UFO Debunkers

Debunkers attempt to discredit all UFO research. Notable UFO debunkers are: the CIA, the NSA, Michael Shermer, Donald Menzel, Philip Klass, Carl Sagan, James Oberg, Brian Dunning, Robert Sheaffer, Wim Van Utrecht.

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who had been the scientific consultant to the various public UFO investigations including Blue Book, told his colleagues that the really good cases, the really hot cases, went somewhere else.

Declassified documents from 1952 revealed that the CIA's Psychological Strategy Board ordered to debunk all UFO reports for "national security" concerns. They concluded that when it came to the subject of UFO's, the American people were dangerously gullible and prone to "hysterical mass behavior". They feared the Soviets would use UFOs as a distraction to overload intelligence channels. These documents also revealed that the CIA planned on partnering with the mass media, Hollywood, business clubs, and even the Disney Corporation to debunk all UFO research.

In 1967, the U.S. Air Force contracted with the University of Colorado to make a final study of UFOs. In contrast to the totally negative statements of the study director, Dr. Edward Condon, the body of the final Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects report shows that about 30% of the cases studied were left without explanation.

Disinformation and lies: a few samples

  • Major Hector Quintanilla, the last chief officer of Project Blue Book, debunked the UFO in the Portland chase as "Venus". Venus, 150 feet from the witnesses and 35 to 40 feet in diameter?
  • On July 31, 1965, Oklahoma Police, the Tinker Air Force Base, and a local meteorologist using weather radar independently tracked four unexplained flying objects. Under Quintanilla's advisement, Project Blue Book claimed that these witnesses had simply observed the planet Jupiter. The problem with this explanation? Jupiter wasn't even visible in the night's sky. "The Air Force must have had its star finder upside-down during August", Robert Riser, an Oklahoma planetarium director, said at the time.
  • Dr. James McDonald, University of Arizona physicist, said in a talk to the department of meteorology that the CIA has ordered the U.S. Air Force to debunk stories on UFO's.
  • The Robertson Panel (1952 - 1953), sponsored by the CIA, recommended that the National Security Council debunk UFO reports and institute a policy of public education to reassure the public of the lack of evidence behind UFOs.
  • In 1958, Major Keyhoe charged that the CIA was deliberately asking eyewitnesses of UFOs
    not to make their sightings public.
  • Philip Klass claimed inconsistencies based on the use of Pica typeface in the Cutler/Twining memo and offered $100 to Stanton Friedman for each legitimate example of the use of the same style and size Pica type as used in the memo. Friedman provided 14 examples and was paid $1,000 by Klass.
  • Philip Klass explained the UFO case in Socorro by saying that officer Zamora had seen some kind of "plasma ball" caused by nearby power lines. But scientists stated that plasma of the type Klass described was simply impossible to create in such conditions. Next, Klass claimed that Zamora had lied and that the entire event was a hoax, because a man who lived only a thousand feet from the UFO landing site hadn't heard any strange noises. What Klass doesn't mention is that the man was hard of hearing and that he lived next to a busy highway. In fact, Klass did very little field research, and he rarely did interviews with UFO witnesses. His research was usually of the "armchair investigator" variety, done over the phone.
  • Philip Klass said in relation to the Cash - Landrum case: "... in one of their early appearances, Betty Cash or Vickie Landrum reported seeing Jesus Christ (...) So maybe Jesus was flying a flying saucer."
    Actually, there were no claims of a Jesus sighting, and at no time did they refer to the object as a "flying saucer". They rationalized the object as a military aircraft project.
  • A 1976 memorandum of the FBI stated: "The Bureau noted that in view of KLASS' intemperate criticism and often irrational statements he made to support them, it was recommended that the Bureau be most cirsumspect in any future contacts with him."
  • Debunker Robert Sheaffer tried to spin the actual testimony in the case of the Portland UFO chase into "Venus". Venus cannot appear to be a large, cone-shaped object, described bright enough that it hurt to look at or made eyes water, flying closely overhead, etc...

    Concerning the Belgian UFO wave of 1989-1992, Sheaffer wrote on his website: "It started off with two policemen reporting a bright light in the sky". But the official report by the policemen clearly states that they observed a huge triangle. Sheaffer continues: "A skeptical analysis showing that the policemen's original UFO was reported in the same position as Venus", whereas the official report reads that the object was hovering at about 120 meters above the ground and that it carried three enormous circular lights, so powerful that it lighted up an area the size of a football field. Appearantly Sheaffer likes Venus.
  • Belgian debunker Wim van Utrecht speculates that the craft seen in the Belgian wave might have been an experimental airplane, such as the USAF's stealth fighter-bomber, or an ULM (ultralight aitcraft). But none of these is noiseless. And a tiny ULM can't carry three giant, powerful headlights.
    Debunker Tim Printy writes that the origin of the wave originated in the sighting of two policemen. He "forgets" to mention that several other patrols reported the same phenomenon on that day.
  • In 2006, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) initially denied there was any official information on the O'Hare airport sighting. But after the Chicago Tribune newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request, records of a phone call from the United Airlines supervisor to a manager at the FAA came to light. In it, they very clearly discuss the UFO sighting, proving their initial response to the media was false. Note that there are more cases where the FAA told lies.
  • In 2012, Air Force Lt. Col. Richard French declared: "I'm one of the authors of Project Blue Book, and started with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, stationed in Spokane, Wash. One of the duties I had in 1952 was to debunk UFO stories".
  • In 2014, the NSA claimed that it could not locate the non-redacted versions of its UFO files, they were "lost" ...ROFL, we thought that the "S" in "NSA" stood for "Security"...