I think you just have to trust your gut on the information given. There are very few of us who can actually do solid research and come up with this
matches that and this doesn't match, so therefore...
My gut tells me:
1) There was a real AB and he is who he says he is, ie a 60 yr old Aussie astronomer.
2) I think he gave himself away too early, even though he didn't seem to want to. I think he buckled under pressure of questioning. If you look at
the posts, most of this happened in a day or two. His thoughts don't seem premeditated, they read as very honestly angry and frustrated. I think in
giving himself away too soon, he was taken out.
3) If you had info of this nature, had been holding it in for 20+ years and knew that we were only a couple of months away from Doomsday and wanted to
leak this info to the GP, where would you go? Message boards like this one or GLP or others. But those kept getting shut down until he found one safe
enough for a few days' posts, which is where we get the meat of the info. I think we have to look at the possibility that he's not lying about those
sites being shut down. If he's not lying, then we have to look at why those sites were being shut down.
4) The whole, "I'm Grant Gartrell" post just doesn't feel right. It's not written in the same voice. It's like someone tracked down an old
Aussie astronomer and found this guy and knew that if they put this guy's name up there, someone would eventually get in touch with the Gartrell and
he'd deny knowledge of any of it. There are a few a problems with this. A) How do we know that the email this one fellow supposedly received from
Gartrell was really from Gartrell? How do we know he received an email at all?
5) The whole Monitors post. Ugh. What an obvious debunk. And then the guy saying he wrote the Monitors post. A hoax debunking a hoax debunking a hoax?
You can understand why some people would want to do this. A lot of damage can happen in just a few days time, let alone a few weeks as they had at
that time. I for one don't believe in any of the debunking posts. We've seen this time and again and it really disappoints me how ATS has so readily
accepted the hoax status of this claim. Yeah, it's been proven to be a hoax, just like it was proven that crop circles were a hoax by two guys name
Doug and Dave. Riiight. And thousands of incredibly intricate and complex crop circles later... This all reeks of fear. It's understandable though.
We all have much invested in the future. It's frightening to think that what we see in a movie like Day After Tomorrow might actually happen to us,
to ones we love, to places we love.
6) And finally, this very interesting website. I'm not sure I understand the conclusions, but it's got my attention.
[edit on 13-6-2004 by VORTEXAS]