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2017 – Fleeing Corporate Ufology and Finding My Way

Posted on: January 1st, 2018
by James Clarkson

(UFO Painting by Roxy Johnson)

Wandering between two worlds, one dead,
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head,
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.

Quote from Matthew Arnold
Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse

A Journey through 2017 as seen by an Experienced Investigator

Many psychics have pointed to 2017 as the Year of the Star; the major lesson is that it’s never easy to follow a Star, or Lights in the Sky, or more to the point, most of what passes for leadership in Washington DC or in Ufology. My wife, a retired Hospice Nurse and now a full-time poet and a psychic, posts the Tarot of the Day. On many occasions this year, the Tower has been drawn. The classic Tower is a stone turret struck by lightning and collapsing towards the ground. The meaning: what has been will no longer stand and profound change is upon us. We don’t know if it’s an omen of imminent catastrophe or a glowing talisman guiding us forward.

The collapse of old paradigms is everywhere. Without being partisan, on the national level, there is almost universal dissatisfaction and a pervasive sense that the conventional systems aren’t working. Billions were spent using every media strategy imaginable to promote one candidate or the other; the goal is not truth or serving the public; it’s about garnering the most attention right now for votes, money, or power. The impression I receive from most people in the aftermath of the 2016 Election Media Tsunami is Overloaded and Frustrated. How is Ufology different?

What is the major lesson for Ufology in 2017? It is clear like words burning on the Wall. The Non-Human Intelligence(s) are not arriving openly any time soon. We are not ready for Contact, not even close. If you don’t believe me, turn on the evening news. Or in the field of UFOs, pretend you know nothing about this subject, examine UFO websites and discussions on Facebook, and then ask yourself what we have learned since 1947. We’re selling a product we can’t objectively prove is real. And sadly, it is more about selling than investigating. If you investigate UFO reports long enough, you start asking deeper questions, ones that will not be answered any time soon.

What is the deeper Truth behind the UFO Mystery, or on a more personal level, what have I learned, and perhaps a better question, how have I served the collective effort to understand whatever this Mystery is – a gradual evolving connection with Non-Human Intelligence, misperceptions of natural and man-made phenomena, governmental disinformation to serve hidden intelligence strategies, or one of mankind’s greatest delusions, or all the above?

One part of the UFO Mystery is for certain – what hinders our research and enriches it is one crucial aspect. We can’t avoid the human factor. No matter how scientific you want to be, you must interview the witnesses. But unfortunately, the witnesses are humans who are influenced by ego, perceptual limitations, and social media. Now popularity is equated with veracity. The Internet is filled with people claiming to be experts, people who claim they have the truest perspective on UFO Reality usually because they became “informed” by some other web page. Or, they are on the other side of the problem and they are highly skilled armed with the latest media manipulation tools. Facts or evidence are no longer required, even in MUFON, which has been the greatest disappointment of the year for me.

In my regular working life, I wore several hats during a 20-year police career to include supervising a detective unit and field training for new officers. Interviewing people is an Art, not a true Science. Establishing trust, obtaining the cooperation of a stranger, and assessing the quality of the information obtained – this is learned by experience and requires finesse and compassion. There is no precise way to measure these qualities.

What has gone wrong with MUFON has also gone wrong with Ufology. Investigative journalism has been derailed by the same forces. In this way Ufology reflects larger issues that are pervasive to current media-driven culture. Wild, unsubstantiated claims get the most attention in Ufology and in politics because they generate attention which converts to dollars and allegiance. People who are logical, reasonable and sane do not sell as many symposium tickets, or as many books or DVDs. To prove that argument I submit the names of the two key speakers at the 2017 MUFON Symposium, Corey Goode and Andrew Basiago. They fill seats at conferences, but they will never be accused of being bogged down by evidence.

It appears that just about everything has been over-run by the Corporate Model – any statement or conduct is acceptable if it creates more income for those at the top. Rational thinking, scientific examination, and the idea of serving others is not profitable. Say something outrageous and unsubstantiated and you will drown out what is reasonable.

What is communicated about UFOs or what we are told about current events in Washington DC is held to the same venal, pragmatic standards. The information we receive only adds value if it adds to how an organization appears to the public, if it promotes conference ticket sales or sells more merchandise.

After 30 years as a member of the Mutual UFO Network and even more years as a UFO researcher, I reached a crisis point this year. Bob Dylan said it well, “He not busy being born is busy dying.” I investigated over 800 UFO reports directly for MUFON, and I assisted on many more. Most of those cases may be summarized with the phrase that you go out the same door you went in. This is at the heart of why Dr. Hynek did not include Lights in the Sky Cases as valid scientific data. No matter how much the individual reporter may be certain that they have witnessed the presence of ET Intelligence, there is not much substance that will help humanity to collectively understand what is going on all around us.

I reached my crisis point as Washington State MUFON Director when a man from Seattle reported that while staying in a sketchy hotel by the airport he was attacked in the shower by a Gray Alien. His report included a selfie which told me that he could easily pass as an enforcer for the Russian mob. As proof of his close encounter, he included a recording of an unidentified person telling him that he was no longer possessed by demons. The other photos were closeups of the inside of a toilet which he submitted as evidence that he had sustained an internal injury while being attacked. I suspected a more likely explanation for his report was recreational pharmaceuticals and not eating enough fiber. He also couldn’t decide if he needed a Ufologist or an exorcist. When I asked basic questions, he became belligerent and threatening.

Most reports are not this horrendous but in many cases if you are an honest UFO investigator, you will have arguments with witnesses who don’t have even a basic knowledge of what is supposed to be in the night sky like Venus or the International Space Station.

MUFON requires with ever more complicated bureaucratic procedures, that every single report must become a full investigation. Couple that onerous requirement with the inherent nature of managing volunteers, and the result is that if you are a dedicated State Director, you are doing one of the most thankless jobs there is, for nothing. State Directors pay the same prices at the Symposium and elsewhere as any member of the public. Meanwhile, at the top the goal is to make MUFON a million-dollar enterprise by any means necessary with a commensurate salary and expense account for those at the top. I know this from inside sources and because I was one of the State Directors who was interviewed by a business consultant hired by MUFON’s International Director, Jan Harzan; the consultants only wanted to know two things: how much money did my state organization generate and how much could I donate to headquarters.

No one cares when directors complain about a MUFON computer server that is so slow that an Atari 64 would leave it at the starting line; this has been the subject of complaints for years with no action taken. The MUFON reporting form has a dazzling array of blanks to fill in, that seldom are completed by anyone. And then then there is the lack of any serious case screening; MUFON is the only “investigative” agency that claims to fully investigate every report it receives regardless of the quality. Every other investigative agency in the world makes decisions about resources and personnel versus case load. But with free labor, MUFON has no such worry – MUFON can use up State Directors like cheap work horses, why would it matter if the revenue stream continues?

