Intruders Foundation Consent Forms: Consent or Exploitation?

It comes as no surprise to me that an alien abduction book-writing hypnotist’s consent form reads more like an amateurish cover my ass form. But that’s because I’m from here. What happens when an actual scientist the likes of whom alien abduction researchers have been screaming at for years to take this subject seriously does so and reads these consent forms? Well, your answer is below. And it begs the question: Do these abduction researchers really want scientists and the mainstream to take their work seriously or is that smoke and mirrors because they assume such people will not anyway? It’s easy to yell “Take me seriously!” or demand disclosure from the government when you know it’s not going to happen. Then you get to look like a hero of the people and profit from that.

This begs another question and another: Are these researchers really researchers? If there are no standards, no ethics, only the defense of misused tools like hypnosis and book reviews… speeches about the coherence of cherry-picked data… should this be considered a field of study to begin with?

–Jeremy Vaeni

Intruders Foundation Consent Forms: Consent or Exploitation?
Tyler Kokjohn

Jack Brewer’s recent blog post on The UFO Trail regarding access to confidential hypnosis tapes exposed far more than a thoughtless violation of research confidentiality standards.  The Intruders Foundation consent form Jack published with his essay is shocking and virtually nothing like an informed consent form that would be employed for biomedical research.

First and foremost it served as notice that Budd Hopkins had claimed all publication rights to every utterance and any created entity of interest he could collect from his subjects.  Any privacy or confidentiality issues for the participant were apparently entirely secondary matters.  Worse, possible psychological issues emerging following participation were fully foreseeable adverse events – the document clearly informs the subject of that.  But then Budd simply washed his hands of them. In effect, subjects assumed risks that were never adequately explained and if anything went wrong were left on their own.

Unfortunately, risk is an unavoidable part of some biomedical research.  Potential foreseeable risks are managed through a comprehensive informed consent process to provide full, detailed information in advance to all subjects.  Written informed consent documents provide potential subjects with information about the nature of the research, how it will be used, the risks incurred and the rights of all participants. Potential adverse events must be described in sufficient detail and in an understandable fashion so that every subject knows completely what might go wrong BEFORE agreeing to participate.  Adverse events are mitigated through meticulous followup care during and after the study term if necessary.  No research may commence until the investigator has devised an appropriate and complete written informed consent form and obtains full institutional approval for it as well as a detailed written plan to recognize and mitigate all adverse events arising from the investigation.  The investigator and institution are responsible for completely informing all individuals of the attendant risks involved and assume full responsibility for the welfare of the subject and any/all needs that emerge as a consequence of participation in the study.  Attempting to insulate oneself from lawsuits through the invocation of a vague disclaimer or withholding vital information to thwart informed decision-making by possible participants is never permitted.

The evidence suggests Budd Hopkins realized serious problems might develop from his investigations – and he took steps to try to avoid the trouble they might cause him. After taking pains to highlight his own incompetence and lack of medical training, he persisted in rooting around where he effectively admitted he had no business whatsoever.  Holding himself legally blameless for all consequential damages, he was seemingly disinterested in mitigating any injuries he induced.

The implications are far reaching. If Budd Hopkins knew his work could create serious issues, it would seem that others using similar methods must have had analogous experiences with the induction of adverse events.  In other words, hypnosis investigators know this or reasonably should know of the potential for investigations to produce trouble in their subjects.  Authors Philip Klass, Jim Schnabel and Kevin Randle et al. had the situation well figured years ago, but were ignored. Recognizing this is no parlor game and what really can happen is something many hypnotists probably hope no one else ever figures out.  Anyone contemplating taking part in research is well advised to read and consider the informed consent documents carefully before participating.


6 thoughts on “Intruders Foundation Consent Forms: Consent or Exploitation?

  1. Dr. David Jacobs has his subjects sign an almost identical release to the one Budd Hopkins used.

    Marie Kayali had a hypnosis session with Dr. Jacobs a year ago, and she posted the recording of her pre-regession discussion with Dr. Jacobs on her YouTube channel.

