Jeffrey and Roswell
By Stanton T. Friedman
Kent Jeffery, once a strong supporter of the Roswell
Saga, surprised everyone by
reversing himself, and declaring the whole Roswell Story
an overblown Myth.
This is Friedman's rebuttal.
anti-Roswell conclusions (MUFON Journal, June, 1997) are
based on the same kind of false reasoning that led to his pro-Roswell
views: Don't bother me with the facts, my mind's made up; be
enthusiastic and ready to put ones money where ones mouth is, but don't
have the facts in hand first; don't bother finding out how security
works; believe what one wants to believe. Do one's research by
proclamation rather than investigation. Select from the data available
to back up your conclusions, and ignore the facts that don't.
Kent stated on a recent radio show with me that he has never had a
security clearance and his article certainly shows over and over again
that he doesn't understand: that higher classification info cannot be
presented in lower classification documents; that having a particular
level clearance is not enough to gain access to classified information;
that one must have a need-to-know for that information; that people with
high level security clearance do not pass on classified information to
people not having a clearance and need-to-know for the information.
(1) This is in reference to the infamous
Alien Autopsy Film that was promoted by
Ray Santilli, and featured briefly on several TV UFO documentaries.
In 2006, Ray Santilli finally
admitted publicly that the film was a fake, although he claims; it was "based" on a real film that he
had once seen.
Kent decided the Santilli(1) footage was fraudulent because of the curled
phone cord. I asked if he had checked with the phone company. He said he
didn't need to. He knew there were no curled cords in 1947. He was
wrong. The patent was granted in 1937 and production began in 1938. I
tried to keep him from wasting big money on attorneys because no
evidence had been presented that Frank Kaufman had played any roll in
intelligence in 1947 (he was a civilian clerk on the base) or needed
legal counsel. Kent didn't need any evidence because he and his father
had a good visit with Frank. So he wasted thousands of dollars.
I tried to get him to understand that it was ridiculous to jump from
talking about events in New Mexico in July, 1947 to demanding the
president declassify everything learned about ETs since 1947 which
might, of course, include technology of great importance from a military
viewpoint. I didn't sign the Roswell Initiative because I do not believe
technical data (defensive or offensive) should be put on the table for
the Saddam Husseins of the world. Remember that one can't tell one's
friends without telling one's enemies.
Kent can't seem to understand the utter foolishness of his comment that
information about ETs is "knowledge of profound importance to which we
are all entitled". Important? Certainly. But why does he think we are
all entitled? There is an annual black budget of $30 Billion. Our
elected representatives obviously believe there is a great deal of
information to which we are not entitled. Other foolish nonsense
includes "The existence of a crashed alien spacecraft would have been
much more of a social and scientific issue than a national security
issue." Is there no understanding that the government was confronted
with a vehicle having exotic flight capability (clearly potentially
useful for weapons delivery, for defense, for reconnaissance) whose
origin wasn't known, whose purpose wasn't known, and whose technology
would be useful, not only to the US, but to our enemies? What weapons
did the aliens have? Would aliens work with our enemies? would they be
attacking Earth? These are major security issues.
Kent hardly mentions the security level of the many documents to which
he refers, and which he proclaims would have certainly told about a
crashed saucer. He acts as if he has seen all the relevant documents,
and as though all members of the advisory board would have had a
need-to-know for compartmentalized information. Only one document, as it
happens, was TOP SECRET and it dealt with "Analysis of Incidents", not
analysis of wreckage; two very different areas of technological
investigation. I have been to 17 Archives now. At none of them did I
have access to Special Compartmented Information rated, for example, TOP
SECRET/UMBRA or ULTRA, or MAJIC. W.B. Smith, in a 1950 TOP SECRET memo
said the matter of flying saucers was the most classified subject in the
USA, even more than the H-bomb. And Kent thinks we are all entitled to
know all about them !!!
Kent talked to 3 former officers of the FTD, none of whom were at
Wright Pat in 1947. He insults them by saying if they had known anything
highly classified about crashed saucers, they would have told him (no
clearance and no need to know) what they knew. The very reason they
might have been so kind to him is that they wanted to be sure to
dissuade someone so naive that there was anything. Furthermore, I have
several times been inside a vault at FTD when I was a project engineer
on a contract with them for Aerojet General Nucleonics. It was a very
compartmentalized place. The primary focus at FTD was paperwork from
foreign scientists, spies, and intelligence analysts. I have trouble
believing it was ever FTD's job to go from analyzing wreckage to
developing new technology. The U-2, Stealth, SR-71, and a myriad of
other technologies were devised by industry under contract to major CIA,
USAF, NAVY, or Army groups, NOT at FTD.
