On Sunday night, Australian journalist Ross Coulthart presented a documentary on Australia’s 7 Network covering UFOs—again. In the newest documentary, Coulthart relied heavily on Garry Nolan for insight, with Nolan telling Coulthart that he believes that witnesses to UFO crash retrieval programs are about to come forward and spill the beans on seventy years of alien cover-ups. Coulthart provided a companion article laying out Nolan’s allegations:
Professor Garry Nolan, one of the world’s most renowned immunologists, who has done secret work for the CIA investigating the effects of UAPs on military and intelligence service personnel, explained to me why he “knows” there’s been a coverup.
There is a lot to unpack in that short excerpt. Nolan, for example, previously claimed that he was working with Kit Green, a medical doctor no longer affiliated with the CIA, that the research was only partially related to UFOs, and that their access to CIA records was canceled because the CIA didn’t want them working with politically sensitive Havana Syndrome material. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
In the broadcast version, Nolan incorrectly attributes to the Pentagon the demand for a historical review of UFO coverups from 1947 onward, alleging that it is a final reckoning. The demand came from Congress and was directed to the U.S. Comptroller General, not to the Pentagon.
If we take Nolan at his word, people are leaking America’s most protected national security secrets to Nolan, and yet the FBI hasn’t raided his lab.
Coulthart and Nolan use the passive voice to hide the source of their claims. Who is telling Nolan and Coulthart about these whistleblowers? The passive voice makes it sound like this is coming from serious military sources. But, just once, Coulthart lets the truth slip. He received information from congressional staffers—who, in turn, have been listening to former AAWSAP staffers and the Lue Crew during secret briefings that Coulthart alleges without evidence were closed Committee hearings:
Extraordinary allegations have also been made by key witnesses already in these hearings.
Coulthart is probably confusing private staff briefings for Committee hearings, and he doesn’t seem to notice that it’s rather difficult to argue that the Pentagon is hiding seven decades of research into crashed UFOs if they needed a briefing from Davis, who, of course, does not have access to crashed alien spaceships and does not have any conclusive information about them. Davis’s briefing took place in March 2020, at a time when the UAP Task Force’s work wasn’t widely known but already instituted by law, and it is therefore very likely that he actually spoke with the Task Force, led by Skinwalker Ranch paranormal believer Jay Stratton and “chief scientist” Travis Taylor, from Secret of Skinwalker Ranch and Ancient Aliens, thus allowing true believers to bolster each other’s credentials once the farce was leaked to Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal and published in the New York Times.
Davis also claimed to have briefed Senate staffers in October 2019, which is undoubtedly the origin of the repeated claims that “classified briefings” have swayed Congress, especially since none of Davis’s claims—which he admitted had no physical proof—ended up in either the unclassified or classified version of the UFO report the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence produced for Congress in 2021—the one partially written by the UAP Task Force itself. To assert that Davis was reporting true facts about the Pentagon is to assert that the UFO report intentionally misled Congress, and that Congress cares so much that they … tasked the same department with continuing to investigate the UFOs that they supposedly already determined were alien spaceships decades ago.
None of that makes any sense.
Nolan told Coulthart that he is convinced that the so-called Wilson/Davis memo, the alleged transcript of a conversation between Eric Davis and former Defense Intelligence Agency head Adm. Thomas Wilson about crashed saucers and dead aliens is real. “I might say to my colleagues out there, I know this all sounds absolutely crazy, but if you’ve seen the things that I’ve seen, you would only be able to come to a similar conclusion,” he said. Amazingly, Nolan didn’t specify what he’s seen, all the stranger since he has had repeated opportunity to share convincing proof in the academic journals he publishes in and in the podcasts and rightwing TV shows he frequents. And yet, his only published data are all negative—no proof of aliens—and he repeatedly offers nothing that passes for convincing proof.
It seems that all he’s actually seen are the same shopworn mysteries of Skinwalker Ranch.
Like Nolan’s mysteriously unseen evidence, Coulthart’s “reporting” relies on anonymous sources and unnamed staffers, with too little information to draw effective conclusions about who is feeding him information and what their motives are. Where identifiable, his sources seem to be the same small group of UFO enthusiasts orbiting around Lue Elizondo, Garry Nolan, and Jacques Vallée, and the handful of politicians like Marco Rubio and Kirsten Gillibrand they radicalized.
The failure of anyone to put their name to any of the claims—and thus expose how interconnected they are with the UFO media and defense contracting industries—should tell you a lot about exactly how much credibility to assign to these claims.
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