By David AndrewI have been researching the UFO and abduction phenomena for well over twenty years now. I have seen so many cases and hot topics come and go that it can be hard to keep track of them all. A more recent observation that I have made is that it seems in some research circles, UFO and abduction research have evolved into “flavor of the month” clubs. I think the Stan Romanek story fits squarely into this flavor of the month category. The most recent thing I have heard about Stan Romanek is that he was threatened “on air” when he was recently a guest on a well-known radio program. Someone called in to the show and, disguising his or her voice with a computerized voice program and proceeded to tell Stan to, “keep his mouth shut”. This latest chapter in the Romanek fiasco has me shaking my head. In the case of many self-professed researchers, sadly it seems as if even the slightest hint of common sense is not in their repertoire of investigation techniques.
Later, the host of that particular radio program, in a short of blog posting/ commentary on this particular incident indicated that he and others who have investigated Stan’s case have received phone calls where this computerized voice was present. These early calls seemed to be in support of Stan but this latest call was a threat. The host of the show also pointed out that it is possible Stan could have had a hand in this but in his opinion he doesn’t think so.
My first question here is, “Why would someone who was truly trying to intimidate or, threaten Stan do so on a radio program with lots of witnesses?” The simple answer is they wouldn’t! The fact that calls from this computerized voice were received first in support of Stan and now against Stan seems too convenient. You know the saying, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck” etc. This latest occurrence reeks of being a staged PR gag and yet, no red flags for anyone?
I think it’s prudent and relevant to this article to mention here that I am a life-long abductee/contactee and that there are two others in my family who have also had encounter experiences throughout their lives. I have been fortunate enough to meet and become friends with many others who I think are the “real deal” as far as them being genuine abductees. For every one of these people, I have met ten others claiming to be abductees when they are not. That’s one of the biggest stumbling blocks to real abduction research; these “want to be” abductees that are being taken at face value by researchers. Many of us used to speak out about our experiences until to our shock and horror we started hearing stories from “famous” abductees that were a compilation of bits and pieces of our own stories. People were borrowing parts of our stories and rolling it all together as if it were their own and unwitting researchers were touting these people as the next big abduction story. In some cases we were able to prove this to be true. The end result was that we all chose to stop speaking publicly about our experiences. Abduction researchers are on the verge of losing a great resource by their naivety and inability to discern when someone is pulling the wool over their eyes.
Quietly we have discussed Stan Romanek and his supposed contact amongst ourselves and all of us have come to the same conclusion, Stan is a fraud. We feel that Stan is one of these, “borrowers” of other people’s accounts. Myself and others who have encountered the short grey type ET’s have seen Stan’s, “Alien in the window video” (the genuine one, not one of the fakes on YouTube) and, across the board we all agree, that’s not what they look like! This supposed ET head in Stan’s video is like so many other vague representations I have seen other non-abductees put out. It’s the same generalized form that people have thrown together based on real experiencers descriptions; big head, big black eyes, etc. And just like Stan, none of these other non-abductees get it right either.
I recently exchanged emails with a friend and fellow abductee to try to console them. This person was very upset and, very fed up with the state of Ufology and abduction research. This person told me that UFO and abduction research started off long ago as a search for answers and the truth. Both topics eventually became their own cottage industries and then they became platforms for big business. Just look at Hollywood; ET sells! On those comments I would have to agree with this person. Truth seems to have taken a backseat to the next big story and to people keeping their positions in the limelight. There are still those of us who talk to each other behind the scenes to share our stories and comfort each other as best we can and to compare notes so to speak to try to find our own answers. There are also some researchers that we genuinely respect and we often wished we could share our stories with them but we have learned the hard way that keeping quiet is preferable.
I will finish my comments here with a few points that I know will most likely generate tons of hate mail but, I am compelled to take a stand and share a few things that I hope people genuinely interested in the truth about abductions will take to heart:
Firstly, despite what people believe they know about the abduction phenomenon, a minimum of 75% of the information gathered over the last fifty years about abductions is utter nonsense. Secondly, abductees are aware of some of the benefits of having non-experiencer researchers looking into the abduction phenomenon. Unfortunately most researchers have used questionable methods to gain their information and they have actually helped spread misinformation about this phenomenon whether they want to admit it or not. To those researchers I would like to say, “Thanks but no thanks”. I don’t want your brand of help and neither do most of the other genuine abductees I know because all you have done is to help spread fallacies about this topic. To put it bluntly, these types of researchers have only helped to make genuine abductees a laughing stock.
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