Re: Excellent Pro-UFO article in Major Newspaper!!//Debunkers run for cover!

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Baron Maximillian von Schtuldeworfshiseundurheimh, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. Sir Arthur C.B.E. Wholeflaffers A.S.A. wrote:
    > UFO Expert Comes To Brevard
    > Source: Florida Today
    > By Billy Cox
    > Florida Today - Oct 14, 1:58 PM
    > George W. Bush raised a few eyebrows during the 2000 presidential
    > campaign when he responded to a question about releasing government
    > files on unidentified flying objects. "It’ll be the first thing he
    > (Dick Cheney) will do," Bush said. "He’ll get right on it."
    > Immediately upon assuming office, however, the Bush administration
    > exhibited an impulse for even tighter controls on government
    > information, long before the 9/11 security clampdown. From Bush’s
    > immediate suspension of the 1978 Presidential Records Act to Cheney’s
    > refusal to comply with a General Accounting Office request for the
    > names of the Vice President’s Energy Task Force members, patterns of
    > concealment are consistent. Just last month, Bush signed Executive
    > Order 12958, which gave the director of the Office of Science and
    > Technology Policy the unprecedented authority to declare information
    > "Top Secret."
    > "They didn’t explain a rationale for it," says Steven Aftergood,
    > director of the Federation of American Scientists’ government secrecy
    > project in Washington, D.C. "The only way to know for sure how
    > significant it is, is to come back a year from now and see how many
    > times it’s been exercised."
    > UFO declassification proponents thought they were building momentum
    > for congressional hearings with a forum of witnesses in May 2001
    > announcing their willingness to testify. Then, the roof fell in. "The
    > Saudi Arabian flying circus came to town, and the U.S. declared an
    > open-ended war against this term, this noun, called terror," recalls
    > lobbyist Stephen Bassett. "All the attention and all the headlines
    > got sucked up by 9/11, and all the political work went into suspended
    > animation."
    > But UFO reports never stopped. Nor did calls for government
    > accountability. Friday, one of the leading advocates—Stanton
    > Friedman—will discuss what he calls the "Cosmic Watergate" at Brevard
    > Community College’s Titusville campus.
    > Author of "Crash at Corona" and "Top Secret/Majic," Friedman was
    > among the first to revisit the 1947 Roswell Incident, in which
    > military authorities initially announced the recovery of a flying
    > saucer, only to reverse themselves amid the ensuing media clamor. But
    > from his home in New Brunswick, Canada, the American-born researcher
    > blames contemporary media passivity for enabling a cover-up.
    > "The only way we’ll make any progress with this issue is when the
    > press gets off its duff and takes a serious look at all the documents
    > that have been in the public domain for years," says Friedman. His
    > background in nuclear physics landed him 14 years’ worth of work on
    > nuclear rockets, much of it classified. "I’d like to see them spend
    > just 10 percent of the energy they invested in covering Gary Condit,
    > Elian Gonzales and Monica Lewinsky."
    > Friedman contends government documents already in the public domain
    > are loaded with smoking guns, not the least of which is the famous
    > Bolender Memo. In 1969, just as the Air Force was terminating its
    > public investigation of UFOs called Project Blue Book based on their
    > negligible impact on national security, Brig. Gen. C.H. Bolender,
    > deputy director of development for the USAF chief of staff,
    > illuminated a backdoor policy: "Reports of unidentified flying
    > objects which could affect national security. . . . are not part of
    > the Blue Book system."
    > "The media needs a commitment to the truth and to ignore the crap,"
    > says Friedman. "There was a conference in Chicago in 1997, on the
    > 50th anniversary of Roswell, and one guy shows up wearing alien
    > antennae on his head. CBS was covering the event and—wouldn’t you
    > know it? -- the guy with the headgear is the one who makes the news
    > that night. This is typical."
    > Next April, during the presidential primary campaigns, Friedman and a
    > host of investigators will join Bassett, founder of X-PPAC, the
    > Extraterrestrial Phenomenon Political Action Committee, in Washington
    > for yet another effort to forge UFOs into political dialogue. Bassett
    > was on hand in 2001 when an initiative called the Disclosure Project
    > pressed for immunity for whistleblowers whose testimony would violate
    > their security oaths.
