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Ford Fund?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 10:09:37 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 10:09:37 -0400
Subject: Ford Fund?

In view of the interest in the John Ford on UFO UpDates I'm
re-posting the following. I don't know if the E-Mail addresses
still work - I've Cc:'ed the interested parties.


From: RSchatte@aol.com [Rebecca Schatte]
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 11:00:25 -0400
To: updates@globalserve.net (ufoupdates-toronto)
Subject: FORD

A friend of mine received this and I thought it was interesting
enough to pass along. I'm not saying whether I support this or
not... This is just being forwarded for information only. --


Forwarded Message:
Subj:	Ford
Date:	96-10-06 14:31:53 EDT
From:	pic@iwaynet.net (don jernigan)
To the concerned:

Mr. John Ford, President of the East Long Island UFO Network has
been jailed. We believe that he has been "Setup" by those
involved in the UFO coverup, and is being used as an "Example"
and "Warning" to all UFO researchers.  It was John Ford's
organization, that uncovered the shooting down of an "Aien
Mothership" over East Long Island on November 24th, 1992. They
were able to uncover evidence that seems to implicate
"Brookhaven National Laboratories" in this major incident. Right
now, and very pressed for time, we are try to raise donations
for Mr Ford's legal expenses.

We need a "Web Page," or some means to to obtain such donations.
We don't have anyone experienced enough, to create a Web page.
can you help us? We are working with Elaine Douglas in
Washington D.C., to bring this about. If you wish to contact
Her, Her E-mail is: elaine26@juno.com

We would greatly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Don Jernigan
President of PIC
Phenomenon Investigation Committee of Columbus Ohio


From: CNINews1@aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 17:51:24 -0400
Subject: CNI News -- Vol. 2, No. 15, Part 2 -- October 16, 1996

      CNI News -- Vol. 2, No. 15, Part 2 -- October 16, 1996
      Global News on Contact with Non-human Intelligence

This is part two of the two-part CNI News. If you did not
receive part one of this edition, please send email to:


THE ORDEAL OF JOHN FORD Was Long Island UFO Researcher Busted
For Making Waves?

[Several years ago CNI News became aware of investigations
undertaken by UFO activist John Ford. According to Ford, a
spacecraft had crashed on Long Island in 1992. Ford sought out
witnesses and began accusing public officials of a coverup.
Then, earlier this year, Ford was busted for allegedly
masterminding an outrageous scheme to murder some of those
officials. In the following text, writer Elaine Douglass
recounts the events leading up to John Ford's arrest and raises
the disturbing possibility that his crime was not conspiracy to
murder, but getting too close to the truth.]

by Elaine Douglass

The arrest June 12 of Long Island New York UFO activist John
Ford is deeply troubling. Founder in the mid-80s of the Long
Island UFO Network (LIUFON), Ford became known for his
relentless investigations of UFO events and for his startling
allegations that alien craft had come down on Long Island three
times in recent years and been retrieved by federal and local

The Suffolk County Long Island Police Department is one of the
agencies John accused. John said the police helped recover a
fiery object witnesses told John came down in Long Island's
Southhaven Park in 1992. John made this claim at public meetings
up and down Long Island, and he held a demonstration at Police

About a year ago scary things started happening to John Ford. He
repeatedly phoned friends and said someone was harassing him and
maybe, he thought, trying to kill him. Was there a campaign to
destabilize John Ford?

If so, it reached its climax June 12, 1996 when John was
arrested in a sting operation involving phone taps and a "wired"
paid informant. Police charged John with conspiracy to murder
and possession of radium without a license. Suffolk DA James
Catterson told news reporters John Ford planned to murder an
individual by the name of John Powell, head of the Suffolk
County Republican Party, by putting radioactive radium in his

An improbable charge, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, the DA
seemed unable to restrain himself in the media following John's
arrest. He sponsored two press conferences, compared John to the
unibomber, and made additional charges against John for which no
indictments were subsequently returned. Amid a flood of
sensational news, John's bail was set at half a million dollars.
Naturally, he hasn't been able to raise it.

In the meantime, the UFO community, unused to investigators
being arrested and charged with crimes, has met this unsettling
drama with a stunned silence. Nor has John, on advice of his
attorney, issued any statement in his own defense other than his
plea of not guilty.

Not mentioned in the newspapers was John's claim of harassment,
of himself and others in LIUFON: auto accidents (too many),
vandalism of cars, and a physical attack on LIUFON member Joe
Mazzuchelli, who was arrested with John June 12. Mazzuchelli
says last winter four men dragged him out of John's truck, beat
him up, and warned him to "stay out of our business."

