- Over 1,300 pages of former secret UFO documents surface
in Brazil and was given to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers Hundreds
of papers from the Brazilian Air Force's official System for the Investigation
of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon have surfaced and demonstrate how Nation's
military authorities dealt with the UFO Phenomena in the 60s and 70s.
- The Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) has
just received a massive lot of new UFO-related documents from the Brazilian
government, which disclose in detail the inner workings of the official
body created by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in 1969, during the dictatorship
years, to investigate the presence and activity of aliens in the country:
the System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (SIOANI).
- This time, however, the newly disclosed documents have
not come from the government, as a result of the campaign "UFOs: Freedom
of Information Now!", which has so far produced three official disclosures,
the largest and most important of which was on May 4th, largely announced
- The new former secret material was handed over to CBU
by civilian researcher Edison Boaventura, from Grupo Ufo gico do Guaruj
(GUG), who has kept such material away from the Brazilian UFO community
for over 10 years.
- Boaventura was given the referred documents by a retired
Brazilian Air Force military source in the 90s and has kept it secret since
then. At the recent III World UFO Forum, held in June 2009 in Curitiba
(PR), Brazil, however, he was formally requested by the members of CBU
and decided to hand over the whole lot of documents on behalf of the freedom
of information campaign. "I decided to contribute to this endeavor,
so I'm sending these documents to be published by the Brazilian UFO Magazine",
- Last week, Boaventura gave to the Brazilian UFO Magazine
editor A. J. Gevaerd, coordinator of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers
(CBU), over 1,300 pages of previously unseen documents from SIOANI, besides
28 colored sketches and 64 photos taken by the Air Force in the 1960's.
Along with them, there came 137 pages of color files with 3 sketches and
17 photos, all official. He has been asked by many other Brazilian UFO
researchers why he had kept all such material far from the UFO Community
for so long.
- Previously unreleased material
- This vastly important and significant material was not
part of the official Brazilian UFO disclosure. The Brazilian UFO Magazine
website [www.ufo.com.br] has already made available in the last months
over 1,200 pages of documents, besides 200 photos of SIOANI's activities
as well as Operation Saucer, carried out in the Amazonian region in 1977.
- But none of the documents received by CBU from the Brazilian
Government contained anything such as the colored drawings of UFOs made
by the military personnel who used to work for SIOANI, nor pictures of
witnesses, such as that of nurse Maria Cintra, who had a close encounter
with an extraterrestrial being on the early hours of August 25th 1968,
in Lins (SP), one of the classical UFO incidents in Brazilian Ufology that
was secretly investigated by the militaries.
- Included in the newly revealed documents are the detailed
research proceedings carried out in dozens of UFO-related incidents, which
had not been made public so far. Some of the colored sketches of UFO incidents
investigated by SIOANI are here: www.ufo.com.br/documentos/sioani/Novos_documentos
- All the material handed over to the Brazilian Committee
of UFO Researchers CBU) was additionally sent to the Nation`s National
Archives in the Federal Capital, Brasilia, whose reception was officially
communicated to the Nation presidentZs Civil Office, and now became an
integral part of the process headed by CBU.
- "This will no doubt add to the pressure exerted
upon the Government for the release of new folders containing data pertaining
to UFOs and the military activity in the ongoing Brazilian UFO research",
said geographer Fernando Ramalho, one of CBUZs members. This material now
made public through the Brazilian UFO Magazine should be released just
when it was given to a civilian researcher, over 10 years ago.
- Download the new files in PDF or JPG formats (total is
over 360 Mb) from this address:
- www.ufo.com.br/documentos/sioani/Novos_documentos Other
documents can be found here: www.ufo.com.br/documentos/sioani/ www.ufo.com.br/documentos/prato/
- Please note: Download, print, publicize and otherwise
share these documents around, but not fail to mention the source, Brazilian
UFO Magazine, and emphasize that this material is coming to public thanks
to the efforts of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU).
- What was the SIOANI
- The System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial
Phenomenon (SIOANI) was unprecedented in Brazil and in the world. It was
created in 1969, under the inspiration and guidance of Air Force major-brigadier
JosÃ© Vaz da Silva, head of the Committee for the Investigation
of Flying Saucers. In its early stages, SIOANI had high-ranked propositions
and it operated exemplarily. Its conceptualization demonstrates so: "SIOANI
is the collective resources of personnel and materiel dedicated to the
investigation and research of the so-called Unidentified Aerial Objects
(UAO) phenomenon". The closure of the USAF's Project Blue Book in
1969 may have contributed for the shutting down of SIOANI in 1972.
- Unfortunately, over 90% of FAB personnel nowadays have
absolutely no knowledge of this amazing endeavor. However, as far as we
know, the percentage of laypeople involved in the issue tends to increase
quickly. The SIOANI was organically constituted by:
- (a) Center for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial
Objects (CIOANI) A central body of the System.
- (b) Investigation Zone of Unidentified Aerial (ZIOANI)
- A geographical area which comprised the Offices for the Investigations
of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI). There were six of those offices.
(c) Office for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI)
- - A bureau that was in charge of observing, investigating
and collecting materials for research into the Unidentified Aerial Objects
(UAO). Its function could be executed by a military agency, a public institution
or individuals. The NIOANI was attached to its corresponding ZIOANI.
- (d) Research and Analysis Laboratories (LIOANI) Â
Supporting agencies for the accomplishment of research tasks and material
analysis related to UAO.
- (e) Personnel and materiel transport (TIOANI) Â
Means of transportation that was first provided by official agencies, military
or civilian, upon request by CIOANI, ZIOANI or NIOANI. When official transport
was not available, the commercial transportation could be used. The transport
had to be appropriate, efficient and fast.
- A quick arrival to the spot where a UFO incident had
occurred was basic, so that there would be no alteration of traces or distortion
of facts. For that purpose there were five small-sized aircraft, two twin-engine
craft and three single-engine craft, based on the Park for Aeronautical
Materiel in SÃ£o Paulo, and were run by the 4th Air Zone.
Those aircraft were used for the Organization's normal services, as well
by those demanded by SIOANI.
- (f) Communication network (RIOANI) Â Comprised
of a web that involved the now-extinct FAB's communication networks, and
further Singular Forces (Brazilian Army and Navy), Police Forces and the
amateur-radio network, aiming at rapid transmission of phenomenological
occurrences or the information flow between the several links in the system.
SIOANI reported to the Ministry of the Aeronautics, but the results of
its work was forwarded to the Air Force's Chiefs-of-Staff.
- Within the 4th Air Zone, it was outside the frame of
its Chiefs-of-Staff, but its chief was also responsible for the 2nd Section
(Information), encompassing CIOANI, which confirmed that the UFO issue
was handled by an Information (nowadays Intelligence) officer. Considering
that SIOANI wasn't a top secret agency and that even civilian researchers
took part of its procedures, all this structure proves that Brazil was
the first country in the world ever to officially and publicly admit the
reality of the UFO Phenomena, and the first one to investigate it openly,
in a not secret manner.
- A. J. Gevaerd, Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine Coordinator,
Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) National Director, Mutual
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- PS. Many thanks to Marcos Malvezzi Leal for helping in