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Re: UFO Frauds [was: Possible Action Pending...] -

From: Bruce Hutchinson <bhutch@grassyhill.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 02:20:56 -500
Fwd Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 14:08:50 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Frauds [was: Possible Action Pending...] -


 >From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 09:48:44 EDT
 >Subject: Re: Possible Action Pending In Reed UFO Fraud

 >>Boycott the enablers

 >I have suggested for years that we do not participate in
 >programs and on venues in which those who have exploited UFOs
 >appear. I have no problem with sharing a stage with Stan
 >Friedman, for example, but balk at sharing it with say, a Don
 >Schmitt. Here is a guy who did a great deal of damage to the
 >Roswell UFO case and to the field. Yet, he still lectures and he
 >still investigates and people believe what he says.

<snip>

 >I do like this idea of boycotting the enablers because this is
 >the way to eliminate the forum for them and get rid of their
 >opinions. I am not suggesting we boycott the forums of those who
 >disagree, only those who have muddied the waters of Ufology.
 >Refuse to appear with those people. Make it clear that you don't
 >want to have anything to do with them. And use, as a criterion,
 >their lies. Reed is a good example. Schmitt is a good example.
 >Mel Noel is a good example.

 >If we begin a self policing, maybe we can begin to move into the
 >arenas that matter.


Kevin, List and readers:

I think that maybe you are attacking this problem with a false
sense of idealism.

The brutal reality is, you will never get rid of the hucksters -
the market for their brand of hokum is simply too large.
Besides, they are, by definition, masters at disguising their
credibililty problems, and the lies they tell. Deny them one
forum, they will simply move on to the next one. Even if you
were able to get Art Bell to screen them out, someone else will
quickly step in to fill the vacuum.

The only true defense is to establish a separate identity. If
serious UFO investigators could agree on standards and a Code of
Ethics, a Professional Organization could be formed not unlike
the American Medical Association, the ABA, etc. For instance,
you do not _have_ to be a member of your local Home Builder's
Association to be a contractor, but you would far better served
to deal only with HBA members. Only those that measured up to
the standards set by the Association could be admitted, and
would be entitled to use their membership as a way of
establishing credibility.

This would also be a quick, easy method of filtering
participants in a conference setting.

As it stands right now, the onus of picking speakers and
participants in a conference is 100% on the organizing
committee- who may not be totally aware of the backgrounds of
their invitees. I think it very unfair to put the blame entirely
on them. Truth be told, it is just as much the fault of the UFO
research community.

However, if the invitation criteria is membership in the
International UFO Researcher's Association, then those that wish
to organize a conference or select a speaker now have, if they
wish to use it, an easy way to filter out the garbage. UFO-
  ology would also have at its disposal a built in policing tool
to weed out those that might try to use association membership
for other than ethical purposes.

The audiences now would have an valid method of evaluating the
information they receive. Would you trust a builder that had
been thrown out of the HBA?

Just about every profession you can think of has some sort of
organization that tries to set standards for its membership. UFO
researchers do not, and that, I think, is the real source of the
problems in dealing with less than ethical people in UFO- ology.
After all, what exactly _is_ the criteria you must meet to call
yourself a UFO Researcher?


Regards,

Bruce Hutchinson




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