On April 14, 2017, I traveled to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for the 30th Annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference to be the lead-off speaker. This was a great opportunity to share with a wonderful audience of over 400. I was also interviewed by Adam Ademovic for the YouTube channel UFO Hub. That one interview has connected me with people in many countries and now has 34,000 views. It is my attempt to  sum up what I have learned and to persuade others to think carefully about what they are accept as Evidence on the trail of the UFO Mystery. (See YouTube UFO Hub: )

But other events during this Conference turned out to be more significant. I met an extraordinary lady and she helped me realize that I could not stay with MUFON or the rest of Corporate Ufology any longer. While I was busy as a speaker elsewhere, my wife was meeting everyone in the Vendor’s Room. She made a new friend who referred her to a spiritual psychic named Yvonne.

I sat with Yvonne for a long time. We talked like people who had known each other forever but we had only just met, at least in this lifetime. I asked her if she had any overall insights for me – she looked in my eyes and said, “Only that I think we were brother and sister in another life.” It was an important moment only for way more reasons than I knew then. (If your scoff at the idea of reincarnation, I recommend Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian L. Weiss among other works on reincarnation.) There is one detail in this story that shouldn’t have to be included, but it must be for the rest of the story to make sense: My Other Sister is Black. What happened next combined with meeting Yvonne, led me to quitting MUFON.

In May 2017, John Ventre, MUFON State Director and Inner Circle Member of long standing, delivered a racist rant on Facebook. I started asking myself to what degree I am racist if I tolerate conduct from others that is hurtful and evil. The answer was obvious. In 1987, I joined MUFON out of a genuine love for the study of UFOs. That passion for the subject is even stronger now. In 30 years of study I don’t have many answers, but I am certain that if humanity is ever going to be ready to meet our Visitors openly, then we need to treat each other much better than we have demonstrated so far.

Soon after I heard about John Ventre’s rant, I spoke with a leader in this field who pointed out that there comes a point where State Directors should not remain silent. Shortly afterwards, Yvonne called me. She promised that if she visited her son that we would meet. We were able to see each other twice while she was visiting her son in the Seattle area.

Words and ideas have great power. Humans all bleed the same way, but humanity sure manages to figure out a whole lot of arbitrary distinctions just so one group can pretend to be superior to another like what color of skin we happened to have at birth. Social media has the power to instantly change the focus and perception of untold numbers of people. And it does not matter if perceptions are true and accurate or not, only that they are persuasive. I do not agree with Mr. Harzan that a simple declaration that John Ventre’s comments are not related to his special status in MUFON will eliminate the harm that this incident has done to MUFON’s reputation. People who step up and oppose racism are not “Haters hating.” They are expressing basic concern for the rights of ALL people.

I was a police officer for 20 years. The biggest problem with cops is simple – they recruit them from the human race. People judge all police officers by their last contact with any officer whether it was good or bad. It’s not fair, but it is human nature. This is more especially true if that officer, or in this case, MUFON State Director, has a special status in the organization. I have read and re-read Mr. Ventre’s remarks; racist is the only conclusion I can draw. I don’t want to be judged by someone else’s malicious attitude, or by an institutional policy of pretending this conduct is acceptable. There is a blog quote that cuts to the heart of the matter.

This is from a man named Robbie Graham posting on

Jan Harzan’s official statement here is an absolute disgrace. “Who is worse,” he asks, “the posters posting or the haters hating?” In the context of this issue, he’s implying that those who stand up to racism are as bad as (or worse than) the racists themselves, with the racist being merely a “poster” and the anti-racists being “haters.” He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. Utter disgrace. If Harzan represents MUFON, then MUFON is a joke, and a sick one at that.

This year was the 70th anniversary of the Roswell New Mexico UFO Crash Retrieval event. This great UFO Festival is always scheduled around the July 4th weekend. I had the good fortune to be one of the speakers at the UFO Museum. Roswell has become so familiar and so loved by my wife and I that we considered moving there. The city has many wonderful people, a strong arts community and two excellent museums aside from the UFO Museum. Add in the best chili relleno on the planet and you might begin to understand why I treasure my Roswell trips.

But when I hear the word Roswell I think of an ongoing investigation with over 600 witnesses who each have a piece of the puzzle. I think of the beginning of the National Security State. The National Security Act went into effect on September 18, 1947, less than 3 months after the disturbing new reality made its way to the highest levels of power. The armed services and intelligence services were placed under the Department of Defense. The CIA was born. In addition, when you consider the intimidation and criminal acts directed against the Roswell witnesses, there is little wonder why Roswell remains the mother lode UFO event in the USA.

By the time I left Seattle for Roswell, NM, I had resigned from my position as Washington State Director. I did this after I helped a very dedicated lady in my state become my replacement. Right after I made the initial announcement of my resignation as SD, I was contacted by Chase Kloetzke, the Director of the MUFON Special Assignments Team because she wanted me to remain as a team member. It was an uneasy accommodation, but out of respect for her, I agreed.

In 2016 some 5,000 visitors went through the International UFO Museum and Research Center over 4 days around the July 4th weekend. In 2017, 7,000 visitors visited in 3 days. City located Roswell has been described as a great city “conveniently located 200 miles from anywhere.” But this doesn’t stop people coming from all over the world to get as close to the Roswell UFO event as they can.

On Friday, June 30, I had dinner at Pepper’s on south Main Street with Greg Bishop and the other members of the Blue Blurry Lines, ad hoc UFO investigations group, the investigators who so adroitly solved the Roswell Slides case. The Roswell Slides became the cause celebre for the UFO community in 2015, leading up to Jaime Maussan’s big event on May 5 in Mexico City. I wasted a few dollars to live stream the event and I had the same reaction I have had to so many other promises of “real UFO disclosure” over the years – Everyone in the UFO community is playing the part of Charlie Brown. Lucy is holding up a football for us with the word Disclosure written on the side, and we just know that this time she won’t let us kick the empty air. Sad, pathetic and predictable.

Investigative integrity has been at the center of my thinking this year. A friend of mine who is one of the best UFO researchers in this field, commented about not staying silent when those in power are breaking the rules or violating ethics. If you stay silent long enough, you become like a Mafia wife. That was another part of why I had to resign my position as a MUFON State Director. (If you want to know the heart of what was troubling me as I sat in the company of Greg Bishop and the Blue Blurry Lines investigators, I invite you to read “UFOs: Reframing the Debate” edited by Robbie Graham. This is a book for people who want to think for themselves.)

Maybe my opinion is not a whole lot more important than anyone else’s when it comes to assessing the UFO Conundrum, but how I feel when I look in the mirror is. While I was talking to these gentlemen in Roswell after an excellent dinner at Pepper’s, I pulled my MUFON Special Assignments Team ID card out of my wallet and held it under the table. It became obvious that as long I remained on Jan Harzan’s special investigative team, I was tacitly endorsing the parade of UFO Showmen that have become de rigeur for MUFON Symposiums and Awards.

