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Is Uncle Sam a Closet Ufologist?

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 23:13:29 -0700
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:55:50 -0400
Subject: Is Uncle Sam a Closet Ufologist?


Source: American Chronicle -  Beverly Hills, California, USA

http://tinyurl.com/372ueq

June 12, 2007


The Real 'X-Files': Is Uncle Sam a Closet Ufologist?

Gus Russo


[Note: In late May 2007, I was asked by Dan Smith, who is
discussed in this article, to attempt to write an overview of
the apparent interest of the intelligence community in UFOs.
Although Dan paid me a modest retainer for my time, he agreed to
have absolutely no editorial control over my work or its
conclusions. He was fully prepared to be, possibly, unhappy with
whatever I delivered.]

With terrorism, drug trafficking, climate change, and ever-
present pork projects on its plate, the US government, one would
think, would have zero free time -- not to mention resources - to
devote the supremely elusive topic of flying saucers. But, for
some observers, there is compelling evidence that it does - and
in direct contradiction of its own official statements.

These federal forays into the fanciful seem inspired by the
relatively new buzzwords added to the UFO lexicon, not the
iconic "Roswell," "Alien Autopsies," or even "MJ-12 documents"
of old. Those pass=E9 riddles are no longer considered "coins of
the realm." Now the most intense debates involve subjects with
names like Project Beta, SERPO, Project Camelot, Operation Snow
White, and Star Gate. And weaving in and out of all these
alleged controversies, especially in the UFO internet chat
rooms, are at least three senior intelligence analysts and one
retired Air Force Special Investigator: "Tom" (pseudo.), a
MASINT specialist (Measures and Signals Intelligence) with a PhD
in chemistry and Paul, an aeronautics scholar interested in
"breakthrough propulsion and gravity-modification technologies,"
work down the hall from each at the Directorate of National
Intelligence (DNI) headquarters in Washington. "Jim" (pseudo.),
a physician and former CIA officer in the Directorate of Science
and Technology, maintains his security clearance, and travels
back to Washington often to work on classified psychological
studies. Richard "Rick" Doty, a longtime friend and colleague of
Jim, was an investigator assigned the Air Force Office of
Special Investigations (AFOSI).

What has been confounding UFO buffs for years is the regular
presence of these well-informed "spooks" (and others less
active) in both the physical UFO world and the world of
cyberspace saucers. The mystery seems to have its origins in
1956, pre Tom- Paul-Jim-Rick, and pre internet, and in the most
unlikely of settings: the office of Ward Kimball, one of Walt
Disney's key animators. At a 1979 UFO symposium in San
Francisco, Kimball told how the US Air Force had approached
Disney to make a UFO documentary, the ostensible purpose being
to help prepare the collective American psyche for planned
revelations concerning the reality of extraterrestrials. If that
wasn't enough, the senior flyboys offered to supply actual UFO
footage, which Disney would be allowed to use in his film. It
must have seemed to Kimball that his character Jiminy Cricket's
"wish upon a star" had actually been answered. However, a few
weeks later, the offer was withdrawn just as quickly as it had
been made. Kimball said that an Air Force Colonel said
brusquely, "There indeed was plenty of UFO footage, but that
neither Ward, nor anyone else, was going to get access to it."

The Air Force revisited the gambit in the early seventies, when
Air Force Colonels Robert Coleman and George Weinbrenner
approached documentary filmmaker Robert Emenegger with a very
similar astounding offer. The two colonels, who were possibly
attached to AFOSI, took Emenegger to Norton AFB near San
Bernardino and awed him with footage of what appeared to be
three flying saucers landing at Holloman AFB in New Mexico in
1971. Incredibly, the Air Force was again, according to the
colonels, going to give the footage to Emenegger as a climax to
his forthcoming film, UFOs, Past, Present and Future. But once
again, at the eleventh hour the Air Force changed its mind, they
said, because of the Watergate scandal. Perhaps the country
couldn't handle more bad news.

