Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Latest Trailer for the Dream Team!

Breaking news - I was just sent a super-duper advance look at the next trailer for the Dream Team's My 5th "Roswell Slides" release in Mexico City. What make this interesting is that all of the members are in it.


Paul Kimball 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Walter Haut & Glenn Dennis - The Roswell UFO Museum and Stan Friedman

Stepping away from the "slides" imbroglio for a bit, but remaining with Roswell, here is a clip from an interview I conducted with Glenn Dennis and Walter Haut in 2001 wherein they discuss the Roswell UFO museum and their relationship with Stan Friedman.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adam Dew - A New Ray Santilli for the 21st Century

Yes, I recognize that by posting this I am helping Dew's viral marketing campaign, but it's all so amusing from a cultural studies perspective that I can't resist. I actually admire his chutzpah. The only question that remains is whether or not the "Dream Team" are actors in the play that is unfolding, or whether they are merely props. 

 Paul Kimball

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Steve Hudgeons of MUFON on the "Roswell Slides"

Steve Hudgeons is the Director of Investigations for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), an organization that is not exactly a paragon of skeptical thinking, as can be seen by the fact that it employs the likes of John Ventre and Roger Marsh in leadership positions (where they serve as de facto public spokespersons), and by the organization's involvement in the ridiculous television series Hangar 1. In short, MUFON is an organization that buys into the extraterrestrial hypothesis hook, line and sinker, no matter how much they might claim to pursue a scientific and objective stance when it comes to looking into UFOs. So while Hudegons might be a more reasonable sort than Ventre or Marsh, it's important to remember that in MUFON reasonableness is a sliding scale... it's like marking on the curve. The point is that Hudgeons is a key leader of an organization that is intellectually and institutionally committed to the notion that space aliens have visited Earth, and that a spaceship crashed near Roswell in 1947. He himself adheres to these beliefs. In short, he is part of the key foundational target market for the purveyors of the Roswell "slides".

Which makes what he wrote about the Roswell "slides" in a series of recent posts on the MUFON Facebook page most interesting:
two items red flag me……one it is “blurred" is looking at the camera........
- not the eyes….the head… pointed toward the camera.....that alone is a dead give away that it is fake to me
- you dont TOUCH an alien body…….unless you are well covered
- you dont pose an alien body for a camera…… photo what you have…as it want a different move the camera
- humans are not….special………a dead alien dont move them around
- a dead alien body will be frozen away out of any sunlight
- if you are of the opinion that this is real…..great…tell me why you think so
- if this is real…..great......
- also of note………look at the mouth…….this mouth is open.........all witnesses of Greys say the mouth is a small slit
- can you show me ONE witness that says the Alien they saw was ready to eat a foot long hotdog?
- Im not saying Aliens in general are non existant …I am saying that IMO this photo is fake
[editor's note - all typos are from the original text]
It is important to note that Hudgeons doesn't say that the slides couldn't represent aliens because there is no evidence that aliens have never visited Earth (which is what a hard-core skeptic might lead off with) - indeed, as is clear from the exchange, he not only believes that aliens have visited Earth, but that they have crashed here, that the government has retrieved their bodies, and that there are procedures and protocols in place for handling those bodies.

In short, here you have a guy who is absolutely committed to the belief that the government is hiding alien bodies from the crash of a spaceship in 1947... and even he doesn't buy the Roswell "slides" story!

For anyone still wondering why the Dream Team hooked up with Jaime Maussan and is taking their dog-and-pony show to Mexico City in May, here is your answer in a nutshell - because they are so far out of the mainstream within pro-ETH, pro-Roswell American ufology that even someone like Steve Hudgeons can see that it's all bogus.

As Bart Simpson would say: "Ay caramba!"

Paul Kimball

Friday, February 13, 2015

BREAKING NEWS - "Roswell Slides" in Shocking Video Footage

A secret source of mine within the NSA just sent this above top secret video clip of one of the aliens from the Roswell slides group - apparently one died in the crash, but his co-pilot survived and was integrated into American society without anyone in the general public knowing it. 


