5. What They Are

Abductees have painted a clear picture of how the aliens behave. They present themselves to the abductees very professionally—a cooperative society operating like an efficient factory. But the aliens have been very private about their "personal" lives and the society in which they live.


Still, over the years they have "leaked" bits and pieces of information, and a picture of their life and society is slowly emerging.


Where Do They Come From?

Do aliens come from outer space, another dimension, or a parallel universe?


At first, researchers believed that outer space was the most logical explanation: that the aliens flew here from Mars or Venus or elsewhere in our solar system. But as scientists learned more about our solar system, it seemed certain that Earth was the only planet bearing intelligent life.


Therefore, researchers concluded that the aliens would have to come from another solar system. But even the nearest one is light years away, and flying here would be a daunting task, even at the speed of light. The problem of how UFOs can travel to Earth has been an intellectual "stopper" for many, and scientists have developed various theories over the years to overcome this hurdle. Astronomer and UFO researcher J. Allen Hynek posited that UFOs come from somewhere else via the "astral plane."


They in some way "will" themselves here, as if traveling on thought patterns. UFO researcher Jacques Vallee and others have suggested that UFOs come from an alternative reality that mankind somehow calls into consciousness; this alternative reality presumably exists alongside our own. Other researchers have hypothesized that the aliens "pop" out of a parallel universe that might be made of antimatter or some other substance.

This intellectual dilemma—how to reconcile space travel with current scientific knowledge—has been a key issue that has prevented the astronomical community from exploring the UFO phenomenon on any serious level. Yet this intellectual dilemma is a spurious problem.


Instead of asking where the aliens are from and how they get here, it is more appropriate to ask:

  • Are people really seeing the anomalous, artificially constructed, and intelligently controlled objects they are reporting?

  • Are people really having the abduction experiences they describe?

The question is not how aliens get here but whether they are here. The "how" is ultimately a technological detail.

Abductees have, of course, asked the aliens where they come from. And the answers indicate that they are indeed from another planet somewhere in the known universe. Since there are billions of stars and therefore billions of possible planets, this explanation seems reasonable and abductee testimony seems to bear it out.

When abductees have asked the aliens about their "home," they sometimes point to an area of the sky; they do not talk about parallel universes, time travel, dimensions, or other exotic "locations."


In one instance, Michelle Peters, a woman with two children living in New Jersey, had a conversation with an adult hybrid:

I asked him where he's from and he said the North. I sat up and looked at him.... He pointed up at the stars, and he said, "... It's about right there, but you can't see it. You can see stars around it if you had a telescope; three little stars and a planet, then there's a cluster, and then there's that. It's like a helix." First there's a few little stars, then the planet, then the cluster. And then their planet. It's real far away.1

Kathleen Morrison found herself with an adult hybrid staring out a window into space. The hybrid explained to her that travel through the stars was accomplished in stages.

He's pointing out constellations and stuff. Not just constellations like we know them but points out farther things. It seems that there's a link between certain of the systems that stretch out into space. I don't know. All I think of it is if you're crossing a river and you have stones and you jump from one stone to the next stone to the next stone, that's the best analogy that I can think of. But he points that kind of stuff out, stepping stones.2

Other abductees have described being in space and looking down at Earth. Their UFO did enter another universe.

Many abductees have reported being in desert-like terrain. Although the meaning of these settings is unclear, there are indications that such terrain may be a home environment for the aliens.


Susan Steiner remembered an incident when she was in one of these environments walking on sand.

The sky is like reddish. There's like cloud formations that are sort of hanging in the air very low, like very, they're not like cumulus clouds. They're more feathery type clouds. And they're like all different colors. Like multicolored and they're hanging in the air, almost like cotton candy or angel's hair. It looks sort of like angel's hair hanging there in the air. It's just like all over the place. There's like three, looks like there's three suns in the sky. One of them has like little, like smaller things sort of like ... I don't know what you would call them but like rotating around one of the suns. The other two don't have that, the other two are just plain. We start walking out into this stuff and then....

You were walking on the sand?

Right. But it's like hard sand. It's not like beach sand, it's like harder than that. But it's definitely sand, just not like a beach. And then we're like walking and he's grabbing my hand, he takes my hand and it seems like we're walking up steps but there's no steps. We're just floating and we float up toward this building, these big glass doors.

She floated into the building where two tall robed beings met her. She then underwent the standard alien procedures.3

We do not yet know where the aliens come from or how they get here, but a picture is emerging, again from abductees' accounts, of what their lives are like aboard the vehicles that appear to have transported them.


