After I had completed this paper I sent copies of Parts 1
through 5 to Noah Lawrence in order to give him a chance to comment
on, criticize or correct my statements about his involvement. I also
asked him, "If you still say there is no follow-on report, then what
do you think that Doty did with the information he obtained by
interviewing the witnesses and with the statements of the Sandia
Guards (the existence of which were confirmed by Russ Curtis).
Several weeks later I received a letter from Lawrence who
stated "We do not wish to critique your report, which is returned
herewith. Our responses to your previous requests have provided to
you all the information we have regarding the Kirtland AFB incident."
At the bottom of the letterhead paper on which all of Lawrence's
letters have been written is the statment:"HELPING TO PROTECT A GREAT
WAY OF LIFE." I do not doubt the accuracy of this statement.
However, I sometimes wonder what ELSE the AFOSI is helping
I won one from the AFOSI! As part of my investigation I
requested documents which describe how the AOSI is authorized to
carry out investigations. Lawrence responded that the documents
required two hours of professional search time and one hour of
clerical search time, and, accordingly, I would be charged $43.70
for the documents (which includes $0.10 per page for copy fees).
In his letter Lawrence indicated that if I decided to appeal the
decision I should write to the Secretary of the Air Force via AFOSI
headquarters. (This way he would know if I actually wrote to the
Secretary!) I sent a check for the full amount to AFOSI in order
to expedite the shipment of the documents. I also took his advice
and wrote a letter to the Secretary as follows: "As part of a
research and public information project I have requested
information concerning official policy of the AFOSI. Inasmuch as
the release of this information is in the public interest and
inasmuch as I personally have to bear the expense, I protest the
charges for search and copying. However, to decrease the amount of
time I have to wait for the information I have paid the requested
fees. I hope that you will agree that it was inappropriate for the
AFOSI/DADF to charge me for this information and will direct that
the money be returned.
About a month later (after I had received the information and
after I had mailed a copy of the report to Lawrence) I received a
letter in which Lawrence said "We have reconsidered our decision
to charge you $43.70 for search and reproduction fees.
Accordingly your check, in that amount is returned."
Contained in this Appendix is a summary of William Moore's
investigation. Moore's summary shows that he preceded me on a number
of points, including the emphasis that Doty put on the accuracy of the
Landing Document, Doty's claim that he had personnally investigated,
and that there "were 'most likely' other documents as well." Moore
also talked to Russ Curtis and Curtis did not deny that the landing
took place but rather remembered that "unusual lights" had been
reported in the area.
Notes Pertinent To "Welcome To The Cosmic Watergate"
by Bill Moore (1985)
(1) I was leaked a copy of the Kirtland document by a contact in
the Washington, DC area in late January, 1982. The comment was "This
is something you might be interested in". During the summer of 1982,
I served for a brief period as a consultant to KPIX-TV, San
Francisco, CA, while they were engaged in making a special on UFOs
which at the time was intended to run only locally. (It was
subsequently syndicated to a number of other stations around the
country.) In my capacity as consultant, I made the Kirtland document
available to KPIX who then agreed to send me to New Mexico to see what
more could be learned about it, As a result of all of the above, a
short clip on the Kirtland incident was used in the KPIX special, a
part of which pictured the document I had made available to the
station. It was as a result of seeing this special that Barry
Greenwood filed his FOIA request with AFOSI and obtained his copy of
the document more than a year after I had obtained mine. Although I
was not able to learn much about the incident while in New Mexico, I
did manage to obtain the following.
(2) Doty confirmed to me that the report was entirely accurate, that
he had investigated thoroughly and that there were "most likely"
other documents as well, although he would not confirm or deny
officially. This was on June 16, 1982 over coffee in Albuquerque. The
next day, in a subsequent discussion, he made an unclassified map of
the area available to me and indicated on it the location of the area
and structures involved. The map was dated 1 January 1975.
(3) An interview (brief) with Russ Curtis at 3:30 PM on June 21st,
1982, produced a gruff comment that he remembered some talk about
lights in the area, but couldn't comment specifically because
"Manzano is strictly military; not, my department at all. He readily
admitted he knew Doty and confirmed that there are 'alarmed
structures' in the Coyote Canyon area, but balked at discussing the
nature of these structures or the contents of them. I asked if this
information was classified, to which he replied "As far as I'm
concerned, it is.' His final comment concerning the "unusual lights"
was that information of this nature is not normally handled through
his office". He refused to elaborate.
(4) An effort to locate the other military personnel mentioned in
the document produced the followin results:
(A) A1C Martin W. Rist was listed in the phone book as living at
139 Gen. Arnold St. NE. The listed phone number produced a "no longer
in service" recording when dialed. A physical check of the address
revealed a family named Chavez living there. Subsequent checking with
the AFB revealed that Rist had been transferred out several months
earlier. Efforts to determine where he had been transferred to
produced a dead end.
(B) AMN Anthony D. Frazier had apparently been gone from the base
for some time.
(C) SSgt Stephen Ferenz was still listed in the phone directory
as living at 2202 1vy Pl. NE. When I dialed the number given, I was
informed that the number had been changed and that the new number
was unlisted. A physical check of the address revealed (curiously)
that there was no such address. I then obtained a number for him
through the Base Locator and made several calls before I was able
to speak with him. The conversation was brief and to the point.
He had been told not to discuss the matter." Click.
(5) An interview with Jerry Miller (mentioned in the Bennewitz
material) on June 21,1982 at 7 PM at his home, produced a
"recollection" of having heard of such an event, along with a
statement that he had had no "direct involvement with it" and
hence "couldn't discuss it". Miller seemed more interested in
asking me questions about UFOs than in put to him. He admitted he
had been "consulted" concerning Bennewitz and that he had "met
with him" and viewed his "set-up', but would not commit himself