Paul Kimball

"Hacking" the Roswell Slides

My good friend Nick Redfern has a new column written at Mysterious Universe wherein he discusses the alleged hacking episode of the broader Roswell slides story. Nick maintains that it's "impossible" that a Dream Teamers would be involved in the hacking, largely because, he says, they wouldn't hack their own e-mail and then call law enforcement. And yet, I know people who have done exactly that, from first-hand experience.
When I was stationed with the RCMP in northern Cape Breton years ago, we were called to investigate a crime - property destruction - where the owner wanted us to believe that his neighbour had done it. Indeed, many of the indications pointed to the neighbour, with whom the complainant had a long-running feud. The only problem was that unbeknownst to the complainant, the neighbour had an air-tight alibi for the night in question... at which point we started to smell something fishy. Eventually, the complainant admitted he had done it himself to try and get his arch-enemy in trouble.
Stupid? Perhaps. But it happens, particularly when one has a motive and potential reward that they judge outweighs any risk. It's a question of a cost-benefit analysis.
Which brings us back to the "hacking" case with the slides. Nick rightly dismisses the idea of government involvement. Unless you're the truest of true believers, then I'm sure you do as well. His prime suspect is some other UFO researcher. But that strikes me as unlikely. There's no motive, other than the possibility of finding the slides and then... what? Posting them? As soon as that happened, he would identify himself as the hacker, or if someone else did it for him it would be traced back pretty quickly. That would be truly stupid given that the payoff would be so penny ante.
No, the people with motive and opportunity would have been the Dream Teamers, because something like having your e-mail hacked is gold if you're trying to build a con based on a conspiracy narrative, which is what the slides story is really all about at its core. The payoff is potentially huge (that 10,000 seat arena in Mexico City just being the lucrative start). Given that, then someone on the Dream Team - and let's recall that Donald Schmitt has a proven record of underhanded activities, and now they have linked up with one of the most disreputable hucksters out there, Jaime Maussan - could easily have judged it worth any risk.
A report to the FBI might have been an unintended consequence, or maybe it was all part of the plan, to add a little extra juice. Because here's the real truth - unless the hacking involved terrorism or corporate espionage, the FBI was highly unlikely to do anything other than a quick pro forma "investigation" and then move on to more important things... particularly when they realized it was UFO nuts (in their eyes) making the complaint. And that seems to be exactly what happened, at least to me. When I conduct a cost-benefit analysis, the risks are just as low for Dream Teamers as any ufologist (and probably lower), while the rewards are the highest.
My friend Nick? An unwitting part of it all, who is giving the "hackers" even more of what I have no doubt they were after all the time. - publicity. They are no doubt sitting back and saying, "mission accomplished" as they plan their trip to Mexico City.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jon Mullane EPK clip from Roundabout

A clip from the EPK for my most recent film wherein Jon Mullane, one of the musicians featured on the soundtrack, discusses his interest in UFOs, and how that mutual interest first brought us together. Bless the Space Brothers!

Paul Kimball

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Roswell Slides - You Decide!

The Roswell slides are out now. Have your say - what do they show! I'll leave the voting open until the end of February. If you pick "something else," please leave a comment with what you think that "something else" might be.

The Roswell slides are:
Pictures of a dead extraterrestrial being from Roswell in 1947
A hoax
Pictures of a human body with some form of physical deformity
Something else (please leave a comment)


Personally, when push came to shove I voted for a hoax, but that's because I think the slides represent a human body with a deformity that the Dream Team are purposefully representing as a dead alien despite knowing better, which to me ultimately makes it a hoax, in a "meta" sense. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, February 07, 2015

2014 Zorgy Awards

After a few years the Zorgy Awards have returned, as Aaron Gulyas joined me and Greg Bishop on Radio Misterioso to discuss the best (mostly) of the paranormal subculture in 2014, and what might be in store for the year to come. You can tune in to the podcast here.

Paul Kimball

Friday, February 06, 2015

Meet Jaime Maussan, the Ringmaster of the Upcoming Roswell Slides Circus

Behold! Here is the man the Roswell Dream Team will be appearing with in Mexico City to reveal the earth-shattering, proof-positive-of-aliens Roswell slides - Jaime Maussan, seen in this video on Mexican television endorsing one of the worst and most obvious frauds in UFO history, "Jonathan Reed"

If the Dream Team had any self-respect, and any intellectual integrity, they would walk away from this now. But they won't. Schmitt and Carey will be there in person. Randle and Bragalia will continue to support them, and through them Maussan and his circus. The potential payday is too great, the depths of their belief too deep, the lure of the stage and a moment of cheap and fleeting fame impossible for them to resist. Like moths to a flame, they are being drawn for different reasons to their doom. 

