- A few years back, a highly honorable Israeli named Yaniv
set up a web site, at his own cost, to publicize my findings about a UFO
wave that Israel was in the midst of. Have a look at it: http://members.tripod.com/~ufoisrael.
For the past two years I stopped contributing to it; in fact, I stopped
my UFO writing entirely for a number of practical reasons. Most practical
of all, the Israeli UFO wave which began in 1987, stopped dead in its tracks.
Other than one crop formation last Spring in Nir Eliahu, there have been
no major incidents to describe since July, 1999.
- That fact alone, however, would not have put an end to
my research. For instance, I had planned to try and put perspective into
the modern wave by looking closely at such ancient phenomena as cherubim
and seraphim and had a short list of rabbis who I was about to interview
for a clearer understanding.
- I decided against pursuing the work, mainly, because
it was harming my reputation as a political writer. I had gathered indisputable
evidence that Yitzhak Rabin was not murdered by the patsy imprisoned for
the crime, but rather by his own bodyguard in a coup from within his own
political circles. I collected my findings into a book called Who Murdered
Yitzhak Rabin, which was published in five languages. The Hebrew version
is in its eighth edition and is having an enormous impact in Israel. For
exposing the truth about Rabin, I have gained a large number of enemies,
no small number from within the Israeli ruling establishment. Their main
proof that my Rabin research is wrong is because I wrote about UFOs, therefore,
I must be a nut.
- Right now, my country is being put to death by powerful,
rotten forces in Europe and America. The means used was the placement of
an immoral terrorist organization in our midst. I have written books exposing
the international plot against Israel which would have had a stronger impact,
except my one UFO book was used to prove that I'm a deluded fantasizer.
My country is in mortal danger, I found out why, and my UFO work was badly
affecting my credibility. So I chose to distance myself from it.
- Yesterday, the distancing was put to an abrupt end. The
most influential Jewish newspaper of all, the Jerusalem Post, published
a supercilious review of Yaniv's web site which implied that my "controversial"
work on Rabin should be reconsidered. This was not a small time event.
The review was published in the Post's weekend magazine, which reaches
and strongly impacts just about the entire Jewish world. I am once again
being touted primarily as a UFO writer and my country will be the big loser.
- Which leads to the core reason why I quit UFO writing:
the field has been infiltrated by fraudulent "research" and as
a result, a very important subject is a laughing stock amongst most people.
It is just bad business to be associated with it.
- I am not a UFO writer by trade; circumstances initiated
by interest. While serving in the Israel Air Force as an anti-aircraft
missile operator, me and my unit witnessed what was undoubtedly a UFO wave
in the summer of 1980. We were trained to identify anything that should
have been in the air, but the squadrons of low-flying satellite-like objects
we were spotting night after night were not taught in our plane identification
classes. So I decided to talk to pilots on my bases and I learned they
had all chased UFOs at one time or another.
- So when a most convincing series of UFO encounters began
in Kadima in March, 1993, I was drawn to investigate. This led to a large
number of magazine articles, a book; Return Of The Giants, television work
for the Sightings program, for Bob Kiviat and the Fox Network, for the
Discovery Channel. Best of all, my work sent me on expense-paid lecture
trips to exotic places like Pisa, Acapulco, Leeds and Brasilia. I enjoyed
almost every conference I attended as a lecturer but I also found many
disturbing trends that left me deeply skeptical about the overall honesty
of UFO research.
- Which is not to imply that most UFO researchers are dishonest;
quite the opposite. The researchers I most enjoyed meeting and reading
like John Mack, Whitley Streiber, Bud Hopkins, Michael Lindemann, David
Jacobs etc. are all men of tremendous integrity. What unites them is the
conclusion that the UFO phenomenon is not a happy one; in fact, it is highly
dangerous. There is little to rejoice about bizarre kidnappings, rape,
forced implantation and psychological torture. All but one of the close
encounter Israelis I interviewed rued the day they had their visitations,
which made their testimonies all the more genuine to me.
