It took a while, but Ufology's "emanate" researcher, Robert Hastings has decide to descend from Mount Olympus and render his judgment regarding Robert Sheaffer's Oscar Flight's UFO vs Mars.
Hastings has trouble with Sheaffer's Mars hypothesis which should come as no surprise. Ironically, I too have issues with Mars being a culprit in the story, but my objections come with a further twist of irony...by proposing Mars as a possibility, Sheaffer is being way too "kind" to Hastings and Robert Salas. A Mars sighting lends a certain degree of credibility to the story giving it the possibility that there is/was evidence rendering support that people saw something either topside at Oscar-01 or at one of Oscar's launch facilities.
At this point in time there is no supporting documentation or statements from security personnel corroborating the claims for what, if anything, was observed out in the field. If Robert Hastings has such evidence he should present it, but after 45 years, he has nothing...nada.
Curiously, Hastings failed to mention the new side-story that Robert Salas had undergone hypnosis to recover some of his lost memories pertaining to the Oscar incident and a follow-on alien abduction encounter. I don't recall that information listed in his 2010 affidavit.
Following are excerpt from Hastings' article pertaining to me:
Robert Sheaffer cites other “evidence” in his article to support the claim that there was no UFO activity at Oscar Flight by quoting former USAF missileer and skeptic Tim Hebert. Even though Hebert was not present for the incident, or any of the other UFO events discussed by my many ex-missileer sources, he has concluded that the UFO-Nukes Connection is non-existent and that all of his former Air Force colleagues who have publicly discussed dramatic UFO incursions at one Strategic Air Command base or another during the Cold War are, at best, misguided.
I agree with Robert that I wasn't present at any or all of his so-called UFO events, but neither was he, so this is irrelevant; a mere slight of hand tactic with the vain hopes of distracting away from the issue. If you listen or read Robert, one would think that he was out there pulling the alerts. The difference between Robert and I is that I actually pulled alerts at those very same sites that the story takes place.
True, I do discount a UFO-Nuke connection. We have all of those Minuteman stories, but what of the Titan II stories? I've yet to come across those. That in itself puts a dent into that theory.
Hebert also maintains that I have “used” these witnesses for my own allegedly nefarious purposes. I won’t repeat here what those former missileers have said about Hebert to me in confidence, but I recently “used” seven of those ex-military sources again, when I interviewed them for the documentary film I am currently producing. As I have previously mentioned in various articles, all of these gentlemen have repeatedly and profusely thanked me over the years for my dogged efforts to get the facts out, despite the resistance I have encountered in some quarters
Of course Hastings has "used" them for his needed props, book subjects and his "up and coming" documentary film. I'm assuming that all have agreed to this type of exposure and have no problems being associated with Hastings. That's their right to do so. BTW, do any of the group get a portion of your book profits? That would seem fair as without them you have no subject matter to write about...let alone produce a documentary film.
I won't repeat here what other former missileers have told me in confidence regarding Hastings' UFO/Nukes theory. Hastings and others are free to provide comment on this blog at anytime if there are issues with what I write...none have found it necessary at this point in time.
To support his skeptical argument regarding the Oscar Flight incident, Hebert cites the 341st Missile Wing’s official history, which makes no mention of it, as if the ICBM shutdown event never happened. However, both officers on alert that night have said that they were told by an OSI agent that their event was classified Secret. Still-classified material would never appear in a wing history. Hebert knows this, or should know it, so his distorted commentary is most curious. Given that this problematic fact doesn’t mesh with his own skeptical thesis, he has apparently decided to ignore it
The unit history is the very same document which Hastings had used to prop up his Echo Flight fantasy, yet my using it as a source document shows that there is nothing in it to support an Oscar Flight incident...what's wrong with that? Robert is free to use it, but I'm not? That's the impression I get. Yet, when he does cite from it, he mis-interprets what it is saying. Most importantly, he fails to grasp what it is not saying. Poor research methodology on his part.
If Robert(s) Hastings and Salas are correct, then has any former SAC or 15th Air Force command post controllers provided statements to Hastings (even in confidence) supporting that reports of missiles mysteriously dropping off alert at Oscar were up channeled as would have been required? What about Malmstrom Job Control controllers? Wing Security controllers? I've yet seen such evidence presented by anyone.
Why wouldn't classified information be mentioned in the unit history? The document itself was classified SECRET due to the nature of it showing the day to day operational status of the wing. It covered the Echo Flight investigation in detail. If a situation had occurred at Oscar within a week of Echo, it is reasonable to assume that such reporting and engineering analysis would have also occurred.
I'll grant this, Hastings tends to come up with interesting stories and I do love a good story, but the plot and characters associated with his stories falls apart when looked at up close. That's a problem when presenting anecdotal experiences with nothing solid to back it up...they all remain interesting stories, nothing more.
Those are some of the issues that I have with the case. We don't need Mars as a "fall guy" for this story. The history of the ever changing story lines and narratives are well enough to cast serious doubt. Hastings demands that we be subjugated to his views and pet theories, but I choose not to be.