This week on The Gralien Report, Micah recently got a laugh or two after he was mentioned on the popular Last Podcast on the Left, where a funny story from his youth was parodied by the hosts. The story had to do with “MIBs,” the alleged government spooks who, according to some popular conspiracy theories, silence UFO witnesses. Micah gives the full details behind the story of how he may have once been mistaken for one of the dark-suited characters, and how honest mistakes can sometimes lead people to believe in questionable things. We also touch on the Red Planet’s mysterious “Ghost Dunes,” a unique discovery made on Mars that planetary scientists think may help us learn about what its climate was like in the past.

Then we are joined for the remainder of the program by Paul Dean, an Australian researcher whose expertise is in filing Freedom of Information Act Requests to the United States Government about UFOs and related programs. The research he and his associates have conducted over the years has yielded a few interesting discoveries; namely the existence of two Vietnam War-era UFO projects codenamed “Have Fear” and “Lethal Chaser.” During the conflict, reports numbering in the hundreds (some 499 confirmed “anomalies,” to be exact) led US forces in South Vietnam to undergo an extensive surveillance operation utilizing radar, laser systems, and other technologies to try to discern whether these apparent aircraft were enemy helicopters, or something else.

Paul also shares with us details about his personal studies pertaining to the recent Pentagon UFO program, and how this led to disclosure that the program, reported by the New York Times as being called “The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program” may have had an entirely different name, and that it seems to have changed over time. Will we ever really get to the bottom of this strange affair, let alone find out once and for all what our government knows about unidentified flying objects? For more information on Paul’s work, check out his blog UFOs: Documenting the Evidence.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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