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    Aerial Phenomena Enquiry Network (APEN) - Uncovered?

    This will fascinate the hell out of Shadow even if its old hat - its about APEN. The gist of this is the author is implying Irish terrorists - the unionists not the IRA - were secretly flying helicopters over the UK. My immediate thoughts were that by the 70s radar would have picked up any unidentified helicopters - the plausibility of UFOs even then depended upon mysterious technology - and if such helicopters existed they were British. Or, perhaps American, but known to Great Britain, nonetheless. Now supposing APEN were using ufology to cover up a fascist network they surely wouldn't do the Nazi stuff as a cover(!), this was more like someone hinting at politics as a front. Was Gerry Anderson doing a Laurel Canyon at all? My thoughts are this APEN existed only to provide disinformaton and co-opt or intimidate researchers looking into aviation activities.

    Berwyn is pretty much a solved mystery nowadays: it passed from ufology into the domain of conspiracy theory because it was the combination of magnitude 3.5 seismic activity and a meteor shower. There was no crater left at Berwyn though one would have been near impossible to conceal. Surely the people behind APEN were working under the assumption of some kind of impact themselves, under the assumption of Soviet activities. Sky watchers were a nuisance back in the Cold War.

    The Following Post concerns a mysterious group (Aerial Phenomena Enquiry Network / APEN) that emerge in the UK 1974, known as APEN. The following assumes that the two primary sources of evidence, Jenny Randles and Nick Redfern's accounts of his 'Sandman' whistleblower are accurate and truthful.

    APEN were active from 1974 to the early 1990s.

    Contact was first made with ufologists in 1974. More specifically, with Jenny Randles.

    It's important to establish some context before talking about this first contact.

    Randles was involved with BUFORA and was also looking to setup a new association of northern ufology groups - known as NUFON (Northern UFO Network). NUFON initially comprised three local groups: Manchester, The Wirral and Nottingham.

    According to Randles own account in Magonia, contact began with letters. She also states (two years into the APEN incident):

    So far as is known, over the intervening years only groups within the NUFON system have been contacted, plus one or two individuals.

    Jenny Randles received a one-hour length audio cassette tape through the post.

    In other places, I've read that this tape was the first contact with Randles. It's this tape that sets APEN apart from other UFO groups.

    The tape was introduced by male American voice claiming to be someone called "J.T. Anderson, Supreme Commander of APEN". It's worth remembering this name, as I'll come back to it.

    The audio recording was quite bizarre and contained television and radio broadcasts of UFO reports. It also contained other voices claiming that UFOs were hostile and dangerous. Randles asserts that some of these voices were Welsh, and some sounded drunk.

    Let's just recap:
    - NUFON set up by Randles (and others) to unite northern ufology
    - Nottingham, Manchester and the Wirral comprise NUFON
    - At the same time, APEN begins contacting Randles (and others at this point?)
    - APEN is lead by Supreme Commander "J.T. Anderson"- according to the first audio recording
    - APEN encourage unity between ufology groups
    - Randles has claimed the letters were first, elsewhere I've read the audio tape
    - The audio tape featured welsh voices, drunk voices and NAZI anthem / symbology

    Randles goes on to explain that many of the UK ufology groups were contacted - often initially with a letter.

    The most important contact from APEN was regarding the Berwyn mountain incident. It proved to be a catalyst, although outlandish and childish, in kickstarting deeper investigation, revealing a case that was far more interesting.

    One document was distributed which claimed to be a preliminary note on a contact and landing case in Wales. This contained the usual gibberish, and also requests for personnel and equipment to be despatched immediately. Nothing like your ordinary tape-recorders and cameras, however! APEN go in more for Land Rovers, infrared and ultraviolet sensors and stroboscopes. The arrogant tone of the directive is obviously designed to make the recipient believe that APEN really do possess this kind of equipment.

    Please note:
    - The over the top, unbelievable nature of what they requested
    - The focus on Wales.

