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Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:46:18 -0500
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Subject: Woods Defamation Campaign




Source: ICAR - The International Center for Abduction Research

http://www.ufoabduction.com/defamationcampaign.htm

April, 2010



The Defamation Campaign
Dr. David Jacobs

Over the past few months, the Internet has been filled with
material from a woman who is on a campaign to defame me. This
has become an issue that will not go away, and there are false
rumors about my competence. As a result of this woman's
obsessive behavior, in which she relentlessly piles false
allegations upon false allegations, I have no choice but to
respond. I do so in the essay below. I've kept it as short as
possible to explain the situation adequately. If you intend to
read my essay, you might want to read the following blog for
background information first: BPD Distortion Campaigns, also at
BPD Distortion Campaigns (angiEmedia).

Since 1986 I have helped some 150 people who have reported
suspected UFO abduction experiences recover their memories of
these events. Most of these people have been grateful that they
had the opportunity to gain intellectual and emotional control
over situations that have intruded upon their lives since they
were children.

I have met all of these people face to face, except one. The one
exception is the woman who is mounting the defamation campaign
against me. I call her "Alice" in this essay. I have never met
her because she lives in another country, 8,000 miles away.


The Beginning

Alice's therapist first wrote to me about his client in 2002. He
was convinced that quite unusual things had happened to her and
he was writing on her behalf because she wished to remain
anonymous. She had wanted to get in touch with me or with Budd
Hopkins to try to help her explain some of these events. A few
months later she contacted both Budd Hopkins and me directly.
After series of phone conversations with her in late 2004, she
sent us large boxes of identical material on her case. There
were over 700 pages covering in detail a vast amount of intimate
information about herself and her unusual experiences. The
material spanned a period of years. Some of the material was
typed, some was handwritten, and some was on scraps of paper.
Upon Alice's request, her therapist had signed each description
of an unusual experience in order to authenticate it. On some
pages the therapist's signature appears as many as five or six
times.

I had never received such an overwhelming amount of information.
Apparently her habit of extreme information mega-sharing is an
ongoing one, as anyone presently receiving her massive e-mail
defamation campaign against me can attest.

My first reaction to Alice's request for help was to be wary of
working with someone so far away and who seemed overly obsessed
with her possible UFO experiences. Still, I was sympathetic to
Alice's situation. Because I knew no one who was familiar with
the UFO abduction phenomenon where Alice lived, I decided to try
to help her. I could conduct memory recovery via telephone.
Hypnotists widely use the telephone to work with clients at a
distance. Of course, telephone communication alone is not
optimal because the hypnotist can't observe the person's facial
expressions and deportment, both of which can help indicate
emotional problems.

Before I continue, it's important to explain how I work. I'm not
a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist. My work with
UFO abductees is focused on helping them recover and understand
their memories. I've been researching abductions and working
with potential abductees since 1986. I spend many hours over a
period of months, even years, with each person who seeks out my
help. The possible abductee can stop seeing me at any point. I
don't charge for my services. In fact, in some situations-Alice
is one example - I've donated video and audio recording equipment
to potential abductees. If the potential abductee is seeing a
therapist, my standard procedure is to ask the possible abductee
to talk to the therapist about whether there is potential for
harm. Memory recovery of abduction experiences can elicit a
great deal of emotional and psychological turmoil.

It's also important to understand Alice's circumstances. When I
began to work with her in December 2004, she shared the
information that she was 43 years old, divorced, and had no
children, few friends, and virtually no social life. She lived
alone in a two-room apartment. She didn't work and was on
disability for "allergies". I assume she is still in this
situation.

As a first step, I normally require a person's therapist to
agree to the process. In Alice's case though, her ex-therapist
was aware of what was happening from the beginning and later
wrote to me that doing hypnosis over the phone was, in his
opinion, "unlikely to be harmful". He did not monitor her
formally, but if he noticed any harmful effects in the contact
he had with her, he stated he would mention them immediately.


Bizarre Behavior

When I started to work with Alice she seemed reasonable and
intelligent, and she sounded articulate. But I gradually began
to suspect that she was suffering from deep-seated emotional
problems as her behavior became more and more bizarre.