I recalled the Roswell Slides fiasco, and how an ad hoc group of investigators teamed up and got to the bottom of the fraud that was perpetrated on the entire UFO community. I say that as an experienced criminal investigator. I doubt that Adam Dew, Jaime Maussan and a few others, did anything except see dollars signs in the public reaction to the claim that the blurry slides were photos of a “Real ET” body instead of the mummified corpse of a Native American child. No one knows how much money was made from the May 5, 2015 presentation in Mexico City.

As we talked I started folding my MUFON SAT ID into pieces while we enjoyed our dinner and the company. When I left the restaurant, the pieces went into the trash. Although there are some excellent investigators in MUFON SAT, I decided I would no longer work for an organization that does not respect serious investigative work. I decided I no longer wanted to “get no respect,” with apologies to Rodney Dangerfield. My wife had put up with my grief over MUFON for so long; I know she was relieved when I decided to walk away.

There was one more significant event during this year’s Roswell UFO Festival for me. One of the main events of the annual UFO Festival is a Saturday night parade and the UFO Museum always has a float with the Festival speakers seated on the back. This year I got to sit next to a wonderful lady named Frankie Rowe. When I look back at the special meetings I have had over the last 30 years, I believe there really are reasons for every event in our lives. I know this was true when I met June Crain. It was just as true when I got to sit next to Frankie Rowe on the UFO Museum float this year.

At the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Roswell Crash, July 1, 2017, Frankie and I sat next to each other on the UFO Museum float and we swapped life stories. She had so much fun riding in the parade. She told me she had never ridden on a float before but she remembered marching in a parade as a cheerleader in her youth. I showed her how make her glow wand work and she smiled, waving back at the crowds gathered along the streets of Roswell while we shared our stories.

I told Frankie about my friend June Crain and Frankie shared what she learned from her father, Dan Dwyer, who responded to the crash site as a Roswell fireman and found the wrecked craft with bodies and one alien still walking around. The alien “talked in their heads.” She added that her father didn’t know the word telepathy but the being told them not to be afraid, that They meant us no harm and they had been watching us for a long time.

She said that she spent many years being afraid because of the soldier who threatened to murder her and her family if they talked about the UFO Crash. In 1947 she was 12 years old. But she had mostly gotten over the fear because the soldier’s son had come to her house in 2012 and asked for her forgiveness of what his father had done long Ago. (Frankie Rowe was shown a yearbook from Walker Army Air Field in 1947 and she identified Arthur Philbin for Roswell researchers Don Schmitt and Tom Carey.) Philbin’s son was healing himself by apologizing to Frankie because his father was a cruel man whose duty was to intimidate anyone who might tell the truth about Roswell.)

When she told me that she had never forgotten how afraid she was when she was threatened in 1947, I realized how far our own government would go to cover up whatever crashed outside of Roswell. Part of the importance of Frankie’s story is what it reveals about the darker side of the Military Industrial Complex. A telephone repairman discovered an old-style telephone tap on her line in 1997.

Right before we left Roswell on July 3rd of this month, we had breakfast with Frankie at the hotel. Joanne Clarkson read Frankie’s palm and they talked like old friends. Very fortunately, I had the impulse to take their picture at the table. Frankie at 82 years old was still a beautiful lady who spoke clearly with conviction and sincerity. Three weeks after I returned home, on July 28th, Frankie Rowe passed away peacefully in Breckinridge, Texas.

Quoting from her obituary, “Her greatest joy was going to the UFO museum on a regular basis. Frankie’s most treasured memories were living in the country, raising her children, farming and tending to her horses. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.” When I told Joanne the sad news and through her tears she said, “Now you have another angel.” I love the idea of one of those never-ending New Mexico sunsets, with Frankie on horseback accompanied by a wolf-dog. Frankie, you blessed everyone who knew you.

There was one more chapter in our visit to New Mexico in July 2017. On the last evening, July 3rd, we walked into a strange encounter in Old Towne, Albuquerque. Right before closing time, we walked into a shop offering Native American art. Behind the counter stood a woman from the Tewa tribe of the Tesuque Pueblo. I soon learned her name was Ruby Blue. In front of the counter was a family of five, a middle-aged couple and their three young adult children. The children, two girls and a boy, were all strikingly attractive. They were tall with blonde hair and blue eyes. The children were so striking that they looked like Nordic models, and not like their shorter parents.

Ruby Blue immediately greeted us by saying, “Would you like to help with the Corn Blessing ceremony?” Then she quickly added, “I asked Spirit for the Two Witnesses I need, and Spirit has heard me.” Blessings should be shared; we both said yes and soon all seven of us were given a pinch of ground corn to hold in our palms. Southwest Native American culture holds the Number Four as sacred – we stood in a line facing in each of the Four Cardinal directions as Ruby Blue recited a prayer in her native language. After the closing I turned to comfort my wife, who a vision that brought tears to my wife. I turned to look for the family and they had vanished. I never heard them depart.

Before we left, Ruby Blue explained that she was a medicine woman. I told her how it was that we arrived in her shop right after we had driven from Roswell after the UFO Festival. As we left she said, “You will meet an Alien within a year and a half. You will see the Alien, but your wife will not see it.” I am watching for that Arrival all the time.

We returned home on July 4 and I submitted my final and complete resignation from MUFON. And as is customary, you devote many years of service to MUFON and they don’t even say thank you. The backbone of MUFON are the State Directors who volunteer thousands of hours to an organization that doesn’t even offer a slight discount to them at the annual Symposium. MUFON is very Soviet; once you have left or been purged, it is as if you never existed.

On July 22, 2017, a much more significant resignation was delivered to Jan Harzan. Robert Powell, the Director of Scientific Research resigned over extreme frustration with the direction of MUFON, especially as reflected in the selection of Corey Goode and Andrew Basiago as the lead speakers for the 2017 Symposium. More ominous still is that Powell’s position has not been filled. I wrote a blog entry that describes the significance of Robert Powell’s resignation titled “Science has left the building – The Historic MUFON 2017 Symposium and How the Show Must Go On” ( )

It is alarming enough that Robert Powell felt compelled to resign; anyone who cares about MUFON’s original mission should be in a state of total alarm. It’s not about the UFO Mystery; it’s all about Entertainment with a capital “E” and a dollar sign.

