The last few weeks has seen continued promotion of the ‘Caret Dragonfly Drones’ by Whitley Strieber and Linda Moulton Howe. This case is such an overblown pile of rubbish, with handy helpings of “will to believe” thrown in. And yet Whitley Strieber continues to say things like:
Last summer, the so called “drones” appeared. Linda Moulton Howe and I soon confirmed that the photographs were real, both by what photo analysis could done, and by numerous interviews with witnesses, many of whom were willing to go on the record with their names…
…Then there were the Carat documents. These were furiously rebutted on the internet, but when I suggested that somebody create similar images, nobody responded. The reason that they did not respond is contained in a comment made by an engineer, Michael A. Reed of Reed Development Associates, who recently looked at them at Linda Howe’s request. He commented, “the things are so complex, they are a little mind boggling!”
Now, it’s a simple fact that both the photos, and most especially the ‘Carat documents’, are easily reproducible with today’s technology. Indeed, people have even created realistic CG films of the Drones based only on the photos, and the documents look pretty much like they are based on in the same genre as any of the “tech brushes” used in Photoshop. But Whitley Strieber has more:
I am leading in with all this because the purpose of these lies, and of the process now going on in England, where people are entering crop circles and secretly damaging them to make them appear manmade, have a purpose. It is the opposite of what I am going to be talking about here today.
…Last summer, when I read in the Carat documents the amazing concept of “self-activating software,” I knew immediately that this is exactly what the crop circles are.
Now, I’m all for open minded thinking and speculation, it’s one of the primary factors behind TDG. But with speculation should come caution and caveats, and a large dose of humour as well. Whitley Strieber is going down a very dark road here – hand in hand with Linda Moulton Howe. What is worse, because of their influential position in the ‘UFO community’ (the general public that is, not the research community), they are taking others with them, misleading members of the public who don’t know any better. Not to mention dragging the reputation of serious researchers into the UFO mystery down with them.
With all respect to Whitley Strieber for his previous work and writing, and Linda Moulton Howe for other aspects of her research, both should be marginalised by the community until they can show more responsibility in their words and actions. Not likely to happen, but that’s two cents. At least others are starting to call them out as well.
And as I mentioned in a comment elsewhere on TDG, it’s really interesting to view the Drone fiasco through the lens of Vallee’s Messengers of Deception, after having to spend plenty of time editing and re-reading it over the past few months…