There was a time when I believed that once a sighting had been solved, once a real solution had been offered, we could eliminate that case from our files. We wouldn’t have to worry about it because we all knew what the answer was. That was back when I was younger and somewhat naïve.
Today I see us still talking about the so-called Philadelphia Experiment as if it wasn’t an admitted hoax. That’s right, the man who originated it, Carlos Allende, or if you wish to use the name he was born with, Carl Allen, admitted that he had
made the whole thing up in an attempt to stop Morris K. Jessup from
writing any more UFO books. The Allende Letters, and the annotated copy of the Case for the UFO sent to the Office of
Naval Intelligence, was a hoax. Allende even signed a statement for Jim
Lorenzen saying as much.
|Carlos Allende aka Carl Allen|
In the October 1980 issue of Fate, Robert Goerman drove the final stake through this tale when he found Allende’s family (known as the Allens) and interviewed them. They said that Allende had been a strange man who always annotated everything he had including birthday cards and magazine articles. They confirmed the hoax and yet we still have to hear about this as if there is something to learn from the letters. For an overview see:
Or take the case of Thomas Mantell. Here was a man who earned a Distinguished Flying Cross during the Normandy Invasion as a transport pilot. After the war he transitioned into fighters and in January 1948 was leading a flight near Godman Army Air Field when he was asked to attempt to intercept and identify an object over the field. Mantell could not reach the altitude the UFO was operating at and he was killed in his attempt.
It is clear from the declassified records that this was an aircraft accident. Mantell lost consciousness around 25,000 feet with his aircraft trimmed to climb. It rolled over into a power dive at 30,000 feet and broke apart long before impact. The object he was chasing based on the descriptions and drawings in the Project Blue Book files suggest it was a huge balloon and not an alien craft.
Unless you think that this is a phenomenon of the 1940s and 1950s, there are always the Gulf Breeze sightings. Here was a case in which the model used in the best photographs was found. The evidence offered seemed to refute the idea that there had been some spectacular sightings with photographic evidence. Nearly everyone believes the photographs are a hoax but there are still arguments about it.
And let’s not forget the Alien Autopsy. Here is a case that is an admitted hoax with photographs showing how the alien was created and showing the work in progress. There is just no evidence of a photographer, no evidence that anyone had kept this classified material to be sold to Ray Santilli later) but there are still those who
believe that some of the footage in the autopsy film is
|Creation of the Alien for the autopsy. Photo|
courtesy of Philip Mantle.
And now we’re stuck with the Roswell Slides. It is clear from the evidence that the slides show a mummy. It is clear that someone in the inner circle had to know the truth about this, but it went forward anyway with some of the people simply ignoring the obvious. Once the mummy was identified by reading the placard, once the museum was identified by comparing the slides to other photographs in that museum, once the journal article was found corroborating the evidence, you would have thought that the debate would be over… but no, we’re told the placard doesn’t matter and the research continues to prove that the body is that of an alien.
David Rudiak is continuing to work to nail down the photographs and other scientific information so that we might put this, briefly, to bed. I have no confidence that any evidence offered will be accepted as authentic if it doesn’t show that the body on the slide is alien. The fallback position seems to be that the scientists from the May 5 presentation pointed out all these “nonhuman” characteristics so the evidence to the contrary is unimportant… just as the admission of hoax by those involved in the Alien Autopsy is unimportant.
The point is that no matter what evidence is presented, no matter who admits the hoax, no matter what is said and done, there are those who are going to reject the evidence and believe what they want. I simply do not understand how you can reject the evidence that you don’t like… oh, I get that sometimes the evidence isn’t as persuasive as it is in these cases and that there can be legitimate disagreements, but I don’t understand how you reject the words of those who participated in the hoaxes when they say they made up the stories or when the evidence clearly leads to a specific conclusion. But that is what we contend with day after day here.