Dr Michael E. Salla
September 25, 2003
Dr Paul Bennewitz is an electronics specialist who in the late 1979 began to
film, photograph, and electronically intercept what appeared to be extensive
UFO/ET activity and communications that he traced to the vicinity of the
on Jicarilla Apache Reservation land
near the town of Dulce.
Based on the collected evidence Bennewitz concluded that an underground
extraterrestrial (ET) base existed near Dulce that played a role in both
cattle mutilations and abduction of civilians. In 1980, the Air Force Office
of Special Intelligence (AFOSI) began investigating Bennewitz’s evidence,
and this eventually led to its disinformation campaign to discredit
Bennewitz’s subsequent electronic evidence and field research
alleging extensive human rights abuses were occurring at the
became associated with the AFOSI disinformation campaign.
Most UFO researchers concluded that Bennewitz had been too influenced by
disinformation to be taken seriously
In this report, I investigate Bennewitz’s claims regarding massive human
rights abuses by ETs at an underground base at Dulce, and his belief that
this was a joint US government/ET base that was the site of a significant
violent confrontation between military forces and resident ETs in 1979. I
begin my analysis of whistleblower testimonies by reviewing whistleblower
protection laws, and how National Security statutes eliminate this
protection for whistleblowers that disclose classified information such as
secret underground military installations. I then review various
whistleblower testimonies that involved the disclosure of information about
the existence of an underground base at Dulce used by ETs.
explore whether the evidence for the alleged human rights abuses and a
military conflict having occurred at Dulce are persuasive. I then examine
criticisms raised against the Dulce underground base hypothesis. Using
further whistleblower testimony, I further examine how a secret base at Dulce and other government facilities are funded without US Congressional
and Executive Office oversight. Finally, I make recommendations on how to
address the alleged human rights abuses identified in this report, and the
political implications of the purported joint government-ET underground base
Dr Paul Bennewitz is an electronics specialist who in the late 1979 began to
film, photograph, and electronically intercept what appeared to be extensive
UFO/ET activity and communications over the Manzano mountain range near
Albuquerque, New Mexico. He traced this UFO/ET activity to the vicinity of
the Archuletta Mesa on Jicarilla Apache Reservation land near the town of Dulce.
Bennewitz had earlier researched cattle mutilations in the region and
civilians who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. Based on
his film, photographic and electronic evidence, and his field research
Bennewitz concluded that an underground extraterrestrial (ET) base existed
near Dulce that played a role in both cattle mutilations and abduction of
civilians. In 1980, Bennewitz submitted his evidence to the nearby Kirtland
Air Force base to alert officials to the possibility that ET races were a
threat to the nearby Manzano Nuclear Weapons Storage Area.
The Air Force
Office of Special Intelligence (AFOSI) quickly became involved in
investigating Bennewitz’s evidence, and this eventually led to what credible
sources conclude was a disinformation campaign to discredit Bennewitz. Bennewitz’s subsequent electronic evidence and field research alleging
extensive human rights abuses were occurring at the Dulce underground base
became associated with the AFOSI disinformation campaign. Most UFO
researchers concluded, after Bennewitz had suffered a nervous breakdown in
1987 and the AFOSI disinformation campaign became public knowledge, that
Bennewitz had been too influenced by disinformation to be taken seriously.
The strongest support for Bennewitz’s claims are a number of individuals
claiming to be ‘whistleblowers’ who in their capacity as former employees of
corporations performing a variety military contracts worked at or learned of
the Dulce base, and subsequently revealed aspects of what had occurred
there. A recurring feature of these whistleblower statements is testimony of
a violent conflict in 1979 between US military personnel and ETs at the base
that led to a significant number of military fatalities. This seemed to
confirm Bennewitz’s claim of such a military conflict, and raises the
possibility that the conflict’s cause was related to his allegations of
human rights abuses. Furthermore, Bennewitz’s evidence provided an example
of how money illegally siphoned from the US economy into ‘black budget’
programs related to an ET presence, estimated to be as high as 1.1 trillion
dollars annually, was being used.
Was Bennewitz just an overzealous UFO researcher that accidentally tapped
into highly classified Air Force research and development projects, or was
he an electronics genius who single handedly uncovered the existence of a
joint US government-ET underground base where ET’s conducted gross human
rights violations on abducted civilians? Seeking clear answers to these
questions have spurred a number of books, articles, and internet websites.
The quality of answers has varied greatly since all who have written on
Dulce have mixed primary source materials with secondary sources that
cross-reference one another without confirming the validity and origins of
sources. This has led to much confusion and uncertainty for those seeking
clear answers to what was occurring under the ground at Dulce since most of
the available Dulce material takes the form of hearsay and speculation.
more scholarly effort of analyzing the primary source material available on Dulce is needed to help answer key questions about the alleged base at
Dulce, and the human rights violations that were reported to be occurring
there by ETs with US government complicity. This report is an effort to
fulfill the need for a scholarly analysis of the primary source material on
what has occurred, and may be still occurring, at Dulce and elsewhere in the
US and around the planet.
In this report, I begin by investigating Bennewitz’s claims regarding
massive human rights abuses by ETs at an underground base at Dulce,
belief that this was a joint US government/ET base that was the site of a
significant violent confrontation between military forces and resident ETs
in 1979. I begin my analysis of whistleblower testimonies that support
Bennewitz’s claims by reviewing federal and state whistleblower protection
laws, and how National Security statutes eliminate this protection for
whistleblowers that disclose classified information such as secret
underground military installations. I then review various whistleblower
testimonies that involved the disclosure of information about the existence
of an underground base at Dulce used by ETs.
