|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley, J.S.
Volume 42, No. 1
January 5th, 1995
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
This is a most unusual, interesting, and possibly significant book, in which an attempt is made to connect occultism through the centuries directly with the UFO movement of the past 48 years.
We have known the author, Allen Greenfield, for about 50 years, during which time he has labored in relative obscurity as a highly intelligent scholar in various fields including "magick", politics, and of course ufology. One is reminded of our former friend Yonah ibn A'haron (aka Yonah Fortner) who has followed a similar course, in even greater obscurity. A'haron is mentioned several times in the book, as is your humble "Smear" editor. The references to us are so favorable that we are willing to overlook the terrible fact that "Moseley" is misspelled in the index, though not elsewhere.
The basic premise of Greenfield's present position is that there are various secret ciphers that have been passed down through the ages by various secret societies; and one of these, which he calls "Cipher 6", yields meaningful results when applied to many of the "funny names" (Orthon, Valiant Thor, etc.) which have turned up in UFO contactee literature.
In the chart below, which we have literally ripped out of the book, one sees that numerical values are assigned to each letter of the English alphabet, and it goes on from there. Though the math involved in cipher study is no more complex than simple addition, the concepts are exceedingly complex and, as Greenfield himself would no doubt admit, controversial. Your editor, whose occult knowledge is close to absolute zero, took great joy in just learning to understand the chart itself!
For Greenfield, the ufologists who most deserve study are those whom he presumes to have had occult knowledge - beginning with Meade Layne, the founder, in about 1946, of Borderland Sciences Research Associates (BSRA), which is still in existence in (where else?) California. Then came George Adamski (who met Orthon); George Hunt Williamson & other Adamski disciples; Ray Palmer, who gave birth to Richard Shaver's "Shaver Mystery"; and even Dr. Frank Stranges, who met Valiant Thor. Incidentally, Palmer always claimed that he had a unique FACT that enabled him to solve the UFO mystery. The word FACT, as it turns out has a cipher significance.
In 1974 a solution was found to certain previously unintelligible groups of ciphers, and after this breakthrough, a computer study was made of the various possibilities of meaning that this opened up. Unfortunately, about 20,000 variants have thus been discovered,and many more are possible. As Greenfield himself admits (Page 43):
"Because there are an infinite number of numbers and many combinations of letters, words and phrases, obviously - and this is an old criticism of both simple numerology and Qabala - by stretching until one finds something that correlates to a preconceived notion, one can, if persistent, find just about anything. The difference here is that, by confining myself to the contents of the short book from which the cipher is derived, and limiting my search pattern to one or two attempts to find something significant with no preconceptions whatsoever, where UFOnaut personal and place names are concerned, there are virtually always case-specific correlations on the very first attempt."What is needed, in our opinion, is to find someone with an open but skeptical mind who is familiar with the history of occultism and with the various subjects (including ufology) covered in Greenfield's book; and who also is an expert on the mathematics of statistics, probability, etc. We are certain that Greenfield is intellectually honest enough to be distressed ed rather than pleased with the fact that it is highly unlikely any such person exists. The idea, of course, would be to find out whether his correlations are significantly beyond what the mathematics of chance would predict. We do not know, but are fascinated by his line of scholarship.
As much as we like Greenfield and his book, and fully realizing that ridicule is not part of the scientific method (though it's so much fun!), we can't close this review without quoting the following gem from a letter written to us by one Dean Zevchek after hearing Greenfield's cipher lecture at last year's National UFO Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. States he:
TV's Barney has become a cultural icon and role model for children these days. But exactly what is Barney? Well, he's simply a "Cute Purple Dinosaur." Let us take that one step further and apply my "secret cipher" to Barney... CVTE PVRPLE DlNOSAVR (Remember that the Romans had no letter "U" and used "V" instead) C+V+V+L +D+l +V (Here we extract all Roman Numerals) 100+5+5+50+500+1+5 (Now we add them together) - 666 (Do you want you children watching a show where the secret cipher equates the star to evil?) The color of Allan Greenfield's shirt was the very same color as Barney, therefore, according to the cipher, Greenfield could be a Barney disciple spreading disinformation!!!
Finally, as a counter-balance to the above, we call your attention cryptically to Greenfield's Chapter Twelve, "An interview with Terry R. Wriste" (presumably not his real name). This has to do with the Shaver Mystery, ciphers, and the UFO contactee syndrome. We won't tell you any more - except that we really did read all of this book, and Chapter Twelve alone is worth the PRICE. (In cipher talk, key words are CAPITALIZED.) Yes, once again folks, that's $9.95!....
