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Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

From: c549597@showme.missouri.edu [Barbara Becker]
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 14:34:09 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 22:20:32 -0400
Subject: Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

> From: wlmss@peg.apc.org [Lawrie Williams]
> Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 09:13:36 +1000 (GMT+1000)
> To: ufo-l@mb.protree.com, updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: One BB Smear is Worth 1000 Witnesses?

> > From: c549597@showme.missouri.edu [Barbara Becker]
> > Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 09:47:38 -0500
> > To: ufo updates <updates@globalserve.net>
> > Subject: Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

> >  What happened to my critics?  Steve, Don, Roger et al?  I thought
> >  we were going to have a good discussion.  Do you not understand the
> >  law? Or does your silence indicate agreement?

> >  BB

> Barbara Becker says "Ed Walters hoaxed the B&J photos."

> She is also on record as saying:

> > 1) Ed Walters copyrighted photographs allegedly taken by someone
> > else.
> > That at the least would make him a thief.

> > 2) Ed Walters copyrighted photographs taken by himself.
> > That at the least makes him a liar.
> So Ed Walters copyrighted two photos because the people who took
> them did not want to come forward? Big deal! By no reasoning can
> that lead to the conclusion that fraud was involved.

  Yes, that IS called fraud.  And it IS a big deal.

> And she wrote him 4 letters about this!
> Four letters is certainly not "brief correspondence" like she
> claims. It is pestering.

If I was pestering he did not have to write back.

> So where is the human face of Ufology?

On Mars. : )

> If anyone is close to Ed & Frances Walters, it would be *very*
> interesting to hear how they feel about this latest intrusion.
> Nit-picking "Investigation" of this type puts people off coming
> forward, so it is counterproductive.

Please do.  I send everything I write to Ed Walters.  If he wants to
respsond Im sure he will.


> But the other side of this coin is that when some self-appointed
> "investigator"

Self-appointed?  Is that a slur?  Who is supposed to appoint me

> goes out of their way to penetrate the privacy of abductees
> with petty claims such as above,

Abductee?  Ed Walters an abductee?  Get real.  Lets see, on national
television, (AFTER GBS came out),on the Oprah Winfrey show, in front of
God, Mark Rodeghier, Phil Klass, and millions of people...Ed Walters
stood up and said:

"Read my lips, I never said I was abducted."

He must have forgotten page 261 in GBS:  May 1, 1988 - Twentieth
Sighting - The final Encounter.  "When I was forty-one years old, I
photographed a UFO and was abducted."

Then he went on to write UFO Abductions at GB.

> My reaction to Barbara Becker's continuing attack on Ed Walters
> is one of disgust

You dont like the message so you go after the messenger.  Thats OK with

> not just because it is so unfair but also because of the long
> term damage this kind of smearing does to people's trust in Ufology
> and Ufologists.

This has NOTHING to do with SMEARING Ufology or Ufologists.
It has to do with RESTORING the honor and integrity of the subject
and its devotees.  One poorly handled investigation reflects on
everyone in Ufology.

> Maybe BB is sincere and just wants to punish Ed Walters for coming
> forward and sharing his experiences with the world without being as
> perfect as Barbara herself would have been in the same situation.

> Or maybe she is insincere and wants information repressed at its
> source by making it unpleasant for abductees to speak out, thus
> handicapping serious ongoing ufological investigation.

No, I just want the truth.


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