Disclosure Pattern: Are We Targets or Couriers?
Courier Vs. Target
In most cases those who were given the information considered themselves couriers bringing information to the public in a particular way mandated by the government or military source that had provided it to them.
The skeptical researchers on the outside, however, often considered the researcher putting out the explosive information to be nothing more than a target of government disinformation forces.
In many cases the messenger simply became painted as a villain inside the UFO community. Many volunteered the opinion it was fair game to shoot the new messenger who many others volunteered to shoot.
Bill Coleman, who was at the center of many of these planned leaks, told one of the target/couriers that the information had to be "leaked carefully, as a part of something else." Therefore, those picked as couriers and targets, were usually researchers who had just become prominent inside the UFO community, or film producers who could include the information as part of another project they might be working on.
Most researchers and film producers, provided information to disseminate to the public, appeared often to actually be serving both the role of target and courier at the same time. This was particularly true of people who came forward with documents they had been leaked.
Leaking through prominent film producers and ufologists would achieve numerous advantages,
As mentioned above, the first modern day courier/targets were Robert Emenegger and Allan Sandler, who in 1972 received both a key document and an offer of decisive and explosive UFO/alien film footage for a documentary they had been asked to do for the Department of Defense.
This offer of a document and a film marked an important turning point in Ufology. Formally government public relations efforts involved debunking every aspect of the UFO phenomena.
Take for example, the release of a CBS documentary that was released in April 1966 coinciding with the open Congressional hearing that took place on April 5, 1966.
The documentary was nothing more than a "propaganda film" narrated by the ever-credible Walter Cronkite. The film piece relied heavily on government spokesman who appeared not to tell bizarre stories, which would confirm the phenomena real and very unusual, but denials and outright lies stating there was nothing to the UFO phenomena.
The CBS documentary called "UFOs: Friend, Foe, or Fantasy" was symbolic of most of the pre- 1972 documentaries that involved government participation. It claimed the Air Force had never tracked UFOs on radar, that the Air Force was being completely open and honest about the phenomena, and that tracking cameras had never filmed UFOs.
In 1972 the USAF, for whatever reason, took on a new course of action.