Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wanted: Flying Saucer Journalist – Pay is Great – Benefits Even Better

In June 1947, Kenneth Arnold became a world-wide celebrity after his sighting of “flying saucers” over Mount Rainier. His notoriety traveled fast and wide, so much so, that had he initiated the modern day UFO era today instead of in 1947, he would probably have been offered the lead role in his own reality TV series.  Arnold’s story had all of the essential ingredients of a good old fashioned fire side tale that even Hollywood would be hard pressed to replicate:  faster-than-man-made aircraft flying through the air, crashed saucers on the ground, Men in Black, Military Intelligence investigations, etc.  Quicker than a Roswellian scout craft, Arnold’s account jumped off the Associated Press wire and built itself into the UFO perpetual motion machine of Americana that it is today.

Sensational! Full of Intrigue! Amazing Story! Unbelievable but True! That’s the way we Americans like our news – diced up, double fried and served hot - anything to keep us from being reminded of our dreary existence. Arnold’s story was all of that and more. There’s a reason why William Randolph Hearst could afford to build mansions and castles – he knew the value of Yellow Journalism and profited immensely from it.
But wait! It wasn’t Hearst’s International New Service (INS) that broke the flying saucer news, but its competitor the Associated Press (AP). And the AP’s greater rival, the United Press (UP) would have to wait a good month before it could get the scoop on both the AP and the INS with the Maury Island investigation, also starring, yes you guessed it, Kenneth Arnold.

So what’s my point? Well if you spent enough time digging through old 1947 newspapers, and only paid attention to the sensational flying saucer stories, you would have missed half of the story.
You would have missed the June 13-15 “Bigger than the Atomic Bomb” Top Secret Research project story that made headlines around the world, courtesy of the Canadian Press(CP) and picked up by the AP. This was the same incredible story I have conclusively proven as disinformation – not just another Conspiracy theory – but based on irrefutable hard evidence through declassified documents. Read my paper at: http://www.centerforufotruth.org/Shared%20Documents/James%20Carrions%20Research/The%20Greatest%20Cold%20War%20Secret%20Never%20Told%20-%20UFOs%20-%20Creation%20of%20a%20Myth.pdf  for the details.

If you only cared about the flying pie plate stories and crashed balloons, you would have also missed the June 13, 1947 story, also courtesy of the AP, of a contract that the US Amy Air Force allegedly awarded the Douglas Aircraft Corporation to build an aircraft capable of travelling 2,200 MPH and flying at a height of 35 – 50 miles. A great feat considering that it took competing Airplane manufacturer Lockheed, almost fifteen years to develop the SR-71 Blackbird that was capable of attaining that speed. Perhaps the contract money instead went to Douglas’ founding of the Army Air Force Think Tank known as the RAND Corporation as no aircraft Douglas ever worked on seems to fit the bill of this mystery contract.
And if you were just focused on the Roswell captured saucer but deflated as a balloon story, you would have also missed the July 12, 1947 article that detailed renowned Harvard scientist Doctor Walter Orr Robert’s description of an 8,500 MPH “Neptune” rocket project from White Sands, New Mexico that could cross the United States in 26 minutes. The very next day, the Army would not comment, “explaining that the newest rocket referred to was a Navy project about which the Army would say nothing."  Indeed, you would be hard pressed to find any such rocket in the annals of missile history.

Taken individually, each of these stories is either proven disinformation, anachronistic or just weird with the military communicating big lies to the press. Taken together as a concerted plan to use the media to push out a message, not to the the American Public, who like Arnold implicitly trusted Government (I know, hard to believe considering today’s conspiracy mindful public) but instead to our perceived enemies at the time, the Soviets, then from the perspective of a Grand Deception operation, they make complete sense.
And before you start pooh-poohing this mass deception notion and label it as just another Conspiracy Theory, perhaps you should study your Kenneth Arnold and Maury Island a little bit closer before passing judgment. Don’t chuck the inconvenient details that don’t seem to fit an ET explanation like:

1.       When Kenneth Arnold landed at Yakima, Washington, and told his story to Al Baxter, Al called in some of his helicopter pilots into the room, one of the pilots exclaiming: “Ah, those are just a bunch of guided missiles coming out of Moses Lake.”  Never mind, that guided missiles were not being developed out of Moses Lake at that time or that a lowly helicopter pilot would even know this. Poor suggestible and na├»ve Arnold not only accepted this theory but fed it to the press.

2.       When Arnold first reported his sighting to the East Oregonian in Pendleton (who put it on the AP wire), lo and behold, an “unknown man” told Arnold he had seen the exact same objects over Ukiah. How convenient.

3.       Never mind, that when Arnold flew to Seattle that he just happened to be in the right place and at the right time to meet up with United Airlines Pilot E. J. Smith and Copilot Ralph Stevens at the INS offices, with Arnold , Smith and Stevens posing for the INS reporter while looking at UFO photos taken by another Seattle man, Frank Ryman. What a photo opportunity dream come true.

