"Alien Autopsy" Producer Sues UFO "Contactee," Former CIA Scientist, and Ex-Congressman Over Stalled UFO Documentary
Last year, I was contacted by Robert Kiviat, who introduced himself as the producer behind the infamous Alien Autopsy Fox-TV special from the 1990s and Unsolved Mysteries. He also produced infamous specials like Aliens on the Moon and UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever Caught on Tape. He had read my blog posts concerning To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science and inquired whether I would be willing to appear in a documentary he was planning to produce for an unnamed broadcast television network that would attempt to undercut many of the claims made by To the Stars and its team, particularly ESP-researcher turn interdimensional UFO investigator Hal Puthoff, while still endorsing the reality of the UFO phenomenon that To the Stars investigated
And now I have the backstory explaining what that was all about.
As Robert Schaeffer recently described on his blog, a few weeks ago, Kivitat gave an interview in which he discussed becoming involved with “contactee” Joe Firmage through ex-CIA “weird desk” head Ron Pandolfi to promote Firmage’s alleged anti-gravity technology in a network TV documentary:
Soon after Kiviat signed the employment contract with Firmage, Firmage expected Kiviat not only to plan a six month public roll-out of the device which Firmage was supposedly inventing, leading to a live demonstration; but Kiviat was also expected to develop and sell the network television series that would tell the Joe Firmage anti-gravity story, and also the story of the Aviary UFO history as seen through the eyes of Pandolfi. But it gets even better! Pandolfi, through his closest operative, also wanted Kiviat to tell the incredibly bizarre story of how his Pakistani wife allegedly from Kashmir, purportedly arrived on Earth via a “inter-dimensional portal,” and other tall tales which would be hard for even Hollywood to make up.
Kiviat said that he was not paid for his work, and he filed suit last month against Firmage and Pandolfi as well as ex-congressman Daniel Marriott seeking $300,000 in compensation.
Firmage’s firm, the International Academy of Science and Arts, or InterNASA, is in direct competition with To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science in the fantasy science department. InterNASA claimed to have replicated the (fictitious) Nazi Bell and to be working on anti-gravity, claims associated with the UFO phenomenon. To the Stars similarly is looking into anti-gravity and the application of UFO fantasies to exotic propulsion systems. The two organizations’ names are, of course, suspiciously similar, right down to the weird use of the singular “science” where the plural “sciences” is the more typical usage.
Hal Puthoff, now of To the Stars, was a paid consultant for InterNASA. In between corporate gigs, he was a paid consultant for Robert Bigelow and through him was contracted to work on the Pentagon’s UFO program. He is the spider at the center of the web of interdimensional UFO fantasies that metastasized like a cancer through the U.S. government and its hangers-on.
According to Kiviat’s lawsuit. InterNASA attempted to steal To the Stars’ thunder by rushing a TV series to air before DeLonge could get his show on cable. DeLonge’s series will debut on the History Channel later this year.
In a press release earlier this month, Kiviat said that the InterNASA series is not dead yet: “TV executives I met with in both Hollywood and New York showed a lot of interest, and these negotiations are continuing despite the lawsuit being filed. One way or another, I think the series I presented will get made, and it will be the most definitive and far-reaching TV project ever concerning UFOs, the subject’s connection to exotic propulsion systems and what the U.S. government knows about possible extraterrestrial visitation.”
This is the series Kiviat described to me last year. The pieces have now come together, and the story they tell is … sad.
Kiviat claims that his suit will let him depose former officials about the UFO phenomenon, but that seems more like a publicity claim (he has a crowd-funding page predicated on raising money to use his lawsuit for “disclosure”) than a likely result of his lawsuit.
More to the point, it seems that wherever I turn, I am never more than two or three degrees of separation from Hal Puthoff, who has perhaps done more damage to science and to the understanding of UFOs than anyone else I have encountered.
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