NEED to KNOW: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence

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    Fact: In 1945, the U.S. military recovered an alien spacecraft.

    Fact: The United States shot down several flying disks in the late 1940s, a period marked by an unprecedented wave of unexplained aircraft crashes.

    The facts have continued only to mount over the past six decades in the classified files of military and intelligence agencies worldwide. Pilots the world over have reported incidents with UFOs that have often been accompanied by electrical interference and communications difficulties. UFOs have prompted more secrecy and security-and deception-than any other concern ever on the part of military specialists and intelligence chiefs around the world.

    An acknowledged authority on the controversial subject of UFOs, and an indefatigable researcher, Timothy Good in this revelatory book tells us what we need to know.

    Softcover, 452 pages

    Table of Contents



    Introduction - 1

    Part One: 1930-49

    1. Dawn of an Era - 11

    2. Second World War - 17

    3. Ghost Rockets - 35

    4. Conflict -53

    5. Roswell - 67

    6. A State of Seige - 99

    7. Aztec - 117

    Part Two: 1950-9

    8. Magic -127

    9. Naval Intelligence - 135

    10. Fighter Command - 147

    11. Upsurge - 159

    12. Washington Watershed - 171

    13. Inimical Forces - 183

    14. Special Powers - 205

    15. "UFO's - Serious Business" -215

    16. Global Developments - 231

    Part Three 1960-2006

    17. Blackout - 243

    18. A Positive Threat - 263

    19. Encounters at Sea - 279

    20. A Global Phenomenon - 295

    21. Intrusions at USAF Bases - 321

    22. Exempt from Disclosure - 333

    23. Intrusions and Incursions in the USSR - 351

    24. The Brazilian Theatre - 367

    25. Open Skies - 379

    26. Conflict Traffic - 399

    27. Star Wars - 417

    Index - 433

    Excerpt from the introduction

    In December 2004, a retired Chilean Air Force general, Ricardo Bermudez, announced the foundation of a degree course on "anomalous aerial phenomena," which he would direct, to be held at the University of Chile. With a faculty of specialists including Klaus von Storch, Chile's first astronaut, the academic programme was declared 'a necessity for these times' and a counter to media sensationalism on the subject. "Ufologists" would be excluded. "Something is happening in our world," said Bermudez. "We don't know what it is, but the fact is that it can no longer go unnoticed by governments and the scientific establishment."

    It is largely owing to a prevailing sensationalist or debunking attitude of many national newspapers and scientic journals that scientists are reluctant to openly acknowledge their interest. This is less the case in China. In Beyond Top Secert, I devoted a chapter to encounters reported by military and civilian pilots and other credible observers in that country, and discussed how the subject is treated more seriously in the academic community. In 1992 the China UFO Research Association, which is affiliated to the China Association for Science and Technology, had 3,600 full members as well as 40,000 research associates. Most of China's UFO researchers are scientists and engineers, and many UFO groups require both a college degree and published research for membership. "In the US, scholars investigating this are under pressure and have been derided," explained Sun Shili, a former foreign ministry official and head of the Beijing UFO Research Society, in 2000. "But in China, the academic discussion its quite free, so in this area American academics are quite jealous."

    Not all scientists, however - including those in China - are free to discuss their UFO research, since many work for the military/intelligence community and hold high security clearances. Terry Hansen, a science journalist who is the author of The Missing Times, an erudite study of American media complicity in the UFO cover-up, previously believed that the resistance displayed by establishment science towards examining UFO data could be explained mainly by 'an innate tendency of scientists to reject surprising discoveries.' Later, Hansen concluded that such resistance has more to do with federal policies, as we shall learn in the final chapter.

    In 1950, a Top Secret Canadian government memorandum revealed that, "The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher than the H-bomb." And as Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, a former CIA director, noted in 1960, "Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flyng objects are nonsense."

