How the Covert-Ops’ Reverse Engineering of ET Abductees Shifts the Abduction Paradigm

By Melinda Leslie

 “I am asking ufology to expand its current abduction paradigm to include an even greater appreciation for the reality and significance of the abduction phenomenon as it relates to the overall UFO subject.”

Twenty years ago I came to learn of my own experiences with extraterrestrial (ET) abduction. After only two years into my discovery process, I suddenly had a new form of encounter – one that included the involvement of military personnel in my experiences. This new discovery led me to research the military or covert-ops involvement in other cases besides my own, and learning that I was not alone. In fact, many abductees share a covert human involvement in their lives. I have now conducted over fifty formal interviews with abductees who have these covert-ops experiences and I’m familiar with at least another fifty more. Over the years, these experiences became the focus of my research, but my definition of them changed as the research grew and changed. I have since come to call these experiences, “the reverse engineering of ET abductees.”

While attending UFO conferences and lectures, I find myself in conversations attempting to explain my research to people, during which they often ask, “What do you mean when you say they are reverse engineering abductees?!” as they listen to me describe why there is a military and/or intelligence community (military / intelligence) interest in abductees. In my attempt to briefly summarize for them, I soon realize a more detailed explanation is required to really grasp the greater implications of reverse engineering as it relates to the abduction subject, especially since what I am actually referring to is the bigger picture of where ET abduction meets technology meets UFO cover-up. But, before I begin, some background information is needed.

MILABS: An Acronym is Born

In the UFO abduction and ufology community, the acronym “MILABS” (or MILAB) which is short for military (MIL) abductions (ABS) has become synonymous with a military presence, or government agency involvement in ET abduction experiences. This abbreviation was originally coined by Dr. Helmut Lammer in a paper he wrote titled Preliminary Findings of Project MILAB: Evidence for Military Kidnappings of Alleged UFO Abductees, 1996, and later became the title of his book MILABS: Military Mind Control and ET Abduction, 1999.

While credit is due to Dr. Lammer for coining the acronym, he was not the first to introduce the notion of a possible military/intelligence involvement in the abduction phenomenon. For many years, the subject was widely spoken and written about by abductees such as AJ (1993), Leah Haley (1993), Karla Turner (1994), Debbie Jordan (1994), Kim Carlsberg (1994), Mia Adams (1995) and even Whitley Strieber (1995) to name but a few. There was also research mentioning a military involvement in ET abductions in works such as the MUFON Transcription Project in 1995 and The Andreasson Affair Phase Two by Ray Fowler as far back as 1980, where he writes about Betty Andreasson’s and Bob Luca’s accounts of black helicopter involvement, all of this long before the use of the acronym that has come to define it.

In the time since its inception, “MILABS” has become a catch-all phrase used by researchers and abductees to reference many different types of possible experiences. From the presence of military uniformed personnel in an otherwise ET abduction scenario, to a litany of government mind control related activities, to an officially sanctioned government involvement in monitoring the lives of ET abductees, to an outright military cause for abductions in-lieu-of or excluding extraterrestrials altogether. Needless to say, the acronym, while generally accepted in the greater ufology community, gets loosely tossed about causing confusion. This problem has resulted in the person saying it means one thing, while the person hearing it often thinking something else altogether.

Due to the confusion, I started to redefine my research, not with an acronym, but with a statement boiled down to a sentence, that of: “Covert intelligence and paramilitary re-abduction, harassment, and surveillance in extraterrestrial abduction experiences,” adding to it further from time to time with extra statements like, “as evidence for the reality of UFO abduction.” My creation of this sentence was to attempt to describe my overall research in an encapsulated form so I didn’t always have to go on and on at length. That being said, I do feel it necessary to briefly explain to the reader who may not be familiar with my research, more precisely what it is about.

Research Findings

My research suggests that a covert military/intelligence pursuit of developing extraterrestrial technologies, in combination with the military, economic, and political gains that would be derived from such a pursuit, has resulted in making ET abductions a matter of national security. And I feel strongly that it also provides immense insight into why an official disclosure of the UFO reality has not been forthcoming.

