Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We Didn't Start the Liar

There is such an overwhelmingly high number of incredible claims in ufology it can be challenging to apply some context. Given that is the case, it can be frustrating when people sometimes so adamantly demand more claims be accepted without providing adequate supporting evidence. They'll give us the evidence later, or let us in on the big news when they're able, they tell us.

Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter served as director
of the Central Intelligence Group and CIA
from May 1, 1947 to Oct. 7, 1950,
and was on the board of governors of the
National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena
from 1957 to 1962
During recent correspondence, a well-read UFO friend wrote that sometimes they think modern day UFO stories began as some kind of disinformation campaign which snowballed. Perhaps some of it involved something genuinely intangible, but maybe the topic was manipulated for various reasons. Everything then seemed to go crazy in the 1950's, they added, and then here we are.

I think a solid argument can be made to that effect. People have been seeing all kinds of things they can't explain throughout history, and their personal conditioning determines what they think they saw. It's part of the human experience. We're often predisposed to premature conclusions.

Just a few well orchestrated UFO hoaxes and state-sponsored disinformation campaigns could effectively provide enough material to allow future opportunists, sincere yet incorrect researchers, and confused individuals to continue to unwittingly propagate the stories. We see things, don't know what we saw, and fill in the blanks based on information - accurate or otherwise - we've been previously provided.

The manipulation of the UFO topic since the mid 20th century has nothing to do with what genuinely unusual phenomena may or may not exist and have been reported throughout history. It's potentially a completely different topic, other than the occasional possible overlapping of reports which may involve genuinely unusual phenomena and their misinterpretations due to widely accepted yet unsupported assumptions.

Alien appendages, according to Robbert van den Broeke
A significant point is verifying claims prior to accepting them as fact. Prematurely accepting invalid claims puts us at risk of unintentionally perpetuating hoaxes and incorrect beliefs, which spread exponentially as we each pass them along. This stands to detrimentally affect how others interpret their experiences, and who they each influence in turn, and so on.

To bring this full circle and back to where we started, there is such a high number of sensational yet highly speculative UFO-related circumstances it is completely unreasonable to criticize those who request supporting evidence. I put together the following list, to the tune of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire, of just a small fraction of researchers who promote such circumstances, along with a small sample of references to dubious instances. Maybe if someone asks why I keep going on about facts and conclusive evidence, I'll give them a link to this post and say, “Well, here are just a few reasons, for starters."


We Didn't Start the Liar

Maury Island, Groom Lake, Crop Circles, Heaven's Gate,
Tom Carey, Aviary, Meier's bin lid.
“Anonymous” was CIA, ET hybrid DNA,
Disclosure, film exposure, van den Broeke's squid.

Stephen Bassett, Steven Greer, Ata Boy ain't from here,
Howard Menger, autopsy, secret moon base.
Adamski, Adam Dew, beWITNESS pay per view,
Imbrogno, Bigelow, the Linda case.

We didn't start the liar
It was always scheming since the world's been dreaming
We didn't start the liar
But we did incite it with the foo fighters

Larry Warren's Rendlescam, Hopkins, Jacobs, Barbara Lamb,
Fastwalkers, Skinwalker, Morton jumped bail.
Carpenter, Bob Lazar, super soldier brawl on Mars,
MJ-12, Hangar 1, Steinberg email.

Gulf Breeze, Bill Knell, Pennsylvania's Roswell,
Don Schmidt, Yvonne Smith, and the STAR Team.
Chilean UFOs, Romanek videos,
Penguin, Falcon and strawberry ice cream!

We didn't start the liar
It was always scheming since the world's been dreaming
We didn't start the liar
But we did enable with some roundtables

Mock Congress presentations, cattle and human mutilations,
Leslie Kean, Wild Bill, talk radio.
Under Dulce they were fighting, Martin's automatic writing,
Roger Leir, John Lear, channeling, and Serpo.

John Ventri, Face on Mars, Alexander, To The Stars,
Implants, Jones rants, Sirius crowd fund.
Bill Moore story telling, Dolan found the slides compelling,
MUFON, MUFON, MUFON and MUFON!

We didn't start the liar
It was always scheming since the world's been dreaming
We didn't start the liar
But when we are gone it will still go on and on and on...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Advocating Higher Research Standards

The late Aladino Felix was the leader of a Brazilian right-wing paramilitary group, fought in World War II, and claimed to be the messiah of the Jewish people. As The Guardian reports, Felix wrote a book called My Contact with Flying Saucers in which he claimed to be in contact with extraterrestrials. He wrote the book under the pseudonym Dino Kraspedon.

