[The October 1, 1997 edition of CNI News featured a story by noted Puerto Rican ufologist Jorge Martin (email@example.com), describing the discovery of a possible "alien embryo" in a small vial at the scene of an execution-style murder. The murder and its possible alien connection caused an immediate sensation in the Puerto Rican media. Martin was called upon to offer his professional opinion for the television news.
From the start, Martin insisted that it was impossible to judge the veracity of the claims, with only crime-scene videotape as evidence. However, in his subsequent written report (as carried in CNI News), he described many details supporting the unusual possibility that the murdered man, who was apparently driving alone in his car when stopped and shot at point-blank range, might have been killed because he was in possession of an "alien embryo" allegedly found in the pocket of a military-style coat in the car's back seat.
Puerto Rican television news reported later the same day that the alleged "embryo" was probably a plastic trinket representing an "alien" in a small vial. Martin, however, said this explanation did not seem plausible, given the fact that the Forensic Sciences Institute continued to study the object and would have been able to tell immediately if it was a cheap plastic artifact.
As of October 1 when our initial story went to press, Martin remained cautiously open to the possibility of a genuine "alien embryo." However, in the ensuing weeks, he has completely changed his view of the case. Now, he says, the "alien embryo" looks like the latest in a string of orchestrated ploys aimed at confusing and discrediting legitimate UFO research in Puerto Rico. The following text by Jorge Martin [edited slightly for length] was received by CNI News on October 10, 1997.]
The "Alien Embryo" Hoax -- Disinformation Ploy?
By Jorge Martin
Suspecting foul play in this incident, due to the many contradictions and strange angles in it, we continued investigating the matter, arriving at the conclusion it was all a hoax designed to discredit the UFO/alien situation in Puerto Rico as well as those involved in serious research on this phenomenon.
Mrs. Alma Rivera, press officer of the Forensic Sciences Institute of Puerto Rico, explained to us during an interview that at the moment of the incident they could not say that the "embryo" was really a small plastic figurine inside a small crystal jar/keychain. She explained that they must stick to law 13, which describes the forensic investigation protocols, and as the small jar and its content was part of the evidence picked up at the crime scene, they could not say anything about it until it had been analyzed by a forensics chemist (the bottle, the liquid contained in it and the figurine itself).
"We cannot do otherwise," she said. "For example, the liquid inside the jar could have been some type of poison, or some type of illegal drug. It could be related to the death of the victim, therefore we must check everything throughly. It was part of the evidence gathered, and it had to be treated as such."
We understand this, but it sounds illogical if we take into account the overall situation that developed that day. A simple preliminary statement in the sense that it was a keychain, a plastic figurine, would have straightened everything out.
But was everything the product of a mere misunderstanding? The results of further investigation imply a different scenario.
We asked Mr. Banojian, from WAPA TV/Channel 4, for a copy of the original unedited video taped at the crime site. A thorough frame by frame examination of the video showed the dead man was not wearing a military uniform, as originally said. Also, according to several forensic science witnesses, as well as policemen at the site and others, there was no military suit and no manila envelope with the words 'Base Ceiba' written on top of it [as had been claimed, further implying a military connection to the nearby Roosevelt Roads Naval Base].
Also, the 4x4 black vehicle, allegedly observed by witnesses and policemen, according to cameraman Sanchez and the Channel 4 news department, never existed.
The images of the crystal vial which contained the alleged "embryo" always showed it from its sides, never showing the top, its cap. "Someone" tried his best not to film the top of it, but inadvertingly did so for a couple of seconds. While checking it frame by frame, we found it showed a small hole on its top, a hole compatible with the one in the keychains mentioned in the [later] TV report. This implies that someone in Channel 4 had to know about it being a figurine and not an "alien embryo" from the beginning -- that it was all part of a misidentification... or a hoax. But strangely, they continued on with the story.
If this was the case, why did the police officers at the crime scene report a "fetus of non-human appearance" in their official report? How could the forensic sciences representatives, detectives and a district attorney be confused about it being a biological organism, sending it to be analyzed?
Also, after double-checking with other sources we have inside the Forensic Sciences Institute, sources we trust, we concluded that everything [we were] told the night after the incident about a federal government covert operation going on in the institute pertaining to this case was not true. It was all disinformation, a lie.
