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Ufologist Greer announces possible leak of sensitive docs; critics skeptical

Skull of what came to be known as the Atacama Humanoid
Skull of what came to be known as the Atacama HumanoidWikipedia

Dr. Steven Greer announced yesterday he received photos of alleged classified government documents related to Project Aquarius, a purported operation involving the retrieval of crashed extraterrestrial spacecraft and occupants. Greer stated the photos were received May 21. He tweeted yesterday they were "received in mail".

Greer reported the photos were sent by a person with contacts in what he described as covert aerospace and military projects related to UFOs. The person is a credible and reliable source, Greer added.

Photos of the documents posted by Greer suggested they involved briefing the Majestic 12, an alleged deeply classified group of elite intelligence officials dubbed MJ-12. Stories of the unconfirmed group and its purported activities have long circulated throughout the UFO community. The tales were fueled by documents published long ago and obtained under questionable circumstances.

Researchers such as Dr. Michael Heiser are highly skeptical of stories involving the MJ-12. Heiser facilitated linguistic forensic testing of some of the original alleged MJ-12 documents and found it very likely they were hoaxed.

Greer is largely considered on the difficult to accept fringe, even within a UFO community that traditionally offers a lot of tolerance for unsubstantiated claims. His workshops purport to facilitate contact with extraterrestrials through what he has described as highly effective protocols. Greer has also been criticized for what some liken to Barnum and Bailey type showmanship while disingenuously claiming to conduct scientific research. His work on what came to be known as the Atacama Humanoid and his film 'Sirius' were widely considered insults to intelligence, even within a UFO community not known for its discriminating tastes in identifying professional research.

Among the most critical setbacks of late to such showmanship in ufology has been the work of Dr. Garry Nolan of the Stanford University School of Medicine. A highly respected leader in his field of genetics, Nolan demonstrated a willingness to consult on such projects as the Atacama Humanoid and the Starchild Skull. He found the ET-related claims to be dubious and premature, delivering not only a blow to bad science, but also to the long running accusation that leading mainstream scientists will not examine purported evidence of aliens.

Some of Nolan's opinions on Ata may be viewed at 'Exclusive: Stanford-Geneticist Garry Nolan gives an Update on His Investigation of the 'Atacama Humanoid''. His critical observations concerning strategies employed by Starchild Skull researchers may be viewed in the comments section of '2012 FOXP2 DNA Report', a post at the Starchild Project's website.

Greer supporters are likely to remain hopeful the ufologist represents opportunities to crack what many of them believe to be a code of government secrecy surrounding an extraterrestrial presence. Critics will remain skeptical, however, suspecting Greer's latest move to be a ploy to create controversy and keep himself and his organization, the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI), a hot topic among UFO enthusiasts.

According to the CSETI 2012 IRS Form 990EZ, the organization surrendered its tax-exempt nonprofit status and declared the company a for-profit corporation effective Jan. 1, 2013. Some $177,000 in consultation fees were reported paid to the Greer-owned Crossing Point Inc. during the 2012 accounting period. A total of $180,360 was reported paid to Crossing Point in 2011, and over $214,000 was paid to the company by CSETI in 2010. Expenses paid to Crossing Point were nearly 70 percent of the $833,083 total CSETI revenue reported during the three-year period, according to 990 forms filed to the IRS.