- Jeff Challender, who is doing excellent work with the
NASA Shuttle footage wrote, "Have you ever thought of doing a story
on the now little known Robertson Panel of January, 1953? This is the
origin of the official policy, of ridicule and debunking at all costs,
against those of "credible stature" who might dare to report
UFOs or "uncorrelated targets". Yet few in the public are aware
of this Panel and its' recommendations. People should know about this.
IF there is "nothing" to the UFO phenomenon, it doesn't make
sense to create a policy of aggressive attacks on witnesses. Why work so
hard, expend so much energy and time, and spend so much tax dollars to
- Well Jeff. there really is a national policy to ridicule
UFO reports. The US government's own historical documents obtained through
the Freedom of Information Act explain why it became US government's policy
to debunk, mock, and discredit anyone who provides good evidence for UFOs.
In the late 1940s early 1950s, the numerous reports from high quality
witnesses was putting the government in a precarious and embarrassing position.
Leading the revelations were Major Donald Keyhoe and Vice Admiral Roscoe
Hillenkotter the third director of the CIA (1947 to 1950) who declared
UFOs were real. UFOs were reported in headlines buzzing Washington DC
and flying at will over our military bases.
- The Cold War with the Soviets and Communist countries
was heating up. Strange craft were reported all over our skies, and the
news media was critical of government's explanations. Many thought the
craft belonged to the Soviet Union or perhaps aliens bent on invasion.
There was fear the Soviets could use UFO propaganda to discredit the US
government. There was genuine concern that a national panic could occur.
Whether UFOs were real or not, the situation made the president nervous,
the military and the various intelligence agencies look bad. Plenty of
good reports were leaking out and thousands of military aircraft were crashing.
Stories started leaking out these aircraft were crashing while chasing
UFOs. The crashes were explained has training accidents and mechanical
failures but the news media was starting to tie the two types of reports
- Best-selling books were claiming the UFOs were real and
might signal a Soviet or alien invasion. The situation whether real or
unreal was deteriorating. The Robertson Panel was formed at the request
of the White House to quell the situation. It was not unlike the Warren
Commission or Waco Hearings where the public wanted answers. So powerful
forces in the CIA, Air Force and the scientific establishment came together
to cool the UFO state of affairs.
- CIA documents reveal five members of the Scientific Advisory
Panel who were known skeptics were given several poor UFO cases to examine
and came to the conclusion that "there was no evidence of a direct
threat to national security in the objects sighted. Flying saucer reports
were overloading emergency reporting channels with false information, clogging
up communication lines, causing alarm, and realistically even if they were
real there was little we could do about them. Further the government was
losing the confidence of the people. Our science and aircraft seemed to
be confronted by far superior technology.
- The Robertson Panel discussions and recommendations centered
around the main problem of eradicating belief in these unidentified flying
objects. Ways of bringing in the news media, and movies were discussed.
CIA documents reveal, one of the panel's recommendations was that a policy
of debunking UFO reports should be instigated. This would result in reduction
in public interest in flying saucers which today evokes a strong psychological
reaction. This media such as television, motion pictures, and popular
articles. Basis of such education would be actual case histories which
had been puzzling at first but later explained. As is the case of continuing
tricks, there is much less stimulation if the secret is known. Such a
program should tend to reduce the current gullibility of the public and
consequently there susceptibility to clever hostile propaganda."
- The CIA reports reveal a national policy of debunking
UFO reports. Like was instigated and the power of the government was set
in motion to debunk the field. The panel discussed the various insidious
methods that could be implemented to execute such a program: It was felt
strongly that psychologists familiar with mass psychology should advise
on the nature and extent of the program. These national programs resulted
in the National Policy became to debunk any valid sighting even if it resulted
the embarrassment of pilots and government employees. UFO reports were
denied, debunked and those who see them ridiculed. Timothy Good in his
book Above Top Secret writes: Another sinister recommendation of the panel
was that civilian UFO groups should be watched "because of their potentially
great influence on mass thinking if widespread sighting s should occur.
The apparent irresponsibility and the possible use of such groups for subversive
purposes should be kept in mind." The panel concluded that "the
continued emphasis on the reporting these phenomena does, in these parlous
times, result in a threat to the orderly functioning of the protective
organs of the body politic," and recommended:
- a. That the national security agencies take immediate
steps to strip the Unidentified Flying Objects of the special status they
have been given and the aura of mystery they have unfortunately acquired.
b. That the national security agencies institute policies on intelligence,
training, and public education designed to prepare the material defenses
and the morale of the country to recognize most promptly and to react most
effectively to true indications of hostile intent or action. P. 338
- Shortly thereafter every effort of the government went
into debunking UFOs even if it would mean embarrassing its own people.
