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Need to Know: UFOs, the Military, and Intelligence [Paperback]

Timothy Good
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Oct. 1 2007
UFOs remain essentially a military and intelligence problem - and one demanding unprecedented security and deception, with access to information on a strictly 'need to know' basis. As early as 1960 former CIA director Admiral Hillenkoetter confirmed that, '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 flying objects are nonsense.' The same could be said today. Based on many years of research by one of the world's most respected authorities on alien phenomena, "Need to Know" draws on top-secret documents, reports of encounters with large craft of unknown origin from pilots and personnel aboard aircraft carriers and destroyers and interviews with high-ranking military insiders. It is full of revelations, including the alarming escalation of aircraft accidents and the disappearance of hundreds of military aircraft during UFO encounters and recent near-misses with UFOs. The evidence is clear, balanced - and irrefutable.
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In this exhaustive and provocative polemic, Good (Above Top Secret, Alien Liaison), UFO researcher extraordinaire, endeavors to demonstrate that incontrovertible proof of UFOs is being buried by a global conspiracy of governments, academia and the media. Good catalogues hundreds of sightings of unidentified flying objects from the 1920s through the present and marshals scores of declassified government reports, news stories and eyewitness affidavits to support his often-controversial contentions: not only are aliens here, but the U.S. military has established contact with them; President Eisenhower met with aliens in 1954 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; President Kennedy viewed alien bodies at an air force medical facility in Florida; President Nixon arranged for comedian Jackie Gleason to view alien bodies in 1973. Good emphasizes a lengthy record of credible witnesses, including military and airline pilots, who have reported unexplained phenomena, but he fails to provide incontrovertible evidence of UFOs, extraterrestrials or a global conspiracy of secrecy. Moreover, he ignores contradictory testimony, exaggerates rumors and circumstantial evidence, and reprises old charges. Nonetheless, UFO enthusiasts will appreciate this comprehensive and spirited UFO defense and the hundreds of supporting documents reproduced within. B&w illus. (Dec.)
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An obsessively researched look at what British sky-watcher Good (Alien Contact, 1993, etc.) deems ample international evidence of UFO visitations since the 1930s, and the repeated official denials that they ever happened. "UFOs are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head," declared former Canadian Minister of Defence Paul Hellyer in 2005. Good methodically lays out similar testimony from pilots, military men in air and sea, civilian observers, surgeons who operated on the extraterrestrials, generals and presidents, accompanying their words (some from sworn affidavits) with meticulous footnotes, photos, drawings and copies of documents. During World War II, small, seemingly remote-controlled flying objects dubbed "foo-fighters" created a nuisance for pilots. In the summer of 1946, a rash of sightings of "ghost rockets" across Scandinavia and other parts of Europe alarmed the U.S. military, which blamed them on the Soviets. Good believes UFO incursions were common in 1940s New Mexico, the site of U.S. atomic testing, and avers that the debris found near Roswell in 1947, quickly identified by the military as fragments from a military balloon, was in fact the remains of a flying-saucer crash. He chronicles alien-disc sightings during the Cold War, suggests that Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy were taken to disc-landing sites and maintains that since the 1940s, aliens have been communicating "with an elite group of U.S. military and scientific intelligence personnel [and] there has been a project was actually motivated by growing concerns about alien hostility, the author adds. The bizarre crash of a cigar-shaped craft near Varginha, Brazil, in January 1996 stranded strangecreatures needing medical attention. Good excerpts some chilling material from an interview conducted by a fellow UFOlogist with comments are conflated into quotes collectively attributed to "Medical Personnel." The author certainly knows his stuff, and to his credit is keenly aware of the importance of documentation, however specious some of it may seem to the unconverted. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Public awareness on UFOs Feb. 5 2009
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I give five stars to Good's book for two main reasons. First, the efforts to collate such an amount of documented cases and information on parties' interest in the UFO subject is outstanding. I personnaly know how difficult it is to make research on that subject, especially when dealing with officials. As one of the fellow readers who wrote a comment said, there are some redundancies in Need To Know. But this is exactly Good's point. With so much cases officially reported since the Second World War by experienced withnesses, years after years, and exposing the way these reports are treated with high priority by governments, the militaries and intelligence services around the world, it would be difficult for anyone, skeptics and mass medias included, to refuted the existence of UFOs. Second, the implications of this book are of highest importance. The public must be made aware that another reality escapes most of us. Good's book give the scope of what higher branches of power, mostly governments and militaries, know about UFOs and try to hide from public awareness. Although the classic cases are not discussed in this book, it still is a good starting point for people interested in making their own research and is a must read for anyone interested in this subject.

Je donne cinq étoiles au livre de Timothy Good pour deux raisons principales. D'abord, les efforts pour colliger une telle quantité de cas documentés et d'information sur l'intérêt que porte les pouvoirs publics sur le sujet des OVNIs est exceptionnel. Je sais par expérience qu'il est difficile de faire de la recherche sur ce sujet, particulièrement en ayant affaire à des fonctionnaires ou «l'autorité».
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but dragged on Jan. 4 2009
By Mulder
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The only other Timothy Good book I have read is Above Top Secret I cant comment if the other ones overlapped/repetition with this one.

