Stan Friedman and Kevin Randle, two of my favourite ufologists, and the two chief pro-Roswell writer / researchers of the last fifteen years, have a very competitive, sometimes "difficult," relationship with each other.
Each has posited a different scenario for the supposed crash of an alien spacecraft at Roswell.
Each accepted a now discredited "star" witness (for Stan it was Gerald Anderson, for Kevin it was Frank Kaufmann), while at the same time they attacked the other one's "star" witness.
Each has become adept at pointing out the other person's mistakes, or false claims, or evasions of questions, or whatever...
Stan has MJ-12; Kevin, not to be outdone, has the Unholy Thirteen.
All of this is serious stuff. However, one area where they've chosen to compete is just downright silly - finding and promoting a term to describe what they see as a government cover-up of the truth about the UFO phenomenon.
Stan got out of the gate first, with the "Cosmic Watergate." He's written papers and given lectures with that title.
Kevin followed with the "Conspiracy of Silence." He has a book with that name.
Both terms, while amusing, and nowhere near as bad / ufologically obscure as "Pelicanist" or "Klasskurtzian", should be retired to the Ufological Hall of Fame (or Shame, depending upon who you ask).
Newsflash to Stan - if you want to reach the younger set (you know, anyone under 35), Watergate is about as relevant as Vietnam, or the Beatles... or Julius Caesar, for that matter ("beware, the ufological Ides of March"). Time to freshen up the material (the "Cosmic Da Vinci Code?" No - forget I said that!). Further, is Watergate even applicable? If the whole point is that the cover-up has been kept hush-hush for almost six decades, and is ignored by the media and politicians, Watergate, which broke (relatively) quickly, and was embraced as a story by everyone and his dog, would seem to be a less than perfect analogy.
As for Kevin, a conspiracy is, by its most commonly used definition, an illegal act. In the case of the UFO cover-up, if it exists, almost everyone seems to agree that it was authorised at the highest levels, probably under presidential authority. It might not be right, but it isn't illegal, anymore than the keeping of any number of national security secrets is illegal. Besides, with all the "whistleblowers" of Steven Greer, Michael Salla et al running around, "silence" seems to be in short supply. Alas.
If Stan and Kevin think there's been a cover-up, then just say...
"It's a cover-up."
I think everyone will get it.