The Reed video is instructive. Reed had already been exposed in the US - Mexico and Maussan were his last stop, his last cash in. That's what I think we're seeing here with the Roswell slides - it's the end of the road for Roswell, and the Dream Team are off to Mexico for various reasons (profit, ego, true belief... a mixture of all three in some cases) because they just can't bring themselves to get out. They're in too deep. Mexico City isn't the beginning that they're promising; it's the end, for both the Dream Team... and for the Roswell story.

Paul Kimball

Countdown to Roswell Slides Extravaganza!!

And the countdown is on (Eastern Standard Time)!!

The end is nigh!!!!

Paul Kimball

The Face of "Disclosure" and Roswellism

Roswellism and "disclosure" are subjects that appeal to our greatest minds - the Newtons of the 21st century. Pathetic and poignant at the same time, as Bruce Duensing noted at my Facebook page.

Paul Kimball

Tim Hebert: The Holy Relics of Roswell

Tim Hebert has penned an acerbic, witty and completely spot on take about Bernerd Ray and the Roswell slides.

An excerpt:
As of yesterday, Ufology was on the verge of canonizing a new saint, Bernerd Ray. The blessed Ray had descended from a holy mount, not holding two tablets, but possessing two photos. This precious gift would change the destiny of humanity...turn the cosmos on its eternal axis. The truth was to be shown to the faithful.
Roaming a desolate desert, a prophet was calling out to the UFO faithful, "Rejoice...Rejoice...for the alien photos have arrived from on high" "Do not ask questions of me for I am not worthy to reveal the truth...for I am a mere messenger."
You can read the entire column at Tim's excellent blog "Did It Really Happen?" .

Paul Kimball

Roswell Slides - When The Heart Rules The Mind

Today's puzzler - who wrote this about the Roswell slides:
"I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you the problem with these slides… oh, and the man who has them now and who has approached a number of media outlets attempting to sell them, is a graphic artist... I really don’t believe the photos to be real. This is the alien autopsy without the motion, without the photographer, or without a chain of custody."
Dream Team member Kevin Randle wrote that to me in 2013. Those quotes are not taken out of context, and have been published here before, much to the chagrin of true believers, but given the latest media blitz by the slides promoters, and the short memory that people have, I thought I would offer them as a reminder that even Dream Teamer Randle could see this whole mess for what it really is. I genuinely feel sorry for him, in the sense that he is so psychologically attached to the Roswell case that he could't bring himself to divorce himself from this seedy episode, and the seedy people involved, even when he knew beyond any reasonable doubt that he should. After all, according to Randle, the whole thing started out much differently, at least for him:
"Two years ago we had a meeting (and a few others since then) about doing the ultimate Roswell book. I told him [Carey], and Schmitt after Tom invited him aboard, that for this to work, we’d need to come up with something new and exciting. I said that we could review the data as presented, weed out the crap, and present the case as dispassionately as possible, but we needed something beyond the witness testimony and the few documents held."
Is a carnival show in a 10,000 seat auditorium in Mexico City, hosted UFO huckster Jaime Maussan, the dispassionate presentation that Randle claimed he was looking for? Are the breathless postings by Anthony Bragalia that Randle still presents at his blog in line with what he claimed he wanted out of this? Of course not. But instead of taking the opportunity to walk away at any time when things started to go off the rails, or to expose the shenanigans taking place behind the scenes, Randle kept silent and stays publicly supportive. 

The 1980s rock supergroup GTR summed it up perfectly in their hit, "When The Heart Rules The Mind":
When the heart rules the mind
One look and love is blind
When you want the dream to last
Take a chance forget the past 
In May, the Roswell slides promoters (Maussan, Schmitt, Dew, Carey, and whomever else jumps aboard the gravy train headed to Mexico City) - just as was the case with the MJ-12 document creators, and Bob Lazar, and Steven Greer, and Ray Santilli in years past - will hope that everyone is poor Kevin Randle: people willing to forget the past in an attempt to make the dream last just a little bit longer.

Paul Kimball

P.S. Don't worry, folks - your comments are welcomed here, even when they are critical of me or my views (so long as they don't cross the line into libel or contain profanity)... and they won't disappear on you without warning.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Roswell Slides Carnival - 5 February 2015

It continues. After watching this, I expect someone to lead me to a tent with a bearded lady or a two-headed goat, followed by the hall of horror and then some cotton candy.

