The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Roswell Slides: Not Interested!

I contacted several journalist friends with the Roswell slide story, hoping to get them to one-up the (allegedly) pending presentation on one of the fringe networks (History or Science?).

Noted Poynter freelancer Jim Romenesko was not interested but wanted to know which fringe network was involved. (I told him History or Discovery, although I have no idea).

Dan Spalding, a Chicago area reporter, passed.

And my CNN contact wrote back that his network had passed on the matter, because of the people involved (Roswell promoters) when it was presented to them earlier and doubted they would be interested now, but he'll let me know.

While UFO stories -- serious stories -- are rarely covered by news media, Roswell seems to be really taboo, the "incident" encrusted with fraud and lies and a kind of social hysteria that demeaned the topic years ago.

So, it seems we'll have to wait for the presentation charade to see what happens.

As a local TV reporter told me, in the world today, Roswell is a beleaguered story without societal value.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Albrecht Durer's UFO?

Did German artist Albrecht Durer [1471-1528] who lived and worked in Nuremberg, where those famous broadsheets of UFOs occurred (covered here a few months back), see a UFO and produced an engraving of what he saw, elaborating on his sighting via artistic metaphors because he was flummoxed by the sighting, as most UFO witnesses are?

Here is an exegesis of the Durer engraving:

Durer's Melancholia


UFO abductions in (or by?) the military

This 1996 paper has the patina of scholarship, but is it really scholarly?

Project MILAB

I have never been a follower of the so-called alien abduction thesis, but have presented various pieces about the "phenomenon" -- especially after the exchanges I've had, in the past, with the credible Will Bueche (a colleague of John Mack).

Alien abductions are, for me, a psychological or neurologgical matter incurred by various stimuli. You can find my suggestions via Google.

CDA notes the diminishment of interest in the matter.


ABC's Good Morning America deals with UFOs

Airing 8/28/14:

The Socorro craft...on display

This photo appears in the Smithsonian magazine Air & Space [September 2014, Page 41]:
This is the blurb underneath the photo:
The similarity to what Lonnie Zamora reported, including a red insignia, is remarkable and interesting, insofar as the "craft" used in the photo replicates Officer Zamora's sighting.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UFO Entities: Where did they go?

In the early, modern era of UFOs, beings were spotted outside or inside UFOs/flying saucers, more often than not.

Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca has cited a number of cases, and most of you are familiar with the genre.

In the 1950s, European countries were rife with UFO/entity sightings, France and Italy particularly. The entities were usually small in stature and oddly dressed:
Soviet , South American, and Scandinavian countries were allegedly intruded upon by entities of a taller or larger stature and sometimes impish:
In the United States or Canada, the entities were human or animal-like mostly, except for those encountered by contactees, which we can rule out as authentic in any real sense:
And some were just odd:
Were such sightings a matter of mass hysteria or hallucination, like that of the Loudun (France) nun possession in France [1634], across boundaries, as in Europe?

Or were these actual intrusions of alien entities from other worlds or dimensions (or time)?

That aside, why are there no such sightings or visitations now?

Was the 1940-1950 time-frame one of psychical displacement because of the Cold War or an aftermath of mental disturbance caused by World War II – a kind of flying saucer “shell shock”?

The entity sightings were (and are?) interesting and exciting for a number anthropological or psycho-social reasons.

Just as the current and recent studies of the pygmy tribes in Africa or the “hobbits” of Borneo look for an evolutionary pattern, the UFO entities could use a scrutiny, even though they are no longer reported or ufologically extant.

They point to an element of UFO lore that goes to, in my estimation, a clue as to what UFOs or flying saucers were (and are?).


The Universe is a Hologram (again)?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another back-engineered, by the U.S., alien technology?

The Chinese have back-engineered alien technology?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Observational mistakes: The Chiles-Whitted sighting and The Roswell "accident"

In this paper...

Dead on Arrival?
The Development of the Aerospace Concept, 1944–58

School of Advanced Airpower Studies


For instance, these footnotes...

31. RAND, Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship, Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Santa Monica Plant Engineering Division, Report Number SM-11827, Contract Number W33-038 AC-15105, 2 May 1946, 1.

33. RAND, Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship, 10.

... created an explanation for the Chiles-Whitted UFO rocket sighting of 1948, that has been addressed by Wikipedia, Project 1947, and a terrific exegesis by the Living Moon site:

But the paper also details the internecine struggle for space exploration and technical development of space vehicles between the nascent United States Air Force and the United States Navy, in the context of the post World War II/Soviet environment:

If in the summer of 1947 the aerospace concept appeared to be taking hold within the Air Force, encouraged by Air Force leaders clearly thinking about the prospect of an operational domain that naturally extended beyond the atmosphere, within three years the concept had all but died. 

