December 20, 2011

By their works shall ye know them… [Part 2]

In Part 1 of By Their Works Shall Ye Know Them, James Carlson guided us through the blurred reality of the Robert Hastings “Reuters” Press Release, along with a thorough explanation of the F.E. Warren AFB hoax and the methods used by Hastings in order to further his agenda. Displaying an eerie resemblance to the methods used by Scammers Inc. in their attempts to propagate the discredited Project Serpo story, James now continues with his explanation of why Anonymity must be examined in accordance with its purpose – that purpose being the creation of a myth.


The first step in this process, of course, is to question why anonymity has been relied upon in the first place.  After all, this isn’t the 1960s, and anonymity isn’t necessary in most cases – not when there’s a gamut of whistleblower protection laws intended to protect such individuals.  The point is, in most cases – particularly in the military where official acts are only rarely independent of command justification – anonymity is unnecessary.

It does, however, establish the proposition that the individual is either afraid of retaliation, or afraid of having his name associated with claims that are untrue.

In this particular case, Hastings is using anonymous sources to affirm the following points:

1.         The U.S. Air Force lied when it insisted that the communications breakdown at F.E. Warren AFB lasted only 59 minutes.  According to Hastings’ anonymous sources, “the communications issue, while intermittent, actually persisted over several hours.”

2.         These same anonymous sources reported that there were sightings by “numerous teams” of an enormous, cigar-shaped craft that maneuvered high above the missile field on the day of the disruption.  “The huge UFO appeared similar to a World War I German Zeppelin but had no passenger gondola or advertising on its hull, as would a commercial blimp.”

3.         These same anonymous sources also allegedly reported “that their squadron commander has warned witnesses not to talk to journalists or researchers about ‘the things they may or may not have seen’ in the sky and has threatened severe penalties for anyone violating security.  Consequently, these persons must remain anonymous at this time.”

Any review of current whistleblower protection laws and military regulations, however, not only insists that the third statement regarding the need for anonymity is completely untrue, but that any honest indications that the first two statements were true are protected by federal law should they be revealed by those with actual knowledge of the events.  Moreover, if those events can substantiate an ordered and progressive attempt by the Air Force to establish in the public mind a system of national defense that does not, in fact, exist, the justification for exposure of that fact increases significantly.   With this in mind, it’s very difficult to conceive of any valid reason for anonymity if this incident really happened as Robert Hastings has described it.  Any revelation by parties involved would be protected by federal law, making any retaliation of the type he suggests – these “threatened severe penalties for anyone violating security” – an illegal act, particularly if the UFO that his alleged sources have described had anything at all to do with the missile failures, as Hastings obviously wants the world to conclude.  In fact, any examination of this incident leaves one with the unmistakable impression that actual anonymity would only be useful if the claims being established were untrue.

The facts are very clear.  Robert Hastings has once again shown the world that he lacks the necessary substantive knowledge of security protocol to convincingly make claims of UFO interference during actual military incidents.  His foolishness is persistent, but that doesn’t make it believable.

Retaliation against actual witnesses in a case of this magnitude would be illegal as long as the subject reasonably believes the information being disclosed shows that the USAF has knowingly violated any laws, rules, or regulations, including trying to cover up an event that may have placed civilian personnel or residents in a possibly life endangering environment.  Retaliation would also be illegal if the subject reasonably believes the information being disclosed shows an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.  The anonymity Robert Hastings relies upon simply isn’t necessary.  All it does is allow Hastings to make claims on the basis of eyewitness reports that very likely don’t even exist.  And by definition, that’s a scam.