I subsequently explore whether
the evidence for the alleged human rights abuses and a military conflict
having occurred at Dulce are persuasive. I then examine criticisms raised
against the Dulce underground base hypothesis. Using further whistleblower
testimony, I further examine how a secret base at Dulce and other government
facilities are funded without US Congressional and Executive Office
oversight. Finally, I make recommendations on how to address the alleged
human rights abuses identified in this report, and the political
implications of the purported joint government-ET underground base at Dulce.
Paul Bennewitz and Evidence of a Joint Government-Extraterrestrial Base at
In the mid 1970’s, a wave of cattle mutilations began occurring in New
Mexico and Dr Paul Bennewitz, a local Albuquerque businessman and
electronics specialist, became keenly interested in the phenomenon.
1979, he did some field trips with Gabe Valdez, a well known New Mexico
State Trooper to investigate some of these mutilations, and they concluded
that the mutilations were not caused by anything ‘natural’. Bennewitz soon
began noticing an unusual amount of UFO activity in the Northern New Mexico
area. Using his film and photographic equipment, he began accumulating
evidence of what appeared to be UFO’s.
He then began intercepting radio
and video transmissions that he believed were used by the UFOs and involved
different ET races.
He traced these transmissions to a base located under
the Archuletta Mesa, near Dulce. Bennewitz believed he had identified the
radio and video frequencies used for communications between the ET piloted
ships and ground controllers at the underground Dulce base. Bennewitz then
created a communication system that he believed enabled him to
electronically communicate with what he now was convinced were ET piloted
ships flying to and from the base. Furthermore, Bennewitz began to track the
electronic frequencies ETs used to control individuals who had been abducted
and implanted with miniature electronic devices. Bennewitz tracked down some
of these individuals and conducted interviews on what they could remember of
their ET encounters. Bennewitz eventually issued a report, Project Beta, in
which he summarized the evidence of his filming, photographing, electronic
interception, communications and fieldwork:
1. Two years continuous recorded electronic surveillance and tracking with d.F. 24 hr/day data of alien ships plus 6,000 feet motion picture of same.
2. Detection and disassembly of alien communication and video channels -
3. Constant reception of video from alien ship and underground base
view-screen; typical alien, humanoid and at times apparent homo sapien.
4. A case history of an encounter victim in New Mexico which lead to the
communications link and discovery that apparently all encounter victims have
deliberate alien implants along with obvious accompanying scars. The victims
cat scan. Five other cases were verified.
5. Established constant direct communication with the alien using a computer
and a form of hex decimal code communication was instigated apparently.
6. Through the alien communication loop, the true underground base location.
All of the evidence he gathered pointed to the existence of an underground
base at Dulce used by different ET races. The communications, video images,
and the abductee testimonies he found, provided further information that
Bennewitz used in understanding what was occurring at the base and its
national security implications.
One of the abductees Bennewitz found was Myrna Hansen whom he had arranged
to be placed under hypnotic regression by Dr Leo Sprinkle from the
University of Wyoming.
Under hypnosis she claimed to have been abducted
in 1980 along with her son and taken inside the Dulce base. She proceeded to
describe humans placed in cold storage, and large vats filled with the
remains of cattle and human body parts.
These were the most
controversial aspects of Bennewitz’s activities but combined with his
electronic interceptions, video recordings and communications he became
convinced that they fit an overall pattern of ET deception, responsibility
for cattle mutilations and massive human rights violations of abducted
Bennewitz’s electronic interceptions and interviews led to him quickly
learning much about the activities at the Dulce underground base, the
extensive ET presence there and the sizable number of civilians abducted and
forcibly taken to the base. His electronic intercepts and communications
provided him some basic information that a military conflict had occurred at
the Dulce base between ET races and US military personnel.
subsequently reported his findings to the Air Force Office of Special
Intelligence (AFOSI) at the nearby Kirtland Air force in October 1980
believing the ETs presented a threat to the nearby Manzano Nuclear Weapons
Storage Area. In an official report signed by Major Thomas Cseh on October
28, 1980 and later released under the Freedom of Information Act, Major Cseh
On 26 Oct 80, SA [Special Agent] Doty, with the assistance of
GS-15, Chief, Scientific Advisor for Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, KAFB, interviewed
Dr. Bennewitz at his home in the Four Hills section of
Albuquerque, which is adjacent to the northern boundary of Manzano Base.…
Dr. Bennewitz has been conducting independent research into Aerial Phenomena
for the last 15 months. Dr. Bennewitz also produced several electronic
recording tapes, allegedly showing high periods of electrical magnetism
being emitted from Manzano/Coyote Canyon area.
Dr. Bennewitz also produced
several photographs of flying objects taken over the general Albuquerque
area. He has several pieces of electronic surveillance equipment pointed at
Manzano and is attempting to record high frequency electrical beam pulses.
Dr. Bennewitz claims these Aerial Objects produce these pulses. ...After
analyzing the data collected by Dr. Bennewitz, Mr MILLER related the
evidence clearly shows that some type of unidentified aerial objects were
caught on film; however, no conclusions could be made whether these objects
pose a threat to Manzano/Coyote Canyon areas.
When AFOSI took no action, Bennewitz approached the then New Mexico Senator,
Harrison Schmitt, who demanded to know why Bennewitz’s claims were not being
investigated. Frustrated by the lack of official support for his
discoveries, Bennewitz issued a detailed report titled Project Beta and
continued to accumulate data on ET operations in the area.
