I agree with you on the dubious nature of the MJ-12 documents, and it really is unfortunate that Stanton literally died on that hill. I would say though that with rogue characters like Doty in existence, there remains the possibility that the documents were hoaxed and planted by someone on the inside. I believe Doty was acting independently, and maybe the MJ-12 documents were also the work of a lone wolf who for whatever reason felt compelled to deceive and sabotage the UFO community. There’s just enough authenticity implied in its composition, formatting, and in the people/places referenced, to indicate that the author may have been at least a retired intelligence agent of some sort. And if that’s the case I hope he’s A: dead by now and B: not a member of The Paracast Forum. I’m not interested in becoming the next Paul Bennewitz haha.I've reviewed the details on both sides of the debate, and unless I'm missing something, for me MJ-12 adds-up to more than a simple fakery to dupe UFO investigators. We'd have to assume that Friedman was in on it, or that if he wasn't, that someone else planted documents in government archives for him to find. So far as I know, to his death, Stan never waivered about his honesty, and that means ( to me ) that some shadowy players went to a lot of effort to deceive him.
Then we have the report from William Puckett who claims he also had copies of the MJ-12 documents. So far as I know, no credible skeptics have come along to admit a hoax either. So that leaves us with an very complex web of deception that IMO isn't likely to be the work of some random anonymous citizen. It seems designed specifically to do one of two things:
Whatever the case, the MJ-12 intrigue points to something I feel intuitively ( and logically ) must be a true. Some people in and/or closely affiliated with Government agencies do indeed know a lot more than they've telling us about alien visitation because they have the evidence and we don't, period.
- To setup UFO researchers for failure in a Robertson Panel like manner ( implying government agents were themselves involved ).
- Expose a genuine group using documents that the creator wanted to look as much like the real thing as possible so as to be taken seriously.