In the eighties, AFOSI agent Rick Doty, a longtime colleague and
friend of analyst Jim, appeared in New Mexico in order to tease
scientist Paul Bennewitz with promises to divulge the
government's UFO secrets. And in this case, the Air Force
actually delivered the goods, in a sense. Bennewitz, an
entrepreneur who specialized in selling high altitude testing
equipment to the Air Force, had contacted AFOSI after filming
bizarre flying craft near Kirtland AFB, outside Albuquerque. As
a result, Doty was tasked not only with determining if Bennewitz
had stumbled onto classified aircraft tests (and also scientific
research such as Project Starfire), but also with feeding the
physicist mountains of disinformation about UFOs, the furtive
purpose being to divert his attention from classified goings-on,
and later, to monitor the flow of information through the
UFOlogy network. A still-unidentified Air Force intelligence
officer also seduced best-selling UFO writer Bill Moore (The
Philadelphia Experiment and The Roswell Incident) into assisting
Doty in his spycraft; in exchange, Moore was offered real UFO
information, including meeting a live extraterrestrial --
promises that, like Emenegger's UFO footage, never materialized.
The charade played out for most of the eighties, driving poor
Bennewitz, who coined the disclosures Project Beta, to a mental
meltdown. Moore actually admitted his double agent role to an
astonished UFO community at a Las Vegas convention in July 1989,
however the bizarre alien tales he fed Bennewitz poisoned the
UFO database, perhaps permanently. Infinite mutations of the
Doty fictions continue to spread like an internet virus. Just
google "SERPO" for a taste.

In 1983, the government next approached Emmy Award winning
documentarian Linda Howe, then at work on a UFO film for HBO.
After meeting with Howe in Albuquerque, Rick Doty took her to
the AFOSI offices at Kirtland, and not only promised her the
same footage that was dangled in front of Emenegger, but he went
one step further.

"My superiors asked me to show this to you," Doty said as he
handed Howe a file entitled "Briefing Paper for the President of
the United States." Allowed only to scan the explosive cache,
Howe saw tales of crashed extraterrestrial craft, alien bodies,
and even more astounding, UFO crash survivors. Although Howe was
not allowed to take the papers away, Doty promised her the same
"landing footage" promised to Emenegger a decade earlier for his
film. But, just as they had with Emenegger, months of
negotiating went absolutely nowhere. Doty later admitted to
author Greg Bishop that the ploy was but another government
counterintelligence probe into the UFO community.

The Kimball, Emenegger, Bennewitz, and Howe affairs were just
the beginning of excursions into the world of UFO ephemera by
federal employees. In the 1990's the feds seemed determined to
insert their agenda into the nascent internet, where UFOlogists
were now trading "evidence" around the world at lightening
speed. Their newest civilian contact became a soft-spoken
computer analyst who was determined to use the new technology to
get to "the truth."

Dan Smith of Maryland, the son of a former economic advisor to
the White House, has spent two decades, largely via internet
blogging, pursuing his interest in future apocalyptic scenarios.
Invariably, his quest led him into the miasma of rumored UFO
disclosure scenarios. In 1991, Smith learned of the possibility
of a real-life X-Files when UK crop circle researchers made him
aware of analyst Tom, and his forays into their provenance.
Before calling Tom, Smith vetted him with NASA, which readily
agreed that Tom was the government's man on "phenomenology."
Thus, in September 1991, Smith started calling Tom, and in only
their second conversation, Tom floored Dan by announcing, "I'm
going to Los Alamos next week to talk to aliens." The trip to
the famed nuclear lab never happened, as best Dan can ascertain.

