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Official UFO Committee in Uruguay

From: "A. J. Gevaerd" <gevaerd@ufo.com.br>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 14:15:46 -0300
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 16:02:01 -0400
Subject: Official UFO Committee in Uruguay

Hi folks!

I just arrived from Argentina, where I attended a congress held
in the city of Victoria (Entre Rios) and lectured about UFOs in
Brazil. I was surprised to meet with 4 men from the official UFO
investigation committee of Uruguay, called "Centro de Receptacion
y Investigaciones de Denuncias de Objetos Voladores No
Identificados" (Cridovni), which means UFO Reports Collection and
Investigation Center. They were also lecturers at the
conference.

As far as I know, this is the ONLY known and OPEN, public,
military committee dedicated to UFO research in the world today,
financed by a government which doesn't want to hide it. Cridovni
was launched 19 years ago by the president of Uruguay and its Air
Force. Since that time, according to the members of the committee
present in Argentina, they have investigated about 800 UFO
reports, from which 1.5% remained unexplained.

They claim that they research the only "UFO Phenomena", rather
than assuming that these objects are proved to be
"extraterrestrial spacecraft". Their methods are extremely
scientific and resembles the techniques implemented by the late
doctor Hynek, which includes evaluation of strangeness and
witness credibility scores. The Cridovni, despite all time of its
existence, its official resources to use, all the vehicles to
transport their teams that they must have, labs and other
facilities to operate and probably also some official budget,
have A LOT of restrictions towards Ufology and UFO researchers.

For instance, they don't accept the abductions entirely and are a
bit skeptical toward cases such as the "gold" classical
kidnappings. "No scientific evidence to prove them yet has been
found", they said. The same happens with most cases that
civilians UFO researchers would easily accept, after a carefull
examination. "One must apply a lot of filters to retain what is
real from what is fantasy in UFO sightings", they mentioned.

The 4 men officially present at the Victoria congress were
divided in two civilians (a psychologist and a pilot) and two
military (a major and a lieutenant). They claim they investigate
cases, conduct interviews with witnesses and attend to
conferences always in 4, two civilians and two military. They did
a very interesting presentation, although excessively skeptic.
When asked to present a single case from their country, they said
"no, we are not here to tell stories, but to demonstrate our
methods of investigation". Was frustrating.

I was with Stanton Friedman and a few other Argentinean speakers
at the conference and most of us remained a little unsatisfied
with what we heard. We kind of expected some more to come from
an official committee. To speak for myself, I would say that I got
2 surprises in Argentina: one was meeting that official committee
and learning that they are 19 years old. The other was to realize
that they, military with resources, know absolutely nothing more
or else than we, poor civilians without any budget at all.

Hope this will help anyone in this list.

A. J. Gevaerd
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine
gevaerd@ufo.com.br




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