4.       Consider that Arnold flew unannounced to Tacoma, Washington to investigate the Maury Island incident and couldn’t find a room in town until he contacted the Winthrop Hotel which mysteriously had a room booked under his name, a reservation Arnold did not make.

5.       Consider that this same room 502 at the Winthrop was bugged and Arnold’s conversations leaked to the United Press reporters. Arnold was adamant about not talking to reporters, but someone else really wanted this story out and on the newswire.

6.       Consider that the Winthrop Hotel was conveniently right across the street from the United Press office in downtown Tacoma.

7.       And who was the manager of the United Press office? A man by the name of Howard Applegate, whose family member Rex Applegate  was a prominent member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor of the CIA. There are less degrees of separation here than Kevin Bacon to the Queen of England.
In summary, Kenneth Arnold’s story and all of the other military concocted stories I have listed were not meant for the consumption of Joe American, but for Joe Stalin and company. Why? Well if you were as afraid of the intentions of the Soviets back in 1947 as our American leaders were, you would make up stories too to prevent a hot war from igniting. Of course you wouldn’t go through all of this trouble unless you could reap some additional benefits from it. But those other reasons will be the subject of another blog entry.

If you want to read for yourself the newspaper articles mentioned, you can find them at: http://www.centerforufotruth.org in the Research Document section.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told

Update from the Center for UFO Truth (CUT)

Winston Churchill’s famous quote that “in wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies” rings as true today in modern warfare as it did back during those precarious WW2 years. But it was the turbulent times of peace that came right after the Great War, which found the West scrambling to avoid yet another world wide armed confrontation, this time because of the rising menace of the Soviet Union. With millions of war dead fresh in the collective consciousness of the conflict weary United States and its allies, these nations contemplated their new found peace and wondered how long it could be maintained.

It was during these nail biting times of extreme anxiety over the Soviet Union’s next move, that intrepid American men took into their own hands the fate of the nation. Drawing upon their considerable success, in partnership with the British, in deceiving the Axis powers during the war as well as their amazing feats of code breaking that turned the tide of battle both in Europe and in the Pacific, a secret cabal of concerned patriots came together with the singular purpose of using their well-honed skills against this new enemy of freedom.

With the Venona Project decodes drying up after Soviet changes, predicting the enemy’s actions without reading their message traffic only exacerbated the growing feelings of the dread that a new war was right around the corner.  But to break the Soviet code required either access to the cryptographic material or the computational power of modern day code breaking computers – the latter did not yet exist and the former was carefully guarded.

So an amazing plan was hatched – to employ a successful technique used during WW2, called “gardening” – which during the War involved the placement of false news stories that the Allies knew the Axis would be interested in, wait for the news stories to be encoded and transmitted by Axis agents, and after intercepting the coded transmissions, the Allies could then work out the code system; already having the known plain text in hand.

But what could possibly arouse the interest of the Soviet Union in American Press articles during a time of peace? Enter the Big Lie – the creation of the modern day UFO myth.

A careful analysis of the events that surround June and July 1947, the birth date of the modern day UFO era shows that what transpired around the well-known UFO cases of Maury Island, Kenneth Arnold, and Roswell itself, was part of a grand deception to convince the Soviets that the United States and its allies had a new secret weapon that would keep the Soviet Union at bay in the event of an armed conflict. Of course no such weapon existed, but that was the plan to begin with - get the Russians to take interest in something so grandiose that ignoring it would not be an option. After all, the Americans beat them to the bomb, and Generalissimo Stalin did not want his empire to be embarrassed once again.

To pull off the most incredible deception in human history, required a very disciplined and select number of likeminded individuals, all with the motive, means and skills to pull it off. At the top of this cabal, an already illustrious American war hero: Army Air Forces General Hoyt Vandenberg. Destined to command the newly founded U.S. Air Force the following year, he conveniently made his move from the Director of the Central Intelligence Group back to Army Air Forces in May 1947, just two months shy of the plan’s execution. Vandenberg could disavow Army Air Force involvement by outsourcing the dirty work of this operation to his former colleagues at the Central Intelligence Group (CIG), the direct predecessor of the modern day CIA. And not just any folks in the CIG, but to an elite unit, known during its WW2 OSS incarnation as X2 - the Counterintelligence branch which subsequently morphed into the CIA’s Office of Special Operations.

So why X-2? On the CIA’s own web site it states that: “William Donovan created the X-2 Branch in early 1943 to provide British intelligence services with a liaison office in OSS for sharing ULTRA. Using ULTRA intercepts, the British security services had captured every German agent in the United Kingdom; some agents were even “doubled” to send a steady flow of plausible but bogus reports to Berlin. British intelligence wanted American help in this campaign, but London insisted that the Americans imitate British security practices to protect the vital ULTRA secret from unauthorized disclosures (even to other OSS personnel). X-2 was the Branch that resulted from this deal; it had its own overseas stations and communications channels and operated in partnership with the British foreign and domestic intelligence services.”

