Stanton Friedman; A commentary.
The book Crash at Corona states on the flyleaf:
"Stanton Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked for General Electric,
Westinghouse, and other companies in the design and development of fusion rockets and
nuclear power plants for space applications
. and is acknowledged as the premier
investigator of the "Roswell Incident.""
More accurately, after Friedman received his MS degree in Nuclear Physics, he spent ten
years working for 4 companies in his academic specialty. But since the mid
70's, he has
made his living not as a physicist, but as a researcher, book writer and paid lecturer on
the subject of UFO's. He is perhaps best known for his book Crash at Corona,
written with Don Berliner, and numerous TV appearances.
There are some very disturbing claims made in the book Crash at Corona. The
authors place great emphasis on this excerpt from the Twining
"The phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious"
This is in a book that is attempting to show that an alien spaceship crashed in New
Mexico in July 1947, that the Air Force knows this, and is hiding the truth. It is at best
deliberately misleading, and at worst totally dishonest.
When discussing this quote, Friedman quite conveniently omits that the Twining letter
states that this is only an opinion:
"2. It is the opinion that:
a. The phenomenon is something
real and not visionary or fictitious. "
Further, Friedman neglects to include that Twining went out of his way to state that
this opinion was based on eyewitness reports and some small studies only, and that it
should be kept in mind that:
"The lack of physical evidence in the shape of crash recovered exhibits which
would undeniably prove the existence of these subjects."
So in a book attempting to demonstrate a conspiracy by the AF to cover up the
procession of a crashed alien spaceship, Friedman not only quotes out of context from the
Twining letter, but deliberately omits that the letter also stated that there is no
"physical evidence in the shape of crash recovered exhibits". Had the Air Force
indeed been in possession of a crashed interplanetary craft- as Friedman claims- Twining
would surely have commented on it.
The Twining letter further states that "It is possible within the present (1947)
to construct a piloted aircraft which has the general description of
the object in sub-paragraph (e) above
Which again conflicts with Friedman's concept that the Air Force had a crashed alien
spaceship. Unless, of course, the "alien spaceship" used 1947 technology.
Crash at Corona quotes from the hoaxed Schulgen* letter to the effect that:
"For the purpose of analysis and evaluation of these so-called "flying
saucers," the object sighted is being assumed to be a manned craft of unknown origin.
While there remains the possibility of Russian manufacture, based on perspective
thinking and actual accomplishments of the Germans, it is the considered opinion of
some elements that the object may in fact represent an interplanetary craft of some
(Emphasis in Crash at Corona)
* (This document was called into question
when it was first found by William Moore of MJ-12 fame.)
There are two problems with this.
First if a spaceship was recovered by the Air Force at Roswell (as Friedman asserts),
then the Air Force would not bother with possibilities. They would know for a fact that it
was an interplanetary craft of some kind, complete with little grey men, and they wouldn't
consider "the possibility of Russian manufacture".
Second, the real document says something
"For the purpose of analysis and evaluation of the so-called "flying
saucer" phenomenon, the object sighted is being assumed to be a manned aircraft, of
Russian origin, and based on the perspective thinking and actual accomplishments of the Germans."
Not a single surmise at all about interplanetary craft.
Chapter 5 of Crash at Corona goes into the Top Secret Smith Memorandum at great
length. Unfortunately, Friedman doesnt discuss the fact that Smith was not a
reliable source of information even at this time. Friedman does state that Smith has
showed signs of "mental disturbance" but claims that was only later. In reality,
Smith was not working on a top secret project, didnt have authority to stamp
documents top secret, and even stamped many of his personal papers top secret. He used to
sit in his orchard at home with a tape recorder, so when the Space Brothers Topside came
down so he could interview them. The Smith memorandum is not considered to be a real top
secret document worthy of study by very many people in UFOlogy.
Friedman mentions that the memo was checked with Sarbacher. But he doesn't mention that
Sarbacher claimed that the aliens were large insects, not little grey men.
The main witnesses in Friedman's book are Barney Barnett and Gerald Anderson. Barnett is long dead and was never
interviewed by Friedman. He used only supposed second hand statements- hearsay. Gerald
Anderson, who can be read about in his own section
on the Roswell witnesses, later was disowned by Friedman. It is not a pretty story!
(Note: Friedman has since repudiated
his repudiation of Anderson! He now claims that Don Berliner, his co-author of Crash
at Corona, wrote the original comments disowning Gerald Anderson, but now he- Stanton
Friedman, disagrees with Don on this point. Stanton now says that he still trusts
Gerald, although he says he is "disappointed" that Gerald got caught hoaxing a
Friedman continues to claim as genuine both the MJ-12 documents and the Crash on the
Plains of San Agustin. Yet, the two conflict, as both cant be true! The MJ-12
documents only list one alien spaceship crash and places it far from the Plains of San
Agustin, where Anderson and the Barnett stories put it. This point is usually hidden or
glossed over by Mr. Friedman.
