by Robert D. Morningstar
With a Commentary by Vince
February 25, 2008
As our reader know, on February 13,
2008, UFO Digest published
an article by Dr. Michael Salla, Phd.
revealing a secret UN UFO meeting that had purportedly taken
place on Monday, February 11.
Notice of the UN UFO Meeting and background information was
given to us by Shawn and Clay Pickering, members of the NYC
Information regarding the UN UFO meeting was "leaked" prior to
the UN session to the Pickering Brothers by a diplomat who
attended (and chaired) the meeting in order to gauge public
reaction and to determine whether or not the world public is
ready for "Disclosure," even partial disclosure. Since that
time, Dr. Michael Salla reports confirmation from a second
source who was present at the meeting.
General Public reaction was varied and principally marked by
curiosity. Ironically, the most vociferous and vitriolic
reactions came from UFO experts, researchers and investigators
in who demonstrated the deepest skepticism, while employing the
same tactics of ridicule, sarcasm and personal attacks most
often employed by "skepti-bunkers" and directed at the sources
of the information (Dr. Salla and the Pickering Brothers).
One of the few "level-headed" reactions came from Vince White (a
UFO Digest contributor) who replied to the skeptics eloquently
and directly addressing points of contention..
On the night of Monday, February 18th, 2008, I was invited by
Shawn and Clay Pickering to meet with them and their contact. At
that meeting, I was personally introduced to their source, the
diplomat who had chaired the meeting at the UN one week before.
Below, I present Vince White's reply to the critics who
excoriated the announcement on UFO Updates and followed by my
reply to Mr. White in support of Shawn, Clay and their source,
who for obvious reason must remain anonymous.
Editor, UFO Digest
On Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 10:56 AM,
This note is not directed to any single individual who commented
concerning possible UN meetings on disclosures. It is the
overall response pattern that dismays and concerns. It does not
reflect well on the flexibility and adaptive quality of our
research community. I do not know the sources and circumstances
well enough to either accept or reject the particular accounts.
It does, however, merit serious discussion. Moreover the reports
of extreme contentious squabbling, short-sighted self interest,
religious dogmatic disputations, the refusal to think in other
than the most immediate national provincialism, has a strong
ring of truth. It reminds one of some UFO conferences.
The comments in this venue, so far, seem embarrassing in their
simplistic, reactionary, rigid categorical thinking, binary
logic, and lack of imagination as to the possible stellar
neighborhood complexities. It doesn't seem that most think
outside of the most elementary labels and reflexive thinking.
There is a non-adult, simplistic thought pattern being applied.
The statement that visitors are concerned with human freedom and
free will choice is greeted with what amount to hoots of
ridicule. This is taken as a lazy excuse to deal as mindlessly
as mainstream media deals with UFOs in general.
That there may be off world divisions, jurisdictional conflicts,
alliances, varied goals and policies , that may be in play seems
to be beyond the spectrum of thinking possible. Some factions ,
may very well have a keen sense of freedom and free will - the
traffic here has for the
most part avoided population centers in broad daylight, they
haven't overtly invaded, we are not treated as north American
Indians were treated, with colonization and conquering.
Instead of a serious analysis of possible ET diplomatic moves
and other indications, such as watching activity trend lines
that point towards a daylight appearance over populated areas,
we have the superficial logic that this would lead to planetary
Yes, many would be upset and others greatly excited. The major
talking-heads, network anchors , government officials, would all
be on the hot seat. but even if a Phoenix (3-13-97) type event
took place, at high noon, we'd manage, we will manage. The
skeptics would hide out, churches would be packed as much as
bars, and there would be a mass sell off on Wall St and
We did not go from covered wagons, sailing ships and feudalism,
and mass illiteracy without having the planetary potential that
attracts the visitor traffic from stars likely many parsecs
Ape-men do not build fusion weapons and electrogravity
(Go look into what is going on at the Warton Special projects
Site in UK or flying out of N. Edwards. Skeptics, go take a look
before outright dismissal. Lockheed Martin and BAE are up to
something big, they've spent billions doing so. )
This ET shock and awe show represents (to this observer) the
catalyst that will be like a planetary "espresso caffeine jolt,"
one that will finally begin a global discussion on our
pig-headed plunge into ecological disasters, carrying capacities
and finally prod leaders and legislatures to thinking about more
than the next election.