Vandenberg, himself privy to signal intercept intelligence during the War and knowing its immense value, was determined to play the same counterintelligence game with the Soviet Union. Since the extent of Soviet spy networks in the United States was not known, the Big Lie would kill two birds with one stone – code breaking and spy catching.

To kick off the grand deception, the possibility of a secret project had to originate from somewhere outside the armed forces, within the civilian US population, and after it garnered enough public awareness through the mass media, would then feed upon itself in a frenzy of planted stories, continued news hype and the everyday psychological mass hysteria.

Experiencing a few hiccups at the beginning, the deception planners, got the break they needed when an honest All American Kenneth Arnold made their day, by kick starting the operation when reporting what he saw over Mount Rainier. Arnold was not in on the deception, he was just where the planners knew he would be when they orchestrated their bogus flyover; Arnold in pursuit of a $5000.00 reward for a lost Marine transport.

Phase two of the plan was to get the unsuspecting FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover to provide the manpower behind tracking down the interested parties in the “flying saucer” stories. When Maury Island went awry with the death of two Army Air Force Intelligence officers, the FBI did what they do best, an in-depth investigation of Maury Island stooges Dahl and Crisman – just too good for Vandenberg’s liking.  A leak of derogatory comments about the FBI, designed to trigger Hoover’s ego mania and an anti-saucer investigation tirade, put an end to the too-close-for-comfort FBI scrutiny of the involved parties. X2/CIG/CIA was solidly at the helm of the deception and the FBI had to be reined back.

President Truman was also kept out of the loop as well, not unprecedented, since he wasn’t even made aware of the Manhattan Project until after moving from the role of Vice President to President.

At some point, the FBI was brought fully into the fray as they were already knee-deep in the subversive communist problem with Subject Matter-X and Subject Matter-R, concerning the Internal Security of the United States, and it was natural for the FBI to gain full awareness of the operation. I am sure that J. Edgar blew quite a few fuses that day when the CIA finally let him in on the secret.

The missing piece in getting the operation going was to find select individuals in the news wire services and the Press to chop up, dish out and serve the provocative 1947 news stories that would cause illegal agents to scrutinize the areas and people surrounding the UFO sightings and would send Russian legals scrambling to encode the stories for transmission back to Moscow. Yep, the deception planners found who they needed within the Associated Press, United Press and International News Service wire services and within select newspapers across the United States.

The operation succeeded beyond the planner’s wildest dreams, and 60 plus years later, the legacy of their deception operation still survives as a belief system that is as part of Americana as Apple Pie.

But continuing to cover up the Biggest Lie ever told requires ever more elaborate deception techniques, from sending Ufologists and believers down even rosier primrose paths, to mass forging documents that once leaked into the UFO community convince the believer that the “cover up” is deeper and more sinister that even science fiction can portray.

So what proof do I have that anything you have read to now is true? After two years of continuous research, I have amassed official documents that when analyzed through the lens of forensic history, conclusively reverse engineers the greatest deception ever perpetrated in human history.

Ongoing Freedom of Information requests to the FBI, National Archives, CIA, are providing more pieces to the puzzle each day. When enough of the puzzle has been assembled with official source documentation, and sober Americans realize the extent to which they have been deceived, it will be time to call your Congressman and demand that those Federal Agencies who have been part and parcel of the Big Lie – are hauled in to Congressional hearings to admit their complicity and make their amends to the American People. The CIA and FBI are at the top of this list.

Ironically, the CIA who can trace its very birth back to the greatest of all Big Lies, sports a Bible quote on the face of its HQ building in Langley, Virginia which reads— “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Indeed, it is time we are all set free.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The King is Dead, Long Live the Rex

American scientific Ufology is dead. Its once glorified remains lay decomposing and waiting to be buried in the already littered graveyard of Ufology. Once the king of the Ufological Universe, American Ufology has relegated itself to the realm of charlatans and magicians as well as those who once claimed to be in pursuit of UFO truth but now spend their time resting on their laurels while making the rounds of the UFO speaker’s circuit followed by loyal groupies.

These “usuals”  tell the same tired old stories of past research studies, new sensational and unproven claims, and regurgitated UFO trash that can be found anywhere on the Internet. The true scientists, real scientific studies and in depth real investigations are long gone. If you don’t believe me, then search the speaker list of any American UFO conference and you will see the usual characters that hop from event to event like a traveling circus. Examine the content of their presentations and you will be hard pressed to find anything that even comes close to resembling science.

