Note: As I said yesterday, I am not quitting blogging entirely. I will be posting less frequently, when news happens.
The Mutual UFO Network has had its share of controversies, from John Ventre's wildly racists 2018 social media screed (a controversy repeated in racist comments by Rhode Island MUFON official Ken Pfeiffer just last month) to the fake documents it pushed on its History Channel series, and the charges that Robert Bigelow served as a middleman to buy MUFON records to help the Pentagon research UFOs. Now MUFON is experiencing another black eye as its executive director Jan Harzan faces charges that he attempted to solicit sex from a police detective he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The Huntington Beach Police released information on the July 3 arrest yesterday:
In the past two weeks, detectives from the Huntington Beach Police Department's Special Enforcement Bureau have arrested two suspects on two separate incidents involving online crimes against children.
UFO believers and conspiracy theorists have been wrapped up in the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy theory for years now, investigating claims that a vast network of aliens and Democrats were sexually exploiting children in locations such as the (non-existent) basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor. Now Harzan has ended up on the other side of the popular ufology conspiracy, an alien-hunter who police say wanted to exploit children.
Fringe, paranormal, and occult groups don't have the best track record of dealing with predators. Frank Joseph, the former head of a U.S. Nazi Party, was convicted of sexual misconduct with children and spent years in prison for it. Nevertheless, the field let him rebrand himself, embraced his books about Atlantis and lost white races, and still welcomes him to conferences. At least one History Channel episode of America Unearthed was based on his work.
Vice has a longer article about MUFON's long history of bad behavior.
7/15/2020 09:48:21 am
Mr. Colavito, I recommend to you the current Wayfair conspiracy, which seems to fit your interests in conspiracies such as pizzagate. A quick Google search should bring you to several articles from respected publications.
Sometimes, certain associations attract people for reasons the association was not thought for.
7/15/2020 11:40:35 am
You weirdly make child molesters seem like another persecuted minority by referring to them as people with an “unwanted sexual orientation.”
Larry Storch, this is, of course, a question of perspective ..... so let me add my own perspective that I agree with having sexual relations with children unwanted.
7/15/2020 04:41:24 pm
Your personal prejudices notwithstanding, none of the five countries with the worst child sexual abuse problems have majority Muslim populations. The US and the UK made the list, so there is plenty of room for those societies to “undergo reforms.”
7/15/2020 05:54:04 pm
Rankings are contingent upon a given nation acknowledging particular actions as abuse to be reported in the first place. It also requires sophisticated mechanisms in place to collect data. In the U.S. and UK someone forcing a 12 year old girl to marry her first cousin would be reported very quickly. In some other societies it is not the type of thing even considered to be on the radar.
Larry, Reg has hit the point. In certain societies, certain events are simply not recognized as child abuse, and even if so, there is nobody to count them.
7/16/2020 05:22:52 pm
Between one person declaring pedophilia to be merely “an unwanted sexual orientation” — as if it’s not morally reprehensible on its face — and another person who’s bragging about his personal in-depth knowledge of various state loopholes to child sexual abuse laws, I’m definitely getting a pretty creepy vibe in this place. Anyway, I’m beginning to understand how “the true prevalence of child sexual abuse is not known” in the US. I’m also thankful that Jason will soon be ending comment sections on this blog.
7/16/2020 06:40:11 pm
Naive. Most religions and religious sects in the beginning, or to use baseball terms, the Big Inning, are schemes to have sex with what we today would call underage girls. I won't begin to talk about ancient Greece because others know so much more than I but in today's Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, young boys are a favored flavor. I don't know about the ancient Egyptians' technology in this area.
7/16/2020 06:52:34 pm
@laarrystorch: He didn't say "majority" he said "growing". LA doesn't have to be majority Crip or Blood to have gang violence and NY and DC don't have to be majority Salvadoran for MS-13 members to do their little murder thing.
7/16/2020 11:59:54 pm
@larrystorch: l apologize to you personally for knowing the law and OBEYING it, in the days when I actually had a chance. Sorry to say I don't have any stories about taking four frozen pizzas on a date. I don't know what your approach is, but good luck with it.
7/23/2020 02:19:41 am
Unfortunately, Jason also conflates those he calls "UFO believers"--who sometimes are airliner, Navy or Air Force pilots, sailors photographing UAPs from destroyers (last year), airport radar personnel, police or scientific observers--with right wing "pizzagate" nutcases. It's for this type of overblown cynicism and ad hominem attacks that I won't miss the blog once it's gone. And Larry, ignore the shotgun spray nonsense by "Kent" poorly aimed at you.
7/16/2020 01:12:50 am
Let's be careful with that term "sex with minors". It's legal in The Netherlands, up to a point, and in quite a few U.S. states, up to a point, setting aside for the moment "Romeo and Juliet" exceptions.
7/15/2020 11:37:07 am
As a researcher you may find the Wayfair hoopla of note for it’s thinly veiled use of cultural Marxism and socialist realism/surrealism. I think you’ll be better able to explain the Art connection with Marxism than I can. They people pushing Pizzagate have not gotten a single pedophile arrested, nor have they sought any alliance with child trafficking organizations that would allow them to fundraise with a legitimate non profit to help protect children and adults caught up in human trafficking. There’s a danger in my opinion of decentering the subject of mental health: after all, Pizzagate followers believe in a conspiracy of Alien cannibals aka SATAN controlling the world a belief that can’t be verified anymore than a belief in God can. There is a real DANGER of substation of one groups mental illness for the others. People should BE AFRAID OF PIZZAGATE BELIEVERS. They are being manipulated - more than a new eschatology and a revamp of the notion of the second coming of Christ -
7/15/2020 12:24:04 pm
Model Chrissy Teigen blocks 1 MILLION Twitter users claiming she’s being harassed by psychopaths who claim she and her husband are on the flight logs of a Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express. (I know it’s from the Daily Mail....but she’s been harassed for years now.)
7/15/2020 01:54:52 pm
Not saying the aliens made him do it, but, the aliens made him do it........
7/15/2020 10:29:47 pm
14th Dec, 2017
I did not post this here, but the posting's text of 2017 is cited correctly.
7/16/2020 06:57:23 pm
Maybe the person thinks you are pompous and preachy and thought it would take you down a peg, but it was still morally wrong. Ed Asner is not impressed.
An Over-Educated Grunt
7/16/2020 07:00:03 pm
The poster's typological signature (even if fist sounds better, it's not a telegraph) says it's a long time poster here from Britain that Jason once went so far as to IP-ban.
An Over-Educated Grunt
7/16/2020 07:02:56 pm
It's funny you should say that. I didn't know my opinion of MUFON could sink lower after re-watching (okay, listening) Hangar One. It was a terrible program, neither persuasive nor interesting, and the main thing it illuminated for me is just how desperately Ventre & Co. want to be special. Everything about them screams that they want to be the ones with the hidden secret knowledge, and... frankly, that also seems like the kind of person dumb enough to think a teenage girl he met online really wants to sleep with him.
7/18/2020 03:42:33 pm
These old gray fanatics caught redhanded should know better by now. If any woman, any at all, solicits you online, it is a trap. Duh. It would especially be a trap if someone is posing as a teen. Gross. Stay clear of that!
William Moisson Sr.
7/19/2020 03:59:36 pm
Mr. Colavito I'm sorry you are cutting back. I look forward to your weekly writings and will continue to.
7/22/2020 12:22:09 am
I haven't visited here for a while, and am dismayed to learn of this. This site (aside from some of the comments) is where I come when I need a dose of sanity.
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