Skeptics at IIG Caught Falsifying Evidence!

Unethical organization affiliated with skeptical debunker James Randi

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA Š In the latest attempt to attack the Billy Meier UFO case, Derek Bartholomaus, lead case investigator for the professional skeptics organization IIG, deliberately created and published false information about Michael Horn, U.S. representative for the Meier case.

 

Specifically, Bartholomaus created an edited version of an email from Horn in order to create the impression that Horn had admitted to publishing false and misleading information. This falsification by Bartholomaus was then published on the IIG website, as well as in a press release. Bartholomaus added this comment so that no one would miss his dishonest attempt to defame Horn:

 

ŅThis is where Michael Horn revealed that he intentionally posted false and misleading articles on his website in order to deceive the public about the claims of Billy Meier.Ó

 

The press release company, PRLog, subsequently cancelled the release once they were made aware of the *false and libelous content from Bartholomaus and IIG.

 

Public Humiliation

 

Bartholomaus has faced increasing pressure and public humiliation since his appearance in The Silent Revolution of Truth, where he made noticeable erroneous and unsubstantiated claims, such as alleging MeierÕs use of model UFOs and model trees Š statements that he subsequently had to publicly retract (see: http://theyfly.com/newsflash91/Top_Skeptic_Fixed.htm).

 

Even more damaging to BartholomausÕ reputation was his admission about how he had come to make incorrect statements about IBM scientist Marcel VogelÕs metal analysis. Horn actually points to the correct information in the Investigative Report, in his on-screen rebuttal to Bartholomaus, which Bartholomaus was able to view and approve, in writing, before the film was released.

 

After the filmÕs release, in an email response to Horn, Bartholomaus boasted of getting the incorrect information from a sentence in an article on HornÕs site, attempting to lay the blame on him for his own error.

 

Horn informed Bartholomaus that not only had he made a typo in that article but that he had posted a corrected version Š and left both versions on his website so that critics would have the chance to see them.

 

BartholomausÕ admission that he had done no actual research on VogelÕs analysis was all the more disturbing, since Horn had repeatedly urged him to read the actual documentation in the Investigative Reports and view VogelÕs videotaped analysis of the metal, none of which Bartholomaus ever did.

 

It also needs to be pointed out that Bartholomaus had several years to prepare for his presentation in the film and was also given the opportunity by the producers to script his dissenting presentation in advance, as opposed to being asked specific questions in an interview.

 

Having now thoroughly destroyed his and his organizationÕs credibility, Bartholomaus further compounded his professional and ethical problems by deliberately misrepresenting HornÕs comments.

 

Obviously, Bartholomaus, IIG and James Randi are completely bankrupt as far as any credible opposition to, or evidence against, the Meier case is concerned. But it should be beneath even these persons to stoop to such unprofessional and unethical tactics in the face of their complete defeat. 

 

Here is HornÕs complete, unedited email, which, because it indicted Bartholomaus for his incompetence, was edited to make it appear to say something entirely different:

 

Subject: Re: Early Warning System

      From: michael@theyfly.com

      Date: August 27, 2008 1:17:42 PM PDT

      To: derek@iigwest.com

Cc: jim@cfiwest.org, thebadastronomer@gmail.com mshermer@skeptic.com

 

Hi Derek,

 

Yes, thanks for taking the hook on that one too! Of course that's where you found it but...don't you remember my suggesting - several times - that you view the videotape of Vogel's analysis or that you read it in the Investigation Report, along with info about the other parties that also analyzed the metal? Hmmmm?

 

We left that one there but put the correct info, for all the world to see at http://theyfly.com/PDF/Scientific%20Experts.PDF where it's been for several years...including since when you agreed to do the interview.

 

And do note that I pointed you towards all of the material in the investigation, at least 1,300 pages, many, many times. But instead of actually investigating you copied and based your bravdo-cloaked presentation on only what I'd written in that one version of the information.

 

Now, since the actual video and written record of what Vogel actually did say has been widely available, just how brilliant are you, having done no real homework? This was also evident in your, now retracted, inane comments about "same trees equals model trees". It's also evident in your refusal to support your claims about a model in the film.

 

So, now when I put you on the hot seat, you go back to my site to find out where you picked up the incorrect info but, naturally, neglect to notice the right one. Now how on earth could I have known that you were just a pseudo-investigator and that you'd not do your own due diligence, that you wouldn't go to the source material itself?

 

Hey, could I be...psychic?

 

Surprised?

 

MH

www.theyfly.com

 

Further, on the same page, Bartholomaus makes a most egregious falsification, such as is worthy of the worst attempts at deliberate character assassination. My complete email reponse to him is included below so that it's easy to see just how, where...and why he edited it to corrupt its true meaning:

 

Subject: Re: Early Warning System

From: michael@theyfly.com

Date: August 27, 2008 2:35:32 PM PDT

To: derek@iigwest.com

Cc: jim@cfiwest.org, thebadastronomer@gmail.com, mshermer@skeptic.com

 

Not at all. I posted a typo in an article. When you repeated it in the film I realized that you didn't do your due diligence. And when you singed off on it with my rebuttal of your error I knew that, eventually, we'd have some more fun.The problem is, once, that you didn't

do your due diligence. The source material was offered, repeatedly, but you were too pompous and incompetent to review it.

 

Hello Michael. Thank you for admitting on the record that your website intentionally posts false, misleading, or fraudulent articles in order to try and support the claims of Billy Meier.

 

-Derek

 

Why Does Any of This Matter?

 

This is an indication of the great lengths that people will go, and have gone, to keep the truth from emerging. And though it is relatively mild compared to the numerous actual assassination attempts against MeierÕs life, it reflects the same fearful, desperate and ugly state of mind that tries to keep others enslaved in whatever small box of illogical beliefs, religious or secular, that the perpetrators themselves have climbed into.

 

As we leave behind the Age of Beliefs for the Age of Knowledge, we shall see the last gasp of those dark systems, religions, cults and sects as they consume themselves in their own negativity. One of the keys to our future survival will be to let them fall under their own weight. But there will also be times in which they must also be called out, defied and directly opposed, in which the light of truth must

be shined directly on them for all to see.

 

And that is one reason why the unethical machinations of this pseudo-scientific group of self-appointed skeptical ŅexpertsÓ must be exposed, condemned and not tolerated.

 

 

*NOTE: These are two links where the false statements about Horn can be found:

 

http://www.iigwest.org/investigations/meier/horn.shtml

 

http://www.iigwest.org/investigations/meier/horn_email_summary.html