Thursday, November 22, 2012

Moody Publishes Moseley Interview

Lance Moody published a video of an interview he conducted with Jim Moseley. The piece was originally filmed in 2001 at the site of the Silver Bridge collapse of Mothman fame. The video can be viewed on Lance's blog, 'What the Hell Was That?'.

Moseley, a long time writer and researcher within the UFO community, recently passed away and was known for his popular newsletter, 'Saucer Smear'. His adventures in ufology spanned some 60 years and he frequently called on his rich sense of humor to express his perspectives and describe his experiences within the genre.

During the interview, Moseley addressed such topics as the evolution of the 'Smear' and the birth of what came to be known as the Men In Black. He explained why he concluded self-proclaimed contactee George Adamski made the whole story up, and described some of his own experience hoaxing hoaxers. Moseley shared about his involvement in late night radio, which included dealings with such characters as Long John Nevel and The Amazing Randi. Lance described Moseley as a friend he spoke with regularly for some 20 years.


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Jim Moseley, 'Saucer Smear' Editor, Passes Away

The self-described supreme commander of the shockingly close to the truth 'Saucer Smear' died November 16 at a Key West, Fla., hospital. He was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus and was 81 years old.

James W. Moseley released his first publication covering the antics surrounding saucers some 60 years ago. The 'Saucer Smear' eventually became the oldest continuously running publication of its genre.

Moseley was a writer known for his critical, humorous and sarcastic takes on UFO-related subject matter. His 'Saucer Smear' “non-scheduled newsletter” subsequently framed the often bizarre stories circulating throughout the UFO community in similarly bizarre contexts. His views and writing style were demonstrated in pieces with such titles as 'A Classic UFO Picture That Can Absolutely Be Assumed to Be Genuine', 'Starchild DNA Tests Show Something or Other' and 'Budd Hopkins Abducted by Jesus'.

Moseley was a popular guest on podcasts and was frequently sought for interviews. His controversial contributions to the UFO genre and their longevity virtually assure he and his work will continue to attract attention for years to come.


Originally posted on Examiner.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cyber Satire at the Black Sedan

I recently met with an informed source in the intelligence community who only comments on condition of anonymity. Actually, he is substantially less informed than anonymous. Nonetheless, we rendezvoused for drinks at our familiar haunt, the Black Sedan, well known to locals as the BS.

Whadda ya got for me?” I asked as he gulped a draught.

The director was a womanizer,” he replied, wiping his mouth on his sleeve.

Everybody from Taos to Tehran knows that. Nobody cares about the real reasons he was canned, much less the cover story.”

Oh, you'd care,” he persisted as he waved his then empty mug at a waitress.


The Aviary.”

"Oh, yeah," I sighed, “them. What have they done now? Infiltrated an assisted living facility?”

One of them got the generals in all this mess. It's big, man.”

Big, huh?”

Yup. It goes all the way to the top. It started with some online stuff.”

What kind of stuff?”

They wanted to know what all those UFO people were doing and talking about, you know, among themselves, so one of the Aviary went undercover.”

Which one?”

The Buzzard.”

Of course.”

He joined one of those UFO message boards... started making posts and exchanging private messages and all.”

What did he find out?”

That some of those people are pretty wild.”

It must have taken lots of experience and expertise to figure that out.”

My source paused to guzzle some more beer to calm his nerves, took a cautious look around, then continued, “And some of them can drum up some freakin' messages that would make the world's top spy hit 'reply.'”

Huh... that actually is kinda interesting.”

That's what the Buzzard said. And so did the Dodo when he found out. Next thing ya know, the whole Agency was on UFO message boards. Everybody. It was off the hook.”

I'll be damned.”

It was the beginning of the end when the Secret Service found out.”

They wanted to investigate?”

Nah... but we couldn't keep 'em off their Iphones. Every agent and their SO were doin' the time warp online. Heads started rolling when those Bureau killjoys got the news. I heard some of the brass wouldn't have been outed if they had been more careful about not using their own PCs and mobiles and stuff.”

Where does it end?”

Hard to say. Used to be you could put a guy in charge of a bunch of spooks or have him head up a good barn burner in the Middle East, and that would entertain him a while - but times have changed. Could I borrow your laptop a sec?”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Unfortunate Sons: CIA and DoD Betrayal of Their Own

Projects included involuntary human research subjects, failure to obtain informed consent and conducting surveillance. Symptoms experienced by research subjects included perceptions animals came through walls, amnesia and post traumatic stress disorder. While UFO buffs and self-described investigators might be quick to tell a person describing such an ordeal that they were likely abducted by aliens, it was actually the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense and associates that designed, conducted and concealed such research projects.

Covert operations consisting of abusing and monitoring involuntary human research subjects escalated to what could be described as unconscionable proportion during the mid 20th century. Victims included but were not limited to U.S. citizens and members of the armed forces. Such circumstances led select UFO researchers to strongly suspect the intelligence community was much more responsible for what came to be known as the modern UFO phenomenon and alien abduction than some would prefer we consider.

This writer's plunge into the implications resulted in assessing that further research is indeed justified. My work with Leah Haley, a former self-described alien abductee who now believes herself to be a victim of covert research projects, revealed a number of relevant yet unanswered questions. The same could be said for circumstances surrounding such cases as the extremely intriguing Gulf Breeze Six and my interactions with certain additional members of the UFO community.

