a bizarre story of animal mutilations at a zoo. binnall asks Nick Redfern about Bigfoot in the UK.
We move on to discuss what it was like for Nick, personally, to be monitored by the "powers that be". Nick gives a fascinating example of the type of stuff that happened to him while he was being "watched". Is it possible that the government's excuse of "subversive hunting" actually a disinformation campaign ?
Can present day Ufologists find out if they have an FBI file ? Do they ? What about deceased Ufologists, how accessible are their FBI files ? Based on his research, what is going on with the UFO phenomenon and what does Nick Redfern think the government knows. Is there a core group within government that knows the true nature of the UFO phenemenon ?
We discuss "Bodysnatchers in the Desert", Nick Redfern's book that came out last year and the furor that resulted in Ufology over its alternative view of Roswell. Nick shares any new information that has come out since the book came out. Towards the end of the interview, we discuss the Serpo story and Nick gives his opinion on it. We wrap it up with Nick's idea of where he sees Ufology going in the future and a tantalizing preview of some upcoming projects from him.
Nick Redfern is one of the world’s foremost authorities on UFOS. His previous books include A Covert Agenda; The FBI Files; Cosmic Crashes; Strange Secrets (with Andy Roberts); Three Men Seeking Monsters; and Body Snatchers in the Desert. He has written for Military Illustrated; Eye Spy; Fate; Fortean Times; Phenomena Magazine; and the London Daily Express newspaper. He runs the American office of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology.
His website is www.nickredfern.com.