- Hi, Jeff...
- Even for primetime TV this was embarrassing.
- I've had the benefit of going to UFO conferences, talking
directly to witnesses and researchers (including Seth Shostak) and seeing
actual footage from around the world. The Russian military footage was
particularly impressive. It was all made public during glasnost. (A couple
of years later the CIA had it sewn up again, but the horse was out of the
- UFO observations have gone far beyond fuzzy night lights.
There is wonderful, very detailed footage under all lighting conditions.
I wondered at first why they chose to use shoddy animations instead of
the real thing.
- --Then I realized that if they had shown the real footage
they'd have had to acknowledge its sources, thereby sending hordes of citizens
to the internet to look up UFOs, exactly what they didn't want.
- Unless I missed it, there was virtually no reference
to the huge body of non-visual evidence. This includes radar and magnetometer
data, radio signals, microwave emissions, audio recordings, etc. Quite
often these instrumental observations coincide with visual sightings by
trained, trustworthy people.
- If viewers want to know what they're missing, rent a
George Knapp documentary on UFOs, visit the Project Hessdalen website,
and read the UFO files on rense.com . Rent a copy of "Masters of the
Stars." Spend a little time with a search engine and get the last
photo sent back by the Russian Phobos II probe.
- Then think again about the heavily spun garden fertilizer
Peter Jennings presented.
- I've talked with Seth Shostak about UFOs. He's an ideologue.
It is very misleading to present him as a scientist. Despite his academic
qualifications he is not not able, or not willing to treat the subject
of intelligent life beyond Earth objectively.
- Here's a little SETI [Searchfor Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence]
factoid most people don't know. While SETI still had government funding
I was on an email list populated by radio astronomers, both amateur and
professional. How one can tell whether a given signal is evidence of intelligence
is a really difficult question and there were fascinating discussions about
- It developed that at the time SETI was defunded there
were, depending on which set of criteria you used, between 38 and 60+ signals
that qualified as intelligent. Pressure built up in the organization: "Shouldn't
we make the phone call [to the White House]?" "When can we schedule
our press conference?" People muttered darkly about phoning their
- Surprise, surprise. All of a sudden, without warning,
Congress axed the program. A private company picked up the funding. Seth
Shostak works for the new SETI. Nothing more was heard about the intelligent
signals, and I guarantee that things will stay that way.
- Suppressing this knowledge is a crime against science
and a crime against all human beings.
- It's being done not for our protection but because powerful
ve$ted intere$ts want it that way.
- Shelley Thomson