The Drone UFO Timeline - Explained?
This started off as a regular run of the mill post on the current happenings with regards the Drones but it ended up as more of a short Novel!! So rather than split it into separate posts I've decided to start the post on my Blog as usual but continue it on a dedicated page…..
As regular readers will know I've been interested in the Drones since the story first broke, I've participated in many forums on the subject of the Drones and met many, many people, all of whom I hold in high regard regardless of their opinions and I've also offered regular commentary on the Drones as any new events occurred.
Since the story is quickly unfolding courtesy of the labours of two Private Investigators I wanted to make a couple of observations.
I fear that the relevant information regarding the Drone UFOs is in serious danger of becoming obfuscated beyond recognition. Linda Moulton Howe (LMH) has published what she calls an, “Eyewitness Timeline” of the Drones, somewhat selectively including/numbering Drone reports that were ONLY submitted to her, or reports in which she had some part to play.
So if you see or know anything about the Drones while I encourage people to submit their information to LMH, I would strongly recommend that this is NOT your only means of disclosing what you know. Especially when you realise that in a couple of months or so, your information will for all intents and purposes became of the, “Pay Per View” variety, due solely to the, “Unique” way that LMH moves her archived material to her (paid) subscribers section.
Indeed the photographs of the Drone that were taken at Big Basin which she was sent numbered 12 in total. Images she was sent with the sole intention of getting the information out there for public dissemination. LMH scanned and resized the images which greatly reduced the resolution before releasing them. This justifiably caused an uproar among the online UFO community and after she received many, many emails over this refusal to release the images as she received them and as intended, LMH finally released ONE of the TWELVE images she received at a resolution which was high enough to enable a more thorough analysis. Now it's coming up to nearly a year since she received these images and she STILL REFUSES TO RELEASE them!!
So not only does disclosure come at a price it seems that integrity does as well.....
Just in case anyone thinks I'm exaggerating regarding the analysis, here's the difference from what LMH released compared to the hi-res version. The red rectangular section is from the ones she released and both are of the same section of the Drone.
This was also evident when she graced Ricky Sorrells of Stephenville, Texas with her presence. As it was on condition that she revealed the exclusive. Ricky said that he vaguely remembered listening to her on a radio program years ago while on a road trip and her name clicked with him. It was the only familiar name he knew and she promised to do an investigation so he agreed not to talk to anyone else until she could make the trip from New Mexico. LMH stayed with Sorrells and his family to conduct the investigation (as was reported by Angelia Joiner in the Empire Tribune on Monday, February 4, 2008).
“I told her everything I knew and showed her my property…..After she left, I felt I had honored my commitment with her. Things have settled down a little and I feel free to talk about the experiences I have had. I just didn't want to do anything that would interfere with her investigation because I want the truth. ”
These ORIGINAL reports and Isaacs release of information number six in total.
Yep, you heard right, merely six in total, irrespective of what you read elsewhere!!
I will elaborate and explain in more detail a little later.
Anyway, back to LMH's, “Eyewitness Timeline” of the Drones and as LMH says:
“I think it is valuable to review first what happened last year and then look at the time line of eyewitnesses who have seen dragonfly craft since at least 1987. ”
In my opinion this above statement is misleading to the point of purposeful misdirection, firstly as LMH doesn't include TWO of the original sightings in her timeline and secondly the sightings may be dated back to 1987 but we only have the accounts of witnesses to verify this fact as EVERY SINGLE SUBSEQUENT REPORT APPEARED AFTER THE FACT.
So perhaps this should have been more clearly stated?
As I mentioned earlier there are really only five witnesses who submitted their reports accompanied by images (excluding the Alabama submission as it was dated 2006).
I'd like to be able to say that this oversight by LMH is due to no more than exactly that, i.e. an oversight. Or even a negligent omission but unfortunately it appears that it is 100% intentional, the UFOCasebook.com Drone she mentions but doesn't include in her timeline was accompanied by three photographs which CORROBORATE the twelve photographs she was sent, from the SAME area and on the SAME day!!
Why not include what surely is a major piece of evidence in the timeline?
Is this just because she had no part to play in them?
Are these the actions of an unbiased, “Investigative journalist?”
Also the Mufon 7013 report that she decides to omit from her timeline was in fact dated as the second sighting in 2007 of the Drones.
Does this not warrant a numbered inclusion in her timeline?
As you can see all the details regarding the Drones didn't exist until after the initial report was made by Chad on May 10th 2007 which was a report of his sighting which occurred end of April 2007. So while it may be correct to claim that these Drones have been seen for over twenty years, however NONE of them were reported anywhere until after Chad reported his at the beginning of May 2007
So perhaps you think this is all much ado about nothing? Well have a look at LMH's opening gambit to her two recent posts regarding her incomplete/distorted Drone timeline.
Comes across as more than a little bitter, don't you think? “The two were hired by a European group.”
