National Policy Of Debunking
UFOs Began With The
Robertson Panel
George A. Filer <>
Director - Mutual UFO Network Eastern
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
Filer's Files #34
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 counter "NOTHING"?
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 The US government's own historical documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act explain why it became US government's policy to debunk, mock, and discredit anyone who provides good evidence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 together.
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.
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 by humans.
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 field.
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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