This thread is for discussing the background and credentials of Alexander (Al) B. Cuppett. In the spirit of the "People Debunked" forum, the intent is not to attack or insult Mr. Cuppett's character, but rather to examine whether the authority attributed to his claims based on his credentials is valid or false. See the Debunking People Guidelines. Al Cuppett has his own blog and website: alcuppett.com, and he appears to have a regular segment on Omega Man Radio, a web radio channel centered on discussion of "Exorcism of demons, Spiritual Warfare Training, End Time Survival and preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ." He writes and speaks about a variety of NWO-related conspiracy themes. In relation to the chemtrails conspiracy theory, Al Cuppett is often cited as a retired Army General who worked in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thus is considered an insider or whistleblower. This claim shows up in chemtrails "timelines" which are frequently cut-and-pasted, such as on Arizona Skywatch: The letter referred to there has been propagated in many sources, including the Geoengineering Watch website, which also identifies Cuppett as a retired General and a Joint Chief of Staff: As far as I can find, Al Cuppett does not claim to be a General, nor does he state his Army rank anywhere. In the aforementioned letter, he states his credentials this way: In one letter posted on his website, he details his background in this way: Note the following about his self-reported credentials: No mention of rank achieved during his military career. He states that for his work from 1984-1990, he was awarded a Civilian Service Medal, which is awarded to civilians (not active military) who "directly support the military forces, when those members are engaged in military operations of a prolonged peacekeeping or humanitarian nature." The ID badge just means that he worked in the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, not that he was a Joint Chief himself. In many sources, Cuppett is described (and describes himself) as having worked as an "Action Officer" for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is not a military rank. See the description in the Action Officer Staff Writing guide: Since the Joint Chiefs of Staff are composed of the highest-ranked members of each branch of the military, it's safe to say that while Cuppett may have been a staffer in the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, he was not himself a Joint Chief. Achieving the rank of General in the armed forces is, to put it mildly, a very big deal. When the word is used by itself, it refers to a 4-star General, the highest rank currently possible (while the terms Brigadier General, Major General, and Lieutenant General are used for 1-, 2-, and 3-star officers, respectively - see General Officers in the United States). It's highly unlikely that Cuppett would neglect to mention any of these ranks in his list of credentials. He's not included in this List of United States Generals in the 20th Century. In summary: Cuppett identifies himself (plausibly) as having served in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam, and then having worked as a civilian staffer with the Joint Staff in the Pentagon until 1990. It is extremely unlikely that he was ever a General or that he was one of the Joint Chiefs. He does not claim this himself, and these credentials were likely added on by other sources as his writing was copied to different sites. It is not known what rank he did achieve during his military service, or whether he was a military officer. Regarding his status as an insider or whistleblower, he claims in his widely-copied 2001 letter that Russians and/or UN pilots were spraying toxins and pathogens over the US, in activities that he says resulted from the Treaty on Open Skies. Since signing of the TOS was initiated in 1993 and the first flights under the agreement didn't start until 2002, Cuppett is making claims referring to activities that supposedly started years after his retirement in 1990 (and years before the TOS actually went into effect). Thus, he can't claim to be revealing information as an "insider" on these matters, and the use of his statements as evidence represents an appeal to false authority.