And here's my Introduction to Greer: let's see if it fits here:
Most people first encounter Steven Macon Greer, M.D. in context with a now-famous National Press Club press conference held in Washington, D.C. in May
of 2001 in which he brought forward his “Disclosure Project” to the national stage, designed to break the government’s hold on UFO information.
Immaculately dressed in a dark business suit and white shirt and tie, Greer presided over his witnesses, similarly dressed, as they briefly told their
tales of UFO encounters and agreed to testify under oath before Congress that what they were saying was true.
It is probably the most famous publicity stunt ever done by Dr. Greer. (www.youtube.com...
) It is widely posted on the
Web in full and is also widely seen as the biggest meeting of “good” witnesses ever. By and large (and with some exceptions) the witnesses are not
nutcases, not abductees or contactees, and not publicity seekers themselves. There were no New Agers, hippies, Trekkies in uniform, or strange people
testifying at all. It was a pretty sober-looking bunch that looked very much like a Rotary Club meeting.
The memory can play tricks, and though it may seem like there were dozens and dozens of witnesses who ended their testimony with, “I will testify
under oath in Congress to the truth of what I have seen,” there were only nineteen witnesses called, most of whom spoke for only a couple of
minutes. This is routinely misreported as “dozens” or “over twenty” by the Disclosure Project itself. Such was not the case and is a
misrepresentation of over 10%. Greer also said at the conference that he had “over 400” witness reports and that this is but a small sample.
We will return to the press conference shortly. Meanwhile, we have met Dr. Greer, and things are looking pretty good. Most people seeing it for the
first time come away with a positive impression of the Disclosure Project. Articulate, conservative, well-groomed, many would say good-looking, Dr.
Greer is obviously an intelligent and persuasive speaker. He talks in a deep voice with a mild southern accent. We’re not talking Alabama country
here; we’re talking growing up just down the road a piece from D.C. It’s “Southern sophisticate.” He sometimes deepens it playfully, such as
when he claims, “Schucks, y’all. I’m just a simple country doctor from North Carolina!” He smiles when he says it and he knows that we know
that he’s just having a little fun, and we smile right along with him. He makes no mistakes in grammar; he speaks precisely. He’s very
charismatic. He aspires to be a showman: Harold Hill in “The Music Man.”
Now, it’s not perfect. Being on stage, as anyone knows who has done it, can be a challenge. He’ll sometimes choke up because his life is so hard
(rather affected, I’m afraid), or he’ll take the opportunity, usually twenty minutes into a speech, to proclaim it’s too hot (which it probably
is), strip off his jacket, and revel in showing off his muscled torso while muttering his bench press statistics as fast as possible. And sometimes he
is downright embarrassing, such as when he talks of himself as a “loco Americano” at a Spanish speech. You roll your eyes, but he’s just human.
But he’s actually up on stage and you are silent and protected in the audience. There but for the Grace of God go I and all that. You forgive him.
He’ll learn in time.
So it’s a bit of a shock when you visit an online forum and discover threads about Dr. Greer proclaiming him a fraud, a charlatan, a despicable
human being. The vitriol coming off the posts is palpable. And just try defending him (After all, you saw the press conference and he was perfectly
reasonable!) You’ll face the same treatment. How can you be so gullible? Do you have a problem with logic? Perhaps you should brush up on critical
thinking skills (you moron!) Is Greer a real doctor at all? And you may come away reeling from the onslaught. You may come away defensive. But you are
certain to come away thinking, “What just happened?”
What happened is that you did not understand the context. You skipped the middle. Many people will tell you that Dr. Greer was once reasonable, but
somehow in later years he snapped and became unglued, just like Karl K. Korff doing decent work debunking Billy Meier, then suddenly he has an
imaginary girlfriend and claims to be a Colonel in a secret Israeli intelligence agency, while, as Jim Delittoso puts it, he’s “hiding in the
subways of Czechoslovakia .
Perhaps it was the cancer death of his friend! He once was found and now he’s lost, a reverse Amazing Grace. He’s still articulate, but now he’s
just plain nuts, fleecing the gullible in the process. It’s cognitive dissonance at work. You have to explain the precision-engineered 2001 press
conference with the absolute weirdness you see today. That must be the explanation.
Except that it is not. Greer did not change his stripes. He’s always been the way he is; he just didn’t tell you. In fact, he kept it back a good
long while because (and he’s said this) it would “strain credulity.” (citation needed from video) He did not simply become a doctor and develop
an interest in aliens; and yes, he is a real doctor. That’s not as fair criticism, but simply ignorant speculation. He’s been an
“experiencer,” to use a popular term, since his teenage years. He saw his first UFO at age ten, or maybe it was eight or nine. He developed
“protocols” for calling UFOs when he was eighteen.
That’s why this work is entitled, “Greer in Context.” It attempts to put his work in perspective. It is not intended to be a “Get Greer!”
polemic. It does not attempt to catch Greer in a “gotcha!” moment in an attempt at discrediting him. We’re not going to be calling him an
outright charlatan like so many have. We’ll just present what he says and let you make the decision. And, yes, some of it is kind of strange.
Having said that, this is also not an Apologia. After all, I’m the guy who first associated the term “Mothra” with Greer’s “angelic light
being” that turned out to be a common woodland moth. (I’m guessing this was not his doing, but that of an enthusiastic acolyte with access to his
web site.) I’ve made my share of fun of Dr. Greer. I’ve pointed out some of the abject absurdities associated with what I believe is a Cargo Cult,
a subject we will explore in depth later on. I’ve led a couple of charges at Fortress Greer, joined my voice with the masses, and yelled my insults
to the heavens, Joshua at Jericho.
However, I have also come to believe that the issues raised deserve more contemplation than simply trading insults across internet posts. These are
ultimately forgettable, pass below the fold, and soon enter oblivion. They may be in the Akashic Records, but in terms of the Internet, they just
remain a battle to be fought again and again with endless repetition. Frankly, it’s tiring. You never get anywhere lasting.
Ultimately this is a matter of belief. I believe Greer believes. Greer is not a guy who is being intentionally fraudulent counting his money in his
basement laughing at the credulity of his followers. He’s not above feathering his own nest, but neither am I. The drive to gain a hearth and home
is a large one, and I’m not sure that condemns a man for trying. After all, I did it. I manipulated my environment to provide my family and me with
a secure home to ensure I was not dependent on others. I don’t begrudge him for making a living as he pursues what is important to him. When people
say, “He wrote a book for which he gets money, therefore he is a charlatan.” I think that is faulty logic.
If you want to know the truth, books don’t make much money—especially UFO books. The market isn’t there. If you add up the royalties and figure
in the time spent getting the thing written and published, an author makes less than $2.00 an hour. I know. I’ve written five on another obscure
subject, but the same rule applies. It’s not enough to live on. McDonalds would pay more. So let’s stop with the “books=profit” meme. It
But by suggesting Dr. Greer is a “believer,” it does not follow that anyone is compelled to believe as he does. Some people believe Jesus Christ
is their personal Savior who died to cover their sins. I don’t know why they do, but there is no doubt that they do. My basic premise is that Dr.
Greer , and the entire Exopolitics movement, is a Cargo Cult, just like Christianity once was and largely still is. It feeds into a basic desire that
humans seem to have, and it cannot be understood except in context.