Bob Lazar: The Quintessential Disinformation Officer
by: Merlin and The Commissar Kommissar@mtu-net.ru
Oh what a wonderful world we live in, where a man can come from relative obscurity into the limelight of national interest in a few short minutes.
So is the story of Robert (Bob) Lazar, who in one silhouetted interview in 1989, was transformed from a no one to immediate fame and notoriety.
Just when the UFO community needed someone to bolster their beliefs and add some credence to claims made by so-called "experts" in the area, this man appears with a tale that every one wanted to be true.
Bob told a story of working not only in the country's most secret facility but a section of this facility that was unknown even to the "experts."
You are no doubt aware of the name of this facility as Area 51, AKA Groom Lake, Dreamland and several other nicknames. The super secret area was known as S-4 or Papoose Lake.
The wealth of information that Mr. Lazar spewed forth was phenomenal. He claimed to have personally seen and worked on alien craft and technology far in advance of our own capabilities. He provided drawings of some of these items and technical explanations that delighted the UFO clan to no end. He was a modern day Moses giving the masses the new laws on paper instead of stone.
As an investigative reporter, one must approach this story with tongue in cheek. while literally digesting a very large grain of salt. When something seems to be too good to be true it usually is. And... after examining the evidence available to me I have come to a conclusion that may not be unique to the reader but is in fact quite a novel idea for me.
It is my opinion that Robert (Bob) Lazar is a government plant. A professional disinformation officer trained and paid to insert information into a specified area and then to sit back and watch what happens. He would seem to be a practitioner of the most specialized of "Magical" arts, the "limited disclosure."
This, then, is an opinion, our own opinion based on the facts available, or in some cases, the lack of facts available.
Lazar claims that he first came forward with his information as protection against his own imminent disappearance, which would have been caused by powerful government forces. This is certainly plausible, as he would not have been the first Unidentified Flying Object researcher to encounter an "accident," an "unexpected" and "fatal" illness of "sudden onset," or to simply vanish, never to be seen or heard from again... The fact is, the ranks of the "turncoats" are rife with such cases, running the gamut from the notable to the obscure. A few of those who have suffered such fates are:
1. James Foresstal (former Secretary of Defense), who committed "suicide" by jumping from a barred and guarded hospital window at Bethesda Naval Hospital where he was being "examined" for "mental illness" only a few months after the Roswell Disc Incident.
2. Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter (first Director of the Central Intelligence Agency). Who died of "complications" from a series of heart attacks following his public disclosure that "UFOs are real."
3. Lt. Colonel Philip J. Corso (former Pentagon official and member of the National Security Agency Staff) who suffered a series of fatal "heart attacks" some three months after the release of his book "The Day After Roswell" (which exposed U.S. Army reverse engineering of "artifacts" found in the Roswell "crash" site), was released.
As stated, the sudden death and disability of those involved in the telling of the truth, especially the truth surrounding the UFO controversy, is nothing new. Given a normal progression of events following this "revelation" by Lazar, it would be a completely plausible story... However, as is the usual case with Lazar's stories, immediately after the statement of an accepted fact, things take a sudden twist toward the patently strange and, equally patently and obviously, unbelievable.
Lazar goes on to claim that this attempt to make him disappear was discovered when he tried to obtain a copy of his birth certificate and was told that none existed. He then claims to have started inquiries into areas of his employment and education and found that records concerning himself were also nonexistent. Our reaction to this information is "how convenient."
In making this claim, Lazar has just set the bases for explaining any inconsistencies that researchers would or would not find in his story, including his total lack of verifiable "identity" (Including his very name) and the complete absence of any verifiable credentials in his name, including diplomas, degrees or work history within, or outside the United States Government. It does not, however, explain all of the inconsistencies which we found, though, not by any means.
Lazar claims that he does not know whom his real parents are ... that he was adopted by the family that raised him. Yet court records from 1990 show that Lazar provided a parole officer with a birth certificate indicating that he was born January 26, 1959 in Coral Gables Florida to Albert Lazar and Phyllis Lazar (nee Berliner). These are the people whom he claims adopted him. If this were so, logic would indicate that they would not be shown as the birth parents on the certificate ... or would it?
This is not necessarily the case. Until the mid 1960s, when "open adoption" became the "norm," the standard practice, all across the United States (and particularly in the South) was to either destroy or seal the adopted child's "original" birth certificate, and issue a new one in the name of the adopted parents, with the "adopted " name issued, officially to the child. In order to make things more difficult for the child (who was viewed as having no right to any knowledge of his "natural" or "birth" parents) the birth certificate could also be altered in several other ways. Notably, the date and place of birth could, and often were, altered, along with the names of any hospitals or institutions involved. In cases in which the original was "sealed" rather than destroyed, outright (in States such as Georgia, Texas and Florida) there is a "grandfather clause in the law which states that a period of fifty years must pass before the adopted child may inquire as to the conditions of his/her birth, and even at that time, a court order, demonstrating a "pressing need" must be obtained before such records may be opened for examination.