The Organization Chart

The aliens seem to have a recognizable chain of command and clearly defined roles aboard their spacecraft. In my book Secret Life, I pointed out that the shorter gray aliens act as assistants to the taller grays. The shorter aliens bring abductees to the UFO, take their clothes off, escort them to the "examination" rooms, and even do some nonspecialized procedures.


Shorter aliens rarely engage in extended conversation, and what they do communicate is usually limited to palliatives and reassurances for the frightened abductee. Researchers now know that the taller alien, whom abductees sometimes call the "doctor" or the "specialist" to differentiate him from the others, often joins the abduction after the shorter aliens have performed an examination of the abductee.


The taller being conducts the more complicated procedures. He takes sperm and harvests eggs. He implants embryos into female abductees and a few months later he extracts the fetuses. He conducts staring procedures in which he can extract memories or information from the abductee and in which he can also elicit sexual arousal and orgasm. He engages in visualization procedures, during which he can make the abductee see and even relive life events, or he can create entirely new "events" for the abductee to experience.

The taller aliens appear to have more of a personality than the shorter ones. They will engage in a dialogue with the abductee but remain coy about the objectives of the abduction and about the specific procedures.

There are suggestions of further differentiation of task—according to sex. I have received no reports of female smaller beings; all the females seem to be the taller variety. Female aliens perform the specialized tasks, including gynecological and urological procedures and visualizations; occasionally, they engage in Mindscan and staring procedures. The main distinction is that the female aliens attend to the hybrid offspring. They bring the babies for the important physical interaction that they must have with the abductees. They also watch over and direct the activities of the hybrid toddlers and young children.

This differentiation of task could be an artifact of the abductees' cultural perceptions, but the descriptions of the female alien militate against this. The females have no physical attributes of their sex as we would expect if human cultural perceptions informed these descriptions. They have no breasts or any secondary sexual characteristics that are noticeable to the abductee. Instead, the abductees say that the female aliens seem "kinder," "gentler," or more "graceful" or "feminine" in some ill-defined way.


Regardless of the vagaries of their descriptions, the abductees are all absolutely certain that these aliens are female.

In my earlier research, I focused on the gray beings because they are the most predominant life forms that abductees see. But it is now important to note that abductees have also reported other subgroups. Sometimes they report shorter beings with different skin color—tan or white are the most frequent. They also describe varying facial characteristics in both taller and shorter beings. By far, the most prominent differentiation is in overall appearance.


There are the standard grays, but there are also "Nordics," "reptilians," "insectoids," and robed, or hooded, tall beings.

Because most aliens are small and gray, for years I thought the Nordics were examples of confabulation and wishful thinking, which transformed the ugly aliens into handsome, blond, blue-eyed humans. After listening to many accounts of these more human-looking aliens, I concluded that the evidence clearly suggests that the Nordics are most probably adult hybrids, the products of human/alien mating. They hybrids are critically important and I will describe their crucial roles later.

The reports of "reptilians" or "insectoids" may simply be a matter of word choice, and some abductees apply these descriptive terms to aliens whom other abductees might describe as "standard" grays. Assuming, however, that reptilian and insectlike beings are actually different types, it is noteworthy that abductees almost always see them with the gray aliens, not alone, and that the tasks they perform are all within the standard alien matrix. They generally perform the taller being's more specialized functions. Abductees often express dislike or fear of these aliens, sometimes characterizing them as "mean" or "evil," although they have no evidence for these assertions.

Although we have not yet delineated the "reptilian" beings' roles, the "insectoid" beings are coming into sharper relief. Abductees have reported an alien who seems to have a higher "rank" and supervisory status than even the taller beings. He is very tall and is usually wearing a cape or long robe with a high collar. He often is described as an insectlike being who looks somewhat like a praying mantis or a giant ant. He examines abductees only infrequently and most often engages in staring procedures. When he communicates telepathically with humans, his talk is often more substantive and he is sometimes more forthcoming in the information he imparts. But generally he stands back, observes the abduction proceedings, and may issue directions to the taller beings.

The existence of task-specific beings suggests a hierarchical "society" and the probability of a "governmental body," with a downward-flowing chain of command from the insectlike beings to the shorter gray aliens. Other aliens appear to act somewhat subservient to the insectlike beings. If this is the case, then we can hypothesize that they might possess the highest authority for the entire Breeding Program, and therefore might be the group that initiated it.

Abductees frequently comment that the aliens display a "hive" mentality. The shorter aliens especially look alike, dress alike, and act alike, and on board the UFO, they do nothing that suggests unique personality traits. All individual activity is directed toward the abduction goal in a clinical and dispassionate way. The taller gray aliens appear to have more individuality and the robed insect-like ones even more.

Although the aliens might have disagreements and annoyances among themselves, they generally present a united and positive front to the abductees.


