November 30, 2007 By Joseph P. Farrell

For those who've been following the fascinating work of Richard Hoagland through the years, run, don't walk (if you haven't already done so) to your nearest bookstore and get a copy of his newest book Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA. This is quite a read, and here's why:
I first began to follow Hoagland's work after hearing him on Larry King's old overnight radio show, long before Art Bell came along, and shortly after Mr. Hoagland's first book, The Monuments of Mars had just been printed in its first edition (it's now in its fifth edition and umpteenth printing). I have followed Mr. Hoagland's work ever since. And as anyone knows who has been following it, there is a veritable mountain of data, predictions, papers, photographs and reams of extended analysis on his website (www.enterprisemission.com).
This is where Dark Mission in part fills a much-needed gap, for it in part constitutes a review of his involvement and interest in the anomalies not of Mars, but of our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon. But the book is also much more than that. It is a thorough review of how he came to hold the hypothesis that there are in fact two space programs, NASA's rather overt and by any account rickety obsolescent one, and a much more secret one. Dark Mission thus gives us what has been needed for some time, a review of this hypothesis and how he came to hold it. But it goes further: it reviews Mr. Hoagland's case that NASA itself was and is beholden to a cabal whose esoteric and occult interests have actually determined mission parameters to some extent, up to, and including, the lunar landings themselves. So much of this book corroborates and confirms the similar conclusions I reached in my own book The SS Brotherhood of the Bell that the two dovetail and confirm each other quite nicely. In fact, the more so, as Mr. Hoagland reaches his conclusions via a slightly different route. In yet another strange corroboration, Mr. Hoagland and co-author Mike Bara came to the conclusion that President Kennedy's assassination was in part motivated by His desire to initiate a cooperative space effort with the Soviet Union. For the threatened and hidden power interests inside of NASA, which according to Hoagland and Bara, included Magicians, Masons, and Nazis - all thoroughly documented in the book - this was too much. The President had to go.
Dark Mission's importance to the growing literature of government suppression of alternative science and technologies cannot be lightly dismissed by anyone with an open mind. In fact, the most interesting thing about the book is the response it has had. Of course, there are the usual silences from America's so-called "free press", and the usual attempts to discredit Mr. Hoagland or Mr. Bara or their associates who have provided data and assistance. These have been so lame and inept that no further comment is needed here, but for the reader who wishes to follow the story, they can read of some of these attacks on Mr. Bara's Dark Mission blog site.
The stupidity and lameness of these attempts has been highlighted in very dramatic fashion by a heavy Russian media attention from the four major networks in Russia, as well as by a sustained interest in Russia's print media. And notwithstanding our own so-called media's mandated disinterest in the work, it has nonetheless climbed to the top twenty of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. If you want to know why all these things have happened, if you want to know why Japan has a three ton satellite orbiting the Moon and mapping it, or why China, Russia, and India, in addition to the United States, have regained a sudden interest in returning men to the Moon, if you want to know why the American Press has scarcely mentioned the book inspite of its position on the New York Times Bestseller list, if you want to know why the Russian media has a sustained interest in his work, and if you haven't yet read Dark Mission, then run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore, and buy, and read, and absorb the profound implications of Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA.