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Science has left the building – The Historic MUFON 2017 Symposium and How the Show Must Go On

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017
by James Clarkson


Science has left the building – The Historic MUFON 2017 Symposium and How the Show Must Go On

This morning I opened my computer and immediately took a powerful two punch combination on the jaw. Someone I respect highly in the field of UFO Investigation was praising the victorious opening of the 2017 MUFON Symposium where Corey Goode and his secret career in the Space Army is the major attraction. Ticket sales and attendance are stellar; stories that are wildly sensational with no supporting evidence are the flavor of the day. Hearing this researcher praise the “historic” 2017 MUFON Symposium, I wondered what kind of Jim Jones Kool-Aid they were serving in Las Vegas. How this praise of the Corey Goode 2017 MUFON Honorarium is reconciled with the now cliché mission statement of MUFON is the subject of this article: MUFON – The scientific investigation of UFOs for the benefit of humanity. Requiescat in pace.

The punch that knocked me out of my chair and on to the floor was when I opened my e-mail. I received an announcement from Robert Powell, MUFON Director of Scientific Research – He resigned and is leaving MUFON right before this year’s MUFON Symposium began. Here is a quote from the MUFON website about some of the major work he has accomplished for MUFON and the field of Ufology:

Robert Powell joined MUFON in 2006 and has been the Director of Research at MUFON since 2007. He helped establish and develop MUFON’s Science Review Board and is its current leader. He is a Texas state section director and an active Field Investigator in the state of Texas having completed over 120 investigations and is a MUFON STAR Team member.

His background also includes 28 years of engineering management work in the semi-conductor industry and managing a state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory and managing a Research and Development group that worked on nanotechnology using atomic force microscopes, near-field optical microscopy, and other techniques. His departure signals that the last dissenting voice has left MUFON management. He has been a voice of reason and his integrity as a scientist was holding back MUFON leadership from its push to make MUFON into a million dollar enterprise.

His resignation is a statement of protest about the speaker selection of the current Symposium. After communicating with him today and in the light of the departure of Rich Hoffman who was a member of MUFON since its beginning in 1969, it is very clear that these are “historical” times for MUFON and Ufology. Powell found himself alone trying to persuade Jan Harzan and the Board not to choose the Secret Space Program as the theme of the 2017 Symposium. Rich Hoffman before he quit felt himself alone and losing the battle to help State Directors and Field Investigators.

If you believe as I do, that for many years MUFON had a proud place in the field of UFO Investigation, then the Corey Goode MUFON 2017 Symposium is historical in the same sense that history was made when the Titanic hit the iceberg on that fateful night on April 15, 1912. There will be survivors in the water and some may be rescued, but the mighty ship will sail no more. It may take a while to sink, but as a serious investigative organization, I don’t see how they will convince anyone but themselves that MUFON is reputable. As a UFO entertainment company – it may do very well thanks to unprovable claims like those of Corey Goode, Jaime Maussan, and others.

But let’s don’t confuse the issues. The 2017 MUFON Symposium was held in a beautiful venue outside of Las Vegas. There are many very dedicated people in MUFON and I know they work diligently on reported UFOs, and once a year they get to meet, completely at their own expense with no discounts for anybody. It is very difficult to attend such an event for much less than about $2,000 if you live any distance away. For many dedicated people in MUFON that cost is out of their reach. But the flow of money, energy, and resources to MUFON Headquarters is a one-way street. The monetary, business side of MUFON is the dark side.

In fairness, the economic argument is that a large national organization cannot continue unless it has an experienced corporate manager like Jan Harzan. And just like so many corporations across the world that pay high salaries and dividends to those at the top, their compensation becomes the primary driving issue behind all decision-making. Infrastructure improvement in the form of a faster, modern server for the MUFON Case Management System, some investment in the cost of major investigations, perhaps a discount incentive for State Directors who donate hundreds of hours continually – these are issues that are paid lip service, but they are never realized. Like so many corporations the original vision of their founders is lost in the necessities of the marketplace and the supreme commandment that revenue must be increased at all costs. The public is fickle and shallow. They must be continually titillated or they lose interest. This is a sad reality.

Perhaps it is not possible for a large-scale UFO investigative organization to exist any longer if it maintains rigorous research standards and investigative integrity. Pointing out how implausible Corey Goode’s Time Travel Resume is, simply isn’t any fun. The public wants whatever is sensational, not what is objectively true. Robert Powell’s departure from MUFON is very much like the departure of the last real scientist from Trump’s cabinet. Once rid of all that pesky “science stuff,” then the Hollow Earth and the Secret Space Armada will help sell tickets for many years to come. At least this way what is important will continue – the revenue stream to MUFON headquarters.

Not long after Jan Harzan became the MUFON CEO in 2013 he hired a business consulting firm. All the State Directors completed a lengthy written questionnaire about their MUFON state organizations. Six directors were interviewed at length by telephone and I was one of them. The questions were not about problems recruiting investigators, coping with the costs of renting venues for meetings, an antiquated computer system or burdensome reporting forms. Instead the questions always came back to one theme: How much revenue do you get from your MUFON organization and how much can you donate to headquarters?

Two things come to mind when I think about the Corey Goode phenomena: the first is a delightful book I read to my children by Dr. Suess titled The Big Brag. To succeed in telling a whopper you just must outdo all the other liars. The second is an anecdote from my police career. We were called to a disorder in a local nightclub at closing. We were told that a dangerously out of control Vietnam Vet was behind the bar and he was threatening to kill anyone who went back there. The employees were fearful. We asked if anyone knew his name and the name Bob Richards was given, a well-known local belligerent drunk.

We called out his name. He answered loudly from behind the bar and then began threatening to kill any of us who approached him because he claimed to be ex-Special Forces from Vietnam. One of the officers yelled out, “If you’re Bob Richards from southside, wouldn’t you have been about 12 years old when the Vietnam War happened?” There was a long silence and moments later we were leading Bob Richards away in handcuffs without resistance. The point: To be important, he needed people to believe his story. It worked as long as no one could prove that it was untrue. The story is so much more effective if you can’t prove it one way or the other. And Corey Goode has created a Big Brag that no one can challenge, more especially now that he has been honored by MUFON. The details he provides are delightfully derivative from numerous Contactee testimonies over many years. PT Barnum would love Mr. Goode.

Goode claims to have had a 20-year career with the Secret Space program and because of time travel, in our timeline he was only gone for a moment. No one can ever prove or disprove anything he claims. His only fear is the competition like Jaime Maussan and the Peruvian Plaster of Paris Alien Mummy. If you believe Goode’s claims without question, I can make you a great deal on the Space Needle in Seattle, which is a camouflaged galactic star cruiser parked on its tower for emergency deployment. Presenters like Goode will help sell Symposium tickets for years to come; their credibility will never be damaged by something annoying, like evidence.

My own experience with the MUFON Special Assignments Team (SAT) taught me the same lesson repeatedly: if your investigation does not endorse the spectacular claims of any witness whose story is of commercial interest to Jan Harzan, then your conclusions will be ignored by management. The only criteria for being given the stage in MUFON is whether or the story has enough “sizzle to sell.”

The Special Assignments Team (SAT) was asked in 2015 to investigate “part” of a very dubious UFO Crash case submitted by Paola Harris. Who ever heard of partially investigating a UFO report, especially when the key piece of evidence is a cast aluminum windmill pump part that is being presented as an artifact stolen from the interior of a crashed UFO in 1945? The SAT found critical investigative failures. She claimed the site was deliberately planted with noxious weeds that were genetically modified by the Government to deter UFO researchers from exploring the alleged crash site, and then on Harris’ own YouTube videos, we see the same group walking through the weeds wearing shorts. Apparently, they no longer needed to wear the full body isolation suits that look so “scientific” on camera. Frank Kimbler, who is a scientific researcher from Roswell, pointed out that the claims of Harris’ elderly witness were not supported by the evidence. The SAT agreed. But such a finding doesn’t sell Symposium tickets. And the result? We got to watch Harris be given special status and an award for investigative excellence at the 2016 Symposium. This is one example of many.

Scientific research and investigative integrity are still attempted by many state directors and field investigators, but those qualities are irrelevant to management decision-making. They are the loyal crew who haven’t yet realized their ship is no longer seaworthy. The departure of Robert Powell signals the end of an era when MUFON aspired to seriously investigate the UFO Mystery. Now it is all for show. Keep the lights low and the circus noisy, and the show will continue.

With Rich Hoffman and Robert Powell gone, Science, Reason and Investigative Integrity have left the building for the good of increased revenue. JZ Knight aka Ramtha with all her wealth and power is now guiding the MUFON Inner Circle; nothing stands in the way of MUFON becoming the greatest UFO Show on Earth.



GLENN DENNIS – A Key Roswell Witness Died on Tuesday April 28, 2015

Posted on: May 5th, 2015
by James Clarkson


Time runs too fast and then it runs out. Suddenly I am here thinking about a man I had the honor of meeting in September of 2000 when my wife and I visited the International UFO Museum in Roswell, NM. One lengthy conversation with him over coffee changed my perspective on UFOs permanently. I knew enough of the Roswell events of 1947 that I was a bit star-struck when I met Glenn Dennis. Anyone who has studied the Roswell UFO Crash Retrieval Event of 1947 knows about Glenn: then a young man working at the Ballard Funeral Home and how he answered a phone call from the nearby Walker Army Air Field in July of 1947.

The military wanted to know how many “child-sized coffins” the funeral home had in stock. In another call they inquired how to preserve a body found in the desert so that its chemical composition would not be changed. Later on that eventful day Glenn transported an injured soldier back to the base and ended up in the middle of a hectic by military personnel to collect the bodies and the wreckage and impose tight security over an unprecedented event.

Walking through the base hospital as he had done routinely before, he was confronted by a friend, the famous Nurse, who came out of a room at the air base where the body of one of an alien was being autopsied. She told him to leave right away but not before he was confronted by a belligerent officer who threatened his life if he kept talking about the military investigating a “crash.” A day or so later, the Nurse described her ordeal in detail ton include a detailed physical description of an alien humanoid. These are the key elements of Glenn Dennis involvement in the Roswell UFO Crash Retrieval Event of July 1947.

I had a purpose in visiting the UFO Museum beyond just being a first-time tourist. I had prepared a fully formatted transcript of my primary interview with June Crain and I was donating it to the Research Library of the Museum. It was my way of saying thanks to the Museum and to Glenn Dennis and others for making “Roswell” into a household word, synonymous with a crashed UFO, recovered alien technology, and an ongoing cover-up by Uncle Sam. As I will explain the prominence of Roswell in the field of UFO history is one of the reasons June decided to disclose her life story to me as I will explain.

Glenn Dennis opened the interview transcript and carefully looked it over. He looked up and said, “I can tell you put a lot of work into this. Thank you.” He invited me into an office for coffee and we talked. I wasn’t the same when I left that conversation. I think anyone who met Glenn Dennis would agree with me – he was a rural Southwest gentleman, what computer programmers call WYSIWYG, what you see is what you get, but he was also a gentleman. I think just how honorable a man he was is best shown by what he did, and did not do, before he passed on. That sense of honor was what created a dilemma when it came to his account of his friend the Nurse.

The circumstances that led to my meeting with Glenn Dennis in 2000 started 7 years before. In 1993 while giving a UFO lecture at the local library in Ocean Shores, WA I met a lady named June Crain. She told me afterwards that she knew I was right – The Government knows all about UFOs, and they are keeping it secret. When I asked how she knew, she said very directly, “Because I worked there.” When I asked her if she would tell me more, she said she couldn’t, “Because, they will come and arrest me.”

