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Leir Steps Down From F.I.R.S.T.

From: Jolene Rae Harrington <jrae@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 15:28:36 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 08:41:58 -0400
Subject: Leir Steps Down From F.I.R.S.T.


Pioneering abduction researcher Derrel Sims has asked for and
received the resignation of colleague Dr. Roger Leir as Medical
Director of Fund For Interactive Research in Space Technology,
the partnership they formed in 1996.  The team gained notoriety
when they became the first to remove alleged alien implants in a
controlled medical setting.

Sims stated that the medical responsibilities of FIRST are going
to require professionals with a broader scope and experience
than Leir possesses, who is a podiatrist.  Sims is currently
finalizing the selection of a team of medical, scientific, and
other uniquely-disciplined professionals to explore new research
released from Saber, Sims' organization specializing in
abduction research and the source for the original implant

As related in Dr. Leir's book, THE ALIEN AND THE SCALPEL, Sims
and Leir met at a UFO convention where Simswas a featured
speaker. The initially skeptical podiatrist agreed to help
organize the surgical removal of an anomalous object from the
foot of one of Sims' patients.  Other surgeries followed, and
Sims and Leir formed the FIRST partnership to focus on the
medical and scientific analysis of the objects.  Recently, as
part of the NBC special Confirmation, Sims and Leir consulted on
the surgical removal of a possible alien implant.

Although some of the testing results of FIRST's work have been
available on their web site or discussed by other researchers,
Sims stresses that "much more testing and research is needed
before any conclusions can be drawn."  To this end, he has
formed strategic alliances with scientists from all over the
world eager to contribute their expertise.  A former private
investigator, Sims is extremely concerned with the special
handling, maintenance and archiving of samples and artifacts.
"Security and proper chain-of-evidence will be the hallmark of
FIRST from now on," he promises.

In addition, Sims has been invited by Helmut Lamaar of the
Austrian Space Research Institute to head up MILAB
abduction/implant work worldwide.  Meanwhile, Leir continues to
serve as Section Director for the Ventura County chapter of
MUFON.   "Dr. Leir's participation in the surgeries and the
follow-up has been an important part of FIRST," acknowledges
Sims.  "Now we are moving in an exciting new direction, with
improved efficiency and resources."

A new web site, www.alienimplants.com, is currently
underconstruction.  In the meantime, please visit
www.ALIENHUNTER.org, www.FIRSTevidence.org,
www.ALIENIMPLANTS.com (coming soon) for news about FIRST and
Saber projects.


Media Liaison:  Jolene Rae Harrington

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