Note: The following article is to appear in this
month's issue of the CUFORN Bulletin.
In last month's _Bulletin_, Larry Fenwick
brought out some tantalizing details involving the
possible involvement of Dr. Eric Walker with the
study and analysis of a crashed UFO, with probable
alien occupants, during the early 1950's. Since
that article was published, more information has
come to light, particulary with the long awaited
publication of researcher's Grant Cameron and T.
Scott Crain Jr.'s "Preliminary Report Of The
Government's Involvement Into UFO Crash Retrievals"
entitled, "UFOs, MJ-12 AND THE GOVERNMENT". This
research paper is now in limited circulation amongst
a handful of interested parties. I'm grateful that
the UFONET BBS Network was also sent a copy. I
have read it, and what follows is in part, both an
assessment, and a recap of some of the highlights.
Soon the paper will be ready for public distribution,
so it won't be long before you can read and assess
it for yourself.
Dr. Eric Walker has an impressive background,
and one which would make even Stanton Friedman envious
of. He's listed in certain "Who's Who" type compendiums,
so a quick visit to the Library might be in order for
those of you wishing to see a chronological listing of
this man's accomplishments. Credit for "discovering"
him goes to Bill Steinman, co-author of "UFO Crash At
Aztec". It was in a phone conversation with the late
Dr. Robert Sarbacher (of Wilbur Smith memo fame), that
Steinman got the break he needed in order to crack the
identity of another one of those scientists who attended
the Research & Development Board meeetings in the early '50s,
within the time frame of the much hypothesized UFO
crash/retrievals which were said to have occurred back then.
Sarbacher, not remembering the name, alluded to
a prominent individual from Pennsylvannia who, unlike
himself, attended all of the Research and Development
Board meetings held at Wright Field. Shortly thereafter,
in response to an inquiry by Steinman, he received a
letter from Fred Darwin, Executive Director of the Guided
Missile Committee for the Dept. of Defense's Research &
Development Board from 1949 to 1954. In the letter, six
names were listed as possible candidates for a "hypothesized"
Flying Saucer recovery operation. The list was composed in
early 1984, before the release of the controversial MJ-12
documents. Five of the names matched names on the yet to
be released MJ-12 listing. One name didn't, that of Eric
Arthur Walker...the person who most definitely fit the
description given by Sarbacher. Later research revealed
that Walker was at one time the Executive Secretary for
the Research and Development Board during the time in question.
Along with other influential positions held by
Walker, one of the most prominent, and secretive, concerns
his relationship with the "Institute for Defense Analysis",
of which Paul Dickson, author of "Think Tanks" had this to
say, "In the hierarchy of military tanks, none ranks higher
than the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA)." Walker
joined in 1958, and never looked back. He was elected
chairman to the IDA in 1981, and became Chairman Emeritus
in 1986, upon his official retirement. So, what is most
problematic when it comes to trying to get Walker to talk,
is that not only is this man privy to UFO secrets, but
countless military secrets as well, which in this instance
are no doubt viewed as one and the same.
However, Walker is most vunerable when it comes to
his involvement in the early '50s, before the "security lid"
started to clamp down on this subject. From the Cameron/Crain
research paper, we learn little of what Walker's possible UFO
related activities were in the period after this, although
there is speculation. From their research, it is clear
that if Walker were to be involved in the aftermath of a UFO
crash, and possible U.S. government study thereof, he was in
the right places at the right times. Along with this, there
is the body of material, consisting of phone conversations and
letter exchanges, between Walker and certain UFO researchers,
the primary one being of course Steinman.