As if Schmitt and Maussan weren't bad enough, now we have Carol Rosin as well! They might as well invite Greer and Bassett and call it a Mexican X-Con.

A Dream Team, indeed!

Paul Kimball

Ghost Cases on Amazon Prime

My Ghost Cases co-host Holly Stevens and yours truly at the 2009 Atlantic Film Festival.

And now, a bit of shameless self-promotion. Looks like my old series Ghost Cases is finally available in the United States. It's not the greatest show ever made, but my co-host Holly Stevens and I approached our task with diligence and honest skepticism, and I'm proud of that. Plus, we had a rollicking good time and got paid for it. I call that a "win"!

You can find it here.

Paul Kimball

The Roswell Slides - DOA

Competent researchers, whether they are historians or physicists or lawyers or anything else, make sure they have their ducks in a row before they go public. Modern UFO true believers / con-men (take your pick when determining motivation) like Anthony Bragalia, Donald Schmitt, and the rest of the Dream Team almost always do not. The Roswell slides are the perfect example.

The story is already Dead on Arrival thanks to claims made by Bragalia et al that the people who supposedly took the pictures of the alleged alien bodies in 1947, Bernerd and Hilda Ray, had a close connection to all sorts of people, including General (later President) Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now, as I pointed out just a few hours ago, if you are going to make such a claim you better have the evidence to back it up - things like letters between Eisenhower and the Rays, and records of meetings in Eisenhower's appointment book, and multiple photos of them together in something other than a purely public setting. Preferably, you should have all of the above, particularly when much of your case hinges on establishing that connection, which would show that the Ray's were perhaps important enough to Eisenhower to be granted access to the alien bodies. I know, I know... it's a ridiculous stretch to believe that even if they were close Eisenhower or anyone else would allow the Rays to see the dead aliens and take photos (remember, this is the biggest secret in the world according to Roswell proponents), but we're talking about just the ground floor here of erecting a foundation. They should at least be able to get this basic question of Eisenhower and the Rays right.

But they can't. The claims of Bragalia et al that the Rays were important and had a close connection to Eisenhower rested on two slides that they alleged showed Bernerd Ray next to Eisenhower at a public event. That's it. 

As I noted in The Roswell Slides and Bad History, this would not have been nearly enough - in his career, Eisenhower stood next to thousands of local functionaries, party supporters, well-wishers and so forth at campaign stops and other public functions. Two slides of Bernerd Ray next to Eisenhower would only establish that Ray was one of those thousands of people; nothing more.

That was bad history on a theoretical basis by Bragalia et al, but it gets even worse when you get to the practical matter at hand, namely the question of whether or not that is actually Bernerd Ray in the photos with Eisenhower. While I didn't have time to look into the matter further last night (I posted just before I went to bed), others did, as I knew they would (that's the great thing about the Internet - someone will always step up to the plate when you raise an issue), and in a piece of very basic, actual research by Tim Printy of SunLite, it turns out that the man next to Eisenhower in those two slides isn't Bernerd Ray at al, but rather Milton Eisenhower, the younger brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Holey moley, Batman! Not only did Bragalia and the Dream Team commit bad history from a theoretical perspective, but they committed blundering, basic "fail first year history 101" from a practical perspective. A simple matter to check, which I presume took Printy perhaps an hour or so, was screwed up the Bragalia et al. 

This is why I say that the "Roswell slides" are Dead on Arrival. After years of looking into these things, Bragalia et al couldn't even get the identity of the man standing next to Eisenhower in the slides correct. Instead, they just went ahead and claimed that it was Bernerd Ray, and then made the unfounded leap to a conclusion that Ray and Eisenhower were closely connected. Not only did they not have their ducks in a row on this basic point... they had misidentified the ducks altogether.

Any objective person should at this point lose all confidence in the research abilities of the Dream Team. If those abilities ever existed (and when you look at their body of work I don't think they ever did, but people can debate that amongst themselves), they have clearly been completely compromised by either true belief or a profit motive (again, take your pick - in the case of Bragalia I think it is true believerism, which is less egregious, whereas with someone like Schmitt or Maussan I have little doubt it's profit mixed in with ego). Jaime Maussan won't care, and neither will the Dream Team - they will shrug this off and charge forward to Mexico City on May 5th with their big, 10,000 seat auditorium dog-and-pony show. But for anyone else besides the most gullible of Roswell true believers, the story must end here.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Roswell "Slides" and Bad History