- Yet the overall theme of the conferences I attended was
that the arrival of the UFOs was joyful and that the occupants of these
craft were here to upraise our universal consciousness. Here are a few
thoughts on how this wrong message is being spread and why it has made
UFO writing the object of international ridicule.
- Shoddy Research:
- Those who appreciate my work, do so for my strict adherence
to journalistic method. As totally weird as the Israeli UFO story is, I
backed my case with a collection of UFO videos which I had computer tested
by experts, physical evidence such as shards of silicon and strange oils
left within landing circles, which I sent to accredited laboratories worldwide
for thorough scientific examination, and corroborated testimonies from
reliable witnesses. With this process I rejected countless claims and exposed
frauds, such as the Achihud "extra-terrestrial," a frog-like
creature which I insisted had an earthly explanation and was proven right
by BUFORA's lab tests in England. (Don't worry if you haven't heard of
the incident. It made big waves a few years back but is better forgotten).
- So when people I liked strayed wildly from my rules,
I became very disappointed. Here are two examples:
- Stanton Friedman is someone I like very much. We share
a common background and sense of humor. He is to be applauded for being
about the first man of science to risk his reputation by backing the argument
that UFOs must be studied by the academic community. Then why is he risking
it all in his fight to legitimize the Majestic 12 papers? Everything about
them is suspicious, from the way they were found (lying in a Xerox machine)
to the wrongly dated typewriter used to produce them. Why would a man of
his stature stake so much on such an iffy cause?
- Bob Dean is the sweetest man you'll meet and his personality
makes him a crowd favorite. Though he never rose past the rank of sargent,
his fame rests on discovering secret military information about UFOs. He
will tell the audiences, for example, that the US Army is aware of at least
ten separate physical dimensions. This is a fabulous discovery but never
once did he present a written document to back up this claim and others.
- Simply, in my world, that is not allowed. Unless you
have the proofs in hand, you don't go public. And there are too many others
who claimed to have worked for the military who saw alien bodies in Air
Force hangars, gravity-defying crafts under Area 51 and the like who didn't
have the diligence to prove their claims by photocopying documents, snapping
photos, interviewing witnesses etc. We have nothing but their word to go
- Compare them to Jesse Marcel Jr. He not only backs the
Roswell case with childhood memories, he has collected the evidence persuasively,
and has a genuine, courageous military background. That is why the Roswell
incident is believable and most of the others of the genre, are not.
- Start with the Sitchin cult. Yes, he is an original thinker
and deep scholar. No, there is not nearly enough proof that planet Nbiru
is ending its 3400 year orbit and sending scouts to earth. What we have
here is an interesting re-interpretation of Sumerian texts turned into
a baseless belief system. And it contributes to the overall ridicule of
- But not nearly as much as the Raelians' demand for a
piece of sovereign Jerusalem territory to build a landing site for the
Elohim. Or the mass suicide of ufonuts aiming for the mother ship trailing
a comet. If you ask me, these groups are all funded as psy-ops by intelligence
agencies utilizing UFO naifs for their own wicked purposes.
- And I walked right into one of these operations in Brasilia.
I called it the Temple Of Doom and once I had a look around and gave my
lecture, I got out of there fast and stayed away. The "Temple"
was built by the League Of Good Will as the headquarters of its "world
parliament." It boasts the biggest piece of crystal and prayer pyramid
in all of Brazil. Toga-clad young people are lured into this pyramid to
walk in circles to trance music. The religion they are taught is of a one
world faith, encompassing and superseding all other nations and beliefs.
- Some of the believers with short-cropped hair patrol
the grounds with walkie-talkies surveiling everyone in their sight. In
the basement are row after row of computers linked to satellite dishes
outside. Those of us lecturers who ventured to this part of the temple
were rudely removed by the crewcut believers in their CIA dark blue suits.
- There was one crop-circle expert from England who told
the small crowd of zombies that he felt, "a positive energy,"
coming from the temple. Most of the rest of us felt that UFO research was
being used in a very sinister way by an equally sinister cult.