Most damning, are Walker's admissions to Steinman (in a
phone conversation written down 10 minutes after the call) that
he knew of MJ-12. Says Walker, "Yes, I know of MJ-12. I have
known of them for 40 years. I believe that you're chasing after
and fighting with windmills!!". Along with this, its become
apparent that Walker is engaged in playing a most peculiar
"game" of some sort. One letter of Steinman's was returned
by Walker with this statement type-written at the end of his
letter, "STOP!DON'T TRY TO FIND ME I CAME ON THAT MACHINE I
WILL LEAVE MAY 15 ERGOT QUIET QUIET QUIET". Another letter
was returned with numerals inscribed on top of various letters
throughout. This is the so-called "code letter". Another
piece of documentary evidence, is the type-written letter by
Walker to Steinman, signed by Walker, describing how 4 alien bodies
were recovered, alive, from a downed UFO. However, this is so
sensationally written that
researchers Cameron and Crain have labelled this as a poor
attempt at disinformation...or perhaps a continuation of Walker's
"game" with the researchers.
However, in the past year or so, Walker seems to have
have taken a new tact. Over the phone, he now denies _ever
even knowing who Steinman is_. This occured in a Dec/88 call
to Walker by Steinman. Walker had evidently clammed up, and
was now even trying to deny ever having dealt with Steinman,
let alone the allegations relating to his UFO involvement. Something
indeed strange is going on. Most recently, I learned that a
photo-copy of the original "code letter" was mailed to researcher
Scott Crain in a SASE Crain provided in a much earlier letter
sent to Walker. Evidently, the "game" has resumed.
Crain received this in late August, after I had spoken
with Walker himself in a phone conversation on August 11th.
Although cordial throughout, Walker lived up to his billing as
both evasive in answering questions, and one who it seems,
experiences convenient memory loss. Witness the following
exchange, which took place mid-way through our phone conversation:
"(garbled)...well I did attend a lot of meetings,
but I can't remember any substantive conclusions
or anything like that."
"Right, and as far as what was discussed there?"
"As far as the what?"
"What was discussed, the topic, the subject matter
of those meetings?"
"No, I couldn't remember that at all."
"But, you're saying that it had nothing to with
UFOs or alien bodies, or anything like this?"
"Well I don't have any alien bodies in my office,
I can tell you that."
In his own limited conversations with Walker back in 1984,
Stanton Friedman referred to Walker as "cagey and careful", and
stated that "My reaction to how he answered the various questions
was that he knew a great deal". Five years later, I concur.
Currently underway, researchers Cameron and Crain are
trying to enlist the aid of several media outlets, including some
within Pennsylvannia itself. Sadly, and not surprisingly, in the
hands of the media, their report is going nowhere fast. At this
point, most promising in this regard, is the involvement of a slick
on-campus magazine, who currently are sitting on this story, and
if all goes according to plan, will confront Walker in the next
couple of weeks. Both UFONET, and CUFORN will be following all
the developments as they occur, and will be updating this in the
next issue of the _CUFORN Bulletin_.
So far, I've only touched on a few of the facts, made
clear in the Cameron/Crain report. However, I would be amiss
if I didn't mention that their report covers more than just
the story of Eric Walker, which takes up about 80 pp. There
are also interesting pieces of information, also related to
Walker, describing the U.S. military/intelligence complex.
And along with information on DARPA, the Jason Group, and
other such institutions, there are tidbits of information,
much of it documented, regarding a whole bevy of UFOlogy figures.
Included, are Wilbur Smith, Bill Moore, Richard Doty, Linda Howe,
Stanton Friedman, Todd Zechel, Lee Graham, Bill Cooper, and
several others. If any criticism can be made of the report,
and their are a few, its that it was too wide in its
scope, and as a consequence, particular sections didn't get
dealt with adequately. Thus, the enormity of the task, coupled
with the constant influx of new information, were in large
measure responsible for the delay in having this paper published.
As I alluded to earlier, this paper will be made publicly
available soon. If you're at all interested in the subject,
you'll want to read it for yourself. Its one more contribution
to the amassing body of evidence, that the U.S. government is
indeed covering up its knowledge and activities with regard to
the subject of UFOs.
Tom Mickus, 24, is currently attending the University of Toronto.
In addition to this, he also is Moderator of a UFO oriented
computer Bulletin Board Service (BBS) Network, entitled UFONET.
Unlike Paranet, which I am no longer affiliated with, we are a
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