Monday, July 21, 2014

James Carrion to Podcasters: Deception Inherent to Ufology; Don't Focus on the Signal, Focus on the Noise

James Carrion is a former international director of the Mutual UFO Network, a former signals intelligence analyst for the US Army and an IT manager. He is the author of the recently released book, The Rosetta Deception, in which he presents research focusing on the years 1946 and 1947 that suggests deception operations conducted by the intelligence community likely effected public perception of UFOs. Carrion was interviewed by hosts of The Paracast Gene Steinberg and Christopher O'Brien in a two and a half hour podcast published July 20. I think some of his perspectives deserve consideration, so let's jump right in.

Just prior to the 17-minute mark of the podcast, Carrion was asked where he first saw evidence of deception in ufology.

"I would have to say during the time I was in MUFON," he explained. "When I first joined the organization, just like everybody else, I was very curious. I wanted to know why this subject was still a mystery. The more I started to look into it, the more I started to research it, and the higher that I got up in the organization, the more I could see that there was a large element of human deception involved.

"A lot of the cases, for example, that I investigated personally during MUFON, there was no paranormal. There was no extraterrestrial aspect to a lot of these cases. A lot of it boiled down to strange people passing strange stories – and of questionable backgrounds – and really trying to spin the whole rumor mill around the subject."

Carrion offered a couple examples of such circumstances, then added, "We get a lot of these strange characters that just pop into the UFO field. They make these grandiose claims and none of it really pans out."

At the 2:06:30 point of the interview, Carrion commented on MUFON in general. Are they sincere or advancing disinformation?

"I don't think you can really label it that easily. I think there are folks that genuinely have – in the organization – that have a genuine interest in knowing the truth. I think there are folks in the organization that are very much true believers and they discard a lot of evidence presented to them... I've fallen out of favor with MUFON in that they lost their way. Their motto is the scientific investigation of UFOs and you would be hard pressed to find anything that resembles science in that organization.

"I think that's reflected in these shows that they're doing on Discovery Channel. You know, it's almost embarrassing to watch to see MUFON lower themselves to repeating mythology and repeating folklore and repeating outrageous allegations, and not sticking to what they should be sticking to, which is pure science."

At 2:16:00, Carrion addressed challenges inherent to investigating reported UFO sightings.

"It mostly had to do with deception. There was some level of deception. I call it 'unknown deception' because I don't know if these folks that perpetrated it had a personal reason for doing it – ya know, they just wanted to go out there and perpetrate a hoax, if there was a money aspect to it or there may be an intelligence agency aspect to it. All I know, it was human involvement and nothing highly strange about it."

He continued, "I have to say something that I think a lot of people in ufology may not like to hear, and that is - I think the bottom line is - there are folks that are in the field that call themselves ufologists, call themselves researchers, investigative journalists – whatever they want to call themselves, it doesn't really matter – but when their modus operandi is to perpetuate the mystery instead of solving it, we have a big issue. We have a big problem because the mystery will never get resolved as long as these people are out there hawking their latest theories or the latest controversy for controversy's sake, or their latest witness, or their latest 'lead' investigation – whatever you want to call it, it doesn't really matter – but if you don't have a sincere interest in truth, if you're simply interested in making the rounds of the UFO talk circuit... you're part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Around the 1:29:00 point, Carrion was asked if any UFOs are "real".

"Ya know, honestly I can't tell you. I'm not saying that every single UFO sighting in 1946 or 1947 had to be Rosetta or our intelligence community. Who knows? There are things out there in the universe we simply can't explain. There are mysteries that we can't explain. All I know is that in such a concentrated time frame we had very strange things going on that to me fit more a Cold War and intelligence operation than fit any sort of other explanation.

"Could there have been other things flying around the atmosphere? Sure. What they are, I don't know. All I know is that what I've been able to research and what I have been able to uncover here shows more of a terrestrial explanation."

1:36:30 Could some of the early reported abductions have been mind control or drug experiments?

"I would say that may very well be, so I think it may be part of this mushrooming; this inability to contain what started off as a myth that was created by mundane hands."

1:53:00 Absent deliberate deception, does any evidence remain that points to an extraterrestrial explanation?

"Well, I can tell you that my belief is that what the activity surrounded in 1946 and 1947 was, from my point of view, a strategic deception operation, so definitely involving military intelligence agencies. That's a very interesting question because this is where we get into the bucket argument. What I call the bucket argument is that people who are believers or that truly believe in UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation, they want to have one bucket of evidence. Everything gets thrown into this bucket, right? From the building of the pyramids to the foo fighters to ghost rockets to Roswell to you name it, it all goes into one large bucket. If you try to take anything out of that bucket, well, no, no, no, you can't, because all the other stuff in the bucket means it's extraterrestrial or there's 'proof' there.