Based on his intercepted electronic communications, Bennewitz revealed in
his Project Beta report the following about the size of the base and the
The total alien basing area apparently contains several cultures, (all under
the designation 'unity') and is approx 3km wide by 8km long and is located
in the middle of nowhere on the Jicarilla Indian Reservation west of Dulce,
NM. Based on the number of ships presently in this area, the total alien
population is estimated to be at least 2,000 and most likely more.
Bennewitz’s work had attracted much attention and soon led to a covert
effort by AFOSI to discredit him. In a 1989 Mutual UFO Network conference, a
prominent UFO specialist, William Moore, caused an uproar when he openly
declared that in 1982 he had been co-opted into this effort, and began
passing on information about Bennewitz’s activities to AFOSI and played a
role in feeding disinformation to Bennewitz. Moore described the events as
… when I first ran into the disinformation operation... being run on
Bennewitz... it seemed to me... I was in a rather unique position. There I
was with my foot... in the door of a secret counterintelligence game that
gave every appearance of being somehow directly connected to a high-level
government UFO project, and, judging by the positions of the people I knew
to be directly involved with it, definitely had something to do with
national security! There was no way I was going to allow the opportunity to
pass me by without learning at least something about what was going on. I
would play the disinformation game, get my hands dirty just often enough to
lead those directing the process into believing that I was doing exactly
what they wanted me to do, and all the while continue to burrow my way into
the matrix so as to learn as much as possible about who was directing it and
The public declaration by Moore confirmed that Bennewitz had, at least
partially, succeeded in electronic monitoring of ET craft in the area,
communicating with ETs at the Dulce base, and monitoring ET control of
abductees in the area. This might help explain why AFOSI began what emerged
as an intense covert effort to discredit Bennewitz. The basic strategy in
the campaign by AFOSI was to suggest that the most egregious aspects of
Bennewitz’s claims - the Dulce base as a site where humans were abducted for
genetic experiments, placed in cold storage and even used as a food source
for ETs - was disinformation rather than accurate reports of the nature of
the ET presence in the Northern New Mexico area. Indeed Moore
argued that by
the time he met him in 1982, the bulk of Bennewitz’s information was already
disinformation fed by AFOSI.
Many UFO researchers despaired of finding the truth of what was happening at
Dulce due to the fog of disinformation rumored to be circulating around
Bennewitz, and the various activities orchestrated by AFOSI and/or other
intelligence services that targeted Bennewitz and his supporters.
dominant view was that Bennewitz was definitely on to something but had
succumbed to beliefs that discredited his early and most persuasive work.
One UFO researcher claimed that the disinformation was passed on through the
intercepted communications: “Where the truth began and ended in the
information collected by Bennewitz is debatable but one thing is without
doubt true - the content of the intercepted messages certainly caused
Bennewitz to become a paranoid and deluded man who eventually suffered a
colossal nervous breakdown in 1985.”
The intensity of his
investigations and the official response had a heavy personal toll on Bennewitz caused his nervous breakdown. He later withdrew entirely from any
public discussion of the Dulce base and ended his involvement with
Despite his controversial withdrawal from the UFO scene, Bennewitz’s
credibility as an undisputed electronics genius was not at question, and the
extensive database of films, photos and raw electronic communications data
of UFO/ET phenomenon, was powerful evidence that something was occurring
around the Archuletta Mesa. Aside from the raw physical evidence accumulated
by Bennewitz, a number of whistleblowers have come forward to give further
testimony and even physical evidence of an underground base at Dulce, and of
ETs committing human rights violations on abducted civilians. Before
analyzing whistleblower testimony concerning the Dulce underground base,
will point out the legal position of whistleblowers when disclosing
classified information since this would help explain why comparatively few
individuals have stepped forward to confirm the allegations of massive human
rights abuses at Dulce and other joint government-ET underground bases.
Whistleblowers and National Security
‘Whistleblowers’ have been described as courageous employees who often with
the zeal of a martyr disclose unethical or criminal government/corporate
practices that involve great damage to the public interest.
short-term result for whistleblowers is the loss of jobs, reputation,
economic security, and even life. A whistleblower can be defined as any
employee of any branch of government or corporation that publicly discloses
unethical or corrupt practices by a government agency/corporation that
violate the law and/or damage the public interest. There are an extensive
series of state and federal whistleblower laws for those who come forward to
disclose such practices and risk their own careers, reputations and physical
When it comes to employment in government agencies/corporations
that involve working in projects with national security implications,
whistleblower protection laws have some important qualifications as
evidenced by the Basic Federal Whistleblower Statute concerning National
Security Whistleblowers (5 USC 2302).
The relevant section of this
Statute [5 USC Sec. 2302. (8) (A)] concerns the prohibition of action taken
against an employee (whistleblower) because of any disclosure of information
that the employee believes is evidence of “a violation of any law, rule or
regulation,” or “an abuse of authority, or “substantial and specific danger
to public health or safety.” The relevant section then states the critical
“if such disclosure is not specifically prohibited by
law and if such information is not specifically required by Executive order
to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of
As evident in the qualifying statement, whistleblowers are not permitted to
disclose information if such disclosure compromises national security. This
means that if one is employed in a government agency and/or corporation
working on a classified project with national security implications, such
individuals do not receive protection under Federal Whistleblower Statutes
for publicly disclosing classified information.
government/corporate employees sign contracts that permit severe penalties
for disclosing classified information, such individuals essentially sign
away their constitutional rights since they have no legal recourse to
prevent the imposition of even the most draconian penalties. Consequently,
if employees witness, for instance, egregious human rights abuses committed
in the operation of classified projects, they have no legal protection if
they choose to disclose this to the general public. One individual who
apparently risked disclosing egregious human rights violations while working
on a highly classified project is Thomas Castello.