- And while the New Age cultists occupy a central position
in UFO thought, those who determine what is acceptable or not have consigned
all Christian research to the dustbins of history. As far as the UFO establishment
is concerned, those who combine Christian thinking with the subject of
UFOs are religious fanatics. That is because they have reached the conclusion
that the UFOs are either a government "New World Order" deception
or are demonic. So let me state that I view this attitude as a genuine
possibility worthy of intellectual pursuit and some of the best UFO literature
I've read ie. Missler/Eastman, David Lewis, forcefully argues these positions.
And I'm not the only secular researcher who feels this way, the late Jim
Keith viewed UFOs as an "illuminati deception."
- Yet the mainstream UFO world welcomes the superstitious
magic-believers of the New Age with open arms while rejecting anything
that smells of genuine theology. I may not be Christian or a very pious
Jew but I recognize thoughtful scholarship when I read it and the rejection
of traditional religion by the UFO publishers and conference organizers
is a huge mistake.
- And it is those very publishers that may be, in large
part to blame for the poor state of UFO literature. I have not yet met
a UFO writer without his story of not being paid for his work. I respect
and honor anyone with the vision to publish my books. But I had to pay
for much of the promotion of Return Of The Giants and I have not yet seen
my royalty payments. This is so commonplace that it inhibits costly research
and repels the most talented writers from devoting themselves to producing
finely researched UFO literature.
- That said, it is the conference organizers who must share
the blame for not weeding out shady speakers. It is the shakiest of cases
which dominate conference after conference.Which brings me to my biggest
- Michael, Why Are You Doing This?
- Without Michael Hesemann, I may not have had nearly the
impact that I did. He introduced my work to Europe and recommended me to
conference organizers worldwide. I owe him a lot.
- My doubts began with the abduction claims of one Uri
Issacov. Michael commissioned me to write about him and then flew to Israel
to meet him. By then I was certain he was a fraud and did my best to convince
Michael to reject his claims completely. But though there was ample proof
that Issacov was lying, Michael included him in his commercial video production
- Then I noticed at several conferences that Michael would
vehemently argue in favor of other shoddy cases. He was a vocal advocate
of Billy Meier, who turned his dubious claims into a cult. He went so far
as to write a book defending the infamous alien autopsy film and still
defends it even after one of the actors in it, a British sound producer,
publicly admitted that the whole thing was staged. Most worrisome of all
is his message to the conference crowds; the UFOs are here to guide humanity,
if they were bad, they would have destroyed us by now with their power.
This is one very irresponsible message to bandy about.
- My final falling out occurred over one Carlos Diaz. Michael
has invested a small fortune sending this Mexican photographer to conferences
worldwide. It was in Leeds, at my first UFO lecture, that I saw what I
would see over and over again; the more skeptical thinkers in the audience
were laughing at Diaz and his silly UFO videos with the red laser beams.
And some found his message downright hilarious; to the accompaniment of
a Paul McCartney video, Diaz claimed that the aliens, who were waves of
light, told him to spread the word that humanity was in danger and must
eat organic foods and otherwise live cleanly to save itself.
- At Pisa, Diaz premiered his latest videos to a select
group when the conference ended. These were the most rigged shams of UFO
films imaginable. There was improper light, shade, perspective: everything
was wrong with their authenticity. No one would have been fooled by them
where I come from and no one was fooled by them that night in Pisa. When
he was asked why there were no shadows or background in his clips, Diaz
explained that he was whisked to a cave 180 meters high and light didn't
reach the walls or ceiling.
- The next evening, at a little cafe near Pisa University
I let Michael hear me clearly.
- "Michael, if you show those Diaz films to anyone,
it'll wreck your career. They're phoney and everyone will see it. And I
think you'd better rethink all of his films."
- "Do you think all his films are phoneys?"
- "The way I see it, one night he videotaped a real
UFO over his house. He got a lot of attention and perks from it and started
fabricating new ones."
- "Why would he do that? You've met him and his family.
They're not crooks."
- "His wife is really classy, much better educated
than him. Maybe he had something to prove to his family. Whatever the reason,
as a friend I'm advising you, don't be so closely associated with Diaz
or your reputation will never recover."
- We walked to the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. I pointed up
and said, "Michael, that tower is maybe 90 meters in height. Do you
believe there is a cave anywhere 180 meters high? The walls would have
collapsed long before it got that big. He's making the story up."
- I decided to ask him the BIG question. Over time, many
people have written me charging that the UFO scene has been thoroughly
infiltrated by the hidden powers who rule our planet. They would point
to many examples, like Derrel Sims being a former CIA employee, to prove
their point. Over time, Derrel's diligent work has convinced me he is sincere.
However, these same people would ask me to explain away Michael's ties
to Laurence Rockefeller. They insisted Michael was being guided and financed
by Rockefeller to push his agenda.
- I like Michael Hesemann very much. From our first meeting
I felt comfortable with his company. More than that, I enjoy his company.
I look forward to seeing him. That night I felt close enough to ask, "Michael,
why are you working with Laurence Rockefeller? Do you know anything about
the Rockefeller family and the evil they're involved in through their Council
On Foreign Relations."
- He replied, "Laurence is the black sheep of the
family. I know all about the Rockefellers and their world government plot
but I assure you, so does Laurence and he rejects it. He is putting his
share of the money into honest UFO research."
- I didn't like the answer. There are no benign Rockefellers.
They invest in control and for all the worst reasons. And, at least one
of them, is busy setting the agenda of UFO research. I insist on believing,
Michael doesn't realize he's being used.
- I haven't seen Michael since Pisa. Today he is busy advocating
the Carlos Diaz "light" theory. Last year, Don Waldrop of MUFON
Los Angeles organized a wonderful four-date speaking tour of California.
My book came out and has received fine reviews from people like the Creightons
of England and Roland Horn of Germany. Whether I like it or not, Return
Of The Giants did establish me as a UFO writer. And those who try to neutralize
my political writing, use it against me with relish.
- So, for the past two years I stopped the UFO research
and concentrated on investigating the covert war being waged against my
country. However, as of yesterday, thanks to the Jerusalem Post, I am now
known widely as a UFO writer and that, of course, means my expose of the
Rabin murder must be wacky.
- The role of serious scholarship of the UFO enigma has
been neutralized and demeaned through hoaxes, frauds, shams, cults and
superstition. Anyone who delves into the field risks mockery and perhaps,
the end of his credibility. And I claim, that is not accidental. UFO investigation
is being ruined by agents of dissension working within the mainstream of
the UFO establishment.
- Michael Hello,
- Please reread my article. It was written entirely as
an appeal by a worried friend. I could not have been more complimentary
to you. There is not a hint of attack, just deep anxiety. I truly believe
your goodness is being exploited. Look carefully at my thesis: NO ONE is
under personal attack from me. My thesis is that really bad people are
using really good people for their own purposes. That is what I said: you
don't realize it when you're being used, and you're far from alone. The
UFO debate is flying off into the realms of the ridiculous and if our study
is to be saved, we have to be more rigid.
- I saw an expose of the alien autopsy film here on tv.
The "surgeon" came on screen, pointed himself out in the film
and confessed to his role in the fraud. What more is there to say? The
issue is over.
- I was in LA at the Kiviat Studios last April taping a
show, a good show. The Diaz films were shown and one after another; Bruce
Maccabee, Jim Courier, Michael Lindemann (I heard, I missed meeting him)
slaughtered their authenticity. I felt rotten for you. Millions of people
saw that show prime time on Fox, millions more saw it prime time on BBC.
You were lucky only Maccabee's portion was aired or it would have been
far worse. Jim Courier (hope I have it spelled right) said outright that
Diaz was a professional photographer who rigged the shots. It was as bad
a fraud expose as you can get in the limited UFO world. The only worse
one I saw was the trashing of the alien autopsy film on something called
- What is going on with you? You're risking all your splendid
work on Diaz and the alien autopsy. Why are you sticking your neck out
for these causes??????I'm guessing your credibility and those of others
mentioned are being deliberately manipulated. Whether you accept money
from him or not, any association with a Rockefeller is DANGEROUS. That
family's expertise is disinformation and confusion. Look what that wretched
lot and their political organizations are doing to my country. We're being
murdered by the hundreds because of them.
- Look, Michael, my message couldn't have been clearer.
There are forces sowing dissension out there. I suppose, you are too decent
and believing to accept it. But the field needs you intact. Listen to
what others are saying. The alien autopsy film was debunked too powerfully
for you to defend it. Too many people, experts and laymen alike, are debunking
Diaz. You're getting burned badly and I'm deeply disappointed.
- My hope is you'll reply publicly in the following way:
My research is widespread. My track record is as good as anyone's. My judgement
is not perfect but it has been proven to be astute. I will do some soul
searching and re-examine the alien autopsy and Diaz cases. I would appreciate
receiving as many views as possible on their merits or deficiencies before
I make my future choices.
- My thesis was straightforward: Top talent isn't allowed
to write about UFOs because it is a defamed field. The defamation has a
source. It must be identified and the disinformation weeded out. Those
used to promote shoddy cases are mostly innocent victims. We will put an
end to their exploitation.
- Reread what I wrote. Every word about you was sincere.
You are one of my favorite people and I said so. You are being hurt and
I feel bad about it. But you have to step back a few feet and look what's
happening to you and the UFO field. We're all in it for the truth. Don't
be afraid to admit if you were wrong here and there. No one will hold it
against you; least of all me.
- From Vittorio Pacaccini
- Dear Mr.Chamish,
- Hope this finds you well.
- 1. I realize you are a friend of Michael Hesemann and
have much consideration for him therefore, I'm sorry if my impression
about him didn't sound quite fair to you[perhaps he played differently
with you]. There are a lot of people in the UFO community that think the
same way I do - anyways, making a drama out of it is something absolutely
away from my interest. I know that Hesemann's father is a millionaire
- and that his father doesn't get along with him very well for some time;
he, Hesemann, had the necessity to let me know it when he was in my home,
in 1997; unfortunately this doesn't explain his attitude and double-face
behavior [it was easily spotted once again by many people, when we met
him at the Brasilia conference in the end of 1998]. He also thought it
to be necessary, by his own will, to let me know that he didn't have a
car at that time, and that my house was bigger than his [I wonder why?!?!].
- Well, if he is not involved with the UFO subject for
money [which I seriously doubt], then, it must be for the pleasure of his
own self promotion - or something else, since he notoriously promotes
some frauds around the world - not only the ones you have mentioned. It
sounds like as long as the myth lives, the more he sells - promoting it
- perhaps, that's what his life is all about. You'll have to excuse me
but he is not in this field to disclose the truth about the UFO phenomenon.
- 2 - Hopefully, he is a good person at home, with his
family and friends, when not dealing with the UFO subject.
- 3 - In my latest letter to you, when I said:
- .......Believe me, if someone is putting your country
to death in Europe and America, as you've mentioned - this does not apply
to us. .....
- ** I meant, that you Israelis don't have to worry about
us, Brazilians - we have a lot of respect for you and don't want to put
your country to death[quite the opposite] therefore, whatever they are
doing against you in Europe and America, this does not apply to us.
- The huge Jewish community in Brazil is very wealthy and
hard working; they earned everything they have - and they live away from
wars and terrorism - we wish the same for the people of Israel.
- Everybody here knows that some outsiders are doing their
best to crack down our currency, and we're on alert about it. Well, I
guess this happens everywhere in this sad globalized planet - it's the
same story again: the strongest trying to take over the weakest; we'll
intensify efforts and shall survive.
- Just today, we saw on TV news, another sort of kamikaze
Arabian car exploding near a military base in Israel. Ohh man! This has
to stop - once again, we cross your fingers.
- Best wishes - Pacaccini