MJ Banias

Author | Journalist | Consultant  
Writing about cults, conspiracies, subcultures, and the highly strange.

MJ Banias is a co-founder and the current Editor-in-Chief of
The Debrief, a news media company dedicated to covering emerging science and disruptive technology. His work has also been published at The Globe and Mail, Popular Mechanics, and VICE

He is the author of "The UFO People: A Curious Culture," and he has been interviewed by the BBC, Cheddar, Coast to Coast AM, ABC, The CW, History, and many other respected podcasts and radio programs. 

He is a recurring cast member of the History Channel's "The Proof is Out There," and he appeared on The CW's "Mysteries Decoded." His work has also been featured in Fortean Times, Mysterious Universe, FATE Magazine, and in a book entitled UFOs: Reframing the Debate.

MJ has also done consultation and research production work on documentary projects for VICELAND and VICE Studios.

He lives in Canada with his wife, three children, and a massive cat. 

Below is a small sample of MJ's work.

The Debrief

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Lethal Drones Won't Transform Warfare But They Will Transform Terrorism

Lethal drones have become a mainstay of military arsenals worldwide over the last decade. World powers and smaller nations have been pouring significant resources into purchasing unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, for defense purposes. Many believe that UAVs will reshape the overall nature of warfare itself, but experts are far more concerned that this technology will be truly transformative when placed into the hands of non-state actors and terrorists.


UFO Conspiracy Theorists Offer 'Ascension' From Our Hell World for $333

Standing in his warmly-lit living room, the popular UFO conspiracy theorist David Wilcock was telling his YouTube Live audience that the "Illuminati Deep State" was responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic and that he knew the secrets of how to save humanity from the crisis. More than 20,000 people were watching; hundreds of dollars in donations began rolling in via YouTube Superchat. The video now has more than a million views.

Inside Skinwalker Ranch, a Paranormal Hotbed of UFO Research

The long red mesas of Utah’s Uintah Basin greet us as my driver, an American real estate mogul and tech investor, pulls us into Fort Duchesne. Looking out my window, we are finally out of the mountains and in the valley. My mind is lost in thought about the legends here, the supposed curse that now haunts this land, and the men and women who have experienced that curse head on. I have monsters on my mind. Well, actually just one: the Skinwalker.

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