Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Tribute to Terry Hansen: The Journalist Who Exposed Mainstream Media Involvement in the UFO Cover-Up has Died

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Terry Hansen, Author of The Missing Times

By Robert Hastings
The UFO Chronicles

     News of the sudden and unexpected death of journalist Terry Hansen arrived only yesterday and I am still processing the implications of this tragic loss. Although relatively few persons with an interest in UFOs know his name, Hansen contributed greatly to our collective understanding of the crucial role the American “elite” media has played in helping to perpetuate the official secrecy surrounding the phenomenon, originating with the U.S. military and intelligence community.

The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up
As I wrote in my book UFOs and Nukes, “Hansen [has written an] excellent book, The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up, which I highly recommend to anyone wishing to better understand how the type of information contained in my own book could have been successfully kept from the American people—scientists and laypersons alike—for so long. In fact, I put Hansen’s book on my short list of ‘must-reads’ as far as the official government cover-up of UFOs is concerned.”

One review of the book on Amazon (by “duncanives”) summarizes its content this way:
In The Missing Times, Terry Hansen provides a clear, documented history of the relationship that exists between the national media and the United States Government, particularly on issues of national security...Hansen details how our military and intelligence communities are in the business of shaping public opinion and reaction through information management. How incompetent would they have to have been not to recognize the national media as an indispensable, efficient tool for their goals?

Mr. Hansen details the exact mechanisms by which the government exercises their influence over the national media with chilling clarity, right down to CIA infiltration...Through historical review, Mr. Hansen demonstrates how the press follows a government line when it comes to issues of secrecy and national security.

What happens when we insert UFOs into this equation? The answer is a perfect fit; the national media treats UFOs exactly as it does other subjects deemed to be of great national security importance and secrecy. This fact is skillfully demonstrated through an examination of UFO incursions over nuclear missile silos near Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. Unidentified objects could enter and leave restricted airspace with impunity.

Such incidents have obvious national security implications. Widely reported in the local media, these astonishing and well-documented incidents were ignored by the national media until much later. Could the media have been influenced by a government that, despite their protests to the contrary, knows full well that UFOs are a national security issue?

Mr. Hansen...seems to be calling his fellow citizens not to believe in UFOs, but to be skeptical about what the national media, as a front for the government, tells us about them...The Missing Times is written with clarity and journalistic integrity. It is not a hastily-written UFO book full of anecdotes and fuzzy pictures. It is objective reporting of the undeniable relationships between the government, the media, and you.

It is also one of the most heavily footnoted books I have ever read, providing proof of the depth of research that went into it. If the Pulitzer Prize were given for merit, quality, insightful analysis and relevance, journalist Terry Hansen would have one on his bookshelf right now.
That sums it up nicely. At my urging, Hansen finally made his now out-of-print book available as an e-book, which may be purchased here (see below). Demonstrating his intent that it be widely read, he altruistically decided to only charge $2.99 for it.

Terry Hanson’s courageous pioneering work will stand the test of time and, in the near-term, hopefully inspire a renewed, zealous integrity among mainstream journalists, who view themselves as champions of truth and the public’s right-to-know, while at the same time wittingly or unwittingly supporting government objectives—including the Viet Nam and Iraq wars, among other tragic missteps—by superficially covering, or spinning, or not covering at all, key national security-related subjects, including UFOs.

If Hansen’s findings illustrate anything, it’s that one of the biggest stories in history—the U.S. government’s cover-up of the UFO phenomenon—deserves objective, serious, respectful examination by members of the elite media. Yes, those few who buck the trend, and bravely follow Hansen’s lead on credible UFO investigation, may risk being disinvited to the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner, among other repercussions, but they will finally be serving those who count most—the American public, and other humans everywhere.

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