Dan and Tom's relationship has progressed from phone calls and
email exchanges to attending family outings and ball games
together, and even to meeting at his agency's headquarters.
Throughout the course of the relationship, Tom made it
abundantly clear that he is officially following the UFO topic
as part of his intelligence portfolio, admitting that he had
participated, as did Jim, in an inter-agency "Phenomenology
Working Group." When pressed for details, however, Tom only
gives obtuse, often cryptic answers as to why the monitoring of
the UFO crowd consumes what one insider estimates as 20% of his
publicly funded workday. Unbeknownst to Smith, in 1992 Tom
allegedly admitted to another internet contact, Habib "Henry"
Azadehdel, that he had indeed been part of a working group. In a
phone conversation recorded by Azadehdel, Tom, or someone
impersonating Tom, confided that he had been the first member of
an inter-agency "working group." "You know," Tom offered, "I was
a member of that Working Group, ah, when it started=85I was a
member of it, but I, I resigned I guess after the first
meeting," claimed Tom. The meeting, he explained was organized
by Jim, and there were "about a dozen people there."

In his 1990 book Out There, New York Times reporter Howard Blum
described a top secret inter-agency Working Group, which he
contended met in the Pentagon in 1987, the purpose being to
investigate UFOs. The participants Blum named overlapped too
nicely with those known to be in Tom and Jim's gathering: in the
minds of many UFOlogists, Tom and Jim were members of Blum's UFO
Working Group. Thus the current controversy often postulates
that their interest relates to an ongoing UFO Working Group
mandate.

Although Smith seemed only bemused by the attention, one of his
friends, an engineer who frequently holds classified government
contracts, became so concerned that he reported Tom to his
agency's Inspector General. "I later found out that it became a
six-month internal investigation," says the friend, "but, in the
end, Tom was able to convince them that his communication with
Smith fell within his official purview." Still, Smith's friends
worry that Smith's health is suffering from all the
gamesmanship, worried that he might become the next Paul
Bennewitz. Since 1994, Tom continues to communicate with Dan on
a regular basis.

Next up on the US intel radar was one Bob Bigelow, the
billionaire heir to the Bigelow Tea fortune and owner of the
Budget Suites of America hotel chain and Bigelow Aerospace. In
1996, Bigelow created the National Institute of Discovery
Science (NIDS) to explore paranormal activity, especially cattle
mutilations in the Utah badlands and UFO reports. Enter officers
Tom and Jim, now nick-named collectively "The Aviary" by their
contactees. Jim confirmed to a popular website administrator
that Bigelow's think tank was the subject of informal discussion
at DIA sponsored meetings he attended on the threats of emerging
technologies. More importantly, analyst Tom has openly admitted
to Dan Smith that he was so interested in NIDS that he attended
its inaugural meeting, and kept tabs on its research until its
dissolution on 2004.

The dawning of the twenty-first century saw a marked escalation
in the activities of Tom, Jim, and Rick, especially in
cyberspace. Chris Iverson, administrator with the internet's
"Open Minds Forum," says, " I have spoken directly with Tom,
Jim, and Rick. The highlight so far is the conversation I had
with Tom several weeks ago. He went quite far in describing not
just his relationship with Dan Smith but also covered several
other topics as well." Iverson says that Tom corroborated what
he told Smith years ago about the mysterious trips to Los
Alamos. "The story is that these people made several monthly
trips out from Washington DC to Los Alamos several years ago to
either meet directly with "The Visitors" or to meet with the
people who were responsible for holding or communicating with
them," explains Iverson. "Tom stated that yes, these trips did
take place, but they occurred over 15 years ago and are not
happening today."

The list of contacts goes on. Gary Bekkum, of Starstream
Research, says, "I have had increasing contact, by email, and
phone, with some of the Aviary members, concerning stories I
have written about their activities, including requests not to
expose 'sources and methods.' I have also had increasing contact
from others, including a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research
Project) subcontractor." Ryan Dube, of Reality Uncovered notes
that his first contact with the trio came when Doty began
harassing one of his moderators. "Tom contacted us in 2006, via
email, with a request to assist him in his investigation of
Richard Doty," remembers Dube. "He wanted to know the details of
the harassment and Rick's supervisor contact information. I was
suspicious of Tom from the start, and didn't believe him.
However we verified that his emails were coming from DIA
military servers and the contact phone number he initial gave me
was in fact located in the DC area. That's when I realized that
I was actually talking to the real Tom - the intelligence
analyst. I've been in contact (phone and email) with Tom up
until about three months ago, as well as Jim."