Thomas Castello & the Dulce Papers
In 1987 an apparent whistleblower organized the release of 30 photos, video
and a set of papers to UFO researchers that were apparently physical
evidence of a joint US government/extraterrestrial base two miles beneath
the Archuletta Mesa, near the town of Dulce, New Mexico. The collection came
to be called the ‘Dulce Papers’ and provided graphic evidence of the
operations of this secret underground facility and appeared to provide
powerful support to Bennewitz’s conclusions regarding activities at the
The Dulce Papers described genetic experimentation,
development of human-extraterrestrial hybrids, use of mind control through
advanced computers, cold storage of humans in liquid filled vats, and even
the use of human body parts as a nutritional source for extraterrestrial
(ET) races. The papers provided possible evidence that humans were used as
little more than laboratory animals by ET races working directly with
different US government agencies and US corporations fulfilling ‘black
budget’ military contracts in a joint base. If the papers were genuine,
experiments and projects were being conducted that involved human rights
violations on a scale that exceeded even the darkest chapters of recent
The individual responsible for assembling and releasing the Dulce Papers,
Thomas Castello, claimed to have worked as a senior security officer at the
base before ‘quitting’ the Dulce facility after a military confrontation
that occurred in 1979 between elite US military personnel, base security
guards, and resident extraterrestrials. The military confrontation he
described has been dubbed the ‘Dulce Wars’ and a number of other
‘whistleblowers’ and UFO researchers have subsequently described similar
incidents at Dulce or nearby that substantiate many of Castello’s claims.
In the time since he claims he left his Dulce employers in 1979, and
subsequent release of the Dulce Papers in 1986, Castello gave a number of
interviews and corresponded with UFO researchers before eventually vanishing
from the scene. The transcripts of these interviews and correspondence
provide further ‘whistleblower’ testimony of events at the purported Dulce
facility, and the secret ‘war’ that occurred there.
Thomas Castello claims to have served in the US Air force and specialized in
military photography and video monitoring. He further claims to have served
on a highly classified underground base near the Northern New Mexico town of
Dulce. His background has been summarized as follows:
In 1961, Castello was a young sergeant stationed at Nellis Air Force Base
near Las Vegas, Nevada. His job was as a military photographer with a top
secret clearance. He later transferred to West Virginia where he trained in
advanced intelligence photography. He worked inside an undisclosed
underground installation, and due to the nature of his new assignment his
clearance was upgraded to TS-IV. He remained with the Air Force as a
photographer until 1971 at which time he was offered a job with RAND
corporation as a Security Technician, and so he moved to California where
RAND had a major facility and his security clearance was upgraded to
In 1977 Thomas was transferred to Santa Fe, New Mexico where his
pay was raised significantly and his security clearance was again
upgraded... this time to ULTRA-7. His new job was as a photo security
specialist in the Dulce installation, where his job specification was to
maintain, align and calibrate video monitoring cameras throughout the
underground complex and to escort visitors to their destinations.
It is the extensive video monitoring that occurred at Dulce that apparently
provided Castello the bird’s eye information he needed to learn what was
occurring at the base, and the human rights abuses that eventually led to
his departure from the base and distribution of classified material.
Castello’s claims are outlined in two sources, first are the
themselves that presumably involved classified material taken from the base;
and second, the interviews/correspondence Castello had with a number of UFO
researchers. Much of Castello’s material has since been circulated on the
Internet and has been incorporated in a book titled The Dulce Wars that was
authored by a UFO researcher who uses the name ‘Branton’.
Officially confirming Castello’s employment, military and educational
background and therefore his status as a whistleblower has not been
possible. This is possibly due to a practice that has been claimed to be
standard for civilians who work under contract to corporations and/or
military/intelligence agencies on classified projects involving ETs: the
official removal of all public records of contracted employees as a security
precaution in the event they intentionally or unintentionally publicly
disclose what is occurring in such projects. For example, Dr Michael Wolf
claims to have been a former scientist and policy maker on ET affairs that
began to serve from 1979 on the coordinating policy group for ET affairs,
the Special Studies Group (PI-40) in the National Security Council.
a series of interviews with the prominent UFO researcher, Dr Richard Boylan,
Wolf claimed that he was being directed by his superiors to participate in a
controlled leak of information to the UFO community while providing a fall
back of ‘plausible deniability’ for the government.
All public records
of Wolf’s advanced university degrees and contractual services to different
military/intelligence/national security branches of government were
eliminated making it very difficult if not impossible to confirm his
background and substantiate the startling information he was releasing. He
claimed that this removal of public records was ‘standard practice’ for all
civilians employed by either corporations and/or the US military in
clandestine projects involving ETs.
A further source confirming Wolf’s
description of the existence of such a ‘standard practice’ was
Bob Lazar, a
physicist who found that after leaving in 1988 the secret S-4 facility
(Dreamland) in Nevada where his job was to reverse engineer the propulsion
and power system of recovered ET craft, his birth certificate was no longer
available at the hospital he was born at, along with the disappearance of
his school, college and all employment records – he simply ceased to
It can now be suggested that a standard practice exists for civilians
contracted to corporations and/or military/intelligence agencies whereby
their employment and public records are removed as a security precaution
against either public disclosure of ET related information as in the case of
Bob Lazar, or to maintain a highly controlled leak of information as in the
case of Dr Wolf. This means that confirming Castello’s employment background
and therefore his credibility, as a whistleblower is very difficult if
possible at all. There are three possibilities for Castello’s true identity
and credibility as a whistleblower.
