|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 44, No. 6
June 20th, 1997
P. 0. Box 1709
Key West, FL 33041
Much of Jeffrey's evidence is new, and does not duplicate previous research. It is mainly in three categories:
For all the fascinating details, read the June issue of the MUFON Journal!...
"This Headquarters is currently engaged in an intelligence investigation of all reported unidentified aerial phenomena. To date, no concrete evidence as to the exact identity of any of the reported objects has been received. Similarly, the origin of the so-called `flying discs' remains obscure, The possibility exists that some of the sighted objects are of domestic origin... Your cooperation... might greatly assist in identifying our own domestic developments from possible inimical foreign achievements."
Note that the interplanetary hypothesis is not even mentioned!...
Most interesting is the fact that apparently Project Mogul may not be the complete solution to the Roswell Incident after all! We are told that the Air Force may discuss the crash of an experimental modified B-29 aircraft which was carrying nuclear material. This was a then top-secret back-up plan, in case our atomic bombs did not work properly. Plutonium could be sprinkled over an area, contaminating the water supply and/or the countryside in general. At the crash site, fear of contamination fron radiation was the primary concern, we are told.
An alternative rumor regarding the new AF document (modestly called "The Roswell Report: Case Solved") is that it pertains to a modified Japanese Fugo Balloon. This Fugo story will also be in the July issue of "Popular Mechanics", we are told.
Ultimately, to know the true facts, we will just have to wait for the AF Report to appear. It will be out very shortly, available to all for a mere $52. The ISBN number (whatever the hell that is!) is 99979-11156....
"...I am a lifelong UFO buff, a founding fellow of CSICOP, and long time associate of Phil Klass, as well as a colleague and friend of J. A. Hynek from Northwestern days. I am fascinated with the folklore aspects of the UFO beliefs in our culture, and am a specialist in spaceflight operations, both American and Russian...
"I applaud CSETI's efforts to strip away the `government secrets prosecution' barrier to the disclosure of people's stories about UFO experiences and I fully support the call for a government declaration that all legal constraints against disclosure be dissolved. I've always felt that claims of fear of such prosecution, as an excuse by people not to `go public', was often merely a gimmick not to have to take responsibility for the authenticity of such stories. As far as I've been able to tell... nobody has ever been arrested or charged - much less convicted and sentenced - for actually doing so.
"But don't stop merely with legalizing disclosure of all - if any - government secrets about `real UFOs'. I believe there is a far more valuable body of `secrets' that will help understand the decades of UFO phenomena that the world has experienced. This deals with government-related activities which directly or indirectly led to public perceptions that UFOs might be real when they weren't. Sometimes these actions were carefully orchestrated in advance; sometimes they were localized impromptu ad hoc damage-limitation tactics. But from my own experience, they seem to have played a tremendous and widely unappreciated role in inciting and enflaming public interest in UFOs while deflecting public attention from real highly-classified government activities.
"I'm referring to situations where government representatives - officials, military officers, etc. - used `UFO' as a convenient camouflage for other official classified activities (such as retrieval of crashed aircraft or nuclear weapons or other objects), or used artificial `UFO stories' (in oral, written, photographic, film, etc. form) as `tracers' in studying the function of security safeguards and personnel psychological responses; or used `UFO' as an excuse (either intended or accidental) to cover up improper, forbidden, or diplomatically delicate activities (such as aviation incidents involving dangerous accidental or deliberate close passes or intercepts of civilian airliners; or overseas excursions of agents on intelligence missions where deflection of local perceptions was useful; or to conceal from the country of origin the possession of foreign military hardware); or played pranks and jokes on intended or accidental targets; or any other activity that the government - or any part of it - wanted to keep hidden, knowing that having it thought of as `UFO-related' would consign it to the never-never-land of myth and nuttiness, thus keeping mainstream media attention to a minimum. And it has worked!
"Please include such `UFO secrets' in your list of disclosure demands, and ask that any government personnel involved in the use (or misuse or abuse) of such practices be immune from any government prosecution for the actions which led them to take such measures. Once such immunity is verifiably granted, I have my own list of people who have privately talked to me over the years and who were involved in government activities leading to a number of well-known `UFO cases', which can be released and which can help the public understand where and how much of today's UFO mythology originated.
"This is a serious proposal deserving of serious consideration, and promises immensely fruitful results."
It seems that after about twenty years of hype and bullshit by authors such as William Moore (not Charles), Stanton Friedman and Kevin Randle, the real facts about the "Roswell Incident" have emerged just in time to put a damper on the giant 50th anniversary Roswell Festival scheduled for early next month. (We stated this fact in a recent contribution to FATE Magazine, which, amazingly, was published!)
Korff comes to the conclusion that the "mysterious" object that landed near Roswell in June/July 1947 was merely a then-classified Mogul Balloon. In this conclusion he is in agreement with Phil Klass and Karl Pflock, each of whom has written a forthcoming book on this subject. Others who support this very unpopular conclusion include Professor Charles Moore, Robert Todd, and Barry Greenwood of "CAUS" - and of course, the entire staff of "Saucer Smear"!