They constantly tell the abductees about how important the program is and how thankful they are for the abductees' "help."


Communications Skills

The aliens communicate telepathically with humans and with each other. When abductees describe the communication process, they say they receive an impression in their minds that they automatically convert into their own words for comprehension. Most of the time abductees seem to understand alien messages extremely well. Yet the subtle and wide range of expression that humans can use— cynicism, irony, sarcasm, drama—seems to be limited for the aliens, and the range of communicative expression that comes from subtle facial movements is almost nonexistent.

Quite often abductees can "tap" into conversations between aliens, which usually relate to the procedures in the abduction. "Hearing" aliens talk among themselves seems to depend on proximity. Abductees report that they do not "hear" a cacophony of sound in the UFO; they only "hear" in the right proximity.

The aliens, however, seem to "hear" and understand both human communication and human thought. Accounts from abductees strongly suggest that the aliens seem to know what abductees are thinking privately. For example, take the situation of a woman abductee who is given a hybrid baby to hold.


She resists this order and communicates to the aliens that she will throw it on the floor, but the abductee reports that the aliens "know" she will not do it.


Emotional Demeanor

Most abductees describe the aliens as having a narrow and "controlled" emotional demeanor. They are usually calm and collected. When they do become more emotional, they act satisfied, pleased, and gratified, but not joyous; they act irritated, annoyed, and perturbed, but not angry. Extremes of emotion do not seem to be part of their mental makeup.

Their restricted emotional range may help explain why the aliens force abductees to interact physically with hybrid babies and toddlers. The abductees report that this interaction makes usually passive babies become more active, as if the abductees have in some way "charged" the babies or given them more energy.

It is clear from abduction accounts that the aliens cannot provide what the babies need. They have stated as much themselves. The case of Reshma Kamal is a good example.


During an abduction, a female alien asked Reshma to hold a baby, but she resisted and questioned the need for the procedure:

She's going to show me how. She's picking up the baby. She's trying to put it against her, but it's like she doesn't know how. Now she's asking me to do it and I said no. She puts it down again. And I'm asking what do they do with these babies, where do they come from. She's telling me I don't need to worry about that, that the babies need to be held, otherwise they can't grow right. Whatever that means. I'm telling her that she doesn't have to worry about them growing right because they're already not right. She doesn't seem to like the way I feel.... She's explaining something to me.

What is she saying?

She thinks if she can make me understand something, I'll behave better.... I know she's trying for me to cooperate. I'm thinking the more I bother her, the more she will give me information. Now she's telling me that they need these babies. What we need to teach them is emotions, feelings, that they cannot do. She's explaining to me that they can feed and clothe the babies, they can grow physically, but they cannot give these babies emotional development, that they need me to help them to do that. I don't understand that.... She's saying there's a very big need for these babies. She's saying something about these babies are not exactly like them, or not exactly like us. But they need to have emotion.... She seems a little frustrated with me because I'm not cooperating. I'm just standing there with my hands folded, and I tell her I'm not doing anything.

Trying to make Reshma cooperate, the female alien took her to an incubatorium—a room that contained hundreds of containers of fetuses.

She's waiting to see my reaction. I'm asking her why are they doing this, and how do the babies survive like that, and how I wish that we had something like that so I didn't have to go through the birth pain. She's saying to me that if we did that, these babies would have no emotions, just like their babies, and that's where they need our help. These babies can grow physically... but emotionally they're dead... They need us to do that—nurture the babies. And I'm asking her why do they have to do all this.

Good question. What is her answer, then?

She's not saying anything. It's like she can't believe I still want to know more.... She's saying that these babies cannot function exactly like they do in their society, neither can they function if they were in our society exactly like us. ... So she's saying that we have to work together so these babies are not wasted. They cannot work on the babies alone because the way they function, the baby cannot function like that. And they cannot let us have them because they're not like us. But they need something from them and from us. ... She seems real frustrated with me. She's not saying anything. She's just saying we need to do that. ...

She says in time I will know. I'm suspicious of her, so I ask her do you want my kids? And she says not the way I think, to adopt them or something. There's no use for them here. That's all she says. I'm angry, and I'm saying to her that if they keep those babies in the wall like that, of course they're not going to have any emotions. She's saying to me if they kept these babies in our stomachs for nine months, that there would be too much confusion. So it's better to take these babies out when they're very small so we don't know, and they keep bringing us back to help them out. They have to take them out so we don't know what they're doing. I'm looking at all the boxes in the wall. She's asking if I'll help them. I said no.4

Eventually, although Reshma did not want to, she relented and held a baby.


It is rare that an abductee can resist what is being requested of her.


