I'm not sure how this film slipped through the cracks here at Media Underground. Mortimer's prime directive is about bringing you news and information totally unavailable in the mainstream press. We like to keep on top of things and make sure you get the latest inside dope on shit you can't find anywhere else. Maybe this got posted on Disinformation first and I ignored it. Maybe I thought it was you're average UFO debunking documentary. Maybe I just thought the title sucked. I don't know. But we're only a year late. This film came out in 2013. I'm not even sure if this got posted here before and I just forgot. But it needs to be posted again because I just started watching it for the third time today. This is a goddam rabbit hole of fun house mirrors inside a maze fucking a unicorn. I may lose my mind. Anyway, read the review, download and watch. I highly recommend it...
'Is there anything new to say about UFOs and people who believe fervently they have seen one? I wouldn't have thought so, either - but the intriguing Mirage Men casts new light on the topic, unearthing the bizarre fact that the US Air Force and intelligence services have been running a campaign of disinformation about UFOs.
'Here's how it apparently works: a high-ranking intelligence agent takes an outspoken UFO conspiracy theorist into his confidence, tells him (it's usually a him) that his theories are not only on the right track but the US government is itself secretively pursuing similar theories. The agent also sprinkles some deliberate falsehoods about UFO sightings into his disclosures.
'This has the effect of seducing the UFO-believer, making him feel part of some charmed circle of knowledge, but also encouraging him to spout facts that sound absurd outside (and even within) the 'UFO community. Why would the Air Force and US government do it? To 'neutralise' the conspiracy nut, and possibly to throw America's enemies (oh, OK, Russia) off the scene about US defence development.
'Complicated, isn't it? Watching Mirage Men plunges you into a vortex of half-truths, lies, manipulation, bluffs and double bluffs. It's not quite clear who we should believe. And that's before we even confront Special Agent Richard Doty, a government official whose task it was to plant these falsehoods. Doty, a timid, deeply ordinary-looking man blinking behind large spectacles, admits to cynical trickery aimed at throwing gullible UFO believers off the scent.' (The Telegraph review & The Pirate Bay magnet link).