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BARKER.TXT - Facts surrounding the Steinman-Barker letter
- By Grant Cameron
Note: The Barker re-write can be found on page 334 of Steinman's
book, "UFO Crash at Aztec". The original is reproduced on
"The truth is only arrived at by the painstaking process
of eliminating the untrue."
Sherlock Holmes as quoted by Bill Moore
In a Sept. 14,1989 letter to myself and T. Scott Crain,
Williams L. Moore sent us a copy of the April 84,Issue #21 Steinman-
Gray Barker letter. We were asked to consider Steinman's credibility
in light of this letter. Bill Moore stated, "It was precisely over
this issue that I broke off relations with Steinman five years ago."
Bill Steinman, it appears, has taken much criticism over this
letter from many circles. In an August 6, 1985 letter from Jerome
Clark to Bill Steinman, Clark stated he was glad that the Sarbacher
letter had gotten wide distribution, "otherwise, we'd have nothing
but your lurid fantasies about it (such as your science-fictional
version described in GRAY BARKER'S NEWSLETTER while back.)"
In a May 25,84 letter from Stanton Friedman to William Steinman,
Friedman also hints at this letter. "I must express my strong concern
about not going past the data... as was the case with Sarbacher."
I was most concerned , related to the Steinman-Barker letter,
about why Steinman would say that Sarbacher had attended the WPAFB
meeting when Steinman knew quite clearly that he had not. Fortunately,
before Steinman had the chance to write me and point out my lack of
checking and verifying, I discovered the answer for myself. Had others
checked, they too, would have discovered the fact that Gray Barker made
significant and damaging changes to the letter.
Here are the FACTS
The Steinman-Barker letter refered to my all researchers is a
rewritten distorted extrapolation of the origional Dec 24, 1983 letter.
Steinman in his book UFO CRASH AT AZTEC refers to it as "a somewhat
distorted version." (P.334) I have enclosed the original which
Steinman provided in his book for comparison.
Why did Steinman state Sarbacher had attended the WPAFB meeting
when he hadn't? Steinman didn't. Barker added the words (which he
attended.) A quick check of the enclosed original will show that
these words were not in the original.
Steinman has frequently extrapolated on the known data to present
his impression of what that data means. In the Dec.24,83 letter to
Barker he does so and clearly states this. "My speculations are,"
writes Steinman, "that the purposes of those meetings were..."
Barker in his rewriting of this sentence, however, leaves out the
"my speculations are" thus making it appears that Steinman is claiming
that this information related to the purposes of the WP meetings was
given him by Sarbacher. Steinman is saying no such thing.
As to the outcome of the meetings, Steinman states "I believe that
the outcome of the meetings..." Barker once again leaves out the "I
believe" thus creating the impression that Steinman is claiming this
information came from Sarbacher. Once again this is not true.
As to the diversionary measures Steinman clearly states "I believe
the following diversionary measure..." Barker again leaves out the "
I believe" in his retelling to make it appear Sarbacher related this
Barker even goes as far as to extend the underlining under
"did recover" to "did recover three flying saucers." He also capitolized
all the words which is not done in the original.
It appears therefore that Barker is the one that is guilty of
lurid fantacies and science fiction versions. Steinman Dec.24,83 letter
to Barker was based upon the Sarbacher letter which he received, and
on the Smith-Sarbacher notes which he assumed had not yet been released.
A re-reading will I think show that Steinman letter was very accurate
based on what Sarbacher material he had.
(signed:) Grant Cameron
cc William L. Moore
T. Scott Crain
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