"The Roswell Incident has emerged as a myth of such power and allure that it is no longer in anybody's best interests to seek - or admit - the truth. The town of Roswell profits from increased tourism. The supposed Roswell `witnesses' get their two hours of fame, and immortality in the history books. The Roswell `investigators' garner the adulation of their peers (assuming they have any), and the royalties from book and movie deals. The UFO `organizations' enjoy a new respectability they otherwise haven't been able to achieve after nearly fifty years of worthless `research'... Is it any wonder the truth has been lost in this hodgepodge of vested interests?"
-UFO researcher ROBERT TODD, writing in the Dec. 8th, 1995 issue of "The KowPflop Quarterly". (See discussion below.)
|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley, J.S.
Volume 43, No. 1
January 10th, 1996
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
The file shows that Marcel exaggerated or lied about several important aspects of his career, which gives us Just Cause to be suspicious of the accuracy of his description of the Roswell debris. ("Just Cause" is an excellent UFO zine published by Barry Greenwood, and Todd's zine is always mailed out together with it.)
Among the problems: Marcel claimed 3,000 hours of flight time as a pilot before going into the Air Force, but there is no indication in his record that he had any. Later he flew on many combat missions in World War II, as an Intelligence officer, but never as a pilot.
Marcel claimed he was awarded five Air Medals for shooting down five enemy planes in combat. Actually he received two Air Medals, but only for having flown a sufficient number of hours on combat missions - as an Intelligence officer, never as a pilot or gunner.
Although Roswell proponents believe that Marcel's high rank of Lt. Colonel makes him more believable, he was never more than a Major while on active duty. He became a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve after his retirement.
Marcel claimed to have a B.S. degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and to have attended four other colleges. However, there is no indication that he had any degree, and apparently he had only a total of one year of college anywhere. After leaving active duty in 1950, Marcel returned to the relatively humble status of a self-employed television repairman in Louisiana.
The item we like best is this one: Marcel once claimed to an interviewer that in 1949 he "wrote the very report that President Truman read on the air declaring that Russia had exploded an atomic device". However, it turns out that no such report was ever read on the air by President Truman. Instead, the White House merely issued a written statement about the event! Not surprisingly, Marcel's name does not appear anywhere in the records as having been among the many U.S. scientists and top military men associated with this event.
Some of the above information has been published previously by Bob Pratt, Karl Pflock, Phil Klass and others, though none worked from Marcel's complete military personnel file as Todd did. Todd is much to be commended for the work he has done.
"The KowPflop Quarterly" can be obtained from Robert Todd, 2528 Belmont Ave., Ardmore, Pa. 19003-2617.
The purpose was to make the Russians overestimate our level of technology and over-spend into bankruptcy, which finally worked.
Even though Frank Scully, author of the classic book "Behind the Flying Saucers" (1950) never believed a word of what he wrote about crashed saucers (he was a humorist), and even though his information came from extremely unreliable sources (Silas Newton, etc.), he merely passed on "valid rumors" secretly started by our own Government for the above reasons. He was thus what the CIA would call a "useful idiot", as are the current UFO researchers who endorse the MJ-12 documents. (You know who you are!)
This theory, unlike some of our previous theories, does not attempt to explain all of ufology, but only the Cold War aspect. Comments are welcome.
We know that the Internet is the Wave of the (shudder!) Future, and we do want to Get With It. Here we again print our access code, or whatever the hell it is. All comments on this subject from our readers will be most appreciated.
For World Wide Web users, the address is
"As far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947... .If the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn't tell me about it, either, and I want to know."Yeah, sure...
Ms. Franklin lives in a secure building of very comfortable condominiums. At one point recently the residents were being greatly annoyed by a "condomaniac" who was one of the residents and also happened to be a retired FBI agent. So, Ms. Franklin called the real local FBI office about this, and over a period of time she became very friendly with one of the agents there, whom she calls Jordan Perez - presumably not his real name.
At first Jordan does not seem to share her interest in UFOs and such, but they gradually establish a close friendship, and eventually they begin a sexual relationship (bottom of Page 89). Later, though he is apparently an ordinary FBI agent with no conceivable "need to know", Jordan is invited to go on a VIP tour of Nellis AFB in New Mexico and other "sensitive" areas in that state; and when he gets back, he breaks off the relationship, but gives Ms Franklin a written statement of what he thinks he has learned regarding UFOs while out there.
