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Re: CSICOP Responds to SSE UFO Report

From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 00:03:35 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 08 Jul 1998 08:40:23 -0400
Subject: Re: CSICOP Responds to SSE UFO Report

>Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 17:04:01 -0500 (CDT)
>From: Geoff G. Dittman <umdittm0@cc.UManitoba.CA>>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: CCSICOP Responds to SSE UFO Report

>"Why is this news? The observation that some things sighted in
>the sky are unknown and merit further investigation is not a new
>revelation. We are committed to an open-minded and inquiry into
>any responsible paranormal claims. CSICOP has encouraged UFO
>research for more than two decades, and has published the
>results of rigorous UFO investigations. Some cases do remain
>unexplained. But that we should now devote government resources
>to further research is questionable. In our view, the government
>should not divert funds and time from other more fruitful
>scientific projects. Given limited resources for scientific
>research, the evidence to date regarding UFOs does not merit
>such strong attention. The idea that we should devote the
>business of the United States Congress to hearings on UFOs
>borders on the ridiculous.>

>"The release of the report appears well-timed to gain publicity
>for the SSE and their claims. It occurs a week after the
release >of the X-Files movie and during the week of Fourth of
July when >news is slow."

WAY TO GO CSICOP.......but don't worry guys, there won't be any
wasted government money. ANd occurring a week after the X files
movie is poor timing. They should have released the SSE report
ust before the X-files movie. And, of course, the CSICOP
response comes the week after July 4, when there isn't much

>Philip J. Klass
>CSICOP fellow, Senior Editor with Aviation Week and Space
>Technology magazine, leading UFO investigator and author.>

>The SSE recommends the creation of government funded UFO
>research projects like the one called GEPAN (Groupe D'Etudes des
>Phenomenes Aerospatiaux Non-identifies), created in 1977 by
>France which reported to the highly respected French space
>agency - CNES. In 1988, after more than a decade of UFO
>investigations, GEPAN's budget was drastically reduced, its
>mission was refocused to emphasize collecting reports of
>reentering satellite debris and meteorites, and its name was
>changed to SEPRA (Service d' Expertise desPhenomenes des
>Rentrees Atmospheriques).

>"During GEPAN's 11-year research effort, its most impressive UFO
>.case involved a peasant living in Trans-en-Provence who claimed
>a strange craft hovered over his yard in broad daylight. GEPAN
>strongly endorsed the caseb ased on its investigation into
>alleged UFO-caused effects on nearby plants,which GEPAN/SEPRA
>director Jean-Jacques Velasco described to the SSE's panel of
>experts. Velasco did not inform the SSE panel of scientists that
>a recent investigation by a pro-UFO French investigator - Eric
>Maillot - indicates that the Trans-en-Provence case is a hoax.

>"It is unfortunate that the SSE did not assemble a more balanced
>roster of UFO investigators to present evidence to the panel of
>scientists. The whole evaluation process appears suspiciously
>weighted to one side of the UFO debate."

WAY TO GO PHIL. I'm sure CSICOP can hold their own panel and
provide a more unbiased balance. And I wonder, just what was
proven about the Tans-en-Provence "hoax,"