"I think that is not the way to approach the subject at all. I think you have to compartmentalize your research. I think you have to focus your research into certain discreet cases and discreet time frames, and, really, you can't just pile up all the evidence and say it all makes sense together. It simply doesn't, because, I'll be honest, and tell you that I believe that there is life out there in the universe. I think the possibility of life not being out there, life not being out there, is absolutely nil. Statistically, there is life out there on other planets.

"The question is have they arrived here, either today, in the near past or in the very distant past. It's very plausible that we had alien visitation way back whenever, or it could be very plausible that we have alien visitation today. So I'm not saying that's not a possibility. I'm not saying that at all.

"What I am advocating is that the early days of UFOs – the modern day UFO era, 1946-1947, that time frame - I don't believe had anything to do with extraterrestrial visitation."

2:04:00 Does the intelligence community manipulate the public perception of ET and possibly such circumstances as the Skinwalker Ranch to its advantage?

"Absolutely. I think the large amount of mythology that surrounds Area 51, for example, a lot of that was originated in the military as an operation to just cover up what was really happening at Area 51, which was very mundane in nature. So I think that the intelligence establishment uses the phenomena, uses the mythology, uses the subject to cover up any number of mundane operations.

"Ya know, I found that my involvement with Robert Bigelow and Skinwalker Ranch – the fact that I basically paid my own way to go there and was refused entry on the ranch - that lack of transparency tells me that there is something else going on. This whole subject is so muddied already, what you don't need is more cover up, more deception, more obfuscation.

"When I started seeing that in the whole MUFON-BAASS relationship, that's when I started to question what's really behind all of that and I voiced my opinions to the board. All of it was history after that because they went behind my back and renegotiated that contract.

"The bottom line being that I think – and this is very well known – that if you think you can dance with these intelligence agencies and they don't want you to dance with them, you're never gonna dance. The bottom line is there will be a way where you'll end up on the outside of that. I think there is a very interesting dance happening between ufology and the intelligence organizations that have more to do with what the goals of the intelligence agencies are than a cover up of extraterrestrial visitation."

More on Bigelow, BAASS and MUFON at 2:22:00.

"There very much has to be a large amount of transparency when you're going to be involved in something of this nature. You can't hide anything. So, for example, when Bigelow hid the source of his funding and would only reveal it to John Schuessler on the MUFON board, that lack of transparency really rubs me the wrong way. That tells me there's something being hidden for a certain purpose and I don't want to be involved in that."

More on the Skinwalker Ranch at 2:29:00.

"You know, the Skinwalker Ranch to me is interesting for a couple reasons. To me, the mythology – and I'll call it mythology because I don't think what's written in the book is accurate – this is based on personal investigation from when I went there and was denied access to the ranch, and then finding out that the brother of the original owner of the ranch, before it was sold to Bigelow, was very adamant in saying that nothing paranormal or strange in nature happened while his brother was owner of the ranch. He knows this because he was on the ranch many times. So I think there was a mythology built around that, in the same way that a mythology gets built around a number of cases that end up on the silver screen as a 'true story'."

Carrion also stated, "There's a mythology that was being built up. Why was it being built up? I think it had somewhat to do with the mythology surrounding Area 51. Somebody wants to continue that mythology. The same way that the mythology is continued around Dulce, New Mexico, and underground bases and a lot of the stuff that we hear about that really has no substantiation.

"Just because a billionaire owns the ranch, and a book is out there written by folks that allegedly were on the ranch, doesn't make it true."

Summing up events surrounding Bigelow and the Skinwalker Ranch, Carrion stated, "All I know is somebody is obfuscating what is really going on, and I don't think it has to do with protecting people's lives [concerning the lack of access and lack of transparency]. I think it's something else."

2:08:00 How can the average person separate signal from noise? What would Carrion tell a young person getting involved in ufology?

"I would say, based on my years of exposure, don't focus on the signal, focus on the noise. There's a lot to be learned from the noise.

"It's almost – I've said this quite a few times – the absence of evidence is as telling as the presence of evidence. So if you go into this field with an open mind, you put aside your beliefs, you really look to see why there's so much noise surrounding this field. Pay attention to the noise. Pay attention to the characters that are in the field.

"Make sure that you check their sources. Make sure you check every single fact. You better be a fact checker, because if you're not a fact checker, you're gonna be at the recipient end of disinformation, hoaxes and just being led down the primrose path that a lot of ufologists find themselves.

"The bottom line is to go out there with a sincere desire to know truth and to learn truth, no matter how hurtful that truth may be, even if it hurts your own beliefs. Look for that truth."

