|EDITOR AND STILL
James W. Moseley
Volume 49, No. 7
September 15th, 2002
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In the meanwhile, we have a really firm booking for 2003 A.D. at the rival annual convention in Aztec, N.M., which occurs on the last weekend of March. It's pretty damn cold in New Mexico at that time of year. Perhaps that's what the Roswell Museum people were refering to, with the phrase "when hell freezes over"!
Among those who called the above-mentioned Error to our attention was RICK HILBERG (notice the CAPITAL LETTERS!), a well-known Ohio researcher who will be speaking at our Cincinnati NUFOC Convention, and who will very soon be peddling another of his endless series of self-published ufological booklets. This one will be more interesting than usual, as it will include a long section on the extremely mysterious 19th century Sonora Aero Club of California, which somehow may have been involved with the classic 1897 airship scare. This tome is modestly called "Rick Hilberg's UFOmation", and it will be reviewed in this zine as soon as Time and Space permit. Hilberg, who calls himself "the poor man's Jerry Clark" was one of the founders of the National UFO Conference (NUFOC), way back in 1964...
As for crop circles, the imaginative proprietor of Arcturus Books has come up with a brand new theory: They are "physical evidence left behind from man-made energy-beam experiments". According to Bob Girard, "Someone - presumably the U.S. working closely with British partners - is mastering the precision-controlled beaming of (probably microwave) energy". Could be!?
Since then there has been little change in American ufology. The psychosocial hypothesis is rejected out of hand. Sensible explanations for "classic" cases are brushed aside, with remarks about "armchair ufologists", "skeptibunkers' and "pelicanists". Witnesses are assessed not on their reliability, but on whether or not they say what the believers want to hear.
Instead of maturing over the years American ufology has remained in a state of thumb-sucking infantilism.
The above is taken from England's "Magonia Supplement", 7/1/02.
(Certain true-to-form reactions to the Supreme Commander's and my "Shockingly Close to the Truth!" prompt this reprise of "Hey, Ufrogs'. Lighten Up", from the 9/5/00 "Smear". Next time, a shockingly new and exciting column!)
Ufologists are always complaining that they "don't get no respect". They whine that the field which they say means so much to them is not taken seriously. Seems to me one of the top reasons for this is that ufologists take themselves too damn seriously!
Zealotry and self-importance plague The Field. This Leading Ufologist and that Leading Ufologist is so sure his is a Historic Mission, so certain he has The Answer to the Mystery of the Millennium that he becomes the subject matter - UFOs - personified.
Of course, every one of these Big Frogs has appropriated his own small - no, tiny - pond with a well-centered lily pad throne on which to squat. Each plops on his own royal seat, loudly and oh-so-seriously croaking and fending off any other frogs who presume to suggest they might know something about the depth of the big fella's mud puddle. Roswell puddle. Abductions puddle. Mutilations puddle. Saucer history puddle. UFO skeptic puddle. Ufological political correctness puddle. Croak! Croak! Croak!
Have you ever seen a frog that wasn't absolutely certain of his own centrality in the universe? Ever seen a frog that wasn't funny, very funny indeed, because of his own self-importance, utterly unaware of how silly he looks sprawling on and quite a bit off a semi-submerged leaf in a fetid pool with a gaggle of burbling tadpoles wiggling around him?
Look around you. Do you see all the self-important Ufrogs? Listen. Do you hear all their I-am-the-greatest croaking? The cacophony is enough to make you - and Real Science - deaf, isn't it? Listen again. Do you hear any of them laughing at themselves? This time, it's the silence that's deafening!
I've got a theory, well, a notion: If ufology never rises above the status of a tabloid semi-proto-science, one not unimportant reason will be because its practitioners - I know this is stretching the use of a perfectly good word to the breaking point - um, leading lights don't - can't - laugh at themselves.
Hey, you dim-bulbs: Lighten up. Look in the mirror. Read "Smear". See yourselves as you really are. Scary, huh? Yeah, but funny, very funny. Have a good laugh. Knock yourselves out!
There is no better antidote for what ails ufology today, both as to its internal difficulties and where it stands with the outside "straight" world than a good belly laugh at itself. Read "Smear", ufology, and be saved!