Cult leader, false flag terrorist,
& self-proclaimed contactee, Aladino Felix
During the 1960's Felix led a group of police officers which carried out violent false flag terrorist attacks as a means to what they believed was a justifiable end: Brazilian dictatorships. Some 14 bombs were detonated by the group while the opposition was blamed for the attacks; a governing iron fist was supposedly required to protect the good citizens from the lawless terrorists. Targets included a bank and the Sao Paulo stock exchange before Felix was arrested in 1968 and served three years in prison. 

"He was seen as a crazy guy," said investigator Vasconcelo Quadros, "but he had a relationship with the authorities."

We could speculate how much that relationship influenced his decision to claim he knew extraterrestrials, or to what extent he thought such a claim would further his far right-wing agenda. What is relatively clear, however, is people might have a lot of undisclosed yet relevant circumstances surrounding their extraordinary claims. 

Fact-checking and suspending judgment pending conclusive information are essential. It's also important to remember it's no one's responsibility to deny a claim or sort out convoluted, cryptic statements released piece meal. It's the responsibility of an individual and an organization to present their material in competent, coherent manners in the first place, and to provide evidence justifying conclusions. Don't rationalize and make excuses for anything less.

The UFO genre contains a well documented, bulging archive of empty claims that were not only initially accepted without question, but in many cases continue to be promoted after reasonably shown to be false. Such circumstances are by no means limited to distant Cold War games of yesteryear, but also include much more recent events.

Oh, those drones
For those who are newer to the steeplechase or show a lack of willingness to keep such incidents in current discussions, we might reminisce about the great drone hoax. Photos and witness accounts started popping up, seemingly corroborating one another, yet diligent researchers found problems with the photos. Then the alleged witnesses didn't pan out. By that time, the story had legs, was covered by some higher profile UFO personalities and radio shows, and there are still some who will label you a debunker for desiring more evidence of the drone invasion than a picture on a social media account. 

There was the Great Lakes Dive Company case in 2006 in which someone claimed to have striking evidence of a crashed UFO on the floor of a lake. It was a rather complexly executed chain of events in which supporting materials included alleged sonar images which could not be authenticated and an AP story submitted to an e-list which was almost certainly hoaxed. When James Carrion bird dogged the case, including holding the self-described spokesperson of the dive company accountable for his claims, the case fell apart. If you never heard of it, that's probably the main reason why.

The Roswell Slides fiasco was one of the most absurd examples of claims demanded to be accepted absent evidence the genre has ever seen, which is really saying something. Suffice it to say it didn't work out. 

And then there was - oh, never mind.
In 2012 Leslie Kean dramatically promoted a case of what turned out to be an insect caught on camera during an airshow in Chile. She doubled down and the second Chilean case didn't hold water either. Kean's work was previously drawn into question when she chose to ignore conflicting points in one of her favored cases when the discrepancy was brought to her attention by a group of researchers at Reality Uncovered discussion forum. Moreover, Kean credulously supported the James Mortellaro case, a man in the Budd Hopkins entourage of alleged alien abductees. 

The case fell apart terribly, resulting in a great deal of embarrassment for all involved. Among other problems, Hopkins and Mortellaro never produced supporting medical documentation they long promised was forthcoming. Hopkins repeatedly urged others to trust that the medical evidence was for real (Please note the problematic nature of assuring the public something is forthcoming rather than producing it in the first place). Mortellaro eventually came up with an alleged medical report, supposedly documenting his abduction-related injuries and their miraculous healing, but it was identified by medical professionals as a fabrication. Hopkins' own foundation announced the case was deemed not worthy of further investigation, credible evidence was never produced, and that alleged official documents proved to be fabricated.

Which brings us back to Kean and claims not proportionate to the evidence. Maybe the 2017 articles, in which Kean was involved, on the AATIP were completely accurate. The problem is we have not yet been shown if that is so. Specifically, buildings were reported to have been modified for the storage of debris - alloys, it was reported - retrieved from, basically, UFOs. It was also reported that UFO witnesses were examined for physiological changes. Verification of such claims would be appreciated, and, given the history of the UFO genre, it's unreasonable to even expect, much less demand, such claims be accepted on trust and without question.

We regularly observe in TTSA a problematic and irrational method of operation: TTSA personnel release a statement or make a claim, then deny accountability for the situation. They accuse those of being unfairly critical who request verification for the claim, or for requesting further clarification on a talking point TTSA itself introduced. This is unreasonable, no matter what evidence may eventually be produced, and should be universally recognized as unreasonable throughout the community.

The above bogus cases are but a small sample of the hoaxes and incorrect claims regularly dispersed to the UFO community. We could make a list that would read like Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire. Given that verifiable situation, settling for less than authentic documentation is not only ill advised and in contradiction to professional research standards, it's a fool's errand.