US Office of Specila CounselIt’s illegal for a federal employee, including members of the military, to make false statements in an investigation related to a security breach, so any revelation that such statements were made and established as a point of fact, particularly when that breach involves nuclear weapons armed for defensive actions within our nation’s sovereign territory, establishes as well the legal protection of those making such claims.  For instance, the Whistleblower Protection Act – only one among many avenues ensuring legally protected status – is very explicit regarding the extent of that protection.  This one statute alone is significantly wide-ranging in regard to what disclosures qualify for protection, and that protection is common knowledge amongst personnel holding supervisory positions within all branches of the Department of Defense.  Hastings’ assertion “that their squadron commander has warned witnesses not to talk to journalists or researchers about ‘the things they may or may not have seen’ in the sky and has threatened severe penalties for anyone violating security” is a complete and utter lie that has no bearing on these discussions at all.  In fact, any attempts to cover-up an incident involving the purposeful shutdown by enemy aircraft of nuclear missiles armed within the sovereign borders of the United States by threatening the witnesses of such an event is itself very arguably an illegal act.  Anybody wanting proof of this only needs to look at the example provided by Robert Salas, who disclosed alleged classified materials (according to Salas himself) detailing exactly the same type of security violations Robert Hastings is now using to “protect” the identity of his sources.  It is complete and utter nonsense.  Where was the retaliation in the case of Salas?  What severe penalties was Salas subjected to?  Once again, Hastings’ own actions and conclusions reveal nothing more than his own dishonesty, his own lies, and the pathetic build-up of this hoax that he has engineered.  It’s just another one of his UFO scams.

The plain fact is that any command reprisals against those individuals who would assert these claims are strictly forbidden, if the claims are true, negating any fears adopted by those who report such incidents.  The Military Reprisal Investigations (MRI) directorate has the statutory responsibility to investigate allegations of whistleblower reprisal filed by military members, DoD non-appropriated fund employees, and DoD contractor employees.  They take their job very seriously, making anonymity essentially obsolete.  Anonymity, however, certainly isn’t the only factor involved in this little myth-making exercise that points to this whole muddy little folktale being a hoax – not by a long shot.

In addition to the above points, we also need to note that “an enormous, cigar-shaped craft that maneuvered high above the missile field on the day of the disruption” would have been noted as well by civilian administrative employees at F.E. Warren AFB and by a large number of individuals who aren’t even associated with the USAF.  A craft like this doesn’t disappear to the entire world with the minor exception of a couple of freewheeling military technicians; it is an obvious hoax – a subterfuge that Robert Hastings must be aware of and very likely had a hand in creating.  After all, the extent of the lie itself is very easily measured.  USAF missile bases enforce fly-over zones and systematic security alert protocols that would make an incident like this common knowledge to nearly everybody on base within a matter of hours.  Does Robert Hastings expect the world to believe him on the basis of this ridiculous and anonymous testimony?  Is he truly that egregiously ignorant?  Or is he merely – and once again – simply lying?  Given his history of protracted dishonesty and baseless interpretations of procedures and protocols that he very obviously has no substantive knowledge of, any other conclusion must be very low in a ranked list of probable extrapolations.  In other words, Hell, yes, he’s lying – it’s become an unconscious habit and a quickly reached resolution to every unanswered question his cases represent.  It’s what he does…

The fact that Robert Hastings has made these public claims on the basis of nothing is bad enough, but the fact that this ridiculous story has been reprinted so often that it’s now a staple argument on the UFO-Nukes portfolio that not one interested blogger has reprinted with anything even approaching the doubt and exasperated disgust that should be the primary reaction is far worse, because it shows how absolutely bereft of sense this group of chroniclers, or collectors of UFO incidents has become.  It is this very color of jaded behavior that will ultimately sink any hope they may have of being taken seriously by the rest of the world.  Are we expected to accept on faith alone that Robert Hastings – an inveterate liar – purchased the assumed credibility of Reuters Newswire to exult in the testimony of a couple of anonymous sources, and it’s all true?

Really!!??  Somebody please let the rest of the world know when it’s safe to plug-in the hardware, because assertions at this level of unbelievable nonsense and media-driven stupidity has to be the effect of a virus or software glitch.

