Reflections in a Demon Haunted World
By John Wood
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins.” H.L. Menken
The idea that the UFO phenomenon could be one of these hobgoblins is based on a number of factors. First and foremost, major waves of UFO activity are often conveniently well synchronised in time and place to serve as diversions from economic or political crises or major “restructuring” – China currently, Mexico in the 90’s, the U.S. in the 80’s, Spain and Iran in the 70’s, etc.
Secondly, the apparent interest of the military and especially intelligence agencies in ufology – ranging from the contacts certain writers claim to have in the world of intelligence to the infiltration and surveillance of UFO groups by State assets (as seems to have been the case recently in UK ufology 1). This pattern of State interest would seem to make no sense if the authorities were really trying to cover up real alien contact. But if the idea is to promote the E.T. hypothesis in people’s minds, without having to offer scientific evidence (as would be necessary if governments were to claim alien contact openly) it all makes perfect sense.
And finally a third category of support can be found in a close study of certain well-publicised cases. It seems to me that the accounts of certain witnesses indicate that they were subjected to pre-planned ‘Psy-Ops’ designed to instil a certain view of events.
The famous (or infamous) Roswell crash of 1947 is a clear example of this, in particular the account of assistant mortician Glenn Dennis. On 5th July 1947, Dennis received a phone call from Roswell Airbase enquiring as to the availability of 3-4 foot long caskets. “Just for information,” he was told.
About an hour later, the Base Mortuary Officer called back, assuring him that there had been no crash, asked him how to handle bodies that had been out in the desert. (The U.S.A.A.F. of course, with World War 2 over for nearly two years, knew nothing of such matters. Neither did it know anyone who did. The best it could do was to ask the local 23-year-old assistant mortician).
Later that same day, Dennis just happened to have to take an ‘injured’ airman back to the airfield. There, he saw some wreckage in a truck that by pure coincidence was parked at the back of the hospital. Inside, in the lounge, a nurse of his acquaintance warned him to leave at once, but it was too late. An officer spotted him, asked what he was doing there and, dissatisfied with his answer had him ejected. For good measure he was dragged back, insulted, informed that he hadn’t seen anything and then threatened with death if he didn’t keep his mouth shut. (Just the treatment to make someone forget something.)
Dennis was later to date his “nurse” friend (his idea of course, or was it?) and she told him a horrific tale of an autopsy on three strange beings, so traumatic that she went into deep shock and had to excuse herself. This performance impressed Glenn so much that he decided that she must be telling the truth or else she was “a brilliant actress.”
[PICTURE: Marilyn Monroe on a morale boosting tour of a US military base]
(“There is something theatrical about the UFO phenomenon, I can’t quite put my finger on.”—Linda Moulton Howe)
The nurse abruptly disappeared from Glenn’s life. It seems she was transferred to England where she died in an air crash, or so he was told. Like most ufological anecdotes, his tale cannot be proven or disproved. Perhaps he was/is simply a romancer, jumping on the Roswell bandwagon for fun and fifteen minutes of fame. Yet even a pathological liar would be hard pressed to invent a more implausible series of events. Apparently, in a short space of time he was flattered by the U.S. Air Force asking his professional advice, insulted and threatened with death and finally taken into the confidence of a beautiful young lady in distress.
Could it be that here was a young man having his psychological buttons well and truly pushed?
Glenn Dennis has related what happened to him, as far as he can remember, and it’s hardly an episode that most of us would forget in a hurry. Which begs the question: if there never was a nurse Naomi Maria Sief (as Glenn Dennis’s nurse was supposedly called), then somebody had to play her and where would the Psychological Warfare Division a suitable unknown but ambitious young actress and who was she? The obvious place to look would be Hollywood, which had thousands of them and where the military had built up a great deal of influence during the war. Moreover it would be helpful if it were someone with whom supposedly called), where would the Psychological Warfare Division find a suitable unknown but ambitious young actress and who was she?
