Debunked: Retired Army General Al Cuppett

Belfrey

Senior Member.
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.
 
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George B

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Very good analysis . . . it seems to be a human characteristic to build up the credentials of those that support the concepts we agree with and attribute to them greater credibility than they deserve . . . some of it is genuine and some is simply out and out misrepresentation and sometimes fraud . .
 

Trigger Hippie

Senior Member.
I believe this is him wearing an old uniform.

Can anyone identify any military rank insignia?

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George B

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Sorry the photo's resolution is too poor . . . he appears to be wearing a specialized jump suit (or flight suit) which is not a normal uniform but authorized for a specialized unit (the yellow scarf indicates that) . . . I cannot even read or ID the service it represents . . . there appears to be several special unit insignia present . . .
 

Trigger Hippie

Senior Member.
Sorry the photo's resolution is too poor . . . he appears to be wearing a specialized jump suit which is not a normal uniform but authorized for a specialized unit . . . I cannot even read or ID the service it represents . . . there appears to be several special unit insignia present . . .

Notice in the second picture how the baret is swept to his left shoulder. It's unusual, I've only ever seen them sweep to the right.
 

Trigger Hippie

Senior Member.
Is it possible the picture is inverted left is right and right is left . . .
If that's the case, then he's be wearing his ribbons on the wrong side of the jacket, and what looks like his wedding ring on the wrong hand.
 
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Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
At first glance at the top Pic, it looks like he's wearing a full bird on his piss cap.. and if thats the case he's got it positioned incorrectly.. If I recall correctly the wings should be parallel with the deck and these look like they're pointed down at a 45 degree angle... but as George pointed out the pics are very low res so its hard to get a good look. Do you know which video these shots came from Trigger? it looks like he's reading a statement into the camera.. maybe if we can get hold of the source material we can see him turn his head and give us a better angle on the cap.
 

Trigger Hippie

Senior Member.
At first glance at the top Pic, it looks like he's wearing a full bird on his piss cap.. and if thats the case he's got it positioned incorrectly.. If I recall correctly the wings should be parallel with the deck and these look like they're pointed down at a 45 degree angle... but as George pointed out the pics are very low res so its hard to get a good look. Do you know which video these shots came from Trigger? it looks like he's reading a statement into the camera.. maybe if we can get hold of the source material we can see him turn his head and give us a better angle on the cap.

I got them from his home page. links are in the OP.
 

Svartbjørn

Senior Member.
Ahhhh okok, I see them now.. I was at the site earlier when I did a google image search LOL.. I thought those were adverts on the side of the page so I ignored them. Thank Trigger.

*edit for additional information*


yeah.. honestly I have no idea what that is on his cap. I took a look at the video and its definitely not a crow.. its some kind of star but not one Ive ever seen before and definitely not a General's Star Ive see before. I was thinking that it was perhaps an IDF ranking of some sort as he talks about his time in Israel but they dont have anything like that either that I can find. He shows a US Military Retirement ID but again the video is so poor that I cant read what his rank was.
 
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Mick West

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Earliest version of his web page from archive.org, Dec 2008:
https://web.archive.org/web/20081218170601/http://www.alcuppett.com/
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The 2008 archived page itself contains archives back to 1995, which don't exist on the current site. Although the posts all seem to have been updated around 2004, so chronology is dubious.

Back in 1998, the "Joint Chiefs of Staff" thing was being used:
https://web.archive.org/web/20090115041439/http://www.alcuppett.com/1998_07_27_archive.html
(the comments in square brackets are apparently from the 2004 edits).
 

Mick West

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Cuppets own first few edits above are generally downgrading clarifications over the original article:

Original from 1998:
http://proliberty.com/observer/19980705.htm
vs: Cuppet (edited possibly 2004):
 

Belfrey

Senior Member.
I found a copy of his Purple Heart certificate and Bronze Star award awarded in 1970 (and 71?) here. The Bronze Star is not very legible, but the Purple Heart clearly says, "Sergeant First Class Alexander B. Cuppett, United States Army." A non-commissioned officer.

 

George B

Extinct but not forgotten Staff Member
I found a copy of his Purple Heart certificate and Bronze Star award awarded in 1970 (and 71?) here. The Bronze Star is not very legible, but the Purple Heart clearly says, "Sergeant First Class Alexander B. Cuppett, United States Army." A non-commissioned officer.


I think it must be remembered that an NCO often holds very significant and trusted positions within all military establishments especially within the US military . . . his status as an NCO does not on its own limit his access to classified or important policy issues; however, it does prove he was not a senior military officer and certainly not a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff . . . he was at best a support staff member . . .

Another possibility is he obtained a Commission after his time as an NCO . . . that is what I did . . . I went from Sergeant to a 2nd Lieutenant and retired as a Colonel . . .
 
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Trigger Hippie

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He claims to have retired as a sergeant. Then god promoted him.

@3:07 "I may have retired as a Sergeant, but the lord kind of promoted me... OK"

 
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