    > Among the most impressive insiders assembled by the Disclosure
    > Project was a retired USAF captain who—supported by Strategic Air
    > Command documents—was in a Wyoming ICBM silo in 1967 when a UFO
    > drained the power from launch complexes housing 10 nuclear-tipped
    > warheads. Another was a Federal Aviation Administration accidents
    > division chief who, despite being told by a CIA agent to keep a lid
    > on it, presented a box full of records concerning a harrowing,
    > 30-minute encounter involving a UFO and a Japanese airliner off
    > Alaska in 1986.
    > Although the Bush presidency apparently has no intention of
    > addressing UFOs, its attitude is part of a bipartisan continuum by
    > chief executives to avoid the issue. Jimmy Carter, for instance,
    > filed a report of his own UFO sighting with the National
    > Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena and promised an open
    > investigation during his 1976 campaign. But as president, Carter
    > never followed through. Bill Clinton, according to the memoirs of
    > former deputy Attorney General Webster Hubbell, directed him to get
    > to the bottom of UFOs. Hubbell failed.
    > Repeated efforts by Florida Today to interview both Democrats about
    > UFOs have been unsuccessful.
    > Last year, former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta announced his
    > partnership with the Coalition for Freedom of Information— funded by
    > the Sci Fi Channel, a client of his PodestaMattoon law firm—to try to
    > end UFO gridlock. For CFI research advisor Ted Roe, the issue is
    > compelling, but so delicate he refers to the mystery in broader
    > terms: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAEs.
    > Roe is the executive director of the National Aviation Reporting
    > Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) in Vallejo, Calif. In order to
    > improve flight safety, NARCAP, a private outfit, collects data on
    > everything from ball lightning to plasma disturbances, as reported by
    > pilots, radar operators and air traffic controllers. But getting
    > these sources to cooperate is dicey, due to the exotic nature of many
    > UAEs.
    > "The really strange ones involve cylinders, discs, spheres, red
    > lights and white lights, V-shaped or boomerang-shaped objects. Some
    > of them are huge," says Roe, whose colleague, Dr. Richard Haines,
    > authored a controversial report in 2000 analyzing more than 100
    > incidents, entitled "Aviation Safety in America."
    > "Some of them seem to demonstrate an alteration of magnetic fields,
    > which can cause compasses to turn up to 20 degrees off direction.
    > They can have transient or permanent effects on avionics systems,
    > such as shutting off transmitters."
    > In early September 2001, NARCAP sent survey questionnaires on UAEs to
    > 300 pilots of a major airline carrier. "We couldn’t have picked a
    > worse week," says Roe. "Two days later, the (World Trade Center)
    > towers fell." Still, NARCAP got a 24 percent response, with one of
    > every six subjects reporting having seen something so bizarre they
    > couldn’t identify it. "But not a one of them reported it to
    > management," Roe adds.
    > Roe says retirees are more likely to talk than active pilots, which
    > isn’t a surprise. "The airline facilitator who was trying to promote
    > our survey wound up getting two psychiatric evaluations," he says.
    > "There are 500,000 people in our target culture, the aviation
    > community, who are very interested in this subject. But these
    > experiences become toxic when they manifest into (pilots’)
    > environment."
    > Only constant media pressure, says Friedman, will force authorities
    > to respond to public curiosity. After all, 72 percent of Americans
    > responding to a Roper Poll conducted last year believes the
    > government isn’t telling everything it knows about UFOs.
    > "I read that with Watergate, the Washington Post had something like
    > 16 people working that story at one time," says Friedman, who’ll also
    > be signing copies of his work at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on
    > Merritt Island on 7 p.m. Thursday. "It’s going to require that sort
    > of effort. You can have all the seminars and lectures in the world,
    > but if the press doesn’t come and follow it up, then you haven’t had
    > much of an impact."

    This may be off-topic.
    Baron Maximillian von Schtuldeworfshiseundurheimh, Oct 20, 2003
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