Much ado is being made today about the Roswell "slides," which proponents such as Anthony Bragalia and Donald Schmitt claim show a dead alien body in 1947, supposedly the victim of a crash near Roswell, New Mexico. A big reveal is being staged on May 5th in Mexico City presented by UFO huckster Jaime Maussan, which should tell you all you need to know about the authenticity of the slides. But I'll leave it up to others to deal with Maussan. As someone who has an actual degree in history, my particular beef is with claims made by everyone from Bragalia to Kevin Randle that the people who allegedly took the pictures, a geologist named Bernerd Ray and his wife, a lawyer named Hilda Ray, had significant connections to important people, including Dwight D. Eisenhower. Presumably they think this is important, because then they will be able to say something along the lines of "well, Ike let them see the body, which is how they got the photos," because, well, that's what a security conscious former 5-star general and future President would do with the world's biggest secret. 

Anyway, it's all moot, because no evidence has been offered of any substantial connection to Eisenhower. What we have been given are two slides that Bragalia et al claim show Bernerd Ray near Eisenhower at what appears to be some sort of whistle stop in what I presume is the mid to late 1940s. So far as I can tell, that's it. Assuming for the moment it is indeed Ray in the photo just for the sake of argument (others are working to determine if it is so I'll leave it to them to report back), we have the important question, from the basis of historiography, of whether you could determine anything about the nature of the relationship between Ray and Eisenhower From just these two slides. The Roswell "Dream Team" clearly believe you can - they have jumped to the conclusion that the Rays were connected to Eisenhower, and presumably others. But they are wrong on principle, and in practice.

Here's the problem (as any first year history student would be able to tell you): Eisenhower made literally hundreds of campaign stops and victory tour events during his career. Was every single person who might have stood near him "closely connected"? Hardly. What one would need to see in order to establish that would be things like correspondence from the Rays to Eisenhower and vice versa, which in Eisenhower's case shouldn't be hard to find, as well as entries in Eisenhowers's appointment schedule for times when he would have been with the Rays. Again, shouldn't be hard to find. Do those things exist... Or do we just have these slides?

Eisenhower and hundreds of "close connections" in 1952.

In short, there has been no evidence presented of any true significance of a connection to Eisenhower other than a couple of slides which Bragalia et al claim show Ray near him at some public function. And given that things were much freer back then and all sorts of people could and did get close to even Presidents, particularly at very public rallies, this is meaningless. If you want to make the claim that the Rays were connected to Eisenhower, fine - show us proper evidence that makes the case. A couple of random slides don't allow you to make that leap in logic. 

Real historians know these things, and they know enough to place things in context and to demand more proof than a couple of slides to establish any kind of meaningful connection; amateurs do not.

But as my friend Gilles Fernandez would say, "that's ufology."

Paul Kimball

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Rev. Barry Downing: The Bible and Flying Saucers

The third episode of Ufology Unplugged features an interview I conducted with Rev. Barry Downing in 2001. Downing is best known as the author of The Bible and Flying Saucers, one of the earliest and most influential works in the "ancient aliens" ouevre. In this interview he discusses his work and his theories, particularly the idea that the stories of the Bible may not be supernatural in nature but rather may represent tales of human contact with advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.

Paul Kimball

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Shag Harbour UFO case - What the people involved thought it was

Most people within ufology have seen the headline in the Halifax Chronicle Herald from Saturday, 7 October 1967, which read: "Could Be Something Concrete in Shag Harbour UFO - RCAF," largely because it is the more sensational one. But here is the follow-up reportage a few days later - still rife with speculation and uncertainty (understandable all things considered), but also showing that an ET spacecraft was the furthest thing from anyone's mind. The explanation that most people credited was a secret American craft of some sort... which is what Laurie Wickens, the first person to see the UFO and report it, still thinks it was, all these years later - and I agree.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The New York Times' Roswell coverage in 1947

I was doing some archival research today on non-UFO related history at Acadia University, and I took the opportunity to check the New York Times on microfilm for their version of the Roswell "crash"... and here it is. What I found particularly interesting was the coverage the "flying disc" phenomenon was getting in the week before the Roswell incident, stemming from the Kenneth Arnold sighting in June, 1947. Flying saucers were certainly in the news, and imaginations were working overtime, which is probably the biggest reason why the people who jumped the gun and released the press release about the "Roswell crash" got it wrong... and then had to retract their error shortly thereafter and use the weather balloon cover story for what they had really found - the top secret Project Mogul. Anyone who thinks those kinds of things can't happen to even the best of us just doesn't understand human nature.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Steven Greer: Disclosure

The second episode of "Ufology Unplugged" consists of a 2001 interview I conducted with Steven Greer, the controversial founder of the Disclosure Project, intermixed with a clip of Greer speaking at the 2001 MUFON Symposium press conference. Greer talks about the disclosure of what he claims is the cover-up of the reality of ET visiting Earth and reverse-engineered free energy that is being withheld from the human race by a secret cabal of government and corporate insiders. 