General Arthur Exon told me in person that he did NOT have a need to
know for all the activities at WPAFB even when he was base commander in
the mid 60's. We cannot even be certain that the three officers would
have been told about events and wreckage brought there more than a
decade earlier. Their concern was the here and the now, the near future,
and enemy (not alien) technology. It would have been much more likely to
ship wreckage to a highly classified facility such as Area 51
(supposedly established in the late 1940s), or a part of Los Alamos or
Sandia. With the very successful Manhattan Project as a shining example,
it seems most likely that a Special Project would have been established
outside the US Air Force, Navy, or Army.... let's call it Operation
Kent talks about conversations with B-29 pilots. Why would they have
had a need to know for info about crashed saucers? That wouldn't help
them be better bomber pilots. Again he insults them by saying that if
they knew or had known anything beyond what was in the papers they would
have told him. I should mention I attended the 50th anniversary reunion
of the 509th in Wendover, Utah and another reunion in Roswell, and
talked with loads of people from the 509th. I was also very impressed
with the men of the 509th. Kent proclaims, "The most significant and
dramatic event in recorded history would surely have been discussed by
these men". Security doesn't work this way. In the first place, no need
to know. In the second place, if they did know they would have known
better than to talk to anybody. Remember that Jesse Marcel was in
Intelligence; Cavitt and Rickett were in the Counter Intelligence Corps.
None were pilots.
Kent denigrates Pappy Henderson. I spoke with his wife, with his
daughter, with his son, with his world War 2 Bombardier. He told none of
these people before seeing a newspaper article about the crash after
1980. He did tell his good friend, Dentist John Kromsohroeder, before
the article appeared, but with his promise on his honor as a former
naval officer, he wouldn't talk about it. John didn't talk until after
the Unsolved Mysteries broadcast which included Sappho Henderson. Pappy,
after all, was entrusted with flying VIP's over the harbor in the
Pacific after nuclear weapons were detonated there during Operation
Crossroads in 1946.
Kent rattles on about the high reliability of today's aircraft engines
implying that alien spacecraft would be much more reliable. One would
think the only reason an airplane could crash was engine failure. Yet
Kent himself tells of an MD-88 that crashed because the flaps weren't
set properly. The Valujet and TWA 800 crashes didn't occur because there
was engine failure, but apparently because of unexpected events having
nothing to do with engine reliability. Landing gear have collapsed on
airplanes. I hate to remind Kent, a professional pilot, that
occasionally pilots make errors too. Sometimes birds are ingested into
engines; no fault of the engine. Kent states the craft must be capable
of interstellar flight. Why? There are many reports of huge mother ships
carrying smaller saucers. Fighters attacking North Vietnam didn't fly
there directly from the USA on each mission. Many flew from aircraft
carriers located near the front.
Kent acts as though the debris found by Mac Brazel must have been all
there was. There have been aircraft accidents where an engine was found
many miles from the fuselage. I am convinced, partly from the Eisenhower
briefing, as delineated in "TOP SECRET/MAJIC", that alien bodies (NOT
time shifted crash test dummies) and other wreckage from inside the
craft, were found just a few miles from the debris field. Kent complains
about nothing exotic being found because he apparently thinks he knows
all about alien spacecraft construction. One of the things that Jesse
Marcel senior impressed upon me in 1978 was the LACK of anything
Kent doesn't know, for example, what the outer hull (skin?) of an alien
vehicle would look like. How could indestructible material be spread
out? By an incredible explosion induced by a lightning bolt dumping a
huge amount of energy into a magnetoaerodynamic propulsion system. The
steel left after the Oklahoma city bombing was still very strong even
though broken. A radar beam known to be on could have disrupted a
propulsion or guidance system causing a collision. After all 40% of the
UFO sightings in the summer of 1947, according to Bloecher, involved
more than one vehicle. There is ample evidence that another vehicle went
down in the Plains of San Augustin, as described in "Crash at Corona",
having a gash in the outer hull like two parentheses face to face. This
is ignored totally by Kent and others who, for whatever reason, do not
want it to be true.
Jesse Marcel spoke to Walter Haut about a piece of the very strong
lightweight metal being rested on a rock with the other end on the
ground. A sledgehammer was applied with no dent; hardly paper backed
foil radar reflector easily torn by a 4 year old. And do you REALLY
believe you couldn't dent a paper-backed foil lying on the ground using
a sledgehammer at will ?????
