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SciFi Supports UFO Investigative Effort

From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 14:33:04 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 19:47:32 -0500
Subject: SciFi Supports UFO Investigative Effort


Unprecedented Cooperative Joins Together Major Organizations To
Engage Scientific Community

Washington, D.C. - Recognizing the need to establish the
scientific legitimacy of investigating unidentified aerial
phenomena (UAP), SCI FI Channel today announced a new initiative
that brings together the major organizations investigating this
still mysterious phenomenon and establishes a multi-group effort
to study the physical evidence associated with UAP reports.

This unprecedented initiative, supported by the SCI FI Channel,
joins together all of the major organizations that study the
phenomenon-the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), the Fund for UFO
Research (FUFOR), the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), the National
Aviation Center for Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP), the National
Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), and the National UFO
Reporting Center (NUFORC).

The goal of the effort is to engage the interest of the broader
scientific community with cases featuring trace physical
evidence.  The cooperative will spearhead thorough scientific
investigations of these cases with the intent to publish results
in mainstream scientific journals.  The groups have created a
joint website where members of the public, as well as
scientists, can report current UFO sightings

"For nearly 50 years, numerous organizations and individuals
have reported on and studied the UFO phenomenon," said Dr. Mark
Rodeghier, Scientific Director of CUFOS. "Until now, these
organizations have not combined their accumulated knowledge,
expertise, and resources to establish and oversee a systematic,
rigorous effort to investigate scientifically promising UAP

At an organizing meeting held this past June in Washington,
D.C., leaders of these organizations agreed to develop a
framework and protocols to conduct rapid investigation and
analysis of cases with physical evidence. "Obtaining and
analyzing physical evidence is the best way to determine the
validity, and potential causes, of the UAP phenomenon," said
John Schuessler, International Director of MUFON.

"It is our hope that by working with scientists who can subject
this phenomenon to rigorous investigation and laboratory study,
we can understand more about the likely causes of UAP, whether
it occurs with discernible patterns or trends, whether existing
knowledge is adequate to provide explanations, or whether the
phenomenon represents something truly unexplained," said Don
Berliner, Chairman of FUFOR.

In addition to landmark documentary programming, last year SCI
FI launched a Washington, D.C. based public advocacy initiative
to draw greater attention to the UFO phenomenon by the media,
scientists and opinion leaders. Those interested in more
information on SCI FI's supported public advocacy initiative can
log on to www.freedomofinfo.org.  On December 12 the channel
will premiere UFO INVASION AT RENDLESHAM, a new two-hour special
hosted by Bryant Gumbel, exposing what has come to be regarded
as the most significant military-UFO incident in history

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