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Re: The Ten Cases

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 98 09:04:04 PDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 14:42:27 -0400
Subject: Re: The Ten Cases

> Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases
> From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
> Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 15:56:52 -0400
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

> >Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 21:14:32 +0100
> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> >From: John Rimmer <johnr@magonia.demon.co.uk>
> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases
> >>And let's not forget that even the AF couldn't ascribe more that
> >>2% of their cases to hoaxes,
> >Don't forget the Air Force is a public body which is aware that
> >if it went around accusing too many taxpayers and voters of being
> >hoaxers it would be liable to get it's ass sued off and have some
> >angry elected representatives causing problems. If any AF
> >investigator *did* suspect a hoax it would in most cases be very
> >carefully tip-toed over by the public relations guys.

> >>a finding which I believe can be
> >>reproduced by most UFO organizations as well.

> >For some reason I'm not surprised by this.

> The question remains whether you can substantiate an assertion
> that the cited figures are wrong, and on what basis, or whether
> we are just supposed to accept you testimony.

A splendid point, Mark.  Sounds to me as if our friend John is
just making it up as he goes along.  In fact, as anybody who's
studied Blue Book's largely inept handling of UFO investigation
knows, there is no evidence whatever that it was holding its
fire; to the contrary, its problem, not only a scientific but a
p.r. one, was its habit of shooting wildly.  Probably no one but
John has ever before accused Blue Book of acting cautiously.

Its fecklessness in calling witnesses dishonest or devoid of the
most elementary perceptual abilities brought the AF study into
disrepute and even from time to time attracted the attention of
members of Congress, responding to complaints from constituents.
If anything, one might argue, a more objective assessment of Blue
Book data may well have reduced the already low hoax percentage.

While we're on the subject of Blue Book's failings, let me
recommend an excellent book on that very subject -- a book that I
fear has been overlooked in the flood of less worthy volumes that
have washed over all of us in the past year: Kevin Randle's
Project Blue Book Exposed (Marlowe and Company, 1997). This
searching, intelligent analysis of PBB data ought to be on the
bookshelf of everyone who considers himself or herself a serious

Jerry Clark

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