When the majority of States in the United States adopted (pardon the play on words), the policy of "open adoption," the new law made such records available, either upon attaining "majority" (without the necessity of a court order) accessible to the child at any time, through his/her parents. The new legislation did not, however, provide for disclosure of information to those who were adopted under the previous satutes. They were still, quite literally, in the dark. In many cases, the adoptive parents were not even aware of the identity of the "natural" or "birth" parents of their child.
While Lazar's story is plausible, it is, at the same time, convenient. It might well be only a small item but already it shows the attempt to hide the truth... To cloud the air, and to confuse and muddy the waters surrounding the man.
These things being given, it still does nothing to end the controversy surrounding Lazar, or his otherwise missing background. Let us, then, look a little deeper into the man, and, at the information that can be gathered about him.
Robert Lazar graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School (Westbury New York) in August of 1976. August not May, like most of the students, indicating that he was required to take summer school courses to complete his degree. He was also listed as graduating 261 out of 369 in his class, not exactly a "shining star" or overly studious scholastic background for a man who claims to have achieved several Masters Degrees, and a Ph.D. in the highly technical (but nebulously described, by Lazar) field of "engineering." It is also known that during his last year at high school he did not take any course in chemistry, the area he was eventually supposed to excel in.
At the completion of his final school year his family moved to California where we find him enrolled in Pierce College, a 2-year Community College. Mr. Stanton Friedman during an investigation of his educational claims verified this information.
Lazar also claims also at this time to have been taking courses by correspondence from a "Pacifica University." He says that this is the place he received his Bachelors Degree. It should be noted here, however, that Pacifica University was shut down in 1978 by the state of California, for "selling" degrees. So he may have a Bachelors Degree, but did he earn it or buy it? It seems likely that this "degree" is nothing more than a "piece of paper," obtained from a "degree mill" similar to those which customarily sell "ordinations" obscure "churches" and "medical degrees" from "universities" based in the Caribbean.
He next claims to have attended Cal Tech and MIT, both institutions deny his attendance, and no records of his ever being on campus (at least under the name "Lazar" have ever been found by any researcher). He, by the way, can't name any of his professors or classmates from either school, nor do any remember him. This is quite unusual in the, admittedly, very close knit community surrounding the "hard" sciences.
The next official record of Bob Lazar is his marriage to Carol Nadine Strong. They were married on July 27, 1980. On the marriage certificate Lazar lists his occupation as Electronics Engineer and his highest school grade as grade 12. His place of residence is shown as Canoga Park California.
We next find them residing in Los Alamos in 1982. At this point, he is "self-employed" with a photo processing business run from their residence. Lazar is also involved in a project to build a jet car and is displayed in the local paper with several pictures of him with the vehicle. The project was a failure, little more than an elaborate scheme to garner money from investors. No "production" car was ever built.
This is the period when Lazar claims to have been working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and this is confirmed by the LANL phone book in which he is listed. Here we come across the first truly gross inconsistency in his story. While his employment at LANL can be verified to some extent, legal papers entered by Lazar during his application for bankruptcy in 1986 show him during this time as self-employed. There is no mention of his work at Los Alamos. This could well indicate that he was a "private contractor" on the order of those who routinely do menial work at such facilities such as maintenance, janitorial services or "contract" photo processing.
This is the beginning of a very confused and strange period in Lazar's life.
In this period, the Lazars move to Las Vegas, open their photo processing business there and begin to accumulate huge debts... borrowing many thousands of dollars. This in itself is not unusual or abnormal but it is strange that Lazar was able to obtain a loan for $60,000 with the only collateral being a used Honda vehicle worth about $6,000. Personally, I would like to know the name of his bank manager so I can get a loan from him, as well. Of course, this was in a period which is known as one of "banking scandals and financial scams...
However, all this aside, it is the following events that are of the greatest concern...
1. On April 19th 1986 Lazar marries a woman who states her name on the marriage certificate as Tracy Anne Murk. He is still married at this time to his wife Carol.
2. On April 21st 1986, just two days later, Carol Lazar is found dead at her house on Ann Greta. The official cause of death is listed as "suicide" by "Inhalation of motor vehicle exhaust." No autopsy was performed.
