A Beginner’s Guide to Disinformation in Ufology

Jul 19, 2020

There are hundreds of pages of disputed Majestic 12 documents, many lesser known that came out in the 1990s. Every individual who received these admitted later they believed they were fake, but couldn’t be sure how much of the material was added.

Rather than a simple scheme to make money from these, there is testimony from government insiders the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was running a coordinated disinformation campaign meant to mislead ufologists.

What did some of these documents say? How can we determine they’re likely disinformation? And why would there be an effort to divide UFO researchers, or muddy the waters any time someone brings up a UFO information control group? Let us know your thoughts after watching the episode.

Sources in order of mention

SOM1-01a: http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/som101_part1.pdf

SOM1-01b: http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/som101_part2.pdf

Joint statement on manual deeming it a hoax: http://www.cufos.org/Roswell/SOM%201-01.pdf

MJ12 provenance chart: http://www.majesticdocuments.com/pdf/anotherlookatmajestic.pdf

1980 Aquarius teletype: http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/aquariusteletype.pdf

Moore analysis of Aquarius: http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/The-MJ-12-Documents-An-Analytical-Report-Excerpts.pdf

Bennewitz contacts Doty: http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/S1-Bennewitz-AFOSI-Visit-Oct-80.pdf

Doty tells Sen. Schmitt AFOSI wasn’t investigating Bennewitz’s sighting: http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/S3-Bennewitz-Kirtland-Bennewitz-Meeting-Nov-80.pdf

Doty 2005 C2C interview: http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/S5-Greg-Bishop-and-Richard-Doty-Coast-to-Coast-AM-with-host-Art-Bell-Interview-Transcript.pdf

Doty letter to the editor in 2000: http://www.openminds.tv/wp-content/uploads/Saucer-Smear-July-15th-2000.pdf

Sparks/Greenwood 2007 paper obtained offline.

Cooper list 1992 from Cantwheel: http://majesticdocuments.com/sources.php

Salina to Cooper, 96: http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/salina-cooper-handwritten.pdf

S-1 to Cooper, 99: http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/burnedmemocoverletter.pdf

Burned Memo 1 http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/burnedmemo-s1-pgs1-2.pdf

Burned memo 2 http://majesticdocuments.com/pdf/burnedmemo-s1-pgs3-9.pdf

S-1 photos: http://majesticdocuments.com/documents/photos.php

Cooper to Hastings, it’s all fake: https://www.theufochronicles.com/2009/04/update-1-operation-bird-droppings.html

Sound credit

Record scratch (CC): https://freesound.org/people/luffy/sounds/3536/