Without the external influence provided by the other services, by 1947 the aerospace concept arguably would have still been confined to the pages of Arnold’s 1945 report to Secretary Patterson. Thus between 1944 and mid-1947, the combined influence of the Army and the Navy’s actions highly encouraged its development.

Almost immediately the aerospace concept’s technology push element slowed to a crawl. Budget reductions, which began in the summer of 1947 and continued for another three years, took their toll on all Air Force R&D programs. However, those specifically supporting aerospace became the earliest casualties. Convair’s early ballistic missile study was cancelled in July 1947 as soon as the budget crunch hit, although an increased re-source flow which began following the opening of the Korean War, offered room again in early 1951 to reopen it. Satellites, interestingly, despite having lost its only rocket connection for three and one-half years, man-aged to garner the funding for RAND to at least continue its studies.

Naval thinkers ushered in the maritime vision a century ago. Perhaps it is time for airmen to lift the ceiling on airpower theory.

That last sentence of the paper gives a clue to why the U.S. Navy became and is the primary investigator of UFO sightings and, perhaps, the source of the Roswell event, which, I (and others) contend was an Earthian accident from a White Sands/Rand experiment.

UFO aficionados and ersatz researchers would do well to mine the information in this paper and others to find possible explanations for UFO sightings and the so-called Roswell incident, which is confluence of nonsense -- The Mac Brazel finding of Mogul or balloon debris, the sensationalized Haut press release based on Brazel's opportunistic salvaging of that debris, Roswellian hysteria instigated by the 1978 Friedman ET insertion into the "accident."


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Some fun....from our friend David Rudiak

David Rudiak, whose photo I purloined from the internet which gives its origin as Kevin Randle's blog, is a person I truly like and admire, despite his ETH bias.

But it seems I have, for some time, caused him angst and aggravation.

Here's a response from David at UFO Updates, circa 2005, about my Zamora thrust there.

I cause David Rudiak irritation


Jacques Vallee's Invisible College.....or Not

Jacques Vallee's Invisible College seems never to have come to fruition, although the concept would have been useful for study of the so-called UFO phenomenon.

Here's a paper on what an invisible college is and how to establish one:

Invisible College

The Roswell Contagion

Here is a paper about how social contagion evolves or takes place:

Memetics and/or Contagion

The paper guides those who are preoccupied with Roswell as a myth.

It has nothing to do with the core event that precipitated what has become the Roswell lore.


Friday, August 22, 2014

A Roswell Site -- but by whom?

Here's a web page, about Roswell, I found in our archives, but I have no idea from whence it derives.

Roswell 1947

David Rudiak, is this yours? If not, do you know where it originated?


Air Force paper on Teleportation

For those who think teleportation is possible, here's a paper from and for Air Force Research that goes into the topic thoroughly:


I suspect that only Larry will be able to understand the working principles but others can give it a try.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

For Zoam Chomsky and his "critics"

The July 17th, 2014 issue of The London Review of Books has a letter from Anil Gomes (Trinity College, Oxford) referencing an article in the June 19th issue of LRB.

It goes to H.A. Prichard's philosophical position, adopted by the so-called Oxford realists.

I won't go into the article or argument here but thought this was pertinent to what happens when Zoam Chomsky and his "opponents" get into discussions here (and elsewhere):

"The Oxford realists held that knowledge was a basic mental state, different in kind from belief and opinion. And whereas opinion could be supported on the basis of evidence, knowledge was a basic apprehension of truths. Someone who disagreed with you, then, couldn’t be argued out of his position by appealing to evidence. Rather, any disagreement could only be the result of one or other party to the dispute – most likely one’s opponent – failing to apprehend what was true clearly and rationally." [Letters, LRB]


The Steep Rock "hoax"

Here's a UFO tale said to be a hoax, and who am I to dispute that:

What shows this UFO account to be a hoax?

On its face, the account is fictive -- novelized -- as if someone was writing a SciFi story. (Compare it to Lonnie Zamora's police-like report about his 1964 Socorro sighting.)

But what disturbs, somewhat, are later "sightings" like this one which I've noted here: The Aldeburgh sighting and the Reverend Gill sighting(s).

Was the Steep Rock acount actually a hoax or did the persons initially reporting it recant, bcause they were hounded by peers or government/military agencies, who wanted to discount the sighting (for one reason or another)?

Yet, the prose elaboration tells me the story was concocted, however....