    You can hear Dr. Jacobs spring the form on Marie just before he hypnotizes her, here:

    Not only does Dr. Jacobs produce the form just before he hypnotizes Marie, but he tells her that only has one copy, which he is obviously going to keep himself. So she will have no copy of the form herself.

    Dr. Jacobs then goes on to say that he won’t give Marie the form to read herself, but that he will read it to her instead.

    Dr. Jacobs then reads the form to Marie super-quickly, in a rushed manner, garbling some of it. This, together with his springing it on her just as he was about to regress her, means she has no time to really think about what she is signing. The fact that only he has a copy of the form means that she cannot even go over it later.

    The form is all about giving Dr. Jacobs rights, and absolving him, and makes a mockery of the principles of informed consent.

    • Why would she EVER agree to that? he has it right in there–I’m not a professional in any way and am not held accountable.

      Also, while he may not make his subject’s identity public, what he will dop is give it to others who will threaten to out you publicly. At least that seems to be what happened with Emma.

  2. My guess is she signed it because she trusted him, based on a lot of talk that went on from both Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Young-hae Chi beforehand, This is what would have led to her to agree to be hypnotized in the first place, and she probably thought the form was just a formality.

    Even though Dr. Jacobs says in his release that he is not a professional, in every other thing he says, on his website, in his public talks, and in his communication with people one-on-one, he lays it on thick that he is an expert. He has given workshops for mental health professionals, had books published by university presses aimed at the academic community, and he is about to publish a book on the hypnosis and therapy of abductees. He is a retired professor at Temple University in the U.S., and is working with Dr. Young-hae Chi, a professor at the prestigious Oxford University in the UK. They told Marie that her hypnosis was going to be part of a scientific forensic study.

    So all of that in Marie’s mind would be juxtaposed to Dr. Jacobs’ quick garbled reading of a form just before she is about to be hypnotized. I can see how her view of him as a trusted professional could outweigh anything in the form, particularly as read to her by Dr. Jacobs. Plus, she was just about to be hypnotized for the first time, on an anomalous event that had significance in her life. My guess is her thoughts were focused that, just before she was about to be hypnotized. Dr. Jacobs probably would know that as well, and it would be perfect timing. He obviously did not want her to think about the form, because he did not even want to give it to her to read herself, and he did not give her a copy for herself. The best time to do it would be when he did it, and in the way he did it.

  3. Hi, Emma – I’m guessing you’re familiar with Marie Kayali’s history and her lengthy video interviews with Miles Johnston of the Bases Project? There was a similar falling-out, there, I think: stemming from Marie’s (rather unsurprisingly) being painted by a mainstream UK broadcast channel as a dim-witted, delusional UFO-alien believer.

    Here is a woman who is – from my outsider’s perspective – obviously painfully haunted by grief. Watch any of her videos, if they haven’t been pulled already. Beaten down by culturally available scripts and the sad death of her daughter.

    And here is Dr. David Jacobs, our glorious saviour, swooping down like some terrible parasitic deux ex machina. Not a mental health expert, not a psychologist, not a therapist… but it’s okay! He knows everything about the hybrids. So we’re all okay.

  4. Hi Colin, I think you are absolutely right. Marie has been through the worst pain a parent can have, and has then come up against sharks in the UFO field. I feel so bad for her in that regard.

    In Marie’s actual regression with Dr. Jacobs, he told her that he only likes to hypnotize people who are desperate, and that he likes desperate. I am sure that is what makes it easier for him to gain people’s trust, and to do what he wants with them.

    Thankfully Marie was able to see through it, and had the strength to walk away and say what happened to her. Others have not been so fortunate.

  5. Time and time again I hear a similar thing. The trauma associated with the experiences is often less than dealing with the aftermath. Yes – that means the UFO “community”. Whether it’s the amateur investigators (some of whom are with accredited organisations), self proclaimed hypnotists or the usual suspects associated with the UFO circus, we all have to start asking why that would be. I’m using the phrase “UFO enthusiasts” from now on. Allen Hynek was a UFO researcher, Jacques Vallee one might call a ufologist… most of the people you see around are hobbyist enthusiasts. Let’s remember that as they pronounce to the world exactly what is happening to us and make out that they really know what they are talking about.

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