Jordan's statement occupies 12 full pages of the book - written in
capitals and with strange misspellings that Ms. Franklin does not
understand the need for (nor do we). There is the usual (to ufologists) stuff
about underground bases, genetic tampering with the human race by "greys",
and all the other things that we all want to believe go on underground in
New Mexico. But the most startling of all is the fact that Jordan has
learned that Ms. Franklin is in reality his mother, and therefore he feels
his relationship with her is incestuous, and should be broken off. Says he:
"...My source advised me that a donor egg was obtained from another woman and her genetic material erased from the egg. My mother's genetic material was then substituted and the egg fertilized by my father's sperm. I must therefore conclude that at least my mother was also an abductee."Whether the above makes sense medically, we do not know; but these aliens can do anything!
There is a lot more to the book than this, and in spite of our having picked this one part to talk about, it is definitely not a sex book (unfortunately!). Ms. Franklin endures all sorts of phone surveillance, at least one possible break-in to her apartment, and many other persecutions. Recently someone broke into her car and wrote "GARBAGE" on her book box!
However, she does not seem to let it get to her, and seems to take everything that happens to her in a philosophical "maybe it's true and maybe it isn't" frame of mind. That's probably the exact way that we should take this book. It can be obtained for $18.95 by writing to: Excelta Publishing Inc., P.O. Box 4530, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33338...
"Well, you got yourself one fiendishly fine website there. It brings the casual browser up-to-date on the Roswell comedy; it provides a good intro to your mag and its most frequent contributors; it shows `Saucer Smear' as a damn good skeptical journal, as distinguished from the pseudo-skepticism of those `psyche-cops' (mind police) who pontificate like they just got out of the Vatican.
"The guy who did it for you deserves kudos and kumquats at least."
"It was with much surprise and delight that I discovered your `home page' on the Internet last week. It's been many years since I've received your informative and entertaining `Saucer Smear' in the mail, and it's good to see that you've gotten funnier and more irreverent with age. Needless to say, I printed all the available back issues and read them all in one sitting..."
"After having read and heard so much about you, I was very pleased to meet you and hear your talk at the 32nd Annual National UFO Conference. I found your speech, or question and answer period, to be the most fascinating 30 to 45 minutes of the conference. Incidentally, you were right. Someone did record your talk and I have a copy. If you didn't get a recording and want one, I will be glad to send it to you.
"Several of the other speakers were also quite interesting. Frank Stranges knew how to captivate the audience with his story, and George Fawcette (?) delivered content. With the exception of George, I can't recall anyone talking about having done any UFO research. Once upon a time, that seemed to be important. (Crop circles and magic numbers don't count!)..."
"I was delighted to learn that Dr. Frank Stranges has at last received the recognition that has so long eluded him. His unique contribution to ufology should have been recognized long before now.In the spirit of Live & Let Live, we respectfully decline to make any comment on the above missive, though we are glad to have received it. - Editor
"However, I am curious to know which of his many outstanding qualities finally earned him this prestigious title. Was it the quality of his writing, so amply displayed in the stream of elegantly printed and tastefully illustrated booklets and brochures which must be a treasured part of any ufologist's library? Was it the profundity of his thought - the masterly way in which he has applied his fine mind (for assuredly he was not awarded his many doctorates for nothing!) to the puzzling enigma which has so long puzzled us?...
"Or was it for more personal reasons: The heart-warming way in which he rehabilitated himself with society after his own personal tragedy, convicted - by who can say what appalling travesty of justice - of law-breaking; crimes surely committed only because they served a higher purpose, risking his own reputation to obtain funds to enable him to continue his selfless crusade for the Truth?...
"Hal Starr's letter in `Smear' shows that I am not the only one who is curious to learn on what grounds the honorable title of Ufologist of the Year was finally awarded to this remarkable man who for so long has pursued his activities without getting what he deserves!"
"I was misled by (Jim) Oberg, who has gone off on a new tangent under contract with TV Channel 4 in Dallas to produce 4-minute `brain ticklers' on a variety of subjeots. Today I saw a tape of five of them, including the one starring me with (only) 2 minutes on the Robertson Panel. So much for my hopes of glory, and the 90 minutes I spent discussing HPR and UFOs. Yours, in tears, Thornton"
"...So, do I dare venture a gentle `I told you so' to all the now former fans of Don Sohmitt? Where was the self-righteous Captain Kevin Randle four years ago when I scored Schmitt hard with virtually all the same allegations, inoluding prevarication and the fabrication of critical evldence? And where was Jerry Clark and the rest of CUFOS when I tried to tell them the same thing and they wouldn't believe a word of it? Now it seems the chickens have come home to roost. What a sordid mess."