Incidentally, it won't be the Mogul Balloon hypothesis that gets Korff and his publisher (Prometheus Books) into trouble, but the chapter on the notorious Alien Autopsy Film. We are told that Ray Santilli's organization in England has threatened to sue Prometheus for unauthorized use of stills from this video, plus the use of a picture of the alleged photographer. The caption with the picture boldly states, "A reward has been posted for the arrest and prosecution of those behind the alien autopsy hoax."
Korff's book, already in its second printing, can be obtained (at least till banned or burned!) from Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, N.Y. 14228-2197.
Incidentally, both "Smear" and its editor are mentioned twice in Korff's index, clearly showing the high quality of his research!...
Shermer's book deals not only with UFOs but also with several politically sensitive subjects, such as Creationism and the Holocaust. Regarding UFO abductions, Shermer tells of his own experience when, due to sleep deprivation, he himself imagined that he was abducted by aliens on a lonely rural highway, while competing in an ultra-marathon bicycle race. His subsequent discussion of the modern abduction phenomenon is reasonable and low-keyed, in contrast to the shrill debunking overstatements one often gets from CSICOP. This is a book worth reading, available for $22.95 from W.H. Freeman and Company, New York...
Next comes "The UFO Silencers - Mystery of the Men in Black", by Timothy Green Beckley of Inner Light Publications. This tome, with a menacing man in a Lone Ranger type face mask on its cover, was first published in 1990 in a different format. It is re-issued now, by coincidence or otherwise, at the same time that IllumiNet Press has re-issued Gray Barker's classic book on the same subject, "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers". Here again is an insipid introduction by folklorist John Keel, and there are several references to your humble "Smear" editor. 160 pages with large easy-to-read type, available from Inner Light, Box 753, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903. Free catalogue upon request:...
DR. MACCABEE writes us as follows:
"...Regarding Rex Salisberry, I don't know what his motive was. I think he got bad information and ran with it. The bottom line...is this: Proof that a picture could be faked is not the same as proof that it was faked. And, furthermore, he didn't prove any picture had been faked. His strongest case was the famous `road shot', with the lack of reflection in the hood of the truck. This implied a SDE (simple double exposure) fake. I knew about the implications of the lack of a reflection, in the summer of 1988 - two years before Salisberry came at me with an `axe'. I discovered the explanation: The truck hood had been bent in an accident. It wasn't much of a bend, but enough, when combined with weight in the back of the truck (cement blocks Ed was hauling) to prevent the UFO lights (bottom or top) from reflecting in the hood. (Oddly enough, the explanation was already contained within the imagery in this picture, but it took several years for me to realize that.)
"Regarding Salisberry's statements, if `common sense' tells you that `most of his information is true', then I guess you had better find some 'uncommon sense'.
"I will keep my eyes on the skies! ...
"Just a note to keep the whole `uncovered government documents' debate in perspective: Brian Boldman and I went up to the National Archives in College Park (where the UFO files are kept) about two years ago. The security in that place is a complete joke. To get into the file area, we merely had to open the folders we were carrying for the security guard, who didn't even bother to look through anything inside them. We also noticed that many members of the staff had obvious disabilities, many of the mental type, and (how shall I say this?) definitely wouldn't be trusted to an area where anything of importance would be kept, and it would be highly unlikely that they would catch on if anyone decided to sneak documents in!
"We were usually left alone when in the room where the UFO documents are kept, and we could have easily placed anything in the boxes of documents or taken anything out and merely walked away with it. We were able to wander freely around parts of the building that I don't think we were even supposed to be in, and no one even asked us who we were. When we left, no one looked through our copies and papers to see if we had taken anything out!
"Take care, and remember, `THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE', though at this rate I don't think we'll find it for a long time!"
"...Jim Moseley may have told you about the response dear old Budd Hopkins got from those terribly skeptical British types at the Fortean Times `UnConvention'. They weren't impressed. he spent about half of his talk on the great Linda N. (sorry, Linda C.), just giving a potted history of abductions, and skipped over the weird stuff in about ten minutes at the end. Some nasty people thought this was because he had been warned that a Fortean Times audience would not be the fawning pushover he was used to at MUFON meets!
"Hopkins was billed to appear in a panel discussion on the second day of the convention along with Supreme Commander Moseley, lovable old Phil Klass and Dennis Stacy, but he pulled out at the last minute. He had been careful to mention in his `talk' that he was just sooooo eager to look around the London art galleries. His place on the platform was taken by a rubber model of an alien head, and the FT master of ceremonies read out a statement from Budd saying something like that if he was forced to be in the same room as Phil Klass he would come out in spots, or his head would fall off, or something. This display of temperament did not go down well with a British audience, and the statement was greeted with jeers and derisive laughter
"We here at FATE are so happy that we are on your mailing list (or is it your `non-mailing' list?). All of us enjoy reading your publication. It is probably one of the best UFO related things to get circulated around here. We also appreciate the help you gave us on our `50 Years of UFOs' article (FATE, July 1997).