It is not anyone's responsibility to deny or disprove a claim. It is the responsibility of a professional researcher to provide adequate documentation to support their point in the first place. Demand it, and call it out when you see otherwise.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

TTSA Report to SEC: Garry Nolan Resigns from Advisory Board, $37 Million Deficit

A financial report submitted by To The Stars Academy (TTSA) to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) states the resignation of Advisory Board member Dr. Garry Nolan was effective Aug. 31. The report for the fiscal semiannual period ending June 30, 2018, discloses financial data, including an accumulated deficit in excess of $37 million. 

Dr. Nolan is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. His involvement in the UFO community includes work on what came to be known as the Starchild skull. He was also involved in controversial analysis of the Atacama skeleton prior to serving on the TTSA Advisory Board. Offered an opportunity to comment on his resignation, Dr. Nolan replied in an Oct. 3 email:

The answer is really quite straightforward.
I had a number of conflicts of interest with my current employment agreement at Stanford and with other, purely conventional, mainstream business interests.  I remain fully supportive of the goals and ideals of TTSA.  I plan to advise them as needed-- while remaining under no long-standing contractual framework.  Of course, I might from time to time enter into a short term CDA on matters that arise, especially with respect to my academic scientific interests and where I might be able to provide relevant expertise.
As I see it, this is more in alignment with my academic work and will (hopefully) ensure I maintain maximum credibility on matters related to the Phenomena.  This should eliminate any financial or other conflicts vis-à-vis TTSA in how I discuss such matters.  I certainly look forward to the continued success of the TTSA enterprise and I remain good friends with, and a colleague of, all the individuals on the TTSA team.  As you know, I am one of the few "mainstream" scientists willing to openly discuss matters related to this area of interest, and I expect to continue my public, and private, interest in the arena.

Operations and Finances

TTSA stated it continues to conduct meetings with potential strategic partners, including the U.S. government, in the report submitted to the SEC. Details were not specified. Also reported was the closing of over a million dollars in funding:


However, TTSA declared an accumulated deficit of $37,432,000. "These factors raise doubt about the Company's ability to continue as a going concern," the report states. TTSA indicates it will continue to offer the sale of common stock to third parties and use a revolving line of credit to try to fund operations. 

"If we are unable to obtain sufficient amounts of additional capital," it explains, "we may be required to reduce the scope of our planned operations, which could harm our business, financial condition and operating results."

The accounting firm of Louis Tommasino, CPA, who is listed as TTSA Chief Financial Officer, did not immediately respond to requests for comment and further clarification. TTSA also did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the report and deficit.

Related reading on the topic includes Robert Sheaffer's March 3, 2018 post at his blog, Bad UFOs. Sheaffer describes his visit to the office of Tommasino to inquire about discrepancies in financial circumstances surrounding To The Stars Academy as reported by Dun and Bradstreet.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hunt for the Skinwalker-DIA Connection

Claims of intelligence agency involvement in UFO and paranormal research have been abundant since the 2017 NYT story on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Some of the suspicions of relationships between the intelligence and UFO communities were confirmed and others are certainly warranted. Yet other such connections are rather loosely formed and lack substantiation while nonetheless increasingly taken for granted as common knowledge. 

Alleged Defense Intelligence Agency involvement at Skinwalker Ranch is one such often vaguely described circumstance. While a significant Skinwalker-DIA connection may eventually prove valid to some extent, its verification is elusive. It's important we proceed carefully in drawing conclusions, and perhaps wait to do so until adequate evidence is readily available.

George Knapp has long been central to the Skinwalker saga. On the heels of the well known NYT story, Knapp reported NIDS work at the ranch and his related book "caught the attention of the DIA and Senator Reid." Perhaps so. It would be both helpful and interesting to know what specific DIA personnel, as well as how the events unfolded. 

Others have been much more direct and conclusive in putting the DIA at Skinwalker, though evidence is lacking and not in proportion to their seeming certainty. In statements published in June at Mysterious Universe, filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell discussed what he described as learning about DIA involvement at the ranch. "The DIA attempted to scientifically investigate the occurrences experienced at Skinwalker Ranch," Corbell further stated.

"The fact that the United States government was involved at all is fascinating," he added. The full paragraph, quoted for context:

Like most people, I first heard about Skinwalker Ranch from the book, Hunt For The Skinwalker by George Knapp and Dr. Colm Kelleher. I was initially drawn by the stories about a broad scale of paranormal events, and my interest was cemented years later when I learned about the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) involvement, even though I could not publicly acknowledge it. The DIA attempted to scientifically investigate the occurrences experienced at Skinwalker Ranch. Investigators used the unique location as a “living laboratory,” attempting to understand for themselves the varied phenomena that display on and around the property. One of the aims was to determine if The Phenomenon presented a threat to National Security, and another was to attempt to determine the mechanisms utilized by The Phenomenon. The fact that the United States government was involved at all is fascinating.