The first is that he is who he claims to
be, a whistleblower who worked at the base.
The second is that he is using
the name and identity of ‘Thomas Castello’ as a cover in order to
information on Dulce. In this case, he may be an ‘insider’ leaking
information on abuses at the base who wishes to remain an anonymous
The third, possibility is that
Castello is a bogus identity
created by an intelligence officer to disseminate disinformation that steers
UFO researchers and the general public away from genuine military related
projects in the area.
A number of UFO researchers were apparently able to
get in contact with Castello before his eventual ‘disappearance’ in the late
1980s and were able to get answers to a series of questions.
to both Branton and William Hamilton, fellow UFO researchers had personally
met with Castello and could vouch for his existence and credibility.
While the list of contacts and personal interviews with Castello are not
extensive, it does appear that he exists while casting doubt on, without
eliminating, the third possibility that his identity was concocted by
intelligence officers. It is this uncertainty that led to most UFO
researchers not taking seriously Castello’s claims that supported much of
what Bennewitz had been earlier arguing and was now associated with a
disinformation campaign led by Air Force Intelligence (AFOSI). In a later
section, other whistleblowers will be cited who confirm many aspects of both
Bennewitz’s and Castello’s claims indicating that the third possibility can
be dismissed as the least likely possibility concerning Castello’s identity.
Consequently, it is worth exploring in some depth what Castello claimed to
have experienced in the Ducle underground base since he provides the most
extensive testimony of what may have occurred there.
In the Dulce papers and his personal testimonies Castello claims the
existence of a
seven level underground facility
that jointly houses humans
and different extraterrestrial races in Dulce, New Mexico. Castello claims
that the humans employed at the base comprised scientists, security
personnel, and employees from various corporations who were servicing
There were four extraterrestrial races he claimed
worked at Dulce:
the standard ‘short’
Grays’ from Zeta Reticulum (approx 4ft
tall Grays from Rigel, Orion (7 ft);
and Reptilian species
either native to Earth or from the Draco star system in Orion (ranging from
Castello claims that the earth based Reptilians, who he described
as the ‘working caste’, were led by a winged Reptilian species he described
as the Draco (ETs from Orion).
He said that the short grays (depicted
in movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind) are subservient to the Draco Reptilians.
Castello says he was employed as a ‘Senior Security
Technician’ at the Dulce facility and that his primary job function was to
sort out any security issues between the resident ET races and the human
employees at the base. He described some of his job functions and the ET
hierarchy in response to a question by Branton about how often he
communicated with the different ET species:
Since I was the Senior Security Technician at that base, I had to
communicate with them on a daily basis. If there were any problems that
involved security or video cameras, I was the one they called. It was the
reptilian "working caste" that usually did the physical labor in the lower
levels at Dulce. Decisions involving that caste were usually made by the
white Draco. When human workers caused problems for the working caste, the reptoids went to the white Draconian 'boss', and the Draco called me.
times, it felt like it was a never ending problem. Several human workers
resented the "no nonsense" or "get back to work" attitude the working caste
lives by. When needed, intervention became a vital tool. The biggest problem
were human workers who foolishly wandered around near the "OFF LIMITS" areas
of the "Alien Section." I guess it's human nature to be curious and to
wonder what is past the barriers. Too often someone found a way to bypass
the barriers and nosed around. The camera's near the entrance usually
stopped them before they got themselves in serious trouble. A few times I
had to formerly request the return of a human worker.
Castello claimed that the different projects at Dulce involved:
engineering of ET technology,
development of mind control methods,
genetic experiments involving cloning and creating human-ET hybrids.
projects have been conducted at
Montauk, Long Island and Brookhaven
and been the subject of a number of other whistleblower
These projects were scattered among the seven levels of the Dulce
underground base with the ETs occupying the deepest levels, five to seven.
These lower levels were described by Castello as an extremely old series of
natural caverns that had been used in the past by different ET races. In
response to a question concerning the Caverns origin, he stated:
Nature started the caverns.
The Draco [reptilian humanoids] used the caverns
and tunnels for centuries. Later, through RAND Corporation plans, it was
enlarged repeatedly. The original caverns included ice caves and sulfur
springs that the 'aliens' found perfect for their needs.
In describing the way command was shared at the joint base between the US
government and the ET races, Castello said:
The worker caste [Reptilian] does the daily chores, mopping the latex
floors, cleaning the cages, bringing food to the hungry people and other
species. It is their job to formulate the proper mixture for the type one
and type two beings that the Draco Race has created. The working caste work
at the labs as well as at the computer banks. Basically speaking, the
reptilian races are active at all levels of the Dulce Base. There are
several different 'races' of aliens that work on the east section of level
six…. That section is commonly called "the alien section." The
Draco are the
undisputed masters of the 5-6-7 levels. The humans are second in command of
Castello says that he directly witnessed the products of the trans-species
genetic experiments in the sixth level of the facility. Most disturbing was
his discovery that humans were used as a kind of laboratory animal in the
lowest level where they were placed in cold storage, used as test subjects
in mind-control programs, and even used in genetic experiments. Castello
“Level #7 is worse, row after row of thousands of humans and human
mixtures in cold storage. Here too are embryo storage vats of Humanoids in
various stages of development. ‘I frequently encountered humans in cages,
usually dazed or drugged, but sometimes they cried and begged for help.’”
