Researcher Robbie Graham recently announced his suspicion the Central Intelligence Agency influenced production of the films 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (1951) and 'Hangar 18' (1980), movies considered by many to have significantly shaped the evolution of public opinion concerning the UFO phenomenon. Graham stated on his website, 'Silver Screen Saucers', that the two films “would appear to bear the fingerprints of the CIA.”
Graham followed up his statements by posting two research papers he authored. The first, ''Hangar 18', the CIA, and the Mormon Church', contained information about individuals involved with Sunn Classic Pictures, producer of 'Hangar 18', and their possible involvement with the intelligence community.
“Objectively,” Graham concluded in the paper, “there is currently insufficient evidence to prove conclusively that there was a high political or religious agenda behind Sunn Classic Pictures and films such as 'Hangar 18', but there are enough intriguing puzzle pieces currently on the table to warrant further investigation.”
Graham's second paper, 'The CIA, the Movie Mogul, and 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'', documented the involvement of potentially significant intelligence personnel in the making of the film. Such personnel included propaganda specialists with direct links to the CIA and who served as script writer and production chief, Graham reported.
Some researchers are convinced the involvement of the intelligence community in movies containing UFO-related subject matter indicates an alien presence. Such researchers suggest intelligence agencies manipulate belief systems for reasons including acclimating the public to what they suspect is the reality of extraterrestrial visitors.
Other researchers are much less convinced, suggesting CIA and DoD tampering in UFO films does not in and of itself support the extraterrestrial hypothesis. Such tampering may be the results of any number of additional motives, they argue, likely changing and evolving over the now decades of CIA presence in Hollywood. Such motives might sometimes include deception operations in which it was deemed advantageous to manipulate an unsuspecting public into favoring a belief in extraterrestrial visitors.
“How we choose to interpret all of this information,” Graham wrote, “ultimately comes down to the individual's world view.”