Basic Alien Biology

All life on Earth requires fuel to exist. Plants obtain fuel from the sun and the soil, animals from plant and animal material. We might assume that aliens would function in a similar way. Abductee reports suggest, however, that they have no mouth, teeth, esophagus, digestive tract, abdomen, or orifices for the elimination of waste products. No abductee has ever reported aliens eating or being in an area that could be reasonably deduced to be a human-style eating room.


When the abductee Lynne Miller directly asked the aliens whether they eat, after a pause one answered:

"We need no human consumption of the matter that you eat."

Until now, how aliens obtain fuel has been a mystery.


My earlier research showed that alien biology was different from human biology, but with no obvious sign of ingesting food, one could easily surmise that these beings were robotlike, stamped out by a die with an internal power source. One of Allison Reed's abduction experiences gave me the key to the puzzle. During a four-and-one-half-day abduction, a hybrid took Allison to rejoin her escort, who had been with her since the beginning of the abduction.


The hybrid mistakenly took Allison into a room that apparently was "off limits." It was large, circular, and had a vaulted ceiling. Allison saw approximately forty tanks filled with liquid in a horseshoe arrangement around the circular wall.


She heard a humming sound and saw a yellow light streaming to the center of the room from the ceiling.

So, what happens next then? You walk in there. You absorb this scene—

The light in the center, it withdraws. I'm standing there for a while.... Eventually, the light in the center it kind of sucks itself up. It goes into the ceiling.... Now these things [tanks], they're, like, tilted back just ever so slightly but randomly they'll "sit front" and then the water, I say water, the liquid just goes. It just goes. I don't know where it goes. It just goes. It may be sucked into-I don't know.

Do you hear a gurgling sound or anything?

I hear "wissssshhh." They are sitting back at an angle and every time one is moved ever so much forward, it goes "wisssshhh," like that, then it's forward and the liquid is dissipated. It's gone. I don't see, like, a hose coming out of the top.

Now this happens when the light withdraws?

Right. The light withdraws first, the yellow round thing in the center but then it's, like, intermittently—they don't all sit up together at once and everybody comes piling out—it's more, like, randomly one will pop up here, there, you know, from this side, that side. Some are in longer and some come out....

And what happens then?

Well, some of them they start to come out. They come out.

How do they come out?


They walk right through it.

They walk through it? They don't open the door or anything?


Hm-mm [No].

They walk right through the glass, in other words?

Right. Just like they do at my house.

Are they surprised to see you or do they just go about their business or—? What do they do when they come out?

They just walk past me. They walk past me. And I'm waiting there. Isn't this stupid? I'm waiting there for this gray guy. I'm so stupid! Why do I do that? I'm remembering this and I'd like to beat myself over the head. I'm such a jerk! Any other time I'm bitching that I want to run away from them and here I stand waiting for him!

When Allison's escort walked up to her, he was shocked to see her there. For him, the shock was compounded because she was wearing hybrid clothes. He quickly told Allison that they would have to go back to the shower room and return the clothes.

After I get that understanding that I could have caused problems for myself, I say to him, "What were you doing? What were you doing in there?" I think it, you know.... He just puts it off like, "Eating and sleeping," like it's so simple. It sounds too simple to be right but that's what I understand.5

If this is true, it suggests that aliens obtain their fuel by absorption through their skin rather than by ingestion. The absorption theory is supported by reports of fetuses floating in tanks in "incubatoriums." Many fetuses do not have umbilical cords, suggesting that they do not receive nourishment from a placenta. An alien told Diane Henderson from southern Illinois that the fetuses were in the liquid for "feeding," and that it was "nutritious."6


They gave Pam Martin the same explanation. An alien took her into an incubatorium and explained the function of the liquid environment in which the fetuses were floating. He told her that they "get everything" from the liquid.7


Susan Steiner went into a nursery where an alien presented her with a baby. First the aliens directed her to have skin-on-skin contact with the baby by rubbing its head and abdomen. Then they wanted her to feed the baby, but she refused. When they could not force her to feed it, they brought out a bowl of brown liquid with a "paintbrush" and told her to paint it on the baby.


She asked them what the point of this was. They told her it was for "nourishment."8

Thus, whatever the specific and still unknown biological processes, we now know that aliens obtain fuel differently from humans, that their skin has a unique function, and that they convert "food" to energy very differently.


But these are mere glimpses into alien life and biology, and the reason we do not know more is that the aliens do not want us to know. They have implemented a policy of secrecy that has effectively prevented us from understanding them or their intentions. Secrecy is the cornerstone upon which the abduction phenomenon rests.


The success of the alien agenda depends upon it.


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