Whether you love or loathe Billy Meier his activities have been the subject of intensive monitoring by intelligence authorities including the CIA. Officialdom at a secret level take the man very seriously indeed.
The extraordinary surveillance of the Swiss UFO contactee has been outlined in detail by the late American investigator, Wendelle Stevens, who spent eight years involved in an in-depth investigation of Meier and his followers at their farm near Hinterschmidruti.
Stevens gives a detailed picture of the contact that he and fellow investigators Lee and Brit Elders were pressured into having with a range of intelligence agencies during their visits to Switzerland in the late 1970s and 1980s. These pre-briefings and debriefings, which took place mainly in London, could stretch for days and were dominated by discussions with a senior CIA officer who maintained a secure, sealed off section of a London hotel. The interviews were sometimes marked by anomalous phenomena that Stevens could only ascribe to the intervention of Meier’s alleged Pleiadian visitors – in other words, while the CIA was monitoring Meier, the ET visitors appeared to be monitoring the CIA with technology that left no doubt about who was on top. The ET pranks included dematerializations of documents and shenanigans with a secure CIA telephone line.
This cooperation by Stevens and the Elders with a range of interested government agents was frankly admitted by Stevens in anecdotes scattered through several of the six volumes of his investigation reports and contact notes of Meier. This huge output of investigative material totalling nearly 3,000 pages was published by Stevens between 1982 and 1996 and reflects the former US Air Force Lt Colonel’s conviction that the Meier contacts, though bizarre and eccentric by conventional standards, were authentic. Stevens died in 2010, Lee Elders is a private investigator in California and his wife Brit is the webmaster for Shirleymaclaine.com and an assistant to the Hollywood actress.
“We were stopped in different countries en route to and from Switzerland, and were interrogated and sometimes given instructions by one service, and then again and differently by another,” wrote Stevens. “Every time we visited the Meier farm a military strongpoint was set up on the hill just above the Meier house looking right down into the family living room.” Journeys out into the surrounding countryside to visit alleged landing sites often saw the arrival of observer planes monitoring the American investigative team’s activities.
Despite the intimidating atmosphere, Stevens and the Elders also had their research trips facilitated by special treatment in both London, where they had accommodation set up for them by the Americans, and in France, where the Gendarmerie made sure their train journeys to and from Switzerland proceeded smoothly. Uninvited police escorts protected them from interference.
On their third return trip across France the Gendarmerie not only ensured they had a reserved compartment but assigned them an empty carriage and placed guards at each end to keep people out. “They made no move to stop us when we went to the dining car but they let nobody else through,” wrote Stevens. This time the team were carrying a precious consignment of high quality super-enlargements of spacecraft photos that Meier had taken and which he allowed the investigators to copy from the original slide transparencies. These photos were later published in a large format pictorial volume by Stevens and the Elders, a book which heralded Meier’s spectacular arrival on the international UFO scene. When the three arrived at the boat-train dock at Dunkirk at the end of this train ride they were pulled out of the immigration queue and taken to a special check-through which was opened and closed exclusively for them.
“In London we were met again and taken to the now familiar ‘debriefing’, where our host asked to see the new pictures – which I still had in a long narrow box under my arm,” wrote Stevens. “We let them be taken away to another room to be examined (and probably photographed), and then they were brought back and given to me with a single word comment, ‘Nice.’”
Stevens commented that in addition to the interest shown by agencies in Switzerland, France and America, his team also tracked involvement by the English, Austrians, the Czechs, the East Germans and the Russians.
On one stop-over in London the investigators were witness to a prank that demonstrated that when it came to secret surveillance the ET’s won hands down. During one of the meetings with the CIA station officer they were shown an object that was inside a multiple secured safe. “Inside of that safe at that time,” wrote Stevens, “on a top shelf, laying flat was a plain powder-blue folder with an enclosure clip, and a signature sheet was fastened to the front. That folder was never touched or moved as we crouched in front of the open safe.” After viewing the object of interest the safe was closed and locked and the piece of furniture behind which it was camouflaged was returned to its position. The interview lasted several hours and then the three were returned after midnight to their rooms which were kept behind careful layers of security in a special wing of a hotel. When Lee Elders woke the next morning and retrieved his wallet from the top of a low wardrobe near his bed he found the blue folder from the CIA safe sitting on top of it. Leaving Brit to guard the folder and get dressed, Lee and Stevens went downstairs and made a phone call to the officer to advise him of the bizarre turn of events. “He was dumbfounded…and held the line open while he went to the safe and checked. Sure enough the sensitive blue folder was in fact missing from the safe. He asked us not to touch it, and said he would be right over.” The man arrived a few minutes later with a bodyguard and sought assurances that the team had not read through the folder.
Another time the three were about to be interviewed in London by the officer who was flanked by two telephones, one red and one white. Suddenly the white phone rang 10 short rings but there was no one on the line when it was answered. The interviewer checked it out with the operator but no explanation could be found for the rings. “He cleared his throat and turned to start the conversation again, when the red phone rang 10 short rings! He grabbed the phone and quickly answered it as though he could catch the caller this time. Again no answer….Our interviewer said, ‘I can’t believe this! I’ll get to the bottom of it right now. This is a direct line right to telephone central. It bypasses the switchboard downstairs and goes through no other operators. It is a secure line and only especially cleared people can use it.’” Despite urgent phone calls to the operator the man could find no explanation for the rings.
“This situation was only one of more than a dozen such, of different kinds, which clearly demonstrated to us, with no shadow of a doubt, that the Pleiadians were aware of everything we were doing, as well as everything anybody else was doing that may pertain to them in any way,” wrote Stevens in 1989. “They alone knew who all the players were.”