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Re: UFO Magazine USA On Philip Corso - Ecker

From: Don Ecker <decker@ufomag.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2001 22:28:02 -0800
Fwd Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 11:28:09 -0500
Subject: Re: UFO Magazine USA On Philip Corso - Ecker

 >From: Gildas Bourdais <gbourdais@wanadoo.fr>
 >To: UFO Updates <ufoupdates@home.com>
 >Subject: UFO Magazine USA On Philip Corso
 >Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2001 16:39:02 +0100

 >Dear Members of the List,

 >I have just received, here in France, the October issue of UFO
 >Magazine (the American one) and I want to recommand reading it,
 >if only for the article of Don Ecker's 'Honor Restored: The
 >De-Pflocked Facts About Philip Corso'.


Greetings to the UFO UpDates List.

I just saw Mr. Gildas Bourdais' email on my Phil Corso article
in UFO Magazine, Volume 16, No. 5. Thank you Gildas for the kind

For those who may not have seen this article, I include it here
on the UpDates List.

I also would recommend reading Dwight Schultz's book review on
Karl Pflock's Roswell book, 'Roswell Inconvenient Facts And The
Will To Believe', in the same issue.


UFO Magazine October/November 2001
Volume 16 Number 05
Starting Page 36

Honor Restored: The "De-Pflocked" Facts About Philip Corso

by Don Ecker

In the newest Roswell book by Karl Pflock, 'Roswell:
'Inconvenient Facts And The Will To Believe' published by
Prometheus Books (see review, p. 75) author Pflock takes a
strong swipe at the late Lt. Colonel Phil Corso. Of course, this
is nothing new. Corso, now deceased, has been roundly savaged
for several years since the publication of his book 'The Day
After Roswell', co-authored by William J. Birnes.

Starting on page 207, Pflock alleges that Corso, among his many
other failings, is guilty of a failing of honor by deceiving
Sen. Thurmond about the nature of the book. Pflock is referring
to the foreword by Senator Strom

Thurmond that appeared in the first edition of 'The Day After
Roswell'. Pflock called the senator's press secretary Chris
Cimko and informed him about the foreword. Cimko, according to
Pflock, was "horrified" and acted quickly. A press release was
put out by the senator's office, attributed to Thurmond. "I did
not, and would not, pen the foreword to a book about, or
containing a suggestion that the success of the United States in
the Cold War is attributable to the technology found on a
crashed UFO....." and goes on to state "I do not believe in
UFOs, do not believe that the U.S. is in possession of such a
vehicle, and do not believe that there has been any government
cover-up of a UFO crash." So it would appear Sen. Thurmond
disavowed having written the foreword. In response, the
publisher pulled the foreword before more copies were printed.
End of story?

According to co-author William J. Birnes, here is the correct
sequence of events: When Corso traveled to Washington to visit
Thurmond and John Glenn, he had been asked by his editor at
Pocket Books to see whether Senator Thurmond would agree either
to write a foreword to 'The Day After Roswell' (at the time they
were calling it "The Roswell Book") or allow Corso to use
Thurmond's existing foreword originally written for another book
Corso had written, called 'I Walked With Giants'. Corso spoke to
Thurmond about it, told Thurmond he was writing a book about his
days in Army R&D with General Arthur Trudeau and the Roswell
file they had at the Pentagon. Thurmond agreed to allow Corso to
use the existing foreword for the Roswell book. Sen. Thurmond
signed a release (See Fig. 1). Pflock could have found out the
exact same thing, had he contacted Birnes and asked about this
in the course of writing his book. Could it be that Pflock was
working on another agenda, the personal destruction of an
honorable man?

Pflock goes on to commit another attack upon Colonel Corso by
pointing out a reference in Corso's FBI file, a purported
comment by then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. As explained by
Pflock in his book on page 208, [Corso was] continually trying
to advance his personal agenda and extreme right-wing politics
through lies and exploitation of members of Congress and the

One of the documents in Corso's file includes this comment from
his dear friend J. Edgar Hoover: "Corso is a rat."

The obvious question is what would Hoover have meant by that?

J. Edgar Hoover is remembered for many things these days. During
his tenure as Director of the FBI, the agency had a stellar
reputation, second to nothing else in existence, not even the
U.S. Marine Corps! It was only after Hoover's death that we
learned of the many dirty little secrets that Hoover would have
killed to keep under wraps. Hoover's secret files on politicians
and celebrities is legendary, as is his skill at getting even.
In 'The Day After Roswell', Corso stated he was good friends with
J. Edgar Hoover. What, then, would cause Hoover to turn on
Corso? As it turns out, it was testimony that Corso gave before
the Senate's Internal Security Subcommittee on August 28, 1961,
and April 3, 1962. During the time Corso gave his testimony, he
cited instances where he believed the Soviet KGB penetrated
various American intelligence agencies and the U.S. State
Department, subverting policy to accommodate Soviet aims. In
Corso's testimony, he cites a number of instances where members
of the CIA and officers in the State Department were following
Moscow's policies in making recommendations to Eisenhower, not
what 'should be America's policies. Corso explained that
American policy, especially how the U.S. CIA assessed what the
Soviet Union was doing, was distorted by KGB agents planted
inside the American intelligence services. The Army was aware of
this, Corso told the Senate, but the penetration of U.S.
intelligence was so deep that it went largely unnoticed by the
FBI. This angered Hoover, who believed that he and Corso had a
private agreement not to go public about the KGB's penetration
of American intelligence because it would have made everybody
look bad. When Corso testified about how deeply U.S.
intelligence, particularly the CIA, had been penetrated, Hoover
went off the wall, believing that Corso had broken some
unwritten agreement. Hence the nasty reference in Corso's FBI
file. (See Fig. 2)

Information on people and events in this field cannot be taken
at face value. Careful reading of debunkery and comparing to
other sources of information clears the picture about
UFO-connected people and events. In Corso's case, Karl Pflock
did a great disservice to a very honorable man and patriot.

Don Ecker is UFO Magazine's director of research. More
information from the Corso Files will be published in future
issues of UFO Magazine. Stay tuned.

Thought for the Day
Never attribute to malice that which can be better explained by

Don Ecker

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