Alleged science based UFO organizations like MUFON are a shadow of their former selves and even though MUFON boasts of years of continuity, thousands of members and trained field investigators and a cadre of PHD consultants, you will also be hard pressed to find any real science within the organization, its journal or its conferences. After more than 40 years of existence collecting UFO data, MUFON cannot even bring itself to state in unequivocal terms what it has learned from the UFO phenomenon. MUFON fails at science because it refuses to establish standards of evidence, expose blatant frauds and focus more on research rather than just on investigation. “Others talk, we investigate” is the MUFON motto but instead it should be “Others talk, we conduct research” , as accumulating years of UFO data without interpreting the data does as much good as accumulating garbage in a landfill; no one benefits from the collection.

Taking the place of America in the UFO Research Universe is the Rex, the Latin word for King, as true UFO investigation and research is now taking place south of the US border in experience rich Latin countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. After spending three days in Peruibe, Brazil at the UFO conference sponsored by Revista UFO, the Brazilian UFO magazine led by A.J. Gevaerd, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the presentations as well as the speakers themselves. Here’s a recap of why Latino Ufologists are on the cutting edge of UFO research and investigation.

Scientific Studies of Abduction Cases in Argentina
Argentinian Psychologist Gustavo Cia gave an excellent presentation on the Abduction related Project Demeter- Persefone, a joint collaboration between the organizations, Investigacion de Fenomenos Anomalos (Fenomalias) run by Gustavo and the Centro de Estudios UFO (CEUFO) run by Oscar Alfredo Mario. The purpose of the project is to compare physical, neuro-physical and psychological data that has been accumulated in the project’s database and from which hypotheses are being tested by current and future research. Gustavo’s eighty-eight slides of project technical and methodological data and startling conclusions cannot be properly treated in this article, but I am hoping that once translated into English will be available for anyone to download from the Internet.

Forensic Photo Analysis
Tony Kurowski, an expert in Forensic evidence and a photo analyst for Revista UFO, gave an outstanding presentation on how witnesses misinterpret UFO photo data, convincingly showing the most common errors of lens flares and focal point distortions that make up most of the “I took the photo and noticed later” cases to how everyday objects can be misinterpreted as UFOs. Tony also delved into the many military platforms both known and covert that can be mistaken as UFOs. When asked how many of all of the thousands of photos he has analyzed were truly unexplainable, Tony remarked that only one out of every thousand made him raise an eyebrow.

Fresh New Cases and Evidence
Marco Aurelio Seixas, a Cardiologist from Sao Paulo, Brazil talked about what constitutes scientifically acceptable evidence while other presentations were focused on recent sightings and investigations in different areas of Brazil (the largest country in South America). Retired Peruvian Air Force officer Julio Chamorro spoke about his official UFO investigations on behalf of the Peruvian Government and the many bogus reports filed on the Internet of UFO crashes on Peruvian Soil and retrievals by covert U.S. forces. Chamorro also discussed what he considered true stories like that of a Peruvian fighter jet chasing and shooting at a UFO, witnessed by Chamorro himself and hundreds of other people on the ground as well as a bizarre sighting by former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori.

With such quantity and quality of data south of the Equator, It is no wonder that Billionaire Robert Bigelow made his round of the South American continent trying to purchase UFO investigations and research from some of the major UFO players in that area. What Bigelow managed to do instead was to spark strong Anti-American sentiment as his cohorts arrogantly tried to negotiate only in Bigelow’s favor, wanting UFO information but not allowing it to be used in return by the local UFO organization. This anti-American sentiment was so strong, I could almost hear the chants of “Yankee, go home” as the crowd was riled up by the very angry presenters. Bigelow’s romp through the South America will be the subject of a future blog article.

In summary, I found myself drawn to the quality of research, openness, and the camaraderie I observed among the UFO conference attendees and presenters. Here they were no UFO speaker “superstars”, just dedicated UFO researchers with a passion for investigation and research and a desire to share data. Absent also, were the fortune tellers, aura readers and new age cultists that seem to flock to and hawk their wares and services at American UFO conferences.

And less I forgot to mention, the biggest different between Peruibe and American conferences was that Peuibe had free attendance. The crowd looked to be somewhere between 700 and 1000 people, most of them young or middle aged, a sizeable contingent given that Peruibe is a two hour drive outside of the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo. I am already looking forward to next year’s conference.

Traveling as I do so much to Brazil, I plan to network as much as possible with the many wonderful South American UFO researchers that I met in Peruibe. I feel fortunate to be a part of this South American community where Scientific Ufology is still alive and well and I predict that it is from these grassroots organizations and researchers that future breakthroughs in UFO research will occur.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Real Eisenhower Briefing Documents

No, not the EBD (Easy Back Door) to the coverup that UFO believers tout - you know the one that came on a roll of film from source "anonymous", but the real President Elect Eisenhower briefing as explained in the following ORIGINAL documents from the Truman Presidential Library. Armchair researchers - start your speculation engines.