Forums such as Davos will transition from polite speeches, to
intellectual full scale brawling hammer and tong, dialogue, and
the real options on the table.
What is continuing to happen in Texas skies, and elsewhere is a
giant clock ticking down to an "in your face" daylight event,
one that is simply the natural incremental direction things are
going. One of the Phoenix or recent Texas leviathans will be
hanging over Manhattan long before 2017, or 2012 based on trend
The Noonday sun shining on a 1,000 ft long cylinder or chevron
hanging over lower Manhattan will cast a mocking shadow on the
refusal on many forums to see this step. For note , the UFO
waves of the 40's and 50's came as a surprise, so too , will be
the next step.
Non-interference policy? That is a bad joke, ever since the 40's
and 50's crash retrievals, our governing circles have been
fundamentally directed and interfered with. 'A shock and awe
step is simply the next logical step.
Snooze on, those who think the status quo of ambiguity will go
on forever. You'll awake to seeing news staff literally running
in the news centers, and five hundred or a thousand ships
hanging over every major city on the planet…Soon…Tomorrow. or a
year, or two, or three, at the most of tomorrows.
For the record, no equivocation , this is our future. For it is
this observer's judgment , that our destiny is not for our
planet to stumble and bumble without outside major effect in
Perhaps even some gray skinned analyst, is muttering,
telepathically, "Damn it, some human is going to spoil this
yet - it's supposed to be a surprise, for a maximum growth
maturity result ".
February 23rd, 2008
M* reply to Vince White, Updates and Comments:
Thank you for your email.
It was badly needed to balance the negativism of the majority of
comments of "know-it-all" and "I-don't-believe-if-I
didn't-find-it" UFO experts who have posted their comments on
UFO Updates and other sites.
I can tell you now that I have been privy to these developments
for many months now, having met Shawn and Clay Pickering in NYC
on June 24th, 2007, the 60th Anniversary of Ken Arnold's
Since that time, I have had the privilege of addressing their
NYC Disclosure Group twice and have come to know these two
gentlemen very well as friends and confidants. They are honest,
intelligent and sincere UFO investigators and have shared much
important information with me.
The skepticism and, in some cases, the rancor with which their
information has been received is typical of debunkers and the
wariness of many UFO researchers who have been burned by hoaxes
in the past. There have been many caustic comments (none of
substance) from certain UFOlogists who jealousy guard their
niches, purviews and "spheres of influence" in UFOlogy. Their
reactions, in many cases, have been identical to the mass
media's typical reflex arcs for the past 6 decades, which
include condemnation, sarcasm, derision and ridicule.
Many critics have objected to Clay and Shawn's "non-disclosure"
of the identity of their source, which is the same criticism
that was leveled many years ago at
Leonard Stringfield. Yet, as
the decades have passed, many of Mr. Stringfield's revelations
have been shown to be correct and the reliability of his
"unnamed sources" has been validated. Mr. Stringfield's need to
protect his sources has also been acknowledged.
It is obvious (but, perhaps, this requires a restatement) that
once a researcher betrays the identity of a source (when
anonymity has been requested), he will not be trusted again, the
information flow is stopped, "dries up," especially if the
source is compromised, in some cases, with dire consequences,
such as prosecution for betraying secrets or, if not charged,
the source may loose his/her position of access to the
I am writing to let you all know that I, along with Dr.
Michael Salla, received the same information about the UN UFO Meeting
and I have been kept abreast of developments in this disclosure
process for many months now. I have met and conversed by
phone/email many times with Shawn and Clay Pickering and,
although we don't agree 100% on UFO Disclosure theory, we do
hold many similar views in UFOlogy, one of which is in regard to
its effects on mass psychology, which is the basis of the
"non-disclosure" policy of the United States and most
governments, in general, Belgium, Mexico and Brazil being the
This is something we all know (or should know) since the
The Robertson Panel in the early 1950s and The
Brookings Institution white paper determinations, written for
NASA in the 1960s ("On the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space").
