- This story is one in a series about the life and times
of Sgt. Clifford E. Stone, who, for more than 22 years served with a special
unit of the US Army which recovered downed extraterrestrial craft and their
occupants. All material in this series has been personally reviewed and
approved by Sgt. Stone prior to its publication. ____
- There are lies; there are damned lies; and then there
is 'Air Force Policy Directive, 10-20.' This supplementary Directive was
spawned October 1, 1998. It is designed to dovetail with programs of the
same nature which are already in existence.
- During a recent conversation with Sgt. Stone, I was clearly
informed that I needed to understand these programs in detail so I could
better comprehend how and why "they" can, and do, get away with
treating an entire population like mushrooms. (Keep 'em in the dark and
feed 'em manure.) Stone assured me, through my grasp of these Directives,
I would come to know why 'they' can walk the halls of deception with impunity.
He went on to explain that I would understand why it took the Air Force
20 years to document and catalogue the "existence of nothing,"
with respect to Project Blue Book. I, like many others, have always felt
that there is a limit to how far "they" can go with respect to
deception. Unfortunately, I could not have been more sadly mistaken.
- <P To say the Air Force has Carte Blanche with respect
to deception, is like telling a person who's standing in the path of a
tidal wave they may experience "some" moisture. It is unsurpassed
understatement. Defensive Counter Information (DCI) blankets all military
and civilian Air Force personnel, members of the Air Force Reserve, Air
National Guard, DoD contractors, and individuals or activities under legal
agreement or obligation to the Department of the Air Force. As stated
in the Directive: "This policy directive provides guidance for planning
and conducting defensive counter-information (DCI) operations, the aerospace
function through which the Air Force employs its defensive Information
Operations (IO) capabilities."
- <P For those of you feeling somewhat left out by the
previous statement, don't be, you have not been forgotten. Yes, John Q
Public is subject to direct enforcement measures at the hands of the Air
Force in their effort to protect sensitive and classified information.
The Directive reveals: "The identification and protection of sensitive
and classified information is required by 'public law,' Executive Order,
and regulation." Moreover: "The Air Force will employ comprehensive,
integrated defensive counter-information (DCI) operations to protect and
defend Air Force information and information systems."
- Information systems does not pertain to just computers,
it is a blanket term used to include documentation as well. This is quite
apparent in this sentence taken from AFPD 10-20: "Effective DCI requires
the full integration of physical, personnel, industrial, and professional
security (e.g., document classification and control) measures." Has
anyone ever turned in a FOIA request only to have it returned as: "No
information exists," or; "The information requested is a matter
of National Security and therefore not subject to release," or (my
favorite); "We can neither confirm or deny the existence ..."
In effect, they can play "the shell game" with documentation
until the cows come home. Finally, last, but certainly not least, is this:
"Air Force DCI capabilities include information assurance, operations
security (OPSEC), counter-intelligence, counter-deception, counter-psychological
operations, and electronic protection."
- <P Once again from AFPD 10-20: OPSEC analysis leads
to identification of additional critical information and operational indicators
which may be of value to an adversary." There is no doubt this includes
alien technology and or, methodology. Indeed, this - from a Military perspective
- is the heart and soul of the matter.
- Sgt. Clifford Stone has confirmed it is all about technology...and
not allowing anyone to capture the "military high ground" by
means of technology gleaned from alien recoveries. I once asked Sgt. Stone
how far "they" would go to protect a crash scene and the technology
therein. His answer: "Let's just say not all unsolved murders are
unsolved. That's all I'll say about that." Undoubtedly, UFO research
can be a terminal vocation with respect to knowing or learning too much;
or being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- <P In this story, I was going to plumb Air Force Instruction
16-701 (Special Access Programs) or SAP, Air Force Instruction 10-1101
(Operations Security) another derivative of OPSEC, and Air Force Instruction
14-302 (Control, Protection, and Dissemination of Sensitive Compartmented
Information). However, all these documents are protocols developed to define
how the information shell game is played. They are simply variations on
the theme that governs Officially Sanctioned Deception Programs.
- For instance, with respect to Air Force Instruction 14-302
January 18, 1994, in the glossary of terms you will find: "TEMPEST.
A short name referring to investigations and studies (e.g., TEMPEST tests,
TEMPEST inspections) of compromising emanations. It is sometimes used synonymously
for the term 'compromising emanations.'" Can you say: "It was
a weather balloon," or, "Roswell Case Closed?" Yes, Roswell
became a tempest and over time, official measures were taken to effectively
generate some form of damage control with respect to compromising emanations.
Thankfully, they did not take into account the tenacity of the Clifford
Stones or Stanton Friedmans of the world. Nor, did they consider a host
of other highly skilled, and credible researchers.
- <P Sgt. Stone has had personal experience with seeding
a target with disinformation. The target was a female and the year was
1988. The issue was Roswell. Sgt. Stone was told to engage the unwitting
target and pass on information which was considered to have "high
plausibility." High plausibility information is exactly what its name
suggests. It puts into place a scenario which has a good chance of being
believed because of the level of probability to replace the existing information
based on its likelihood. Sgt Stone did as he was ordered, then he was asked
to reseed the target once again, a few months later. The unwitting target
did her part by passing on the information and soon the disinformation
was being well circulated within the UFO community. The information served
to reduce the focus on the real issue, and soon the disinformation was
more believable that the truth. I asked Sgt. Stone if he regretted what
he had done. He said, "Yes, I do." He went on to say, "I
had a job to do and I did what was asked of me. Had it not been for the
death of my son, I would have carried all UFO information to my grave."
- <P I ask Sgt. Stone how the death of his son caused
him to come forward with sensitive information at this point in time. His
voice cracked as he choked out the words: "You don't understand, Sir,
what leaving your family in the middle of the night, for weeks at a time,
does to a relationship; both with your wife and your children. I missed
too many Christmases, Thanksgivings, birthday parties and ball games. When
I'd come home, my children would not understand why I could tell them nothing.
My dear wife felt I was volunteering for these duties and couldn't understand
why I wanted to be away. After a time, she wasn't even sure if I was going
to work because I could tell her nothing."
- Sgt. Stone apologized as he collected his composure.
"Forgive me Sir, that part hurts real bad." I wiped the tears
from my eyes as I told him it was fine, I understood. He went on to say,
"A week before my son died, I sort of went into a rage because of
the torment caused by my need to be silent. I said some harsh words. I
finally broke down and told my son, 'Your father has had to do some bad
things to people.' Things I'm not proud of.' My son looked at me and could
see my pain. He knew then, I was not away from my family by choice. The
last words I ever said to my son were, 'I love you, son.' He told me he
loved me, then he was killed."
- <P Sgt. Stone has made it clear that in order for
people to better understand the UFO enigma, they need to understand how
and why the government has kept this information guarded so closely. Once
the public comes to understand "plausible deniability" and "Officially
Sanctioned Deception Programs," they can then, and only then, begin
to better understand the evidence before them. Until this happens, the
public will continue to be at the mercy of Officially Sanctioned Deception
Programs. Sgt. Stone closed our conversation by saying, "Next week,
Sir, I will share a detailed recovery operation."