- They were there on a search for truth, or at least their
version of it.
- The federal courtroom was jampacked with observers, but
they weren't there to watch the trial. The actual proceeding mattered very
- In their minds, the verdict was already in: Alien beings
are among us, and the government is engaged in an all-out campaign to keep
- The observers just showed up in the courtroom to glean
evidence to support that view.
- Peter Gersten, the attorney and founder of Citizens Against
UFO Secrecy, sat waiting to argue his case. A man in a bright yellow jacket
snapped open a briefcase and offered Gersten the beginnings of a book about
the Kennedy assassination called Flame of Silence.
- "I'm trying to get it to Art Bell," he told
- The attorney politely told him thanks but no thanks.
- Gersten has filed three federal lawsuits in recent months.
One, which sought wreckage from a purported 1947 UFO crash, was tossed
out. Another, which asks the government to take action against the invading
alien force, is pending.
- Then there is the case heard Monday, asking the government
to turn over all documents relating to a triangular object spotted all
over the world. And in Phoenix.
- "(We're) talking about an object that's been in
existance for 20 years, the size of a football field, flying at treetop
level, with no noise. And they don't know what it is," Gersten told
the judge. "You would think it would be the Number 1 priority of the
Department of Defense."
- Richard Patrick, an assistant U.S. attorney, doesn't
much look the part of a shadowy government figure bent on keeping a lid
on the truth, but that's the role he played in the minds of the UFOlogists
in the audience.
- He said the government looked for the documents but didn't
find any. He asked the judge to drop the matter, saying the search for
paperwork on the spooky craft was "reasonable."
- Problem is the word "reasonable" doesn't mean
much to true believers.
- Nothing the government said would be trusted or believed
by the life forms in the courtroom, unless it helped prove their extraterrestrial
- The only "reasonable" evidence they'd accept
would be FBI agents coming into court with a red wagon filled with spacecraft
wreckage and a dead alien or two.
- And they're not alone. Seems like a lot of us like to
suspend reason when it comes to reports of alien spacecraft.
- Television reports about the infamous "Phoenix lights"
of March 13, 1997, still say that there is no "reasonable" explanation
for the orbs that appeared the night.
- But there is an explanation. A very reasonable one.
- An astronomer pointed his telescope at the strange hovering
pattern around 8:30 p.m. that night and saw planes in formation. The bright
lights people saw to the west of town around 10:30 p.m. that night coincide
with planes dropping an unusual amount of flares over a gunnery range.
- But those explanations are discounted in favor of the
one that is more fun: Aliens are among us.
- District Judge Stephen McNamee said he'd issue a ruling
soon. But it won't matter much.
- If UFOlogists lose the suit, they still win. They'll
just have more proof that the government is hiding the real truth.
- That truth being that the sky is filled with aliens,
monitoring our thoughts and actions.
- No wonder they just keep on flying.
- From Robert M. Collins <firstname.lastname@example.org
- The only airplanes I saw in January '98 were those trying
to make approches to the Sky Harbor Airport and circumnavigate around those
bright Orange Orbs. I didn't have a telescope, just a pair of bushnell
binoculars, but I could tell the difference.
- I guess the Arizona Republic and that "Astronomer"
can't. And those 737s, etc, et al weren't dropping flares: they were
just trying to advoid those Orbs which were about 10 times bigger that
- I think those Arizona cowboys should get back on their
horses and ride off into the sunset and leave the thinking to somebody
- From William Hamilton <email@example.com,
- The so-called Astronomer who saw the planes was a teenager
who had a Dobsonion telescope. He only glanced briefly at the lights through
his eyepiece and thought they were on "squarish" wings. This
guy got a lot of attention from the media. As far as I was concerned he
had no better powers of observation than any other witness. When he spoke
on TV at Village Labs I watched him. He was fidgeting all the time, and
he would not make a eye contact with anyone. He was extremely nervous
and I got the strong impression he was lying. His mother could not verify
that he peeked through his scope at the lights.
- His description did not match anyone else's description
and for all I know he could have seen airplanes at a slightly different
time and location and confused them with what everyone else saw at the
- I know that Alan Moray of Arizona MUFON also claims that
planes flew over Phoenix that night (3/13/97) and has publicly stated that
my report on the sightings that night is erroneous! My report will be
in the next issue of UFO magazine and I think people will be impressed
by the eyewitness statements. More than one extremely large object (not
formations) was seen by some very observant eyewitnesses.
- The Arizona Republic's writer was a skeptic from the
start so all he wants to write are amusing articles about UFOs. These
journalists are dummies and could not think their way out of a paper bag.
- Robert Collins wrote:
- Bill; ok. When you get your copy of UFO Magazine, please
make a copy and send. And, all those folks who said they saw airplanes
were probably looking at the ones making approaches to the Phoenix Sky
Harbor Airport...the same ones I saw and those Orange Orbs right next to
the approaching airplanes. It's what you want to believe, so you quote
some kid with a telescope.....Rmc
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