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BOOK REVIEW: Dulce Base: The Truth and Evidence from the Case Files of Gabe Valdez by Greg Valdez (Levi-Cash Publishing) 2013

Up until 2005, what little I knew about the small community of Dulce, New Mexico was that there was allegedly a secret, underground base near there, operated by both aliens and certain elements within the U.S. military. Their sinister collaboration involved bizarre experiments involving humans and animals and had a lot to do with reported alien abductions and the cattle mutilation crisis of the 1970’s and 80’s. What their endgame was, was anyone’s guess.

Fortunately, in 2005,fringe-culture historian Greg Bishop released his fantastic book Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth, a book I reviewed at the time for The Town Talk newspaper in Louisiana. I gave it high praise at the time.

For me, Bishop’s well-researched book laid to rest the outlandish theories that aliens were tunneling underground under the watchful eye of Uncle Sam, as nefarious deeds were conducted under cover of night and various “Black Budget” projects. No, the U.S. Air Force actually drove a man over the edge, Paul Bennewitz, because he was investigating the strange goings-on at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, where Bennewitz lived, all via disinformation and various psy-ops in hopes of steering Bennewitz down dead-end trails. It’s an ugly story of government abuse of a citizen simply seeking the truth.

So, when I saw Dulce Base, I was curious to learn more about what had been written about the topic – big in UFO circles – in the past decade.

I should mention that author Greg Valdez is the son of the Gabe Valdez noted in the title. The elder Valdez was an officer with the New Mexico State Police and stationed in the northern portion of the Land of Enchantment.

The son is a very levelheaded man whose father had passed away, but left behind a treasure trove of documents from his years pursuing cattle mutilation cases and related unexplained phenomena. Officer Valdez, in his time, was a sort of Agent Mulder but with his feet planted firmly on the ground. And his son is also a very practical and pragmatic person who is not interested in conspiracy theories or wild tales of alien invasion. He simply wants to know the truth, just as his father had for many years.

That’s not to say that people in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado haven’t seen strange lights and high weirdness in their neck of the woods for many years now – because they have. But the explanations, by the time you get to the end of Dulce Base, seem to have a more terrestrial explanation.

As Greg Valdez notes in the prologue: “The purpose of this book is not to prove alien existence so that more copies of this book will sell,” writes Valdez in the prologue. “The goal is simply to provide you, the reader, the evidence and truth about what really happened and to document the investigations and evidence that my dad spent years of his life pursuing.”

And we get that with Dulce Base, which is very refreshing in an age where disinformation pollutes the field of Ufology.

So, it was in June 1976 when Officer Gabe Valdez was initially contacted by a cattle rancher named Manny Gomez, who ranched near Dulce, which abuts the sizable Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation. Concerned about what he had come across – one of his cows was dead – he told Valdez that the cow was missing its reproductive organs and that it appeared “three circular impressions in the dirt that looked like some kind of aircraft had landed close by.”

When Officer Valdez went to investigate, he found the animal “lying on its side, and its left ear, tongue, udder, and rectum … removed with what appeared to be a sharp, precise instrument. No traces of blood appeared on the cow’s skin.”

And things continued on from there, with more cows mutilated, strange craft darting around the sky over Dulce and glowing tombstones.

But when radar chaff began to be found at the sites of mutilations, along with ballpoint pens reading “US Government” and the Air Force acting strangely when questioned about aerial activity. Is all of this related to keeping stealth aircraft tests quiet? But why is it happening on sovereign land controlled by the Jicarilla Apache and not at some government-operated base?

But things actually get really interesting in Valdez’s book when he gets into the history of “peaceful” underground nuclear detonations as part of “Project Plowshare” in the 1960’s and 70’s.The tests were to see if nuclear explosions could help access natural gas. The tests only contaminated the gas with radiation and did not work. It was like “fracking” with a nuke.

One of the tests in this area of New Mexico was Project Gasbuggy. The test may have resulted in “flaring” that released radioactivity into the environment and contaminated animals in the area. The mutilations started just a few years after the last Plowshare test was conducted. So, is there a connection?

Greg Valdez writes of his father’s relationship with the aforementioned Paul Bennewitz. And there’s an interesting chapter on the so-called Redding Ranch, abutting the Mount Archuleta area where a lot of mysterious activity has occurred. The ranch, which has “guard towers” that the owner – who owned a Texas-based steel-pipe company that was a military contractor with work done at the Nevada Test Site “for construction of underground tunnels during the testing of nuclear bombs in Nevada” – said were used to “view wildlife. A likely story. And the connection as a military contractor seems rather coincidental. Plus, the Dulce area is not that far from Sandia Labs, Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, Fort Carson, Colorado and other military installations. Were the military to have a secret, “off-the-books” underground base in the Dulce area would not be beyond the realm of possibility.

But really, Greg Valdez explains, rather plainly and to the point, that a lot of disinfo has tainted the Dulce story and this book was put out there to bring things back to earth. I would have to say that Greg Valdez successfully reached his goal in clearing up a lot of misinformation and outright fabrications that have followed the Dulce story for years.

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