3. On July 21st 1986, Lazar files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy citing "loss of business and death of spouse" as the reasons. He listed his monthly expenses for mortgage, utilities, food, car payments, etc., as totaling $2,360. He also listed another monthly debt of $13,150. Although required by law to specify what it was, he did not. Thus puts his total monthly expenses at $15,510. No wonder he applied for bankruptcy.
In this same document Lazar states that he has no idea how much his business produced in the way of capital for the previous 2 years and that these records and the sum of $15,000 from his bank account went missing with his accountant Scott R. Maxwell of Santa Fe. A police report to this effect was filed with the Los Alamos Police.
He also states that he had no other form of income for the period.
What happened to his job at Los Alamos National Laboratory? How did Lazar manage to accumulate $15,000 in savings when his debt load was so high?
On October 12th 1986 Lazar and Tracy do something very unusual, they remarry. This time Tracy uses the name Jackie Dianne Evans and lists her residence as the house on Ann Greta. What is going on here? Why the total change of identity? This is, to say the least, very confusing (and it may meant to be) and interesting at the same time.
On March 19th 1987, the final decree for the bankruptcy is issued. Showing Lazar as having $173,250 in assets and $270,324 in debts.
On March 16th 1988 the house on Ann Greta is repossessed for nonpayment of mortgage from July 1st, 1987 to that date. Six days later, on March 22nd 1988. Tracy/Jackie buys a house in Las Vegas. And Lazar signs a legal document, a quitclaim (a quitclaim is a document transferring whatever rights or interests a property owner may have, if any, to another without any guarantee or warranty of title). this gives full ownership of the residence to his wife.
Several months later, sometime in December of 1988, Lazar claims to have started work at the S-4, "Papoose Lake" facility. There is no reasonable or verifiable explanation of how he was recruited for this position, if he was at all. There is also no evidence that he actually worked at such a facility.
It is doubtful that a super secret facility would have hired a man with his unstable financial background and uncertified scholastic records. It is further unlikely that any government agency, secret or not, would hire a person with the questionable personal "biographical" background that Lazar seems to have. Historically, people who have financial problems are at a very high risk to steal or leak classified material. It is a fact of life that the security investigations of any person working at such a facility, conducted by a minimum of two separate Federal agencies (usually the FBI and the agency which is the actual employer... or a branch of the military such as Air Force CID... ) would find reason to deny employment to anyone who had been closely related to what amounts to documentable bigamy and a suicide investigation (involving one of the "wifes." Such a person would represent, at best, a possible breach of security, through the application of blackmail... and at worst, a person so strapped for cash (aside from the bankruptcy) that the sale of classified material would be likely. If, however, Lazar did work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, then who hired this man and why?
Just three months later, on Wednesday, March 22nd, Bob takes his wife and Gene Huff and John Lear to Tikaboo Valley (which overlooks Area 51) to see what he alleges to be a night test of a flying disc. He returns the next Wednesday night, March 29th, again with his wife and Gene Huff and another man named Jim Taliani. That night it is reported that they took videotape of the test.
On April 5th 1988 they returned for the third Wednesday in a row. This time attending were Lazar, his wife, Gene Huff and John Lear. They were spotted by Area 51 security forces and arrested and held by the Lincoln County Sheriffs Department.
Lazar was ordered to report to Indian Springs Airfield and here it is very confusing for he says that he was never officially fired that he only had his clearance revoked. He further claims that it was his decision to not return to work for fear of his life. This is, to say the least, highly unlikely.
Anyone who has personally worked in, and around high level government positions with an upper scale security clearance knows that once detained for being found in a position of compromise they would not have been allowed to leave the site until a satisfactory explanation was offered and submitted. People simply do not work at a "super-secret" facility, be caught with others who do not have security clearance viewing the testing of items from that facility and then be released to go home with very little opposition. It simply does not happen that way... at the very least, a full-blown investigation would have ensued.
When a person is an employee of any government facility, regardless of it's status ... especially a secret facility that person is subject to more rules and regulations and authority than the general public and ... is therefore subject to military, or military-style discipline. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume that an emergency investigative team would have come to the person, where they were detained and started the process of investigating the breach of security. The person being investigated would not have been released until the completion of the investigation for fear of you transmitting vital information to an unknown entity.
So why were the four released so quickly and no follow up of the incident is found?
There seems to be only one logical explanation, it was all planned in advance.
Bob Lazar was arrested and "fired" to give credibility to his story of running from government executioners. He is now firmly entrenched as a radical "loose canon" with allegedly superior information. How did he gather so much information when he only worked there just over three months?