A request for further comment was sent to an email address offered at Corbell's website. I asked if a source could be provided for the assertion the DIA was involved at Skinwalker Ranch. Also requested were comments and supporting materials that would help clarify such involvement. Corbell did not immediately respond.

I empathize a great deal with finding such info of interest, but I strongly urge those relaying it to provide the supporting docs and sources if possible. I'd also encourage the rest of us to delay making up our minds about the circumstances until such supporting evidence is publicly available.

Moreover, I invite consideration we can't know if such work was actually scientific if we aren't informed how it was conducted and what took place. Casual and incorrect use of the term "scientific" to describe activities undertaken in UFO and paranormal genres should often receive much more scrutiny, in my opinion. That's the case whether or not Corbell may prove to be correct about his expressed understandings of the Skinwalker situation.

Robert Bigelow
In years past I sought evidence through the Freedom of Information Act for IC involvement with Robert Bigelow-founded organizations National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) and Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). FOIA requests submitted to multiple agencies returned no results, but I did not specifically query DIA until more recently. 

A request submitted to DIA in late 2017, seeking copies of contracts undertaken with and funding provided to NIDS, resulted in no responsive documents. In the wake of the latest wave of assertions that Skinwalker research involved DIA, I additionally asked specifically about BAASS. I submitted an FOIA request to DIA seeking contracts and files pertaining to BAASS. To be clear, this is not the same as previous yet to be filled FOIA requests seeking documents concerning the AATIP. DIA responses are pending on involvement with BAASS as well as records on the AATIP.

There are several complications with the increasingly popular assertions of the Skinwalker-DIA connection. The time frame becomes a point of question, and Bigelow's involvement is a potential source of confusion. The overlapping presence of various researchers and personnel of TTSA, intelligence agencies, and Bigelow organizations may also lead to incorrect assumptions and premature conclusions. 

Luis Elizondo of To The Stars Academy
Some of the vague generalizations offered by not just interested parties, but sometimes TTSA leaders and self-described insiders, are troubling, or at the least lack substantiation. It is such very generalizations that tend to cause some researchers to suspect several UFO-related topics are being haphazardly inserted into discussions of the scope of the AATIP. Some of those topics may in actuality amount to little more than recreational and unofficial interests of those formerly involved in the AATIP. The bottom line is details must be verified, not just inferred or asserted absent documentation.

Personally, I suspect the intelligence community may well have been officially involved in research at Skinwalker Ranch. However, I am not convinced the purposes were entirely limited to the more popularly accepted assumptions or, if so, that the work bore substantial results. I'm also not convinced the acting agency necessarily or exclusively would have been DIA. Most of all, I'd prefer to suspend judgment until conclusive information is actually available.

Verifying any such involvement, establishing if it was related to science-based research, and identifying the objectives remain critical to understanding the full extent of the situation. We simply cannot do so until we have the opportunities to view authentic documents clarifying funding entities, project objectives, methodologies, means of measuring progress, and similar relevant information.  

Perhaps in the end what TTSA, Bigelow orgs, and the Skinwalker saga teach us, at least in part, is that if people desire to present information in coherent, systematic and clear ways, they do so. If the issues are muddled and confusing, perhaps we should more deeply consider the extent they actually want us to fully understand their activities. It is not our responsibility to go behind people making claims and fact-check their statements; it is their responsibility to offer conclusive evidence in the first place when they frame their claims as fact. 

The only way to actually gain insight into what an intelligence agency claims took place within any given project is to obtain the verifying documents. If people cry foul, trying to lead us to believe otherwise and relax our standards, it is completely reasonable to inform them conclusions cannot be drawn until the available evidence allows. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

FOIA Watch

Some truly interesting items are emerging through the efforts of researchers using the Freedom of Information Act. John Greenewald at The Black Vault is set to receive over 4,000 MKULTRA-era "behavioral modification" docs from the CIA.

As is the case with many researchers, Greenewald obtained the CIA compact disc collection of MKULTRA files. After posting them for visitors at The Black Vault, a user noticed some of the docs named in the index were apparently missing from the collection. As explained in an Aug. 15, 2018 Newsweek article:
The existence of the previously unknown MKUltra pages was discovered in 2016, when a Black Vault user, Oscar Diggs, discovered irregularities in the collection the CIA disclosed to Greenewald. Diggs created a list of missing records and pages described in the index. The CIA refused to fill in the gaps in their original FOIA disclosure, claiming that extant MKUltra documents pertaining to "behavioral modification" were not the same as those pertaining to "mind control." Greenewald is currently crowdfunding to cover the fees imposed by the CIA for the remaining 4,358 pages.

