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On the Trail of the Saucer Spies
UFOs and Government Surveillance

by Nick Redfern

Trade Paperback, 308 Pages, 17 Illustrations

$18.95, ISBN: 1933665106

Genre(s): UFOs

On the Trail of the Saucer Spies reveals that Government, Military, and Intelligence agencies have been secretly spying on UFO researchers, writers, investigators, and witnesses for decades -- and for countless reasons.  In this book Nick Redfern also recounts his own experience of being spied upon by the British Ministry of Defense for his interest in UFOs. It isn't paranoia if you think "they" are watching you: they really are! 

Highlights of this groundbreaking book:

  • the FBI's reports on people who claim to have met extraterrestrials
  • Top Secret surveillance of alien-abductees
  • the real-life Men in Black who spy on UFO witnesses
  • phone-tapping and mail-interference of UFO researchers and authors
  • Scotland Yard's secret monitoring of UFO computer-hackers
  • classified files on researchers of the famous Roswell crash of 1947
  • official infiltration of Flying Saucer research groups
  • UFO writers suspected by the Government of working for hostile nations to uncover defense secrets
  • ...and much more. 

About the Author:

Nick Redfern is one of the world's foremost authorities on UFOs. His previous books include A Covert Agenda; The FBI Files; Cosmic Crashes; Strange Secrets (with Andy Roberts); Three Men Seeking Monsters; and Body Snatchers in the Desert. He has written for Military Illustrated; Eye Spy; Fate; Fortean Times; Phenomena Magazine; and the London Daily Express newspaper. 

Keep up on the subject with Nick Redfern's blog: Saucers, Spooks And Spies.    


In 1992 in a privately published paper titled “Have You Checked Your File Lately?” Robert Durant, a UFO researcher and pilot, discussed the theme of an all-encompassing, Government- sanctioned-and-controlled operation designed to covertly monitor the activities of the public UFO research community: 

 “You, the reader, are among the approximately 4,000 Americans who subscribe to ufological journals or newsletters, buy UFO books through the mail, attend conferences, or spend time with others who engage in such activities. Not a large group. We are only 3 percent of the total number of citizens the government admits to watching with intense care. A very easy group to track. Building your file is so much easier than compiling one on a Russian spy or a Mafioso. There is a file on you at the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, the driver’s license bureau of the state in which you are licensed, the commercial credit card companies that do business with your bank and your lenders, your doctor’s office, and so forth and so on. Is it really unreasonable to suspect that a UFO file would be created?”

The answer to Durant’s question is: it is not at all unreasonable to suspect that such a scenario exists. Indeed, as On the Trail of the Saucer Spies demonstrates, such a scenario most assuredly does exist. This book does not attempt to answer in detail the complex questions of what UFOs are, where they are from, or why there are here—there are countless titles available that focus upon these controversial issues. Rather, it resolves the seldom-addressed questions of precisely why and how the official world is keeping a close watch on those individuals who engage in UFO research, or who are witnesses to UFO activity.

The truth-is-weirder-than-fiction examples recounted in these pages span more than half a century, and include all of the staple ingredients of the most controversial aspects of the UFO puzzle: crashed flying saucers, alien bodies held in cryogenic storage, black helicopters, crop circles, alien abductions (by alleged aliens and by elements of the military), underground bases, animal mutilations, Government-sponsored disinformation campaigns, and even the exploits of the nefarious Men in Black.

As will become apparent, however, the full story also incorporates issues and organizations that—at first glance, at least—would appear to be totally unrelated to the UFO mystery. Ultra-fascist political organizations, the Irish Republican Army, communist-based groups, animal rights activists, computer hackers, Chinese Military Intelligence, and the North Korean Government ultimately prove to be pivotal to both understanding and unravelling the full picture of why a number of Governments take such a deep interest in the activities of those who look skyward. Caveat lector: keep a close watch over your shoulder. “They” may be watching you, too.



 1. The Early Years 

 2. Contacts of the Cosmic Kind 

 3. Who Goes There? 

 4. Here Come the Men in Black 

 5. Watching the Watchers 

 6. Cosmic Kidnappers 

 7. In Search of APEN  

 8. Enter Sandman  

 9. Beta and Beyond  

10. Deep Throat or Disinformation? 

11. Hacking the Hangar     

12. Rudloe Revelations   

13. Close Encounters of the Underground Kind  

14. The British Roswell?   

15. Penetrating the Pleasure Dome 

16. Mystery Mutilations     

17. The Spying Continues     





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What they're saying:

"The bottom line, according to Redfern's well documented book, is that there has been a considerable amount of government spying on ufologists, but it was not so much carried out because of a fear that ufologists would learn government secrets about flying saucers, but rather because the intelligence agencies were afraid that some ufologists were being 'used,' willingly or unwillingly, as information sources by foreign intelligence services... Redfern demonstrates that the MIB myth is not without foundation... I recommend this book to everyone and especially to those who have not yet requested a copy of their 'file.'"— Bruce Maccabbee, Journal of Scientific Exploration

"Redfern is the one authority on UFOs and government cover-ups who wins my total trust...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." — Marie Jones,  Curled Up with a Good Book, Five-Star Review

"On the Trail of Saucer Spies is a new book written by the great UFO researcher and author Dr. Nick Redfern. His efforts address the very problem discussed above. He takes you where only a handful of people have gone before; into that area where the real boogie man is, where the men in black are, where wire taps are common, and where cars seem to follow you wherever you go; into the world of government cover up and disinformation. The old time researcher has been there, and they will tell you, it's not much fun. They are always given the runaround, and it takes a great deal of patience to continue this thankless job. Redfern's new book covers all the related problems; crashed saucers, alien bodies, secret documents, and more. If you buy a book any time soon, this is the one you want. — Billy Booth,


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