I contend it would be a complete “dereliction of duty” if the national security apparatus were not monitoring the abduction phenomenon, given the sheer number of people claiming to have experiences worldwide; the totality of evidence for ET abductions, the technology to be gained and learned, and the implications of the covert nature of abduction experiences. And I suggest this targeting, monitoring, and re-abduction of abductees by covert military/intelligence agencies may provide the strongest evidence for the reality of UFO abduction experiences. There is an abundance of evidence for covert involvement, such as extensive corroborating experience testimony, multiple forms of physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, accounts of military and intelligence insiders, and many forms of documented surveillance.

The variety of experiences reported by the abductees may include any one of, or combination of, the following types of activities:

• Being watched or being followed
• Black helicopter harassment
• Threats made to the abductee
• Phone interruptions and phone calls
• Email and/or snail mail tampering
• In person face-to-face confrontations
• Illegal break-ins to property
• Underground bases seen
• Abductions by ETs with human military personnel present
• Abductions by human military with ETs present
• Abductions by human military only, without ETs present
• Mind control procedures
• In-depth interrogations
• Medical and genetic procedures
• Implants removed or inserted by humans
• Testing and development of psi abilities
• Involvement by military or intelligence insiders in the personal life of the abductee

Included in my research is evidence that such agencies are involved predominately out of a quest for ET technology. A quest to back-engineer technologies that operate on paranormal functioning (psi) and because of the development and control of those technologies, it is also one of the reasons behind the government’s suppression of the UFO subject (policy of non-disclosure) and along with it, the suppression of our dormant human potential – a potential where advanced psi abilities are an everyday part of human experience.

Continue Reading Part II: Reason for the name change; abductions by “military only,” and Dr. Steven Greer versus Dr. Michael Salla.

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Melinda Leslie is a researcher, investigator and lecturer in the field of ufology. She has been public with her own abduction encounter experiences for over 20 years and has researched covert-ops and military involvement in abductions for nearly the same length of time. She has interviewed over 80 abductees who have experienced MILABs, which involve military appearing personnel who use drug induced interrogations and hypnosis in order to retrieve extraterrestrial related information from alien abductees. Melinda’s research is featured in the book; Camouflage Through Limited Disclosure: Deconstructing a Cover-up of the Extraterrestrial Presence by Randy Koppang.

Melinda Leslie has lectured for numerous organizations including MUFON, The X-Conference, The Bay Area UFO Expo, UFO Expo West, The International UFO Congress, The Whole Life Expo, and others. She has been a guest on numerous popular radio shows including Coast-to-Coast AM, and has appeared on several television shows. For nine years she was the Producer and Director of a UFO lecture series hosting the most prominent names in ufology. In addition to her abduction work, Leslie has been a paranormal researcher for over 25 years and a founding member of the Orange County Paranormal Researchers Group, an organization which conducts formal paranormal investigations.

Melinda Leslie, also known as “The UFO Lady,” co-operates the Center for the New Age in Sedona, Arizona. Among other duties, she hosts UFO Sighting Tours and Tours of Vortexes. Her company also houses a UFO Research Center which holds regular UFO Discussion Groups. MILABs-Book-Cover.jpg


Melinda Leslie is available to present her research regarding How the Covert-ops’ Reverse-Engineering of Extraterrestrial Abductees Redefines UFO Cover-ups and Abduction Paradigms. Leslie speaks about the management of extraterrestrial related information and technology that includes the monitoring and re-abduction of alien abductees. She explains that just as covert-ops personnel gather and reverse engineer extraterrestrial craft, they also gather and reverse-engineer abductees – and for the same reasons: furthering the development of secret technology programs and control of extraterrestrial information. She explains how military surveillance enables them to re-abduct and interrogate abductees in order to gather information on ET motives, ET genetics, abductee psi/paranormal abilities and ET technology.


Melinda believes covert-ops’ involvement may be the best evidence for the reality and importance of UFO abduction. Additionally, her presentation demonstrates why there can’t be official disclosure without it addressing the abduction phenomenon. Melinda also conducts weekly UFO Discussion Groups for those who wish to share their personal experiences or to hear about her abduction and sighting experiences and/or have questions. All things UFO and ET are discussed and everyone is welcome.




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