The obvious place to look would be Hollywood, which had thousands of them and where the military had built up a great deal of influence during the war. Moreover it would be helpful if it were someone with whom they had previous contact, so that reasonable security checks could be made. She would also have to be young enough to interest Glenn Dennis but old enough to have sufficient nursing experience to pass as a credible choice to attend an autopsy. In addition a knowledge of anatomy would be useful, or at least a willingness to learn her Tibias from her Fibias. Was there such a person in Hollywood in 1947?
There certainly was.
“In autumn 1943…(she) took a job at Radio Plane, a plant producing aircraft used for target practice. She inspected parachutes and sprayed fuselages. Private David Conover was an army photographer attached to the armed forces motion picture unit (i.e. a propaganda unit.} His commanding officer was Captain Ronald Reagan. His mission at Radio Plane was ‘to take morale raising shots of pretty girls for Yank magazine.’ Conover recalls that he was struck by (her) photogenic quality and persuaded her to pose for him.”
(So she was on file 3-4 years before Roswell.)
“In 1947, divorced and without a contract, (she) lived quietly at the studio club. She read voraciously, rarely went out, and laboured to ‘improve’ herself.” (Just the sort of lifestyle to allow her to slip away for a few days to, say, New Mexico, without being noticed.)
“(She) studied ‘De Humani Corporis Fabrica,’ an account of the human anatomy by Andreas Vesalius; she marked it up in detail and even at the end of her life would still instruct young friends with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the human bone structure.”(1)
Now, if you were casting for the role of the Roswell nurse wouldn’t this seem a likely lass?
All of which begs the question: why did she do it? Well apart from the fact that she needed the money and any ‘patriotic’ notions, the military could pull many strings in post-war Hollywood. By doing them favours, Marilyn would be doing her career no harm at all; even in terms of her own self confidence, having them on her side would give her an edge in Hollywood’s competitive jungle.
For its part, the Military/Intelligence complex would have a great interest in acquiring well placed assets in the movie world; in order to help secure it as a means of manipulating public opinion and to help eliminate any ‘subversive’ influences.
In fact a great deal of Marilyn’s future life and career and even her death fits perfectly with a role in intelligence. Admittedly the idea of Marilyn Monroe, ‘super-spook,’ may simply sound like a bad film script; particularly when we think of the qualities needed in an intelligence asset such as anonymity and inconspicuousness. After all few people could have been more famous and conspicuous than Monroe at her peak.
Yet her very fame in the 50’s and early 60’s would have given her access to a variety of powerful and important people, more so than an ordinary agent. How many men, especially, would have passed up the opportunity to talk to Marilyn? Once they did, their defences lulled by her ‘Dumb Blonde’ screen image and perhaps drink, distracted by her physical appearance and flattered by the interest she was taking in them and their affairs – anyone’s tongue might be loosened and they would tell her things that they would tell few others.
An example of this occurred a few months before her death: “On February 1, 1962, Monroe met Robert Kennedy for the first time, at a dinner party in the Lawford house. Later that night the actress was to tell a friend, the two of them talked alone in the den. In characteristic fashion, she had prepared questions of topical interest and asked whether it was true that (F.B.I. Director) J. Edgar Hoover might soon be fired. Robert replied that ‘he and the President didn’t feel strong enough to do so, though they wanted to.’” (Emphasis added) (2)
How many people, other than Marilyn, would Kennedy have been so frank with on their first meeting? This would have been of great interest not only to Hoover himself (who had the house bugged) but also to the C.I.A. Chiefs engaged in their own intrigues. How many others, over the years, responded similarly to Marilyn and her innocent little questions? If the C.I.A. were not using her, they were surely missing a trick.
Through her marriage to the ‘leftist’ playwright Arthur Miller, Monroe had gained access to leftwing political circles. Her staunch public loyalty to him when he was investigated by the ‘Un-American Activities’ Committee – seemingly at risk to her own career -- no doubt earned her the trust of many people and again the idea of such a star being a spy? It simply sounds to ridiculous to believe.