The crowdfunding effort is apparently complete and the publication of the docs seems to be on the horizon. Greenewald will be posting them as soon as he gets them, he reports via Twitter.

In related news, Emma Best and the crew over at MuckRock obtained and posted an Overview of the Office of Medical Services, 1947-1972 from the CIA. It was composed in 1973 and approved for release in 2017. Lots of material there.

Meanwhile, Steven Aftergood at Federation of American Scientists sought and obtained a list from the Department of Energy of classified programs involving the use of human research subjects. Whatever the purposes, the list indicates some dozen such projects were active in 2017 at the DOE.

Any number of valid FOIA submissions might be gleaned from the above material. We continue to have several lines out here at The 'Trail. Among other topics, we await responses on the following.

After a big initial splash, reports on the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program seem to consistently create more questions than answers. Numerous researchers await files pertaining to a variety of requests submitted to various agencies, including this writer who sought project docs from the Defense Intelligence Agency.

In 2017 we obtained a 1978 NSA memo prepared by an assignee about their attendance at a UFO conference. The conference was the 1978 MUFON Symposium and the author of the memo was in all reasonable likelihood Tom Deuley, a long time staple of MUFON and the UFO community. Subsequently requested from NSA was the release of any other material composed by the assignee pertaining to UFOs, UFO conferences or related subject matter. NSA responded that it does not use "UFO" as a category to file memos and similar documents. We therefore requested release of all material composed by the author of the 1978 memo and we look forward to the Agency's response.

We also await responses from various agencies on files pertaining to Project PALLADIUM, including reports and details of missions conducted. PALLADIUM activities involved collaborations between NSA and CIA teams which projected false paints upon radar screens. Some mid 20th century missions included the coordinated release of "balloon-borne metalized spheres of different sizes" with the false radar paints, according to a report authored by CIA man Gene Poteat.

Such material might be relevant to the UFO community for rather obvious reasons. Perhaps we could eventually cross reference what we learn about PALLADIUM missions with archives of UFO reports.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Caveat Emptor: A Paracast Saga of Discrepancies, Omissions and Unpaid Restitution

Multiple individuals contributed to this post.

Public court records reveal Stephen B. Beizer reached a plea bargain in 2004 stemming from what the Arizona Attorney General office described as bilking two elderly women out of money in an ongoing series of scams undertaken between 1995 and 1999. Some of the cash was repaid but Beizer was ordered accountable for over $186,000 in restitution. Files from the criminal case were obtained from Maricopa County Superior Court.

The late Stephen Beizer was the brother-in-law of Gene Steinberg, who solicited money on Beizer's behalf, according to Steinberg's emails and posted statements. Court documents indicate Steinberg also had business dealings with Beizer. Steinberg operates Paracast and Tech Night Owl, and has drawn increasing criticism for his years of requesting cash gifts - as frequently as several times per week by email - for his common living expenses perpetually framed as emergencies.

Maricopa County Courthouse
Beizer was initially indicted in 2001 by an Arizona State Grand Jury "on 3 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, 11 counts of Theft and one count of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise," according to the documents. A guilty plea was entered in 2004 on amended charges of Sale of Unregistered Securities and Theft, which included a sentence of eleven months jail time, five years probation, and restitution. 

The charge of selling unregistered securities, according to court records, resulted from Beizer's tactic of issuing fraudulent stock certificates. He would sell worthless certificates as well as give them as purported repayment for numerous delinquent loans and empty investments. Beizer was subsequently ordered to pay $186,822 in restitution. From the above linked April 12, 2004 sentencing doc: 



























In an Aug. 13, 2018 email response to request for comment on soliciting funds on behalf of Stephen Beizer while failing to fully disclose the circumstances and restitution, Steinberg replied, "If your sister-in-law's family needed financial help, would you launch a full background check first?"

The Aug. 13 email exchange between this writer and Steinberg for full context:
Mr. Steinberg,
Do you care to comment on the following for a blog post?
Attached please find an image of a June 2, 2009 Maricopa County Superior Court public document indicating Stephen Beizer owed in excess of $171,000 in restitution at that time. Also attached is a screen shot from your Jan. 1, 2010 email soliciting cash on behalf of the Beizers.
Any comment on requesting donations for your in-laws while failing to fully disclose his restitution responsibilities?
Jack Brewer
The UFO Trail

Steinberg's initial response:

Mr. Brewer,
At least you finally admit that I originally sought help for a relative, not for me. That’s refreshing.
If your sister-in-law’s family needed financial help, would you launch a full background check first?
Obviously, if I knew then what I know now, I would have made very different choices and I’d be in much better financial shape today.
Stephen Beizer died of pancreatic cancer in 2014. It was a painful death. He left his widow and handicapped son penniless and I will never be paid back.
Gene Steinberg

This writer replied:

To be clear, is it your contention that you were unaware of Mr. Beizer's criminal charges while you were soliciting money on his behalf? Is that your position?