On a side note, what makes this history somewhat more bitter than sweet, Tom DeLonge, the former indie rocker of the group Blink-182 is scoring big dollars with his move to harness the general enthusiasm for alternative technology and ET Disclosure. DeLonge’s “Public Benefit Corporation,” called To the Stars is raising money via crowdfunding and currently has initially pulled in $265,605 from 535 investors. As of December 12, 2017, the website indicates that $ 2, 085, 953 has been raised from investors. Tom DeLonge keeps promising that the really great UFO stuff” will be released soon. With the To the Stars Academy Offering Circular dated September 29, 2017, page 24:

We are required to pay the DeLonge Parties royalties on gross sales ranging from 0.5 – 15% depending on the product category (see “Risk Factors”, “Liquidity and Capital Resources” and “Interest of Management and Others in Certain Transactions”). Mr. DeLonge has the right to approve any royalty granted to a third party in connection with a Licensed Product. If total royalty payments to the DeLonge Parties in any given calendar year fail to meet $100,000, we have agreed to pay any shortfall such that the annual minimum royalty paid to the DeLonge Parties will be $100,000.

Then there is the matter of associated expense accounts. If your travel, lodging and meals, etc. is covered by an expense account where you approve the expenditures, plus a hundred-grand salary, life is good. Even the $69,000 in 2016 to MUFON International Director Jan Harzan is pretty good for the UFO entertainment industry.

Mr. DeLonge’s UFO-related business venture seems to be all about rebranding and repackaging the same old information. The recent flurry of news stories about UFOs captured on fighter jet gun camera film are old cases that have been declassified. DeLonge’s novel titled SEKRET MACHINES was co-authored. The plot line is entertaining but derivative of many other sci-fi novels. Just today there was a Facebook story in Spanish praising Tom DeLonge for revealing the truth about Roswell – it was Nazi aircraft technology flown awry. I totally disagree with this explanation, but I hope Annie Jacobsen and Nick Redfern sue DeLonge for stealing their ideas.

But we are in the age where all that matters are getting more “Likes” or a bigger Twitter following than the competition. Truth doesn’t matter. Only the glitter requires dazzling quality. It is all about Form; who cares about Substance?
A recent commentary in an aviation magazine pointed out that the UFO videos do not have time, date, or location. One of the pilots is heard to identify one of the alleged UFOs as a drone aircraft. It appears that 2 of the 3 alleged UFO videos have been on the Internet before. So, Mr. Tom DeLonge – “Where’s the beef?”

If you look at the backgrounds of the Team supposedly assembled and led by Tom DeLonge, you find careers with the CIA, DoD, Bigelow Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and other contractors in the field of intelligence, aerospace and national defense. The obvious questions are Who is leading who, and for what purpose?

So here we are as members of the UFO research community, faced with an aging rock star from a pop punk band, Blink 182, Tom DeLonge. He is now a self-proclaimed UFO research guru and he is leading us all to the promised land of government Disclosure because he is the only person bold enough to knock on the doors of top secret intelligence agencies in DC and persuade them to tell us everything they know because of his charisma and celebrity status. Many of the team members of the To the Stars Academy are “former” members of the CIA. This is the same agency that brought us MK Ultra and Project Northwoods among other evil projects. Add in the intimidation and threats made to Roswell witnesses, the deliberate psychological warfare directed against a defense contractor, Paul Bennewitz by the AFOSI, and a host of other instances of disinformation and just plain lies to taxpayers. Having this “Disclosure Team” show up center stage makes me worry what comes next; the UFO research community is like a battered woman whose abuser has just shown up at the door with champagne and flowers. Where are they hiding the Louisville Slugger?

Fortunately, after I returned from Roswell and before Tom DeLonge made his October announcement, my wife and I gave a presentation on September 24, that turned out to be a delight. We presented “The Detective Sergeant Meets the Psychic” at the Paranormal Pub in Portland, OR. I presented several significant UFO cases and my wife, Joanne acted out the parts of the women from each case. These included Frankie Rowe from the Roswell UFO Crash of 1947, my friend June Crain talking about handling the Memory Metal at Wright Patterson AFB, Estella Krussel from the Westport UFO Crash of 1979, Mrs. Spaur the wife of the tragic deputy sheriff who lost everything by reporting a UFO chase in Ohio in 1966, and finally, Joanne discussed her own childhood observation of a giant silvery UFO. This turned out to be great fun to present and the audience was wildly enthusiastic because the experience of these women’s’ stories was so much more personal. More importantly, these stories drove home the sometimes-tragic impacts of the UFO experience.

Strangely, I am ending my account of 2017 where it began. Not long before I went to Eureka Springs, AR for the Ozark Mountain UFO Conference, I discovered the work of an artist from Barcelona, Spain named Robert Llimos. In 2009 while taking a walk in Fortaleza, Brazil he encountered an alien spacecraft and two extraordinary beings who changed his life.

“My senses were absorbing everything that was being presented to me, and I began to draw what I was seeing. Lights, lines and the camouflage effect of the spaceship with fogs and clouds. With my eyes on the paper, I realized that lights began to project over me. I was being scanned. I looked at the spaceship, and I saw an open glass window and inside its yellow interior, there were two beings that were observing me, a man and a woman, both with very long necks and scaly skin. The woman had a tiara on her head and a long dress, the man a jacket, showing an archaic and noble look. I think that two or three hours passed, too long for just ten notes, ten drawings in pencil without getting into the characters, although I keep their very presence in my memories.”
(Website of Robert Llimos: )

Such an encounter cannot be proven real to anyone who was not there. It is like so many other claims made by “Experiencers” in the field of Ufology. It depends upon how the story and the images resonate with the audience. The clarity of Robert Llimos’ vision and the description of his encounter ring true for me. The encounter is at once so strange and so odd at once; it feels like what I would expect upon meeting Non-Human Beings.

I reached out and exchanged several e-mails with Robert Llimos. He does not equivocate, and he remains true to his art and to his experience. I am convinced he had a close encounter with extraordinary non-human intelligent beings. There is no way to objectively prove the reality of his experience, but in his art, I find a glimpse of UFO Reality.

I sent him copies of my books and in return, he surprised me with two stunning giclée’s of the mysterious beings he met. Framed and hung in my living room, they remind me never to stop expecting wonder from the Universe.

There was much synchronicity in this unexpected gift. Shortly after they arrived in the mail from Barcelona, I had a dream. I wasn’t going to write it down, but my wife insisted. In my dream Alien beings were telling me to speak for them. They did not tell me what words to say. There was an understanding that I should speak for them. I did not get to see the Aliens. I just knew what they were asking me to do. There was no fear on my part; I just knew that I needed to do this.

Describing the gift of Robert Llimos’ art closes the circle for my 2017 UFO Journey. We each must do what we can, each of us in our own way to promote a better understanding that one day we will have to be cosmic citizens from Earth. The problems we face as a civilization are staggering. Our civilization’s preoccupation with distinctions based upon wealth. Race, religion, national origin, and sexuality to identify the major ones, has cast us all into darkness to the point where there are only a few topics that force people to think in larger contexts for humanity. The UFO Mystery is one of those topics. In that regard, like so many others, I am trying to find more light and hopefully share it with others.

Blessings on your Journey to find your Truth.

