As a result of engaging in a discussion on the Facebook UFO group UFO Central, where I critiqued former MUFON state director, and founder of the supposed "World Association for Truth in Ufology" Steve Firmani, Steve has launched a spineless and unwarranted defamation campaign against myself and NH UFO Research via private emails to his email contacts and his website which is completely unfounded and untrue.
I want to take the time to make a few things abundantly clear to anyone
who might be giving any weight or credibility to Steve Firmani's untrue
and slanderous claims about myself and NH UFO Research.
FACT #1: I'm am a UFO researcher, and I have never ever claimed to be a UFO investigator to anyone EVER.
That's why my website is called New Hamsphire Ufo RESEARCH, the key word
being research. Steve must have missed that detail. Steve Firmani is
the one who made this claim up, and it is a complete and out right lie.
Feel free to ask any of the people in Ufology I have dealt with that are
far more credible than Steve Firmani (Raymond Fowler, Dean Merchant,
Lesley Gunter, Jeff & Jess Finn,Tim Binnall, John Oswald, to name a
few) and they will tell you I always present myself as a researcher,
not an investigator.
FACT #2 : I have made critiques of MUFON in the past and present,
most of which centered around Steve Firmani himself, but I am in no way,
shape, or form a "MUFON hater", as Steve Firmani has alleged.
FACT #3: In my research I use many different methods of gathering
information on the UFO phenomenon in the state of NH: Interviews,
microfilm, books, magazines, the internet, witness accounts, news
papers, declassified government documents, declassified military
I DO NOT SOLELY USE GOOGLE SEARCH FOR MY RESEARCH AS STEVE FIRMANI
HAS CLAIMED. THIS IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE AND YET ANOTHER LIE MADE UP BY
Feel Free to look at the reference sections of the articles I have
published on my page, you will see a myriad of sources listed in the
references to my research, and they are not all web based sources.
FACT #4: Steve is correct that the moon set in my article was an hour off, but it was not because I didn't check the source.
If you look at the U.S. Naval chart for moon rise/set for March 20,
2010 Laconia, NH yourself , it does say 23:29 which would be 11:29pm,
but because of daylight saving time, which starts on the second Sunday
of March. It requires that you add an extra hour to the time. I take
responsibility for the one hour discrepancy in the time of the moon set,
but ultimately, the moon set evidence is immaterial to the weight of
evidence I present in my article about the case, which points to the
Laconia abduction case being highly questionable. Unfortunately for Steve, his big gotcha moment pertaining to the moon
set discrepancy has absolutely no bearing on the overall credibility of
the Laconia abduction case. The testimony and investigation by
police, and the discrepancies in the witnesses statements speak for
themselves in this case.
FACT #5: The identity of one of witnesses was withheld because he was
under 18 at the time, however the 2nd witness, which was a female, her
name was printed in a newspaper article about the case, which came out a
month and four days after the alleged abduction attempt. Therefore
there isn't any confidentiality issue with the female witness.
I always respect the confidentiality of witnesses when the witness is
actually confidential, but in the Laconia case one of the witnesses was
publicly identified in the newspaper, so I was making no breach of
confidentiality in mentioning this person, her identity was a matter of
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FACT #6: In his "rebuttal", Steve references a mysterious team of
investigators that worked with him on the Laconia abduction case "one
being an ex-Air Force pilot, another, an experienced social worker,
myself and an additional experienced investigator." Why aren't the
identities of these investigators made known? Where is the proof of this
"team"? Since when does MUFON keep the identity of it's investigative
team a secret?
Steve expects people to take his word for
it as to the existence of this "investigative team" and their
credentials, and gives no reason for the investigative team's anonymity.
But then in the next breath, Steve chastises me for not signing my name
to blog posts on this website? Seems a bit hypocritical, don't you
Steve loves to make claims about cases
and not provide any documentation for the claims, and then when he is
asked about it, he says that it's MUFON's information and they don't
have to share it with anybody. Claiming evidence, then not providing it,
and expecting people to take your word for it is definitely not the
foundation of good investigation, or research.
FACT #7: Steve cites an unknown
teenager's statement as evidence that the spot where the alleged
abduction was reported to have occurred is not where teens usually jump
the cars in the Fun Spot parking lot.
For Steve this is enough evidence to rule
out that the two teenagers involved in the Laconia case could have been
at Fun Spot to jump their car. Really? How does that rule out that they
were there to jump their car? Because some unknown teen said it was the
wrong spot? That's good investigative work? Good evidence?
FACT #8: THERE IS A REASON WHY STEVE FIRMANI IS NOW A FORMER MUFON
STATE DIRECTOR. AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE HE WAS DOING A GREAT JOB, I CAN
TELL YOU THAT. GO AHEAD AND CALL MUFON AND ASK THEM YOURSELF. I DID.
wasn't surprised to find out that it wasn't at all a coincidence that
Steve was not asked to stay on as MA MUFON State Director (a position
Steve once held prior to the consolidation of the New England MUFON
chapters) when New England MUFON was re-segregated back to indivdual
So before you give anything that Steve Firmani has said about me, Ryan
Mullahy, or New Hampshire UFO Research, any merit, please take a look at
the actual facts, and realize that Steve Firmani has lied for the
purpose of slandering my reputation because he couldn't handle my honest
critique of his work as a MUFON investigator. And by waging this
cowardly, over the top, and slanderous response to our online debate, he
has only done further damage to his fleeting credibility in Ufology.
Please, don't take my word for it though. Do your own research on Steve
Firmani, and I am sure you will find he has nothing interesting or
articulate to say about Ufology, and that he has made no meaningful
contributions to the field.