The most important point involves the "election" that was held for the 1993 Ufologist of the Year - a matter we have commented on several times in "Smear". Seifried and his wife were at a restaurant following a UPO conference at Gulf Breeze, when they were approached by "a MUFON member from, I think, New Jersey" - obviously Pat Marcatilleo - who asked them to sign postcards supporting him "for something". This they did. The couple were not feeling well, and state that they did not then realize the cards were for this particular award, having already voted for Donald Ware for the same award!
Seifried continues: "A couple of weeks later we got the cards returned to us, sent by Walt (Andrus), who berated us for voting for someone who never did anything for MUFON. Certainly this is unethical. Then, as you well know, Walt arbitrarily negated the entire election (which we know Donald (Ware) had won) and held another one, under the guise that not enough people had responded.
"We also know, for a fact, that the Board of Directors did not unanimously vote to have Donald Ware removed. Directors have told me that they either voted against the move or abstained. So, what was printed twice in the (MUFON) UFO Journal was not true..."
Seifried then goes on into other unrelated criticisms, such as the fact that Andrus signed his name as recommending a man for Oklahoma State Section Director whom Seidried had not recommended.
The over-all impression one gets from reading this letter is that Andrus is high-handed and arrogant in his management of the organization. Seifried concludes with: "If you are Directors, I think it is time for you to assume your responsibilities and straighten out the administrative problems. If you don't MUFON will fall, as did NICAP, or become a debating society such as CUFOS. I also suggest that you be very careful who the new officials are. Hopefully MUFON will not become controlled by former Intelligence officials..."
Then, we have an interesting monograph by one Gene Maron called "Roswell - Another Perspective". Maron seriously advances the theory that a bomb was deliberately placed on a Mogul balloon for the purpose of blowing up a flying saucer, which it did. You see, the Air Force was embarrassed by the 1947 UFO flap, which indicated they did not have complete control of our airspace. So they blew up creatures, presumably from another world, for no better reason than this!
After that one, we're almost ready to give serious consideration to John Keel's Fugo Balloon theory. But not quite....
Incidentally, the January 1995 issue of FATE Magazine contains an excellent article by our friend Antonio Huneeus about the recent Air Force report on Roswell. Antonio is an unbiased reporter after our own heart!...
"I enjoy reading `Saucer Smear' for its humor, but damned if I'll contribute a penny to anything that keeps the UFO mania alive. Why you waste so much time on it beats me. Surely you must know by now that alien UFOs are a myth not worth perpetuating. Can't you think of a better way to make use of your time, energy, and intelligence?No. - Editor.
"Has anyone who has ever despised you thought that if all ill-will and hostile feelings between ufologists ceased, and everyone concentrated their energies on doing just UFO research and investigations, without personality issues encroaching, then you would have no more gossip to report and `Saucer Smear' would no longer exist! Think about it - the UFO problem potentially could be solved merely by sacrificing `Smear'. Or is that too much to ask? No, actually it is too much to ask ufologists to stop bickering! Pardon my unbridled idealism and forget I wrote this."
"Please make these corrections in regard to your December issue: I am not `stand-off-ish in regard to Project Awareness' and never said such. I am `stand-off-ish' (your word) with all UFO conferences, one no more than another. I did not `refuse to attend' the recent local (Gulf Breeze) conference - I simply knew nothing about it and have no interest in attending UFO conferences. I respect the fact that others like to attend UFO conferences and I have no comment one way or the other, good or bad."Sorry if we misinterpreted Mr. Ed's feelings on these matters. - Editor.
"It was great to see my letter in the last `Saucer Smear'... There was a typo: It should read `kept in line non-lethally', not `kept in live'.
"...Let me say that after seeing the photo of Mr. Alexander and company, I have a really bad feeling. He's even creepier looking than I imagined. I sort of insulted his wife's survey and now he knows my name!
"Remember what happened to Danny Casolaro. If you hear that I've committed suicide in a West Virginia motel room, don't believe it!"
"...I was shocked to read in your last issue that at an October 1994 UFO conference in Pensacola, Florida, Budd Hopkins gave you The Finger. My brother Shelly, who is street-wise, pointed out to me that Budd may have just been giving you his gang sign. His upset may have been due to your failure to return the sign. Perhaps at your next encounter with Budd you should return the sign and see if that will put him at ease..."
"Thanks for a most enjoyable issue of `Saucer Smear'. I think that you and Robert Anton Wilson are right about Budd Hopkins. He definitely seems to hold grudges, and he's not very flexible in his thinking about UFOs. The idea that UFOs are as real as any other myth would no doubt leave him cold, but it's a thought that Wilson could probably write a few thousand words about.