A bone on Mars?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


In 1994 it was revealed that a mysterious document had surfaced that appeared to be a CIA wiretap memo summarizing an intriguing  phone conversation between journalist Dorothy Kilgallen (a prominent reporter in the ‘50s and ‘60s) and a close friend.  It was learned from this 1962 wiretap that President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had, during a tryst, discussed subjects relating to the extraterrestrial and to Kennedy’s planned inspection of “things from space”that were located at a “secret air base.”

Kilgallen and her confidant Howard Rothberg are then heard discussing things that Killgalen had learned aboutcrashed spacecraft and bodies from another world and their recovery by military.The memo has been touted by prominent Ufologists and conspiracy writers such as Nick Redfern, Jim Marrs and Don Burleson (as well as JFK and Marilyn biographers.) It has been featured in books, magazines and on websites. Twenty years later it can now be revealed that this potentially explosive piece of documentary evidence is a hoax. How this was discerned -and the people who created this con- are revealed here and now:


The document was first revealed to the world by an a man named Milo Speriglio,who passed in 2000. He was a noted private detective and author on the subject of Marilyn Monroe. His book “The Marilyn Conspiracy” was a bestseller and his other two, “Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe” and “Marilyn Monroe: Murder Cover-Up” sold moderately well. When he died at age 62, the New York Timesobituary was not kind and noted that Speriglio was a publicity hound who tried to insert himself with celebrity cases, including in the OJ case. They added that to Saltzer all publicity was good as long as the name was spelled right. Speriglio –despite his being a detective- was a notorious gossip. And he was rather gullible. 

For instance, he endorsed the tall-tales of a lackluster Hollywood writer, the discredited Robert Saltzer (who pathetically claimed he was briefly married to Marilyn.) Speriglio, fond of the California good life, was dollar oriented. He was known to receive tabloid money. Though he must have known Saltzer a fraud, he accepted money from him to finance the investigations into Marilyn’s death that led to the publication of Speriglio’s Marilyn books in the 1980s. By the 1990s however, Speriglio’s celebrity-detective star status that he had fashioned for himself had faded.

In 1994 Speriglio received a poorly reproduced copy of an ‘official’ document relating to Marilyn Monroe from what one site calls “an unknown well-wisher.” This CIA document seemed to be a Top Secret report dated August 3, 1962. A phone tap had yielded the astounding fact that Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy had discussed recovered flying saucers! They were being stored at a secret military base and the President was going there to inspect them!

Here is the text of the Memo for ease-of-reading:
SUBJECT: Marilyn Monroe
DATE: 3, August 1962
REFERENCES: MOON DUST, Project of (illegible)

Wiretap of telephone conversation between reporter Dorothy Kilgallen and her close friend, Howard Rothberg (A); from wiretap of telephone conversation of Marilyn Monroe and Attorney General Robert Kennedy (B). Appraisal of Content:[A portion redacted.]

1. Rothberg discussed the apparent comeback of subject with Kilgallen and the break up with the Kennedys. Rothberg told Kilgallen that she was attending Hollywood parties hosted by the "inner circle" among Hollywood's elite and was becoming the talk of the town again. Rothberg indicated in so many words, that she had secrets to tell, no doubt arising from her trists [sic] with the President and the Attorney General. 

One such "secret" mentions the visit by the President at a secret air base for the purpose of inspecting things from outer space. Kilgallen replied that she knew what might be the source of visit. In the mid-fifties Kilgallen learned of secret effort by US and UK governments to identify the origins of crashed spacecraft and dead bodies, from a British government official. Kilgallen believed the story may have come from the New Mexico story in the late forties. Kilgallen said that if the story is true, it would cause terrible embarrassment for Jack and his plans to have NASA put men on the moon.

2. Subject repeatedly called the Attorney General and complained about the way she was being ignored by the President and his brother.

3. Subject threatened to hold a press conference and would tell all.

4. Subject made reference to "bases" in Cuba and knew of the President's plan to kill Castro.

5. Subject made reference to her "diary of secrets" and what the newspapers would do with such disclosures.

It is signed by James Jesus Angleton, then CIA Chief for Counterintelligence. Above Angleton’s signature appears a second Top Secret stamp. The reference to Project Moondust is interesting in that this acknowledged military program retrieves downed space debris, satellites, and some say, UFOs.

Speriglio maintained that his contacts within intelligence community had confirmed its authenticity. Desperate to re-enter the limelight, Speriglio released the document with fanfare, offering up his opinions and analysis. The document has since been mentioned not only in many UFO books, but also in mainstream books on the lives and deaths of JFK and Marilyn.



