From: Mike Wootten <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 18:53:10 +0100 Fwd Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 20:45:57 -0400 Subject: BUFORA Watch - Resignations Galore! A BUFORA-Watch Special BUFORA Crucified At Easter! Egg on face once again! No resurrection possible! Council said to be cross ! Press Officer resigns! Director of Research resigns! In a dramatic turn of events two of BUFORA's most active, key figures have resigned, leaving BUFORA once again up the far reaches of an effluent channel with no visible means of propulsion. Gloria Dixon, BUFORAs Director of Investigations for several years, and Dr. David Clarke, their Press Officer, have both resigned on this Easter weekend. The reasons for these resignations are many but stem fundamentally from BUFORA Council s decision to allow Max Burns to spread disinformation, libel and lies about the so-called Sheffield Case. BUFORA Council wisely prevented Max Burns from speaking last year. This followed Burns allegations that: * A pilot had been killed after being shot down by a UFO and * That a serving member of the RAF had picked the surviving navigator up late at night in the Peak District. At that time Burns could not provide one shred on non-anecdotal evidence to back the first claim up. His second claim was vigorously denied by the alleged witness who was furious that Max had distorted his words. As a result of this the witness s employment has been put at risk. This situation has not changed. Burns has _no_ new evidence. Yet due to internal manipulation and politiking within BUFORA - to which only a select band of Council members were privy, Burns lecture for June 1999 has been forced through on a free speech ticket. BUFORA big-wig John Spencer went so far as to say that preventing Burns from speaking was the first step on the road to facism. This clearly shows the ethical corruption which lies at the core of BUFORA management. Burns has _had_ free speech both on the Internet and in magazine articles. His sensational and libellous rubbish has merely cheapened the subject. BUFORA Council's support for this man is puzzling, not least in the light of their enthusiasm to promote other hoaxes and scams such as the Ray Santilli Alien Autopsy film. But, as the old saying goes, If you plant ice you gonna harvest wind. Attempts to reason with key members of Council via internet forums have been met with that most redundant of BUFORA tools silence. Using a corporate 'find em, fool em, forget em policy' BUFORA has lost members and now officers and Council members over this issue. Their Chairman Steve Gamble refuses to discuss the matter with anyone other than the small coterie of friends who actually run BUFORA. John Spencer - architect of this inner circle made a feeble attempt to justify BUFORA's actions which was received with outright hilarity from other BUFORA members and ufological luminaries such as John Rimmer and Peter Brookesmith. Ex-BUFORA member Andy Roberts put it in a nutshell when he replied: "Let's go through it again for the hard of thinking." * Max's free speech is _not_ being supressed. He has had his fair share via the internet and various magazines. _But_ - It is patently obvious that he lies/invents witnesses/evidence. We can _prove_ that. Should BUFORA should give a platform to someone who distorts and manipulates evidence? * We can _prove_ he has sent hate mail to a number of researchers under email pseudonyms. - Should BUFORA give a platform to someone who harrasses (in secret) other ufologists? * We can _prove_ that Dave's research into the case is _factually_ correct. We can _prove_ that Max's isn't. - Should BUFORA give a platform to someone who is known to be _factually_ wrong? If the answer to all those questions is 'yes' then I rest my valise and BUFORA might as well throw open its doors to any nutcase with a theory......ah, I've realised the flaw in my argument here, it already does. Well perhaps the time is now for it to stop doing so, to prove it can actually make a decision for the _good_ of ufology and for the _factual_ representation of UFO cases. BUFORA have wittered long and hard over the years for witness confidentiality and all that nonsense. Very admirable. Yet here they are giving a platform to Max Burns who has implicated a serving RAF officer in his fantasies, causing him to almost lose his job? Max has smeared this guy's name across the internet and will do so at the lecture. He does not have permission to do this. But of course BUFORA hypocrisy says that it's ok to breach witness confidentiality when its Mad Max doing it. The fact is that if BUFORA is so knicker-twisted about witness confidentiality they should not give a platform to _anyone_ who breaches it. Many other ex BUFORA members hold similar views. BUFORA is a waste of time and space. It is corrupt throughout. Whatever its pretensions to democracy, it is run by two or three people at most who manipulate other Council Members according to their own hidden ufological agenda. Which is basically to stay in power at BUFORA and call themselves silly titles. In recent years due to their Find 'Em.... maxim BUFORA has lost numerous ufological researchers. Here's just a few researchers who now languish in BUFORA's Ex-Files: Jenny Randles, Paul Fuller, Mike Wootten, Tim Matthews, Andy Roberts and John Heptonstall have all set sail for fairer shores. Even cash-cow Philip Mantle fell afoul of the long knives. Now, with the loss of Gloria Dixon and Dr David Clarke the Association remains little more than a sideshow in the ufological circus. At least two of the people booked for BUFORA lectures in the 99/00 season have also withdrawn their support for BUFORA following these resignations. Tim Matthews, author of UFO Revelation and the country's leading expert on military black-projects has withdrawn from the lecture programme in support of Gloria and Dave. Andy Roberts has also cancelled his lecture in disgust at the way BUFORA Council has allowed itself to be manipulated by hucksters- again. It is also likely that other resignations will follow within the next few days. It is thought that, as usual, BUFORA Council have their head so far up their... sorry, in the sand that they will barely notice Gloria and Dave leaving. In BUFORA, everyone and everything is expendable. Except the cabal which runs the Association. BUFORA's new lecture organiser and Council member Malcolm Robinson has also issued a list of future BUFORA lecture speakers which includes the barrel scrapings of UK ufology such as Arthur Tomlinson. Rather than searching for any truths behind UFO reports BUFORA Council would be better served if they started a serious hunt for the plot they lost years ago. Rather than take a firm, critical, scientific stance BUFORA have ignored the wishes of Council members and key players in the organisation and gone for popular ufology. So once again BUFORA's crimes and misdemeanours have caught up with it. It's happened before and it will happen again until you cease to support it. Organisations such as BUFORA are unnecessary. In its forty years BUFORA has accomplished very little. The best ufology - as Jacques Vallee has said - is done by motivated individuals and small groups. No titles, no power, no egos. Next weekend sees yet another interminable BUFORA Annual general Meeting. BUFORA Council members have ordered a special stock of wool for the event and will be busily engaged in pulling it over members eyes. If you are a BUFORA member reading this we suggest you attend and question them closely about matters raised here and in previous issues of BUFORA Watch. You will, of course, be fobbed off with platitudes and half-baked trivialties. Don t be fooled! A new forum for serious. sceptical ufology will shortly be announced via this list. Watch this space!
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