"By the way, Wilson's comments in `Smear' are always interesting. I've enjoyed some of his books, especially the ones dealing with the Illuminati. I have to admit, though, that I sometimes confuse him with Colin Wilson, a writer from the London division of the mystical underground..."
"...I always try to formulate my sentences in terms of probability and often include the percentage of belief I give to an idea - about 0.0000001 % to the Virgin Birth of that kid from Nazareth, about 99.9% to the Seoond Law of Thermodynamics, somewhere between 2% and 98% for most other things.
"People who claim 100% certitude seem, in my view, a frantic crew of True Believers, trying to bulishit themselves even harder than they try to bulishit you and me. This applies especially to the kind of True Believers who call themselves Skeptics. I'm sure you can guess some of the gents I mean."
"Thanks for the latest `Saucer Smear'. Yes, I do think it's one of the best. When you've got Budd Hopkins and Jon Erik Beckjord both slinging shit at you, you must be doing something right. Also, poor Christa Tilton - victimized by both Beckjord (remember him announcing on my show that he had once been engaged to her?) and the infamous Dr. Harley Byrd! Byrd, incidentally, seems to have alienated (so to speak) two of his few supporters, Frank Stranges and the editor of the `Hollow Earth Insider', Dennis G. Crenshaw.."
"Volume 41, No. 9 of `Smear' sank to new depths. Keep up the great work!
"The last thing UFOdumb needs is yet another `mystery', so permit me to clear up that of the new Randle/Schmitt newsletter's Wisconsin address. The Schmitt half of the team is editing, etc. `The Roswell Update', and he resides in Wisconsin. I hope this doesn't mean the thing will be cheesy!.."
"When we believe something for a long time, we become more and more committed to that idea. If evidence surfaces that disabuses the long-held notion, we resist this and try to continue believing.
"The UFO movement faces this problem with the long-held Roswell case falling apart beneath the reasonably-probable explanation of the Mogul Balloon. Already we see UFO believers trying to save the `alien bodies' part of the hypothetical Roswell scenario, by theorizing that there was another crash at about the same time. But in over 40 years of searching for `alien bodies', they seem to `exist' only in the dim memory of what somebody allegedly heard someone else say, many years before."
Again I return to the story of Pappy Henderson, who allegedly flew a load of alien cargo on a C-54 cargo plane to Andrews Air Field, where the bodies were temporarily stored, `apparently so that the army chief of staff, Dwight Eisenhower, and the secretary of war, Robert P. Patterson, would have an oportunity to see at least one of the bodies.' (`Truth about Roswell', page 13, hardcover edition.)
"What a fantastic way to test possible contagious effects of alien bacteria! Quick, expose the army chief of staff to these germs! If you can't wake him up, try the secretary of war! Before these germs mutate into something harmless!"
"A quick synopsis of my personal theory on cattle mutilations: Removing the genitals of a bull and draining its blood were parts of the rite of the Taurobolium, when initiates to the Roman cult of Mithra were, like their sun-god, `born again'. (Christianity coopted several symbols from the Mithraists, including the birthday of their god, December 25th.)Well, it's certainly something we never heard before. - Editor.
"Mithra was very popular among Roman soldiers. I wonder if some historically-minded general like Patton (who had many mystical beliefs such as that he was the reincarnation of Alexander the Great) might have attempted a revival of Mithraism in the Pentagon, which might continue to this day. It would explain the military helicopters seen near cattle mutilation sites. I mean, who else but a military man would feel honor-bound to return the carcass after they are done with it? I hope the above is fresh enough to generate comment..."
.... Byrd is right, of course - MUFON is a truly Nazi organization, out to take over the world - as a part of the CIA. And the CIA may well be working with authoritarian aliens - why not? They work with the Mafia. And maybe there really is something to the story about Lemurians living underground, with entrances to an underground world at the poles & elsewhere, where saucers enter - plus the connection between underground aliens and the Nazis. As I've said before, you can find references to these ideas in sci/fi going back to the early 19th century - in Poe in the 1830s, and in Lovecraft in the 1920s. And I don't know why it's so hard to believe that Byrd is related to Admiral Byrd, or that Walt Andrus is descended from hybrids. Do you have a more probable explanation for his personality (or lack thereof) & behavior? MUFON only makes sense as the organ of an inhuman fascist organization - whether CIA or alien or both. That's obvious to anyone who isn't totally brainwashed~...
"Harley Byrd still sounds like an interesting character. The great modern philosopher Rousseau was a flasher. Great minds expose their penises alike...."
Given the rate at which hoaxes are being produced, this stamp will likely be worn out before long.