Castello claims he was told in his initial briefing that the humans suffered
different forms of insanity and were being subjected to a range of high-risk
medical procedures and mind control experiments designed to treat insanity.
He claims that he and other human workers were exposed daily to signs that
said: “this site does high risk advanced medical and drug testing to cure
insanity, please, never speak to the inmates, it can destroy years of work."
Castello argues that he performed his duties without any great problem until
he began to suspect that rather than being insane, the humans were normal
civilians who were simply abducted to be used as laboratory animals by the
Grey and Reptilian ET races:
I'm sensible, when doctors say don't speak to them, who was I to destroy the
delicate situation? But one man some how caught my eye. He repeatedly stated
that he was George S---- and that he had been kidnapped and he was sure
someone was searching for him. I don't know why he sticks in my mind, I
found I was remembering his face, thinking he sure didn't look or sound
insane, but many inmates said that. The next weekend I convinced a friend of
mine, a cop, to run a check on the guy, saying I had a run in with him and
was curious. I didn't mention the base at all. It was a sickening feeling
when the computer confirmed that George S. was missing.
It was the realization that the humans were ordinary civilians abducted from
that led to Castello’s decision to join a small number of other base
personnel in helping free the trapped humans.
It was another security officer that came to me saying he and some lab
workers wanted an off duty meeting at one of the tunnels [off the record].
Curiosity took over and I said OK. That night, about nine men showed up.
They said they knew they were risking me turning them in but they wanted to
show me some things they thought I should see. One by one they showed
records that proved many inmates were missing people. There were newspaper
clippings, and even photos that they had some how smuggled into the base.
They hoped to smuggle them back out, without me turning them in to the
honchos. I could see the fear in their faces as they spoke. One man stated
he would rather lose his life by trying, than to lose his soul by not doing
anything at all. It was that remark that turned the tide. I told them about George and the things I found out about him. After a few hours we pledged to
attempt to expose the Dulce Base.
Castello describes how the small band of human workers began to cooperate
with some Reptilians from the worker caste who also had an interest in
freeing the abducted humans in the deep levels. Eventually, Castello
described how the an elite Delta force contingent attempted to destroy the
Ultimately, it ended when a military assault was initiated via the exit
tunnels and they executed anybody on their list, human or reptilian. We
fought back, but none of the working caste had weapons, nor did the human
lab workers. Only the security force and a few computer workers had flash
guns. It was a massacre. Every one was screaming and running for cover. The
halls and tunnels were filled as full as possible. We believe it was the
Delta Force [because of the uniforms and the method they used] that chose to
hit at shift change, an effort that killed as many as named on their list.
Castello quit the facility, he took along with him photos and a video
recording eventually distributed to the general public as the Dulce Papers.
Due to the importance of Castello’s claims and the evidence he provided that
appears to support much of what Bennewitz had concluded from his extensive
electronic monitoring and field research, it is necessary to analyze any
further whistleblower testimonies that independently substantiate the Dulce
underground base hypothesis.
Was a Treaty Signed Between US Government Representatives and ET races?
The first claim that needs analysis is Bennewitz’s and Castello’s contention
that a joint government-ET bases exist in the first place. This would imply
some sort of formal treaty or agreement between US government
representatives and ET races. There is significant whistleblower testimony
that a treaty was signed between the Eisenhower administration and
from Zeta Reticulum as early as 1954. According to Dr Wolf the
administration entered into the treaty with the so-called Grey
extraterrestrials from the fourth planet of the star system Zeta Reticulum,
but this treaty was never ratified as Constitutionally required.
Alluding to the same treaty signed by the Eisenhower administration,
Phillip Corso, a highly decorated officer that served in Eisenhower’s
National Security Council wrote:
“We had negotiated a kind of surrender with
them [ETs] as long as we couldn’t fight them. They dictated the terms
because they knew what we most feared was disclosure.”
Treaty signed in 1954 between the Eisenhower administration and an
has been disclosed by a number of other ‘whistleblowers’ claiming former
access to secret documents disclosing the existence of such a treaty.
Phil Schneider, a former geological engineer that was employed by
corporations contracted to build underground bases wrote:
Back in 1954, under the
Eisenhower administration, the federal government
decided to circumvent the Constitution of the United States and form a
treaty with alien entities. It was called the 1954 Grenada Treaty, which
basically made the agreement that the aliens involved could take a few cows
and test their implanting techniques on a few human beings, but that they
had to give details about the people involved. Slowly, the aliens altered
the bargain until they decided they wouldn't abide by it at all.
The treaty has been argued to essentially lead to technology transfers
between ET races and the US government in exchange for certain basing
rights, and monitoring of ET abductions of US civilians. Col Phillip Corso
believed that this treaty was essentially something that was imposed on the
Eisenhower administration suggesting that the technology transfer would be
exchange for the ET harvesting the diverse genetic material available in the
This genetic diversity was something that made the US a much more
attractive treaty signatory than the more racially homogenous major powers
of Russia and China. It is likely that the administration reasoned that
since the Grays had been abducting US civilians anyway, that the Treaty
would provide them with a means of monitoring the abductions, and observing
at close range what happened with the civilians who were part of the genetic
experiments pursued by the Grays. The Grays were obliged to provide lists of
abducted civilians, something that apparently did not occur and later became
a source of friction between the Grays and US authorities.
The treaty with the Grays from Zeta Reticulum presumably led to the creation
of secret joint bases whose functions most likely included:
mind control experiments;
monitoring genetic experiments of Grays;
and collusion in the abduction of civilians for the various projects at
these shared bases.