“Foreign affairs, after all, are the C.I.A.’s assigned sphere of operations. But the agency’s liberation campaigns were never confined to overseas operations or even to immigrant communities in this country. (The U.S. Ed). Instead, they became a component of the agency’s larger domestic political agenda. The C.I.A. combined the émigrés liberation efforts with other agency programs of even larger scope, such as the manipulation of mainstream U.S. media, direct propaganda broadcasting in this country through the Crusade for Freedom and other C.I.A. financed radio shows, surveillance and harassment of opponents, careful sculpting of academic and scholarly research programs, aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill, and penetration of the senior leadership of trade unions, corporations, religious groups and even student organisations.” (Emphasis added). (3)
Viewed in this light, the possibility of someone like Monroe, with her with circle of acquaintances, being part of all this seems far from absurd.
Towards the end, Marilyn was accumulating a great deal of dangerous knowledge and becoming expendable, as she probably realised herself. But walking away from the ‘intelligence community’ – especially for someone who could summon a press conference whenever she felt like it -- is far from easy. It may be that, tired of years of deceit and deception on top of the pressures of stardom, she confessed all to John Kennedy who (as President) was her only possible protection from the agency. Thus what has subsequently been seen as her “affair” with Robert Kennedy in the last weeks of her life may have been something else. As Attorney General he would have been the logical person for her to give her evidence to. So the frantic meetings between the two may simply have been an attempt to put together a case against the C.I.A.
Numerous writers have disputed the official cause of her death – “probable suicide” (4). The seemingly intractable problem with it – aside from many other anomalies – is the level of drugs found in her body. Which were enough to kill several people and practically impossible to self-administer, either deliberately or accidentally.
Which in turn leaves murder as a possible answer to the mystery surrounding Marilyn’s demise. A number of candidates have been suggested but the need to silence an asset over whom they had lost control by the intelligence community, whilst faking apparent suicide to divert suspicion, seems plausible; particularly when one considers the timing and manner of her death.
This is all ancient history, of course, part of the bad old days of the cold war. And the intelligence agencies of the New World Order are incapable of such ‘ethical lapses.’ Still it might be an idea to look at the sudden deaths of various well-known people in more recent times. Some of them may have been more than what they seemed.
“Marilyn Monroe”, Graham McCann 1988.
1. “Official and Confidential” Anthony Summers, Golancz, 1993.
2. “Blow-Back”, Christopher Simpson, Weidenfield & Nicholson, 1988, p.284.
3. E.G. “The Men Who Murdered Marilyn,” Matthew Smith, Bloomsbury, 1996.
The kind of ‘treatment’ a retiring C.I.A. asset might expect is perhaps best illustrated by the following:
“One of the most highly-praised psychiatrists of his time was Dr. Ewen Cameron (1901-1967), he was President of both the American Psychiatric Association and the World Psychiatric Association. During the Second World War he was part of an international committee of psychiatrists and social scientists who studied the origins and nature of Nazi culture (To learn a few tricks, perhaps?). After the war, during the Nuremberg trials, he was selected to evaluate some of the Nazi defendants, including Rudolph Hess. Hardly any psychiatrist has received more honours than Dr Cameron.
But there are at least fifty-three people, most of them women, who came to the Allen Memorial Institute between 1957 and 1961 seeking help for various problems who have not forgotten something else about Cameron. With funds from the Central Intelligence Agency, which was interested in the new brain washing techniques developed by Dr Cameron, these fifty three people were subjected to mega-doses of LSD, ‘sleep therapy’ (via drugs) for up to sixty-five consecutive days, and a particularly intense form of electroshock. In addition they were forced to hear repeated recorded messages during sixteen-hour intervals which Dr Cameron called ‘psychic driving.’ None of these patients consented to the experiment, nor were they told they were being used for research. A group of nine former patients filed suit in the U.S. District court in Washington in December 1980 against the United States Government.
So many electroshocks were given to a patient in a single day that ‘the patient developed organic brain syndrome with acute confusion, disorientation and interference with his learned habits of eating and bladder and bowel control.’ The idea was to bring the person to the level of a four-year-old child, then restructure the patient’s memory. The C.I.A hoped it could obliterate memories of C.I.A. operations.”
Jeffery Masson, “Against Therapy,” Harper Collins, 1990, p.290-292.
Last updated 04/11/2002