Monday, February 14, 2011

Sex, Lies and Audiotape

Unless you have been hibernating on vacation in the Bahamas, you have probably heard of the current trouble brewing within MUFON between those MUFON members voicing their discontent with changes in MUFON and MUFON’s autocratic and bureaucratic leadership.
News spread like wildfire across the Internet recently after four MUFON State Directors were fired within a short timeframe. There, I used the F word, although MUFON International Director Clifford Clift prefers to use the more euphemistic “let go”.  “I am letting you go” is what you tell a caller who doesn’t get the hint that a phone conversation has dragged on ad nausea, not when terminating a volunteer. Poor choice of words aside, what is interesting is not that this purge occurred but who was excommunicated from the organization. I was shocked that two long standing State Directors, both very active in UFO circles were on the chopping block.
Sex
Almost immediately the Internet rumor mill began to churn and someone spat out on a message board that it seemed highly suspicious that all four state directors were women. Was the MUFON Board living up to its “Good Old Boys” image and reasserting its testosterone laden will on gender demographics or was it just pure coincidence?
Clifford Clift correctly pointed out that this batch of firings was just women but the previous batch was men, so truth be told, the MUFON Board is probably not made up of misogynists.
Lies
Clifford Clift in an email to all State Directors gave his reasoning for both sets of personnel actions:
 From the first batch, Ken Cherry was fired as the State Director for Texas because he made derogatory comments about MUFON, members, witnesses, and Ufologists and refused to publicly apologize. James Clarkson resigned as State Director for the state of Washington due to his dislike of MUFON's bureaucracy.  For some reason Clifford omitted why he fired Richard Lang, State Director for North Carolina and the one time wonder boy of the MUFON Star Team, but more about Richard in a future blog article.
From the second batch, Christine Dickey, by her request, was removed as State Director for Arizona. Marilyn Carlson, State Director for Oklahoma resigned. Elaine Douglass, State Director for Utah was removed from her position because she wasn't truthful about her Assistant State Director. Leslie Varnicle was removed as State Director of Colorado due to her management style not being beneficial to MUFON's success.
So seven State Directors, one seventh of the MUFON State Directorship gone within a year, four of them fired and three resigned. What in the world is going on in MUFON?
Well, as much as the MUFON Board wants to paint this as just business as usual, there is far more than meets the eye here.
Let’s start with the charge of untruthfulness as a reason for firing a State Director. Well I don’t really know what Elaine Douglass allegedly lied about but I can tell you that Clifford Clift was less than truthful about why Leslie Varnicle was fired from her position.
The reason Clifford originally gave for Leslie being fired was that her management style was not beneficial to MUFON. Really? Of all the MUFON State Chapters that I interacted with during my almost four year tenure as MUFON International Director, the Colorado and Minnesota MUFON chapters were always at the top of my ratings list for chapter cohesiveness, satisfied members, and efficient management. All you have to do is examine where the MUFON Annual Symposium was held over the last five years to know that Colorado MUFON under Leslie’s leadership was continuously entrusted with running this important event and she did an incredible job.
So what was the real reason behind Leslie being fired?
Audiotape
A MUFON member made an audio recording of the annual meeting between the MUFON State Directors and the MUFON Board. That audio recording made its way to me and after listening to the recording, I confronted the MUFON Board about some libelous remarks that were made at the meeting. I also heard through the rumor mill that it was Leslie who recorded that audio, but since then, I have learned it was someone else. Evidently, the MUFON Board had heard the same rumors because Clifford Clift in an interview with Angelia Joiner finally ‘fessed up to the real reasons Leslie was fired. Stated reason number one was because Leslie was in the “Ken Cherry” camp and reason number two; because she recorded the State Director’s meeting when she was told not to.
So why didn’t the MUFON Board just come out and state these reasons to begin with instead of labeling Leslie as an inept leader whose management style was not beneficial? Well if you read my previous blog article “MUFON Over Board-Save Our Ship”, and how I was equally scapegoated by this same board, it boils down to the new leadership worrying more about MUFON’s image and avoiding litigation than doing what is ethically and morally responsible.
Grassroots vs. Autocratic Rule
Let me take you back to 1969 when two disgruntled Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) members who were fed up with the bureaucracy and autocratic rule of APRO leaders, decided to form their own UFO Investigative organization. This fledgling organization, first known as the Midwest UFO Network subsequently became the Mutual UFO Network. One of those founding members, John Schuessler is still on the MUFON Board of Directors.
In John’s own words he described the events of that year:
“At the same time the APRO management reacted to the government’s words by reinforcing their centralized management approach. They wanted to direct the work of each investigator in the field from the office in Tucson, Arizona; thereby eliminating the need for mid-level management in the field. They were not aware that industry was turning to the decentralized management style.
Pleas to the APRO management only made them more determined that the Midwest contingent was a threat rather than a help to APRO.”
History Repeats Itself
I can imagine how furious Jim and Coral Lorenzen must have been when the “Andrus and Schuessler Camp” left the organization and began to compete for members. I can imagine the self righteous “good riddances” uttered on the APRO Board and the rallying of the APRO troops that followed as the leadership scrambled to consolidate APRO’s image and message. In the end it was all for naught because APRO had already lost its moral and ethical compass and the organization failed.
When an organization’s Board of Directors doesn’t listen to its constituents and dabbles only in self talk backed up by quashing voices of dissent through unethical actions; that organization is on a path of self destruction, just like APRO found itself so many years ago. Hopefully the MUFON Board of Directors and especially founding member John Schuessler can remember MUFON’s humble beginnings and reverse the dangerous course of autocratic and unethical rule MUFON has embarked on. Otherwise, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hunting the Skinwalker

