High Strangeness: Collateral Contacts

Friday, January 13, 2012

Collateral Contacts

Continuing on with the third content area in the Certified MUFON Field Investigator exam, we get into some meaty matters: Collateral Contacts. It seems that there may be times when I can't completely trust the testimony of a witness, and have to go the extra mile to confirm their testimony.

Collateral Contacts. In a given circumstance, the Trainee must be aware of which public officials and/or others to contact in order to potentially resolve the report as a misperception, determine the person’s reliability as a witness, or identify others who may have witnessed and reported the same event.

I wish I had known this when I interviewed my wife and daughter. I absolutely interviewed them both "in a given circumstance." It would have been nice to know that I had permission to contact a public official to potentially resolve their reports as "misperceptions." But I didn't, so I can't determine their reliability as witnesses.

Honestly, this part of the exam rubs me the wrong way. It's already got me questioning my wife's and my daughter's reliability, and that's not right. If MUFON is trying to say that there will be times when I will be interviewing phonies, why don't they just say so? And why don't they give me the skills to determine whether the witness I'm interviewing is actually one of these phonies? And why would they think that any old public official will be able to help me figure it out? Because, really, my city councilman is kind of a phony himself.

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