Friday, January 15, 2010

News- MUFON's James Carrion Stepping Down On Tuesday January 12, 2010 James Carrion announced he is stepping down as the MUFON International Director and assuming the position of MUFON Business Manager. This announcement does not come as much of a shock after speculated rumors of a change in organization have flooded the internet for months.

Carrion expressed that he will also continue to do independent UFO research focusing on the role of Government in t he UFO field. His personal blog Follow the Magic Thread will continue to document his opinions and research in the UFO field.

The Mutual UFO Network was founded in 1969 with the mission to scientifically study UFOs for the benefit of humanity. Over the years MUFON has gained precedence as the largest UFO Network in the world even attracting the respect of Hollywood legend and UFO enthusiast Dan Aykroyd. Currently Aykroyd serves as the Hollywood Consultant for MUFON.

Carrion’s replacement, Clifford Clift, has kept a low profile in the UFO scene serving as the MUFON State Director and is slated to take over beginning March 1, 2010. He will continue to lead MUFON in their core goals of investigating UFO sightings, promoting research on UFOs and to educate the public on the UFO phenomenon.

-Maureen Elsberry

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James Carrion

Effective March 1st, 2010, I am relinquishing my position as MUFON International Director to take on a different position within the organization. The reasons for my relinquishing the position are many but the overlying issue is that I simply no longer have the time to dedicate to the job. As a member of the “sandwich generation”: a single parent of a young child who must also deal with aging parents, my time has become very limited. In addition, I still actively manage a separate for-profit company which further limits my time. Finally, I am also doing time-consuming independent UFO research that focuses on the role of Government in the UFO field - a gold mind of information yet to be adequately explored.

It may come as a surprise to you, but my transitioning out of the International Director role has been two years in the making. In 2006, I committed to a three year term as the International Director until 2009, but when no suitable candidate was found, I agreed to stay on for one more year. In 2008, the MUFON Board of Directors approved the role of a MUFON Business Manager to separate the duties of leadership from those of running MUFON’s nonprofit business operations. I gave the board notice in December 2009, but I offered to stay on until the 2010 Symposium in July so a suitable candidate could be found. Fortunately, a candidate search was not necessary as one of the existing MUFON Board members offered to become the new International Director and was unanimously voted into office. I will be occupying the role of MUFON Business Manager which will be far less demanding of my time.

I am proud to announce that the new MUFON International Director is my long term good friend and colleague, Clifford Clift. Clifford will be featured in the MUFON Journal so that the MUFON membership can become acquainted with him and his professional background. I am completely confident that Clifford is the best man for the job and I know that MUFON could not be in better hands.

It has been my pleasure to serve MUFON as the International Director these last three years and I know that going forward, MUFON will still be on the cutting edge of UFO investigation.

If you would like to congratulate Cliff or introduce yourself to him, please direct all correspondence to

If you want to keep up with my independent research, stay tuned to my personal blog at where I will continue my fight for the truth and exposing those who have no intention of revealing the truth.

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List of MUFON International Directors:
* 1969 — 1970: Allen Utke
* 1970 — 2000: Walter H. Andrus, Jr.
* 2000 — 2006: John F. Schuessler
* 2006 — 2010: James Carrion
* 2010 — present: Clifford Clift

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