He's been catapulted to the forefront of the UFO community with the publication of his book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities. In this book and his four-hour appearance on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Knapp and his Wednesday speech before the International UFO Congress (IUFOC) in Phoenix, Alexander makes what can be described as a "nuanced" argument about UFOs.
His argument as best as I can summarize it is that UFOs are real in that he agrees they are probably not something from our conventional technology and experience. Yet, he argues, there really is no cover-up in that the U.S. government is not hiding any big secret, doesn't investigate them, has no "control group."
I'm having a hard time with that one. If they weren't real, then I could understand maintaining a hands-off approach. But if they are real, then it would seem completely and totally irresponsible to not take an interest in them, particularly since they have a prima facie impact on national security.
So what's going on?
First off, listening to Alexander, he seems knowledgeable and sincere. But as a network correspondent and then investigative journalist prior to my screenwriting career, I have been told lies straight to my face by people who seem knowledgeable and sincere.
I think, for the time being, John Alexander goes in my "gray basket" (to borrow the term from Stanton Friedman) that includes Colonel Philip Corso, Dan Burisch and Bob Lazar.
Skeptical as I am of Alexander for the moment, I've been equally skeptical of others who twist and turn everything to fit their own biases and interpretations -- something that is rampant in ufology over time. I want to keep faith with the journalistic principles I learned back in college and on-the-job over the years -- but we all know journalists don't believe in UFOs so I've had to grow beyond some of that conditioning, too. These days I'm a screenwriter and dramatist and part of that job is to think about the the sub-text of things, the story-behind-the-story. This is where that kind of thinking now leads me:
John Alexander has had a relatively distinguished career in the military. He knows people and he knows people who know people. He did, as he describes in this book and his interviews, go on a hunt of official government circles looking for the "control group." He's talked to (or at least says he has) many people with big jobs and big names.
He tries to say that there has already been Disclosure because Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter admitted seeing UFOs. In this worldview, Project Blue Book was not a conspiratorial diversion, albeit understaffed and underfunded, but just a public relations ploy, period. According to Alexander, it's all been on the up-and-up since then as well, it's just that nobody in government really wants to get their hands dirty on this subject. I'm sorry, but that one, arguing that we have had Disclosure, I'm just not buying. As Rich Dolan and I define it in our book, Disclosure is the process begun with the official acknowledgement of humankind's contact with intelligent beings from some place that isn't here. No such thing has happened. Besides, if they're real, and you work in national security, you investigate, period.
As I see it, there are three options.