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'Wired News' On 1999 NY UFO Abduction Conference

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 06:10:12
Fwd Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 08:53:15 -0400
Subject: 'Wired News' On 1999 NY UFO Abduction Conference


Source: Wired News:

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updated 4:25 p.m.  15.Apr.99.PDT 

The Truth Is Way Out There

by Theta Pavis

3:00 a.m.  12.Apr.99.PDT

NEW YORK -- They aren't New Age believers who think aliens will
bring peace to the world. They don't think the new millennium
has anything to do with widespread abductions. And they don't
believe everything they hear.

The researchers who gathered for the 1999 UFO Abduction
Conference practice what they call "agnostic intellectualism."
But they have come to believe that strange abductions by aliens
could be happening.

"In UFO research, you have to take everything with a boulder of
salt," said David Jacobs, a white-haired associate professor of
history at Temple University who signed copies of his 1998 book
The Threat after speaking at Saturday's conference.

To do their work, researchers like Jacobs rely primarily on the
accounts that alleged abductees give while undergoing hypnosis.
And Jacobs readily admits the evidence is problematic.

"This is the weakest form of evidence we can get," Jacobs told
the audience of over 200. "But we have a tremendous amount of
it."

With thousands of abduction reports now on file, Jacobs and
others said they've found clear patterns in the testimony of
alleged abductees that warrant further research.

The conference was organized by the Intruder's Foundation, a
700-member group formed in 1989 by veteran UFO researcher Budd
Hopkins.

"I can't prove these things are happening. I never use the word
'proof.' But there's just enough evidence that you have to pay
attention," said Hopkins, who in 1964 experienced a UFO sighting
in Cape Cod. It was one of the events that piqued his interest
in the phenomenon.

UFO experts have always practiced "a certain kind of
conservatism," Hopkins said. In the beginning, they didn't want
to think that UFO sightings could be extraterrestrial.

Over the years, Hopkins said he and others have started to
believe more and more. For example, he said he has recently
begun to believe that aliens can make themselves and their
abductees invisible, even though that's "so off the wall."
There's just no other way to explain the fact that people get
abducted in the middle of the day with no witnesses, he said.
One famous case did have witnesses, according to Hopkins. In
1996, he wrote a book about Linda Cortile, a married mother of
two who was said to have been pulled through the window of her
home and floated 12 stories above the ground near the Brooklyn
Bridge. Hopkins wrote that witnesses -- among them a United
Nations diplomat -- reported seeing Cortile in the air and that
a strange metal implant appeared in x-rays of her nose and later
disappeared without a trace.

Cortile, who was at yesterday's conference, said the conference
was long overdue. "I think people are becoming more open-minded
and intelligent," she said.

Throughout the day, conference attendees shopped for books and
talked quietly during breaks. Nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman
gave a lively talk on why he thinks interstellar travel is
scientifically and technology possible.

Jerome Clark, an author and editor of International UFO
Reporter, gave a history of abductions. Filmmaker Carol Rainey,
who is married to Hopkins, talked about how the media distort
and under-report such phenomena.

Hopkins and Jacobs said alien abductions can happen at any time
of day or night, have been reported around the world, and cut
across all lines of race, class, gender, age and religion. They
say abductees often wake up with strange, scoop-like scars and
bruises they can't explain. When asked to draw the aliens, they
produce pictures of similar looking, small, grayish aliens with
big heads, large black eyes, and no hair. The abductees share
similar reports of being paralyzed, floated through walls and
windows and taken into space ships.

The aliens, they say, perform all sorts of tests on them, and
seem to be particularly interested in reproduction, often taking
their sperm and eggs.

Experts said the fact that thousands of people say aliens have
abducted them is either some kind of mass hallucination, or an
extraordinary phenomenon worth looking into.

Jacobs not only believes it's happening, but warns that the
alien visitors aren't friendly. They're interested, he said, in
dominating the planet and creating some kind of alien-human
hybrid.

When will it happen? Jacobs guesses at anywhere from tomorrow to
40 years from now.

"Even if it's 500 years from now, it's too soon. I'm not a happy
camper about this," he said. "These little guys are up to no
good."


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Tales of Abduction
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7.Jul.97

Unconvention Zeroes in on UFO Research
18.Apr.97

  

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