UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Leon Davidson, the CIA, and UFOs

Leon Davidson was an avid “ufologist” – noted for his publication of the Flying Saucers: An Analysis of Project Blue Book, Special Report 14 pictured here:

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Dr, Davidson and I communicated during the 1970s, and he provided his analysis of the Zamora/Socorro insignia; his analysis, unfortunately, irrelevant because it seems the Air Force had Lonnie Zamora fudge his observation (ostensibly to confuse hoaxers) and the symbol considered by Dr. Davidson, and others (including me and my gang) is nothing like the actual symbol that Zamora saw.

That aside, Dr. Davidson felt that the CIA was heavily involved with UFO sightings and peripheral elements.

He did an exegesis of the CIA’s involvement.

I’ve scanned his work for your perusal.

This is the cover:

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To access readable content, click…

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(Click on the image to enlarge it.)

I’ve appended Dr. Davidson’s work because of the mention in Goodavage’s Wanaque piece, below this posting, that a friend of his (Gordon Evans), who knew Allen Dulles, said that ex-CIA head Dulles confided in him that he (Dulles) had set up a CIA unit to deal with UFO matters, exactly what Dr. Davidson suggested in his evaluation and research.

Some find such a revelation intriguing, as do I…

RR

12 Comments:

  • Rich "...it seems the Air Force had Lonnie Zamora fudge his observation (ostensibly to confuse hoaxers)"

    So, the USAF expected hoaxers to have access to Bluebook?

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Sourcerer, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • The idea, Don, as Stanford and Hynek had it, was that if a wannabe came forward, saying they too had seen the craft and symbol, they'd get the symbol wrong if they used Zamora's sketch for their observation.

    So the symbol was altered to thwart such foolery.

    My comment was about Zamora's observation of the insignia, not his total observation.

    I thought my grammatical premises established what I was referring to.

    Apparently not.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • I have been unclear.

    The USAF incident file includes Zamora's drawing.

    Why, if it was an image created to hoax hoaxers? Why not the purported real symbol? Was the USAF expecting hoaxers to have access Bluebook in 1964?

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Sourcerer, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • Don:

    I have no idea whose idea it was to alter Zamora's observation or why.

    It was stupid on the face of it.

    And that Stanford went along with the charade for years is disturbing.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • So, we can add to the list of Socorro hoaxes (the Mayor's hoax, the NMT hoax, and Zamora, I guess, hoaxing the insignia [and maybe the figures in white]), a CIA Socorro hoax, or another agency hoaxing a CIA Socorro hoax.

    I've had it up to here with Socorro hoaxes.

    "Now there are so many scientists who believe in dowsing, that the suspicion comes to me that it may be only a myth after all." -- attributed to Fort.

    I'm becoming convinced that the one certain thing about the Socorro incident is that it was not a hoax.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Sourcerer, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • Don:

    Bragalia is convinced(!) that Socorro was a hoax.

    I remain committed to the military prototype made by Hughes Aircraft under the aegis of the Army, AF, or Navy, and maybe the CIA using Raven Industries as its cover or foil.

    That Zamora may have encountered a true craft from an extraterrestrial source is a possibility also.

    The matter remains open, despite all the attempts to botch the episode with nonsense, by ufologists mostly.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • The Socorro case is an unusual one in that I think it's pretty well unanimous that everyone thinks something very unusual happened.

    I think it is pretty obvious it was one helluva college prank when you look carefully at the evidence. The coincidences you have to accept for it to be anything but are just too much.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • I forgot to list Menzel's high school hoax.

    Is there another case with so many hoax theories? Socorro has more hoaxes proposed than Roswell has crash sites.

    Frank: "I think it is pretty obvious it was one helluva college prank when you look carefully at the evidence. The coincidences you have to accept for it to be anything but are just too much."

    I'm not feeling at all generous towards you or Bragalia re Socorro, and will remain in the audience. I will however, offer this. and then let it lie:

    What both of you have written about Socorro is evidence neither of you had gotten inside the case. The errors are gross. Hopefully, you have gotten closer to the incident since 2009.

    Second, you two do not seem to recognize that your evidence does not support your thesis, not Colgate, not Etscorn, not Collis -- anything you have quoted from them. And I don't mean because it is hearsay. I mean their statements do not support your thesis period.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Sourcerer, at Wednesday, September 21, 2011  

  • When you choose to ignore the evidence it won't support the thesis. How is the only witness Zamora's original statement not inside the case? How about the first responder Chavez' findings? You are misrepresenting what I've written about the case.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Thursday, September 22, 2011  

  • Frank: "How is the only witness Zamora's original statement not inside the case?"

    It is. However, you used a secondary source, not the original document.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger Sourcerer, at Thursday, September 22, 2011  

  • To return to Davidson, he seemed to be besotted with the CIA. He told how the CIA even hoaxed Adamski's contacts (the flights into space anyway) and 'arranged' the Washington radar sightings. He did a useful service by producing an abridged version of Blue Book Report 14, but took other things much too far. The CIA was the wicked villain behind everything. Sure.

    Also I wonder if he ever realised BB 14 was researched and written by the Battelle Institute? Certainly the edition I have (1971 I think) makes no mention of Battelle.

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, September 22, 2011  

  • CDA:

    While Leon Davidson might not have known or cared that Battelle was the printing venue of the Blue Book 14 Report, Anthony Bragalia keeps finding Battelle's hands all over the UFO scene, from 1947 (Roswell) on...

    Battelle is rife for scrutiny.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 22, 2011  

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