Actually, it was an argument based on credibility not authority alone.
So anyone in the military can be trusted with the truth?
I don't believe that for a second.
Have a look at the old moon mission footage.
Show me when they are actually doing 'something'.
Lots of skipping around, hitting golf balls, rover 'driving' etc.
( carry this to the ISS. Lots of tossing items back and forth, showing off bad hair, squirting water, standing in front of a green screen, etc )
Tell me. How many moon mission astronauts were high level masons.
None? Most? All?
"You're living in a dream world, Neo".