It soon became known the best way to destroy your military career was to
report a UFO. Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, Chief of the Aerial Phenomena
Branch at the Air Technical Intelligence Center, said that the CIA ordered
the Air Force to debunk sightings and debunk witnesses. "We're ordered
to hide sightings when possible," he told Major Keyhole, but if a
strong report does get out we have to publish a fast explanation--make
up something to kill the report in a hurry, and also ridicule the witness,
especially if we can't figure out a plausible answer. even have to discredit
our own pilots." P.339
- The millions of dollars spent by the Air Force to debunk
the Roswell report show this policy is still strongly in effect. It's an
uphill climb to bring out the reality of the situation. If a group of military
people observe a UFO and the case has merit, they are quickly transferred
or retired to keep the observers from talking and told to keep quiet with
various threats. Every time I see a strong debunking article that tears
at the reputation of a courageous UFO researcher, I wonder who the debunker
is working for? If you study Ufology, you soon discover in almost every
important case there will be an attempt to ridicule those who bring the
pro UFO evidence forward. The better the case the stronger criticism.
Frequently this is led by a small but ferocious group who seem to claim
every sighting is the planet Venus or a hoax. Everyone is entitled to
their opinion, but they usually attack the researcher rather than the data.
The attacks are vindictive towards the person rather than his research
or sighting. I always wonder if the attackers are paid to conduct these
character assassinations? One favorite tactic is to attack the person
for any attempt to obtain a financial reward for researching UFOs. Some
how in every other field its all right to make a living accept in Ufology.
I'm happy to stand up in court to testify or debate anyone on the reality
of UFOs. The Cold War is over, so now many who were once government employees
are questioning these methods. The intensity of the government actions
tend to prove UFOs exist. Perhaps the policy needs review. Almost fifty
years have gone by since these debunking methods and ridicule became national
policy. I feel its time for a change.
- INVISIBLE RESIDENTS
- It should be realized that about half of UFO reports
involve oceans, lakes and rivers. UFOs are frequently seen going to and
from water, entering and leaving the water or traveling under the water.
For example, Ivan T. Sanderson writes, "The trawler Star of Freedom
(70 tons) from Fleetwood, Lancashire, struck an unidentified object in
the early hours of February 3, 1965. She was steaming at the time at nine
knots in 80 fathoms, 15 miles E.S.E. of Barra, Scotland. The crash lifted
the bow out of the water. A distress call was sent out, and the crew manned
the pumps. Eventually the badly holed trawler was beached in Castlebay
harbor. Skipper George Wood is convinced that he hit a surfacing submarine,
but both British and American naval authorities denied that any of the
their submarines had been involved. "Invisible Residents" The
book has hundreds of accounts of underwater craft not believed to be operated
- It is interesting to note that the Russian Navy and government
is still insisting that the most likely cause of the Kursk sub disaster
was a collision with a foreign submarine. The Norwegian Seismic Institute
indicates that explosions were detected at 11.28 AM and 11.39 AM Russian
time on August 12, in the vicinity of the sub. The second was a powerful
explosion that registered 3.5 on the Richter scale. It is possible that
some type of underwater collision could have caused events that led up
to the second large explosion that apparently blew a hole in the front
of the sub. The Russians claim the last contact with the vessel was on
August 11, when the Kirsch's commander Gennady Lyachin, successfully test-fired
a missile during a military exercise. He asked permission to fire again
on Saturday morning. The missile that may have exploded in its launch
tube is a rocket-propelled anti-submarine weapon an SSN15 or an SSN16.
The missile is fired like a torpedo but its rocket launches it to the
target area where it reenters the water and destroys the enemy sub. This
offensive action may have caused the unknown foreign sub to respond by
taking offensive action against the Kursk. If the sub accidentally hit
an underwater object the torpedo rocket may have exploded causing heavy
damage to the sub. We may never know what exactly caused the accident
in relatively shallow water not much deeper than the length of a football
- We should not forget almost three quarters of the Earth
is covered by water that averages two miles in depth. That is 280 million
cubic miles of water. Most of this area has never been explored by humans.
We know that life forms lived in the oceans hundreds of millions of years
before life came to land. Human embryos go through development that infers
we were fishlike at one time in the distant past. It is possible a civilization
millions perhaps a billion years older than our own developed with intelligent
aquatic creatures. I'm writing this story from the New Jersey shore whereas
far as I can see is the ocean. I went swimming this morning and found
strange creatures in the water. At least they were strange to me. One
I photographed had the shape of a disc and was made of a type of a hard
clear plastic like substance. Apparently it was from the jelly fish family
but enlarged hundreds of times this material could be made into a unique
underwater city. It could withstand tremendous pressure without collapsing.
Close by was a small crab with pinchers holding a small fish. Porpoises
and whales are said to possess intelligence equal to man. Equipped with
pinchers or fingers they would have the ability to manufacture objects.
Those who live under the sea may be either air breathing or liquid breathing.
Looking at these creatures from the ocean I wondered if over millions
of years an underwater civilization could have advanced to build flying
objects. UFOs may be from this planet or from somewhere in space but they
are frequently seen plunging through our atmosphere and diving into the
ocean. We actually know very little about what is beneath the sea and if
someone lives there they may not want to be found.
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