James E. Clarkson
UFO Researcher
January 1, 2018
Olympia, WA USA

With Regret – Why I Must Leave MUFON Completely

Posted on: July 22nd, 2017
by James Clarkson

With Regret – Why I Must Leave MUFON Completely

I am addressing this letter to all MUFON State Directors and Members of the Board. I joined MUFON in 1987 in Washington State where I have lived since 1977 when I was honorably discharged from the Army. Recently I resigned from my position as Washington State MUFON Director for reason that will be explained. Chase Kloetzke asked me if I would remain as an FI, STAR Team member and investigator for the Special Assignments Team. Hesitantly, I agreed to remain out of respect for her. Shortly after that, I heard about the MUFON Inner Circle as part of the disclosures from Jan Harzan when he was interviewed by Kevin Randle. For the reasons explained below I believe I must leave MUFON altogether.

Since I am certain that most of you know very little about me, I will tell you that after I arrived in Washington state on 1975, I completed a 20-year career as a police sergeant with numerous assignments such as fatal accident team supervisor and detective sergeant. I have also spent 2 years as a child abuse detective and 10 years as a state fraud investigator. On a parallel path, I have had a lifelong commitment to trying to explore the UFO Mystery.

Given the situation that I am addressing, where I live is extremely relevant to my decision to quit MUFON. I live in Olympia in Thurston County in Washington State; Olympia is 19 miles from Yelm, WA, the location of the world headquarters of the cult leader, JZ Knight AKA Ramtha, who is arguably the richest and most powerful member of the MUFON Inner Circle. I am painfully aware of all the negative consequences that may arise from the influence of those in the MUFON Inner Circle.

I did not know JZ Knight’s role in MUFON until after I heard the Kevin Randle interview of Jan Harzan, not long after I resigned as a MUFON State Director. Given the power and influence of JZ Knight, and not knowing how much influence she truly has in MUFON, I may be taking a risk by daring to voice a concern about her Inner Circle status. At the same time, I will not have my reputation in this field compromised by affiliating with a rich and powerful cult leader who is now a member of the MUFON Inner Circle.

To fully understand my position, I would ask that the reader should study two web articles and then return to this letter:


Right after the recent resignation of another MUFON State Director and charter member, Rich Hoffman, I resigned my directorship because of long-term burnout and a growing sense that MUFON as a serious UFO investigative organization no longer exists. I suspect that I am not the only State Director suffering from a deep malaise while watching MUFON become an income-generating enterprise. The triggering event for me was the lack of an immediate dismissal of John Ventre from his State Directorship after his racist outburst on Facebook, or at least an immediate statement that Ventre’s comments were not acceptable coming from a leader of MUFON.

Because of what I am about to explain, remaining in MUFON in any capacity is morally unacceptable. Simply, I will not place my reputation as an Investigator and Researcher into the hands of JZ Knight or other mysterious people who have purchased a position of influence at the highest levels of MUFON. And from the Kevin Randle interview I have learned that John Ventre is still an Inner Circle member. He may also be appointed to any number of key positions in the future. Before you pass judgment on my reaction to the disclosure that JZ Knight is a member of the MUFON elite, please consider that you do not live in her immediate shadow. You are not privy to the local news that I am.

I communicated directly with Rich Hoffman after he had said his goodbyes, and he told me that he was worn out trying to seek better treatment of field investigators and state directors by the leaders of MUFON; he said he was just worn out from trying. If you want the specifics, then you must ask him. I also resigned because I have had the sense for a long time that no matter how often I promoted MUFON over many years during numerous UFO lectures, in my books, lectures, and elsewhere, I would remain “Unacknowledged.” I don’t pretend I am better than anyone else, but any work horse in harness would like to be given an apple occasionally and be patted on the head.

I think I am not a lot different than other State Directors who devote hundreds of hours to running on the CMS Hamster Wheel, who spend their own money, time and effort to promote MUFON to the public. One of the criticisms I have of MUFON is that if you are not a Jaime Maussan or a Steven Greer, or someone with money to donate, then you are just one of the cogs in the machine. You do your job until you wear out and then you are replaced. Even State agencies as bureaucratic as they are, will give you a certificate and a pin for longevity.

For the last 9 years I have been the Washington State Director. I have personally investigated over 750 cases for MUFON; I have assisted in the investigation of countless others, recruiting and training Field Investigators and by assisting Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center and William Puckett of UFOs Northwest. I have lectured at major conferences across the country and once in Paris. I have appeared on countless internet radio interviews, a TV gig or two and I have written two books. I have always proudly talked about my position in MUFON. Right now, I have a YouTube interview which garnered over 19,000 views in 4 weeks. But I really believe I could walk in with a Gray on each arm and hand out pieces of memory metal as souvenirs, but in MUFON I would be invisible. I am living proof that “No man is a prophet in his own kingdom.” It is hard to watch an organization that you once served proudly become an income-generating entertainment company. And then you just can’t do it anymore.

It is not my way to draw attention to my background or accomplishments. There are many in MUFON with far greater than mine. I am describing myself fully so that others may relate to how disconnected I have felt while working as a State Director while watching MUFON move away from being an investigative organization to what will probably be a UFO entertainment franchise business. I draw that conclusion because I was one of the six State Directors who was interviewed at length by a business consultant.

That in-depth interview may be summarized simply: Have you incorporated your MUFON organization? How much income do you generate as a MUFON State organization, and how much can you donate?

I am hoping that this letter may be a catalyst for real change in MUFON’s direction if it is not already too late. The influence of the money-worshipping corporate mentality is already damaging our country like cancer; what is happening to MUFON doesn’t seem much different.

It appears the focus is so concentrated on income generation that anything like investigative integrity is just an anachronism. Caring about investigative integrity has become a nuisance. I am providing evidence in the form of one example.

The Special Assignments Team (SAT) was asked to investigate “part” of a very dubious 1946 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. And the result? We got to watch Harris be given special status and an award at the Symposium. I have attached a report with evidence to support this statement. Please note that Frank Kimbler supplied the scientific data and he gave me full permission to use it as I see fit. I know that he would appreciate its inclusion herein. This is one example of many.

Within the Kevin Randle interview the reader is left with the suggestion that being a member of the Inner Circle is just about receiving a few perks. That was implied so that none of the readers would be too alarmed by having to imagine what happens when a cult leader who channels a 35,000-year-old Lemurian Warrior named Ramtha ascends to a position of authority in MUFON. I would point out that Marie Malzahn was an Inner Circle member of MUFON who worked as the Director of Investigations replacing Chuck Reever in 2010. So, every State Director should contemplate what happens if Ramtha is running UFO Investigations for MUFON, or if there are even stranger developments arising from recruitments to key positions in MUFON from the Inner Circle elite.