Taking all of the above in account, it is obvious that "someone" wanted to disinform the public and ridicule both the UFO/alien situation in Puerto Rico and those of us who seriously research and report on it.
Something [like this] has been going on already for a couple of years now. The following are some examples on this.
1. About three years ago, we were informed by some friends of a Catholic priest who was organizing a UFO cult group with a mixture of beliefs such as aliens and UFOs mixed with angels, the Virgin Mary and new age ideas.
The man was a priest at the Church of Hormigueros, a town in the southwest region of Puerto Rico. His actions became even more suspicious when he started saying to the group's members that "...many special children had to be born, that the extraterrestrials needed them (especially the women) to collaborate in bearing these children (of course sexually, and with his active participation in the process). Eventually we came to the knowledge that this "priest" was really a spanish CIA operative that had been brought to Puerto Rico years ago from Nicaragua.
According to our sources within the group, his job here was to organize a UFO cult group and create a major scandal which would include reports of degenerate group sex orgies with a blend of wild religious and metaphysical beliefs and rituals in which our name would come out, falsely, as one of the leaders, with the intent to discredit our reputation.
The priest told the members of the group that I was dangerous because I was reporting on the UFO/alien situation in Puerto Rico, and this could not be. He even trained some of the group's members to physically "neutralize" me, should there be need for this. Informed of this, we denounced everything in our radio program, and the operative's [activity] was ended.
Eventually, he was taken out the country by the church, as several husbands of some of the female members of the cult group complained about and denounced to the church archdiocese that the "priest" was sexually involved with their wives, and threatened to "...blow his head off if he wasn't removed."
Several such UFO cult groups have flourished recently in Puerto Rico, and there's an interesting pattern in them. Most of the leaders of these groups are men from Central American countries who have strong background ties with either the U.S. military intelligence community or NASA. Is this just coincidence?
2. In June 1996 we were given an audio cassette tape with the alleged recording of an air combat between several U.S. Navy [planes] and several flying saucers which escorted a huge alien mother ship northwest of Puerto Rico. Allegedly, the recording was made by its owners when they were talking by phone and there was an apparent accidental technical malfunction which allowed another communication to cross with theirs.
The recording allows you to hear the owners' comments on what they are hearing and apparent communications between a U.S. carrier, someone apparently in a military base and the pilots of some of the alleged U.S. interceptors. Even Air Force One is included in the communications. At one point it is reported that several of the jets are downed by the alien crafts and that some of the UFOs have been destroyed.
One of the UFOs was reported as crash landing in El Yunque rain forest, in Rio Grande, eastern Puerto Rico, and being captured by U.S. Navy forces there.
Examining the recording with several consultants who collaborate with us, U.S. military retired officers, we all came to the conclusion that it was a fraud. Obviously, again, "someone" was trying to disinform us with the apparent intention of getting us to make unsubstantiated comments on the recording, to later ridicule and discredit us, possibly after revealing everything as a hoax.
3. "Coincidentally," at the same time the recording was sent to us, the leaders of a "UFO investigations group" in Puerto, Rico whose members dress in black swat-like uniforms and behave in a very suspicious manner, began disseminating all over Puerto Rico several color photographs of an alleged alien laying on a hospital examination table. The story behind the pictures was that they showed an alien captured by U.S. forces during the crash of a UFO in El Yunque rain forest.
The pictures were eventually shown on TV, where another alleged "UFO researcher" presented them as bona fide photos of the aliens of the Roswell case. In reality, the photographs were those of the rubber prop dummies made for the Showtime movie "Roswell", produced by Paul Davids.
This same group has participated in other hoaxes, as we will see below, and we must ask: Why is a UFO investigations group disseminating disinformation and hoaxes on this matter, instead of doing everything possible to do serious research and report on it with the utmost ethical behavior? I think the answer is obvious.
4. On the night of May 5, 1997, a UFO crash was reported as having occurred in the town of Lajas, Puerto Rico, in the southwest. [This story was reported in the May 16, 1997 edition of CNI News.] Having had people there that night and going there ourselves that same night, we became aware that nothing like that had happened at the site.
A fire at the site was [one of many] dry pasture fires in the area due to a very heavy drought season Puerto Rico was going thru at the moment. The false "UFO crash" incident was fabricated by a self proclaimed "UFO investigator" of unethical behavior, a self proclaimed contactee and cult leader in the area, and the leaders of the "UFO investigations group" mentioned above.
Several representatives of all the Puerto Rican TV news departments told us they knew everything was a fraud, a hoax, but nevertheless all of them presented the case afterwards in their broadscasts as genuine. Eventually, it was obvious to all that no such thing had happened and it was all a lie, a fabrication perpetrated by those already mentioned.
The southwest region of Puerto Rico has been, for decades, the site of strong alien/UFO activity, which seems to imply there's an alien underground base in the area. This unfortunate episode, created by individuals who are only looking for publicity [and maybe to discredit everything], has served the purpose of casting some doubts on the credibility of the many real and important UFO-related incidents that occurr in that area.
Simultaneously, a female news reporter from one of the TV channels asked us to give an opinion on a video image of an alleged brightly lit UFO taped by a woman in the town of Adjuntas that same day. As the image looked suspicious, we asked her and her husband, her cameraman, if they had been to the actual site where the "UFO" was seen, because by the type of glare it could be a mere reflection of the sun in a residence window pane.
They both assured us they had been at the exact site in the mountain where the UFO had been, and there was nothing there but grass, brush and dense vegetation.
As in the "alien embryo" case, we expressed our concern on giving any categorical statements on the matter. We said that, as we had not been at the site to examine it nor spoken with the alleged witness who videotaped the "UFO," and as we were only looking at the image of something on a video, the only thing we could say was that "...there seems to be something there, but we can't say anything about it until more scientific analysis is made on it and more data is obtained."
I was surprised later on that same day when a reporter from another channel presented the same video and explained that the "UFO" in it was only the reflection of the sun on a glass window pane in a residence located in that mountain. The female reporter and her husband had lied to us -- maybe with the intention of ridiculing and discrediting us? Again, if that was their motive, it did not work.
Again, was the "alien embryo" episode a disinformation ploy? If so, why? The situation described below may give us the answer to this.
The Caribbean National Rain Forest, located in the Sierra de Luquillo, eastern Puerto Rico, has been another site of heavy alien/UFO activity in our contry for decades (and apparently for centuries, if we take into account many legends that go far back to the times of our extinct Indian ancestors). Among the several strange situations that occur there, there have been numerous mysterious disappearances of children, adults and U.S. military personnel.
Such an incident happened in August, 1997. Dr. Darby Williams, Dean of Bowling Green University in Ohio, disappeared there. Fortunately, he reappeared after 12 days, but everyone was concerned and puzzled that local and federal authorities would not let him speak freely with the media -- and the few things he said were not logical.
But his case opened a Pandora's box, because it made us Puerto Ricans remember other such situations in the forest, as well as many incidents in which people claimed having had encounters with alien humanoid type creatures and UFOs.
These reports motivated reporter Carmen Jovet to do a special program on the matter, analyzing Williams' case as well as the many strange incidents in the forest. We helped her in the production of the special. Several very reliable witnesses related their accounts on their experiences in El Yunque. Some of them, while lost in the forest, encountered strange humanoid beings, others encountered grey type aliens and enigmatic "balls of light" that behave intelligently.
Pictures of two grey type aliens, taken along the pathway that goes up to Mount Britton in the forest, were shown during the special. Also, two military helicopter pilots and officers from the National Guard talked about their frequent encounters with UFOs coming out from or going into El Yunque rain forest. The possibility of secret U.S. military facilities in El Yunque which deal with the alien situation were also discussed.
Without a doubt, the program made an impact on the audience, as everything was discussed in a very serious fashion and all witnesses were reliable. Our people, the audience, realized something is really going on pertaining to the UFO/alien situation in Puerto Rico -- and "someone" seems to be very concerned and upset by this.
After participating in Carmen Jovet's production, we have felt a lot of pressure, apparently from government agents. Apparently we touched a sensitive nerve somewhere.
To "someone," this was unacceptable. The situation had to change. What better way to do this than by creating a situation such as this "alien embryo," to ridicule everything and at the same time try to embarrass those of us who inform seriously on the alien subject?
Both veterinarian Dr. Carlos Soto and I are very careful with the comments we make while investigating. Therefore, the effort to discredit us through this "alien embryo" did not work. We both expressed our concern that we were only viewing an image in a video, not analyzing the actual alleged organism, and therefore we could not say anything categorical about it.
But this incident helped us become aware that the media in Puerto Rico is being used, especially the TV channels, to disinform about the UFO matter.
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