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Sparks & Greenwood Rehash Klass

From: Dr. Robert & Ryan Wood <rswood.nul>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 09:35:33 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Fri, 14 Sep 2007 16:29:23 -0400
Subject: Sparks & Greenwood Rehash Klass

The New MJ-12 Debunkers: Sparks, Greenwood Rehash Klass

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"We have possession of individual pages of original, old paper
documents stamped MAJIC with the proper age of red ink. Such
critical facts have been totally ignored by the MUFON Sparks
paper, which largely focuses on the deceptions going on for
potential fakery in the late 1970s and 1980s."

Readers deserve to know Sparks's and Greenwood's predisposition,
since their paper rests squarely on the authors' mindset,
extensive speculations and theories.

"The idea that a local AFOSI office would feel free to fake NSC
documents is akin to the counter help at McDonalds feeling free
to write and publish a false corporate annual report and expect
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Greetings! While some relegate the topic of UFOs to the realm of
crazies and cultists, serious researchers have come to conclude
that they represent a pivotal issue. Governments have come to
recognize this, although they are apparently concerned that
revealing the technologies and truths of extraterrestrial
contact would destabilize existing power structure. This is
what the so-called Majestic 12 documents also discuss. Some
will go to any lengths to prevent honest analysis of these
groundbreaking documents. You may be aware that at the recent
annual MUFON conference a paper was presented that purports
definitively to discredit the MJ-12 documents. We want to say
that the Majestic Documents Research Team, led by Dr. Robert
Wood and Ryan Wood, do not yet have final conclusions. But we
believe it is imperative to find the truth based on evidence and
sound reasoning. Here is our response to the MUFON conference
paper. We believe that you should have the opportunity to
review for yourselves all the actual original material  -  not
just the interpreted conclusions of a few  -  and come to your
own conclusions.

The New Debunkers: Sparks &Greenwood Rehash Klass
Dr. Robert M. Wood & Ryan S. Wood

In this years' MUFON symposium proceedings Brad Sparks and Barry
Greenwood claim to show new "proof" that the Majestic 12
documents are a hoax. Through a tangle of theories worthy of the
late debunker Philip Klass - they claim that the MJ-12 documents
stem from isolated hoaxers at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB) who
defrauded even the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Ignoring
critical evidence in the MJ-12 documents and claiming vast
knowledge of the intelligence world, Sparks and Greenwood scoff
that the MJ-12 documents do not deserve further study.

By contrast, the Majestic Documents Research Team, led by Dr.
Robert M. Wood and Ryan S. Wood, believes that serious
researchers deserve more than tabloid conspiracy theories and
urge those who are informed on the extent of Majestic research
to read the new MUFON paper to judge for themselves if it is
based on relevant and reliable new evidence with sound
reasoning. Below we touch on key issues. We remain confident
that many of the MJ-12 documents show evidence of authenticity
and that Sparks and Greenwood do indeed describe an early hoax,
though not the one they claim. Since their paper's publication,
we learn that Mr. Greenwood has disputed Mr. Sparks's version,
and so has another claimed co-author Ms. Mary Castner who has
challenged Sparks's version.

Sparks and Greenwood claim to be reporting the results of "a
research project to review and investigate the secret Pratt
tapes and files." None of the secret tapes or files are shared
word-for-word, so the reader has no way to assess independently
the credibility of this new source of information at the paper's
MUFON release. Sparks and Greenwood claim that these tapes and
files, when added together with other well-known material, make
it clear that a few individuals in the Air Force have been
responsible for faking several classic documents relating to MJ-
12, the alleged government project to study UFOs in
sophisticated detail.

Although most of the Sparks, Greenwood (and Castner?) focus is
on the so-called Aquarius documents and the related Eisenhower
Briefing Document (EBD), the inference and statement is that all
MJ-12 documents are fake, noting that the authors Wood and Wood
"apparently have never met an MJ-12 document they did not like"
and were "overly accepting." Actually, we have long thought that
the Aquarius document was indeed a hoax just as stated.

Furthermore, we have possession of individual pages of original,
old paper documents stamped MAJIC with the proper age of red
ink. Such facts have been totally ignored by the paper, which
largely focuses on the deceptions going on for potential fakery
in the late 1970s and 1980s.