I know this situation has the potential for very bad outcomes because in 2011 when I was trying to assist an excellent new FI regain access to CMS after she was arbitrarily locked out, Director Malzahn ordered me to obey her or else. I chose the “or else.” After I returned in 2012 at the request of Dave MacDonald, I made peace with Ms. Malzahn. In 2013, she asked me if I could carry a gun in Nevada to help guard Dr. Steven Greer who requested armed bodyguards at the Symposium. Somewhere along the way she must have offended someone who had real influence because little was heard from her after that.

I will end with a cautionary tale to point out that the rest of the UFO community may not be quite as sold on MUFON’s supremacy in this field as we are led to believe. In 2010 my wife inherited a trip to Paris and while we were there I presented to Les Repas Ufologique. I told the story of my friend June Crain and immediately sold all my books. The Parisian Ufologists were very gracious and welcoming. The only disquieting moments occurred when they commented that they had not trusted MUFON for a long time. This has been a recurring theme in various places I have visited over the years; I could build trust personally with the audience and other researchers but there are always many people who don’t believe MUFON lives up to its avowed mission. The newest version of this arose on the Internet after the John Ventre scandal and the Kevin Randle interview; MUFON is now being called MUFONINO – MUFON In Name Only.

The value of MUFON has always been its reputation for integrity. But every time we endorse the Greer’s, the Maussan’s, the JZ Knight’s, and all the rest who will push anything for a buck, then MUFON has that much less integrity to lose. I know all the arguments; you must give the public what it wants to generate the most Symposium tickets sales. When you argue from a business perspective, the intangibles such as integrity, reputation or honor become sadly irrelevant.

It would be great if this is not true. I will always help anyone who asks me to assist their investigation whether they are in MUFON or not. It is with regret that I am resigning from MUFON, but I don’t see that I have an honorable alternative. We should all be on the same side and not divided into Elites and the Subservient. Thank you for reading this. I have tried to be as honest as I know how.


James E. Clarkson
Former MUFON State Director
Career UFO Researcher

2017 – The Year of Amazing Connections

Posted on: May 30th, 2017
by James Clarkson

This is the Year of Key Anniversaries – It is the 70th Anniversary of the Kenneth Arnold sighting over a formation of crescent-shaped UFOs over Mount Rainier on June 24, and the 70th Anniversary of the Roswell UFO Crash and Cover-Up on the July 4th weekend. These events mark the beginning of the modern era of UFOs, certainly in North America.

The Ozark Mountain UFO Conference celebrated its 30th year amazing presentations; I know, I had the honor of being the first presenter. 30 years ago I joined MUFON; I know for some people right now that might not be something to be proud of, but I am proud of the people who are working on the Washington State MUFON Investigations Team. There are also many dedicated researchers across the world in MUFON.

While I was in Eureka Springs, AR, I was interviewed by the director of the UFO HUB, Adnan Ademovic. He helped me express how I truly perceive UFO Reality after 30 years of study. This interview has been successful beyond all my expectations. I have been receiving positive comments from people all over the world. This tells me that there is a growing understanding that the UFO Phenomena represents the birth of a human cosmic perspective.

Here is the link on YouTube:

I hope you enjoy it and that you will share these ideas and your ideas about UFO Reality with others. Blessings on your journey to the Truth.

James E Clarkson
UFO Researcher
Olympia, WA USA

Tumwater Library – SAT Jan. 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Posted on: January 8th, 2017
by James Clarkson

700 UFOs in the Pacific NW

I have investigated over 700 reported UFO encounters in the Pacific NW. (I think it’s over 800 now.) This is a presentation about what I have concluded after 30 plus years, studying, interviewing and investigating UFOs. The presentation will include updates on a classic case that remains important, and cases that best represent the major themes that recur. There should be time for some discussion. I look forward to seeing you there.

Tumwater Library
7023 New Market Street
Tumwater, WA  98501-6563

Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

May 11, 2016 – It’s Still All About Who Gets to Define REALITY

Posted on: May 11th, 2016
by James Clarkson

Time_trent_imageToday is the 66th anniversary of the famous Trent UFO photographs from McMinnville, OR. If you are new to UFO History you should really spend some time researching this event. Here is the synopsis of the main information:

At 7:30 pm on May 11th, 1950 Evelyn Trent was walking back to her farmhouse after feeding rabbits on her farm. Mrs. Trent and her husband Paul lived on a farm approximately nine miles from McMinnville.

Before reaching the house she spotted a “slow-moving, metallic disk-shaped object heading in her direction from the northeast.”

She yelled for her husband, who was inside the house, and he came out and also saw the object. After a short time, he went back inside the house to obtain a camera.

He managed to take two photos of the object before it sped away to the west; Paul Trent’s father also briefly viewed the object before it flew away.

The Air Force commissioned the Condon Report from the University of Colorado in 1968 concluded:

This is one of the few UFO reports in which all factors investigated, geometric, psychological, and physical appear to be consistent with the assertion that an extraordinary flying object, silvery, metallic, disk-shaped, tens of meters in diameter, and evidently artificial, flew within sight of two witnesses. It cannot be said that the evidence positively rules out a fabrication, although there are some physical factors such as the accuracy of certain photometric measures of the original negatives which argue against a fabrication.

The report was named after Edward Condon who chaired the committee and had final decision-making authority over the conclusion that there was no evidence that UFOs involved any Non-Human (ET) Intelligence. Halfway through the project in 1967, Edward Condon gave a lecture where he commented on the supposedly objective study of UFO Phenomena. In late January 1967, Condon said in a lecture that he thought the government should not study UFOs because the subject was ‘nonsense’, adding, “but I’m not supposed to reach that conclusion for another year.”

It is amazing what people will say or do when they are paid to obtain a particular result. There is always a huge difference between Investigating the Unexplained and Explaining the Uninvestigated.

Earlier in 1953, the Top Secret CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel concluded that everything should be done to lessen public interest in UFOs to include monitoring UFO groups. Does anyone seriously believe that the highest levels of the military don’t pay close attention to UFO intrusions over sensitive facilities, especially when there are nukes involved?

The beauty of the system is that after 1969 when the Air Force, claiming to rely on the thoroughness and “objectivity” of the Condon Report, stated they would no longer (openly) investigate UFOs because there was no evidence that the presence of a UFO had ever posed a threat to national security. I am thinking this must have been a startling conclusion to the personnel at Malmstrom AFB after the serious UFO intrusions in 1967 such that multiple ICBM’s became inoperable after a glowing UFO hovered above the silos. If that wasn’t a threat to national security, someone in the Air Force needs to find a different career.

The presence on Earth of Non-Human Intelligence apparently controlling a vastly superior technology is a deeply disturbing idea to those who benefit from maintaining the status quo, a world where human civilization is the most intelligent lifeform in the universe and our leaders are able to protect us and guide us in every situation. As UFOs have manifested in more complex and overt behaviors over time, it has become more and more difficult to keep the lid on.

