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Francisco Lopez (d005734c@dcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us)
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 02:26:57 -0500 (EST)


I encourage all members of this list in position to do so, particularly
those in the USA, to write to your Congress person and encourage them to
investigate the matters discussed in this article.

Those members of the scientific community engaged in the investigation of
the object of discussion in this message, those members of this list and
those who are not, are especially encouraged to actively participate. Many
of our colleagues, worldwide, had disappeared or died in mysterious
circumstances when they got too close to the matters object of this
message.

To those members of the US congress reading this all I can say is that
there is a most sacred duty to fullfil: is the protection of the freedom
many of us gave our blood to defend.

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THE ORDEAL OF JOHN FORD

From: Danny Cox <dcox@ix.netcom.com>
SearchNet's iufo Mailing List

The following article appeared in the November issue of the MUFON UFO
Journal:

THE ORDEAL OF JOHN FORD

by Elaine Douglass

The arrest June 12 of Long Island New York UFO activist John Ford is
deeply troubling. Founder in the mid-8Os of the Long Island UFO Network
(LIUFON), Ford became known for his relentless investiga- tions of UFO
events and for his startling al- legations that alien craft had come down
on Long Island tree times in recent years and been retrieved by federal
and local authori- ties.

The Suffolk County Long Island Police Department is one of the agencies
John ac- cused. John said the police helped recover a fiery object
witnesses told John came down in Long Island's Southaven Park in 1992.
John made this claim at public meetings up and down Long Island, and he
held a demonstration at Police Headquarters.

About a year ago scary things started happening to John Ford. He
repeatedly phoned friends and said someone was ha- rassing him and maybe,
he thought, trying to kill him. Was there a campaign to desta- bilize John
Ford?

If so, it reached its climax June 12, when John was arrested in a sting
operation in- volving phone taps and a "wired" paid in- formant. Police
charged John with conspir- acy to murder and possession of radium without
a license. Suffolk DA James Catterson told news reporters John Ford
planned to murder an individual by the name of John Powell, head of the
Suffolk County Republican Party, by putting ra- dioactive radium in his
toothpaste.

An improbable charge, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, the DA seemed unable
to re- strain himself in the media following John's arrest. He sponsored
two press conferences, compared John to the Unabomber, and made additional
charges against John for which no indictments were subsequently re-
turned. Amid a flood of sensational news, John's bail was set at half a
million dollars. Naturally, he hasn't been able to raise it.

In the meantime, the UFO community, unused to investigators being arrested
and charged with crimes, has met this unsettling drama with a stunned
silence. Nor has John, on advice of his attorney, issued any state- ment
in his own defense other than his plea of not guilty.

Not mentioned in the newspapers was John's claim of harassment, of himself
and others in LIUFON: auto accidents (too many), vandalism of cars, and a
physical at- tack on LIUFON member Joe Mazzuchelli, who was arrested with
John June 12. Mazzuchelli says last winter four men dragged him out of
John's truck, beat him up, and warned him to "stay out of our busi- ness.

Such are the allegations in this case. What is the truth? Is UFO
investigator John Ford a potential murderer? Or is John the victim of a
political arrest? Was he set up by people local to the Island or
higher-people who got a little tired of John Ford's inces- sant
allegations?

What were John's allegations? As any- one familiar with John knows, they
were radical. For example, John believed that in 1989 Americans forced
down an alien craft over Moriches Bay Long Island. He believed that in
1992 an alien craft crashed in Southhaven Park on the Island. And he
considered the possibility that in 1995 another mysterious object came to
earth in the Pine Barrens area of the Island and that "diversionary fires"
were set to dis- tract public attention.

John claimed the technology used to down the alien craft in 1989 came from
Brookhaven National Laboratory on the Island. Based on his sightings
investiga- tions, John concluded UFOs were making regular flights over
populated Hudson Valley and Long Island, much to the con- sternation of
the coverup, which decided to do something about it. John further believed
the Long Island police, fire, parks and other local agencies were
commandeered by the federals to assist in these emergency opera- tions and
then, naturally, gagged.

John claimed he had "sources" in the Police and Fire Departments who
privately told him information on which he built his cases. And there were
non-confidential wit- nesses, members of the public, who told John, for
example, about a fireball coming to earth in Southhaven Park, about fire
truck and police cars that night, and that the Park was closed afterward.
Yet the Fire and Police Departments denied it and the Park director said
the Park was never closed. The details of John's cases are too numerous to
cover here, but one treatment of the Moriches Bay case can be found in Len
Stringfield's Status Report VI.

The thing about John was he wouldn't shut up. He went all over Long Island
talk- ing about a coverup of UFO events in which local authorities were
deeply implicated. John founded LIUFON about 1985. From then on, he
maintained a hot line. He inves- tigated sightings and abductions. He held
public meetings. He talked to the press. He sponsored conferences. He held
demonstra- tions, he published a newsletter, he leaflet- ted. John was
tireless. I know John Ford, and he is the most determined UFO investi-
gator I ever met.

He also has flaws, plenty of them. He is stubborn, for example. Yet John
Ford's friends all attest he lived a moral life and never, as far as
anyone can remember, threatened another person with bodily harm. According
to John's attorney, John Rouse of Central Islip, "You can't believe how
many people have called me to say they can't en- vision John Ford killing
anyone, or even conceiving the intention."