The fundamental story told by the MJ-12 documents is this:
unconventional craft have maneuvered over the United States,
causing enormous concern to our nation's security agencies, and
some craft have faltered to earth where highly secret, and
sometimes illegal, operations have recovered extraordinary
technology and non-human creatures. All means were authorized to
hide and discredit these phenomena. If you do not believe such
events are possible, then you will reject the MJ-12 documents,
and you will interpret other information through this same lens
of denial. Conversely, if you suspect such events may have
happened, you would expect to see some leaked documents like MJ-
12 from whistleblowers.

Indeed, Sparks has a often billed himself as "the original
Roswell skeptic" and disparages the increasing wealth of eye
witness testimony. (More recently, Sparks says he has
"reluctantly" concluded something unusual may have happened but
will not state what. Sparks and Greenwood have long debunked MJ-
12 and label those who believe the documents deserve serious
research as either gullible or dishonest. Years before their
alleged "new" evidence, they denounced anyone corroborating
phenomena that the Majestic papers describe in compelling
detail. Sparks dubbed the late Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso as "a
fraud in the most embarrassing way [who] just cannot resist
putting himself at the center stage of great events of history."

While describing UFO debunker Phil Klass as "my friend and
colleague," Sparks dismisses Edward J. Ruppelt, respected former
director of Projects Grudge and Blue Book and author of the book
The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, as demonstrating "a
pattern of deceit" detrimental to UFO research. Mr. Sparks
appears to be the only person to have come to this conclusion.
UFO researcher Jerome Clark writes, "Most observers of Blue Book
agree that the Ruppelt years comprised the project's golden age,
when investigations were most capably directed and conducted.
Ruppelt himself was open-minded about UFO's, and his
investigators were not known, as Grudge's were, for force-
fitting explanations on cases."

Claimed Authority

Readers deserve to know Sparks's and Greenwood's predisposition,
since their paper rests squarely on the authors' mindset,
extensive speculations and theories. While Sparks and Greenwood
may not judge Corso worthy of "center stage" (although Corso
served at far higher levels than they) - the paper begins with
page after page of Sparks's claims, such as interviewing "some
100 CIA Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, and
various intelligence officials of the CIA, NSA, DIA, Air Force
and Naval Intelligence and other agencies"; uncovering "the
watershed event in all of government history in UFO studies";
and explaining the Kenneth Arnold sightings as "a spectacular
meteor fireball that escaped back into space instead of the
classic 'discs' which launched the modern UFO era in 1947."

According to his lengthy credits: "Brad also discovered that the
CIA had concluded at that point that UFO's were extraterrestrial
(until the AF deception), and this was confirmed by the CIA
director and deputy director of its Office of Scientific
Intelligence." He presents no evidence. Sparks writes: "He [Brad
himself] is presently reconstructing the full history of U.S.
Intelligence Community involvement with UFO's." (We wonder how
he knows, unless he is a member of the Senior Intelligence
Service, with clearances equal to the Director of National
Intelligence, with a need-to-know and a large staff. Is it
possible that his claimed conversations with some secret-keepers
has, just possibly, left a few things out? Or that FOIA requests
barely scrape the surface?)

Yet with the exception of compiling lists of Blue Book cases,
Sparks has scarcely published, and we look forward to seeing
evidence of his work that purportedly offers the definitive
version of "all of government history in UFO studies" and a
"full history of U.S. Intelligence Community involvement with
UFO's." Sparks and Greenwood (who more modestly states he has
been "a financial and electronic distribution clerk for the U.S.
Postal Service since 1970") say they co-founded Citizens Against
UFO Secrecy (CAUS), but this means little in recent decades
since their admitted falling out with attorney Peter Gersten,
its director, "in the early 80's"  -  nearly twenty years ago.

The Real Topic

While introducing many other tangents and theories, they claim
to focus on tabloid-style revelations that the late Mr. Robert
Pratt, retired reporter for the "National Enquirer," made notes
and telephone recordings of his conversations with Mr. William
L. Moore and former Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard C.
Doty. Apparently, MUFON secreted Pratt's recordings in files
marked "PRATT SENSITIVE," and we wonder about their legality
(Sparks's paper describes them as "secret" recordings), despite
reported insistence by Pratt's widow that the telephone
recordings were not illegal. (Moore and/or Doty can confirm
whether or not they knew their conversations were being tape
recorded over the telephone.)