Fortunately, for the world’s superpowers, UFOs do not impact the reality of large numbers of people at any one time, except in situations such as the Phoenix Lights where there is a Mass UFO Sighting Event. Even in those situations, the wire service stories can be manipulated to ridicule and dismiss the key witnesses making it likely that any particular UFO event will just become yesterday’s news.

Fortunately for those of us who can’t leave the UFO Mystery alone, there are events such as the McMinnville UFO Festival ( ) where we can hear from the best researchers in this difficult field of study, and where we can, even if only for 4 days, we can enjoy being amongst other folks who know just how important the reality of UFOs can be.

I for one will keep working to open people to the idea that the evidence already exists to prove that We Are Not Alone and this magnificent Universe has become even more splendid because of this bold, new reality we will explore.

James E. Clarkson
UFO Researcher
May 11, 2016

Why I am Angry and Sad on the Roswell Anniversary

Posted on: July 5th, 2015
by James Clarkson


This is my rant to honor the anniversary of the Roswell UFO Crash.

I do not agree that Mr. Maussan should be given the status of a venerable UFO Superstar by any organization unless the full financial statements related to the BeWitness event are made public.

Here is what I genuinely despise about the entire Roswell Slide Fiasco: It detracts from the respectability of an extremely important UFO investigation, probably the mother lode UFO event in the USA. I have asked myself, what would my friend June Crain have said if she was still alive and I told her about Jaime Maussan’s BeWitness money-making circus event? I can picture June looking me straight in the eye over a late night cup of coffee and saying, “You tell that phoney to go to hell.” Then I think about Walter Haut and Glenn Dennis, both of whom I met and who both told me their stories. I think about all of the many other witnesses who divulged what they knew about the famous UFO crash, the recovery, and the cover-up. I think about the respect I feel for those now silent witnesses to the Big Ugly Secret that our government holds on to about Roswell.

Another aspect of this travesty that fuels my anger is history. I know some of the investigators who worked on the Jonathan Reed “Killed the Alien and rolled him up in a rug just like a burrito” case. This case was also promoted by Mr. Maussan in Mexico City as complete proof of ET Contact on February 16, 2004. (See if you want the full history. Reed was simply a Pacific NW hoaxer.)

I mentioned my theory about the sequence of events that culminated in BeWitness on May 5th to a friend of mine who is a very insightful UFO researcher and he said if you hold what you know to be true inside because you are afraid of offending someone, you are like a Mafia wife.

This resonated with me. One of the most tragic things I witnessed as a child abuse detective was how often there would be a female parent who would be living in denial when at some level they really knew that the children were being abused by their significant other because he was the bread winner or because they had been raised to be subservient. A very dark analogy indeed, but I honestly wonder if I have been just too accommodating by not speaking my mind.

I think about the excellent work that has been done over the years by Don Schmitt and Tom Carey, and I admit I am confused except that I know that good people fall prey to con artists every day. I know, for the 20 years that I carried a badge, I arrested as many of them as I could build cases on. That effort is pretty much like trying to use a small bucket to drain water from the ocean. But you do what you have to do; it is about as futile as arguing against Ufology being ruled by whatever brings the public in to buy tickets.

I am not speaking for MUFON. Obviously I do not agree that Mr. Maussan should be invited to perpetuate this travesty by MUFON or anyone else. This is my opinion alone as a retired cop with over 30 years’ experience as an investigator and a UFO researcher who sincerely believes that the truth about the UFO Mystery will forever change how mankind understands our place in the Universe. But we have a long way to go.

The Roswell Slidegate was a very painful step backwards. No matter how I examine it, this event looks like a con job and to me the sequence of events was designed to generate the largest possible number of people who would be willing to part with their money (myself included as a video streamer). We don’t have the financial figures, and I don’t believe we ever shall – Adam Dew’s legal counsel has no doubt advised him to remain silent and Mr. Maussan is very experienced at what he does.

I have been told that he is a very nice man who never claims to be an investigator; he just promotes UFOs to the public. The problem is that the “CON” in Con Man is short for Confidence Man. Every Con Man I ever met was really nice to your face. And if there are problems and things don’t work out the way they were promised, it’s just an honest mistake. I still want to know: Qui Bono?

I just don’t see the Emperor’s New Clothes and I fear we are still feeding the mouth that bites us.

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

The UFOs of Summer – Or We Are Looking for a Few Good Investigators

Posted on: April 20th, 2015
by James Clarkson


Here are some facts about UFO reports and investigations that you may not know or perhaps, you have not considered. I am sharing how they play out from my perspective – when you are planning an organizational strategy for Washington MUFON with limited resources. I am hoping through feedback with some hopefully good ideas, or better yet, if there is someone out there willing to become a MUFON Field Investigator and volunteer a little time, just maybe I can move Washington State MUFON forward from the impasse it faces right now.

In 2014 Washington MUFON received 210 UFO reports of all types. If you looked at the list of investigators and officers for MUFON in this state, you would see 12 names. Only 4 of those listed actually investigate cases, and one of those 4 is also the State Director for Idaho and Hawaii. The other 8 have retired, or moved out of state; one of them may be deceased. His phone is disconnected and I cannot reach him. That list of working investigators includes me.

So why am I drawing your attention to this situation? Washington MUFON is looking for a few good investigators. Because of the Hangar 1 Program and other advertising efforts by MUFON headquarters, I am receiving more inquiries than ever with the same question: Where is the chapter meeting in my area? Many of these inquiries are from Eastern Washington.

Each time I receive this question I have to disappoint someone by telling them that there are no regularly scheduled meetings in their area. Then I ask what is apparently a fatal question: I ask if they know of a venue in their area where a meeting could be held or a presentation could be given. This is what I need to know if we are to make any progress. Mostly I get no response; I am guessing there was an assumption that everything is already in place and attending a MUFON meeting would be no more difficult than finding the nearest Starbuck’s.

Back to the original focus, what most UFO enthusiasts do not know, and many do not want to hear, the data has to be sorted. Not all UFO reports are evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact. Out of every 10 reports, 6-7 reports are the result of a misidentification of man-made or natural objects. There will be 1-2 reports that are so lacking in information even after follow-up interviews, they must be placed into the Insufficient Information category. Finally, there are 1 or 2 reports where you have High Witness Credibility and a High Strangeness Event. This is the nugget you hope for after spending hours standing in the cold water and panning through lots of mud and gravel.

Everyone wants to find nuggets of UFO gold. Only very few are willing to do the work of completing the investigation even when it is not the next Roswell or the vanguard of the Alien Armada. But that work is still important. It is the process of finding the Signal in the Noise.

Being a Field Investigator also involves being the face of MUFON specifically, and the representative of Ufology generally to someone who may have never given the subject a second thought until they saw that glowing disk in the sky and suddenly their world view has come into question, and they are looking for answers and reassurance. They may only meet one UFO investigator ever. I guarantee you they will judge all of us by that one encounter. To do it right requires understanding, compassion, and professionalism.

