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MUFON Press Release

From: RSchatte@aol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 18:11:03 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 23:21:15 -0400
Subject: MUFON Press Release

The Mutual UFO Network
103 Oldtowne Road, Seguin, TX 78155 USA

Contact: 	Bob Bletchman 	860-675-6379
		Larry W. Bryant	703-931-3341

August 11, 1997

Government's UFO-related Pronouncements Renew Lessons Learned

When history judges the quantity and quality of UFO-related information
shared by Earth-based governments with their citizenry, how will the news
media rate in the process?

That question resurfaces from recent pronouncements by U.S.
military/intelligence officials that some of their predecessors' UFO-reality
denials, put-downs, and obfuscation's derived from a desire to protect secret
projects like balloon-borne nuclear-blast detectors and spy-plane missions.

The latest such pronouncement -- the spy-plane connection, as discussed in
an article by "New York Times" science writer William Broad on August 3rd -
amounts to nothing more than just another "'full, final, and complete
disclosure' a la the kind that Iraqi officials issue whenever U.N. inspectors
get too close to the truth about Saddam's hidden weaponry," explains Robert
H. Bletchman.

As MUFON director of public relations, Bletchman deals frequently with
reporters seeking authoritative information on the UFO problem. "I like to
remind them," he says, "of Dr. J. Allen Hynek's definition of 'unidentified
flying object' as published in his 1972 book "The UFO Experience:"

". . . the reported perception of an object or light seen in the sky or upon
the land the appearance, trajectory, and general dynamic and luminescent
behavior of which do not suggest a logical, conventional explanation and
which is not only mystifying to the original percipients but remains
unidentified after close scrutiny of all available evidence by persons who
are technically capable of making a common-sense identification, if one is

Ironically, astronomer Hynek had achieved at least 15 minutes of fame in
1966 when, as a consultant to the now-defunct USAF Project Blue Book, he felt
compelled to explain a flurry of UFO sightings in Michigan as probably
combusting swamp gas. Thenceforth, the American public in general -- and the
news media in particular - -have shown less readiness to accept the
government's UFO-related pronouncements. That turning point as regards
official credibility has a correlate: the U.S. military's reliance on
deceptive "body counts" in Southeast Asia to paint a picture of gradual U.S.
victory in the Vietnam War.

"In both the Michigan UFO case and in the Vietnam snafu, the media learned a
valuable lesson: Always cast a critical eye at glib, undocumented,
uncorroborated pronouncements by government officials," says Bletchman. "Now,
with this C.I.A. claim that 'many' of the reported UFO sightings of the Blue
Book era can be attributed to spy-plane activity, the media have another
opportunity to relearn that same lesson."

In the process, media people might find pay dirt in pursing such leads as --

* The whereabouts of (presumably still-classified) gun camera films of UFOs
being chased by jet interceptors;

* The alleged revelations contained in Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Philip J.
Corso's memoir "The Day After Roswell;"

* The extent of columnist Jack Anderson's knowledge of, and sources for, the
government cover-up of the UFO experience; and

* Potential new evidence from yet-to-surface whistleblowers of Corso's

Note: In retrospect, even today's officials would find it impractical to sift
through the nearly 12,000 Blue Book cases to see which ones fall into the 50
percent supposedly caused by spy planes. Were he alive today, Hynek would
dwell not on the intellectual killing field of Blue Book but on those "high
strangeness" and "national-security implicated" cases that, according to USAF
Brig. Gen C. H. Bolender, were steered past the Blue Book net into a dark
repository -- sightings like those revealed by retired astronaut Gordon
Cooper and USAF Lt. Col. William Coleman (a former BB official). Cooper's
case dates back to 1957 at Edwards AFB, California, involving a disc that
landed near a base film crew at the scene. Coleman's encounter occurred in
1955 while he and his flight crew ere airborne, coming within a few hundred
yards of a strange craft.

"As in the past MUFON directors, technical consultants, and field
investigators worldwide stand ready to help the news media help us resolve
the UFO problem," concludes Bletchman.

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