Yet readers and serious researchers will recognize Moore and
Doty, the Pratt sources, as two of the most notorious sources in
Ufology. Moore, we recall, informed a stunned MUFON conference
that he had collaborated with security officials to deceive
them. Doty has fed story after dubious story to several

It is on this alleged loom and from this thread that Sparks and
Greenwood weave a tapestry of accusations from which they
conclude MJ-12, in Greenwood's words, is like Hitler's "Big
Lie." Greenwood reassures us, however, that "it is not
necessarily true that all conspiratorial behavior by government
representatives should be viewed as part of official policy."
And Sparks reassures us that "one cannot in general infer the
existence of a supersecret merely from such efforts as AFOSI's
[Air Force Office of Special Investigations] to protect the AF's
turf against UFOlogist challengers." Instead, they claim, MJ-12
is the invention of a small coven of turf-conscious Air Force
officials all by themselves in New Mexico, hating ufology and
feuding with the NSC, CIA, Army and Navy.

We are not so readily assured. Greenwood, it is reported,
believes this was done for profit. Sparks says it was done in a
kind of anti-ufology 'hatred.' We are not convinced to cease
our investigations based on Sparks's assurance not to "infer a
"supersecret," but just to see it as a scuffle among a few 'lone
gunman' Air Force folks in New Mexico against, among others, the
purportedly gullible Central Intelligence Agency and the
purportedly innocuous, Presidential-level National Security

Sources And Methods

We want to state clearly that the Majestic Documents Research
Team cannot yet give a direct account of the Pratt papers. All
we have had till recently are Sparks's and Greenwood's (and
Castner's?) interpretations. MUFON released Pratt's materials
specifically to the two and did not give any hint to us of their
contents and impending, dramatic release. Sparks and Greenwood
(and Castner?) had the time they wanted in secret to construct
their nearly 70-page, circular paper. We were offered the
opportunity to respond initially on two weeks' notice without
access to the alleged evidence. Because we brought this clearly
to MUFON's attention, MUFON has now agreed to make at least some
Pratt material available online, and we hope the entirety of
what they hold in private.

We expect to give an update on the Pratt papers in the October
MUFON journal. It may prove that the Pratt papers are a separate
matter from the MUFON conference paper (hereinafter referred to
as Sparks's paper, given that Greenwood and Castner have,
perhaps for different reasons, disavowed Sparks). But there are
points already clear about Sparks's paper itself.

Sparks's paper elevates Pratt. He writes: "Pratt had written
extensively about UFO's as a reporter for the 'National
Enquirer,' during a serious phase of the 'Enquirer's' history
when it exercised responsible journalism." MUFON readers may
want to get a strong cup of coffee as they consider this case.
Linda Moulton Howe has written about evidence that the "National
Enquirer" was established from the outset as a front for CIA
disinformation. In his book The Missing Times: News Media
Complicity in the UFO Cover-up, journalist Terry Hansen writes:

The newspaper's historical ties to powerful organizations such
as the OSS, the CIA, the Pentagon, the White House, and the
Mafia, raise troubling questions about its true agenda. To the
uninitiated, though, the Enquirer seems hardly worth taking
seriously. With its blaring, often absurd headlines and near-
ubiquitous location alongside grocery store checkout stands
across the nation, the Enquirer has become both a clich=E9 and the
butt of jokes among those who consider themselves sophisticated
media consumers. There's much more to the National Enquirer than
meets the eye, however. To see why, we need to review the
Enquirer's fascinating origins, with particular emphasis on its
ties to the U.S. intelligence establishment.

Even if we accept that Pratt remained blissfully innocent of the
phony newspaper from which he retired, Pratt is not a fount of
perfect recollection. Hansen reports that he questioned Pratt's
involvement in an Enquirer story tending to discredit reports
that UFO's appeared over ICBM missile bases. Hansen writes:

"Is there any reason to believe this story was purposely leaked
to the Enquirer?" I asked Pratt. "None whatsoever," he replied.
Following my initial series of questions, Pratt did further
research on the matter and was now less confident in his first
response. "By coincidence, just a few hours after sending you
the answers to your first set of questions, I came across some
documents relating to the 1975 over-flights," he wrote. "And
there is a possibility that you may be right that someone did
tip off the Enquirer with the intention of discrediting the
information. [In respect to his contacts with UFO sources, again
his memory wanders] This whole thing surprises me because I have
no recollection of receiving such a phone call, nor do I
remember working with Brad Sparks [the other researcher
mentioned in his notes] on these incidents," Pratt added.