    From mysteriousuniverse.org:

    Jenny also noted to me: “At the time, when BUFORA were attempting a similar initiative – trying to bring in local groups, a group liaison system that they operated – they also started to get similar APEN letters, basically telling them not to contact BUFORA. And also in the late seventies, when BUFORA, through their then-chairman, Roger Stanway, attempted a direct liaison with Flying Saucer Review, exactly the same thing happened vis-à-vis Flying Saucer Review.”

    What is important to note is that, despite her inference in Magonia - Randles was initially contacted by tape. Accordion to Nick Redfern in 'The Saucer Spies'. This tape introduced our star of the show 'J.T. Anderson and the Nazi war march.

    It was some time later that Randles received a letter from APEN regarding the Berwyn incident. Until this point, the Berwyn incident had largely been confined to a small article in Flying Saucer Review magazine.

    The case takes a disturbing twist, when Randles moves in 1976 - and finds a 'welcome' note from APEN waiting for her.

    Along with Berwyn, Randles also had a small tip from APEN concerning Rendlesham Forrest. This 'tip' suggested Randles should be looking for a "Brown Bear" - code for a downed Russian Satellite.

    Amongst other incidents ascribed to APEN, were break-ins of ufologists property, trying to recruit people to APEN by posting newspaper advertisements by "Jenny Randles".

    One of these breaks ins occurred in... Nottingham.

    A final note on the original take on APEN. APENs stationary was traced to Sanderson Design and Print in Reading. It was actually part of the order that Flying Saucer Review had for their magazines. Apparently, someone would come in and collect the APEN stationary, whereas the magazines were delivered.

    Important Locations:
    - Nottingham (a Nufon affiliate city)
    - Wales
    - Reading - home of the printers!
    In Nick Redfern's "In Search Of The Saucer Spies" Nick interviews the "Sandman", who had been part of UK Police Special Branch in the 1970s.

    Sandman's tale adds a new take on the APEN affair.

    Sandman links a spate of mysterious helicopter flights with a right wing organisation (possibly related to Irish Terrorists - but not the I.R.A). These midnight helicopter flights were assumed to be part of some illegal activity. There is more to this than I can write here on this, so check on MirageMan's thread on the helicopter incident.

    Andy Roberts, in his 2010 Berwyn presentation has dismissed the helicopters as misidentified lights and unrelated to Berwyn. Make of that what you will.

    Whilst having this right wing group under surveillance, it turns out that 5 of them are also prominent members of UK Ufology. They reside in:
    - Nottingham (surprise!)
    - Cambridge
    - Birmingham
    - London
    - Leicester

    Apparently, these 5 individuals, lead a group of 17 ultra right wing subversives and according to their telephone conversations were interested in assassination British political figures!

    Here is where the story gets strange. According to Sandman, these individuals believed the helicopter scare to be genuine ufos.

    How strange is that, a right wing group, using UFOs as a cover, but believing that the helicopters, Special Branch thought might be terrorists, were UFOs! The mind boggles.

    Sandman relates that APEN was to be a front organisation for recruiting other like minded right wing nuts from the UFO community.

    Again, that's odd, APEN was supposedly a cover to recruit - yet they used a Nazi anthem? Why not just dispense with the Ufology window dressing, it's hardly like they were doing a good job hiding the right wing nut aspect!

    Here is where Sandman's story really connects with Randles. Apparently, APEN used Flying Saucer Review print order to get their stationary precisely so it would be discovered! Thus sowing seeds of discontent among the groups, fracturing them and reuniting them under APEN.

    Redfern suggests that Andy Roberts has a stack of private correspondence from the 1970s, from one ufologist who had researched this in depth and concluded that ultra right wing characters in ufology were attempting to form an underground group. In Nick Redfern's "In Search Of The Saucer Spies" Nick interviews the "Sandman", who had been part of UK Police Special Branch in the 1970s.

    Sandman's tale adds a new take on the APEN affair.

    Sandman links a spate of mysterious helicopter flights with a right wing organisation (possibly related to Irish Terrorists - but not the I.R.A). These midnight helicopter flights were assumed to be part of some illegal activity. There is more to this than I can write here on this, so check on MirageMan's thread on the helicopter incident.

