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From: Mike Wootten <ej77@dial.pipex.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 20:53:44 GMT
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 07:50:53 -0500
Subject: BUFORAwatch


BUFORAwatch has just received the following from a BUFORA
insider. Our deep-throat informant states that this was posted
onto the Internet as one of our bulletins. This did not
originate from us but it's interesting enough to be one.

Happy reading!

BUFORAWATCH

It has come to our attention that controversial UFO researcher
Malcolm Robinson has recently become a BUFORA council member.

Since moving to London in May 1998, Robinson has been quitely
active on the fringes of the British UFO Research Association,
providing

BUFORA with a number of lecture presentations. However, he was
effectively stopped from taking a more active role in the
association due to his stance on BUFORA's hypnosis moratorium.
Robinson (although officially associated

with BUFORA) opposes the moratorium, circumventing it in the
past by "officially" conducting hypnotic-regression work under
the aegis of the Scottish paranormal group S.P.I (Strange
Phenomena Investigations); a grou p which he established in the
1980's!

This has caused certain discontent among some of BUFORA
investigators. As a result of this, BUFORA's Director Of
Investigations (Gloria Dixon) made changes to the group's Code
Of Practice, in an attempt to close the loophole which Robinson
was exploting.  Shortly afterwards, Robinson officially resigned
from BUFORA and joined the London UFO Studies group, a body
which endorses the use of hypnosis in supposed cases of "alien
abduction". He later wrote an article on this matter, where he
claimed Kevin McClure was damaging the image of the association
by his "attacks" on Robinson and BUFORA council, and that
McClure had effectively hounded him out of BUFORA!


However, it was strongly rumoured that some members of council
were still keen to have Robinson involved in BUFORA, hoping that
"they could find so me way" around this moratorium problem, so
that Robinson could join the BUFO RA council.


Things went quite for a while..... until, in late December 1998,
it was announced internally within the BUFORA Council that
Robinson had accepted an offer made to him by Steve Gamble to
run BUFORA's lecture programme. A s this position
"traditionally" came with a council-place, this effectivell y
got Robinson onto council, in a manner some felt would not
create  a conflict with the moritorium issue.

This decision was subject to a vote, but it seems a forgone
conclusion th at Robinson will end up on council, and may be on
council as you read this!

We don't know the answer, as council has shrouded this matter in
a deep layer of secrecy. It is claimed that members of council
were told not to disclose this proposal to anyone outside of
council; a fact that has seemingly been confirmed by this
writer!  Furthermore, it is said that so me members of council
expect criticism of this decision, which has reportedl y been
written off as a case of "oh well....so what!"

Again, it seems that BUFORA members (including many of it's
activists) ha ve been deliberately kept in the dark over an
important issue effecting thei r association Why?

It also shows a notable degree of arrogance by the BUFORA
council. It is rumoured that two members of council wrote long
e-mails spelling out the reasons why Robinson should not be on
council, but these objections were ignored by other council
members. Why??

It is sad to see how little council seemingly cares about it's
own hypnos is Moratorium. It seems that Investigators and normal
members are barred fro m using hypnotic regression, but not
members of council! Why???

And how come Robinson is rated higher than someone like Andy
Roberts on the BUFORA council scale? Andy is a critic of the
BUFORA machine, but Robinson has effectively broken it's own
rules, and did so repeatedly, with premeditated intent. But
Robinson gets on council, regardless. Why????

The ease in which such a controversial character as Robinson has
quietly slid onto the BUFORA council should be contrasted with
the problems Andy Roberts experienced in merely keeping his
BUFORA membership! It can also be contrasted with the many
objections BUFORA council had to Robert Moore's request for Andy
Roberts to help with the BUFORA BULLETIN!  This resulted in
Robert Digby (more on him later!) proposing changes to the
running of the BULLETIN, which effectively means council now has
full control over t he running of the magazine, although Robert
Moore may ask people to write articles, etc on a regular basis
(gee, thanks Mr. Digby..!).

Resignations???????:

As a result of this decision, it is known that a number of
resignations have taken place, or will do so in the near future.
It is said that the editor of the BUFORA BULLETIN - Robert Moore
- has resigned. We contacted Robert to confirm this, but he
would say no more than he is stepping down as editor in
February-March 1999, in order to "concentrate on other
projects". (Come on, Robert, tell us the real reason! Don't be
shy!!)

Other people said to be on the verge of resigning from BUFORA
(to our knowledge) include Andy Roberts, David Clarke, Jenny
Randles, Tony Eccles and Kevin McClure.

There are currently two concerns entertained by those aware of
this decision. The first is that the BUFORA lecture programme
will become bias ed and slanted towards Robinson's extreme views
of UFOs. The second is of th e future; where will this end - as
Robinson as BUFORA Director of Investigations!!!


This decision by BUFORA council also seemingly puts a large
shadow of doo m over the hypnosis moratorium. It also seems to
indicate that the goals of BUFORA the mass-membership society
can override and superceed the ideals of BUFORA the objective
UFO study group! If this is true, BUFORA will be looked upon as
an effectively inert player in the field of serious ufolog y.
And it will only have itself to blame if this state of affairs
come to pass.

"Ping..... Bong.....!"

Philip Mantle on the rebound?

I am sure you will have noted Robert Moore's circular e-mail re
QUEST magazine sent out in the late summer of 1998. This asked
for material for a BUFORA UFO column in this magazine. Despite
this, nothing materialised. I t is rumoured that Digby (infamous
for his "I'll be getting rid of Jenny Randles soon!" remark made
at a northern UFO conference in the early 1990's) was
less-than-happy with Moore's openness towards this assignment ,
where he fully addressed the concerns of some towards QUEST and
any monie s forthcoming from this assignment to him.

So, it was with some surprise that we heard Philip Mantle had
been appointed. If this is not a case of "jobs for the boys" I
don't know what is! Given the covert croneyism displayed by the
content of this magazine (where many pieces are written by
members of BUFORA's so-called "inner" council; ie Spencer, Beer,
Gamble, etc) does this suggest that Mantle is now worming his
way back up the BUFORA ladder?

Again, as with Robinson, BUFORA's "inner council" has again
shown it's fondness for scientifically-ignorant individuals with
extreme ufological views. We all know how Mantle is deemed a
"cash cow" by some within thhe association, so his return seems
effectively preordained.

It's a pity BUFORA's inner circle don't show more support for
it's more objective members, where it's future as an objective
UFO body surely lies. But does the BUFORA "Inner council"
actually want such a future for the association? Does it
actually want the association to merely be a "gee-wow" group,
catering for sensationism and scientifically dubious (but
popular) notions???

BUFORA seems intent on selling it's soul to the Devil, wholesale!

ATB
Mike

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