It was after uncovering some disturbing information about the Skinwalker Ranch owned by Robert Bigelow that I began to have doubts about the real purpose behind the MUFON-BAASS project. Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) is an aerospace company allegedly involved in discovering novel and cutting edge space technologies and contracted MUFON in 2009 to perform UFO investigations on its behalf. In the following email to the MUFON Board of Directors, I summarized my research findings and my misgivings about any further relationship with BAASS.

Note that this email has been modified to remove identifying information about the confidential source here called Brad Newton who is still under a non-disclosure agreement from his work with the now defunct National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS), also an organization founded by Robert Bigelow.

CONFIDENTIAL – DO NOT FORWARD – FOR MUFON BOARD ONLY – HIGHLY SENSITIVE

Gentlemen,

Since taking on the MUFON International Director position, I have been in observation mode trying to understand the true nature of the UFO phenomenon. In 2007 I personally financed a “meeting of the minds” in Fort Collins to try and gain insight into what the status quo was in Ufology. I have personally investigated high level cases such as Kinross and the California Drones and have found myself on the receiving end of a constant flow of disinformation.  What I have observed over the last three years seriously disturbs me.

It is my belief that there are forces at work here that “manage” Ufology for their own purposes. When an organization like MUFON starts to operate outside of the box “they” intend to keep us in, then these controlling forces move in to tighten their grip. Case in point is MUFON’s relationship with BAASS. Although John (Schuessler) knows who BAASS’ sponsors are, I am no longer comfortable with the MUFON-BAASS relationship. Let me explain in detail.

Just last month, I financed my own trip to Utah with Dr. Frank Salisbury who was looking to republish his book “The Utah UFO Display” and was looking for new material to add. Since the book covered the Uintah Basin in North East Utah where the Bigelow Skinwalker Ranch is located, Salisbury sought and was denied access to the Ranch. I also asked and was denied access. Instead, we spent our time interviewing new witnesses around the Ranch. Our contact person was Brad Newton (real name withheld) who has researched the area for many years. What I learned from Brad is what has led to the doubts I now harbor.

Brad worked with NIDS on the ranch and mentioned that after an alleged sighting, metal rods were found on the ranch that were sent to NIDS for analysis. Brad was in contact with a NIDS scientist who informed him that the rods were made from Element 115 and did not originate on earth, and that he (the scientist) had worked at Area 51 on a reverse engineering project where they had accumulated 300 pounds of this material. This in a nutshell is the Bob Lazar story.

Through Dr. Salisbury, we were able to interview the brother of the original owner of the ranch who sold it to the Shermans who subsequently sold it to Bigelow. The ranch owner’s brother was adamant that there was no UFO or strange activity on the ranch prior to the Sherman’s purchase, contrary to what was discussed in the Skinwalker Book and that he (the owner’s brother) had personally received a call from Bigelow trying to convince him otherwise. I found this to be extremely odd and disturbing. I also subsequently learned of a business relationship between Lazar and Bigelow (documented in the MUFON archives).

What I see in the MUFON-BAASS relationship is active management of MUFON’s work, despite assurances from BAASS otherwise. By carefully controlling the purse strings with each contract evaluation period, they are ensuring they receive a constant flow of information from MUFON while also making sure that MUFON does not end up with operational funding to stabilize its long term financial well being. Who’s on the receiving end of this information? Since that will not be disclosed to MUFON, I cannot state for sure, but I don’t feel confident that the information is being used for what MUFON was originally informed.

If you were able to listen to my speech at the Symposium or read my paper in the Proceedings or read my blog, then you know where I stand on the active management and control of information on the part of governmental or quasi governmental forces in our work. Conspiracy theory? Yes. Plausible? Yes.

MUFON has an obligation to the public to fulfill its mission. I for one believe that we cannot adequately do so as long as we are actively managed, nor can I in good faith stand by while this is happening. Those are my personal feeling however and as such I don’t want to speak for the organization when making the decision to renew or terminate our contract with BAASS. I leave it to the Board for a decision on this.