As someone who had worked in top secret laboratories at Wright Patterson AFB from 1942 to 1952, June was bound by her security oath and her patriotism not to disclose what she knew about the difference between what the Air Force tells the public about UFOs and how the taboo subject is discussed by scientists and engineers working on classified projects. If they had ever met, June and Glenn would have struck up an easy conversation; if being blunt meant being honest and to the point, then blunt it would be. Both of them were straight-shooters.

Two events in 1997 triggered a full disclosure by June Crain. The first was the Phoenix Lights UFO sighting on March 13, 1997 where a massive UFO was seen by countless witnesses over Arizona to include the Governor. The second event was the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the UFO Crash in Roswell to be celebrated on the July 4th weekend.

The popularity of Roswell, Aliens and UFOs was never more evidence than in 1997 when the 50th anniversary of the Roswell Crash was so well attended that off duty law officers from all over New Mexico were hired for traffic control. UFOs were all over the popular media that year; a survey showed that 80 percent of the public believed the government was covering-up the truth about UFOs. I think if you took that survey now, the percentage might be even higher.

The Secret Keepers had a problem; if they were going to follow through on the national UFO propaganda agenda set forth by the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel of 1952, and downplay all valid UFO reports, and generally keep the subject marginalized and subject to knee-jerk ridicule by the Media, then they needed to manufacture a counter strategy. The counterstrike was launched in June 1997 with the publication of what was alleged to be the “Truth” about Roswell in the form of a large report titled “The Roswell Report – Case Closed” from Headquarters USAF by Captain James McAndrew.

The publication of this third or fourth “final” explanation for Roswell by the USAF received the maximum possible exposure by CNN and all of the news outlets. This was in keeping with the general role of the Media on the subject of UFOs – they are seldom objective, choosing instead to be either attack dogs or lap dogs of the Secret Keepers. In the case of June Crain a retired lady living in Ocean Shores, she watched the CNN news stories about Mogul balloons and test dummies dropped by parachute in the desert mistaken for aliens from crash flying saucers, and she got angry. In her case the stratagem of publishing “The Roswell Report – Case Closed” couldn’t have backfired more.

After four years of not hearing from her, June Crain called my home and immediately said, “It’s a damned lie.” And that phone call led to a friendship and a remarkable series of disclosures. But if Glenn Dennis, Walter Haut and others had not created the International UFO Museum in Roswell, then I don’t believe I would have heard from June, and I would not have gone on my own journey resulting from keeping my promise to June Crain when she was dying that I would continue to tell her story.

But in 2000 when I met Glenn Dennis, I didn’t know what I would do with June’s remarkable story. We got coffee and I told Glenn how I met June and why I thought her story helped to corroborate what I knew about Roswell. In return he went over his story. I know he told his story to many over the years, but the most important revelation was when he told me had made a mistake in dealing with the early UFO researchers. Of course, he was speaking about the mysterious Nurse in his account of the Roswell events.

Glenn said his biggest regret was giving a false name to them. He added he felt like “they wouldn’t leave me alone.” There have been many articles exploring the possible identity of the Nurse, or articles claiming that Glenn Dennis’ entire story could not be trusted because he didn’t give up the identity of the Nurse. For those who need to know more there is no better reference than the book by Don Schmitt and Thomas Carey titled Witness to Roswell. If you can read this book and not be convinced that the Roswell Event involved the crash retrieval of a true UFO with occupants, then either you lack all investigative insight, or you are carrying credentials from one of the alphabet soup agencies who love to tarnish the character of the messenger to prevent the public from ever figuring out just how important the message might really be.

(For those who want more detailed information about the Nurse, this website has extensive information about the Nurse in a more condensed version:

Perhaps you might wonder why I didn’t ask Glenn Dennis to tell me why he decided to keep the name of the Nurse secret given that confirming her name would almost certainly have been the smoking gun in the Roswell story. I could tell the issue of the Nurse’s identity was a sensitive subject. I knew it would be disrespectful. I knew when I shook Glenn’s hand and left that office that the Nurse was a very real person and his account of what she shared with her friend Glenn Dennis was true. I also knew what kind of a man I had the pleasure of meeting that day – he had made a promise to a friend not to divulge her identity.