Similarly, my work related to members of the intelligence community who jockeyed to become staples of UFO conventions revealed numerous potentially important yet often unaddressed issues. Such individuals and their circumstances included the incredible claims and career path of Commander C.B. Scott Jones. I also considered the manner Military Intelligence Hall of Fame member Major General Albert N. Stubblebine III publicly claimed knowledge of covert mind control operations continuing after Congress ordered them ceased, yet the general failed to respond to multiple requests for clarification. I additionally had the opportunity to observe a man who is chronically interviewed yet rarely asked relevant questions, Colonel John B. Alexander, refuse to participate in a previously agreed upon interview with this writer. I continue to welcome their statements should the general or colonel ever decide to address issues I presented for their consideration in such posts on 'The UFO Trail' as 'John Alexander, Contradictions and Unanswered Questions' and 'Ufology and Alleged Post-MKULTRA Mind Control'.

So, you might ask, why would some researchers immerse themselves in such circumstances while running down stories of black budget operations that go back some 60 years? One reason would be because the stories remain current.

Vietnam Veterans of America, et al. v. Central Intelligence Agency, et al.

The San Francisco law offices of Morrison and Foerster are collectively representing Vietnam Veterans of America, Swords to Plowshares (a veterans advocacy organization) and a few specific veterans in a suit currently pending. The case is being handled pro bono against the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, U.S. Army and Department of Veterans Affairs. The suit states:
Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief only – no monetary damages – and Plaintiffs seek redress for several decades of diabolical experiments followed by over 30 years of neglect, including:
  • the use of troops to test nerve gas, psychochemicals, and thousands of other toxic chemical or biological substances and perhaps most gruesomely, the insertion of septal implants in the brains of subjects in a ghastly series of mind control experiments that went awry;
  • the failures to secure informed consent and other widespread failures to follow the precepts of U.S. and international law regarding the use of human subjects, including the 1953 Wilson Directive and the Nuremberg Code;
  • an almost fanatical refusal to satisfy their legal and moral obligations to locate the victims of their gruesome experiments or to provide health care or compensation to them;
  • the deliberate destruction of evidence and files documenting their illegal actions, actions which were punctuated by fraud, deception, and a callous disregard for the value of human life.
The Complaint asks the Court to determine that Defendants’ actions were illegal and that Defendants have a duty to notify all victims and to provide them with health care going forward.
Readers familiar with the Project MKULTRA saga and related authenticated documents will be aware such circumstances as cited by Morrison and Foerster have long been acknowledged and conceded by the CIA. Basically, the agencies being sued do not deny what took place, they just want no current responsibilities in the matters.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in October that the suit could continue forward, setting the stage for a 2013 summer showdown. Judge Wilken denied repeated government attempts to derail the suit, ruling that federal regulations require notifying participants of increases in knowledge of potential health hazards. She additionally ruled the suit could include involuntary research subjects and their heirs dating as far back as 1922.

Sources such as the San Francisco Chronicle and reported an estimated 7,600 service members were abused in experiments conducted at Edgewood Arsenal from 1955 to 1975. As many as 100,000 people are suspected of being subjected to hundreds of drugs, chemicals and biological agents without their informed consent and spanning over 50 years.

Plaintiff Frank D. Rochelle served in the Army in the late 1960's and volunteered to be stationed at Edgewood for what he was apparently led to believe were harmless tests. During one incident, Rochelle stated, “I stayed high for two days.”

Rochelle experienced hallucinations of animals coming out of the walls and at one point he used a razor blade to try to remove what he thought were bugs from beneath his skin. Upon leaving Edgewood, Rochelle says he was instructed to never tell anyone about his experiences there. He was later assigned to Vietnam.

Congressional hearings into MKULTRA were conducted during the 1970's. Testimony from individuals such as former CIA director Admiral Stansfield Turner included assurances a list would be produced of exploited veterans. Turner further stated that the participants would be notified of their involvement and provided proper medical care. The commitments were never fulfilled.

“Over 30 years ago,” Vietnam Veterans of America President John Rowan stated, “the government promised to locate the victims of the MKULTRA experiments and to take care of their needs. It now is painfully obvious that what it really wants is for the victims to just quietly die off while the government takes baby steps. VVA cannot leave these veterans behind.”

Potential significance to UFO Land

Researchers with whom I discussed the lawsuit were confident the CIA will never produce a complete list of involuntary human research subjects or notify all of them of the circumstances, regardless of what courts may rule. Reasons included possibilities that some victims might be prominent figures.

Many members of the UFO community avert from the implications for any number of reasons. I nonetheless invite consideration of just a few of the many potentially significant possibilities.

What if we were to find that a famous political figure had been an MKULTRA research subject? Would you find that interesting?

How about an infamous criminal? Would it interest you if you found out such a person had been an involuntary research subject?

More specific to ufology, imagine if we were to discover a high profile, self-described alien abductee was a former mind control subject; or an iconic researcher of alien abduction. Might you find those kinds of things worthy of further research?

What if you found out a family member was among the unfortunate sons? What would you think about that?

How about if you were notified that you were a former uninformed research subject? Then would the topic interest you?

Vietnam veteran Frank D. Rochelle and his fellow plaintiffs find themselves at the center of what became a decades-long saga. Them, and about 100,000 or so redacted others.


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