One example is her telephone calls to me. Alice had an
arrangement in which she could make calls to the United States
for a very small fee. When we first started working together,
she limited her calls to scheduled sessions; but as our time of
working together neared the end, she called twice, three times,
and sometimes five times a week; as her behavior deteriorated,
she called as many as five times a day. It was difficult to get
off the phone with her. It seemed that she had boundary issues.
Alice finally agreed to limit her calls to two a week, but that
limit didn't last very long and soon she started calling more
frequently. My family remarked on the inappropriateness of her
behavior. I began to realize that her behavior indicated that
she was growing more obsessed as time went on. I haven't
experienced this kind of troubling behavior in all the years
I've been working with men and women who describe possible UFO
abduction experiences.

Another example of Alice's troubling behavior comes from her
interactions with her alleged abductors. In the following
section I provide some context to make this clear.


Reported Threats from her Abductors

Some information is needed to fully understand the reported
threats.

First, some background on Alice's abductors: From the beginning
of our sessions, she described human-looking aliens ("hybrids")
who were visiting her almost on a nightly basis. Abduction
researchers have heard accounts of such hybrid beings since the
early 1980s, and over the years a number of abductees have
indicated to me that hybrid activity had increased dramatically.

Second, some background on Alice's "Record", as she called it:
For a number of years she had been regularly keeping a "diary"
in which she wrote about her ongoing unusual experiences. Early
on I invited Alice to put her Record on my website. I thought it
would be instructive to others to learn how one person recovered
memories through both conscious recall and hypnosis sessions.
Alice accepted the invitation. I agreed to edit her material,
and my website manager "Elizabeth", who empathized with Alice's
situation, generously offered to do the necessary programming
free of charge. It was no small task dealing with her text,
graphs, illustrations, and charts but we felt that we were
helping.

One set of threats was directed at writing her Record. According
to Alice, the hybrids visiting her conveyed displeasure that she
was keeping a record. She told me that these hybrid beings
wanted her to stop writing about her experiences. Of the 50
abduction events that occurred after we started working
together, 32 of them included warnings from her abductors about
writing her Record.

A second set of threats was directed at her working with me.
Alice reported that when her abductors discovered she was
talking to me, they showed serious concern and wanted to know
everything about me. They began to pressure her intensely to
stop working with me. She said her abductors threatened her with
physical punishment if she did not comply with their wishes;
later she described the actual physical violence they committed
against her for not obeying them. She also told me about threats
that her abductors made against me directly; these threats
included scenarios in which I was dead. Of the 50 abduction
events that occurred after we started working together, 24 of
them included warnings from her abductors about working with me.

In October 2006 I began to receive aggressive e-mails from her
e-mail address - Alice said she did not remember writing them.
In all, I received 31 e-mails with 12 different messages, all
forceful and disturbing. I also received hang-up calls in the
middle of the night - nine in one early morning at 3:00 am and
five in another early morning. Alice maintained that she did not
know who was e-mailing or calling but she was able to trace the
e-mails to her own computer and some of the phone calls to her
phone. Regardless of whether actual hybrid beings were the
source, the situation was becoming intolerable for me.

I felt in a bind. On the one hand, to Alice her Record was a
lifeline; she told me that it was so important that if she had
to stop writing it, she would simply give herself over to her
abductors and stop mentally fighting to maintain her
independence. On the other hand, there was my well-being and the
ominous threats from the hybrids, if true. It seemed to me that
stopping our sessions might be the best thing for me and my
family; yet I felt that I could not leave Alice without support.


Meltdowns - And Rage

It was at this time (around October 2006) that Alice began to
show signs of having an emotional breakdown, which I thought
might be related to the e-mails and phone calls. She called
these incidents "meltdowns". Because my family, my website
manager, and I were feeling anxious, I told Alice that in order
to calm things down, I had decided not to update her Record with
new material for the upcoming week. She flew into a rage - crying
and angrily accusing me of making decisions about her life
without her input. To me, her response was irrational: It was my
website; I was trying to help both of us. But she was so
distraught that I acceded to her wishes and continued posting
her Record as before.

This exchange marked the beginning of a complex series of events
concerning her Record and my website. Alice's meltdowns became
more frequent. During a few of these incidents, Alice told me
that she had suicidal thoughts. This led me to immediately
contact her ex-therapist, relate what she had said, and ask him
to look in on her even though she no longer had a professional
relationship with him. He assured me she was not suicidal. But
for me it was a worrisome new aspect of her mental state.

