We've covered this ground
before, but here we go again!
The so-called alien autopsy
was a complete fraud and a waste of time for everyone involved. There
are so many stupid errors (like the pathologist holding the dang scissors
wrong) that taking the thing seriously is a vast leap of dementia.
But every year, it seems somebody has something new to say about it.
A recent article,
by Joe Longo, (from which the excerpts were taken) on Society
of Operating Cameramen's website, linked from Sightings on the Radio,
came to our attention. It gives further details about how Dr. Leir,
of MUFON, had lunch with the "discoverer" of the autopsy film, Ray Santilli.
Up to that point, Santilli had sent only two little pieces of the film
to be analyzed by Kodak (and had lied about sending it to the Royal Society
of London, who claimed no knowledge of ever being asked to date the film).
Neither of the pieces had anything at all to do with aliens and could have
been from any reel of film from 1947. According to Dr. Leir, Santilli
slipped him a few "actual" samples from the film to be analyzed, but without
the public's knowledge:
...Rense [host of Sightings:OR]
further inquired of Dr. Leir why
Santilli has never come forward
himself and offered a sample of
the original film for analysis. Leir
stated Santilli explained that if had
he done so this long after the
film's release he would no doubt
become the center of a new
controversy over his timing and
would probably be accused of
media manipulation and charges
of hoax...allegations he has no
desire to experience.
Yeah, 'cause who likes it
when the public finally gets smart about something?</sarcasm>
Later in the article, there
is a Japanese interview with the alleged cameraman of the autopsy:
Question #19: Why did you keep the film
after 50 years?
Answer: I didn't present film to an eager
buyer, it didn't happen that way. One thing
lead to another and I felt that there was no
reason to keep hold of it any longer. Also I
needed money at the time.
Make note of the last sentence there. I think you'll find it a running theme: desperate men do desperate
Harry Joyner, President of
the Photo-Lab, has his own opinions about the Alien Autopsy video, most
notably with the so-called experts on the video. His article appears
here. In his own words:
I am a skeptic. I also am a cinematographer right out of
the 1940s and a special effects technician out of
He goes on to highlight his
credentials, which center mostly around filming and camerawork. But
his credentials say nothing about science, or even science-fiction.
This doesn't stop him:
Many of us are quick to presume
that life can't exist under certain
conditions or that light speed is a
universal speed limit.
Most of the general public
that I personally know are very quick to claim that light speed
is not a universal speed limit, and I find myself in arguments with them
about it constantly. Traveling linearly through space at the speed
of light is absolutely impossible. One requires infinite energy and
expands to infinite mass. This is as far as my understanding goes
(which comes from high school physics, Carl Sagan books, and lots of science
Mr. Joyner goes on:
The prospect of several species of
aliens coming to Earth at the same
time -or perhaps at all- according
to Dr. Carl Sagan, is remote. The
different appearances of the several
of whom we have photographs do
appear different enough to be
Wait a doggurmed minute! Who photographed aliens? Where are the undisputed, undoctored
photographs of alien life (Michael Jackson doesn't count)? I have
yet to see them, and my antennae are up for those kinds of things.
Surely they would have been in the New York Times. He certainly couldn't
mean the Autopsy video, for there is only one "alien" in it. He seems
to be tackling the whole alien abduction mythos by himself. Who's
dumb enough to try that?!
He goes on:
A compelling experiment might be,
however, to find an African Pygmy
about 70 years old,
slump-shouldered and scrawny,
perhaps displaying a four-day beard.
Stand him beside a beautiful
six-foot, golden-haired, Finnish
24-year-old maiden with perfect
proportions. Show the two of them,
naked, to an extraterrestrial from the
planet Twerg who is totally
unfamiliar with earthlings and he'll
probably presume the two of them
are from different species.
This is where Mr. Joyner's
credibility as a science-speculator falls flat. The Twergian would
not "probably presume" that at all. He would have learned from studying
our ecosystem that bilateral symmetry, four limbs, body hair and sexual
dimorphism are extremely common throughout the larger life forms.
His knowledge of other forms of life on our planet would tell him that
sometimes the male of the species is far smaller than the female
(some species of fish come to mind). The bottom line is that he wouldn't
presume anything at all. He would study and analyze and decipher
until he determined exactly what these two specimens were. He would
do exactly the opposite of what a UFOlogist would do. I suppose we
need more aliens on our television shows (I might regret that last bit).
The woman who recently brought
this whole thing out into the light again is Theresa Carlson, who released
a running commentary of the autopsy video, giving it a skeptical and highly-critical
analysis. Among her findings:
Carlson's twenty-minute video reveals, for
example, a blood splat on the wall behind the
head of the alien corpse which is first seen
in Reel #59, but missing from Reel #61...the
blood splat reappears in Reel #62 however!
Additionally she shows a frame--purported to
be from Reel #59-- in which blood is dripping
from the lower edge of the opened
abdominal cavity. Reel #61 shows that very
blood drip just beginning to form.
The inconsistencies in the released autopsy
movie mean to me that the movie was filmed
in several different takes, and probably using
more than one body from the same mould as
The article (again, on Society
of Operating Cameramen's website) is actually quite good, and is given
a healthy, skeptical bent.