So we learn that Sparks has not approached the "PRATT SENSITIVE"
files from a disinterested perspective. He had a history with
Pratt, and we should know more about it. We are told further
that Pratt secretly recorded telephone conversations concerning
Moore and Doty leaking research by UFO researcher and nuclear
physicist Stanton Friedman. It is on the basis of Pratt, Moore
and Doty - that Sparks's contentious paper alleges its proof.

Real Hoax

=46rom page to page of conspiracy theories qualified by
"supposedly" - "assume/assumes/assumed" -
"seem/seemed/seems/seemingly" (Acrobat software gives an easy
word count of all these instances) there are then juxtaposed
absolute assurances such as: "Moreover there is no known
precedent in AFOSI history or U.S. intelligence history or world
intelligence history of an active duty intelligence officer
forging documents for sale or for profit." MUFON readers will
decide for themselves whether Sparks and Greenwood can know any
such thing.

But readers will not have to decide whether the paper presents
new arguments, since the evidence is crystal clear that it does
not. Perhaps to sad surprise, the paper is a rehash and gloss on
a report published by Philip Klass himself in the "The Skeptics
UFO Newsletter" (SUN) #44, March 1997 - ten years before the
Sparks's paper presented at the recent MUFON conference. (The
Klass article is available after some digging online at:


If it disappears from the Internet, we will be glad to provide a
full copy.) Greenwood and Castner will have to say whether they
knew the paper rehashes Klass, but at the outset of his original
article, Klass compliments Sparks himself by name:

On April 16, 1983 - less than two years before William L. Moore
and Jaime Shandera claim they received the "Top Secret/Eyes
Only" MJ-12 documents from an unknown source - Moore reportedly
sought the reaction of his friend Brad Sparks, a respected UFO
researcher, to the idea of creating such counterfeit government
documents. Sparks strongly recommended against it. Later, when
Sparks called Stanton T. Friedman, he was shocked to discover
that Friedman defended Moore's idea. Moore explained to Sparks
that his and Friedman's efforts to locate persons who had been
involved in (alleged) crashed-saucer recovery operations in New
Mexico, and subsequent related events, had run into a dead end.
During the April 16, 1983, meeting in Berkeley, Calif., Moore
suggested that counterfeit government documents containing
crashed-saucer information could be used to induce former
military personnel to speak out and ignore their secrecy oaths.
Sparks urged Moore not to resort to bogus documents, pointing
out that if they contained any factual errors, this would
identify the documents as counterfeit to those privy to the true
facts. This, Sparks warned, could ruin Moore's reputation. SUN
first learned of Sparks' involvement in mid-1991 but he was
reluctant to speak out.

We wonder, honestly, how Klass knew Sparks's thoughts.
Nevertheless, from there, Klass's article covers the arguments
that the current Sparks paper presents as new, although now they
are presented with the patina of allegedly new evidence from
Pratt's possibly covert telephone recordings. It is interesting
that Klass even cites how "extremely painstaking analysis by
UFO-researcher Robert G. Todd has revealed one of the cleverest
counterfeit Roswell-related documents ever discovered". Sparks
likewise cites Todd seven times in the recent paper. We invite
MUFON readers and serious researchers to observe the multiple
parallels between the Klass article and the current paper. They
could not be more plain.

The hoax, we think, might be to argue that Sparks's paper
represents anything significant or new - except perhaps the
"wilderness of mirrors" in which some UFO researchers (Sparks
and Moore), prominent debunkers (Klass), tabloid reporters
(Pratt) and government agents (Doty) have conducted decades of
hidden discussions - more than most of us realize.


We keep going back to seeking the evidence. That is the task of
the Majestic Documents Research Team. Again, Sparks (and
Greenwood or Castner?) state that "the overly accepting Woods
have apparently never met an MJ-12 document they did not like."
Interestingly, the precursor Klass article brings up the so-
called Aquarius briefing, as does Sparks in his rehash. In point
of fact, as noted above, Dr. Bob Wood has stated that he does
not believe the Aquarius document is authentic. We recognize
that the Majestic documents may be tainted with some that
"poison the barrel." We do not know the actual motives if this
is the case, though we do know clearly that this is a well
established disinformation technique. Pratt himself quotes
estimates that it would take only a minimal effort by security
agencies to co-opt and compromise "ufology" organizations. The
same is true of seeking to discredit valid leaked documents.