We are also involved in public education. Many people have little or no knowledge of what is normally going on in the sky – I have had people tell me when they looked at the night sky for the first time that it is filled with UFOs because those “bright lights” are moving throughout the night (about 15 degrees per hour) and therefore, they must be UFOs.

This is important to Washington MUFON very simply because the UFO reports keep coming in regardless. As the State Director I either have to deal with them directly or I have to delegate the work to others. As I stated previously, there are very few others doing the work now. We are volunteers; this means we have other responsibilities and commitments aside from MUFON and Ufology. (I know that’s hard to believe.) Washington MUFON also has no budget. I ask for donations when we have meetings; I am lucky to pay for the room.

Each person only has so many available hours or resources to devote to the work of MUFON and Ufology. As summer approaches, the skies are clearer; the frequency of incoming reports will increase. Already the planet Venus and the International Space Station are dueling for the title of Most Misidentified Flying Object. Sirius is not far behind.

And then there are Chinese Lanterns; I am worried if ever I am driving and I see people at the side of the road launching Chinese Lanterns, it will be very hard for me not to deliberately try to run them over. While trying to plan ahead for Washington MUFON, I am facing the often quoted engineering maxim: It’s hard to remember your original intention was to drain the swamp when you are up to your butt in alligators.

I am writing this to stimulate thinking and perhaps find a volunteer or two. We are going to improve. A Section Director gave me hope today when she told me she was organizing a group of people who want to become Field Investigators. I will be there to help. I need to be reminded what is really important like everyone else.

So here is the question: What are you doing about your interest in UFOs? If it is just entertainment, then enjoy. Take the Blue Pill and you will be fine.

If you want to challenge yourself to learn how to understand, research, and investigate what’s really going on in the field of Ufology, then contact me. You may come to question all of the assumptions you have held about our world, our history, and the universe.

I can help you get off the sidelines. I will caution you: Ufology really is a lot like the movie The Matrix:

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” –Morpheus to Neo

James E. Clarkson
Washington State Director
Mutual UFO Network
Olympia, WA
April 20, 2015

F15 Fighter Chases UFO Over Vancouver

Posted on: July 14th, 2014
by James Clarkson

Statement of law enforcement officer received by James E Clarkson on 07/13/2014. He contacted me and related this account on the basis that his identity would be protected. I spent substantial time interviewing him and I am convinced that this is a true High Strangeness Event: highly credible witness reporting an extraordinary aerial vehicle that demonstrated performance characteristics that are either extremely advanced and most probably classified military technology or it originated with Non-Human Intelligence of unknown origin.


On July 2, 2014, at approximately 1300 hours, I was on-duty and near the intersection of (Location Deleted by JC), Vancouver, Washington.  The weather was warm, with excellent visibility, and a partly cloudy sky.  I was in my vehicle, facing east, toward (Deleted).  My window was rolled down, providing me with an unobstructed view of the southern and eastern sky.

I noticed movement in the sky, approximately forty-five degrees above the horizon, to the southeast.  I observed a metallic disc, silver-in-color and circular in shape, moving rapidly across the sky from the south to the northeast.  This movement was from my right to my left.

The object was shiny and glinted in the sun as it moved.  It appeared to be several thousand feet in elevation, and from my perspective, appeared to be the size of a dime held at arms-length.  I heard no sound at all from the object, and there was no contrail.  Further, it looked uniformly metallic and circular, with no visible wings, tail, windows, lights, landing gear, or other components of conventional airframes, both rotor and fixed-wing.  It also did not look similar to any Unmanned Aerial Vehicles I have observed.

I observed the object travel up and to my left, which was north/northeast.  I saw it increase in elevation rapidly in a straight line, and it appeared to be traveling faster than any conventional aircraft.  After approximately five seconds, I observed the leading edge of the object shimmer and disappear.  I observed this continue, as an image of the surrounding blue sky enveloped the object, moving in a vertical line across the surface to the rear edge, until the object blended in with the sky behind it.

As this change occurred, I observed a slight blurriness in the changed areas, inconsistent with the sky behind it.  This distortion was similar to looking at an object immersed in water.  However, once the entire object had changed, this effect stopped and I immediately lost sight of the object.  The time from complete visibility to disappearance was approximately two to three seconds.

At the time of disappearance, the surrounding sky was blue and cloudless.  I continued looking but was unable to find the object.  Approximately thirty seconds later, I observed a jet fighter aircraft flying rapidly along the same course the disc had taken.  I recognized this aircraft, based on prior experience, to be an F-15.  I was only able to observe the bottom of the aircraft, and no insignia were visible, but it looked identical to the F-15 fighters based at the Portland Air National Guard base.

I observed the F-15 follow the same flight path, moving from my right to upper left.  It continued, flying beyond where I had last seen the object, but in the same direction and elevation.  From my perspective, the F-15 was the approximate size of a quarter held at arms-length.  Additionally, the F-15 was extremely loud while passing over, whereas the disc was silent.  I observed the F-15 continue to the northeast, out of my line of sight.

Based on my training and experience, this was no known military or civilian aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, astronomical phenomenon, balloon, atmospheric effect, or misidentification of a known object.  This object was a real, physical, tangible craft, and it exhibited flight characteristics at least comparable to a military fighter aircraft.  Further, the object’s ability to adopt complete camouflage, which was capable of effectively mirroring the surrounding environment, is a capability which to my knowledge has not been successfully developed or implemented.  Nothing further.

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2014 Official Roswell, New Mexico UFO Alien Festival

Posted on: May 4th, 2014
by James Clarkson

James Clarkson will be speaking at this year’s 2014 Official Roswell, New Mexico UFO Alien Festival!

The dates have been confirmed during July 3-6, 2014.

The conference is planning tons of great activities for the family.  Whether you are a serious UFOlogist, or just would like to check out the most unique festival in the world, they have something for you!  Please be sure to check out the official event website:

James’ lecture topics for the 2014 Roswell UFO Festival will include:

1)      The Westport UFO Crash Retrieval Event – James Clarkson, the Washington State Director of MUFON with over 35 years of professional investigative experience explores a little known UFO Crash Retrieval Event from SW Washington State – What was the fiery object that fell from the night skies of Grays Harbor County on November 25, 1979? Why did the military block the logging roads keeping residents away at gunpoint? Here is the story of what is known and what has remained a perplexing mystery told by a retired police sergeant and a veteran researcher.

2)      Pacific Northwest UFO Heritage – The Pacific Northwest has a key place in the history of UFOs. From the famous Kenneth Arnold sighting of 1947 to the strange craft flying over Washington cities, what is this mystery that just won’t go away? What is a systematic approach to understanding UFOs? How do we know there a much more going on than what we are told? Join James E Clarkson, the Washington State Director of MUFON as he examines key events in the history of UFOs in the Pacific Northwest.