I have already stated my decision to step down as the International Director, and in large part my decision has been based on my research. I will continue to work within MUFON and for MUFON’s long term viability, but I will not stand by and be managed. My time will be better spent actively uncovering the trail left by the forces of disinformation and my efforts focused on uncovering the truth. In the end that is all that is important.

Sincerely,
James

John Schuessler responded with the following email:

James,

I am concerned for you if you are basing decisions on what Brad has said.  It is not my intent to argue the point, but the whole Element 115 thing is pure bunk.  Don't take my word for it, just ask any scientist. Both CSICOP scientists and MUFON scientists like Stanton Friedman have thoroughly debunked Lazar's Element 115 story.  If you could get Element 115 (or Elements 114 and 116) to be stable enough to make them into rods, they would make extremely heavy rods.  I can find no one except Bob Lazar and now Brad that believes there are Element 115 rods anywhere, let alone dumping them out on the ground in an uncontrolled environment on a ranch in Utah.

As for the rods found on the Skinwalker Ranch, I was on the NIDS Scientific Advisory Board back in those days and can verify that rods were found.  They were not heavy Element 115 rods.  Instead, they were thin carbon rods that are used in arc lamps to make very bright lights in field operations.  I have personally used this type of rods in arc lamp operations many years ago.

John

My email response to John follows:

Hi John,

That is my point exactly. Lazar and element 115 are bunk but it appears to me that the NIDS scientist was promoting it to Brad. Why? I found Brad to be honest in his demeanor and he is held in high esteem by everyone we came into contact with including many of the witnesses we interviewed. Brad has no motive for promoting the Bob Lazar story but it was communicated to him nonetheless.

Actually, it was the former ranch owner’s brother’s assertions that cemented for me that something is amiss. The Skinwalker ranch story did not play out as described in the book and that coupled with us being denied access does not add up for me.

I can only conclude that BAASS is at someone else’s beck and call. The Board does not need to agree with me on this, which is why I am leaving the contract renewal response to the Board.

Best wishes,
James

It was after this email exchange that the MUFON Board bypassed me as acting MUFON International Director and secretly engaged BAASS in renegotiating the MUFON-BAASS contract while purposely keeping me out of the loop. As you can see from the email exchange, this secretive communication was altogether unnecessary because I deferred to the majority decision of the MUFON Board.

Unethical behavior on the part of the MUFON Board aside, the following questions still beg for answers: What is really happening at the Skinwalker Ranch and why are serious investigators being denied access? Why was a NIDS scientist pushing the Bob Lazar story which is a known farce? Why does the book “Hunt for the Skinwalker” describe paranormal activity present on the ranch prior to the Shermans purchasing it when a close surviving relative of the former owner denies such activity? Why is the truth about activities on the ranch being censored through non-disclosure agreements?

It appears that once again in Ufology there are more questions than answers; common fare for a field where the waters are muddied but never cleared. If you consider yourself a truth seeker then perhaps it is time to take a stand against these forces of ambiguity that seek only to obscure the truth rather than bring it to light. It is time to promote truth and not mystery in a field that has too many mysteries already. It is time to reveal the truth by not compromising ethics or principles or by allowing truth to be censored. It is time to stop falling prey to fear and lies but instead to hunt the Skinwalker forces of deception in their own territory. Who is up for a hunting trip?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MUFON Over Board - Save Our Ship

After listening to MUFON International Director Clifford Clift’s interview on the Jerry Pippin show titled “MUFON Under Siege”, I was floored by Cliff’s statement that MUFON has an ethics committee. Apparently this committee investigated one of the MUFON State Directors that was recently fired from their position. Seriously? MUFON has an ethics committee? After what I have witnessed as blatant unethical behavior on the part of the MUFON Board over the last two years, I am astounded by its hypocrisy!

The MUFON Ethics Committee needs to turn its sights on its own Board of Directors whose actions during the MUFON-BAASS contract renewal periods were not only unethical but an outright derelict of duty by failing to properly represent the interests of MUFON’s members and the general public that MUFON serves as a non-profit organization.

Imagine for a minute that you are hired by a company and in your employment contract you are guaranteed a certain salary. Now imagine that as a condition of your employment, you are asked by your employer to keep detailed records on how you spend that salary. After five months on the job, the employer calls you into their office and states that your salary is going to be cut in half because your monthly spending reports show you are banking half of your salary. Further the employer states that placing half of your salary in savings was not in the “spirit” of your employment contract.

Sound outrageous? Absolutely! Yet, that is exactly what happened to the MUFON-BAASS contract. In a contract renewal letter dated June 25, 2009, Mr. Robert Bigelow stated that BAASS would cut MUFON’s monthly contract payment in half because “the accumulation of large sums of unspent money was not in the spirit of the BAASS-MUFON purchase agreement.”