Crash at Corona also claims that "Majestic-12 is quite possibly the single most
important key to the entire UFO mystery." Majestic-12
will be discussed separately because of its importance.
Friedmans comments to the audience at a MUFON conference. "The (TV) media is
starting to be reasonable" in its treatment of UFOs. TV producers no longer feel
obliged to have "Noisy Negativists" appear "for decoration at the end of
Apparently even brief comments from skeptics might seduce the viewers away from the
Friedman has been also known for his use of The NSA Documents. He usually appears on TV
and his lectures waving an FOIA document from NSA on UFOs that is totally blacked out, and asking why this
is necessary unless they are hiding something about UFOs. Friedman makes these comments
even though he knows full well that there is probably no UFO info in the NSA documents,
just as he is fully aware of comments made by Tom Deuley.
Friedman seems reluctant to discuss the fact that what he is showing is a 21 page
document from NSA to the Judge in a 1980 FOIA lawsuit by CAUS, explaining why the
documents couldnt be released at that time with less blacked out material. Judge
Gesell endorsed the NSA position- A decision that was later upheld by the Supreme Court.
Tom Deuley worked at NSA for 4 years in the mid-70s. In late June 1987, He presented a
paper at a MUFON conference entitled "Four years at NSA - NO UFOs." When he went
to work at NSA, he told them outright that he was interested in the subject of UFOs and
that he would be going to the MUFON conference. He even met with some officials of NSA,
and according to him, he didn't "get any feeling that they even cared about
In fact, because of his stated interest in UFOs, NSA selected him to review its
UFO-related material! "I believe I saw or held copies of the large majority of
documents withheld in that FOIA suit. Though there may have been exceptions among the
documents that I did not see, none of the documents I was aware of had any information of
"The documents ... are not worth the effort, in terms of forwarding the effort
of UFO research."
"I concluded that UFOs do not have any importance at NSA."
Tom Deuley eventually became an official in two UFO organizations: MUFON and
Later, NSA re-released the same documents with the majority of the documents not
blocked out. It turns out, in many cases, that when the Soviets would use the term
"unidentifiable object", the NSA translators would use the term UFO. They also
added "Probably a balloon" after most of these comments, referring to Soviet
radar calibration balloons. The judges decision is clearly borne out to be a good
decision as these documents arent about UFOs as it is used by the UFOlogists and the
These are Communication Intelligence reports. The reports indicate the station that
made the report, and could give the Soviets information on which transmitters we were
listening and what we know about their actions. The main sections still blacked out are
those about the locale of where the reports were made.
Here are some formerly blacked out sections in the re-released NSA documents:
"One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from/ 22 nm Se (Blacked out) toward East, Alt
49,200 ft. Revw"
"One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from (Blacked out) toward East and passed
North of (Blacked out) South of (Blacked out) alt. 46,000 - 49,200 ft"
"One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from (Blacked out) toward NE and faded
(Blacked out) Alt. 46,000 - 59,200 ft. [...] Two UFO (probably balloons) moved passed
(Blacked out) South of (Blacked out) and South of (Blacked out) and then faded. Alt. 44,00
- 49,200 ft."
"Two UFO (probably balloons) moved 43 Nautical miles 190 degrees off (Blacked out)
and faded 22 Nautical miles 178 degrees off (Blacked out)"
"One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from (Blacked out) and (Blacked out) faded 190
Nautical miles East of (Blacked out) Alt. 52,500 Ft."
"One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from 32 NM 90 deg off (Blacked out) toward
East and faded 64 NM 90 deg off (Blacked out) Alt. 47,640 - 49,200"
"Three UFO (probably balloons) moved from (Blacked out) toward West slowly and
faded (Blacked out) Alt. 69,000 - 79,000 Ft."
"Four UFO (probably balloons) moved from West of (Blacked out) Alt. 11,500 -
13,100 Ft. B. 0455 - 0520, One UFO (probably a balloon) moved from East of (Blacked out)
toward South and faded East of (Blacked out) alt. 11,500 - 13,100 ft. C. 0734 - 1025,
Three UFO (probably balloons) moved slowly from South of (Blacked out) toward West and
passed (Blacked out) and (Blacked out) alt. 49,200 - 66,000 Ft."
It goes on and on in this fashion, showing that what Tom Deuley said about NSA and
their interest in UFOs was absolutely correct.
One item of interest is that Friedman himself is mentioned, indirectly, in the NSA
Friedman had pushed a Cuban UFO report that was supposedly picked up by radio as real.
Since it was reported to have been picked up by radio, it was investigated by the NSA and
found to be phony! To the best of my knowledge, Friedman has never addressed his being
mentioned in the NSA documents in any of his presentations about UFOs.
In his book, TOP SECRET/MAJIC, Friedman discusses his early UFO lectures:
"As I gave more lectures, I found that I enjoyed speaking, and that people
believed me no matter what I said. After all, I was a nuclear physicist for