If the situation Alice reported was true and actual "hybrid
beings" were threatening her, I felt I had to try to protect her
from them. And obviously if Alice's reports were true, I had to
try to protect myself as well. If abduction research can be
trusted, alien beings have telepathic abilities and know what
people are thinking; therefore, protecting both Alice and myself
was a major challenge.

[Two important paragraphs follow --ebk]


I thought long and hard about what, if anything, I could do. I
decided that one approach would be, during hypnosis, to give
Alice ideas to think about that would throw "mind-readers" off
my trail. I explained my thinking to her before I acted. Then at
one point during a hypnosis session I told her that as a
researcher I was interested not in abductions but in multiple
personality disorder. I chose this because it is believable - the
disorder has characteristics in common with the effects of
abductions. I hoped that she would be able to keep this idea in
her mind and convey it to her abductors, thereby relieving some
of the pressure both she and I felt. At no time did I think that
Alice had multiple personality disorder, and of course neither
did she. She knew exactly what was happening and why.

In hindsight, I realize that Alice's reports of alleged alien
threats and physical abuse resulted in a heightened sense of
urgency that led me to act quickly, perhaps too quickly. As it
turned out, the multiple-personality-disorder ploy I invented as
a defense was useless. Although the ploy was an ineffective
defense against her alleged tormentors, ironically it has become
an effective weapon against me. Through selective editing and
misleading claims, Alice has turned it on its head and is using
it to defame me.


My Decision

By January 2007, Alice was beginning to become more erratic,
more fragile, and even paranoid. She was acting in a way that
was well beyond my expertise, and she seemed to be spiraling out
of control. Even though I still wanted to help her, I knew that
I couldn't and had to extricate myself from the situation. We
stopped working together in February 2007.

I told the story of my work with Alice to a mental health
professional, who advised me to stop all communication with her
immediately. Unfortunately, I didn't take that advice because I
failed to understand at the time the destructiveness that would
ensue. I continued to answer her calls for a few more months,
not conducting hypnosis sessions but talking with her about her
situation. It was a grave mistake.

During those few months before our work together ended, Alice
came to believe that Elizabeth had duped me and turned me
against her. In fact, I had been duped-not by Elizabeth but by
Alice. During the last few calls that I had with Alice I learned
that she had been secretly taping every private phone call she
made to me outside of the hypnosis sessions. She tried to wiggle
out of the revelation by proclaiming - falsely - that she had
asked me if it was okay and I had said yes. Although I was
amazed and angry that she had done such a thing, I foolishly
talked with her at least two more times.

I investigated the legality of the secret tapes. The attorneys
advised me that the legal methods available were expensive,
lengthy, and would yield almost nothing, even if I prevailed. I
decided the best way to proceed would be to finally take the
mental health professional's advice and never, ever, communicate
with her again. I have not responded to her phone calls or e-
mails since June 2007. I have never revealed her real name or
even her pseudonym in public. In fact, I have never spoken in
public about the problems I had with her. Yet since 2007 Alice
has dedicated herself to destroying my reputation by writing
defamatory letters and essays about me.


Cyber-Stalking

Alice started her defamation campaign in late 2007 or early 2008
by joining Internet UFO forums and urging the members to visit
her new website against me (she abandoned one I had bought for
her in late 2006). She also began cyber-stalking me. She
discovers when and where I'm to be interviewed or speak in
public. She then sends the host of the show or the directors of
the organization a defamatory e-mail in which she accuses me of
being irresponsible, unethical, and a dupe. She outlines my
alleged crimes and misdemeanors, along with those of my website
manager. She falsely charges that I even threatened her family!
She manipulates interviewers into e-mailing her if I should ever
mention her name.  Her e-mails have evolved from several pages
into diatribes that are twenty pages long or even longer.


Escalating Her Campaign

After a year of limited success in convincing people to visit
her new website on which she posts her diatribes against me,
Alice escalated her campaign in October 2008 by writing a formal
complaint to Temple University, my employer of 35 years. In her
complaint she not only charged that I had threatened her family
but that I had psychologically abused her as well. She included
a large number of materials and a list of questions for the
Temple investigators to ask me. Nearly all of the questions
focused on whether I had mentioned her name at talks I had
given, to friends of mine in private conversations, to
acquaintances of mine, to colleagues of mine, to my literary
agent, and so forth. She also wanted to know whether I had a
manuscript or a book about her. Because the complaint was
formally filed, Temple University was forced to investigate.  I
was called in and answered the questions.  Temple found no
improprieties and sent Alice a letter saying so. Her response
was to conclude that Temple was engaged in a "cover up".

