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Re: SOS OVNI & French DMI - Petrakis

From: Perry Petrakis <sosovni@pacwan.fr>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 22:40:21 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 14:11:00 +0000
Subject: Re: SOS OVNI & French DMI - Petrakis

Hi List members,

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I do not have time to argue with
great detail, the posts of Richard Nolane, Gildas Bourdais or
François Parmentier. In private, they probably are very nice
people but when it comes to UFO talk, they take up their armour
to declare some kind of battle they think may interest the whole
world. I'm not quite sure what the bickering between the
believers they say to be and the skeptic they say I am, does...

I must clarify however two or three points. My crime of lese
majeste seems to be that I have always kept a very skeptic
stance at Roswell. I do not believe, at this point, that there
is anyone who has produced any hard evidence of a crash or even
a coverup in that part of the world, put aside the Mogul one.
It's my opinion and I share it, as once said by a French

Yes I am even skeptical that the many thousands of annual
sightings reported all over the world represent true
extraterrestrial objects. If that were the case, then we would
very probably have some harder evidence than mere witnesses and
sloppy photographs. After all, very often, when a plane crashes
somewhere, and that's a rare occurence, there is someone (if not
many) with a camcorder to record the accident.

Does that make me one of those horrible skeptics who must be
shot dead while walking their dog or whatever?

Let's say I've been investigating for the past 30 years, with a
totally open mind (at least at the beginning) contrarily to G.
Bourdais, R. Nolane or F. Parmentier who were totally unknown a
few years ago. They jumped on the Roswell Bandwagon just as did
so many people in the Eighties.

For the record, I still consider myself totally open to any type
of exotic argument given it is reasonably proven. I still
believe there are a few cases which involve truly inexplicable
phenomena, maybe of extraterrestrial origin. Nothing to do
however with the thousands promoted by the ufology industry.

SOS OVNI nor myself have a hidden agenda. We are not paid by
any government agency to debunk or disprove anything.

As for the COMETA, I will just say this: it might have been
written by high ranking past officials and it is countersigned
by some important people but it means nothing and only reflects
their personnal views which I do not share. It was written
within a non-profit organisation. It is a rehash of what was
said in 1995 under the auspices of this French Intelligence
Agency. Whoever wrote this at that time, got it countersigned by
the major military intelligence agency in France and published
by the Ministry of Defense. It therefore reflects their views.
Let's note that all these nice people seem to have been well
aware of the document but never whispered a word about it, maybe
to promote a committee much more close to their own views. Who
has a hidden agenda? My bet is that if COMETA had managed to
get their report published in an official context, it would have
been less tantalizing

Until so-called ufologists learn to abide by standards and
methods used everywhere else to gain knowledge, ufology will
stay the hell it's always been and the few really interesting
cases I mentionned above will never surface above the hype. But
I've no hope left for that, it's seems really too late.

Perry Petrakis


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