The Tom, Jim, and Rick Show even enjoys syndication across the
pond. Brendan Burton, the British administrator for the "Open
Minds" forum, vividly recalls when Jim emailed him in early
2006. The missive is again a bit of a tease, wherein the agent
makes "hypothetical" statements about the size of the UFO cover-
up. But, Burton adds, "He seemed to confirm that the US
government was indeed in this thing, right up to their necks!"
The UK's Caryn Anscomb, who frequently contributes to the
"Reality Uncovered" and "Starstream" sites, first heard from
analyst Jim in 2004, and has had regular communications from him
ever since. Ditto Steve Broadbent, another Reality Uncovered
administrator from England.

Both Tom and Jim have made only half-hearted attempts to hide
their identities (this is especially peculiar regarding Tom, who
still works full-time at the highest echelons of US
intelligence.) Their impressive CV's, contact information, and
emails are regularly exchanged by the bloggers as the amateurs
try to brainstorm an answer to the ultimate question: what is
their agenda? Also asking the question is UK filmmaker John
Lundberg, who has been traipsing across the US recently, filming
anyone who will agree to speak on the subject for his
forthcoming film Miragemen. Lundberg has, like this writer, also
had communications with both Tom and Jim.

Dan Smith and the rest of his web colleagues, who are still in
regular contact with Tom, Jim, and Rick, are confused for
another reason: the feds have officially stated ad nauseum that
they maintain no interest in the subject of little green men.
The proclamations began in 1953 with the publication of the
CIA's "Robertson Panel Report." Chaired by CIA physicist Howard
Percy Robertson, the panel concluded that 90 percent of UFO
sightings could be readily identified with meteorological,
astronomical, or natural phenomena, and that the remaining 10
percent could be similarly explained with more study. It further
suggested that the Air Force should begin to reduce "public
gullibility" and utilize the mass media, including influential
media giants like the Walt Disney Corporation, to demystify UFO
reports.

In 1968, Rick Doty's Air Force weighed in with the 1,438-page
Condon Committee Report, a two-year study chaired by physicist
Edward Condon. The investigation, undertaken by eight faculty
members from the University of Colorado, concluded (albeit with
some dissention amongst the faculty ranks) that all UFO reports
had conventional explanations, and further study of the subject
would not be worthwhile. The Air Force put the issue aside for
almost three decades, then in 1995 released a UFO "Fact Sheet"
that noted: "From 1947 to 1969, the Air Force investigated
Unidentified Flying Objects under Project Blue Book. The
project, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio,
was terminated Dec. 17, 1969. Of a total of 12,618 sightings
reported to Project Blue Book, 701 remained 'unidentified.'"

Two years later, a Pentagon spokesman told the press that the
military had "long ago" stopped tracking UFOs. That same year,
Gerald K. Haines, the official historian of the CIA, joined the
chorus of denials when he authored the Agency's position in its
official publication, Studies in Intelligence. Although the CIA
was concerned about UFOs until the early 1950s, Haines wrote, it
has since "paid only limited and peripheral attention to the
phenomena." Haines added that the actual explanation to the UFO
mystery was much more mundane than the fantasy of alien
visitation: UFOs were nothing more than classified, experimental
US aircraft.

How then to explain the ongoing presence of Tom, Jim, and Rick?