Rothberg was a close associate of journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. He owned an antique shop on 3rd Avenue in New York City and also acted as a designer to NY elite. Killgalen was provided many leads and tips by him. However, despite the memo mentioning that Rothberg knew about Marilyn’s social activities and “inner circle.” But Howard Rothberg was in reality far removed from any such association. Donald Spato, author of the definitive “Marilyn Monroe: The Biography” (2001) addresses this directly: “Howard Perry Rothberg was a New York interior designer with no connection at all to Marylyn’s inner circle.” This ‘fact’ -as reported in the alleged CIA report- is simply not. For that reason, the whole JFK-Marilyn-ET scenario rings hollow.


Speriglio was never precise in explaining the who/what/when and where about just how he came to possess the copy of this CIA memo. 

But buried in a 17 section website called The Majestic Documents we find the answer. Run by Robert Wood, PhD and former McDonnell Douglas executive and his son Ryan, they write: “In the spring of 1992 Tim Cooper received the Marilyn Monroe document from what Tim believes to be a former CIA employee, most likely an archivist. The document arrived in the PO box as normal mail. Later, Tim provided it to Milo Speriglio who ran the Nick Harris detective agency where Milo first published it.”

Who is Tim Cooper? He is employed full time as a security officer in California. Very interestingly, I found that he is a graduate of the Nick Harris Detective Academy, which was owned and operated by Milo Speriglio! The two were close and had apparently known one another for some time. In 1988 Cooper began investigating and researching military and intelligence UFO operations. Some years later he began to receive various UFO documents of seemingly historic value from a former CIA officer that Cooper said called himself ‘Thomas Cantwell.’ Among these documents was the Marilyn Monroe document. Many other Cooper-contributed documents are shown on the Wood’s Majestic Documents website.

-Little known however is that nearly a decade after Milo Sperglio passed away, Cooper disavowed all such documents he had provided –including the Marilyn document- as frauds. In an April 23rd, 2009 email to respected long-time UFO researcher Robert Hastings (archived on The UFO Chronicles website.) Tim Cooper makes an astonishing confession. He admitted that he no longer had faith in any of the documents on UFOs and Roswell that he had previously promoted. Cooper confirmed that all of the “documents” that he was previously associated with are either questionable or outright fabrications. 

Cooper recants his prior work to Hastings and stated in the email  “the MJ-12 documents are a hoax and that those who promote them as reality know this, or should know this.” Of the supposed ET agreement called Project Serpo (now believed to be inspired by former AFOSI agent and prankster Richard Doty) he says, “It is pure science fiction.” He speaks disparagingly of “documents” found in the book “Exempt from Disclosure” by Robert Collins and Richard Doty to which Cooper contributed. He said that he has since ceased his association with Richard Doty and Collins. Cooper admits that articles that they had authored about James Jesus Angleton’s supposed UFO involvement were only what he called “speculative pieces.” When Hastings emailed Collins back with additional questions on this confession, Collins declined to respond and never commented on the matter again.

-So we now know that the very individual who introduced Milo Spergilio to the Marilyn document (and who in turn introduced it to the world) has now vehemently disavowed and discounted its authenticity (among many other such documents he had released.)

-And Cooper’s mention of both MJ-12 and Richard Doty is revealing. If one looks very closely at the document copy in the link above, you will see, at the bottom left of the page (after the Top Secret stamp and to the left of Angleton’s signature) three code words. 

The last one is faint, but reads: 54-(illegible)/MJ-12. Of course MJ-12  is a hoax (which many today believe to have been inspired by William Moore and Richard Doty.) So goes the Marilyn document by its mention of MJ-12 as a code word.

-The document’s signature by James Jesus Angleton is also telling. In Doty’s bookExempt From Disclosure he repeatedly brings up wild  tales that relate to Angleton’s knowledge of the extraterrestrial visitors and their crashes. Tim Cooper now concedes that all of this is simply BS.

-Yet another interesting item is the misspelling of the word “trysts” as “trists,” in Section 1 of the document, which alludes to the JFK-Monroe relationship. Doty is a notoriously poor speller. The arch-skeptic the late Phil Klass noted this and Doty’s emails and writings make this point evident.


It becomes clear that the Marilyn document involved people who created the deception as well as those who perpetuated it. Richard Doty and Timothy Cooper fed a tall tale to a fading star, Milo Speriglio, so that he may shine again. He did shine by sharing it- and the hoax story about the Marilyn document has ever since been uncritically repeated from book to book, site to site, year after year. Until today.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Aldeburgh Platform

I found this in our archives, and hope the source forgives me for not knowing how we obtained it:

The Aldeburgh Platform

These two images appeared in the original capture:
                                  The Platform
                                The Locale

The sighting should be well known to CDA and other Brits; it reminds me of the Reverend Gill/New Guinea sighting of 1959, nine years earlier.