What is Project Serpo?
Project Serpo is the name of an alleged top-secret exchange program between the United States government and an alien planet called Serpo. Details of the alleged exchange program have appeared in several UFO conspiracy stories, including one incident in 1983 in which a man identifying himself as USAF Sergeant Richard C. Doty contacted investigative journalist Linda Moulton Howe claiming to be able to supply her Air Force records of the exchange for her HBO documentary “The ET Factor” only to pull out without providing any evidence to substantiate his story, and one incident in 2005 when a series of emails were sent to a UFO discussion group run by Victor Martinez claiming that the project was real. Some variations on the conspiracy story state that the name Serpo is the nickname of the extrasolar planet. Other versions state that it is a mispronunciation of either Serponia or Seinu by US authorities involved in the project.
The first mention of a ‘Project Serpo’ was in a UFO email list maintained by enthusiast Victor Martinez. Various versions of the conspiracy theory circulated, and were later detailed on www.serpo.info. According to the most common version of the story, an alien survived a crash near Roswell in the later 1940s (see Roswell UFO incident). This alien was detained but treated well by American military forces, contacted its home planet and eventually repatriated. The story continues by claiming that this led to the establishment of some sort of relationship between the American government and the people of its home world – said to be a planet of the binary star system Zeta Reticuli.
Zeta Reticuli has a history in ufology (including the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and the Bob Lazar story), having been claimed as the home system of an alien race called the Greys.
The story finally claims that twelve American military personnel visited the planet between 1965 and 1978 and that all of the party have since died, from ‘after effects of high radiation levels from the two suns’.
One criticism of Project Serpo stems from the lack of veracity of one of its alleged witnesses, Sergeant Richard Doty. Doty has been involved in other alleged UFO-related activities (see Majestic 12 and Paul Bennewitz), and this makes the Project Serpo allegations automatically suspect. Additionally, there is no physical evidence supporting the project’s existence. According to Tim Swartz of Mysteries Magazine, Doty, who promised evidence to Moulton Howe before backing out, has been involved in circulating several other UFO conspiracy stories. Swartz also expressed that the details of Project Serpo have varied considerably with different accounts. It has been alleged that the entire series of posts were designed to be viral marketing for a new book by Doty.
Further criticisms of the story include the usual arguments against conspiracy theories, UFOs, and faster-than-light travel, as well as astronomical knowledge of the Zeta Reticuli system. There is currently no evidence of technological life in the system and also no evidence of planets. Because the stars are widely separated (several thousand astronomical units), claims of excess radiation as a result of the presence of a second star are nonsensical. On a more fundamental level, it is entirely possible that the messages originating the story were deliberate hoaxes. The postings were to Internet forums that cover conspiracy theories and UFOs, and a cursory examination of such forums shows that hoaxes are not uncommon. Some ufologists have even claimed that the messages were a hoax perpetrated by the American military and intelligence communities as a cover for real secret programs.
Bill Ryan, a chief proponent of publicizing the Project Serpo claims, announced on March 5, 2007 that he was stepping down from his role as webmaster for the Serpo material. Ryan nevertheless maintains his belief that an extraterrestrial exchange program did occur – although he states that the Serpo releases definitely contained disinformation.
UFOFilesRadio: Project Serpo – Bill Ryan
Jerry talks with Bill Ryan, who less that two months ago, knew nothing about a remarkable, above top secret US government project, code named Serpo. Coincidentally, he was on an e-mail mailing list that had several Defense Department Officials, Black Project Managers and UFO Researchers which received a dispatch from “Anonymous”.
This undisclosed person, who is still active in UFO related secret projects, wrote about the gradual release of confidential documents pertaining to a top secret exchange program between the Ebens, Extraterrestrial Entities (ETEs) from the planet Serpo, located in the Zeta Retuiculi star system and shown in the star catalogue image at left, which is some 39 light years from Earth. Several Ebens and twelve US military personnel were involved in an exchange program between Earth and Serpo, between the years 1965-78.
At the request of the recipient of this information, Victor Martinez, Ryan quickly set up a public service based website, www.serpo.org, to disseminate already provided and promised information, including photos of human beings associating with the inhabitants of the Planet Serpo.
In a wide ranging discussion, Ryan tells Jerry about the climate, flora and animals of this planet, as well as the history, culture and lifestyles of the intelligent beings, the Ebens, living on the planet. Details never before revealed will astound you, the listener, with vivid descriptions given of encounters between American military personnel and the Ebens on their current home planet.
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UFOFilesRadio: Project Serpo – MR.X
Interview with Jerry Pippin – It was a warm weekend in the high desert of Southern California, when we arrived at the motel in Twenty Nine Palms. I am always amazed at this landscape, a couple of hours driving time from Needles over a wavy, dip strewn two lane highway with not a house in eye sight. When we checked in, we left word at the desk for our Mr. X. He had checked in already, per our instructions under the name of Larry Dicken. We quickly went to our room, and Roberta Scott started setting up the recording equipment. The phone rang, and it was him. He and his wife would be down a few minutes.
Mr. X, shown in the photo with Jerry on the left, was very leery and worried about someone finding out his true identity as he arrived for the interview. We made some small talk and immediately started rolling tape. Over the years, I have found this was the best way to get the story. Do it fast, clean and simple with point blank questions. What I heard was stunning.
This man was locked in a vault type room with a guard slipping trash bags full of papers, envelopes and photos to him, all marked Top Secret and higher. He was not allowed out of the room until the late afternoon when the work day was over. He was not a military man but a civilian employee of a Southern California Defense Firm, and his tale is stunning.
He speaks of the evidence he handled that showed or documented “Tall Orange” ETs in charge, Grey ETs everywhere, communications between ETs and Air Force officers common place, the confirmation of the Roswell (Corona, NM) UFO crash and details about these alien beings that left little to the imagination. He even saw documents about a possible end of the world scenario….that’s right….in 2012! Was the photo, (right) from the Apollo 16 mission to the Moon among those photos examined by Mr. X? Is that a UFO or planet Earth?
His story was told with sincerity, and he was reeling off fantastic details in a matter of fact way. This is the stuff of which great investigative radio shows are made, and now you can hear it all.
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