Paul Kimball

The Bookshelf

Most of my "weird" books are in boxes in a storage locker (at over 150 paranormal-related ones, it's just too much for my apartment) - these are some of the ones I have on hand. It's an eclectic bunch, that's for sure.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Randy Barnes: Contact Experiences

In this episode of "Ufology Unplugged" I present a 2003 interview I conducted with American contactee Randy Barnes in Aztec, New Mexico. Barnes describes his long history of what he claims are "contact" experiences with extraterrestrials, and offers some thoughts on what it might all mean. Besides his "contact" experiences, Barnes was one of the key research partners of Scott Ramsey in his re-investigation of the 1948 Aztec UFO hoax.

Paul Kimball

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rob Swiatek - FUFOR and "Final Report on Operation Majestic 12"

Rob Swiatek of the Fund for UFO Research talks about the early days of MJ-12 research and how FUFOR came to fund Stan Friedman's "Final Report on Operation Majestic 12" in the late 1980s. An excerpt from an interview I conducted with Rob in Aztec, New Mexico, in 2003. 

Paul Kimball

Dr. John Mack - Alien Reality and Humanity

From my video vault - John Mack speaking at the 2001 MUFON Symposium press conference about the media and UFOs, and anthropocentric humanism and how an alien reality would change the way we view ourselves, and the society that we have created. Stan Friedman makes a cameo appearance at the end. 

 Paul Kimball

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Episode 1.2: Kevin Randle - Cattle Mutilations

UFO researcher / author Kevin Randle (The Abduction Enigma, The Government UFO Files, Case MJ-12, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell) discusses the cattle mutilation phenomenon, which he investigated in the 1970s for APRO.

Having looked into the cattle mutilation stories myself several years ago, I agree with pretty much everything Randle says here. The more interesting take-away for me from all of this is that most of what Randle says about cattle mutilation investigations, and investigators, is equally applicable to every other type of ufological investigation, whether it be "alien abductions" or crop circles... or Randle's own bread and butter, crashed flying saucers. His great failing is the blind spot that he has always had when it comes to that latter subject.

But as Karl Pflock always said, and it is a sentiment that Randle ironically echoes in this episode - belief can be a powerful thing.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ufology... Unplugged - Pilot Episode

Feature films are my thing now, and I really enjoy it (my two latest films just screened at the Atlantic Film Festival last month to a great reaction and after a couple minor tweaks we'll have done by early November they'll be headed out to the broader festival circuit), but a small part of me remains fascinated by the subculture of Ufology. Fortunately, I've got hundreds of hours of interview footage that I accumulated over my years making documentaries, and I have some free time, so... behold - Ufology... Unplugged! A project I've been meaning to get to for some time. 

In the pilot episode I pull excerpts from two separate interviews with Stan Friedman. The first was in September, 2001 - Stan discusses his thoughts on Steven Greer and the Disclosure Project, which was the "big thing" in ufology at the time (and one could argue that it still is). In the second, which was conducted in 2003, Stan talks about his relationship with his former research partner William Moore.

Lots of interesting nuggets in here, but there are three that stand out for me. The first is Stan's line in the Greer interview that "I think that there should be plenty of secrets in the world," which might come as a surprise to some (particularly the forcefulness with which he delivers it here),. Second are his remarks about his disagreements with Moore about UFO Cover-Up Live and the failure of Moore to honour his commitments to people who ordered things from him via mail. Both point to Moore's intrinsic dishonesty (as does Stan's admission that Moore could be "tricky"), and yet he continues to maintain, in the face of everything we know about Moore and Doty, that the MJ-12 documents are bona fide because Moore could not have faked them. Finally, Stan offers a firm denial of the charge leveled against him over the years by Karl Pflock, Kevin Randle, and Brad Sparks, that Stan had discussed the prospect of faking documents with Moore and Shandera.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stanton Friedman - William Moore and MJ-12

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in 2003, Stanton Friedman talks about his relationship with fellow ufologist William Moore, who was his research partner on Roswell and MJ-12 for a decade from the late 1970s through the 1980s.