Lesser known is the first MJ-12 document which was given to Moore in 1981. He was given the task of passing it on to Paul Bennewitz, who was then a target of AFOSI disinformation due to sensitive EM transmissions he was receiving from the Kirtland/Sandia complex. This document is said by Moore ("FOCUS'; '89; "The MJ-12 Documents"; '90) to be a retype of an authentic AFOSI teletype from Headquarters AFOSI to District 17 at Kirtland regarding the Bennewitz matter. According to Moore, and then AFOSI Special Agent Richard Doty, the document given Bennewitz was identical with the exception of a few spurious changes. The reference to Majestic Twelve and a UFO Project Aquarius were not altered.
This document is important for three reasons: (1) It is the first known public reference to MJ-12. (2) Its use in Disinformation in connection with UFOs. (3) Its relation to all other MJ-12 documents to follow. MJ-12 was either fabricated at that point or the source of the document knew that it was in fact real!
There is something else rather curious about this document. It is a retype of a teletype message. It has around its SECRET classification a box of asterisks. This is not odd because real AFOSI teletypes, and possibly all used in the Air Force at the time, had these around the classifications. They are also in use on every page of the EBD, although not on the attached Truman/Forrestal memo.
The EBD was mailed in a package with the postmark Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the then 17th District AFOSI and the focal point of the UFO Disinformation of the early 1980s. I have in my own records hundreds of pages of Classified Documents from an alphabet soup of government agencies. I have never seen any with the curious classification box other than the MJ-12 leaks and authentic teletype messages. This leads me to believe that perhaps a flashing signal as to the origin of some of this material has been there all along!
Whether some of the information in this material is authentic is another matter. I suspect that something along the lines of MJ-12 did exist. It is a procedure in such operations to mix accurate and sometimes verifiable information with the bogus. It is also a matter of AFOSI regulation that they do nothing to publicly confirm the authenticity of leaked documents or information!
One final note on the subject of William L. Moore. He has been an integral part of MJ-12 history and at the forefront of acusations of forgery for fame, fortune, and whatever. I knew Bill very closely from 1983 until the early 1990s when he dropped out of UFO research. I knew that he claimed to have high level government contacts on the subject of UFOs and leaked documents, from 1984 onward. During all this time he spent much effort on research and his contacts, and very little on writing. This is the exact opposite of those who promote themselves for money and notoriety in this field!
Instead, the behavior I observed was of a man very perplexed by a set of circumstances that these so-called Aviary contacts had gotten him into. He was always open to the possibility that the MJ-12 documents were not authentic, and never stated they were. The purpose of these early documents and the current MJ-12 material is open to very important questions about Intelligence Operations against the UFO research community.
Editor's Note: Brian Parks is indeed a former co-worker of Bill Moore's, and we have known him slightly for quite a number of years. Indeed, he is a "Smear" non-subscriber.
This book, allegedly written (or edited) by "Commander X" has just about everything a conspiracy fiend could ask for - The Illuminati; The New World Order; World Trade Center Disaster; UFOs and MJ-12; JFK Assassination; Gun Control; The Constitution; Secret Societies; and MORE! Much has been said about how Cooper wildly changed his opinions on key issues over the years; but as Beckley so aptly puts it at the bottom of Page 8, "that's water under the dam". (This book really contains a flood of good information!)
As detailed in the above-mentioned December "Smear", we knew Bill Cooper quite well from various barroom scenes at Beckley's western conventions a few years back; and whatever Wild Bill may have done to others, we personally had no quarrel with him.
The title of this collector's item is "William Cooper: Death of a Conspiracy Salesman - Survivalist? Patriot? FANATIC'." It sells for $19 from Global Communications, P.O. Box 753, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903. Also available for $30 is Cooper's classic "Behold a Pale Horse", written back in 1991 and now difficult to obtain...
The present volume devotes a chapter each to ten of the most interesting UFO situations of the modern era. Strangely, a covering form letter from Llewellyn mentions "fifteen of the best of these (UFO) stories", so it would seem to us that someone here has forgotten how to count. No matter; The book is well-written, and runs about 200 pages including a long appendix cataloguing reports of triangular UFOs in recent years.
An "Afterword" discusses some of ufology's well-known researchers, including your humble "Smear" editor, who is described on Page 160 of the "Uncorrected Proof" as a "godfather" in the UFO field. (We do not have the final version of this book, which presumably is re-edited and contains additional photographs.) There are also many other favorable references to your editor, here & there throughout the book!
