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News on ‘Project SERPO’ deceptions takes researchers, public on complex paths to truth - page 2 - continued from page 1
by Steve Hammons
THE STORY’S BEGINNINGS
The original story about a U.S.-alien exchange program apparently has discreetly floated around military and intelligence circles for decades. It surfaced again in late 2005 in an e-mail discussion stream that includes many people with knowledge about these kinds of topics.
The information was reportedly released to the coordinator of the e-mail stream discussion group, Victor Martinez, by a person claiming to represent several current and former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) personnel.
This person came to be known as “Mr. Anonymous,” “Anonymous” or “Request Anonymous.” Some of the information was then posted on serpo.org, a Web site developed by Ryan to present these accounts to the general public.
The Project SERPO claim was that an alleged exchange program between the U.S. and extraterrestrial visitors from the Zeta Reticuli star system took place. A joint-service team of 12 American military personnel were sent aboard the visitors’ ship in 1965 for what was to be a decade-long stay on the visitors’ planet to collect scientific information.
According to these accounts, the program had originally been code-named Project CRYSTAL KNIGHT during the planning and execution of the operation. The name was changed to Project SERPO after the return of eight of the original 12 team members in 1978. Two members reportedly died during the mission and two chose to stay on the planet Serpo and were not ordered to return home. The eight who returned have all passed on, according to these claims.
This project had reportedly evolved from contact between U.S. authorities and the visitors after the crash of their spacecraft in New Mexico in 1947.
Subsequently, details were released from “Anonymous” to Martinez and posted by Ryan. The information was reportedly from government records, and included details of this mission, the selection and training of the team, the commander’s log during the mission and other fascinating accounts.
Then, a second “Anonymous” reportedly surfaced and contacted not Martinez, the e-mail stream coordinator, but Ryan, the serpo.org coordinator. Ryan posted several further accounts about Project SERPO from the second Anonymous on serpo.org.
The second Anonymous reportedly turned out to be hoaxers, possibly involved with another Web site that looks into secret activities, mysterious projects and anomalous phenomena.
No further reports from the original Anonymous have surfaced on either Martinez’ complete e-mail stream group or on Ryan’s serpo.org.
DECEPTION AND TRUTH
There have been allegations that the Project SERPO story is a hoax, perpetrated for personal gain or other unknown reasons. There has also been speculation that it is some kind of disinformation to bring ridicule on the UFO investigations community.
According to former military intelligence personnel familiar with these kinds of government projects and activities, combining truthful information with false information is a standard operating procedure in many psychological operations (PSYOP) and information operations.
A purpose in such efforts can be to confuse the target audience or influence the credibility of persons or groups. Another related purpose could be to direct the target audience to a certain viewpoint. Or, it could be to release legitimate open source intelligence (OSINT).
Such efforts about Project SERPO and contact with extraterrestrial visitors could be part of a program of acclimation about unique scientific discoveries and programs. Information of this nature could be quite complex and possibly very surprising, troubling or shocking for the general public. As a result, the intelligent way to release such information would be in a gradual, careful and safe manner.
Taking researchers and the general public on twists and turns, such as in the saga of the Project SERPO, could be part of these kinds of legitimate efforts.
As in many secrets about government activity, it is possible that there are people and factions who think informing the public, especially in a democracy, is a positive and morally appropriate path. Others may prefer secrecy, and there may be many reasons for this viewpoint, some legitimate and perhaps some not as legitimate.
The issues surrounding the balance between the right of the people to know the truth with the need for secrecy are especially important today. Leakers and journalists are being targeted for disclosing sensitive information. Government agencies are conducting expanded surveillance of citizens through telephone and Internet surveillance, and probably many other methods.
The Project SERPO story, with its many false paths, deceptions and maybe some important truths, seems to be part of the overall discussion of the role of citizens, the media and government officials in a democracy.
It is also part of our evolving awareness about scientific progress and discoveries, our place on this small planet we call Earth and the development of the human race.
In these respects, as we separate fact from fiction in the Project SERPO story, we can find many important truths.
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