If Hastings has got actual anonymous witnesses, which I strongly doubt, he should be pressured to reveal them or they should be pressured to reveal themselves.  There’s absolutely no reason an incident like this should be kept hidden and secret by UFOlogists of his pathetic reputation – it’s pretty damn hypocritical for one thing in light of his insistence that the USAF disclose all of their secrets.  But making these huge claims on the basis of absolutely nothing, which is essentially what’s being done here, is just another example of the worst kind of pandering imaginable.  Basically, Robert Hastings has been taught by the world of American UFOlogy that he can make up whatever kind of story he likes, publish it as an eyewitness report, reach conclusions on the strength of that unchallenged mediocrity, and sell a couple dozen copies of his book – all on groundwork proposed and theorized by a couple of non-existent jokers that blew up in the back of his brain one night after a little bout of indigestion.  Once again, Hastings’ abilities and conducted analyses of these alleged UFO-Nuclear events have shown us his true colors:  he’s a miserable fraud who isn’t doing educated and trustworthy UFOlogists any favors whatsoever.  He’s simply providing more obstacles for valid researchers to overcome if they intend to establish their claims within this sphere of influence and endeavor; he’s the regressive-researcher, the anti-UFOlogist, and nothing more – a pitiable joke.

Let me be very clear here:  if Robert Hastings is going to continue making such claims, he should be required to back them up with something substantial, or be treated like a really bad comedian – booed, coughed at, and forced offstage by someone with a very big hook.

So, what exactly did happen?  According to very real sources in the USAF who have come forward and are not anonymous, the incident at F.E. Warren AFB was the result of maintenance that was conducted in one of the Launch Control Centers (LCC), involving the swap out of a circuit card in the Weapon System Processor (WSP).  The WSP is basically the “brain” of the command and control system.  All information sent to and from the LCC and the separate Launch Facilities (LF) begins and ends at the WSP.  Each WSP within each squadron LCC interfaces with one another, which allows one LCC to have access to another LCC’s status and, if need be, control over that LCC’s missiles.  This enables any LCC within the same squadron the ability to launch missiles normally monitored by another crew.

Minuteman III Launch Control Center

One squadron has control over fifty missiles grouped within five flights of ten missiles each – Alpha Flight through Echo Flight.  Should any single LCC become disabled for whatever reason, the commander of any other flight within that squadron would still have the capability to launch the missiles assigned to and controlled by the disabled LCC, allowing for full weapons response even when the squadron is not at full flight capability.  The loss of all fifty missiles at F.E Warren’s 319 Missile Squadron was the result of one of the five WSPs losing synchronicity during or very shortly after the maintenance that had been conducted.  This caused an interface issue with the other four LCCs that had no actual effect on the squadron’s fifty missiles.  In other words, the missiles did not drop off of alert; communications between the LCCs and the missiles alone had malfunctioned, an incident that took away the squadron’s ability to launch those missiles from the LCCs for 59 minutes.  Airborne launch platforms, however, still retained access if the need to launch had arisen during that period of time.  The communications malfunction affected only the LCCs, not the missiles themselves.

According to USAF sources, the probable cause of the malfunction was an improperly inserted circuit card in the WSP that occurred during the scheduled maintenance.  The communications outage lasted no more than 60 minutes, and affected only the WSP interfacing between the LCC and its LFs.

The missiles never went off alert, and there was no loss of missiles extending to the command – only to the squadron.  No other systems, including radio communication, video feedback, and security systems affiliated with all fifty launch facilities, were affected.  It’s also very likely that this was not the first time such an incident has occurred – it’s simply the first time the press got wind of it.