One of the worst things about Kent's article is that it employs tunnel
vision. What about the testimony of Bill Brazel, who found strange
wreckage himself? Of Judd Roberts the radio station man? Of Elizabeth
Tulk and Phyllis McGuire the sheriff's daughters? Of Loretta Procter, of
other ranchers? I spoke with all of these in April. What about all the
testimony relating to the Plains of San Augustine crash and the easy
proof that the NSA and CIA are withholding UFO related information. Why
does Kent act as though flying disc and UFO mean the same thing? My
lecture is Flying Saucers are Real, NOT UFOs are real because only some
UFOs are flying saucers, though all flying saucers are UFOs.
He acts as though the US government would never lie. When the Trinity
Site nuclear explosion occurred in July, 1945, a cover story was issued
saying an ammunition dump had blown up, but fortunately, no one was
injured. During WWII elaborate disinformation schemes were used to
misdirect enemy activity. Yes, Virginia, governments do lie, and yes,
the US government has recovered two crashed alien saucers in New Mexico
in July 1947 complete with bodies, as described in "Crash at Corona" in
spite of the attacks of noisy negativists.
Kent blindly accepts the current stories from Cavitt and Newton
although they completely contradict earlier stories told by them long
before Roswell became a big deal. Their stories even contradict each
other as well as the testimony of Jesse Marcel and Lou Rickett told to
me first hand long ago. The only basis for even considering a Mogul
balloon explanation is the disinformation newly told by Mac Brazel after
having been reprogrammed, (according to Judd Roberts, Bill Brazel,
Loretta Proctor, the Stricklands, Frank Joyce) and reported in the Daily
Record on July 9, 1947 along with the supposed June 14 recovery date and
the sticks and foil nonsense. July 8 articles say the stuff was
recovered "last week". Even the RDR says the stuff covered an area 200
yards in diameter; neat trick for a few sticks and foil from a radar
reflector. Brazel would never have made the difficult trip to Roswell
for a tiny radar reflector. If Cavitt was being truthful, Brazel would
have tossed the wreckage (Cavitt said it would fit in one vehicle) in
the back of his pickup, and there would have been nothing to take Marcel
back to see.
But wait, Cavitt now says he immediately recognized it as a balloon
covering an area 20 feet square. Captain McAndrew says it was a huge
Mogul train of balloons over 500 feet long with 23 balloons and
sonobuoys and radar reflectors. How could that come down in an area 20
feet on a side? Why didn't Cavitt describe any foil and sticks? Could he
have thought that he was supposed to say a balloon, rather than a Mogul
Balloon? Why had Cavitt tried to convince Don Schmitt and Kevin Randle
he wasn't even based in Roswell in early July, 1947 when he now, many
years later, has clear recall of a simple balloon? Why did Cavitt lie
when he said he went out with Jesse and Rickett and saw nobody else.
There was no way he could ever have gone to the debris field without
Marcel and Rickett each said they had gone out separately with Cavitt.
Why doesn't Kent tell us the last line of the July 9 article, "I am sure
what I found was not any weather observation balloon." Remember that
Brazel had previously recovered balloons. Why doesn't Kent mention that
Colonel Weaver, in the huge AF report, intentionally eliminated a most
important phrase from a July 8, 1947, FBI memo about the supposed
balloon, "The object found resembles a high altitude weather balloon
with a radar reflector (but that telephonic conversation between their
office and Wright Field had not borne out this belief) disc and balloon
being transported". The intent is clearly to deceive.
Newton's testimony is very different now from what it was in 1979 to
Bill Moore after I had located him. Could it possibly be relevant that
both are loyal career officers on nice pensions who need no hassles in
retirement? Remember that almost 20 years ago Jesse told me that the
wreckage covered a huge area hundreds of yards long and that he and
Cavitt each took away only a small portion of it. Remember too that Mrs.
Cavitt told Bill Moore, "He's not going to tell you anything. They told
him not to." Bill had unfortunately mentioned at the Toronto MUFON
conference that we had located Cavitt before he had been visited.
Kent says the symbols drawn based upon Jesse Jr's testimony are the
same as recalled by Newton. They look about as much alike to me as Greek
and Russian letters. Did it not occur to Kent that Newton might have
seen Jesse's symbols at the Roswell museum or on an extruded replica?
Funny, he hadn't mentioned the symbols years ago. Funny that the CIA's
most sophisticated photo analysis couldn't find any of that wonderful
toy factory tape in the photos.
In short, Kent Jeffrey's enthusiastic "definitive" article is a
splendid example of propaganda, NOT investigation.
(c) Stanton T. Friedman, 1997.