Book Report of Beyond A Pale Horse

"If the evidence doesn't seem to fit a particular conspiracy theory, just create a bigger conspiracy theory."

- Robert D. Hicks, In Pursuit of Satan

Conspiracy theories are like black holes; they explain everything, sucking in facts the way black holes suck in matter. And, like black holes, each conspiracy theory is a portal to another universe that paradoxically resides within our own. Everything you've ever known or experienced, no matter how "meaningless," once it comes in contact with that universe, is enveloped by it, and is then cloaked in sinister significance.

People, as well as facts are prone to stumble into one of the many conspiracy universes. Once inside, the vortex only gains in size and strength, sucking in everything that person touches. Bill Cooper, who calls himself an independent UFO researcher, has entered such a universe, and it's likely that he will never return. He identifies with his theory so completely that he thinks anyone who challenges it--even his friends--do so only because they're part of the conspiracy. It is no use to point out contradictions, or even trivial errors, because Bill Cooper knows THE TRUTH.

Though William Cooper is a self-professed regular guy and ex-military man, his claims rival the Weekly World News for sensationalism. Cooper doesn't merely believe that our government signed a formal treaty with extraterrestrials in 1954, or that we have already set up a base on the planet Mars, or any number of other bizarre claims; he knows these things to be true, because while working for Naval Intelligence, he actually saw the secret documents that prove them.

Cooper burst upon the UFO scene with these claims in 1988, and has been a controversial and infamous figure ever since. He gives public lectures, is heard on the radio, sends out newsletters and, in 1991 came out with a book, Behold a Pale Horse. In UFO research circles, Cooper is best known for accusing his colleagues to be CIA agents and for physically threatening them. According to researcher Bob Lazar, "Everyone seems to have a Bill Cooper story..."

Since 1988, Cooper has been accused of being an alcoholic, a liar and a fascist or even worse, written off as a psychopath; with the exception of Jacques Vallee, his critics have focused more attention on his belligerent personality, than on the obvious contradictions and factual errors of his story. His opponents take him seriously enough that they go to great pains to discredit him, in order to defend themselves against his accusations. If the UFO researchers hadn't their own crashed saucer/government cover-up stories to defend, they might see the connections between Bill Cooper's stories and their own, as well as the--possibly inherent--relation between conspiratorial logic and some UFO phenomena.

Behold a Pale Horse (Cooper's newest book) is a fine example of conspiratorial logic. Therein, Cooper includes every gory detail of the sinister alien plot to control humanity, as well as the documents which supposedly back it all up. He also includes the story of his own UFO sightings while in the military, background on his involvement with Naval Intelligence, as well as a sentimental account of his ancestors' survival of the American Frontier. Cooper paints himself as a patriotic Red-Blooded American Male who loves Mom and Apple Pie and would fight and die to defend the American Way, who just happened to stumble upon the greatest secret in the history of the world.

Cooper also claims that during the Vietnam War a UFO shot down a B-52, that U.S. troops were attacked by "something" which they first thought were helicopters and that he himself witnessed an incident involving the recovery of "a craft" which was listed as a Soviet submarine.

Any one of Cooper's revelations, if true, would have been enough to keep investigators, journalists, historians and scientists busy for the next hundred years. But focusing on any one aspect of Cooper's junk heap of claims is impossible. Each revelation only leads deeper into the sinister tangle of secrecy and manipulation.

Though Cooper believes that secret societies have been running the world for centuries, the modern era of secret government began in 1947, with the advent of flying saucers. Between January 1947 and December 1952 "at least 16 crashed or downed alien craft, 65 alien bodies and 1 live alien were recovered." In addition to the alien bodies, those who recovered the saucers discovered "a large number of human body parts stored within [two of the] vehicles." At the time, a special group of American top scientists were organized to study the alien phenomenon; this was all top secret, of course. In fact, the original CIA, then called the "Central Intelligence Group" as well as the National Security Agency were formed for the express purpose of dealing with the alien presence.

What is even more surprising is that Cooper also sees the movies E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind as "thinly disguised" versions of historical fact. The science fiction book Alternative 003 is also, according to Cooper, "70% true."

The real story behind the movie E.T., Cooper says, is that the true-to-life alien was actually called "EBE," to stand for Extraterrestrial Biological Entity. In 1951 the "chlorophyll-based" EBE became ill and though doctors, botanists and entomologists were called in, their efforts to save him failed; EBE died on June 2, 1952.

Many more aliens were on the way, however. Cooper reports that in 1953, 10 more flying saucers crashed and 26 dead aliens and 4 live ones were recovered. The newly elected President Eisenhower was in a fix because of all this, and turned to Nelson Rockefeller; together they developed a plan to "wrestle and beat the alien problem."

In the meantime, astronomers had found that large objects, first thought to be asteroids, were fast approaching earth. The objects were in fact more alien spaceships. The government subsequently used radio communications and "computer binary language" to arrange a landing, which resulted in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and this second race of aliens, who left a "hostage" as a "pledge that they would return and formalize a treaty." But yet a third race of aliens--enemies of the second race--was arriving as well. After they landed at an Air Force Base in Florida, they "offered to help us with our spiritual development," but in exchange, wanted us to dismantle our nuclear weapons. Needless to say, we didn't take them up on the offer.