The full podcast includes James Carrion discussing his book, The Rosetta Deception, his thoughts on controversial writer/researcher William Moore, former Director of Central Intelligence Roscoe Hillenkoetter who joined the UFO research organization National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP), strategic deception, intriguing high strangeness and much more. Learn more about Carrion and his work at his blogs Follow the Magic Thread and The Rosetta Deception

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Put WIT on Your List of Satire Sites, and Somebody Tell Stubblebine and Laibow

A website hosting the so-called Wyoming Institute of Technology is posting outrageous and unsubstantiated claims, apparently under the increasingly popular click-bait guise of satire. A quick web search indicated several bloggers and forum visitors to be aware of the circumstances, but it seems no one sent retired intelligence expert Gen. Stubblebine or his writer/researcher wife Dr. Laibow a memo. 

Stubblebine and Laibow

Regular readers of The UFO Trail are aware of posts involving the activities of retired career intelligence officer Gen. Albert Stubblebine III and his wife, Dr. Rima Laibow. The controversial couple have been splashing the pot in UFO and conspiracy circles for decades now. Their endeavors include Stubblebine being credited with an influential role in Project STAR GATE, a now declassified CIA-funded Remote Viewing initiative. Prominently featured in Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats, Stubblebine was also recognized during his career as responsible for redesigning the intelligence structure of the entire US Army. Laibow worked extensively with alleged alien abductees, was a proponent of hypnosis used as a memory retrieval tool and reportedly considers herself an experiencer of such abduction-like phenomena. 

It is for such reasons that from time to time I browse the website of the nonprofit organization, Natural Solutions Foundation, founded by the couple. Gen. Bert and Dr. Rima, as they are known to their supporters, regularly post warnings about an alleged band of global elites who aim to murder the vast majority of the human population. This, according to the general and doctor, is being accomplished through such means as turning children into autistic worker drones by way of harmful injections disguised as vaccinations, and poisoning the population via chemtrails. A healthy food supply is also at risk of dwindling into nonexistence, Dr. Rima frequently reports, in addition to numerous other ominous warnings consistently published by the couple.

Laibow's Latest

Laibow's latest piece, published July 7, opened with a warning to readers to hold on to their hats and brace themselves for a rough read. The medical doctor and psychiatrist proceeded to explain how we are virtually all what was termed "specimens in a laboratory", involuntary participants in an experiment "not going well".

Laibow wrote, emphasis hers, "First, scientists at the Wyoming Institute of Technology scanned 3000 people in the US. 1000 of them already were implanted with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), about which they knew nothing. That's one in three people!"

Whoa! Emphasis mine. 

Get outta town, I thought. A study conducted by a credible research facility in which some thousand people were identified as being unwittingly implanted with RFID chips? I would indeed want to read those reports. Was there any such substantiated published work?

Well, no, not really. You saw that coming, didn't ya?


Turns out the Wyoming Institute of Technology, which uses the acronym WIT (wink, wink...), operates a website which, by all reasonable evaluation, appears satirical, albeit more deceptively so than many might deem appropriate. The RFID story in question stated research subjects were supposedly found to have implants. WIT added that the implants were probably covertly administered during dental procedures and presented the story in somewhat of a format of a research paper. 

Serious academic website? Consider the posted conditions of touring the supposed facility, for instance, in which visitors must be willing to take iodine tablets for their own safety due to the "'Halls of Plutonium' exhibit, which is prominently featured along the tour route", and the stipulation that Muslims must obtain written permission from Homeland Security to enter.   

Then there are the satirical WIT employment opportunities. Researchers are well paid and offered very attractive bonuses if their findings correlate with expectations of private-sector funding partners. Night shift custodians are needed who will remove "medical waste" stored in black bags a few feet long and weighing a couple hundred pounds or so, and dump them in a river, making sure the bags sink.

Evolving Beliefs

Ha ha. Okay, real funny. Another website detrimental to understanding actuality while twisting and distorting factual aspects of certain circumstances to the point of beyond recognition. 

So why is Laibow citing such a story? It took me all of a half hour to form what I felt was a reasonable conclusion of the lack of authenticity of the WIT website and so-called research endeavors. I was so convinced their content is satirical that I chose not to bother to research the authors, browse Wyoming public records or similar options - and suffice it to say I'm neither a career intelligence professional nor married to one. 

Perhaps the answers to that question, why Laibow cites such dubious sources, are related to the reasons she and Gen. Stubblebine say and do many of the things they do, whatever those reasons may be. I would not venture an all inclusive conclusion, but I speculate such circumstances represent a greater role in the intentional manipulation of opinions and beliefs than many would prefer to consider. 


Related posts:

Ufology and Alleged Post-MKULTRA Mind Control

John Alexander, Contradictions and Unanswered Questions

Influence of the Intelligence Community in Ufology