On April 6th (2008) I enquired of the, “European Group” if LMH was aware of their work at resolving the Drone enigma and if so from what point in time, the reply was:
“For many months she has been told of our endeavours.”
The, “European Group” is actually a small group of members at the Open Minds Forum (OMF) who have formed what is known as the, “Drone Research Team” (DRT). And for many months LMH has known about them, yet she still couldn't bring herself to call them by name or provide a link to the forum?
Also on March 8th one of the DRT conducted quite an in depth radio interview with LMH, offering her a foreign (French) audience as well as publicly supporting her, yet she still doesn't provide a simple link to their research forum after mentioning their efforts, efforts from which she also benefited. Also all of the members of the DRT defend LMH intensely regarding her motives as they relate to the Drone sightings, a commendable stance to adopt, especially so in the face of such unreciprocated respect.
Kris Avery a.k.a. Saldfingers
Infamy, Infamy, they've all got it in for me......
If you've followed the Drone story for any length of time then I'm sure you're well aware of Kris Avery. He's the person responsible for creating the Drone music video which he put to the music of another OMF member called DroneOnline. It's no secret that LMH harbours ill feelings towards Kris, in fact she mentions this at practically every opportunity. What isn't such common knowledge is why this is the case, so allow me to offer my opinion as someone who has been involved with the story since back when the Drones first hit the internet.
Kris is a professional and competent CGI artist who has been interested in the UFO phenomenon since he was a child and like many of us when the Drone images were posted he wandered into the UFO forums to offer his opinion. He happened to suspect that the Drone images were well crafted CGI and was quoted by Mufon in his capacity as a CGI expert and subsequently stated that he thought they were CGI.
Here's a comment from Kris in which he states what I believe is the reason for all of the ill-feelings from September 9th, 2007:
Another fact is that Kris has constantly said he has nothing to do with the original Drone images and every time it has been mentioned that he has then he's vehemently defended his participation and consequently the Drones.
A little earlier I mentioned the post that LMH has made regarding the Drone timeline history, which she even went so far as to title the report:
“Part 1, Dragonfly-Shaped Aerial Craft: Current Media Misinformation Versus Eyewitnesses 1987 to 2007”
You may remember she accused the media in general of: “Superficial and inaccurate reporting,” as well as stating:
“It's ironic that in March 2008, a TV network such as FOX in New York City and the cable distributor, History Channel, would finally do reports about the strange, aerial, dragonfly-shaped craft that first showed up in 2007 photograph”
I'll tell you what I feel is ironic, the fact that LMH has the audacity to publicly make such statements in which she accuses the media of doing exactly what she did a few months ago!! And she still won't hold her hands up and say it was her mistake, rather attempting to lay the blame at the door of the mass media & DroneOnline, Kris Avery, or whoever else exposes her failings and shortcomings, possibly I'll be next…..
Fast forward to a couple of days ago (April 4th , 2008) and LMH spots another chance for a bit of public, “Salad-tossing” (<--cheers Mur ).
Points of note: (emphasis mine):
“CGI rock video manipulation of the dragonfly aerial drone photographs.
Not only is it a manipulation of the photographs.
Explaining his manipulation of the photograph.”
It's not a manipulation of the photographs, if anything it's an artistic expression of them, an interpretation. In fact Droneonline who created the soundtrack has just answered a similar question at OMF with quite a profound quote....
“The CGI operator named Kris Avery took my Earthfiles podcast news reports about the dragonfly drone phenomenon and edited in my voice and voices of people I've interviewed without asking permission.”
Kris Avery done no such thing, he was supplied the music track by fellow OMF member Droneonline.
“California - A video has been circulating on the internet for months as ‘Kaptive' First emerged in May to June 2007.”
The video she is mentioning (as shown earlier) was the one that SHE mistook for real, and this looks like the one she is referring to as the music video didn't make an appearance until the very end of September 2007. I believe with her gripes regarding a couple of her sentences being used is testament to the fact that she's well aware of this. But her misplaced anger which was a result of being careless in her reporting of the video back in May (which she declared as real) is blinding her to the facts and I feel this is evident in the above example.
“The two private investigators, who were hired by an international group to track down dragonfly drone eyewitnesses in the United States , talked with me on Tuesday evening, April 1.”
As well as failing to say which website the DRT are from (again!!) she has changed the location from, “European” to, “International” which I assume means she's starting to at least take an interest in their research and perhaps their findings.
I feel it prudent to stress at this point I have no axe to grind with LMH other than an investigative reporter is laying the blame for all things CGI at the door of people who have done nearly as much as herself to bring the Drone phenomenon to light. There will be many who disagree with me and no doubt many of her subscribers will be among this number. And also her failure to provide a simple link to the DRT speaks louder than words, as does her actions/inaction to date.
When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers. (Colleen Barrett)
If you torture the data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything. - (Fred Menger)