    Andy Roberts, in his 2010 Berwyn presentation has dismissed the helicopters as misidentified lights and unrelated to Berwyn. Make of that what you will.

    Whilst having this right wing group under surveillance, it turns out that 5 of them are also prominent members of UK Ufology. They reside in:
    - Nottingham (surprise!)
    - Cambridge
    - Birmingham
    - London
    - Leicester

    Apparently, these 5 individuals, lead a group of 17 ultra right wing subversives and according to their telephone conversations were interested in assassination British political figures!

    Here is where the story gets strange. According to Sandman, these individuals believed the helicopter scare to be genuine ufos.

    How strange is that, a right wing group, using UFOs as a cover, but believing that the helicopters, Special Branch thought might be terrorists, were UFOs! The mind boggles.

    Sandman relates that APEN was to be a front organisation for recruiting other like minded right wing nuts from the UFO community.

    Again, that's odd, APEN was supposedly a cover to recruit - yet they used a Nazi anthem? Why not just dispense with the Ufology window dressing, it's hardly like they were doing a good job hiding the right wing nut aspect!

    Here is where Sandman's story really connects with Randles. Apparently, APEN used Flying Saucer Review print order to get their stationary precisely so it would be discovered! Thus sowing seeds of discontent among the groups, fracturing them and reuniting them under APEN.

    Redfern suggests that Andy Roberts has a stack of private correspondence from the 1970s, from one ufologist who had researched this in depth and concluded that ultra right wing characters in ufology were attempting to form an underground group.
    In this section, I'm going to discuss my own thoughts on the matter, speculation and what it might mean for ufology.

    I'll start of by saying that the authorities did both Ufology and the the UK a great service by effectively destroying APEN and it's dreams of building a right wing network.

    This was done, by sending out tapes and letters from APEN that were increasingly right wing. In other words, exposing what was heard in private conversations but not broadcast to the wider Ufology community.

    Let's take a look, for a moment, at what some of the view points on APEN are:

    - Jenny Randles - APEN are a subversive group trying to fracture ufology
    - Andy Roberts - The mystery helicopters were unconnected but APEN was an ultra right wing group
    - Nick Redfern / Sandman - The APEN group were uncovered in relation to the mystery helicopter story. Using ufology of as a cover for possible terrorist action. Also, apparently APEN believed the helicopters were ufos (a strange contradiction)

    According to Terry Hooper-Scarf, he uncovered a local ufologist, working against him. This ufologist ran local meetings, presumably in Bristol:

    One evening I called on a certain Ufologist but he was out and so his wife suggested that I wait in the room where we held our meetings. I noticed letters on the table, just typed and dated naming me, UFO International and various other Ufologists and groups. The note paper was headed "Aerial Phenomena Enquiry Network" -APEN.
    ... He was exposed and even admitted he was a leading APEN member.

    What this all points to, is an ultra right wing network operating in the UK, also with a genuine interest in Ufology.

    It's often said that in criminal investigations, the criminal usually commits the most crimes nearest their own residence. Let's have a look where APEN operated:

    - Nottingham
    - Wales
    - Bristol
    - Reading

    Nottingham was quite clearly the center of operations.

    For this final section - I'd like to expose what I think is a huge problem with the APEN mystery.

    - Sandman tells us that UK authorities added ridiculous elements and Nazi symbology to APEN messages to expose them.

    It seems fairly logical to assume that if APEN were using Ufology to cover up an ultra right wing network - they wouldn't do the daft Nazi stuff. It makes it all pointless...

    It's also very clear that Jenny Randles received the bulk of APEN correspondence, including the Berwyn file.

    Logically, I think we can suggest that Randles was sent both disinformation to expose APEN, and contact from APEN themselves.

    The only real alternative is that Randles was APEN and created the correspondence to herself, which I consider ridiculous in the extreme.

    It's hard to determine if APEN were Right Wing NUTs pretending to be ufologist. Or Ufologist who were also right wing fanatics bordering on terrorists.

