Serge Monast’s Project Blue Beam Makes Today’s Conspiracy Theories Look Sane

Published February 20, 2018
Updated December 6, 2023

Why Serge Monast's Project Blue Beam might be history's craziest conspiracy theory.

Serge Monast

IMDbSerge Monast, the Canadian journalist who proposed the Project Blue Beam conspiracy theory in the 1990s.

Conspiracy theories today are a dime a dozen, ranging from theories about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the death of Princess Diana to 5G microchips, QAnon, and the flat Earth. Among some of these wilder conspiracy theories, however, there is one that puts them all to shame: Project Blue Beam.

Project Blue Beam was first proposed in the early 1990s by journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist, Serge Monast, who had taken a deep interest in the writings of another conspiracy theorist, William Guy Carr. Monast began writing about secret societies, becoming particularly interested in the New World Order conspiracy theory — which served as the foundation for Project Blue Beam.

In short, Project Blue Beam is a conspiracy theory that suggests NASA, with support from the United Nations, was attempting to create a New World Order by implementing a New Age religion headed by the Antichrist using sufficiently advanced technology to trick people into believing in this religion.

So, get your tin foil hats ready, and read on to learn everything you need to know about Project Blue Beam.

Serge Monast And The Origins Of Project Blue Beam

Before he was known for his wild conspiracy theory, Serge Monast was a Canadian writer working as a journalist throughout the 1970s and 1980s and dabbling in essays and poetry. Few details are known about his early life, but it’s clear that sometime in the early 1990s, Monast fell down the proverbial rabbit hole.

He began writing about the New World Order, a wide-spanning conspiracy theory that purports any number of faceless organizations — ranging from the Illuminati to the United Nations — are working to indoctrinate the people of the world and create a one world government.

Often, these conspiracy theories are egregiously anti-semitic, fear-mongering, and reliant on concerns over the Antichrist. Notably, this theory is often pushed by Alex Jones, the Infowars host who worried that “chemicals in the water are turning the freaking frogs gay” and pushed conspiracy theories that mass shootings, such as the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, are “false flags.” This latter theory put Jones nearly $1 billion in debt to the victims’ families.

Alex Jones

Bob Daemmrich / Alamy Stock PhotoAlex Jones, founder of the conspiracy website Infowars, shouting extreme right-wing rhetoric at a few hundred Texans, flouting social distancing guidelines during a “You Can’t Close America” rally in Austin.

This is important context to identify where Monast was coming from when he first came up with the Project Blue Beam theory.

Monast first wrote about Project Blue Beam in 1994, publishing NASA’s Project Blue Beam, and expanding on the theory a year later in Les Protocoles de Toronto (6.6.6), which was largely modeled on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a fabricated text detailing a purported Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world.

Monast also claimed that NASA and the UN had devised a four-step plan to achieve world domination.

The Four Steps Of Project Blue Beam

The first step of Project Blue Beam, according to Monast, involves effectively rewriting history by faking earthquakes around the world, then creating fake “new discoveries” that “will finally explain to all people the error of all fundamental religious doctrines” — specifically, Christianity and Islam.

In essence, Monast believed NASA would dismantle established world religions by sowing “historical” doubt about them, in order to propagate their New Age religion.

Step two involves three-dimensional holographic laser projections that would be beamed across the planet to create a massive “space show,” depicting a variety of religious deities in the sky. The finale of the show would then involve all of these various deity holograms merging into a singular entity: the Antichrist.

How would this work, exactly? Monast had an explanation:

“Such rays from satellites are fed from the memories of computers that have stored massive data about every human on earth, and their languages. The rays will then interlace with their natural thinking to form what we call diffuse artificial thought.”

NASA Headquarters

Wikimedia CommonsNASA HQ in Washington D.C.

The third stage is what Monast called “Telepathic Electronic Two-Way Communication.” He claimed that NASA would use extremely low-frequency radio waves to communicate with individuals “telepathically,” assuming that these people would believe their god is speaking to them. Through this, Monast claimed NASA would be able to influence how people think, and prepare them for step four.

The final stage of Project Blue Beam has three stages of its own. The first step is to convince humanity that an alien invasion is imminent. The second step is to convince Christians that the Rapture is about to begin.

The third step combines supernatural forces — which NASA could presumably control — and advanced technology that would allow these supernatural forces to travel through various cables — fiber optics, coax, power, and telephone lines — to activate microchips embedded in all consumer electronics and appliances.

In the ensuing chaos, Monast believed NASA and the United Nations would then unveil their New World Order, with humanity ready to accept it in order to ensure its survival. Additionally, all citizens of this New World Order would be forced to take an oath and dedicate themselves to Lucifer, with resisters facing any number of inhumane punishments.

“The NASA Blue Beam Project is the prime directive for the new world order’s absolute control over the populations of the entire earth,” Monast said. “I would suggest you investigate this information carefully before dismissing it as fanatic lunacy.”

The Modern Belief In Project Blue Beam

In 1996, Serge Monast died of a heart attack in his home. Tragedy aside — it’s never good when someone dies, after all — Monast’s death provided excellent fodder for other conspiracy theorists to further speculate about the truth of Project Blue Beam. Some suggested that Monast had not died of a heart attack at all, but rather that he had been assassinated by NASA in order to hide the truth.

Regardless, the Project Blue Beam conspiracy theory outlived its originator and found a second life in the Internet Age. One of the earliest, large-scale propagators of Project Blue Beam was a now-defunct GeoCities page written by David Oppenheimer, which expanded on Monast’s original text.

Project Blue Beam was also covered in-depth on the website, owned and edited by a man named Ken Adachi, which offers the (bad) advice, “Take charge and stop relying on your doctor, hospital, clinic, or pharmacist to take care of you,” as well as claiming that “Through education and the realization that The Creator of All, working through Nature, has already supplied you with all the ‘equipment’ necessary to take care of yourself.”

Serge Monast Interview

Wikimedia CommonsSerge Monast on the program Ésotérisme Expérimental.

The site also offers advice on how to prevent alien or demon attacks, explores alleged concentration camps within the United States, and has separate sections on forbidden curses and emerging diseases.

All of this is to say that while Project Blue Beam certainly still has believers today, it also has all of the hallmarks of any other widespread conspiracy theory.

It attempts to pull real world events into a fictitious scenario, layering just enough doubt and mongering just enough fear that those who are already inclined to believe in conspiracy theories — people with a strong desire to feel safe and a simultaneous need to feel like the community they are with is superior to others, according to a recent study — will subscribe to the Project Blue Beam theory.

Ultimately, Project Blue Beam is nothing more than what it seems at first glance: a wild conspiracy theory with no real evidence to support it.

After learning about Project Blue Beam, learn about the similarly named Project Blue Book, which was a very real government project to look for aliens. Or, explore all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Denver Airport.

Kara Goldfarb
Kara Goldfarb is a writer living in New York City who holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College and hosts a podcast for Puna Press.