Steinberg:
I made the decision to help the Beizers around 2003. Don’t forget that the family includes a seriously handicapped son.
I was aware that Stephen did not live a squeaky clean life but not the specifics of any court records. I think most families would be generous even when imperfect family members were involved.
Gene Steinberg

Soliciting Cash for Beizer

Steinberg apparently began raising money allegedly for Beizer some time prior to Aug. 1, 2003, as indicated in an email shared at an online forum. According to the copy of the email, Steinberg discussed previous and continuing attempts to solicit cash for in-laws, including encouraging readers to forward the message to others or link his solicitation from their websites. 

An entry in the court record dated June 2, 2009 shows the vast majority of restitution remained unpaid in 2009. Restitution hearings indicate Beizer largely failed to pay the debt while $171,572 was still owed at that time:










A Jan. 1, 2010 email to Paracast newsletter subscribers demonstrates Steinberg continued to request money on behalf of the Beizers. Steinberg wrote that many readers had previously been extremely generous in providing assistance, reminding them, "I made a public appeal for donations to help to [sic] sister-in-law survive the onslaught of legal harassment from a vengeful woman." The same message was again distributed to the Paracast list in emails dated Jan. 12 and Jan. 29 of 2010, and in all likelihood many more times. A screen shot from the Jan. 1, 2010 email:



Steinberg's portrayal of circumstances surrounding the Beizers varied. The alleged legal harassment from a vengeful woman, as noted above, was one account. Another was that Beizer needed money until a financially lucrative civil case, in which a favorable ruling was anticipated, was completed. There has yet to be any evidence produced of the existence of such a legal case, which, according to Steinberg's above 2010 email, was expected to be fully resolved that year. Steinberg would later state the civil case remained unresolved upon Beizer's death in 2014. No records of any such legal proceedings were located during a search that revealed Beizer's criminal history as presented in this post. 

A quote from an Aug. 25, 2011 Steinberg email cash solicitation sent to the Paracast list and titled, "An Urgent Summer Update!":


There's also that large payoff from a relative's investment, delayed for several years due to endless legal complications and slow court schedules, which is due this fall. It will help us pay off all our bills, invest in the business, and maybe provide some savings for a rainy day.

Steinberg claimed to have sunken all of his own money, along with his son's college fund, into support of the claimed forthcoming Beizer windfall. Steinberg subsequently blamed the situation in part for continuing to request cash gifts several times per week until present day. From Steinberg's Correcting the Lies About My Money Situation and posted on the Paracast website:

















Going back much further we find a 2003 message attributed to Grayson Steinberg, Gene's son:


Update: A Special Request From Grayson Steinberg
July 31st, 2003
My dad and I never like to devote any part of our daily content to personal matters, but this is a severe exception, because members of our family are involved and have nowhere to turn.
My aunt, Helene, and uncle Stephen have a son, Jaret (pictured at left), who is severely handicapped and requires special care. Life is tough enough balancing the burdens of raising a handicapped child and dealing with work and social concerns as well. Unfortunately, their problems have been greatly increased over the past five years, as an elderly woman with millions of dollars in the bank and time on her hands has been harassing them relentlessly because of a failed financial deal. Her actions are completely unjustified. The matter has gone through several federal and state court actions, and my family has won every time. Yet this woman won't give up, and her actions have deprived my cousin of his disability insurance, and left his parents destitute. Creditors are constantly hounding them and they are on the verge of becoming homeless.
My mom and dad have established a special fund to raise money to help cover their huge legal bills and other expenses, including food and shelter. The situation is really complicated, and I’ve spared you some of the details. If necessary, my father can explain the rest if you wish to help us. I assure all our readers, however, that this is a serious problem, the need is urgent, and time is extremely short. As a result of your generous financial contributions, we've raised nearly a third of what we need, but there's still a long road to travel. The rest of our small family has helped as much as it can. We still require outside support. Readers who wish to provide some immediate assistance may write to help@macnightowl.com for further details.
You may also send your donations directly via PayPal using the following link (if you prefer not to use PayPal, write us and we'll send you a snail mail address for donations):

A 2003 update:


Thank You for Your Generosity
October 1st, 2003
We are making great progress toward resolving the serious financial trials being faced by my sister-in-law and her family. Your donations have made a huge difference, and we hope to reach our goal shortly. For those who haven't seen the online appeals, the story is long and complicated and the situation has left them nearly penniless. In brief, they have been the victims of ongoing legal harassment by someone with deep pockets and a desire to inflict as much financial and emotional pain as possible.
We have already contributed as much as we can afford. My son has even donated a large portion of his college fund for their needs. We have also established a special fund to provide financial assistance to help them pay legal bills and other mounting expenses. If you want to know more about the situation, or would like to send a donation, please send your inquiry to help@macnightowl.com.
You may also send your donations directly via PayPal using the following link (if you prefer not to use PayPal, write us and we'll send you a snail mail address for donations):


Steinberg undertook long term fundraising efforts for Beizer, a convicted thief owing a six-digit figure in restitution, while failing to fully disclose the actual circumstances to potential contributors. That might particularly be considered questionable in light of the findings of a March 12, 2004 pre-sentence investigation, in which an Attorney General Investigator expressed "concerns on where the defendant is currently obtaining his money to live and pay a private attorney." The investigator also reported Beizer had more victims who were unwilling to cooperate with the court, as seen in the screenshot below. 











The same file establishes "friends and family" were giving the Beizers "$750.00 per month or more." Concerns were again expressed about how such money was being obtained, including the recommendation, "[T]his will have to be monitored to see if he is soliciting victims." Beizer's lack of gainful employment was pointed out, as was his failure to produce legitimate income through his businesses for over nine years.

Beizer and Steinberg submitted paperwork showing full ownership of one such business, Numis Gems, was transferred to Steinberg, according to the 2004 file. Beizer was then hired by Steinberg, at least "on paper."

From the "Presentence Investigation, State of Arizona v. Stephen Barry Beizer, CR2001-003702":







































Numis Gems




Steinberg, Beizer, and family members held various positions on the articles of incorporation of numerous businesses, including Numis Gems. Entities registered to Steinberg or immediate family members of Beizer or Steinberg also included GoldBugg, All Things Precious, and Making the Impossible, among others. One such apparent company discovered was Cross-Country Consultants, where Steinberg was named as president of an outfit whose stated primary business activity was investment advice.



















Information on All Things Precious and GoldBugg, as it was often referenced:







The Numis Gems website in 2006 posted content pertaining to selling sports memorabilia, but a few years later offered what were termed proven methods to improve your bottom line. All Things Precious was described as part of the "Numis Gems family of services" on the Numis Gems home page in 2014. According to the website, your precious metals could be liquidated by a registered agent of one of America's largest refiners. The outfit boasted some 45 years of experience and claimed its customers thought of them as super heroes. 


In comments posted June 14, 2018 at The UFO Trail, a blog reader quoted Steinberg from an email exchange. It appears Steinberg adamantly denied business relationships with Beizer as recently as a few weeks ago. Per the screen shot below, Steinberg was quoted as writing, "Mr. Beizer's corporate name was NOT transferred to me. To help him boost his income, I set up a site for him and paid for him to register a trade name, since I filed, my name was on it. Period. I had no other involvement in his business. He was never involved in my ventures..."



Steinberg's denial of business relationships with Beizer, and particularly the transfer of Beizer's Numis Gems, obviously contradicts information established above per court records. A file from the Arizona Corporation Commission further calls Steinberg's denial into question. A March 2, 2004 document indeed appears to transfer full ownership of Numis Gems from Stephen Beizer to Gene Steinberg:





Offered an opportunity to comment on the discrepancy between his denials of a business relationship with Beizer and public records, Steinberg replied in an Aug. 13 email, "I never owned his business."

The email exchange with this writer:
One more point, please.
Attached you'll find an image of June 14, 2018 comments submitted at The UFO Trail in which the submitter quoted you adamantly stating in a recent email exchange that Mr. Beizer's corporation was not transferred to you and that you had no involvement in his business. Also attached please find a doc available on the Arizona Corporation Commission website and dated March 2, 2004 which indicates Beizer's company was fully transferred to you. 
Do you care to comment on the discrepancy?

Steinberg's full response:
Here we go again:
I never owned his business. I simply helped him with some paperwork as a favor when he had his legal issues. Remember, family.
Numis Gems was always Stephen’s. It was not a corporation, just a registered name. Someone is misreading the filing with the State of Arizona.
I was not involved in its affairs. I just wanted him to earn living, partly in the hope that I would be paid back.
You see how that turned out.
Gene Steinberg

Another record from the Arizona Corporation Commission:




Such discrepancies are many. Steinberg's above contentions he was unaware of Beizer's criminal history, for instance, are difficult to accept based on many items contained in the court records, including the following entry in a motion by the defense to modify Beizer's release:












On Dec. 6, 2009, Beizer was a guest on Steinberg's Paracast. Between a series of 2009 restitution hearings and Steinberg's early 2010 continuing pleas to provide money for his in-laws, each as referenced above, Beizer was presented to the Paracast audience as a "currency trader." He was not introduced as either a beneficiary of Steinberg's cash solicitations or a business associate.
