UFOlogists are quick to point out one other study that might
explain their true goal. In 1960, the Brookings Institution
drafted a 100-page report for NASA, advising the newborn US
space agency of societal chaos if it discovered alien life and
did not release the story in a very controlled way. (NASA
ultimately ignored the Brookings warning when, in 1972 it
launched the Pioneer 10 spacecraft to the farthest reaches of
space; affixed to the craft was a gold-anodized aluminum plaque
engraved with a map showing the location of Earth.) Thus, it is
postulated, the intelligence community might be preparing the
world for "Disclosure."

Some Answers

Greg Bishop, who chronicled the Bennewitz-Doty saga in his 2005
book Project Beta, and has himself been contacted separately by
four intelligence professionals, sums up the feelings of many,
saying "There is no denying a concern with the UFO subject in
the corridors of the Pentagon and the halls of our government.
How much these people actually know is the subject of hot
debate." Recently, however, in private statements to bloggers
and to this writer, some clarity is coming to the issues of "who
knows what" and "what is their agenda?" Research for this
article points to these answers: they know little or nothing
about UFOs, and their agendas differ.

Ryan Dube recalled what Tom once revealed about his interest.
"Once," Dube said, "when I pushed Tom over the phone on why he
remains so involved with in ufology "his statement -
paraphrased, was essentially: 'No one needs to know why I'm
interested...and if I have any hint that anyone is at all on to
why I am interested, I'll certainly do everything within my
power to distract them - but I can tell you one thing - my
interest certainly has nothing at all to do with aliens or
UFOs.'" This is consistent with Tom's statement to another site
administrator: "There are no classified files on UFOs because
UFOs don't exist." Ryan points out the obvious paradox: "The
active involvement of current and former government officials
certainly suggests that our government sees value in the field
of UFOlogy for some reason."

Tom's motivation, it now appears certain, can be summed up in
two words: national security. In a recent interview, a senior
intelligence official who is familiar with spooks in cyberspace
explained, "Tom is interested in the subject because, one, he is
concerned that DIA officers parading as CIA officers - a felony
- are leaking classified material to the UFO groups. He also
knows that in years past the KGB used parapsychology and
paranormal groups to get to military people with classified
information. He is concerned that any enemy group could easily
use these forums to search out national security secrets." Joel
Brenner, the United States national counterintelligence chief
recently said that the number of Russian agents operating in the
country had reached "Cold War levels," according to the Russian
News & Information Agency.

"They are sending over an increasing and troubling number of
intelligence officers into the United States," Brener reported.
Former head of FBI counterintelligence David Szady echoed
Brenner's, adding that Russian agents often arrived in the U.S.
under the cover of students or businessmen. The Times UK
recently noted the Russians' escalation in spy wars against the
US: "White House intelligence advisers believe no other country
is as aggressive as Russia in trying to obtain US secrets, with
the possible exception of China. In particular the SVR, as the
former KGB's foreign intelligence arm is now known, is using a
network of undercover agents in America to gather classified
information about sensitive technologies, including military
projects under development and high-tech research." The article
adds that Putin's intelligence apparatus views cyberspace as a
powerful new weapon. Among the evidence cited is Moscow's recent
cyber attack against the Baltic state Estonia over its decision
to relocate a Soviet-era military monument.

Some see corroboration for the government's interest in internet
UFO writers in the so-called "Stargate Archive" files. Stargate
was the name of a remote viewing project founded by the DIA in
1972, then later transferred to CIA. In 2004 the CIA released
under a FOIA request the Stargate Archive files, which reveal
that the CIA was indeed concerned about monitoring UFO authors
who might be privy to classified material.

Then there were the security breaches that occurred during
Operation Stargate itself, which Tom was instrumental in
bringing to an end in 1996. By the mid-seventies it was learned
that Stargate, which had Aviary members on its board, and other
CIA projects, had been massively infiltrated, the target of
Scientology's infamous "Operation Snow White." In 1979, eleven
highly placed Church executives, including Mary Sue Hubbard
(wife of founder L. Ron Hubbard and second in command of the
organization), pleaded guilty or were convicted in federal court
of obstructing justice, burglary of government offices, and
theft of documents and government property.