It’s a fact of life that Robert Hastings’ missteps, badly maligned references, and rock-bottom investigative skills have done much to force him into taking such steps as the adoption of anonymous sources when the environment itself makes such sources doubtful and easily recognizable as mere signatures of deceit.  Any sane analyst, however, can instantly see that there’s something more going on here than little Bobby trying to tell another lie, even if the target of his chicanery is a community of belief so basely treated in the past that they are now unable to differentiate between the truth and such aggressive malignancy.  The fact that there is a core of associated authors and investigators who are willing to overlook, and in many cases to applaud such blatant irresponsibility indicates that there is indeed something very odd going on here – and it isn’t the “something very odd going on” that is normally the result of an aggressor trying to sell the world something that isn’t worth spit.  If that was all it was, the environment wouldn’t be so thick with the silence of those individuals who know better, or who understand the supreme worthlessness of the evidence being presented.  You wouldn’t see this type of misinformed applause resulting from the presentation of absolutely nothing. You wouldn’t see intelligent people like Leslie Kean or John B. Alexander subverting their own common sense and marketability to announce with little fanfare and fewer facts that UFO interference with nuclear weapons systems worldwide is apparently one of the most important stories of the century.  If they aren’t merely selling books, then what is it that motivates them to make such ridiculous claims so publically?  I’ve never been an admirer of Robert Hastings’ intellect, but even he is not the completely witless chimera that he has publically melded his reputation to.  So what exactly is his motivation?

He’s actually taken great pains to reveal this aspect of his little mission, and it isn’t entirely a reflection of the shameless self-promotion that he normally excels at:

Hastings concludes, “The UFO sightings near F.E. Warren’s missile sites in recent months -– by Air Force personnel and civilians –- represent the latest chapter in the UFO-Nukes Connection saga.  Its well-documented history, as revealed in declassified U.S. government files and military eyewitness testimony, extends back to December 1948.  Countless official denials about the reality of the situation have been issued over the years but, sooner or later, this amazing story will break wide open. What we need now is a courageous government whistleblower to come forward with the facts, and some daring journalists willing to treat the story seriously and write about it.”

UFOThat’s all this little cabal of newsmakers has ever wanted:  “sooner or later, this amazing story will break wide open.”  That’s the claim; that’s the story; that’s the lie.  It is this assertion that brings us full-circle to the worldview that motivates individuals such as Robert Hastings to resort to such obviously dishonest means to create or influence the convincing public concern alluded to in the first paragraph of this article.  Their goal is simple:  they demand full disclosure.  I’m certain they believe it’s necessary and they believe it will reveal extraterrestrial involvement at every level of human society.  They are certainly not stupid – they realize completely that the disclosure they insist upon will never occur without massive public demand and support, and this makes their mission essentially a political one.  It is a mission that has evolved for nearly fifty years, originating like some legendary and socially incapacitating national curse from a single burst of anger and depression and dismay that darkened the group soul of true believers when the USAF and, by association, the Department of Defense and the government of the United States of America, insisted very publically that not only were UFOs not a threat to the national security of this country, they weren’t even worth investigating for reasons of military defense.  As far as the USAF is concerned, UFOs are a waste of time, effort, and – most particularly – money.

As a result of this, NICAP, MUFON, and everybody associated with those few individuals who insist “I know what I saw”, and “I don’t care if you don’t believe me”, and “you’re just wasting space trying to discuss it as a psychological phenomenon instead of a physical fact of human existence”, quite literally lost their freaking minds…

What resulted was a heartfelt implosion of will and belief and faith having more in common with religious aggression than with anything else imaginable ever since.  And in the same way that religions will eventually engender the strategic collusion of wills impatient enough to manufacture fraudulent “proof” of those claims best defining the highest character of their belief, those individuals who insist upon receiving the U.S. government’s validation of their belief by way of worthless and impossible demands for full disclosure have reached the same point.  They are willing to rely on dishonesty and lies to forcibly compel those who could not otherwise be persuaded or convinced. 

Their intent is plain to anybody who examines the claims they’ve publically made, and the tools they’ve used to do so.  If full disclosure will not be given when it has been so politely requested, it will be taken when their demands are enforced by massive public concern.

