by Gayle Nesom and Rebecca Schatte
[March 1, 1996] -- Another important piece of the infamous "alien autopsy" puzzle will soon be dropped into place. An article written by Roswell researcher Kent Jeffrey, "Santilli's Controversial Autopsy Movie," ("SCAM") will make its appearance in the upcoming (March) issue of the MUFON Journal. The meticulously researched article, which bears important expert testimony, reveals information that promises to resolve various inconsistencies and controversies. Details of the article will be announced in the United Kingdom on March 2, 1996, by Graham Birdsall of Quest International, publishers of the British UFO Magazine, with same-day publication in newspapers in more than 10 countries, including Australia, Germany, and Japan.
Author Kent Jeffrey, organizer of the International Roswell Initiative and a fervent critic of the film since he attended a preview screening in London in May, 1995, feels that this film is in no way related to the 1947 Roswell Incident. He also believes the film's association with that event could seriously undermine efforts to obtain information about the incident from the United States government.
Several interesting new revelations are made in the "SCAM" article. In particular, the article presents the testimony of three "real" military photographers who served during WWII, all of whom would have been contemporaries of Santilli's alleged cameraman (SAC). The testimony of these cameramen establishes just how top-secret film was taken and developed, as well as how military autopsies were filmed during the 1940s.
The cameramen interviewed were involved in photographing very historical projects, some of which were classified. One of the cameramen, Lt. Col. Dan McGovern, offers in the article to authenticate SAC and challenges Mr. Santilli to allow SAC to present himself to Lt. Col. McGovern.
What follows is an excerpt from the article referencing McGovern's challenge:
"On the basis of the information that has been made available to him, Dan McGovern, like his colleagues Bill Gibson and Joe Longo, feels the Santilli film is a fraud. However, McGovern is willing to keep an open mind and to give Santilli the benefit of the doubt. Just as Kodak has offered to authenticate the film, Colonel McGovern has offered to authenticate the cameraman. McGovern would require the cameraman's full name and serial number so that he could verify his military service with the Air Force Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Colonel McGovern, a man of his word and a man who has held a top-secret security clearance, would reveal only his conclusion. He would keep other all information, including the cameraman's identity, strictly confidential, revealing it to no one. The secret of the alleged cameraman's identity would surely be safer with McGovern, who has no ax to grind, than it would be with the two foreign businessmen who are now supposedly aware of it and who would have much to gain by revealing the name, since the value of their film would soar with confirmation of the cameraman.
"Aside from the cameraman's name and serial number, the only other requirement of Colonel McGovern is that the cameraman make one 15-minute phone call to McGovern. At the time of his retirement, McGovern was one of the highest ranking photographic managers in the military. Considering his experience, he is probably the most qualified person available to evaluate the alleged cameraman. In short, authentication by him would be of extreme value because no impostor in the world could fool Colonel Dan McGovern. Furthermore, Santilli's alleged cameraman, who was stationed in Washington, D.C., in June 1947, would surely enjoy talking with McGovern because, in addition to a common background and probable common acquaintances, they have something else unique in common. In June 1947, Colonel Dan McGovern was a 'motion picture project officer' for the Air Force -- stationed in Washington, D.C."
Mr. Santilli has been made aware of the MUFON Journal article and has seen an advance copy of it, thanks to Philip Mantle, a board member of BUFORA (British UFO Research Association) and its chief of investigations.
Phil Mantle has been a somewhat controversial figure in this autopsy story himself. As a prominent member of BUFORA, and as the British representative of MUFON, one would think that he would maintain a somewhat neutral stance concerning this film until proper verification could be obtained. However, late last week (on approximately February 19), Mr. Mantle obtained a copy of the article. Despite knowing the article's contents were confidential and not to be released until after March 2, Mr. Mantle immediately sent a copy to Ray Santilli. This action by Mantle represents a clear bias on Mantle's part, something before now widely speculated about but not confirmed.
BUFORA has been asked for a comment on Mantle's breach of confidence and possible reason for his actions. Their response, as well as any comments by Mr. Mantle and Mr. Santilli, will be made public when available.
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