Much grist for the mill here, most of it centering on the cognitive dissonance of what Stan says about Moore's honesty - "Bill was a tricky guy," "He liked to float proposals, run them up the flag pole and see how people would react," he was committing mail fraud - and his blithe brushing off of the prospect that Moore created the MJ-12 documents by saying that Bill couldn't have know certain details so he couldn't have created the documents. What Stan ignores is the probability that Moore was working with someone else (or a small group of people) who could have found all the needed information, namely Moore's other "partner" in the 1980s - Rick Doty.

As for a motive, Stan details that as well, even as he ignores its implications - Moore's financial problems in the 1980s. Nothing like some fake documents to gin up interest in his cash-cow story (Roswell) which was starting to grow cold.

The MJ-12 story really is that simple. Stan has all the facts at his command, but he just can't see the forest for the trees - a triumph of belief over reason and common sense.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kevin Randle - Alien Abductions

Kevin Randle (co-author of The Abduction Enigma) outlines his views on the "alien abduction" phenomenon in this short clip from an interview I conducted with him in 2001.

Paul Kimball

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kevin Randle - Ufologists as part of the Roswell story

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September 2001, UFO researcher Kevin Randle responds to the assertion by anthropologist Dr. Benson Saler that ufologists have inserted themselves into the Roswell story and therefore become as much a part of the story as the witnesses themselves.

Paul Kimball

Nick Redfern - MJ-12 and the FBI

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted in 2003 with my good friend, author Nick Redfern, he talks about the interest that the FBI had in the MJ-12 documents, and the possible reasons for it.

Paul Kimball

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Stanton Friedman - UFO frauds: Bob Lazar and Philip J. Corso

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with Stan Friedman in 2001, he discusses frauds in UFO research, and focuses on two of the most egregious examples in the past thirty years - Robert Lazar, and Philip J. Corso.

Paul Kimball

Karl Pflock - The creation of the MJ-12 documents

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in 2003, my friend the late Karl Plock (author of Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe) discusses the MJ-12 documents, and who he is convinced was responsible for faking them.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

New Billy Meier "beamship" photo!!

This just in - a new "beamship" photo from Billy Meier!

Clearly this is further indisputable (and tasty) evidence of the Plejaren reality!

Paul Kimball

Bruce Maccabee - The UFO Cover-up

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted in 2003 with Dr. Bruce Maccabee, author of The UFO - FBI Connection, he talks about why he is convinced that the government knows more about the UFO phenomenon than it has told the public.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Karl Pflock - UFO photos and government interest

My good friend, the late Karl Pflock, who served in a variety of posts in the US government before he entered the private sector (including the CIA and the Department of Defence), is seen here talking about some of the conversations he had with people during his time in government about the UFO phenomenon. This footage was shot at the Meet & Greet session at the 2003 Aztec UFO Conference in Aztec, New Mexico, where I was filming a documentary.

Paul Kimball

Rev. Barry Downing - The Religious Implications of the UFO Phenomenon

In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in 2001 in Irvine, California, Rev. Barry Downing (the author of The Bible and Flying Saucers) talks about how various Christian religious traditions view the UFO phenomenon, and how they might react if UFOs were proven to be extraterrestrial.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2001 - Breaking Ufology

The 2001 MUFON Symposium press conference was one of the most surreal things I've seen in the 15 years I've been studying the subculture of ufology. Coming just two months after the Disclosure press conference in Washington of Steven Greer, the press conference at the MUFON Symposium (indeed, the entire symposium), revealed the growing fracture within ufology.

On one side, you had the "old guard" - people like Stanton Friedman, Robert Wood, Barry Downing, Ann Druffel, and Budd Hopkins - who had been researching and talking about UFOs for decades. 

On the other side you had the brash new "revolutionaries," epitomized here by Greer and his cohort Daniel Sheehan. Overtly political, they were willing to go far beyond the simple old flying saucer gospel of the Old Guard by tying the belief that the UFO phenomenon represented extraterrestrial visitation (which is what the Old Guard had been pushing for years) to a determined activist agenda that dealt with a wide range of topics that they saw as related to ET visitation. 

