Thursday, May 15, 2014

MJ-12, The "Pratt Sensitive" Documents, Cash-Landrum, Doty and Moore

Some big UFO news broke in 2007, about MJ-12 and how it came to be. Majestic 12, or MJ 12 was said to be the secret US government cabal that controlled UFO information. At the MUFON 2007 Symposium, Brad Sparks presented a paper that he co-authored with Barry Greenwood:
The Secret Pratt Tapes and the Origins of MJ-12 by Brad Sparks and Barry Greenwood (PDF)

The paper was based on documents from UFO journalist, Bob Pratt, notes from his meetings and calls with William L. Moore and Richard C. Doty. The key point of interest to the authors of the paper was that Moore and Doty were discussing MJ-12 and the related concepts before any documents were known to exist, and they planned to use it as the basis for a UFO science fiction novel.

Bob Pratt
Bill Moore
Rick Doty
There's discussion of Paul Bennewitz, Roswell, abductions, alien bodies, crashed and recovered flying saucers, ETs influencing our cultural and religious history (Jesus was one of theirs), espionage, disinformation and so much more! At the site Reality Uncovered, the article, Bill Moore's Disinfo- A Vehicle for Injected Social Memes examines the concepts and how they were spread.

Immediately after the release of the Sparks/Greenwood article, there was a round of heated debate, even among the author themselves! Some of the saga is chronicled at UFO UpDates starting Aug. 13, 2007.

The Documents: "Pratt Sensitive"

Shortly after the Sparks-Greenwood article was published, James Carrion, then MUFON director, released a PDF of the original 60 pages of Pratt documents:

It's a rare opportunity to see how fraudulent information was seeded and spread into UFO lore.


The Doty Cash Landrum Disinformation

My particular interest in the Pratt documents are the early bogus claims Richard Doty made about the Cash-Landrum case, which are very elaborate and colorful. A sample: 
Betty Cash, Vikie Landrum and Colby Landrum, were not contacted by AFINTEL because of their involvement with civilian UFO people. It was determined that these three could be used to further the "UFO explanation" and thus provide effective cover for the real nature of the affair.
Doty's "disclosures" on the C-L case are not the only comments he's made on it, and he was central in building the legend that the UFO was a malfunctioning US military experiment. He's been spreading lies about the case ever since. While I suspect he originally began exploiting the case chiefly because it was new and a hot topic. However, Doty's bogus input influences and contaminates the way the case is discussed, even now.

An illustration similar to Doty's description of the Cash-Landrum UFO shape
Richard Doty was there when the MJ-12 legend was created, and it's just one of the many pieces of disinformation he used to pollute the UFO topic. 


  1. Great posting. Lots of data. Thanks

  2. It's worth remembering that Doty didn't invent UFOs. They were around long before he began practicing his trade. His enormous influence on Ufology is absent from the early days of UFOs. It's interesting to read the very early UFO stuff. The bizarre conspiracy elements that seem to be the hallmark of Doty's era are generally missing.

    His influence over the thinking of the UFOs-as-ET-spaceships believers and conspiracy theorists didn't begin until the late 1970s. Unfortunately it continues to this day, with many holding onto and espousing some of his wilder inventions as cherished truths simply because they still earn money and celebrity from them.

    Enough has surfaced about Doty's and AFOSI's disinformation and manipulation campaigns by now for any ethical person calling himself a Ufologist to feel compelled to repudiate almost all of Ufology's past 35 years. What's appallingly apparent is there is no movement to do so.

    Because of Doty and his cohorts almost all that's been said and written about UFOs since 1975 must be tossed out the window, and that includes many long-after-the-fact "revelations' about very early cases that didn't surface until after 1975, including Roswell. All of it has to be considered as a direct or indirect reflection of AFOSI campaigns and dismissed as fiction.