The web link for Beizer at Paracast directs to the GoldBugg site. The 2010 GoldBugg website claimed to offer unspecified financial services ensuring financial freedom through private, personal service. Later versions of the GoldBugg site redirect to Numis Gems.



During the time frame Beizer appeared on Paracast, the show featured ads promoting GoldBugg, as can be heard at the 15:25 mark of this Nov. 29, 2009 episode. The basic concept was cash for gold. The owners had decades of experience in the business, the ad claimed, so listeners were encouraged to call or visit them online.

As of this writing, the Numis Gems website is stagnant. A message to "all hard asset subscribers and believers" informs them Numis Gems is closed due to the death of its founder, Stephen Beizer.

Stephen Beizer

According to court docs, Stephen Beizer resided in Greater Phoenix while attracting victims through his sports memorabilia venture, building rapport with them, and subsequently employing a variety of techniques to illegally obtain their cash. In the instance of one Florida woman, he sold her an item then kept in touch with her and falsely claimed to be starting an otherwise nonexistent business. Records indicate Beizer persuaded her to invest in the scam, sold her worthless stock, got her to buy an Arizona condo under the false pretense she'd make money on a quick turn around sale, then he resided in the condo while obstructing its sale, among other acts perpetrated. 

Beizer used his aged father-in-law as an excuse to solicit more money. As demonstrated in the screen shot below, investigators reported that Beizer did not use the acquired money for his stated reasons and was actually depleting the cash of his father-in-law.




In 2000 authorities began administrative action against Beizer and his wife, Helene, for fraud and sale of unregistered securities by unregistered salesmen. They fled Arizona to avoid prosecution, according to the public record linked above. Beizer's attorney would later deny his client was intentionally evading authorities.

A warrant was issued for Beizer's arrest in 2003, and he was taken into custody in Las Vegas. The State's response to a defendant motion to reduce bail:























The actions of Stephen Beizer, presented by Gene Steinberg to the Paracast e-list as worthy of charity and to Paracast listeners as a currency trader, as described by the State of Arizona in the Presentence Investigation:






















From a sentencing memorandum submitted to the court by the defense:















Gene Steinberg

In fairness to Beizer, he paid his debt to society - but he did not pay his restitution debt to his victims. More importantly to former and potential future supporters of Gene Steinberg and his radio shows is the questionable ways Steinberg framed his relationship with Beizer at different times. That would be relevant while considering sending money to Steinberg in response to his chronic pleas for cash. One might also question Steinberg's commitments to accuracy. At best, Steinberg's judgement is called into significant question, all actions considered, and it is entirely reasonable to expect full accountability when someone publicly and perpetually requests money. That might particularly be considered the case in the UFO community, long known to attract the antics of hoaxers and charlatans.

Steinberg's assertions that assisting Beizer triggered Steinberg's long claimed financial crisis are further complicated by public court records which do not support the claim. While Beizer was not indicted until 2001 and entered a guilty plea in 2004, Steinberg had a $1,600+ judgment ruled against him on behalf of First Deposit National Bank in 1994. Similarly, Household Finance was awarded a $4,000+ monetary judgment against Steinberg in a case beginning in 1994 and completed in 1997, among several more actions publicly available for viewing. Public records show Steinberg defaulted on tens of thousands of dollars in debt spanning many years both before and after Beizer's indictment and subsequent hearings. This makes it difficult to lay the blame for Steinberg's hundreds of pleas for cash gifts at the feet of Stephen and Helene Beizer. 

Moreover, the scenario does not adequately account for requesting money on behalf of someone owing restitution for felony criminal activity while failing to disclose that to be the case. It arguably makes it more difficult to accept. In order to entertain Steinberg's claim Beizer substantially contributed to his financial woes, one must weigh the likelihood Steinberg knew very little about Beizer while Steinberg was repeatedly named in significant court docs and suggesting his following give money to Beizer. Otherwise, Steinberg solicited cash for the man while he was failing to financially take care of himself and failing to pay restitution, all while failing to repay Steinberg. Then, we would have to suppose, Steinberg decided it was a good idea to present Beizer as a currency trader on the Paracast. Such scenarios are not supported by public docs and the court records obtained.

Below is a screen shot of the body of Steinberg's Aug. 13, 2018 email, "Monday and broke again!", sent to the Paracast e-list. As of this writing it was Steinberg's approximately 127th such email of 2018, and his 266th since Jan. 1, 2017.




Fraud or other crimes perpetrated through the internet may be reported at the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center. Other resources include your state's Attorney General, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission.