posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 01:26 PM
In my limited experience of Mark Easter, he seems to have a great deal of integrity. He told me that while investigating a case, he doesn't like to
immediately jump to the extraterrestrial hypothesis. He prefers to follow the evidence wherever it leads. "If you have to disappoint someone by
telling them they saw a weather balloon, that's what you tell them if that's what he evidence says it was," he said. As far as the MysteryQuest
program goes, I'm glad he had the balls to expose the sham. I have posted similar information on ATS and other forums.
The show's so-called crash site investigation was a fiasco. The field producer wanted to visit a mystery crash site so they could find some debris
for scientific analysis. They asked me if I knew of any potential sites near Area 51. I didn't know of any unidentified crash sites in the vicinity
but I knew of four Area 51 related crash sites (U-2, two A-12s, and a D-21B). The D-21B crash site was selected because it was the closest to the town
of Rachel where other filming was to take place.
I warned the field producer that we might not make any new discoveries on camera and suggested I show them what I had already found in 2005, the
rocket booster nose cone and some small pieces. She wanted a sample to send to a lab for identification. I told her that lab analysis was unnecessary
unless you wanted a breakdown of metal alloys. Otherwise, I was perfectly capable of identifying any debris myself.
I was hoping that they would treat the D-21B crash site examination like a “C.S.I.” episode. I would give some background on the incident and
explain my research methods for locating the debris field. Then I would demonstrate methods for identifying the pieces through the use of materials,
construction methods, markings analysis, and comparison to photographs and official documentation.
That didn't work for MysteryQuest. They wanted a crashed unidentified object and they insisted on sending a sample for scientific analysis. It
didn't matter that the lab would only be able to tell them the material was manufactured on Earth but couldn't distinguish between "part of an
aircraft or a farm implement."
We didn’t actually “pretend to find the [big piece of] debris.” The field producer had me show Mark what I had located on a previous expedition
(in May 2005). I started showing him various features including steel and titanium parts, manufacturer’s inspection stamps, and part numbers, as
well as recognizable components that clearly identified the debris as part of the rocket booster for a D-21B. The producer admonished me against
saying anything that would “take away the mystery” and told Mark to ask if there could be anything extraterrestrial about it. Mark objected
because it was clearly man-made but the producer insisted that he speculate about the possibility of an ET connection.
When I pointed out that it was clearly identifiable through materials and construction methods, Lockheed Skunk Works inspection stamps, D-21 part
numbers, and recognizable components that could be checked against photos and technical manuals, I was told I couldn't say that on camera. We had to
keep it a mystery so that a piece of debris could identified in the lab.
I thought that seemed ridiculous and wasteful but the producer said "that's what the audience expects." I keep expecting someone to jump all over
me about using the Geiger counter. I know that seemed unnecessarily melodramatic but parts of the D-21B were made of magnesium-thorium alloy, a mildly
radioactive metal. (If you're wondering, we didn't find any mag-thor.)
The producer said she did not want to “fake any discovery” of debris but wanted to document a find on camera for the show. After a fruitless
search for new (i.e. previously undiscovered) pieces, however, she decided to have Mark “find” one of the pieces I had found in 2005. We both felt
really uncomfortable with this and raised objections but the producer promised that between the laboratory analysis of debris and an interview I was
to give later (presenting my research findings), we would be able to show what it was. The interview I gave on the final day of the shoot never made
the final cut.
After the staged "find" Mark told me, "I'll never live this down." Throughout the shoot, the producer constantly insisted that Mark mention the
possibility of a UFO connection to Area 51, despited his repeated objections.
He and I both went into the show against our better judgement but with the hope that we could somehow steer the contents of the program to get the
truth across. The MysteryQuest episode was originally to focus solely on Area 51. Halfway through the final edit, the producers decided to expand the
scope to include a whole bunch of unrelated stuff (Roswell, Nazca lines, the jet pilot's sighting, etc.). It went from a coherent narrative to a
confusing jumble. The result was terrible and an insult to the audience.