Moreover, rather than prop up straw candidates to give a faux balance, I believe one deserves to encounter the best of the other side’s sources. It is only through examining the most consistent researchers and reliable arguments that one can make a rational decision.
Hence, I want to like Kevin Randle. His overall views on UFOs are a little different than mine. Nevertheless, like other more respectable figures riding the UFO prairies (Don Ecker, Bob Hastings, Brad Sparks, and Barry Greenwood), he cuts a lot of the bull on UFO issues and overlapping conspiracy topics.
However, out of this bunch, Randle appears to be the most conflicted. He ditched epic failure Don Schmitt only to reunite with him in 2013. He has regularly commented negatively on MJ-12 believers, yet also respects Bob and Ryan Wood. (1)
Randle Vs Redfern
Randle is perhaps the leading expert on the crash at Roswell. Stan Friedman is an immensely likeable person. However, being an advocate of the first-generation MJ-12 papers, he lacks the harder investigative edge Randle possesses.
I believe the Roswell incident was more likely something to do with us humans than aliens. So does Nick Redfern, another well-known figure in ufological circles. Thus, one may be thinking I would advocate Redfern as the more sensible option. However, to prove his Roswell thesis, he utilized dodgy unnamed sources, and pro alien folk Randle himself discredited such as con man Frank Kaufman. Bare this lack of judgement in mind for later on. (2)
The beauty of Roswell for ET believers is the alien element is effectively unproven and at the same time, it cannot be disproved. Moreover, it is pretty much-accepted something did indeed occur out there in New Mexico. Thus, the person whose opinion readers tend to believe is an individual they deduce to be a more credible source.
While those outside the UFO fraternity may look sideways, there is belief in an alien angle with Roswell. It is not necessarily a critical test for one’s legitimacy in contemporary Ufology circles.
Credibility (or the lack thereof) lies with one’s relationship to material such as Serpo, or the MJ-12 documents. Like the heinous “GemStone Files”, “Torbitt Document”, “Red House Files,” and “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” hoaxes (to name but a few), These assorted papers mean doom for anyone associated with them in the eyes of valid researchers.
Therefore, Nick Redfern’s aforementioned faux pas with secret sources, and Kaufman is but one of the many branches he hit on his way down the authenticity tree. He is now teaming up with arguably the worst MJ-12 aggrandizer Bob Wood recently for the banal “Alien Viruses, Crashed UFOs, MJ-12 & Biowarfare”. (3)
The Woods UFO Research Sucks
The esteem the Woods are held in by many people in the UFO community is incredible considering how lame their MJ-12 gloop is. The serious research game is based on tangible evidence, and evaluation not foisting fake documents on the public or how many friends you have. Too many ufologists ignore the reality; should the Woods be involved in earth-based conspiracy research they would be ostracized and mocked like Jim Fetzer.
Bobby Wood has obsessed over alien viruses for years. Indeed, he believes that rather than invading us with lasers, drones, and tripods, an intergalactic foe will use a virus to wipe us out ala the “Andromeda Strain”. This would make perfect sense were there an invasion yet it is hardly a revolutionary hypothesis.
Wood now admits the MJ-12 documents though controversial, back this alien virus information; furthermore, the data therein gives vital clues to legitimate people in the real MJ-12 apparatus. This is total and utter bull for sophists like himself, Redfern, and their publisher the infamous and incompetent Dick Dolan to feed on. (4) (5)
The Woods are obviously rather wealthy patrons of kook ufology. The lure of quick money from them seems to have stoked Redfern’s enthusiasm. He now discusses with great zeal issues already debunked by yours truly such as the MJ-12/JFK bull, and the Torbitt documents.
Anybody, delving into these fields while praising the Woods is terrible. Heaping Kenn Thomas, one of the most dishonest plagiarizing blowhards, into the mix is akin to mounting a turd on a cake and calling it a cherry. I have taken Thomas to the cleaners so severely in the past there are no ifs, buts, or comebacks. (6) (7)(8)(9)
Incidentally, Randle held/holds the Woods in high esteem as honest folk and published their embarrassing reply to the brilliant Sparks/Greenwood MJ-12 wrecking ball delivered at the 2007 MUFON event. I don’t know how Randle feels about them now (I would have disowned them myself). Even more so after Randle’s latest snippet blew even more chunks off the MJ-12 shipwreck. (10) (11)
Shooting Fish in the MJ-12 Barrel
Anybody with a brain knows the MJ-12 papers have verifiable elements because the people in on the swindles in their two incarnations were not dumb. They drew names and information on certain individuals from readily available FOA documents and history books. All they did was add an ET element to proceedings.
In 2011, this author destroyed Robert Wood’s and Linda Moulton Howe’s asinine musings on the Burned/MJ-12 memos and the CIA’s hushing up alien viruses. In the same essay, I also debunked the notion John Kennedy and his father Joe knew of the Roswell crash. In so doing, I discussed how the Woods had fallen for the scammers like Doty, Collins, and Cooper, who took legitimate, little known, government committees and turned them into sinister groupings. (12)
This sort of criticism had abounded in serious circles concerning the first MJ-12 dossiers well before I arrived on the scene. In the thick of it were dudes like Hastings, Sparks, Ecker, Greenwood, and of course Randle. In November of 2014, he discussed a rather banal document from late 1952 entitled “Report by the Joint Logistic Plans Committee the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Joint Logistic Plan for Majestic”.
He referred to Majestic as merely a logistics report the military used for transporting troops and contingency planning for weather conditions against the Soviets. Randle also points out that this document has no correlation to the well-known, legitimate Majic document used in the Second World War. I wish Randle had gotten hold of this earlier; my lengthy treatise on the JFK MJ-12 hoax back in the day would have had extra bullets. (13)
Let us return to the egg. In the beginning, I stated when someone holds different views about aliens and UFOs from mine it does not necessarily mean he or she are write-offs. Randle for his apparent flip-flopping with dubious company appears to understand the irony, and the criticism leveled at him and ufology. Moreover, he understands the damage fake documents can do. The above information concerning MJ-12 alone proves Randle has some merit.
Redfern, on the other hand, hangs out with all manner of UFO kooks, cranks, losers, and con artists. He is nowhere near as cool, upfront, humble, honest, or useful to anyone outside of ufology like Randle and his posse have frequently been. Thus, for his faults I’ll take the hardened ET true believer warts and all over the classical Dolanesque poseur Redfern any day.