We are ready to believe or disbelieve based on the truth
indicated by open evidence and sound reasoning. Our team's
website (a) discusses explicit issues of authentication; (b)
assigns ratings based on explicit factors, which differentiates
documents; and (c) candidly discusses psychological warfare and
disinformation. Ryan Wood of our team was the first to report in
the highly praised book MAJIC EYES ONLY that the source known as
"Cantwheel" admitted some of the documents he conveyed were
"obvious fakes" re-typed from originals so that the recipient
would not be vulnerable under espionage laws. Wood writes
candidly that this must "raise questions about apparent delivery
of some documents in facsimile, designed to avoid legal
consequences. We must research this further, and it does raise
serious questions."

We do not have space in this article to provide exhaustive
discussion of our research over the past decade into the
Majestic documents. We have published steadily in print and
online - as has Stanton Friedman and others - and we will
continue the professional discussion this November at the fifth
annual "UFO Crash-Retrieval Conference" in Las Vegas, NV.
Nevertheless, let us offer a few final comments here.

The Sparks paper makes repeated disparaging statements about Mr.
Timothy Cooper. We do know from an official citation that
Cooper's father was commended for work on the Air Force UFO
program, which could explain why Tim Cooper might be trusted as
a recipient of a number of the MJ-12 transmittals. In a detailed
presentation to the Society for Scientific Exploration in 2004,
Dr. Wood documented that 103 documents totaling 3,766 pages had
emerged from multiple sources, not only through Cooper as
sometimes alleged. He noted that expert forensic analysis had
not supported allegations that Cooper had typed the documents.
Cooper - who has never sought publicity nor money for the
documents, some of which he himself doubted - voluntarily took a
lie detector test concerning the documents and did poorly only
on questions relating to revealing source names he had sworn to

What we do know is that we have found extensive corroboration of
the documents' content from known and accepted sources, as well
as detailed and before-unknown correspondence of MJ-12 documents
to others accepted as authentic. Not all documents present the
same level of assurance, although some are convincing.
Furthermore, among the documents are some that we have in
original paper and ink. Expert forensic testing finds that the
paper and ink fit their claimed historical timeframe. Elsewhere
we have discussed openly and in detail the reasons we believe
this body of documents - whose volume, variety and detail are
staggering - deserve serious, intensive study.

Even then, in theory, they could be faked with the extensive
funds, underlying research, and exhaustive man-hours of a
determined and expert intelligence apparatus. But we have not
yet by any means come to this conclusion. Some could be faked to
"muddy the waters" and discredit authentic leaks. While Sparks's
paper (Greenwood may agree or possibly Castner?) theorizes that
the MJ-12 documents (all 3,766 pages in exacting, varied detail)
were faked by a few Air Force miscreants in New Mexico and
deceived the na=EFve CIA itself, we know from excellent work by
one of our team members that some documents were mailed to
Cooper with postage from a meter that was traced to CIA
Headquarters. At root, the MJ-12 papers describe elusive, UFO
phenomena that thousands of people have observed worldwide and
that have not, we believe, all been faked by the United States
Air Force. Nor, we believe, have all these documents.


One area in which we must agree with Sparks, Greenwood (and
Castner?) is this: some entities have acted aggressively to
deceive and subvert UFO research in the public realm. No doubt,
given the infamous and clumsy Doty affair, the Air Force Office
of Special Investigations has played a part. But we find no
evidence to support Sparks's and Greenwood's conclusion that the
MJ-12 documents come from a few 'lone-gunman' hoaxers at
Kirtland AFB. A longtime expert consultant to the authors gave
us permission to quote him directly (though he frankly avoids
professional association with "ufology"):