After over 20 years of criminal investigations for a city police department and another decade of administrative investigations for a state agency, I know just how important an investigative lead might be. No one would like more than me to help end the Big Lie and to prove that Contact with ET’s has occurred. But there is one thing I won’t do; I wouldn’t betray a friend and I wouldn’t compromise my integrity.

In a weak moment Glenn Dennis made a choice that he regretted. He invented a false name for the Nurse. If we accept the basic facts of the story, this was a woman who was scared to death by what she had witnessed; she had seen the body of an apparently intelligent being probably from another world. All of her previous assumptions about religion and human culture were in a state of upheaval. Also, she had disclosed what she had seen to a civilian. If I had the kind of information that would prove once and for all how much our government has lied about UFOs, I think I would be scared too.

And if someone came to me like the Nurse came to Glenn Dennis, a friend needing to confide an awful scary secret, I would keep my promise no matter what. And if hard pressed I think I might have made the same decision as Glenn Dennis. I can imagine the internal debate: you know the UFO researchers are trying to bring the truth about Roswell to the public and they need the Nurse’s name to underpin your story, but if you disclose it you break a promise to a friend. And she might be harmed by the Secret Keepers or killed. That is a heavy burden.

UFO witnesses have real lives. I think sometimes we forget that element when we are trying to just follow the next investigative lead as opposed to trying to really understand what this witness has endured by having a close encounter with the unknown.

Finally, I am just paying tribute to a good, honest man who has passed on. I respect you, Glenn Dennis for what you shared about your part of the Roswell story, and for helping to create a museum that is an ongoing source of public education against the darkness imposed by the Secret Keepers. I remain honored that you shared your story with me. Godspeed.

-James E. Clarkson
UFO Researcher
Olympia, Washington
May 4, 2015

This Much is True

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013
by James Clarkson

I have a lifelong, genuine passion for trying to understand all aspects of the UFO Mystery. The knowledge that drives my quest is not completely definable. I just know that if I help gain a better understanding of how Non-Human Intelligence manifests in the Universe, how it has commingled in the history of the human race, and how it continues to interact with our civilization, then my purpose will be fulfilled.

The truth behind all the confusion, deception, and false interpretations is in fact, a signal laden with a profound message that belongs to every human being on Earth regardless of their politics or organization. It is inevitable and necessary that the people of Earth should understand who we really are in the Universe. When enough of us shed our old, fearful illusions and preoccupations, when we hold all life sacred no matter how diverse or strange it may be, then we have a chance to grow up as a civilization.

I am most fulfilled when I am actively pursuing the solution to the Mystery.

I pursue the UFO Mystery through Investigation, Writing, Research, and Presentations.

I recognize the moments when I am fulfilling my potential because I have shared my sense of wonder with others and helped some to seek their own higher awareness.

I am a leader to the extent that I may inspire others to explore the Mystery.

I bring credibility and professionalism to what I do.

Based upon 22 years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer to include 12 years as a first level supervisor, I enjoy the ability to remain logical and focused during complex investigations.

I have over 25 years experience investigating this profound mystery. I have had the privilege to meet many sincere thoughtful people whom I am proud to call friend or mentor.

I enjoy helping other investigators succeed with their cases no matter their organization. Any success that brings us even a tiny step closer to knowing the Truth benefits all of us.

There are other leaders in this field with far greater knowledge and accomplishments than what I have tried to contribute. I look for opportunities to persuade the public to study their work as a foundation for their own exploration of the UFO Mystery. We all need to learn from each other.

Whatever I do in this field, I want it to bring people together, not divide them further.

I will only investigate, write, research or present from a place of integrity: I try to do what is right and what is respectful and kind to others. If I have to make a criticism, it is about bringing about an insightful examination of policies, decisions, and actions, not attacking anyone personally.

I pledge to follow only one path in this pursuit, the path of the Heart.

-James E Clarkson March 11, 2012