    ( reviews below)

    A UFO Digest Book Review By Art Champoux

    Timothy Good's book is an all encompassing look at a subject that is denied by the "elite" of the scientific world but as the book tells us that his research has brought him to speak before the Pentagons Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office and the headquarters of the French Air force! Now think about that! Something that officially does not exist but yet they ask him to talk about it to the head of our nations defense leaders! This book is not just a book to enjoy but also one that every UFO Investigator and researcher MUST read. If you only buy one book this year to read, NEED TO KNOW is the one! Included in this compendium of known facts are: In 1945 the US military recovered an alien spacecraft. A French pilot serving in the USAF fired at a UFO in the first incident of this kind in 1945. The US shot down several disks in the late 1940s; a period marked by an unprecedented wave of unexplained aircraft crashes. I have several of Timothy Goods' books and He, in my opinion, is up there with the best UFO investigators of all times. In Fact I would rate him with the top 5 writers of this century into the facts surrounding the most world altering mystery of this planets history: the world of UFOS and their enigmatic pilots and crew. So all of you UFO buffs do not ignore this most compelling and fact based book into the history of UFO sightings that our own government will not tell you. Open your minds and take in knowledge. It will amaze you, maybe frighten you, and maybe change your world as to the reality of our "visitors" and our place in the cosmic system. Your mind will be altered and your mind will be open to the mystery of the ages changed forever.

    Goodreads reviews for Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence

    Worldwide research, interviewing key witnesses and discussing the subject with astronauts, military and intelligence specialists, pilots, politicians and scientists, has established Timothy Good as a leading authority on UFOs and the alien presence - the most highly classified subject on Earth.

    He became interested in the subject in 1955, when his passion for aviation and space led him to read a book by Major Donald Keyhoe describing UFO sightings by qualified observers such as military and civilian pilots. In 1961, after reading a book by Captain Edward Ruppelt, a U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, he began to conduct his own research. Since then, he has amassed a wealth of evidence, including several thousand declassified intelligence documents.

    Timothy Good has lectured at universities, schools, and at many organizations, including the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Naval Air Reserve Branch, the House of Lords All-Party UFO Study Group, and the Oxford and Cambridge Union societies. In January 1989, following the dissolution of the Soviet empire, he became the first UFO researcher from the West to be interviewed on Russian television. He was invited for discussions at the Pentagon in 1998, and at the headquarters of the French Air Force in 2002. He has also acted as consultant for several U.S. Congress investigations. He is known to millions through his numerous television appearances and has co-produced several documentaries on the subject.

    Timothy Good's first book, Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-up(1987) became an instant bestseller, and is regarded widely as the definitive work on the subject, together with the fully revised and updated book replacing it,Beyond Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Security Threat (1996), which remained for five weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Alien Liaison: The Ultimate Secret (1991) spent thirteen weeks on the same bestseller list. Alien Base: Earth's Encounters with Extraterrestrials (1998) went to No.4 on the Guardian bestseller list. His book, Unearthly Disclosure: Conflicting Interests in the Control of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (2000) was serialized in the Daily Mail. He has also edited a number of books on the subject, including the bestselling Alien Update (1993). Four of these books have a foreword by Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Hill-Norton, former Chief of the Defence Staff and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. Need to Know: UFOs, the Military and Intelligence (2006/2007) is now published in paperback in the U.K., U.S and Canada. Good’s latest work - EARTH: An Alien Enterprise is due for publication by Pegasus Books (New York) in November 2013.

    Born in London, Timothy Good completed his formal education at The King's School, Canterbury. As a violinist he gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he won prizes for solo, chamber and orchestral playing. His professional career began in 1963 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He played for fourteen years with the London Symphony Orchestra, and has freelanced with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mantovani Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, among others. Composers he has played for include Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky and William Walton. He has also freelanced as a session player for television dramas, commercials, feature films, and recordings with pop musicians. Among those he has recorded for are Phil Collins, Depeche Mode, George Harrison, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, and U2.



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