SATURDAY WAS THE big day at the 2016 ALIEN COSMIC EXPO. Hosted at a suburban motel off Wayne Gretzky Parkway in the telephone city of Brantford, Ontario, the conference and exhibit floor ran for three days but Saturday was the sweet spot. There was to be a “disclosure hearing” and some of the community’s stars were speaking, including Grant Cameron, Richard Dolan and Nick Pope.
As it turned out, the hearing was a poor imitation of the much larger 2001 Washington Press Club event that sought to push the American federal government into disclosing what it knows about extra-terrestrial visitation to our blue planet. While EXPO advisor Victor Viggiani may have muttered an opening and adjournment, what materialized was a panel discussion between one panel of experts and another panel of media representatives. In addition to Cameron, Dolan and Pope, the experts were rounded out by Stanton Friedman, Nick Pope, Stephen Bassett, Paul Hellyer and Travis Walton. Known quantities all.
Each expert gave themselves an introduction, because organizers seemed oddly reluctant to provide one for them, followed by brief advances of the lectures to follow. Groups of three authorities were followed by questions and answers. Even without breaking news, some of the claims made were nonetheless interesting. In no particular order, some of these claims included
- The lost Avro Arrow (CF-105) is stashed at AREA 51
- NORAD averages about 75 “fast walker” intercepts per year.
- The Clerk of Canada’s Privy Council probably knows about flying saucers
- Someone who once worked in the Emergency Preparedness Organization had been invited aboard a recovered saucer in the United States
- Travis Walton now thinks of his abduction as an ambulance call
- Ret. Colonel John B. Alexander admitted to the existence of Majestic 12 (or MJ-12 if you like)
- Aliens might be angels
- Since the Korean War, the US had dropped more bombs than all other countries combined
And there was more. Someone from the media panel asked Richard Dolan to define his common usage of “breakaway civilization.” Dolan walked back his signature phrase to being “just a hypothesis” and really just the “classified world on steroids.” Dolan is a charismatic speaker and careful with his referencing so seeing him shrink from the image of elites leaving us behind in their anti-gravity machines was a revelation not unlike watching Mike Tyson get knocked down.
All of the speakers appeared approachable. So I approached. In the case of Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former Defence Minister, I asked whether I missed the name of that UFO-touring bureaucrat. He said I hadn’t but that I could locate it in his book, Light at the End of the Tunnel. For my ten dollars, it turned out to be Nickolas Evanoff. “On board,” said Evanoff, “was a nuker for cooking and a supply of water along with two bathrooms.” The UFO crashed because “youngsters” were flying it. And they weren’t aware of earth’s gravitational pull. It’s difficult to respond to any of that besides saying how much I’m hoping the motherships also have BBQs.
Next I found Richard Dolan and his lovely assistant on the exhibit floor. Usually when you want to talk to the reigning Elvis you have to wait in line. So I listened to him complain to some PhD student how you couldn’t fold Canadian money. I broke queue to say you couldn’t burn it or cut it either. If you crumpled the funny money it just went back to its original shape. It got a laugh but then the kids kept hogging Elvis’ time so I went and chatted with 5th dimension channeler Joanna Ross.
When the other groupies vacated, I returned to hound Dolan about John B. Alexander and his Majestic 12 admission. It wasn’t him who said it, said Dolan, but he was also intrigued by the claim. Dr. Alexander founded the Pentagon’s Advanced Theoretical Physics Project (ATP), of The Men Who Stare at Goats fame, and is a credentialed
skeptic realist unloved by many. I’d seen him go toe-to-toe with Stanton Friedman in a YouTube video, but Elvis said he’d also “cleaned his clock” in a three hour debate. The colonel may be retired now but at one time he was a green beret and is known to hang out with people who seem to defy Newtonian physics. I’d give Alexander even odds, at least, were a physical confrontation to ensue.
Having failed to answer my Majestic 12 question, I approached Grant Cameron before his “UFO Spiritual Connection” lecture with my copy of his co-authored UFOs, Area 51, and Government Informants. I had found the source of the Alexander admission. Apparently a couple of years earlier, Cameron had confronted the colonel at another conference. His admission was that, yes, there was a Majestic 12 control group but that it had responsibility for continuity of government not alien technology and bodies. I asked whether the admission had come since Alexander published his 2011 book UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities. According to Cameron it had.
But I double-checked and it was there in Alexander’s book, to me making it more of a published statement than an admission. Why does it matter? In the colonel’s words “(t)he MJ-12 myth eclipses all other UFO-related conspiracies and cannot be ignored if one is to engage in research in this field.” Alexander doesn’t admit to such an organization, even in his book, but thinks the prosaic explanation is more likely if it existed.
My time at the ALIEN COSMIC EXPO concluded with Richard Dolan’s longer encore “UFO Secrecy: How Deep Does It Go?” It goes deep but given his earlier caveat about a breakaway civilization, perhaps the secrecy doesn’t go as far out as it once did. Both Cameron and Dolan are pushing the spiritual now. Consciousness, they say, is running the show and maybe running the ships too. Instead of one disclosure event, there could just as likely be two. In Cameron’s narrative, the first may disclose that they’re here while the second explains how they got here. The second may be more revolutionary.
Nick Pope ended the Saturday schedule by talking about his time as “the real Fox Mulder” at the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, but neither the real Mulder nor his stories are as captivating as David Duchovny’s. And Elvis had already left the building. DM