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'Coincidental' UFO Sightings and Natural Events

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 10:50:40 -0800 (PST)
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 19:29:16 -0500
Subject: 'Coincidental' UFO Sightings and Natural Events

The recent Washington state UFO sightings, which were said by
some to be explained both by a satellite rocket reentry and a
meteor shower, raises the old question of how "coincidental" such
UFO events actually are.  In this Washington state case, many of
the reports were of dazzling displays that lasted 5 or 10 seconds
long, and could not have been due to meteors, each of whose
streak lasts less than one second.  And many could not have been
those assigned to the reentering rocket, as it was said by
authorities to have splashed into the Pacific, while the UFOs
were seen over land passing from west to east.  This latter info
comes from callers to the Art Bell show that night.  If anyone
has quotes from witnesses on this, perhaps obtained from Linda
Howe's report (whose audio I'm unable to download) on Art's web
page, it would be worthwhile to post it here.

The earliest mention I've noticed in any literature that such UFO
sightings tend to occur near the same time and place as natural
events, more frequently than can be ascribed to chance, is due to
Pennsylvania ufologist Stan Gordon (see the MUFON J. of Dec.
1985, p. 8).  Here he states:

      "Recently the MUFON UFO Journal published several articles
which have shown indication that unexplained UFO activity in some
cases seems to occur at nearly the same time, and in the same
general location where observers have reported the passage of a
scientifically explainable UFO, such as a bright meteor or a
satellite re-entry.  This 'covert' activity should be closely
monitored by researchers to see if additional cases of this type
are occurring."

I believe that Stan Gordon was right on in his analysis, and that
such cases have been recurring, with this Washington state event
being the most recent.  This would merely mean that the "I" in
SETI, which stands for intelligence, is indeed an attribute of
the UFO aliens, and is of sufficiently high level to be able to
stay several jumps ahead of scientists and ufologists alike.  The
main reason for such alien strategy, of course, would be to
supply at least a modicum of deniability to those debunkers and
negative skeptics whose beliefs (or belief systems, one may say)
would be shattered if they were suddenly forced to believe that
UFO aliens or ETs are in our vicinity, are aware of us, and are
far ahead of us not only in science and technology but in
intelligence and cleverness.

However, by ignoring the witnesses' reports indicating that the
natural "explanation" can't explain the sightings, or at most can
explain only the ordinary humdrum observance that occurred nearby
in space or time, debunkers can utilize the ridicule factor, as
by saying "If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you."
Such ridicule, of course, does not address the sightings in
question, but fear of such ridicule may deter ufologists from
paying more attention to such cases.

I believe such alien behavior or strategy is fully consistent
with their similar strategy of frequently disguising (or
reshaping?) their craft to look nearly or somewhat like airplanes
or even black helicopters, and at times at night to appear like
stars, except for moving about suddenly at times but at other
times just sitting still and being of an intensity comparable to
a star.  Prof. Harley Rutledge has documented cases of the latter
type.  The aliens thereby continue to supply deniability to the
incredulous while supplying UFO evidence to those who may happen
to notice that the "airplane" had no wings & tail, or at night
showed improperly colored or improperly located navigational
lights, etc.

Jim Deardorff

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