Towards the end of the 2001 MUFON press conference, those tensions / fault lines boiled over, as can be seen in this exchange about the Strategic Defence Initiative between Greer and Sheehan on one side, and an ineffective Druffel on the other. At the end, Hopkins stands up and takes a clear shot at Greer and Sheehan and others like them, to the approval at the end of Friedman (whose body language throughout tells you what he was really thinking about Greer and Sheehan). 

What the Old Guard failed to understand, however, was that the political activism and rampant conspiracism that was being put forward by Greer et al was a natural extension of the things the Old Guard had been talking about for years. In that sense, Greer et al were not a radical departure from traditional ufology, as Hopkins implies - rather, they were the logical result of a world-view that believed (a) aliens were visiting Earth and abducting humans, and (b) that the government was covering it all up. It is why I have called Friedman the Godfather of Exopolitics when I wrote:
Friedman is the de facto Godfather of Exopolitics - in large part, he created the "family" that is modern pro-ET, "Cosmic Watergate" ufology, but like Vito Corleone, he is incapable of taking what he has created and moving it into its next logical phase. Indeed, like the Don, it is a phase that he wants nothing to do with, even as others around him, who have been inspired by him, recognize the logical and inevitable implications of what Friedman has been saying all of these years, and are prepared to act on it, no matter how much he protests.
But while I singled out Stan, it implies to the others as well - Hopkins with his abductions, Wood with his MJ-12 documents, and so forth. If Stan was the Godfather, these other figures were his capos.

For anyone interested in the history of Ufology as a social movement of American society, the 20 minutes in this video are a fascinating look at the year where everything really changed (the 9/11 attacks accelerated the move two months later by fostering even more paranoia and conspiracism), and Disclosure and Exopolitics began their move to become the dominant theme within the subculture.

Paul Kimball

Richard Dolan - The Early History of the UFO Phenomenon and the Government Cover-up

UFO researcher Richard Dolan talks about his research into the early years of the UFO phenomenon, from the Second World War until the end of the Truman administration, in this interview I conducted with him in Aztec, New Mexico, in 2003.

Paul Kimball

Friday, August 29, 2014

Karl Pflock - The Cutler-Twining Memo

UFO researcher / author Karl Pflock discusses the infamous Cutler - Twining Memo (part of the bogus MJ-12 documents) in this 2003 interview I conducted with him at his home in Placitas, New Mexico. He puts to rest the notion that there was no way that the memo could have been faked and then planted at the National Archives, as he reveals that he once did exactly that himself as an experiment.

I miss Karl. He was a good friend, and a rare voice of reason and common sense amongst "ufologists."

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Steven Greer - The Disclosure Project (2001 interview)

My interview of Steven Greer at the 2001 MUFON Symposium in Irvine, California. He discusses the Disclosure Project, government secrecy, abductions, and other topics. I always edit an interview to delete my questions, but I left them in this time because I think watching Greer fidget when someone else is talking is instructive.

On the particular false claim by Greer of his "briefing" of former CIA Director James Woolsey, see Woolsey vs. Greer, which I wrote back in 2005. 

Paul Kimball

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bruce Maccabee: The UFO Cover-up Begins, 1947 - 1952

In this excerpt from an interview I shot in Aztec, New Mexico in 2003, UFO researcher/ author Dr. Bruce Maccabee (author of UFO/FBI Connection: The Secret History of the Government's Cover-Up) discusses the early days of the US government's alleged cover-up of the ET origins of the UFO phenomenon, culminating in the 1952 Washington, D.C. case.

Paul Kimball

John Mack - Hypnosis and "alien abduction" research

In this clip from footage I shot of the press conference at the 2001 MUFON Symposium in Irvine, California, Dr. John Mack answers a question about the efficacy of using hypnosis for "alien abduction" research.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Karl Pflock - Witnesses and the Government response to the "Roswell Incident"

In this clip from an interview I conducted with the late Karl Pflock in September, 2001, the author of Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe, discusses the dearth of quality witnesses to anything "extraterrestrial" at Roswell in 1947, as well as the nature of the government's response to the incident, and UFOs in general, and how it points not to a cover-up of crashed spaceships but rather the opposite.

Paul Kimball

Kevin Randle - "Why Project Mogul doesn't explain the 1947 Roswell UFO crash"

In this 2001 interview I conducted with UFO researcher Kevin Randle, he outlines why he thinks that the explanation offered by the USAF for the 1947 Roswell Incident - Project Mogul - does not fit the facts. 

Paul Kimball