Tom admits that there is one other minor reason for him to be
surfing the UFO web. In a recent email, he let his guard down a
tad, explaining how UFO bloggers can serve a patriotic purpose,
if inadvertently. "Under normal times this tendency towards mass
delusional states and radical heresies is perhaps a weakness,"
Tom wrote. "However in stressful times it promotes radical out-
of-the-box thinking=85[it] plays an increasingly important role as
we approach cataclysmic species survival stress points. The end
of accessible oil could be such a point. Most people will
continue to believe new oil discoveries are just around the
corner=85[bloggers] search for solutions in the strangest places.
Perhaps they will find one in time."

Working down the DNI hall from Tom, cyberspace regular Paul, the
aeronautics and advanced propulsion researcher, explains that,
much like fictional X-Files agent Fox Mulder, he believes
because he wants to believe. Further, he hopes to end his
science colleagues' discrimination against UFO believers.

Then there is Jim, whose professional history in the subject
goes back to his personal involvement in the Stargate project in
the 1970's and as a participant in the legendary "Working Group"
meetings in the eighties. As one of the intel community's most
senior medical analysts, Jim frequently communicates with
UFOlogists. Chris Iverson believes that Tom and Jim clearly have
differing agendas, noting, "Jim is the person I have had the
most contact with over the last several months and he seems to
be interested in the spreading of viral memes over the internet,
particularly in relation to this subject." Iverson is not far
off the mark. However, in a recent meeting with this writer, Jim
explained that his internet presence emanates from a number of
overlapping pursuits.

"The whole subject," Jim says in wonderfully measured speech,
"is composed of three components: delusion, sociological
groupthink, and a kernel of truth." Jim then reminds that he is
first and foremost a medical scientist. "My interest in this
subject is much, much more professional than it is personal.
That is, 90 to 95% of all persons who are engaged fully with
this [UFO] subject are psychiatrically ill, and by that I mean
that they are on medication or should be." Jim elaborates that
"viral memes,"[see below] in which disturbed people seek
validation in numbers on the web, is, or should be, a growing
public health concern. That said, Jim nonetheless has a real
interest in UFO's, and seemingly with good reason.

"I believe there's a 'core story'," Jim explained, "but I don't
know what it is. I have been told by people more senior than me
that there is some truth to it, but they told me time and time
again to stop pursuing it with CIA people and other intel types.
Two very senior officials told me they saw briefing books,
[however] the only ones who would be cleared to know the story
are the most senior Pentagon career officers." Jim refuses to
divulge his sources, but when pressed, he reiterates what they
told him: look to the Pentagon and the private sector's
aerospace and weapons labs, etc. US intelligence "doesn't have
labs capable of dealing with something this profound." He also
notes that over the years he has received thousands of UFO-
related government documents in unmarked envelopes. Although
some are obvious fakes, others, according to Jim, contain
information that correlates with known, but still classified,
scientific studies. In an intriguing footnote, Jim adds, "I have
spoken to three former Presidents and the subject always comes
up, not as a briefing, but they also want to know the truth. But
apparently they aren't cleared for it."

Both Tom and Jim seem to share at least one rationale for their
internet excursions: studying the frightening potential of
"viral internet memes." Coined by evolutionary theorist Richard
Dawkins in 1976 (The Selfish Gene), a meme is a unit of cultural
information that evolves the way a gene propagates from one
organism to another, and subject to all the analogous unintended
mutations. In the view of many, computers and blogs could
function as powerful meme "replicators." Richard Brodie, the
creator of Microsoft Word, notes, "Most of these viruses of the
mind are spread because they are intriguing or frightening or
inspiring, and not necessarily because they're true. That's the
problem." It doesn't take much intuition to envision an enemy
creating memes that can be used to destabilize a society, or a
freelance predator utilizing them to cozy up to potential
victims. Caryn Anscomb writes online, "The UFO community has
been deeply penetrated by the manipulators of information, who
couldn't really give a fig whether there might be any valuable
data pertaining to Aliens and contact hidden behind the
deafening noise. That's not their business; their business is
information warfare."

