All someone has to do is recognize 1 piece (ie a stick of balsa wood) of Mogul and you would assume it was from earth, not a flying saucer. I'm not saying all officers are bright, but they aren't dumb enough to say "hey, this thing is from outer space." The average person is going to assume it's of earthly origin just from the get go. There would have to be a lot of things unexplainable in order to make someone say "holy shit, this is from outer space."
It's been a while sine I read the book that James Clarkson wrote detailing the interviews he did with her, but her testimony was very credible, and from my recollection, in the back of the book the author included her military documentation. I believe her and I believe Clarkson's research on her background. I have the book still and can dig it up if needed. If you want to argue specific points of her testimony or background, then let's do that. If you haven't read the book, I suggest you get it because it has a lot more in there than I have ever found on the web.
When talking about security breaches, you wouldn't have guessed that the president's security detail was out banging local prostitutes in their hotel rooms recently, or that the USAF's officers would be breaking security protocols when it came to our nuclear aresenal, but this shit can and does happen. I'm sure in the 40's and 50's security was more lax than today even.
The point about the Mogul dummies is addressed by her as well. And, if the dummies were never part of the story to begin with, then why would the USAF even bring them up at the press conference? I think you are so extremely skeptical you are missing the obvious. Should we call you Michael Shermer?
As for the U2 pilot, I'm frankly surprised that the locals would be assuming this plane was from outer space, but hey, it DID have a funny looking asian guy as a pilot. I'm sure not everyone was as gullible as the article makes it out to be, and for those who were confused, if an english speaking white guy had gotten out, people would have assumed it was from earth.
Who and what we find "very credible" is a function of experience and background. My experience with the DoD and as a military history writer tells me Crain is not credible. If you think otherwise, more power to you.
The "Michael Shermer" comment was obviously meant as a dig, but the fact is many UFO researchers make the job of skeptics like Shermer and Klass very easy. As a whole, I find many, if not most, have limited knowledge about a lot of the areas they write about, and do little-to-no research to confirm the things they are told. Here are just three examples:
1) Two authors, one of them a state level officer in MUFON, published a book detailing an alleged crash of a UFO as told to them by a retired USAF fighter pilot who claimed to witness it. Amazingly, they did no research to verify the man was either a fighter pilot or had served in the USAF at the time of the incident. Turns out he was never a fighter pilot, and and had served only in the Civil Air Patrol. The entire story was nothing more than the delusions of a sad old man.
2) A very prominent UFO researcher/author wrote books with a co-author who lied about his education, employment, and research experience. When the truth came to light, the prominent researcher commented he had no idea his co-author was a phony. At best this can only mean he never looked into his partner's background.
3) A well known TV/radio investigative reporter did a story on an alleged UFO sighting at a USAF base. The story told by the individual who gave the reporter the details revolved around a specific type of aircraft. A minimal amount of research would have shown the aircraft type mentioned wasn't even in service at the time the sighting was supposed to have occured.
I could mention at least a half dozen more such occurences, but doing so wouldn't make the point any clearer. Many of the people who are carrying the ball for those of us who want to see the UFO subject taken seriously are instead opening the field to ridicule. When they get called out for sloppy research and/or ignorance of what they write, they immediately claim they are being attacked by debunkers, government disinformation types, or some other conspiratory elements. Even more disappointing is even after being discredited/disgraced, these same people continue to pump out articles and books, appear on TV/radio, and speak at conferences. As I've said before, ufology and politics are the only two fields of endeavor where someone can be totally discredited yet still be continue to work.
I've done "sanity checks" on pre-publication editions of techno-thiller novels for a couple different authors. I will identify obvious technical/historical errors, as well as give an informed opinion on aspects of the story that I am qualified to comment on. I've offered to do the same at no cost for UFO writers/researchers who could definitely use the help, for no other reason than to allow the individual to produce a better product that won't be shot down for inaccuracies and poor research. No one has taken me up on my offer, even had one guy accuse me of being a government plant trying to discredit the field.
Bottom line, the field would be taken much more seriously if UFO authors/reseachers were more like Michael Shermer, asking questions, recognizing story flaws, and doing reseach when needed.