As stated before, it generally takes months and months of non-sensible and useless jobs before any employee is trusted with anything even remotely labeled secret. Most employees of government facilities are never involved with anything this grand in nature. The government operates, and has traditionally operated on a "need to know" basis, with the dissemination of information limited to those who have an actual use for it, and tightly controlled even among those few. A classic example would be the aerospace program, in which personnel working to assemble components for a particular satellite, are never given access to the completed device, or even to a fully assembled component containing the part which they produce, unless they are actually involved in the final assembly of either the component or the satellite, itself. This practice limits the amount of information which can be leaked by limiting access to information in general. The principal is simple, a person who has never seen the satellite, or been around it cannot describe it, diagram it, photograph it or in any way compromise it. In any such project, only a very few top personnel have access to "all" information pertinent to the project, while those involved in the "nuts and bolts" of the project are limited to only those things which they "need to know." In short, it is a practical impossibility that Lazar (or whatever his name is), was ever in a position to have access to the information that he professes to possess.
Again there is only one logical answer to the question of how he came about this information, if it, in fact, is genuine, which is highly doubtful. The information was fed to him. No one man could have seen and done the number of things that Lazar says he did in such a short period of time. It is a physical and operational impossibility.
The most logical standpoint to take, with regard to Lazar, is that he was given the information, some of which is true and some not... and... it is more than likely... highly possible, in fact, that even Lazar does not know which is which. This is the brilliance of the disinformation officer, he has no idea what information he is given is true and what is not.. Therefore, he cannot offer up an opinion if questioned on it later, he has to believe that everything he is given is real, and this elief adds to his credibility as a "witness"... It is easy to lie when one believes the lie.
In a case such as this, the story relies on the Disinformation Officer's ability to "sell" the story to others, this is where his credibility comes into play. If he has fashioned his background and associations carefully he will always be an unknown quantity, and therefore can claim that government forces are sabotaging his image. Such is the apparent case with Bob Lazar...
If there is enough confusion about his background and abilities, this very confusion will take the focus off the quality of his information, and place the burden of proof on others. He will be a man of mystery who every now and again will startle people with his apparent knowledge of things he should not know.
Now, such a theory would tend to indicate that Lazar is one of three things ... which would amply explain the observed behavior and supposed knowledge of this man:
1. A complete opportunist and con-man who is without conscious, and completely devoid of any emotion other than personal self interest.
This being the case, it means that Lazar has completely fabricated his story, on his own, and is using the visible inconsistencies of his own life and events surrounding his questionable history to further manufacture his tale as he goes along. This would explain the constant changes in his story, and the apparent lack of basic information on Lazar's part.
2. The unwilling dupe of the government who, while cooperating through self interest, is being "blackmailed" into being the government's "performing seal."
Under this theory, Lazar was, as we surmise, a rather low ranking employee, or contract employee at Groom Lake who "got curious." If this theory is correct, Lazar heard rumors of tests taking place, was told, or discovered for himself the likely location, and went out for a little "amateur photography," most likely motivated by a desire to sell the footage later in order to ease his financial strain. This would be comparable to the Aldrich Ames case, in which Ames, chronically strapped for cash, was willing to literally sell his soul, along with a quantity of secret information, for a "price." The difference arises in that Lazar got caught by those who needed his "services," and was allowed to "go free" with the provision that he would do their bidding. This assumes that the government was aware, not only of his "spying" (for lack of a better word) but also his "questionable" background, including bigamy and the investigation surrounding his wife's death. All of this, including his videotaping of the experiments, could be held over his head for years, in order to guarantee "good behavior." This is also similar to the case of a convicted felon, with a "useful" talent, being released from prison early by an agency which needs his specific talent. This was done, freely, with regard to German Rocket scientists at the end of the Second World War under the auspices of "Operation Paper Clip". Now, given the obvious enthusiasm of Lazar, it is quite possible that under these circumstances, he eventually saw the "profit potential" and is, presently, willingly "playing along."
3. Is, and has been, from the onset, a "government agent" of some sort, planted in the UFO community to deliberately spread discord and rumor.
This is self explanatory. Under this theory, Lazar is a totally "constructed" being... a person who has, from the outset been equipped and groomed for the exact function that he is performing ... that of spreading disinformation, or facilitating a "limited disclosure" whereby the government prepares the public for an eventual "full disclosure" if/when it becomes necessary, by deliberately leaking limited bits and pieces of the truth, in advance, dribbling it out a bit at time, mixed with other information which is patently fantastic.
Regardless of which of these categories Lazar fits into, he seems to be a person who, by whatever means, was either manufactured, or is being encouraged by the government with the express purpose of releasing information into the populace to cause confusion and dissension amongst the ranks of the faithful.
The old Roman adage of "Divide and Conquer" lives on. The fact is, as one reader put it... "Lazar is the kind of guy you would listen to twice ... three times if you have your tinfoil hat screwed on a bit too tight..."
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