And if public concern cannot be established by honest means, it will be established by dishonest means.  They’ve been trying to create this body of mass concern since 1947, and they have failed… miserably.  They have created merely a cultural mystery, an odd little feature of the horizon used by more creative minds as building blocks for novels, movies, and other forms of mass media entertainment.  Public concern used to make demands on government and military defense organizations requires much more – it requires an organized and well-steeled effort to persuade an uncaring public to join the fray and rain aggressive impulse and fear of angry and unfailing numbers upon those targeted government and military defense organizations.  And like many such imperatives in the past history of this nation, it’s just not going to happen… not unless the public – made up of those mass numbers of politically sensitive and demanding people with the power of democracy behind them – is afraid.  They want Americans to believe that not only was the USAF lying to them when it insisted from 1966 to 1969 that UFOs have never been a national security threat and are not worth the effort to examine, they want Americans to believe that the threat is great and still exists today, nearly fifty years later.  They believe that if they can accomplish that, they can demand – and receive – full disclosure.  That’s the goal.  That’s the method to see it through.  It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so sickeningly despotic and dishonest.

Robert Hastings wants the world to believe that UFOs are interfering with nuclear weapons in the United States and around the world, because it’s the most paranoid example of the dreaded existential UFO juju involving the United States Department of Defense that his otherwise helpless mind can come up with.  And he doesn’t mind lying to the world like a crèche thief dreaming up new and bitter biographies as long as his claims are accepted.  The end justifies the means.

Part Three follows tomorrow.

Filed under: Disclosure,UFOlogy,Ufology History,UFOs — Tags: , , , , — James Carlson @ 11:25 pm


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    A very detailed and ‘honest’ account of it all!!

    Can’t wait for part two!

    Comment by m0r1arty — December 21, 2011 @ 1:55 am

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    This was part two m0r1arty, part three follows later today :)

    Comment by Stephen Broadbent — December 21, 2011 @ 10:40 am

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    “their squadron commander has warned witnesses not to talk to journalists or researchers about ‘the things they may or may not have seen’ in the sky”.

    Why would witnesses talk to journalists or researchers about things they may not have seen in the sky? The quote above sounds more like a cliche from a B Movie. Honestly… who writes crap like that?

    the|exx 😉

    Comment by the|exx — December 21, 2011 @ 11:59 am

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    Robert Hastings writes crap like that…

    Comment by James Carlson — December 21, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

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    […] of the F.E. Warren AFB hoax and the methods used by Hastings in order to further his agenda. In Part Two, James explained the real reasons behind the use of anonymous sources and concludes by examining […]

    Pingback by By their works shall ye know them… [Part Three] « Reality Uncovered — December 21, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

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    The assertion attacked by Robert Hastings (James Carlson Gets It Wrong Again: Reuters Was NOT Paid to Publicize Robert Hastings’ Investigation of UFO Activity at F.E. Warren AFB in October 2010) in response to my work holds true. Robert Hastings paid to have his article distributed, just as we established in the forum at RU, days before he published his meaningless and incorrect assessment, here:

    “Absolutely, yes — that’s exactly what he did; he didn’t pay Reuters outright, however, just as Steve and Ryan have indicated. The distribution that included Reuters Newswire as the primary release manager, was handled by PR Newswire, United Business Media, which has been established on Hastings’ article (see Steve’s commentary above:”

    So, how did I “get it wrong again”?

    Answer: I didn’t – again!

    (Thanks to Stephen Broadbent for the original comments in response to Hastings’ inability to assess meaning within the english language, a failure that applies as well to his interview with Col. Meiwald, in which Meiwald insists that he knows nothing about a UFO at Oscar Flight — a denial that Hastings characterizes as a full confirmation of his and Salas’ depiction of that alleged incident; perhaps he should be more diligent in his gathering of information — he embarrases himself like this repeatedly by refusing to examine in full the evidence arrayed against him, a habit that indicates either his delusional outlook, his arrogant laziness, or his dishonest character — pick one; they all fit.)

    Comment by James Carlson — January 8, 2012 @ 1:13 am

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