By 1954, the second race of aliens had landed, and met with Eisenhower to sign a formal treaty. The U.S. Government received an alien ambassador during this meeting, whose name was "His Omnipotent Highness Krlll," but "in the American tradition of disdain for royal titles he was secretly called Original Hostage Crlll, or Krlll." Cooper says that this meeting was filmed and that the films still exist. Later, Krlll "gave lots of information, scientific data, some of which was published in the open scientific literature under the name of O.H. Krill, after being sanitized. ...Krill is still alive."

Cooper knows all the details of the treaty with the extraterrestrials. It stated that we wouldn't interfere in their affairs and they wouldn't interfere in ours; we would keep their presence a secret, and they would furnish us with their technological advances; they were allowed to abduct human beings on a limited basis for medical examination and monitoring of our development, as long as they didn't harm anyone in the process; there would also be a swapping of 16 personnel each, for educational purposes; underground bases would be constructed for the humanoid guests. One of these underground bases, a "super-Top Secret facility," was built at Groom Lake in Nevada, code-named "Area 51." Cooper adds, "According to documentation that I read, at least 600 alien beings actually resided full time at this site along with an unknown number of scientists and CIA personnel."

All these crashed and orbiting saucers, three alien races, treaties, and a cover up of the whole thing, required almost the entire U.S. government to deal with it all. But international groups, such as the Bilderbergers (which now controls the world) and the Trilateral Commission (formed in secret before 1973) became involved as well; in fact the main reason these groups were formed was to deal with the alien question. Cooper adds that "the name of the Trilateral Commission was taken from the alien flag known as the Trilateral Insignia."

William Cooper--the biggest whistleblower of them all--has not yet gone the way of Kennedy and Forrestal. The reason for this, Cooper says, is that this would show the world that what he says is true. All the conspirators can do at this point is harass and discredit him. The reason he is having conflicts with the larger UFO research community is that most UFO researchers, including Stanton Friedman, William Moore, Philip Klass, John Keel, Charles Berlitz, Budd Hopkins, Dr. J. Allen Hynek (now deceased) and even horror novelist Whitley Strieber, are really working for the CIA and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Even UFO Magazine, with its obviously slim budget, is financed and controlled by the CIA. And, though Jacques Vallee isn't mentioned in this particular blacklist, after one meeting and several phone conversations, he too joined the ranks of the accused.

Besides the fact that they're all famous for being involved in the UFO question, about the only thing these people have in common is that they don't agree with Bill Cooper. But, since Cooper knows the truth, questioning his information is tantamount to blasphemy. I have seen three accounts of Bill Cooper from among those on that list; two from UFO magazine, and one from Jacques Vallee. Both Vallee and UFO reveal simple details that show the obvious falsity of key elements in Cooper's story. When presented with these details, Cooper brushes them aside, sticks to his story, and eventually becomes enraged.

Perhaps the most embarrassing weakness in Cooper's story is his claim that he saw a document authored by "O.H. Krill," whom Cooper identifies as the alien ambassador to the United States. Apparently this document is well known in the UFO field. According to UFO magazine, it was conceived by John Grace a.k.a "Val Valerian," head of the Nevada Aerial Research organization. The name "O.H. Krill" was an inside joke; a woman who appeared on the TV special, UFOs: It Has Begun, had channelled an entity name CRYLLL, and Grace had "just pulled the O.H. out of thin air." During the time when Cooper was teaming up with John Lear, Cooper told a TV interviewer that he'd seen an O.H. Krill document in the early 70's. Lear apparently turned "beet red," pulled Cooper aside, and tried to tell him that O.H. Krill was just a joke. Cooper stuck to his story, however, and replied that he really did see that document in 1972. Lear subsequently dropped the issue, but then "began to wonder just how much of Bill Cooper was real."

It is not unreasonable to conclude, like Lazar, that Bill Cooper is simply a liar. But probably what is really going on is much more complex than that. If Cooper is lying, one has to wonder, WHY? Why would he put his sanity, credibility and even his life on the line for something he himself thinks is false? The fact that many people who have seen UFOs have kept it to themselves is a testament to the fact that even now, the entire topic of UFOs, not to mention flying saucers and extraterrestrials, is taboo; these are not the kind of claims that bring anyone fortune or fame, but rather misfortune and infamy.

Another reason that I don't think Cooper is consciously deceiving people is that Vallee had observed during his contact with him that Cooper seemed very sincere. His writing, as well, is sincere to the point of embarrassment. His behavior suggests someone who is emotionally attached to certain ideas, and the holes in his story don't seem to be the product of a slick liar, but of someone who is naive, ill-informed and very gullible. Vallee interprets Cooper's story--as well as the entire mass of disinformation floating around in UFO circles--as possible manipulation by an unknown third party; Cooper might simply be a pawn in someone else's game. Vallee suggests that Bill Cooper and others may have been fed false "top secret" documents for various reasons, such as to cover up bona fide secret military information, to test responses to alien invasion, or even to promote fascist ideology. Certain UFO sightings as well, Vallee suggests, may have been staged.

Cooper believes himself to be serving a higher cause than the U.S. Constitution; he is engaged in the battle between angels and demons which will culminate in Armageddon and Doom's Day. Discrepancies, errors and even false statements just aren't very important, when you're serving TRUTH.