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UFO Researchers Seek 'The Truth

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 10:36:51 -0400
Archived: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 10:36:51 -0400
Subject: UFO Researchers Seek 'The Truth

Source: Space.Com - New York, New York, USA


23 August 2007

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UFO Researchers Seek 'The Truth'
By Leonard David
Special Correspondent

DENVER, Colorado =96 With so much planet-hunting and spotting
going on, we are in a showdown to see whether the universe is
perhaps chock-full of extraterrestrial life.

Distant starfolk is one thing. Having ET stopovers here on
Earth, via UFOs, is another. And that was just the topic du jour
here at the 38th Annual International UFO Symposium, subtitled
An Estimate of the Situation: The ET Hypothesis, held August 10-
12 and sponsored by the Denver-based Mutual UFO Network, Inc.,
or MUFON for short.

As a yearly affair, the symposium provides a platform for
specialists and investigators that delve into UFOs, purported
military cover-ups and denials, physical evidence surrounding
UFOs, as well as those "high strangeness" encounters with alien

The MUFON summit brought together more than 500 people =96 a true
gabfest for the flying saucer devotee.

Passion for the truth

James Carrion, MUFON's International Director, said the
organization is fervent about resolving the scientific enigma
known as unidentified flying objects.

"To me, it's all about the truth. I have a passion for the
truth," Carrion told SPACE.com.

Still, after decades of pursuing "the truth" behind UFOs,
Carrion admitted that the quest is befuddling. "Why is it always
within out of reach...kind of there, but it's not there?"

A new MUFON initiative being implemented this year is outreach
to engage mainstream scientists, Carrion said, to assist in
taking a more detailed look at the data. An open letter to the
professional scientific community is now being drafted, to be
issued before year's end, he said.

"We have to gain respectability here ... so we're trying to
kick-start intellectual curiosity out there," Carrion added. "We
know that there are folks in academia who have an interest, but
they don't know what to do with it."

The MUFON strategy initially centers on the hypothesis that UFOs
are human-manufactured and then evaluate the data amassed to
date against that premise, Carrion advised. "If this triggers
your intellectual curiosity ... help us out," he said.

Carrion said that MUFON is also forming two research teams: One
to dive into the history of "UFOlogy" and government archives,
the other to probe into the abduction encounters.

"I'm a skeptical believer," Carrion pointed out. "I've never
seen a UFO. But I've read enough of our own evidence. There's
something real to this. To me, it's an issue of what is it?"

Tell it like it is

For nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, there is no doubt that
some UFOs are alien spacecraft. Moreover, the subject of flying
saucers, in his view, represents a "Cosmic Watergate" - a
colossal government cover-up.

Friedman is a globe-trotting lecturer on UFOs and is the
original civilian investigator of the celebrated UFO crash case
in Roswell, New Mexico. That out-of-the-blue happening
supposedly occurred some 60 years ago, in 1947, involving no
less than two crashed saucers, strewn debris and recovered alien
bodies, he reported at the MUFON meeting.

"I come on very, very strong. I'm not an apologist UFOlogist...I
tell it like it is," Friedman told SPACE.com. He senses that a
"big sea change" is taking place on several fronts.

"My overall impression is that people are more ready to accept
[UFO visitation] because the world has changed...space travel
being an important part of that," Friedman noted. "What I'm
saying is that the notion that most people don't believe in UFOs
isn't true."

Also, the media is giving UFO sightings a much fairer shake than
in the past, Friedman suggested, citing not only Roswell
coverage, but the reporting of UFO sightings made at O'Hare
Airport late last year and more revelation concerning the
Phoenix lights saga of March 1997.

"I don't look for advocacy...I want fairness," Friedman added.
"I feel the world is ready. I'm outspoken, yes. But I try to
make it a rule: Fact in hand before mouth in gear."

Mind-bending finding?

UFOs as visitors from afar would be a simple, easy-to-grasp
explanation, suggested George Knapp, an investigative reporter
for KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada. But he wonders if there isn't
a mind-bending finding waiting at the bottom of the UFO barrel.

"It seems to stay one or two steps ahead of what we can
do...from airships to the saucers, to giant flying
triangles...almost teasing, taunting, or inspiring," Knapp told
SPACE.com. Given cutting-edge physics, talk of the multi-verse
and parallel universes, along with threshold biological and
computer work, there are fundamental paradigm shifts ahead, he

"Although we can't figure out a way to get there...doesn't mean
they can't figure out a way to get here," Knapp said. Involved
in UFO reporting for some two decades, Knapp said he's committed
to the journalistic credo that the public has a right to know.

"But you know what? Maybe not! It goes against everything in my
professional life that I believe. What if it's not something we
should know? That the truth is so unsettling that our social
institutions would, in fact, crumble," Knapp confided.

Knapp underscored the prospect that perhaps we Earthlings live
in the middle of some other kind of intelligence. Perhaps our
planet is nothing more than a cosmic drive-in theater, he added,
and UFOs skim in and out of our skies just to watch goofy

"And if it's something else - like they live here among us and
everything we do is like being in a glass shower - people are
going to go crazy. So maybe there is a reason for keeping this
secret...and a need for government cover-up which I believe
there is," Knapp said.

Knapp's on-air investigative work focuses primarily on
government corruption and organized crime. But asked about the
angle that his next investigative piece on the UFO phenomenon
will take, he quickly responded. "Nothing I'm going to tell you

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