John founded LIUFON about 1985. From then on, he maintained a
hot line. He investigated sightings and abductions. He held
public meetings. He talked to the press. He sponsored
conferences. He held demonstrations, he published a newsletter,
he leafletted. John was tireless. I know John Ford, and he is
the most determined UFO investigator I ever met.

John believed that in 1989 Americans forced down an alien craft
over Moriches Bay Long Island. He believed that in 1992 an alien
craft crashed in Southhaven Park on the Island. And he
considered the possibility that in 1995 another mysterious
object came to earth in the Pine Barrens area of the Island and
that "diversionary fires" were set to distract public attention.
John further believed the Long Island police, fire, parks and
other local agencies were commandeered by the federals to assist
in these emergency operations and then, naturally, gagged. John
claimed he had "sources" in the Police and Fire Departments who
privately told him information on which he built his cases. The
details are too numerous to cover here, but one treatment of the
Moriches Bay case can be found in Len Stringfield's Status
Report VI.

John Ford's friends all attest he lived a moral life and never,
as far as anyone can remember, threatened another person with
bodily harm. Murder wasn't in John's character, people say, and
breaking the law wasn't John's style. John Ford was a law and
order advocate who spent most of his career as a Court Officer
in the Suffolk County court system. John knew the law and how to
use it. John was litigious, not violent. If John Ford had a
gripe against you, he'd sue you in a minute.

If John was going to kill someone, would he use radium? Readers
will recall the famous radium dial painters of the 1920s who
licked radium paint brushes for 40 years before they got cancer.
Yet the DA would have us believe that John's "murder weapon" was
radium. Would an individual who thought people were watching him
leave illegal radium in the back of a pickup truck in front of
his house. I repeat, John knew the law.

The charges against John strain credibility, but that didn't
seem to embarrass the DA. Catterson was so eager to incriminate
John that he made several serious charges at his press
conferences for which no indictments were returned. "This," says
attorney John Rouse, "is called poisoning the jury pool."

Catterson's overstep raises questions: Did the DA believe he had
more evidence against John than he ended up with? Is it possible
the DA never thought he had evidence to convict John of
anything, and that instead the purpose of the arrest is simply
to ruin John Ford's reputation and wipe him out financially with
legal bills?

The purported case against John rests on the taped conversation
made in John's house the night of his arrest. The tape has now
been released on discovery. "It's unintelligible," says Preston
Nichols, John's friend in LIUFON. Attorney John Rouse doesn't
disagree. He's waiting for an "enhanced" version of the tape to
see if the conversation becomes clearer. Rouse warns, however,
that John's situation is serious. If a jury believes the DA's
charges, John Ford could get 25-75 years at an upstate New York

As for the radium, it was allegedly found outside in John's
truck. Outside is where the police were, waiting and listening
to the informant talking with John and Joe. Could the police
have planted the radium?

I have in my files a letter from the Suffolk County Police
Department, dated April 1993. I wrote to them, at John's
request, complaining about police violations of LIUFON member's
civil rights. They had been leafletting near Southhaven Park and
going house to house looking for witnesses -- constitutionally
protected activity. The police stopped them and ordered them out
of the area. This was the kind of thing John did, and this was
the kind of response he got from the Suffolk Police, as far back
as 1993.

There is plenty of reason to think the Suffolk Police were "out
to get" John Ford. That is why John's colleagues, including
myself, have organized the John Ford Defense Committee. Our
purpose is (1) to give people true information on the arrest of
John Ford, and (2) collect funds and other resources essential
for John's defense.

My support for John Ford, and the support of the other members
of the Defense Committee, is based on our conviction that John
did not, would not, and could not conspire to murder anyone. On
this point our support is complete and total.

As for John's allegations, I speak only for myself and not for
other members of the Defense Committee. I always found John's
allegations hard to believe but impossible to dismiss. Taken as
a whole, what John's claims suggest is a low intensity military
conflict between the United States and the aliens. Is that
possible? Yes it is.

John Ford is the first UFO investigator to be seriously
persecuted by the authorities. Shall we sit idly by while our
colleague's life is destroyed? If John Ford is silenced, who is
next? Contact the John Ford Defense Committee at web site
www.iwaynet.net/~pic or email elaine26@juno.com.

The Committee needs funds for John's legal defense and donations
of several kinds: a psychiatrist expert witness; professional
audiotape analysis; and a Long Island-based legal investigator.



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