Having served in matters with the White House, the Pentagon, the
State Department, and the Intelligence Community, I can say that
the paper's conclusion has no bearing on how government works.
The welter of supposition that leads to claiming a mid-level
enlisted man fronting for a few security officers in a single
OSI district in New Mexico discounts ample evidence that DCI
Smith and the Psychological Strategy Board were involved deeply
with this subject well beyond the Air Force. That a local AFOSI
office would feel free to fake NSC documents is akin to the
counter help at McDonalds feeling free to write and publish a
false corporate annual report and expect it to fly on Wall
Street. The very last thing such a group could do is to fake
other agencies' documents without incurring extraordinary
bureaucratic and political penalties. The gratuitous argument
about the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (IPU), thrown in with
the kitchen sink, runs counter to publicly admitted facts and
has nothing to do with the Pratt materials. The author has a
penchant for claiming inside knowledge that he refuses to reveal
or substantiate.

While the recent MUFON paper stands principally on its claims to
privileged access not only to Pratt's notes and "secret"
telephone recordings but also to a vast trove of alleged
"insider" information from military, intelligence and other
government sources, it is reasonable to ask whether and how
Sparks and his cohorts could know what they claim. What has been
their involvement, and by what expertise can they tell us how
the Executive Office of the President (the institutional home
for the National Security Council) actually functions with
regard to UFOs? And how has their interpretation of alleged
"inside" knowledge been influenced by pre-existing relationships
between Sparks, Moore, Doty, Pratt and Klass? There are
connections and disconnections that require considerably greater

These honest questions reflect a general problem in studying
UFOs and related institutions and commentators. The Majestic 12
documents report perhaps the most intensive effort ever imagined
to hide UFO phenomena in order to preserve power and privilege
(some legitimate, some not). Can we doubt that such efforts
would include classic ploys to discredit leaks, denigrate open
research, and confuse and fracture public and professional

During the years in which the "PRATT SENSITIVE" files were
withheld even from dues-paying MUFON members and expert
advisors, we must conclude that the public ufology organizations
have been as jealous of their own files as the intelligence
agencies have been of theirs! (Some have argued that ufology
organizations are convenient instruments for security agencies
to keep tabs on public awareness of specific sightings and of
leaks, though we hope not to go so far!). In the midst of
secrecy, uncertain intentions and misty credentials, some
ufology data have certainly sparked sensationalism here and
there  -  bred more heat than light  -  but ultimately been lost
or buried as factions fall prey, despite the best efforts of
honorable persons, to incapacity, manipulation and finally


After careful study of MUFON's paper, we are not dissuaded from
further Majestic document research. In fact, we believe that the
importance of these documents remains clear. The Majestic 12
documents are either the fire, or they are the smoke from the
fire. Just as we endorse those who honestly and capably seek
physical evidence and while we admire the pioneers who have
explored psycho-spiritual implications of UFOs  -  we must also
face that the revolutionary possibility of visitation by non-
human sentience must have surely engaged our political,
military, intelligence and other social institutions at a deep
level. The Majestic 12 documents  -  including those that may
have been faked for purposes important to discover - can
illuminate these issues.

New views, even controversial, can be valuable, so we do not
object to honest debate. Yet we believe this latest paper from
Sparks, MUFON and perhaps others (we need to know, for example,
what Greenwood and Castner have to say for themselves) raises
keen questions about the standards of evidence, caliber of
reasoning and processes of professional discourse affecting UFO
studies  -  versus the standards in professional disciplines
where many of us have worked at responsible levels for decades.
We will discuss this further at the fifth annual UFO Crash
Retrieval Conference in Las Vegas this November .

This paper leads us to consider that there are important
systemic issues determining whether "ufology" proves to have
enduring value, or is bypassed in years to come by far stronger
institutions in the mainstream. That is, whether "ufology"
advances to the mainstream in line with the standards of
scholarly integrity, due process and credentialing that typify
the best of modern science in a free society. The challenge is
clear for public ufology organizations: They must do what they
have long sought from government. They must open their files for
full, free and open research. Make their data sets fully
available. That way, we will lessen the instances of
unproductive grandstanding; selective release of "secret" files
for the claims of a few; and embarrassing spats that have long
discredited the UFO field.

Finally, we want to be clear. The Majestic Documents Research
Team does not question the great majority of military and
intelligence professionals who honorably defend our Nation.
There are secrets that should be kept, and laws with
institutional checks and balances that govern how this is done.
On this too - the collective of Sparks, Greenwood, Pratt, Moore,
Doty and Klass do not enlighten us.

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