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Re: 'About' Project Grudge - Kaeser

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 11:11:30 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 11:17:16 -0500
Subject: Re: 'About' Project Grudge - Kaeser

>From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex@terra.com.br>
>To: UFO UpDates -Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
>Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 10:48:30 -0200
>Subject: Project Grudge

>Source: About.com - UFOs/Aliens


>Wednesday, 16-Jul-2003

>In February, 1949, Project Sign came to an end, and with it the
>Air Force's objective attitude toward UFOs. The final report of
>Project Sign was decidedly skeptical towards the
>extraterrestrial origin hypothesis for the origin of UFOs,
>reflecting a shift towards explaining all sightings as
>misidentifications of natural phenomena.

>Secretly, however, the Air Force had merely changed the name of
>the project to Project Grudge. The new name reflected the change
>in policy towards UFOs. This change in policy by the Air Force
>brought with it a campaign of characterizing those who believed
>UFOs were extraterrestrial as "kooks". Sidney Shallet, a writer
>for the Saturday Evening Post asked the Air Force for help in
>writing an article about "flying saucers". The Air Force had a
>policy of refusing such requests, but when they found that
>Shallet's article was to be of a debunking nature, they agreed
>to help him. Shallet spent two months researching the subject,
>and then wrote a two-part article entitled What You Can Believe
>About Flying Saucers.


There are others who have a greater depth of knowledge on this
history than I, but it should be mentioned that Project Grudge
was more than a simple name change from Project Sign. The
original Project Sign group was asked to investigate UFOs, but
their conclusions were too controversial and the investigation
was re-organized and given the name of Project Grudge.

If one is interested in the history of the field, one should
probably visit:


and review some of the documents there.