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Re: UFO Frauds - Part I

From: Kevin Randle <KRandle993@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 15:48:52 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 16:22:44 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Frauds - Part I

Good Morning, All -

The following message is in three parts because it got longer
than I intended and it broke into three pieces rather easily.
This is something that I have thought about for a long time and
should offend practically everyone on the list.

Maybe now, after the eruption over the legitimacy of the claims
by Guy Kirkwood/Mel Noel/whoever, it's time to examine this idea
of UFO frauds. Royce Meyers, I believe, has gone a long way in
doing this, with his web site that exposes some of the more
outrageous frauds.

The problem though is that we continue to reinvent the wheel.
Years after a hoax has been put to rest and those involved in it
exposed, it resurfaces, maybe in a slightly different guise, but
it comes back. I think of the myth of the Bermuda Triangle and
the Philadelphia Experiment here.

Vincent Gaddis is usually credited with creating the Bermuda
Triangle with his Argosy article in the early 1960s that
featured a report on the five Avengers that were lost in
December, 1945. From there others began to expand it until it
covered quite a bit of ocean and it seemed that truly mysterious
things were happening there.

That is, it seemed mysterious until Lawrence David Kusche wrote
'The Bermuda Triangle Mystery - Solved'. Naturally I bought the
book, figuring I would find another dumb theory about the
Triangle, but when I finished, I believed that he had, in fact,
solved the mystery. No vortices, no alien ships and no Atlantean
mystery beams. Just poor research and poor reporting until
Kusche came along.

A personal digression here. In 1979 I became the director of
intelligence at the 928th Tactical Airlift Group which was a
subordinate unit to the 440 Tactical Airlift Wing which had lost
an aircraft in the Bermuda Triangle. Given my position and my
security clearance, I asked my counterpart at Wing headquarters
about the loss of the aircraft. He told me it had crashed and
they had recovered wreckage from it. He asked if I wanted to see
it and I said, "Sure." Now I wish I had taken a camera to
photograph it.

Now I'll add a little bit to this mystery that hasn't been
reported. That C-119 had a history of electrical problems. It
disappeared at night, in hazy weather in which the pilots needed
their instruments because the haze made it difficult, if not
impossible, to see the horizon. If the electrical system failed,
over water, and the pilots lost their orientation with the
horizon, then they might have flown into the ocean by accident.
The real point is that the aircraft did not disappear without a
trace and a plausible explanation exists for its crash.

The Philadelphia Experiment is an outgrowth of the Carlos
Allende hoax of the mid-1950s. He claimed, among other things,
that the US Navy had teleported a ship in 1943 and all sorts of
bad things happened. Allende wrote to Dr. Morris K. Jessup,
providing him with the now infamous Allende Letters that
outlined all this.

I jumped into this investigation in the early 1970s when I lived
in Texas and learned that Sidney Sherby, one of the officers
involved lived not all that far from me. He loaned me a copy of
the "annotated" book and told me a version of the story that
hadn't been reported. In essence, he said the Navy didn't think
much of the letters and that it had not been involved in
research of them. Sherby, and a friend named Hoover had done the
research on their own time with their own money. Not exactly the
myth that has grown up, but plausible.

More to the point, however, was Allende's admission that he had
invented the whole tale. He provided, for Jim Lorenzen of APRO,
a written admission that he had hoaxed the whole thing. Now,
with the main witness saying that he had made it up, it would
seem that the Philadelphia Experiment would disappear from the
UFO scene, but that never happens. When the hoax is admitted, it
is them assumed that "they" got to the witness. They might be
the Air Force, the CIA or even the Men in Black.

So what we see here is that even when the explanations are
found, or the admission of hoax is made, that is not the end of
the mystery. It is reinvented and the troubling facts about it
are ignored because we all know that it's just a big government
conspiracy anyway.

The same can be said about the people in the field. I would have
thought that our explorations of Venus and Mars, as well as the
other planets in our solar system would have ended any
credibility that the contactees had. When no Venusian cities, as
described by George Adamski, and no Martian cities as described
by George van Tassel were found, that would be the end of their
reign. Not so. There are those who still believe that Adamski
and van Tassel were in communication with the space brothers
sent to keep us from destroying ourselves with our newly
discovered atomic weapons.

I confess that I don't understand how anyone can defend the
claims of the contactees in today's world. Billy Meier is just
the latest example, though he has had the good sense to move his
space brothers (and sisters) into another star system. His
evidence is no better than that of Adamski or van Tassel, but
we'll now hear from his defenders that we just haven't looked at
the evidence.

End Part I

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