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UFOs Are With Us Again

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007 07:35:09 -0500
Archived: Thu, 06 Dec 2007 07:35:09 -0500
Subject: UFOs Are With Us Again

Source: The Elk Grove Citizen - California, USA


Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Other Side Of The News
Keith Gebers Column

UFOs Are With Us Again

Great Scott, UFOs are back in the news.

Now the Unidentified Flying Object chase is taking a different
approach. Its been modernized. Former pilots and officials are
calling for a new United States UFO probe. Maybe the old
theories of aliens from outer space will be relegated to the
background as the search for unidentified flying objects takes
on a new tack.

Today, former military aviators along with others say UFOs can
pose a national security problem.

Panelists from seven countries, which included former senior
military personnel, created the recommendation for the
government to reopen its UFO investigation. The international
panel said the United States government could face dangers if
such a suggestion is ignored. They cited 9/11, saying it is
unwise to ignore radar returns, which cannot be associated with
conventional aircraft such as airplanes and helicopters.

The first 'modern' sighting of a UFO came in 1947 when pilot Ken
Arnold noticed 'a formation of flying discs in skies above the
Pacific Northwest'. Within days hundreds of sighting of
unidentified flying objects were reported, ranging from cigar
shaped objects to high-speed triangles darting about the skies.
Flying saucers or discs remained the most reported objects.

Over 12,618 UFO sightings were investigated from 1947 to 1969 by
the Air Force in a program called Project Blue Book. Finally,
the government stated the sightings were no threat. But stories
continued with various themes including reports from people who
said they were actually abducted by aliens from outer space.
Even former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter claimed to
have sighted UFOs.

Since Project Blue Book was concluded the UFO reports have
continued. In South America and elsewhere there have been moving
pictures taken of unidentified flying objects streaking across
the sky.

Personally, I grew up interested in the phenomena, although I
never saw a UFO. When I was a teenager I amused myself thinking
a rival country, such as Russia, possibly sent them aloft. Then
I thought perhaps they were a natural phenomena created
naturally by atmospheric conditions. After all, there are many
things nature hands down to us that we have not discovered the
'whys and hows' yet.

Most of us are familiar with the many stories and films that
have come out about other- world aliens, pictures ranging from
It Came From Outer Space to Girl From Mars.

The first author to spell out the credibility of UFOs was Donald
Keyhoe, a former member of the Federal Aviation Administration.
His book Flying Saucers Are Real was a sensation in the early
1950s. After all, he was a well-known military analyst as well
as being a former government official, who toured the nation
with transatlantic flier Charles Lindbergh. Few people remember
however, that he was also a prolific fiction writer, who penned
tales of master-spy Eric Trent and also Dick Knight, who was
blind by day but could see perfectly at night.

Personally, I still like the natural phenomena theory. But the
recent panel, organized by a group dedicated to accepting
credibility for unidentified flying objects has urged Washington
to resume UFO investigations through the NASA or the Air Force.

Today, my teenage fantasy of a rival foreign power launching
such objects has more credibility than it did in the late 1940s
or 1950s. Former Federal Aviation Administration investigator
John Callahan said the CIA in 1987 tried to hush up sighting of
a huge lighted ball four times the size of a Jumbo jet. Other
UFO believers say authorities often dismiss such sightings
without proper investigations.

Investigation of UFOs may come full circle. It might be taxpayer
expensive but it can also be fun.

[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]

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