Getting no satisfaction from Temple University, Alice apparently
decided to escalate her vengeful defamation campaign further.
She put together a package of materials that is staggering in
its quantity. I was told that the dossier has over 150 pages. It
contains out-of-context snippets of illegally recorded phone
conversations, out-of-context sections of confidential hypnosis
sessions, and any other false information that would put me in a
bad light. In October 2009 she went so far as to send the
dossier and a complaint to the United States Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS)! In this complaint she added a
new accusation-that I led her to false memories. Because it was
a formal complaint, the HHS was required to begin an
investigation at Temple University. Ultimately, the HHS found
that the situation was not within its jurisdiction and took no
further action.

After being unsuccessful with Temple University and the United
States Department of Health and Human Services, Alice took a
more personal approach. In late January 2010, she e-mailed the
dossier to every member of the Temple University Department of
History, even including retired members. The Chair of the
History Department forwarded her material to the University's
legal department (her e-mails fit the Pennsylvania criminal
harassment statutes). Temple also sent her a letter saying it
would no longer respond to her.

Gaining no satisfaction from HHS, Temple, or the History
Department, Alice expanded her campaign even further in early
2010 by sending her dossier to every member of the UFO and
abduction community that she could find in the English-speaking
world. I do not know how many dossiers she sent out, but it
seems to be hundreds.


Breaking My Silence

This is the first time that I'm publicly addressing Alice's
destructive behavior. I'm doing so upon the urging of friends
and colleagues and because of her false allegations impugning my
competence and even my sanity. Although I could write a
multitude of pages, provide broad documentation, and prove
without a shadow of a doubt that her charges are defamatory, it
would most likely lead to more defamation on her part. The truth
is not her goal.

What is Alice's goal? Why is she deliberately trying to
discredit me? To find an answer to these questions, I've
consulted confidentially with a variety of psychologists,
psychiatrists, and therapists. The overwhelming consensus is
that Alice's stalking and obsessive behavior is consistent with
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), although these medical
professionals cannot, of course, make a formal diagnosis without
seeing her. According to the experts and the medical literature,
people who have this emotional disturbance can be "persuasive
blamers" who sometimes engage in "vilification campaigns" in
which they try to defame and even psychologically destroy the
object of their obsessive hatred through information that is
specifically selected for that task. An obsessive person with
perceived psychological injuries often plays the victim while
victimizing his or her target-and in my experience with Alice,
this is exactly what she has been doing. I do not know whether
she has BPD or not. What I do know is that I am the target of
her obsession.

The only motive I had when I worked with Alice was to help her
make sense out of what she says are painful and disturbing
experiences and to learn from them. I worked with her as long as
I could, but in the end I was unable to help her. Her problems
ultimately went beyond my abilities. Other researchers,
including abduction researcher and Harvard psychiatrist John
Mack, have had their own seriously problematic people, although
this seems to be a very small population.

This is the first time in my work with possible abductees that I
have experienced anything like this. I know that as a
consequence of writing this essay, Alice will most likely find a
way to take every word out of context and twist its meaning,
send out yet more e-mails, and stalk me more intensely than she
did before. If she does have a severe emotional disorder, I will
probably be the target of her obsession for many more years.
Alice's constant attacks, built upon a wonderland of defamatory
accusations and coupled with selective "evidence" from secretly
taped phone conversations and from hypnosis sessions, are
extremely distressing to me and to my family. We personally are
all suffering because of her. I think that, sadly, Alice has
done a disservice to abduction research and to abductees
everywhere.

I sincerely hope that Alice will one day receive the help she so
obviously needs. This is my last word on the subject. I will
have nothing more to say about her again.

 - -

This is a very short account of my working relationship with
Alice. Issuing this statement is contrary to the advice I've
received from the many mental health professionals I've
consulted on the subject: They have told me not to respond to
her in any way. For more information on vilification campaigns,
please see Stop Walking on Eggshells, by Paul T. Mason and Randi
Kreger.


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