Chilean Senator Backs
Down - Carabineros
Close 'Chupacabras' Case
From Scott Coralles
Source: La Estrella del Loa

In spite of senator Carlos Cantero's distaste for the fact that the Investigative Police still have not prepared a report on the massive and controversial animal deaths which took place last year in Calama, he is very satisfied by the details provided by Carabineros in regard to the case.
Since he began to inquire about these particulars, the parlamentarian states that he has been the target of scorn for some people, and that one of his greatest concerns is that the subject receive a proper treatment in the media, particularly, he believes, "because not everyone has the guts to risk being trampled underfoot when requesting official agencies hand over what they know about such a complex situation."
Together with the detailed report from Carabineros, Fransico Segovia, governor of El Loa province, made a document with the conclusions reached by the Health Services available to the senator. And although both official documents--to the disappointment of UFO researchers--agree on ascribing the animal deaths to wild dogs and not to the Chupacabras, neither of the two agencies supplies information that was not made available by the press, nor do they furnish the result of the investgative work conducted, except for the autopsy reports on three pigs slain by a puncturing object..
Are you aware, Senator, that the vaunted theory involving dogs did not satisfy a considerable sector of the El Loa community, and that it probably won't now, either?
CC: I'm aware that due to its spectacular nature and mystery, this case has given rise to much controversy, doubt and debate, but I must abide by the reports I requested, which conclude that animals [were responsible], in this case, feral dogs from the garbage dump.
I'm assuming that these reports were drafted by highly qualified individuals--experts who engaged in a serious and responsible taks. As a consequence of that, I must be a party to this, and consider myself fully satisfied by the explanation provided.
Interviewer: Does the fact that official institutions have provided an explanation mean that said explanation is the truth?
CC: It's the agency's truth and the conclusion of its experts. Thre may be other interpretations, and I respect any other interpretations, but I'm interested in learning about the expert reports, which were delivered to me..
Interviewer: Carabineros [Chilean state police] is an agency which specializes in the prevention and timely detection of crime, as opposed to Investigations, which is an agency responsible for going beyond what is both evident and immediate in order to secure solid proof on a given situation. What are you hoping [to learn] from the civillian police's report? A repetition of known facts, such as the ones hitherto made known to the public, or the results and conclusions of scientific tests applied by the Crime Lab to the evidence forwarded from Santiago, such as hair samples, prints, and claw marks on victims?
CC: As a matter of fact, the report of the Investigations Police is missing here, because the one that I received cannont be considered as acceptable. I think that the police has an outstanding duty to take care of. The agency says "no new claims have been presented" and this does not answer my question, which was: "give me a report on your research related to animal deaths."
There is a large number of situations, and as has been explained, in many of these cases there was simply no blood [found on the animals]. If the dogs to which they are referring ate the blood, I can't say...
I hope that detectives will report the cases, the type of investigation conducted and their conclusions. I have no preconceived notions nor am I open or closed to hypotheses. What I'm interested in finding out is that if scientists on the State payroll came to perform a study, that report should be produced, delivered to the pertinent parties and hopefully made known to the public to avoid sensationalistic claims, public spectacle and this senseless mystery. In the measure that information is circulated, the public will be able to reach its own conclusions. Let's not be afraid of ridicule.
Interviewer: Could the phenomenon have cause some sort of collective psychosis or similar?
CC: It could have multiple explanations: it could be a collective psychosis, or perhaps abnormal things could in fact exist. There could be many things [at play], but I have no proof of this.
Interviewer: Is it probable that official agencies might conceal information under certain circumstances?
CC: It is perfectly possible. I have no reason for saying that information's been concealed from me, but it's possible. It hasn't occured just once, but many times, all over the world.
People feel a bit afraid of ridicule regarding this subject. I've realized that some people take it extremely seriously, seeing no less than the presence of extraterrestrials in all of this, while others consider it supreme tomfoolery.
I'm motivated by two things: I want to read responsible expert reports that are both serious and scientific-minded, and the scope of the problem and its victims, because there were people who lost a great deal of the capital on which they live for an entire year. We shall see if it is possible to remedy the losses suffered by these people, in part...
Translation (C) 2001
Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology
Special Thanks to Gloria Coluchi

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