From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul> Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:16:04 -0500 Archived: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 09:01:14 -0400 Subject: Re: Prosecuting UFO Hoaxers >From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul> >To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 07:20:58 +0100 >Subject: Re: Prosecuting UFO Hoaxers >>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul> >>To: ufoupdates.nul >>Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 11:41:34 EDT >>Subject: Prosecuting UFO Hoaxers >>I'm to meet with some attorney pals and I'll bring up the >>subject of prosecuting hoaxers and outright fraudulent UFO >>hoaxers and scam artists. >>I had made the mistake of thinking it was legal to perpetrate a >>good joke but apparently it all depends on several factors. >>Pulling someone's leg isn't against the law but when you sign >>documents, contracts etc. stating you're telling the truth in >>exchange for money and those documents go before the court it's >>a different ball of wax. >Ask them what the position is with people who make money from >writing books which are clearly fiction but are marketed as non- >fiction. To which people are you referring? Who has been guilty of a hoax of the magnitude, say, of the Hitler Diaries or the bogus Howard Hughes biography in the UFO field? I can think of some authors who've been highly selective in the facts they choose to cite and the interpretations of the facts that they will acknowledge as possible, including those on the allegedly skeptical (or sceptical) side of the debate. But I can't think of anything of significance that seemed to be a deliberate hoax since the Lazar stuff (which was pretty soundly debunked by Stand Friedman). You woundn't be making another blanket accusation of all 'Pro' UFO authors, would you?
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