Murder wasn't in John's character, peo- ple say, and breaking the law
wasn't John's style. John Ford was a law and order advo- cate who spent
most of his career as a Court Officer in the Suffolk County court system.
John knew the law and how to use it. John was litigious, not violent. If
John Ford had a gripe against you, he'd sue you in a minute.

Nor is John stupid. Even the Suffolk DA called John a "mastermind." If
John was go- ing to kill someone, would he use radium? It hardly kills
people fast. Readers will re- call the famous radium dial painters of the
l920s who licked radium paint brushes for 40 years before they got cancer.

Yet the DA would have us believe that John's "murder weapon" was radium.
Toothpaste goes fast in a household of four people, like that of alleged
murder target John Powell. Was Ford going to break in and put radium in
Powell's toothpaste every week for 40 years until Powell got cancer?

And would an individual who thought people were watching him leave illegal
ra- dium in the back of a pickup truck in front of his house? I repeat,
John knew the law.

The charges against John strain credibil- ity, but that didn't seem to
embarrass the DA. As I mentioned, Catterson was so eager to incriminate
John that he made several se- rious charges at his press conferences for
which no indictments were returned. "This," says attorney John Rouse, "is
called poison- ing the jury pool."

Catterson's overstep raises questions: Did the DA believe he had more
evidence against John than he ended up with? How good is the remaining
evidence? Is it possi- ble the DA never thought he had evidence to convict
John of anything, and that in- stead, the purpose of the arrest is simply
to ruin John Ford's reputation and wipe him out financially with legal
bills?

The purported case against John rests on the taped conversation made in
John's house the night of his arrest. According to police, the wired
informant engaged in con- versation with John and Joe Mazzuchelli about
doing away with Powell and another local politician via the radium in the
tooth- paste route. After this the police, who were waiting outside, burst
in and arrested John and Joe.

The tape has now been released on dis- covery. "It's unintelligible," says
Preston Nichols, John's friend in LIUFON. "All I can clearly hear on that
tape," Nichols says, "is the informant talking and John laughing like
whatever they're talking about is a big joke."

Attorney John Rouse doesn't disagree. He's waiting for an "enhanced"
version of the tape to see if the conversation becomes clearer. Rouse
warns, however, that John's situation is serious. If a jury believes the
DA's charges, John Ford could get 25-75 years at an upstate NY prison.

As for the radium, it was allegedly found outside in John's truck. Outside
is where the police were, waiting and listening to the in- formant talking
with John and Joe. Could the police have planted the radium?

And finally, unless John was to be en- couraged and entrapped, why use an
infor- mant at all? If the police believed John was plotting a murder, why
not bug his house for a couple of weeks and get the whole scoop? The
answer might be that the purpose of the informant was to lead the
conversation in an incriminating direction.

I have in my files a letter from the Suffolk County Police Department,
dated April 1993. I wrote to them, at John's re- quest, complaining about
police violations of LIUFON member's civil rights. They had been
leafletting near Southhaven Park and going house to house looking for wit-
nesses-constitutionally protected activity. The police stopped them and
ordered them out of the area. This was the kind of thing John did, and
this was the kind of response he got from the Suffolk Police, as far hack
as 1993.

There is plenty of reason to think the Suffolk Police were "out to get"
John Ford. And no member of the UFO community can be confident they
understand the arrest of John Ford if their only source of informa- tion
is the sensational media reports orches- trated by the Suffolk DA.

That is why John's colleagues, including myself in Washington, DC, LIUFON
vice president Steve lavarone, and Tony West, Richard Jones, Preston
Nichols, and Joe Zuppardo in New York, Don Jernigan of Ohio, and Kelly
Freeman of Florida, have organized the John Ford Defense Committee. Our
purpose is (1) to give peo- ple true information on the arrest of John
Ford, and (2) collect funds and other re- sources essential for John's
defense.

My support for John Ford, and the sup- port of the other members of the
Defense Committee, is based on our convic- tion that John did not, would
not, and could not conspire to murder anyone. On this point our support is
complete and total.

As for John's allegations, I speak only for myself and not for other
members of the Defense Committee. I always found John's allegations hard
to believe but impossible to dismiss-because John had evidence and what he
claimed was perfectly possible. Taken as a whole, what John Ford's claims
suggest is a low intensity military conflict between the United States and
the aliens. Is that possible? Yes it is.

Just because John's allegations "fit" doesn't make them true. But the fact
is, John had evidence. John claimed three events on Long Island.

Even if he was wrong on two of them, if he was right on only one, John had
a tiger by the tail. If so, it's no surprise somebody would try to destroy
John Ford.

And there's that curious coincidence about Moriches Bay, which more than a
few persons have pointed out. Moriches Bay is where John said the United
States brought down an alien craft in 1989, and Moriches Bay is where TA
Flight 800 mysteriously crashed in August. The cause of that crash,
readers are aware, has so far eluded federal investigators, and in
particular investigators are unable to explain the reports of more than 20
persons who say they saw an unac- countable light streaking toward Flight
800 before it went down.

John Ford is the first UFO investigator to be seriously persecuted by the
authorities. Shall we sit idly by while our colleague's life is destroyed?
If John Ford is silenced, who is next? Contact the John Ford Defense
Committee at web site www.iwaynet.net/~pic or email elaine26@juno.com

The Committee needs funds for John's legal defense and donations of
several kinds: a psychiatrist expert witness; profes- sional audiotape
analysis; and a Long Island-based legal investigator. Please also write
personal letters to: John Ford (8-29- 48), Suffolk County Jail, 100 Center
Dr., Riverhead, NY 11901. ---- End Forwarded Message

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