The existence of both the Treaty and the joint base(s)
with the Grays would have received the highest possible classification
levels and would only have been known by a limited number of elected and
appointed public officials. Consequently, whistleblower testimony supporting
the existence of a secret treaty negotiated by the Eisenhower administration
for technology transfers with an ET race suggest the possible construction
of underground facilities where this could be done without public,
congressional or foreign national scrutiny. Having laid the possible ‘legal’
foundation for a joint US government-ET underground facility, I now move to
analyzing evidence supporting the existence of such a base.
Based on evidence presented so far it may be concluded that three
possibilities stand out as the most likely explanations for what was
occurring at Dulce.
First, a top secret joint ET-human facility exists at Dulce that is (or was) conducting projects that involve(d) the abduction of
human subjects whose rights are (were) severely violated.
Second, the Dulce
base exists (or existed) but reports of horrific ET abuses of humans were
part of a disinformation campaign designed to discredit Paul Bennewitz and
any legitimate research into the ET activities and secret government
projects being conducted at Dulce.
A third possibility is that all the
stories about Dulce are disinformation designed to deliberately steer
serious investigation away from UFO’s and to divide the UFO community.
Keeping these three possibilities in mind, I now examine whistleblower
testimonies concerning an apparent military conflict that occurred at the
Dulce base in order to determine which of these three possibilities is more
The Dulce War
The whistleblower testimonies supporting the existence of the Dulce base
suggest that such a secret facility is indeed conducting a range of projects
that focus on technology exchange, mind control, genetic experiments, and
human rights abuse of abducted civilians. It is likely that one or more of
these projects became an area of dispute between ET races and clandestine
government organizations. This dispute led to military hostilities that
became known as the ‘Dulce War’. The precise cause of this confrontation
remains unclear, however what does emerge from the various testimonies is
that it did occur and involved significant number of fatalities involving US
military personnel, Dulce security guards, and ET races.
According to Castello, the Dulce military conflict began as a result of the
growth of a resistance movement between both security guards and sympathetic ETs that desired to help imprisoned humans in the ET sections of the base.
Eventually 100 elite Delta force military personnel were sent to eradicate
the resistance movement that began to threaten established security
procedures at the joint base. This force suffered a number of fatalities and
inflicted heavy casualties upon both resident ETs and base security
personnel. The military confrontation at Dulce has been reported by other
whistleblowers including Phil Schneider who worked as a geological engineer
in the construction of the Dulce base, another underground base in the US,
and other underground bases around the globe. Schneider gave the following
details of his background and the existence of a military confrontation in
To give you an overview of basically what I am, I started off and went
through engineering school. Half of my school was in that field, and I built
up a reputation for being a geological engineer, as well as a structural
engineer with both military and aerospace applications. I have helped build
two main bases in the United States that have some significance as far as
what is called the New World Order [a UN run world secretly controlled by
‘tall Gray’ ETs]. The first base is the one at Dulce, New Mexico. I was
involved in 1979 in a firefight with alien humanoids, and I was one of the
survivors. I'm probably the only talking survivor you will ever hear. Two
other survivors are under close guard. I am the only one left that knows the
detailed files of the entire operation. Sixty-six secret service agents,
FBI, Black Berets and the like, died in that firefight. I was there.
Schneider described the cause of the 1979 military confrontation as little
more than an ‘accident’ that arose from drilling for a planned extension of
the Dulce base:
I was involved in building an ADDITION to the deep underground military base
at Dulce, which is probably the deepest base. It goes down seven levels and
over 2.5 miles deep. At that particular time, we had drilled four distinct
holes in the desert, and we were going to link them together and blow out
large sections at a time. My job was to go down the holes and check the rock
samples, and recommend the explosive to deal with the particular rock. As I
was headed down there, we found ourselves amidst a large cavern that was
full of outer-space aliens, otherwise known as large Grays.
I shot two of
them. At that time, there were 30 people down there. About 40 more came down
after this started, and all of them got killed. We had surprised a whole
underground base of existing aliens. Later, we found out that they had been
living on [in] our planet for a long time... This could explain a lot of
what is behind the
theory of ancient astronauts.
An important difference between Schneider’s and Castello’s versions is that
Schneider did not refer to the underground base as a joint facility. He
described it as a seven level US military facility that had ‘accidentally’
been built on top of an ancient ET base. He believed that his job was to
simply extend the existing base rather than attacking ET races for an
undisclosed purpose. The unlikelihood that the Dulce facility was
‘accidentally’ built on an ancient ET base suggests that Schneider
partly informed of the true nature of his mission and what was occurring on
the lower levels. The more likely scenario was that Schneider had to assist
US military forces to access the innermost layers of the Dulce facility,
level 7, that had been closed off and where the true cause of the dispute
Sometime in 1993 Schneider quit working for his various corporate clients
that serviced military contracts after becoming convinced of a plot by the
tall Gray ETs to develop a New World Order dominated by the United Nations that they would be secretly controlling. He subsequently began a series of
public lectures revealing the activities at the underground bases he helped
construct and the role of extraterrestrial races in infiltrating national
governments and being the true architects of a New World Order.
gave a keynote lecture at a MUFON conference in May 1995, and
was found dead
in his apartment seven months later in January 1996.
surrounding the death of Schneider and his autopsy report led many to
declare that Schneider had been murdered for going public with his knowledge
of ETs and the secret underground base.
Schneider’s testimony, his
clear knowledge of geological engineering, and mysterious death all support
his central thesis that an underground base exists at Dulce, and a military
confrontation between ETs and elite US military forces occurred at the
lowest level of this underground facility.
