Author/researcher and all-around mystery-chaser Redfern is the one authority on UFOs and government cover-ups who wins my total trust. His meticulous research, smooth style, and occasional well-placed wit make for books that simply cannot be argued against as he proposes that the governments and military agencies of many a nation have long been interested in keeping a spying eye on UFO witnesses, researchers and investigators.
On The Trail of the Saucer Spies documents the below-the-radar interest of the U.S. and British official agencies in all things ufological, focusing on clandestine investigations carried out on the parts of the CIA, FBI, Air Force, NSA and British MoD, since 1947. In many cases, the sinister spying has served to undermine legitimate UFO research, and even the researchers themselves, as thousands of classified documents show.
Redfern lays out the blow by blow agendas of these mysterious agencies, along with many eye-witness reports and anecdotes from those who've been spied on (including himself!). As a researcher, Redfern does his best to turn over every stone, with a sense of objectivity and a strong curiosity that propels him to boldly go where few researchers have gone before, even if it means getting his own butt tailed by the Feds. He covers everything from the bizarre Men In Black to Area 51 and the alleged crashes at Roswell and Bentwaters, and a whole lot of stuff you may never have heard of, but should know about, some courtesy of his underground source known only as "The Sandman."
The story of Paul Bennewitz is most chilling. Paul was a physicist who, in the late 1970s, began digging into Air Force and NSA secret projects and soon found his life unraveling at the hands of sinister forces bent on preventing him from getting too close to the truth. Other spooky stories include one about an abductee who "came out" of an abduction to see actual humans in black fatigues in her room. They even apologized before they hustled away in their black helicopter.
Whether these government agencies felt they had legitimate concerns about national security, or whether they just wanted to know what the ufologists knew, the act of spying on civilian research organizations shakes the very foundation of freedom-loving people to the core. And when you add to that the possibility that official involvement in the UFO enigma may be deeper than ever imagined, you get one unsolved mystery that, if ever solved, would seriously impact all our lives.
On The Trail of the Saucer Spies is great late-night, page-turning reading that will no doubt have you looking over your shoulder, especially in this day of domestic spying. If you are a UFO buff, all the more reason to read up, and be prepared for anything. They may, after all, be watching you.