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A Velez Farewell

From: John Velez <johnvelez.aic.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 15:13:07 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 08:59:54 -0500
Subject: A Velez Farewell

>From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
>To: errol.nul
>Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 23:16:15 -0500 (EST)
>Subject: Intruders Foundation Mortellaro Case Statement

>From: IFCentral.nul
>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>Date: Sat, March 20, 2004 3:09 pm
>Subject: Intruders Foundation - Case Investigation Public Statement

>For Public Release: The James Mortellaro Case

>March 9, 2004

>At any given time the Intruders Foundation simultaneously
>conducts more than a dozen ongoing investigations. It is unusual
>for us to publicly take a position on cases while investigations
>are underway. Such investigations may take years, depending on a
>subject's willingness and proximity to our office, the number of
>individuals involved, and the types of evidence surrounding the
>case. As one would expect, we focus most of our attention on
>cases which present multiple participants, eyewitnesses, and
>physical and/or supporting medical evidence.

>One such case that appeared to meet all of these criteria was
>that of Jim Mortellaro. (Our use of Mr. Mortellaro's real name
>is in no way a violation of his confidentiality as he has
>voluntarily been using his name over the internet and on radio
>broadcasts for a number of years.)

>For some time now the Intruders Foundation has been
>investigating the case of Mr. Mortellaro and seeking
>documentation which he had promised would substantiate the case.

>This case was of great interest because of the alleged medical
>injuries resulting from his abduction in 2001.

>Unfortunately, Mr. Mortellaro has never produced credible
>evidence in support of these claims.
>Furthermore, he provided us with two allegedly official
>documents which have proved to be fabrications.
>Therefore, Budd Hopkins and the Advisory Committee of the
>Intruders Foundation no longer consider this case worthy of

>Though Mr. Mortellaro may in fact have had abduction experiences
>and may have suffered physical trauma as a result of these
>experiences, his questionable credibility has forced us to
>abandon his case.

>As always, the Intruders Foundation continues to apply a
>detailed, cautious and methodical protocol to the consideration
>and investigation of all potential abduction cases. We thank you
>all for your ongoing interest and support of our work.

>~ Budd Hopkins
>& The Intruders Foundation Advisory Committee

Hello All,

In the tradition of, 'It ain't over till the fat lady sings' -
 the 'fat lady' has now officially been heard from.

Two years ago, for issuing the exact same warning about
Mortellaro and his alleged 'case' I was subjected to a carefully
orchestrated and very public campaign of lies and vilification
by this same character, Mortellaro. I don't take any pride in
what I am about to admit, but I am human and prone to human
weakness, in all candor I must admit taking particular
satisfaction in this little bit of public vindication. Like I
said I'm not proud of that but I wouldn't be completely honest
if I didn't cop to it.

I'm glad that Budd caught the mistake in time and was man enough
to admit it in public. He deserves proper credit for being so
forth coming.

The next time I hope to be vindicated is the day when the "bugs"
themselves end the cover-up by filling the skies with their star

It would be nice if that day happens within my lifetime.

Which brings me to the real purpose of this post.....

I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement
from public involvement in anything 'ufological'. As far as I'm
concerned, it's all up to "Them" now. Only "They" can end the
cover-up once and for all.

No amount of chatter or debate onthe Internet will expedite it
either. It will be when it will be. Until then, this endless and
circular debate will go on unabated and it can do so without
me. I've contributed more than what could have been reasonably
expected from any witness. I walk away clean and with a clear
conscience. 'I done my best, ma!'

Although I will remain subscribed to the UFO UpDates List I will
no longer be participating in the day-to-day of it. The same
goes for my regular spot as a contributor to EBK's Strange
Days... Indeed. I am confident that Victor Viggiani, Alfred
Lehmberg and others will make good use of the vacated time slot
by continuing to educate everyone and raise public awareness
about the UFO phenom. As I have said on many occasions; there is
an urgency to this whole issue that few are aware of. At this
point however, I have not only said all I have to say on the
subject, I have repeated it all ten times over. It was never my
intention to become a 'posterboy' or 'spokesman' for UFO
abduction. I want out.

The AIC (Abduction Information Center) website will remain as a
feature of EBK's 'Virtually Strange Network' for as long as he
wishes it to be. I will continue to update the AIC site and to
collect signatures and coordinate activities for the UN
Petition. The signature count now stands at; 4,355.

Bottom line: I am a witness. I have allowed my self to become
more involved with ufology than I ever wanted to, or intended.
But enough is enough. My almost full-time involvement has
already devoured almost eight years of my life. It's time for me
to get back to my family and to living out my own life in my own

I ask your indulgence for a moment as I need to publicly thank a
few individuals.

One of the things I am most proud of is the friends I have made and
the people that I have been privileged to be associated with over the
years. Listed in no order of importance, they are all near and dear
to me and own a huge piece of my heart, I would like to mention in

Errol Bruce-Knapp
Greg Sandow
Dick Hall
Debbie Jordon-Kauble
Katharina Wilson
Marty Murray
Mike Woods
Dave (Furry) Furlotte
Victor Viggiani
GT McCoy
Mac Tonnies
Peter Robbins
Budd Hopkins
and many others...

for their unswerving support and friendship over the years.
"What a long, strange trip it's been!"  ;)

Well, that's all folks. As EBK is fond of saying; "It's all
there in black & white." Everything I have ever contributed to
the List is there at the UFO UpDates Archives for anyone who
cares to plow through it. I have stayed around long enough to
answer any and all questions and to give everyone a chance to
get to know me over time. I value the new friends I have made
and I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

It's up to the "aliens" now, whoever or whatever they eventually
turn out to be, to drop the other shoe. I'm going to try to
enjoy whatever time of life is left to me and I finally and
officially pass the torch to the next runner. I am weary of the

I ran my best race. Hope it was good for all of you. Consider it
all as my payback to society, a gift of public service from me
to you. It was all worth it for me because all of you are worth
the effort.

Warmest regards and a fond farewell to all, please stay in

John Velez
_Happily_ going back to being "a little nobody."  <Hee-Haw>

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