“ I couldn’t abandon The witnesses” Angelia Joiner
Since the first “flying saucer” report by Kenneth Arnold until this day, UFO witnesses have been exploited. Whether it was to sell a book with a certain theory or to make money some other way, exploiting witnesses has been the name of the game. Of course, some exploitation is good when it is used in the proper context and gives credibility to the witnesses and experiences regarding the events. It is not the root of all evil.
So I get a little uneasy with the self righteous nature of some of these bloggers and researchers who aim their criticisms at the UFO witness.
How many UFO witnesses have put their trust in a UFO researcher, only to feel betrayed? Travis Walton comes to mind.
Two of the major movements, “Exopolitics” and “The Disclosure Projects,” exploit witnesses at press conferences by wrapping them around projects not necessarily related to the witnesses, but they also wrap these sincere UFO witnesses, who are hoping for answers, inside a public agenda the witnesses may not even agree with.
PRG (Exopolotics) e-mailed me the following on Peckman’s politicking around the “Stan Rominick” case:
“PRG fully supports Jeff Peckman's efforts to further demystify and broaden the public engagement of the extraterrestrial presence issue… he is a long standing political activist who has engaged a range of issues and run for office. The exopolitical process leading toward formal disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence has been held back by the unwillingness of non-exopolitical activists and activist organizations to challenge the ridicule curtain and join the disclosure process for mutual benefit.”
Notice, hardly a mention of good old Stan and his problems of loss of credibility due to Peckman’s agenda.…because it is really not about Stan or the other witnesses: it’s about agendas.
Those of us who have had life changing UFO sightings know what it can mean to feel validated. Unlike many of my colleagues claims, I am affected by other people’s feelings. Telling a UFO experience can cause a great deal of pain. The UFO witnesses, especially those with ongoing experiences, are frightened, sometimes even shattered, by the very unknowns these incidents present. The pressure on the family can be horrendous; divorces are more prevalent than you think; even financial problems can occur.
There is an old saying:
“ I can handle the evil done in the name of evil but heaven help us the evil done in the name of good.”
When Angelia Joiner who was running stories UFO witnesses in the Stephenville town newspaper she was asked to cut them off, that they were unimportant, and to stop taking messages But she knew what they were going through. Here was her answer:
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Packman is a politician. He wanted to make news and he did. It appears that he cared very little about protecting Stan’s credibility. From what I understand, there is solid evidence behind SM’s case. Of course, in Exoplotics’ future Stan’s case doesn’t matter…
They wrote in the e-mail,“Whatever opinion one may have of this video…” Presenting a video (which could be easily created in five minutes and put on You Tube) as the centerpiece of evidence is the stupidest thing one could do to foster credibility.
Try that in NY and you would be laughed right off the stage.
Exopolitcs think what Peckman did validates the Stan Romanek case. I think what he has done is easy fodder for the debunker…but in the end, who is going to get really be made the hoaxer- SM.
“Ufology is abuzz again with a tabloid news item, as Jeff Peckman — who also sells a credit card that will save your life — showed the video of a “real living breathing alien” looking through a bedroom window to a selected audience in Denver.
The detail is that the video has not been actually released publicly, and the one above is a recreation by the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society. They also created some other videos with the same alien doll, which is in fact a very common prop, with units being auctioned on eBay and even appearing in NSFW shoots. Those blinking eyes were created in post-production, I guess, as the original doll doesn’t have that.
The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Society probably didn’t spend dozens of thousand of dollars in that recreation, and yet their alien is, according to someone who watched both, looks “slightly more animated.”’
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“All the hyped alien visit and abduction accounts to date have been soundly disproved. Scientists (as opposed to "scientists") have every interest in making contact with extraterrestrials, and most believe there are some out there (although not in Nebraska)”
“In fact, many groups are offering huge amounts of money to anyone who can prove paranormal activity. (Our favorite, magician James Randi, is offering anyone with actual proof a million dollars.) So why doesn't Stan Romanek take Randi Challenge rather than fielding softballs from Larry King?”
Without evidence presented in a public forum, SM is still innocent until proven guilty; the witness is not the problem here.
What has happened to our country is reflected inside the UFO community. A witness’ experiences are no more than a public stage for many. They aren’t human…they don’t bleed.
This resulted in self reflection and the following pledge:
I will look at UFO Witnesses as people, not just for validation or as a challenge, but as people with families, even with flaws, just like everyone else. They deserve to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.
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