"I must say I am surprised that you are surprised about my being a skeptic about the Santilli autopsy footage. I am skeptical about everything. That's why I do my research by investigation rather than the proclamation so common these days in ufology.
"I arranged a polygraph examination for Gerald Anderson, which he passed. I haven't seen any for Frankie Rowe or Frank Kaufmann, have you? I have exposed the false credentials of Kirkwood, Lazar, and Spaulding, by checking, not by proclaiming. I have been to 15 Archives and talked to relatives of many MJ-12 members, in my search for truth about MJ-12 documents. I have proven several are bogus. There are REAL MJ-12 documents as noted in my book `Top Secret/Majic', due out this Spring. I have dealt with Kevin Randle's objections in my 37 page $4 paper `Operation Magestic 12? YES' and elsewhere.
"I first spoke to Santilli in mid-January 1995. I met with him in London in April and June, and with his associate in San Marino in September. Just about every time I have checked an his claims I have found they were false. The list (of errors) isn't yet as long as the 38 false claims I noted for Kevin Randle re Roswell in my 1995 MUFON paper. I hope the MUFON Journal publishes my detailed response to his attempted rebuttals as printed there recently..."
"...Re the Alien Autopsy: The film is bogus. The alleged cameraman has been dead for over a decade, and there is not a shred of evidence about its authenticity as to the Roswell footage. Once more MUFON and allies have put their feet in it. I guess human gullibility has no bounds - a sad fact of our lives...Great! - Editor
"I will shortly send you some money for the renewal of my subscription."
"I recently read an article in `Der Spiegel' (a German publication something like a combination of `Life' and `Time' magazines) on the alien autopsy. It was considered `transparent fraud'. Among other things, it was noted that a wall phone appears in the film the design of which did not appear until 1956. This does not mean that the particular telephone in the film is from 1956. It could be from much later. A German pathologist also commented that the equipment and procedures used were below amateurish, and would not have been used even in the 1940s. `The Fortean Times' considers the film a `necrophiliac snuff-flick'. The `alien' is likely a deceased hydrocephalic."
"...Santilli and the Fox Network are clearly playing their cards for maximum effect. The rumored scene of `(President) Truman watching the crashed UFO being loaded onto a truck' may yet make its appearance....
"...I love all the discussions about the alien autopsy film. Only those who have actually seen the UFO people know for sure if it is real or not."
"I enjoyed the last issue of `Saucer Smear'. James Randi proves once again, with his own words, how troubled the `debunkers' are. It was an embittered, petty, spiteful, puerile outburst of a darkened, gloomy, sorrowful individual who has nothing to say and no way to say it, save to emptily rant with specious diatribes and rave with frothy sophistry the same tired cliched shopworn claptrap that clearly demonstrates a limited awareness and lack of any real understanding..."
"Project Awareness can run from the aliens, but can't hide. Do the Project Awareness people really think the aliens can't zap them just as easily in the springtime as in the Fall? This is true even if after only three years they are more professional than NUFOC. One obvious difference is that Awareness doesn't have perennial amateur Jim Moseley among its leadership. What could be more unprofessional than giving yourself an award??...I'll drink to that! - Editor
"Whitley Strieber leaves ufology in disgust, and then comes back six years later to hawk another book? That is disgusting!...
"All versions of the Roswell video are uncut. The uncut version gets longer as more scenes are shot, obviously...
"As for the incident about the U.S. military murdering an alien, that does sound like government propaganda. The military can kick alien ass as easily as they can kick Vietnamese ass, Saddam Hussein's ass, or Somali warlord ass. The Vietnamese, Saddam Hussein, the Somali warlords, and the aliens are still laughing. The Serbs are just starting to giggle...
"The Amazing thing is that people like Randi haven't the slightest idea of why blasphemy laws and other laws of the Church should not be a part of the civil law code. It's exactly because so few people have the brains to understand the philosophical reasoning of the separation of church and state that we still have these idiotic laws - and blasphemy laws do a lot less damage than similarly unconstitutional Church laws against pornography, sodomy, prostitution, and drugs!..."
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