On Page 167, Sutherly states his own opinion (similar to ours) about UFO origin, which is: "There is, and always has been, reason to believe that the UFO phenomenon is representative of something far more complex than spacecraft and visiting extraterrestrials. This leads into areas of religion, philosophy, and metaphysics - the combination of which can have a lasting, and disturbing, impression on the human psyche..."
Actually, the most interesting story we read was in the Preface, where a friend of Sutherly's with the pseudonym "Raymond" is driven out of the flying saucer field entirely by a series of bizarre incidents in his vicinity. Sutherly, too, gave up research for awhile, but then got back into it. We wish we knew who "Raymond" is or (shudder!) was!
This softcover book can be purchased for a mere $12.95 from: Llewellyn Publications, P.O. Box 64383, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55164-0383.
"Regarding the 'Errata' section in 'Smear' - in Karl Pflock's column he quotes Neil Barron's 1992 trip to California and his meeting with George Adamski. Wow, I thought old George passed on in 1965! Gee, do we have a typo here??"
Mea Culpa! - Editor.
"Thank you so much for coming up to our Festival. The audience and I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture, and I really enjoyed finally meeting you, after enjoying 'Saucer Smear' for several years. Very few people are as lucky as you were, in being able to pursue your dreams and hobbies all your life, unrestricted by an 8 to 5 corporate grind...
"Thanks again for being you, and I hope you can continue with 'Smear' until it is no longer fun..."
So, what went wrong in Roswell, you might ask. The answer will probably be in our next thrilling issue! - Editor.
"What a pleasure it was to see you again in Roswell! You acquited yourself admirably, as always. On Friday I talked to a woman who walked out on you. She said you were 'too negative'. She walked out on the Raelians, too.
"i thought the Museum's treatment of the Raelians was shabby. I heard them at Alien Resistance HQ (across the street), and I drank enough of Guy Malone's coffee that I had to leave in search of the Museum's facilities. What should I find going on there, but an unscheduled second talk by Dee Wallace Stone on the joys of ET and Hollywood. If they had told the Raelians up front that no religious groups could use the facilities, that would be one thing. But to allow them to print and distribute advertising materials with time and place specified, and then to pull the rug out from under them seems...shabby. It makes one suspect that the Raelians filled a hole in their programming, until they discovered they needed a slot for a wholesome family-oriented activity!
"It is strange that they don't carry your book in the Museum Bookstore. I looked over their stock the morning after your lecture..."
Yes, it indeed is strange'. - Editor.
"Gee, I'm jealous'. Jerry Clark gave a full seven pages to your book in IUR (International UFO Reporter). His attack could almost serve as a clinical case study of psychological projection.
"I was pleased that he devoted almost a full page to the Linda Napolitano (aka Cottile) case. It seems to be gaining credibility among ufologists. Barry Downing recently promoted it in the 'MUFON UFO Journal'. At the Laughlin conference several months ago, Budd Hopkins said that he was convinced that the Pope had been informed of the details of the Linda affair. I hope UR will publish something on these astounding new developments!
"It was amusing to see Jerry assert that George Hunt Williamson's books 'will certainly be recognized as classics of esoteric literature'. Is Jerry. a closet follower?"
"So - parapsychologist (whatever that might be) George Hansen thinks I am 'Klass successor wannabe' * Kow Pflop, does he? If he is as accurate about the Linda 'Cortile' case as he is about me, we 'Manhattan Transfer' skeptics had best reassess.
"Nice try, Mr. Hansen, but no cuckoo clock, not even a small Swiss chocolate!
"With kindest regards to the Supreme Commander but not Parawhatever Hansen, I am
Your humble servant, (signed) Harry
* My but Wendy Connors has a way with words, does she not? I am certain it will not be long before we shall see her byline in the 'New York Review of Books' or 'The Weekly World News'."
"Your book is beyond question one of the most important books in the flying saucer literature. It is essential reading for anyone who now or in times to come hopes to understand what all the fuss has been about.
"Some of your reviewers seem to be under the impression that it is nothing but a marginal commentary by an amiable buffoon sitting on the fence thumbing your nose at serious researchers. They are, perhaps, misled by your inimitable prose style. But no one could read your book without realizing that in your own way you are as serious as they are, in your wish - in your own words, 'to encourage others to think in new ways and question their unproved assumptions'.
