The (UFO) Aviary
In the early 1980s, Bill Moore and his research partner Jamie Shandera began conversations with government intelligence and counterintelligence personnel in order to force release of UFO-related information. There have been many accusations and misplaced suspicions about this period. Rumors have become “fact,” and facts have been twisted by deeply-held beliefs into stories that bear little resemblance to what was actually happening.
Moore, for his part, agreed to watch and report on trends and beliefs in the UFO research community in order to keep officials updated on issues that related to possible leaks of information that had anything to do with secret and black budget-type technology and intelligence-gathering. He did other things too, such as keeping a watch on suspected foreign nationals posing as UFO researchers, and acting as a cut-out (a neutral party acting as a go-between) for passing messages between agencies and intelligence operatives.
Shandera has been virtually ignored by ufological history. He may have wanted it that way. As I wrote in my book Project Beta, it was later revealed to Moore that his partner was not a newbie in the world of intelligence operations. He may even have engaged in a little reporting on Moore. Shandera had been called in to provide expert testimony in a court-martial trial (possibly in relation to an intel operation) during the Vietnam conflict.
In return for their participation, they were shown and given various UFO documents, some (or maybe many) of which were either faked or dead-ends. Ther have been accusations of fakery on the part of Moore and Shandera, but these have not yet been proven.
As their network of government and former government contacts grew, the duo came up with a system to enable them to talk about the various personalities on the phone or in public, without having to refer to them by name. In spite of what you may have heard or read about what they decided to call “The Aviary,” the group was never an officially sanctioned gang of spies, insiders and scientists. The members may have taken to their names with good humor and perhaps even enthusiasm, but no official imprimatur was ever used or assumed.
For reasons only known to them, Moore and Shandera decided to use the avian metaphor. As far as I have been able to determine, these men were:
Dr. Hal Puthoff
Dr. Kit Green
Col. John Alexander
Captain Robert Collins
Sgt. Richard Doty
Col. (?) Ernie Kellerstrauss
Not as certain:
Dr. Bruce Maccabee
C.B. Scott Jones
More info on these people can be viewed on a page at the Reality Uncovered site, although there are some minor errors.
The man known as “Falcon” remains unidentified, although I have a pretty good idea who he was (he died in 2002.) Presently, I am trying to determine if any of these men knew of his existence and the fact that he was the invisible puppeteer at the top of the disinfo game played with UFO researchers throughout the 1980s. Some of them undoubtedly did, but not all. Falcon preferred it that way. There have of course been accusations that Richard Doty was “Falcon,” but this stems from his appearance on the UFO Coverup Live! show in 1989, as well as a statement to researcher Linda Howe.
Next: What drew these people together and what were they up to?
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