Incredibly, the majority of the Board of Directors sheepishly went along with Mr. Bigelow’s demands. Their comments justifying their positions were interesting. Tom Deuley, MUFON Board member said that in his experience doing business in China, change of contract terms was common. Clifford Clift agreed with Tom’s assessment claiming similar experience in real estate.

What is wrong with these statements? First, this isn’t China and second MUFON already had a signed and legally binding straightforward purchase agreement. Yet, these Board members believed it was OK to change the contract terms five months after the deal was signed and sealed. When I mentioned this to an attorney friend of mine, her response echoed my assessment. “It doesn’t matter whether it was Robert Bigelow or Joe the Plumber signing the contract, BAASS had a legal contractual obligation to fulfill the terms of the contract or MUFON could have not only terminated the contract but sought damages.”

Before MUFON entered in to a contractual relationship with BAASS, I had a one on one telephone conference call with Mr. Bigelow and I specifically asked him about money left over at the end of each contract month that had not been spent on project expenses for that month. Mr. Bigelow stated in no uncertain terms that the money belonged to MUFON. When June 2009 rolled around, Mr. Bigelow evidently had a change of heart and not only demanded a reduction in the monthly contract amount but then at the second renewal period in October 2009, simply stopped sending project checks altogether. Mr. Bigelow further demanded that MUFON pay for ongoing project expenses from the funds left over in the bank. The end result of all of MUFON’s efforts when the project was terminated in January 2010 was zero dollars in MUFON’s project bank account.

Even before I resigned from MUFON, rumors were spreading around the organization and the Internet that I had embezzled money from MUFON and from BAASS funds. The truth is that I had not taken one dollar from either fund as confirmed by an independent CPA audit of the MUFON and BAASS books. Further, I had donated my $30,000.00 salary that I was authorized to draw from the BAASS project back to MUFON. BAASS suspected wrong doing before this independent audit, probably based upon the spreading rumors and demanded that MUFON Board member Jan Harzan turn over both sets of books to BAASS auditors.

Now, let’s examine this second incredible lapse of ethical judgment on behalf of the MUFON Board. They secretly turned over the financial books of a non-profit organization to a for-profit organization which had no right to audit MUFON’s accounts. Conveniently BAASS subsequently found clerical mistakes that it used to justify reneging on its contractual obligations under the law.

It was also around this time that the MUFON Board of Directors entered into secret negotiations with BAASS for renewing the contract, promising BAASS “complete transparency” while hiding their actions from me while I was still acting International Director.

In 2008, MUFON suffered a financial loss at its annual symposium in San Jose, California and I personally made up for the shortfall with $14,000.00 of my own funds. During the MUFON-BAASS project, the MUFON Board directed me to reimburse myself the $14,000.00 from BAASS project funds! I did not for two reasons. First this would have been a misuse of BAASS funds and secondly I had already paid income taxes on the $14,000.00 MUFON owed me and the only way to hide these payments from BAASS auditors was to show it as salaried income.

Later on after I resigned from MUFON, Clifford Clift in an email to me alluded that failing to reimburse myself from BAASS funds was insubordinate behavior against the MUFON Board. In other words I was disobeying the Board by not using BAASS project funds to cover MUFON’s shortfall. Just months earlier Clifford Clift when responding to BAASS inquiries into the rumored financial improprieties told BAASS that the MUFON Board was sorry for providing poor oversight of how I administered the BAASS project. Clifford conveniently forgot to mention the Board’s directive to me to draw funds from the BAASS account to pay for non-project expenses. The hypocrisy of this Board appears to have no bounds. MUFON finally paid me the money I lent the organization but only after I had my attorney intervene and threaten legal action.

All of these allegations of unethical behavior I make against the MUFON Board I can back up with detailed memos, MUFON Board meeting minutes, letters and emails. I dedicated ten years and thousands of hours to MUFON as an unpaid volunteer and almost four years as a salaried International Director. I worked hard to professionalize its investigative force and to fulfill its mission to the public.The people within the ranks of MUFON are good people who also volunteer their time and own financial resources to meet MUFON's goals. I still believe that the mission statement of MUFON is sound if rigidly adhered to and not compromised for the almighty dollar.

I don't wish MUFON to cease operation or to fade away, but an organization is only as sound as its ethical and moral compass. Once that compass is broken, it is a ship drifting aimlessly. The actions of this current MUFON Board are grossly negligent and unethical and if allowed to continue unchallenged will sink MUFON as an organization. The Board should be held accountable for its past actions. Setting an ethics committee on MUFON members while taking a blind eye to its own unethical behavior is what makes this MUFON Board destructive and toxic to MUFON. Perhaps the MUFON Board needs to be reminded of who it really serves as a non-profit. Hint, it is not a for-profit organization.