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Re: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern?

From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 23:02:44 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 04:11:10 -0500
Subject: Re: ET Hypothesis: Government Concern?


>Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 19:09:05 +0100 (MET)
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Henny van der Pluijm <hvdp@worldonline.nl>

Henny wrote:

>I retract my suggestion that you did not do any elementary research.


Thank you.

I had merely noted that, "the F-16 radar data from the Belgium flap
was _officially_ explained by the Belgian Air force as ground clutter
and no pilot ever witnessed an actual object", to which you replied:

"The people who were involved in this investigation would either hav
been insulted or would have rolled over the floor over this
explanation. Ground clutter! The official explanation was 'unknown

Having provided some material which confirms the background to the
BAF's subsequent conclusions, that was my sole intention. As the
overall evidence is open to interpretation, I neither endorse or
dispute those conclusions.

I would only wish to add that your subsequent comment, in reply to
Peter Brookesmith, stating there exists, "over 2,500 visual sightings,
25 videofilms and one photograph that shows a triangular craft with
three lights", refers to evidence which is equally open to

In a 1991 report provided to the ParaNet network, by Jean Manfroid of
the Liege University and the Institute of Astrophysics, Manfroid and
his colleagues wrote:

"We were also asked to examine several video tapes received by the
national TV station. Again, Venus was almost always the culprit.
These tapes were, as a rule, affected by very bad images, the
automatic focusing being fooled by surrounding objects, or by trying
to catch a point source at infinity... Nice effects were obtained with
extra-focal images of the aperture stop, pulsating disks etc. We were
often surprised by the descriptions given by the people who took the
videos: they cited distances of 30 or 50 meters, they spoke of hanging
globes, moving rapidly, following their cars etc... though their
recordings showed much more benign events. Invariably, all those
people were looking at the sky for the first time. This raises some
doubts on the validity of occasional witnesses.

Some of these accounts, as well as others, were relayed by the media.
Video tapes of aircrafts at night, showing only their lights were
visible. The snowball effect rapidly developed. Witnesses appeared,
reporting triangles in the sky, while frustrated astronomers, albeit
logging many more hours of observations (with sophisticated
equipment), continued to see satellites, meteorites, aircrafts (at
times as triangles of light spots)".

The full report can be found on various web sites, one being at URL:


I'm not so sure there were 2500 reports during that period, but
whatever, it's well documented that many of them described a wide
range of aerial phenomena.

2500 reports and 25 video tapes of a triangular object, there
unfortunately was not.

The Petit-Rechain photograph, presumably the one you refer to, does
not necessarily portray a "craft" and although it seems to be regarded
as authentic, how can we ever be sure it isn't a hoax?

Nevertheless, taking it at face value, there's a lesser known computer
enhancement of the photograph and some further related material on my
web site at URL:


The topic has diversified into a specific discussion on the '89-90
Belgian incidents and interesting though that is, it's not a path I
have time to follow other than superficially at the moment and I doubt
it leads to a new vista.

The point I addressed was whether any evidence exists to support the
contention that some governments now openly embrace the ET hypothesis,
specifically, that ET visitations are a matter of concern to them.

If there is no such evidence, which I have yet to see provided, then
perhaps we can accept that the 'ET hypothesis' isn't in fact being
recognised and acknowledged, as suggested.

The Belgian case is an indication that some governments, or elements
thereof, can be objective and candid about the possibilities, but it
doesn't go beyond that. There simply isn't the accepted evidence to
do so.

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