I received word of the prospective UN UFO meeting a couple of
days before the event and I too was surprised but I should not
have been considering the magnitude of events that have
transpired in UFOlogy since the National Press Club UFO
Conference (sponsored by James Fox and Leslie Kean) in
Washington, DC on November 12th, 2008 and the recent
Stephensville UFO flap (which continues even now).
Clay and Shawn first informed me of their contact's existence
and their "source's" background on June 24th at the UFO Culture
of Contact Symposium here in NYC. At that time, they presented a
second copy of
the famous SOM1-01 (purportedly an official
government UFO Crash Retrieval Manual), which they allowed me to
inspect and which I recognized instantly to be a nearly perfect
Xerox copy of an original source document (with perfectly
aligned margins, no bent or folded pages, no fuzzy type as in
the photographed copy which appeared about 10 years ago, when I
first read it).
This copy appeared to be more
detailed in some ways than the version that has been circulating
during intervening years.
It was the Pickering's copy of this document, SOM1-01, and the
coherent story that they told of how it was acquired by their
source that drew me to follow the lead. As stated above, we have
had many meetings and exchanges of information (what I like to
call "cross-pollination of information") during the past 8
months, which have given me confidence in the source and the
document they presented at the NYC Culture of Contact UFO
Conference symposium (organized by Jeremy Vaeni and Alan
On the night of the UN UFO meeting reported Dr. Salla, I
received a working copy of their SOM1-01 (that is distinctly
different from the original, which was reproduced from
photographs) and I was briefed on the UN meeting, given the same
information that was revealed by Dr. Salla.
Since Dr. Salla had done such an outstanding job in presenting a
synopsis of the event, I did not write a report on it. Instead,
Dirk Vander Ploeg, the publisher of UFO Digest and I chose
instead to have Dr. Salla's article republished on the UFO
The reactions of the UFO community came in "hot and heavy," with
many ranting "Rumpelstiltskin-types," jumping up and down into a
hole in the ground (figuratively speaking). Some of their
comments excoriated Shawn and Clay for not revealing the
identity of their source.
I am writing to tell you all that I have great confidence and
trust in Shawn and Clay Pickering, in their honesty, the high
quality of their information and the reliability of their
One week after the purported UN UFO meeting, I was introduced to
and met their "source" in New York City. We spent nearly 2 hours
together over drinks and I was able to converse with him at
length on his background and previous career as a high-ranking
officer in one of the US armed forces before assuming his
current position as a diplomat. His background story and his
character (as "an officer and a gentleman") check out in my
The basic premise and the purpose behind this "secret" UN UFO
meeting was a "testing of the waters" in order to prepare for
worldwide UFO disclosure through the United Nations. The story
was intentionally leaked through the Pickering Brothers in order
to evaluate the reaction of the public and the UFO community.
Basically, the US government wants to study the reaction of the
public at large and UFOlogists, in particular, to the prospect
of full UFO disclosure sometime within the next 8-9 years.
I must say that the reaction of the general public has been
promising but that of most UFOlogists (commenting in UFO
Updates) has been somewhat disappointing, most of them devoid of
curiosity or open-mindedness although the comments of others,
older and more experienced - having known or lived through the
Leonard Stringfield era - have weighed in with open minds and
more intelligent, less emotional comments.
The UFO Disclosure operation is a very delicate matter, which
will take quite a bit of time to achieve while exercising great
caution on the part of governments all along the way. The
indoctrinated, misinformed or disinformed human mind (such as
those of religious fanatics) is a very fragile entity and a very
dangerous one when rattled. The public mind must be protected
while the work of untangling the lies and cover stories of 60
years is being done. It is very much a "psychosurgical
procedure," excising the lies that have been implanted in the
public mind to be replaced by facts as they really are.
During this delicate period, both the public mind and the
identity of the source(s) must be protected so that the work of
Disclosure can be completed without peril to either the subject
or the source(s).
In the meantime, "I watch the skies."