The vast majority of the book is accounts from pilots and military personnel of Intercepters being sent after UFO's and that an astounding number of these intercepts being destroyed or captured(absorbed)and that afterwards UFO's would destroy civilian airliners and military jets as retaliation. This was interesting for the 1st 200 pages but really really dragged on once your past page 400, the author asserts we are at conflict with these extraterrestials who keep destroying our jets but despite his apparant contacts which provide him inside information inside the military he is unable/doesnt even elaborate on who we are in conflict with.

The book is at its best when it isnt discussing these unending cases of UFO's destroying military jets which become mundane after a while...encounters with Mr Janus, Alien bases on earth, the Brazilian Alien which was captured and treated at a hosipital are the most interesting, im unsure if his other books focused more on Alien Contact with the military but I found those parts the most interesting in the book and wished more information regarding that was included in the book.

solid 3 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than You Think You Know Dec 11 2007
By Edward F. Mazur - Published on Amazon.com
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Probably more books have been written in the past 60 years on the captivating and mysterious phenomena of flying saucers, now referred to as UFOs, than on any other single topic. Their continuing and increasing presence in the skies over planet Earth have led many researchers to undertake closer examinations of the documented reports much of which were closely held by official government agencies and later leaked or declassified..
The current release of NEED TO KNOW: UFOs, The Military, and Intelligence, by Timothy Good, is his seventh book on the subject. NEED TO KNOW is particularly noteworthy in that it builds on his previous works while disclosing new information gleaned from government documents, Air Force personnel and credible witnesses. Its 430 pages lead the reader through known sightings and incidents adequately verified, that spans the recorded 60 plus year history of the UFO presence. Compelling scenarios are presented from official files. Some have appeared on the History Channel, the Larry King program and even Nightline.
As a long-time researcher into the UFO puzzle and a former State Director in the Mutual UFO Network, an international organization, I have read many very good works on the subject and have also written extensively on various UFO aspects. But in reading NEED TO KNOW, I was immensely impressed with the quality and integrity of the work. Mr. Good does not offer his theories, conclusions or opinions. He lets his documented and recorded findings speak for themselves. And indeed, they do speak loudly and emphatically. The sequential presentation of the many different episodes and sightings form a picture that is difficult to ignore or to challenge. Even the incidents on which very little data exists are presented in a time-line that meshes with known and adequately documented events
Mussolini's interest in those early reports of 1941 of strange aerial craft, intercepts of Werner von Braun's V2 rocket tests by UFOs and later, of other missile test launches, the in depth reports on the Washington D.C UFO overflights in 1952, the Northeastern blackout of November 9, 1965 and a month later, the crash of the Kecksberg object in Pennsylvania, disappearances of Air Force planes and pilots, and the incapacitation of an entire missile complex in Montana. These and other incidents are just some of the examples of the detailed coverage of significant unearthly incidents.
But it is in the last one hundred pages of the book that many of the diverse events coalesce and begin to form a picture that cannot be dismissed. This is a book that is well worth the time to read. The UFO has changed more than most of us could imagine. Timothy Good presented thought provoking disclosures. The rest is up to you, the reader. It's your world too. You decide.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the heck out of me July 1 2008
By David Kearns - Published on Amazon.com
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I am just about finished. An incessant read. Earlier reviewers slam him for using old information etc. don't listen to them. This book will absolutely blow your mind.

It is interesting that the slammers don't challenge any of the data in the volume, nor the seemingly incredible stories which are well documented with official paperwork.

The fact our government continues to remain mum is disheartening evidence that democracy as set down by the founding fathers has been suspended since 1947.

When the powers that are created to protect us see fit to continuously lie, covering up a secret that enriches the few, those powers ceased to be esteemed as for the better. The later is my thought on the matter. Mr Good renders no such judgment in his work. He merely lays out all the information. Truly an important work.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative July 9 2008
By Salim Mahdi - Published on Amazon.com
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Very important information on how the military operates in the dark.
The author was clear and precise.
The evidence of America working with aliens is documented.
It is a very essential publication.
Read it and learn from it.

S. Mahdi, Cairo, Egypt
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent 20th century history of UFO encounters May 14 2009
By H. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ignore people that write "reviews" whining about not having enough pictures (I think they're the type that looks at pictures and big print and aren't capable of really reading a book or perhaps can't comprehend something like this). This is an excellent book and presents a lot of great information on military encounters with UFO's from the Second World War onward in one volume. Some of the information has been presented before? Big deal. This volume puts in one handy reference and shows the collusion of government, militaries (not just the corrupt U.S. government and military) to withhold and deny from the people the truth of extra-terrestrial life and visitions to our world. All in the name of they know better than the people do, the same reasoning that sticks us with the electoral college in presidential elections. Maybe they're afraid of this truth's effect on religions (most of which preach obedience to government to keep their tax exempt status and wealth) or the smug assumption that humans are the highest evolved life form in the universe and our technology is the best. We aren't and it isn't.

Any lingering doubts I may have had regarding the extistence of extra-terrestrial life, visitions to this planet from other worlds, and the duplicity of the government in keeping those facts secret were blown away by this excellent book. The facts presented here cannot be disputed, despite the whining of a childish few want more pictures because they're too lazy to read. Mr. Good has done a tremdendous service to people with this book, and his other published works. I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive July 24 2008
By Carol Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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If you ever had a doubt about flying saucers being real, and the government cover up, read this book. There will be no doubt. As well, this book clearly gives the Reasons why the government doesn't want the public to know the truth, and the Truth to boot. A great read, jampacked, and a reference book to keep!
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