The Box of Bullets for the Smoking Gun

For more than 20 years - John Greenewald, Jr. has dug deep to uncover the U.S. Government's most closely guarded secrets. Inside The Black Vault: The Government's UFO Secrets Revealed takes you on a journey and explores the cover-up.


John Greenewald, Jr.

Starting at the age of 15, John Greenewald, Jr. was struck with a curiosity that led off a lifelong journey.

First researching the UFO phenomenon, Greenewald began utilizing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hammer the United States Government for answers, and he targeted every government agency to get them. As he waited for answers on this niche of the paranormal, he then branched off to investigate nearly every government secret imaginable.

He was a sophomore in high school when he first started his trek in 1996, and he archived all of his research on a website that became known around the world as The Black Vault.

Today, he has amassed well more than 2,000,000 pages of declassified records.

His efforts throughout decades of research have been responsible for getting hundreds of thousands of pages that have never seen the light of day into the public domain. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs throughout the world and is frequently sourced in various news articles and stories for his archive and his discoveries.

Pre-Publication Reviews

Check out some of the pre-publication reviews!

George NooryJohn Greenewald is one of the most dedicated UFO investigators on the planet, and he proves it again... with this book. It is a fascinating read!
George Noory
Host, Coast to Coast AM
Kevin RandleAs a teenager, John Greenewald began a quest to learn as much about UFO as he could by using the FOIA. Today, he hosts The Black Vault, filled with that information. And now, in this book filled with important information and interpretation, we see what he has discovered. This is an important work that should grace every researcher's library, and it is a good read for those interested in UFOs and the government.
Kevin Randle
Lt. Col. USAR (Retired)
Nick PopeA fascinating account of how a teenage fan of The X-Files became a thorn in the side of the CIA, the NSA and other parts of the US government, using the Freedom of Information Act to uncover some real-life X-Files.
Nick Pope
UK Ministry of Defence (Retired)
Philip MantleA long awaited book by John Greenewald, the man who put the 'I' in FOIA.
Philip Mantle
Publisher at Flying Disk Press

Limited Edition "Challenge Coin"

The inclusion of an exclusive, limited edition (of 500) “Challenge Coin” is something that means a lot to me personally. Not only because of the history behind them, but because of why I operate The Black Vault.

There are varying stories about a “challenge coin” and their origin, but some historians believe the true concept of them date back to the Roman Empire. Soldiers within the Roman Empire were given special coins to recognize their achievements. In more modern times, “challenge coins” were given during World War I and beyond. Within modern American military service, just like in ancient Roman times, “challenge coins” are given to recognize certain achievements during military service. In addition to service commendations, some organizations will also give them as a symbol of a visit by a person to their headquarters etc. They hold many meanings, and they are often very special to the ones giving them, and to the ones receiving them.

For The Black Vault? I am offering it to those first 500 initially taking the challenge to “Discover the Truth.”  I feel my book challenges the normal, everyday thinking, about UFOs. Many want a “smoking gun” or a document that says, “aliens are real.” That makes it easy to accept but I am sorry to say it doesn’t exist. But do not let that deter you — the real “smoking gun” just involves a little bit of thinking — and trust me, that way is much more fun and educational.

Research is sometimes difficult, and sometimes challenging. My aim with this book is to show you, with REAL evidence, that the cover-up is real and it is easily provable. The “challenge coin” represents my challenge to you, to look at the real evidence, and with the use of only common sense, look logically at one of the most intriguing topics that pushes the boundary of the human realm of understanding. You may find your own “smoking gun” within the text of these pages, as I believe these pages, comprise the box of bullets for that gun. It comes down to what YOU need, on your journey, to accept this bizarre reality as something extraordinary. THAT is the “smoking gun” and it is different for each of us.

“Discover the Truth” is emblazoned onto the coin as this has been a quiet catch-phrase and tagline for The Black Vault since DAY ONE. Some designs of my site have had it in the headline, while others have not. It’s a phrase that has a lot of meaning for me, and I hope, in time, for you too. Truth is hard to come by. It is hard to find. It is a CHALLENGE.

I designed this coin for you to symbolize your journey in understanding this phenomenon, and a token of remembrance that sometimes all you have to do is look at the evidence in front of you to prove something big. It’s there, we just need to find it.

Now — I CHALLENGE you to do just that — and DISCOVER THE TRUTH within this book.

"I have dealt with nearly every government secret imaginable. And through collecting millions of pages, I have realized that the subject of UFOs is one of the most easily proven conspiracies and blatant cover-ups out of it all."

John Greenewald, Jr.


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