Rick Doty's intent seems by far the most mysterious. He has been
vouched for by two former Directors of Central Intelligence
(DCI) -- as well as Jim -- but has been excoriated by his former
superior at AFOSI, Col. Richard L. Weaver, who recently noted
that Doty had been "cashiered out of OSI" and that he has a
well-known "lack of veracity." It should also be noted that the
two DCIs only knew Doty before they ran the Agency, when they
all were deployed in Europe together. The DCIs are only vouching
for his previous work, not his UFO allegations.

Doty has promulgated some of the most outlandish "alien contact"
stories extant. He not only fed them to Paul Bennewitz in the
1980's, but to the public at large in his 2005 book with Robert
Collins, Exempt From Disclosure. But amidst the book's sci-fi-
like claims of extraterrestrials in US custody and "reverse
engineered" saucers - currently being exploited by one Gordon
Novel with his Project Camelot - Doty also admits the following:
"There are times when you deceive the public you are doing the
public a great service and I certainly protect the public with
deception operations if it were for their own good."
Nonetheless, much the same way that reporters speculated about
the fraudulent New Orleans DA Jim Garrison forty years ago,
there remains a group of UFO bloggers who continue to opine
about Doty: "He must have something."

Greg Bishop, among the most sober of the UFO authors, sums up
the continued presence of federally employed UFO believers like
Jim, Paul and Rick thus: "Their agenda is to do their jobs
first, and find out what is going on behind the scenes with the
UFO enigma=85 They get hints, but never the whole picture, and
that becomes the quest after they leave active service."

What then of the so-called "Top Secret UFO Working Group" in
which Tom, Jim and others participated in the 1980s?
Fortunately, four participants in those gatherings have
communicated with this writer, and one in particular shared
original paperwork from the meetings with Caryn, who graciously
shared them with me. Consequently, the following can be said of
the Working Group story:

=95 The key meetings were held from May 20-25, 1985 in the secure
facility of the BDM Corporation (a high clearance military
contractor) in MacLean, VA.

=95 There were twenty known attendees (we have the names)
representing Los Alamos Nuclear Labs, Army Intelligence, CIA,
Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, and various scientists with
security clearances. Other unnamed guests such as Jim attended.

=95 The meeting was titled "Advanced Theoretical Physics
Conference" and its main objective was to study odd radar
tracings to determine their origins ("friendly" "enemy" or
"unknown"). They turned out to be totally anomalous.

Jim notes that quite a few of the attendees turned out to be
closet UFO buffs who only showed up to see who knew the truth
about ETs (no one did). He called it a waste of time, leaving
after just the first day. Tom recalls attending a follow-up
meeting at the Pentagon that was so silly that he made a
derisive remark before walking out in the middle of it.

Summing it all up, there is certainly a very small percentage
government officials with intelligence clearance - some active,
some retired - who are interested in the UFO research community,
if not UFOs themselves. Some of these men are of the impression,
rightly or wrongly, that a very few individuals in government
and the private sector are keeping the big secret even from
them. This is small consolation to earnest UFO researchers, but
at least they should no longer feel alone and marginalized as
kooks completely at odds with officialdom.

All this does not mean that evidence for alien visits is non-
existent, it's just that Tom, Jim, Paul, and Rick don't appear
to be the keepers of it. The opinion of Ryan Dube appears
inarguable. "If the field of UFOlogy could be cleaned of the
rubbish," Dube wrote me, "we may find that there remains very
valid and important evidence and stories that demand our
attention - and might actually finally reveal the truth about
the alien and UFO question." And if Jim ever decides to reveal
his sources, things could get very interesting.




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