Thirdly, and in my opinion far most importantly, if the Rockefeller Briefing Document is supposed to contain the “best available evidence” (as
stated in the letter of endorsement signed on behalf of MUFON, FUFOR and CUFOS) then one might expect UFO research groups to exert considerable
efforts to bring this publication to the attention of scientists and sceptics. This has not been done.
Below I shall consider this issue in the light of the relevant contents of the websites of each of MUFON, FUFOR and CUFOS in addition to looking at
the website of the UFO Research Coalition itself.
(a) UFORC : The UFO Research Coalition has a website at the link below:
There is no mention whatsoever of the Rockefeller Briefing Document on that website. However, the website is rather rudimentary and several pages
display a message stating the webpage is “Under Construction” (although it does not appear to have been updated in the last four or so years). So
perhaps the absence of any reference to the Rockefeller Briefing Document on this website should not be a cause for much comment.
(b) MUFON : the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) has a website at:
The only reference on the MUFON website to the Rockefeller Briefing Document is its inclusion in the long list of books within the MUFON library.
The MUFON website does not contain any summary of the Rockefeller Briefing Document or any recommendation to read it. There is no mention of the
endorsement of the contents of the Rockefeller Briefing Document, no extracts are provided and there is no link to any such extracts.
The bulk of the content of the MUFON website comprises sections relating to MUFON’s organizational structure, the titles of numerous individuals
within the organization, material relating to the payment of membership dues and the purchase of items from the MUFON store.
It is interesting to note that there is a section on the MUFON website relating to “Famous Cases”. The cases selected for inclusion on the list
on that webpage differ considerably from the cases endorsed by MUFON as comprising the “best available evidence”, although there some degree of
The relevant webpage is at:
The cases listed by MUFON on that webpage are:
(1) Aurora Texas Crash
(2) Maury Island Incident
(3) Piedmont Missouri Case
(4) Heflin Photos
(5) Valentich Dissapearance
(6) Incident at Exeter
(7) Travis Walton Abduction
(8) RAF Bentwaters Case
(9) Phoenix Lights
(10) Japanese Airlines Flight 1628
(11) Kecksburg Crash
(12) 1952 UFOs over Washington DC
(13) Betty and Barney Hill Abduction
(14) 1976 Iran UFO
(15) American West Airlines Case
(16) Cash Landrum Case
(17) Pascagoula Mississippi Case
(18) Mantell Case
Material is actually currently available on the MUFON website for 4 of these cases:
Texas Crash Part 1 MUFON Case File.pdf
(2) Travis Walton abduction:
Walton Part 1 MUFON Case File.pdf
(3) Incident at Exeter:
Part 1 MUFON Case File.pdf
(4) Iran encounter:
Iran Part 1 MUFON Case File.pdf
The material provided in relation to these four incidents is quite extensive (indeed, surprisingly so given the general lack of reference on the
internet to this section of the MUFON website – possibly because it is rather hidden away). However, the selection of these four cases as a priority
for presenting detailed information is rather at odds with the strategy implicit in the Rockefeller Briefing Document. While the Rockefeller Briefing
Document has a rather pronounced tendency to avoid the most controversial aspects of the UFO phenomenon (including abductions and accounts of crashed
UFOs), two of the four cases on the relevant section of the MUFON website fall into these categories.
In particular, few ufologists would place the “Aurora Texas Crash” within a list of the top few, or top four, cases. Indeed, many experienced
ufologists that have spent a bit of time looking into the relevant stories have concluded that the “crash” was a hoax. For example, Kevin Randle
(the author of several books on Roswell) has said “The Aurora Crash was nothing more than a hoax” (see Footnote 11.29). Jerry Clark (author of
the “UFO Encyclopaedia” and not generally regarded as a “debunker”) has said “The Aurora airship crash never happened, at least in this
reality” (see Footnote 11.30).
The divergence in the strategic approach is made even more evident by the contents of the MUFON webpage devoted to purchasing books, reports and
CD-ROMs at the link below:
That webpage does not include the Rockefeller Briefing Document. It is notable, however, that the first book on that page is “ ‘The World's Best
UFO Cases’ by MUFON UFO Journal editor Dwight Connelly”. The title of Connelly’s book may suggest that it has the same objective as the
Rockefeller Briefing Document, and that it contains the “best UFO cases” as selected by MUFON. However, the cases selected for Connelly’s book
are quite, quite different from those in the Rockefeller Briefing Document.
Dwight Connelly’s book includes discussion of the following:
(1) Betty & Barney Hill case (1961)
(2) Buff Ledge abductions (1968)
(3) Pascagoula: Hickson/Parker (1971)
(4) Travis Walton abduction case (1975)
(5) Kentucky abductions (1976)
(6) Allagash abductions (1976)
(7) Kelly Cahill encounter (1993)
(8) Apparent abduction on video tape (1996)
(9) DNA analysis of possible alien hair (1992-1998)
(10) McMinnville photos (1950)
(11) Physical traces: the Delphos case (1971)
(12) Father Gill's New Guinea sighting (1959)
(13) Best animal abduction/mutilation research
(15) Best crop circle research
(16) New Berlin UFO repair case (1964)
(17) Best implant research
(18) Injuries: The Cash-Landrum encounter
(19) The Stanley Romanek case
While the book edited by Dwight Connelly contains a lot of interesting information from several of the most famous UFO researchers, I wonder how many
ufologists would agree that its contents do indeed represent “The World's Best UFO Cases”. In particular, I doubt that many ufologists would be
keen to endorse a book which contains:
(a) Several chapters on various alien abduction accounts (a subject put to one side in the selection of cases for the Rockefeller Briefing
Document”), including at least one relatively lengthy chapter devoted to an accounts involving anonymous witnesses;
(b) Four of the chapters relate to crop circles (one of which is entitled “most crop circles are not hoaxes”);
(c) A chapter on alleged alien implants;
(d) A chapter entitled “A truly mysterious Bigfoot encounter (1973)”;
(e) Material on “animal abduction/mutilation”.
Certainly, this material is based on entirely different criteria to those used to select cases for the Rockefeller Briefing Document.
In the introductory section of his book, Dwight Connelly himself acknowledged that “crop circles, animal mutilations, implants, Bigfoot, and other
areas” that he included in his book are “too much on the fringe for some researchers” (see Footnote 11.31). He also acknowledges that all but
one or two of the articles on his book have been covered in the MUFON UFO Journal, “leading one of my colleagues to say that this book should be
called ‘The Best of the MUFON UFO Journal’ ”(see Footnote 11.32). The book is prefaced by an “Important Notice” stating that it is not
published by MUFON “nor does it necessarily represent the views of the MUFON staff or Board of Directors” (see Footnote 11.33).