"I enjoyed the book enormously, and at the same time I learnt a very greal deal. Your personal involvement in so much of what has been going on has given you an insight into affairs that were confused to the point of obscurity at the time - the Walters affair, for example. If for nothing else, your book will be valued as a source of enlightenment on what urologists did and the hidden_ agendas that made them act that way.
"I have often thought that a social history of the flying saucer phenomenon needs to be written; but of course, with Americans liable to seize on any personal reference as an excuse for calling their lawyers, such a project will be out of the question for a century or so. However, your book comes pretty close to what I had in mind: as ufology's court jester you are licensed to point out the Emperor's nudity.
"Thank you for a great read and a real contribution to the UFO literature..."
"...First of all, let me say how impressed, entertained, informed and enlightened I was by 'Shockingly Close to the Truth!' When I try to think of another book on the subject written from an insider perspective and yet without the distortion of an ideology of either the true-believer or the debunker type, there simply isn't one! There's absolutely no one in the field who has the historical depth that you do. I think that for generations to come anyone interested in the history of the UFO phenomenon and the UFO belief-system will be turning to very few books to put things in perspective. There will be 'primary' sources like Arnold's 'Coming of the Saucers' and Scully's 'Behind the Flying Saucers'; there will be case-studies that influenced the Field greatly like 'The Interrupted Journey', 'Communion' , and 'Missing Time'; but, for a survey of the birth and growth of the Field, your book is both more informative and more level-headed than any of the other 'histories' out there. My guess is that it will stay in print for along time and that it will withstand any of the current stones being flung at it.
"Thank you also for what I think must be a quotation of me, regarding John Mack, on page 310. I consider it an honor and - just in case Donna Bassett is right and Mack is point man for a vast C.I.A. conspiracy - my anonymity in the book is probably just as well!
"I remain convinced that a hardcore minority of 'abductees' were and are experiencing possibly real, not necessarily physically real, encounters with nonhuman intelligences that are almost certainly not extraterrestrial and would have been called something else in another age...
Thank you very much for sending me your new book. Unfortunately, I have yet to receive any issues of Saucer Smear, other than the April issue. Am I not on your mailing list, or do I need to send more $$? I assumed you hadn't put anything out since April, until I looked on the 'Smear' website and saw the May and June Issues. If you've sent them and they never made it here, please let me know. I assuming the MIB's haven't been watching my PO box or anything. If you haven't sent the issues since April, please do. The idea of missing an issue (print issue), not to mention two issues, of 'Smear is upsetting to me. If they are in transit, I'll be mollified by the time you get this. Like you, I find it near-impossible to ead print on a cathode ray tube.
I loved "Shockingly Close to the Truth". It's the only UFO book to bring to a desert isle. Your descriptions of the 1950's saucerers are the funniest I've read. Scully, Adamski, Big Bo the Venusian Dog, and the whole cast of characters are all here, vividly portrayed. You have brought your readers much joy in these depressing times.
As a general history of Ufology in the 20th Century, Shockingly... is unsurpassed, but just as important, it documents for posterity a vital American subcuture. While the Roswell myth will survive for many years to come, the names of Dan Fry and Prince/King Neosom will not, and it's nice to know who they were and what they did. Your perspectives on books like A Socccoro "Saucer" in a Pentagon Pantry and the Saucers Speak, and, more importantly, their authors, are priceless. Your book is candid and honest, unlike so much pretentious crap in the field (or as you say, Field), including those parts describing the grave robberies, which were the only chapters I found difficult to stomach.
I'm curious: What actually occurred when you met that would-be Deep Throat Carl Allen, aka Carlos Allende?
|On 10 July 2001, two months after a visit to Greece by the Pope, the Greek Orthodox Church announced that the "weeping and bleeding icons", which it claimed reflected God's opposition to the Pope's presence, were not divinely inspired. Tests concluded that drops found on the icons were cherry juice. D.Telegraph, 1 July 2001.||CLOSE TO THE BONE: An undertaker suffered a nervous breakdown when the Grim Reaper turned up at her work in Berlin. The deathly visitor was an actor in fancy dress, complete with scythe, being filmed by music channel MTV as a joke. The woman collapsed and needed psychiatric care. Her boss took legal action to stop MTV broadcasting the clip. Metro, 22 Jan 2001.|
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