"I do have a point of clarification for you regarding something you wrote in your May 20, 1997 issue of `Saucer Smear': You mentioned that Fortean Times' `circulation is about 60,000 - far higher than any similar magazine on either side of the Pond'. I just wanted to let you know that FATE's latest figures.. show us with 66,000 subscribers as well as 8,000 + newsstand buyers. Even more important to us is the loyalty of those readers. Now I'm just a young buck, but many of our subscribers have been loyal FATE readers for longer than I've been alive. As FATE approaches its 50-year anniversary (Spring, 1998), some of our readers approach their 50th year with FATE! That's something we take pride in. Just wanted to let you know that there is at least one other big fish in the paranormal magazine `pond'.
"I received the most recent copy of your `zine' today. I took it with me into my hot bath and was as amused as ever - and so I thought I should write and say thanks for your consideration.
"As I once wrote to you, I always thought your zine output more or less was a study and archive of the sociology of UFOdom - and in this recent issue I see that one Jerry Lucci gives somewhat the same meaningful appraisal. Of course, I think you are the Noel Coward of UFO observerdom. You may be the only person who has any wit about the `Field' - WIT of course meaning humor, irony, sarcasm, satire, repartee, as well as the art of slinging deserved amounts of merde del toro in disguise....
"I got a big chuckle out of Patrick Huyghe's tongue-in-cheek assertion that `Robert Todd is the best researcher in the entire UFO field bar none'. But Huyghe's joke did get me to do some serious thinking on what American researchers have most impressed me, and four names came to mind: Allan Hendry, Brad Sparks, Walter Webb, and William Weitzel. Three of them, alas, have long been inactive, and Webb is ailing..."
Unfortunately, Jerry, Huyghe was not being facetious in his praise of Robert Todd! - Editor.
"...I'm glad you enjoyed the Fortcon in England. I can't afford to go. If I accepted their kind of fee, everybody else would expect me to work for the same, and I need my lecture fees to tide us over between royalty checks...
"I won't be writing you much during the next month. I have to finish my latest book for Harper Collins. My latest book for New Falcon has just been published. It's called `The Walls Came Tumbling Down', and deals with UFO abduction, reincarnation, and other spooky stuff seemingly happening to a member of a group called Scientific Skeptics (SS). Any resemblance to CSICOP is purely coincidental!"
"...I've been disgusted with the media handling of the whole Heaven's Gate affair. I dislike the press's emphasis on the irrationality of the members, especially in a country where most people harbor equally ridiculous beliefs - that a Hebrew deity created the Universe over a 14-hour period approximately 6,000 years ago last Tuesday; that the Virgin Mary appears in tortillas; that O.J. Simpson is innocent; or that spending billions of dollars on nuclear weapons makes us safer. In such a context, I think the members of Heaven's Gate were no less clear-thinking than most people. Besides, the ones I met were intelligent and kind, and I'm sorry to see them go..."
"David Huggins' shocking (More! More!) rendering of his liason with the space seductress should be of considerable interest to those delving, as it were, into the mysteries of alien anatomy. Note that the woman's vagina (can I use this word in `Smear'? If not, substitute `v-----a') seems to be situated approximately where earth women keep their belly buttons. Of course, Huggins' penis (`p---s') seems to be similarly situated! Or perhaps in their passionate abandon, our interplanetary trysters impaled themselves on one of those abdominal probes which are ubiquitous in abduction encounters! Ouch!"
"I really loved the tidbit in your latest `Smear' about `George', the London fellow who tosses-off with his Austin Metro car. At least he's not having an affair with a Morris Minor, as I imagine a well-known American magician might do!..."
"...Now, Jim, even though you were dumped as MUFON's Monroe County (Florida) Section Director, it's still your responsibility to protect your fellow citizens from any and all alien threats from beyond! Somebody has to do it, and you're certainly most qualified!..."
"...I think `Saucer Smear' is a valuable archive on the UPO phenomenon in the U.S. I hope you've taken steps to conserve all your back issues. Someday they will be of great use to researchers studying the history of this strange longing.
"I say `longing' deliberately. Like you - like everybody! - I wish it were all true; I wish the universe was full of flying saucers and advanced beings; I wish there were giant structures on Mars; I can even wish Roswell was true, sinister government cover-up and all. It would make life exciting in flashy, easily-grasped ways.
"The reason I don't believe a particle of it is the numbing lack of imagination the UFO faithful display. When they try to picture beings from another planet, they come up with ludicrously humanoid creatures with four? six? fingers and a technology that looks a helluva lot like `30's pulp magazine cover art. Any bright 15-year-old could do better, and I think it's significant that bright adolescents don't seem to be much drawn to this stuff!
"Ufoology (great coinage!) appears to belong to a congeries of aging lower-middle-class folks of very modest attainments, exploited by a handful of untalented charlatans competing for the few dollars of buying power these people command!..."
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