    If APEN were first and foremost ufologists that would explain why they were intrigued by the mystery helicopters. It does not explain how a terrorist investigation discovered them.

    Perhaps APEN were, first and foremost, Nazis, perhaps believing UFOs had some sort of connection. That would explain why they were monitored, why they suspected the mystery helicopters of being UFOs.

    As a monitored, right wing group, who the establishment were keen to expose, I find it hard to believe they would have had the time, opportunity or ability to conduct in depth investigations in to Berwyn.

    I'd like to propose that APEN, and the Alien Body retrieval story did not come from them. It was part of a campaign to ridicule and destroy APEN, who were in fact a right wing network.

    A sheet of the report be found in Jenny's book on the the Real Men In Black. Is it complete? Was there more?

    Only Jenny Randles will be aware of what was in the report but I suspect it added little to what is now known about Berwyn.
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1106494/pg1

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    Currently there are moves to dig up old fronts like APEN and present them as part of some wider right wing conspiracy. Even in the comments to that piece someone dropped a link to a plan to overthrow Harold Wilson, hinting at the involvement of the Royals.

    Similarly those forum posts hinted at a connection to Ulster Unionists, is it coincidence conspiracy theorists are linking Saville to the O9A and Ulster Unionists? Who again initiates members by sending them climbing in the Berwyn Mountains? Has the pre-O9A existence of the Noctulians even been demonstrated? You see where this is headed, but Niners could scarcely have caused an earthquake simultaneously with a meteor shower. Doubtful Lord Mountbatten or the Royals could either.

    Anyone who knows how things were in the Cold War, will realise the APEN stuff is normal for the era and anti-Communist activities, back then, really did imitate the Nazis to appear threatening. The far right conspiracy claimed to exist by the fearmongering left was actually based on Cold War false flag activities in the first place.

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    It's the UFO world folks.

    1942, the Germans are testing new and strange flying object as part of the war effort. Where do you test such a thing in Germany? It is very hard to hide these sort of things so the Germans decided not to do so. Instead they send agents into the field to interview private citizens and military pilots and people without proper security clearance. They pretended to be patient and interested and left the witnesses with the impression they had done something important in reporting these sightings. Then, that German governmental agency spun the reports into what they wanted the people to know about those sightings. They could have said they were natural things, foreign aircraft, whatever, anything but actual German testing on new flying devices. That German governmental agency was called Sonderbuero, Special Bureau.

    1945, Germany loses the war, much of its technology goes to America but the same problem arises, how to test secret flying devices secretly. The Americans learned from the Germans and used exactly the same methods. First there was an Army-Air Force agency then it became Blue Book. They collected sighting from citizens and spun them into whatever they wanted. This is how the term "swamp gas" was coined.

    But Blue Book was expensive to maintain and after all we are in America now. Why not privatize and save a ton of money? So they did. The CIA began funding and spinning the Mutual UFO Network or MUFON. With a few embedded agents and minimal cash the government had volunteers running about collecting sighting reports which were then taken back to MUFON headquarters for spinning. The very favorite spin involved UFOs as alien spacecraft. In fact, UFOs became instantly associated with aliens as sort of a kneejerk reaction, not with out government testing aircraft which was the last thing MUFON was ever to say. MUFON had copy-cat groups, CUFON and virtually every other civilian group which looks upward.

    So the situation is a bit like crop circles. When Doug and Dave, two local guys, came forth and admitted making crop circles and showed how it was done, now nobody would ever know if any crop circles were real and unexplained or just Doug and Dave or copy-cats. What I am saying is sightings don't mean squat. With the advent of digital photography, this goes double. Every story from every UFO organization is suspect and probably the work of spooks. Most everything is government inspired.

    Remember, we have nothing the government doesn't want us to have, including information.

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    Of course Laurel Canyon and the recruitment of several actors as CIA assets was to pass of strange phenomena as special effects. Nothing to do with paedophiles, Satanists, Scientology or indeed aliens.

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