Another ‘whistleblower’ that lends credence to the possibility that a
firefight had occurred between US military forces and ETs in a secret
underground base was Dr Michael Wolf. Wolf’s book Catcher’s of Heaven
described a firefight between ETs and elite US military forces that had
occurred in 1975 at the Groom Lake, Nevada facility that may have been
related to what occurred later at the nearby Dulce:
The Greys shared certain of their technological advances with
military/intelligence scientists, apparently often while prisoner "guests"
within secure underground military installations in Nevada and New Mexico.
The extraterrestrials have given the U.S. government some of their
antigravity craft and a huge amount of fuel (element 115). On May 1, 1975
during one such technology exchange in Nevada, a demonstration of a small ET
antimatter reactor, the lead Grey asked the Colonel in charge of the Delta
Forces guarding the ETs to remove all their rifles and bullets from the
room, (so that they would not accidentally discharge during the energy
The guards refused, and in the ensuing commotion a guard opened
fire on the Greys. One alien, two scientists and 41 military personnel were
killed. One guard was left alive to attest that the ETs apparently
directed mental energy in self-defense to kill the other attacking Delta
Forces. Dr. Wolf states that "this incident ended certain exchanges with
There are important parallels with the ‘Dulce war’
in the description of the
‘Nevada’ confrontation described by Wolf, with that described by
and Schneider. In both cases, a significant number of US military personnel
are killed after a confrontation with ETs. These parallels suggest either
that Wolf was narrating an entirely different conflict, or the same conflict
but with some inaccuracies intended to hide the true nature and location of
the conflict between the US military and ET races. Some notable differences
in the accounts are that Wolfe said that the ETs were ‘prisoner’ guests
rather than sharing joint base facilities with the US. It is unlikely that
ETs as ‘prisoner guests’ would participate in the kind of significant
technology exchange described by Wolf. It is likely that Wolf’s reference to
the ETs as ‘prisoner guests’ was intended to hide the true extent of the
cooperation between US military and ET races in a shared base that might
lead to a connection being made with Bennewitz claims regarding Dulce.
also casts doubt on whether the conflict did occur in Nevada in 1975 as Wolf
writes, or whether he was alluding to the 1979 military conflict at Dulce,
New Mexico. If the latter is the case, then Wolf was instructed by his
superiors in the ‘controlled release of information’ to sow some
inaccuracies (disinformation) into the information he was releasing that a
firefight had indeed occurred at a shared Government-ET facility and the US
had taken heavy casualties. Such a disinformation strategy would strengthen
any fall back position of ‘plausibility deniability’ that the government
could choose to take over the sensitive information released by Wolf. Wolf
further disclosed in an interview that he had worked at the Dulce
laboratory, thereby providing more confirmation for the existence of this
secret underground base that is the key claim made by Bennewitz.
Another whistleblower that revealed evidence of the existence of a joint
government-ET base and the ‘Dulce military conflict’ is Bob Lazar. Lazar
worked for a few months in 1988 at the S-4 Nevada facility on
reverse-engineering the propulsion and power system of ET craft. In an
interview he described his background as follows:
I have two masters degrees, one's in physics; one's in electronics. I wrote
my thesis on MHD, which is magnetohydrodynamics. I worked at Los Alamos for
a few years as a technician and then as a physicist in the Polarized Proton
Section, dealing with the accelerator there. I was hired at S-4 as a senior
staff physicist to work on gravitational propulsion systems and whatnot
associated with those crafts.
Lazar revealed that in his briefing prior to working on the ET craft he was
required to read 200 pages of briefing documents in preparation for his job.
He recalled that the briefing document mentioned a battle between ETs
and humans at a secret base in 1979. He said the conflict was caused by a
security guard that tried to take a weapon in the ET area and resulted in
fatal wounds to security personnel. Lazar’s recollection of the briefing
document he read in 1988 is very likely referring to the 1979 Dulce
In sum, the strongest evidence for Bennewitz’s claims regarding the Dulce
base come from:
Thomas Castello’s testimony of his employment and defection
from the Dulce underground base after witnessing human rights abuses;
testimony of Phil Schneider
who was directly involved in the Dulce
important parallels with Michael Wolf’s revelation of a firefight
that may have occurred four years earlier at another underground base in
Nevada and his admission of having worked at Dulce;
Bob Lazar’s recollection
of a written briefing disclosing a 1979 firefight between ETs and security
personal at a secret base;
and the reports of abductees who underwent
hypnotic regression and whose testimonies are recorded in the book, The Dulce Wars.
Furthermore, the disinformation campaign instigated against Bennewitz,
and the mysterious death of Schneider after his going public on
the existence of secret underground facilities, both lend circumstantial
support to the view that there was sufficient basis to whistleblower claims
concerning the existence of the Dulce underground facility, and possible
gross human rights abuses occurring there.
I can now return to the three possibilities mentioned earlier concerning
Bennewitz’s major claims of the existence of the Dulce base, a military
conflict having taken place, and extensive human rights having occurred (or
continuing to occur) at the base.
The first possibility was that the
evidence substantiates Bennewitz’s claims.
The second possibility was that
Bennewitz’s claims concerning ET abuses against civilian abductees was
disinformation intended to steer researchers away from the existence of the
base and/or a military conflict having taken place there.
possibility was that Bennewitz’s claims were compromised by disinformation
intended to steer UFO researchers away from genuine sightings of UFO’s.
order to determine which possibility is most plausible, I will now consider
some of the criticisms made of Bennewitz’s and others claims surrounding the Dulce base.