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Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:00:33 +0000
Archived: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 21:01:04 -0500
Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King


>From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 05:39:31 -0500
>Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

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>Lan and Gerald,

>You are two people on this List whose views and opinions I
>always benefit from. Anyone who knows me knows how skeptical I
>am of people who engage in sensationalism, embellishment, or any
>of their cousins. I personally size up witnesses at every
>opportunity.

>During the recent National Press Club press conference I had
>occasion to talk at length with Jim Penniston, sat with him at
>meetings, and got to know him pretty well. He is a very
>conservative, thoughtful, dignified person who was and is highly
>professional about military matters. I heard his presentation
>which, up to that point, I had only second hand from Colonel
>Halt. No way is he embellishing or exaggerating anything.

>I know Charles Halt even better. Several years ago I interviewed
>him at length for the account of the Rendlesham Forest affair
>that was published in my book The UFO Evidence, Volume II.
>After that I have talked with him many times, attended meetings
>with him, exchanged communications and information with him
>regularly, and advised him on media affairs. He is as honest and
>direct as the day is long. And it is significant that he
>finished his Air Force career in the Pentagon as a highly placed
>officer in the Inspector General's office.

>Some people on this List seem unable to grasp the human factors
>aspects of close encounter UFO sightings, which generally scare
>the pants off of the astonished witnesses. In this country, at
>least, the ridicule factor is very powerful. So in the heat of
>the momemnt, fearing ridicule and/or loss of reputation,
>witnesses often (I repeat, often) are reluctant to come forth
>with the full details of their experiences. I know this as a
>fact, and know many highly placed witnesses who don't dare speak
>out.

>In the military this Ridicule Factor can be especially powerful.
>You do things by the book, and you are required to follow
>certain protocols, and you don't go around telling wild stories.
>So if you are a senior security policeman and see a rather
>unearthly metallic craft in the woods and touch it, you are in a
>quandary. The behavior of both Penniston and Halt in initially
>holding back the details about what they experienced is
>completely understandable.

>Another important point in regard to character is this:

>Here we are 27 years later and Colonel Halt absolutely trusts
>and respects Jim Penniston. They have remained in close touch;
>they were together at the press conference and more or less gave
>a joint presentation. Obviously, what happened in the woods in
>England was a life-altering experience for both of them and
>still is having a profound effect on them.

All extremely pertinent points Dick, and important to keep in
mind when attempting to unravel the contradictory accounts that
have emerged over time.

Assuming you are absolutely correct about Penniston & Halt's
bona fides in the matter, I feel there are still a few points
worth making.

If Penniston & Halt have revealed more through the years as they
have gradually come to terms with a traumatic experience, then
there are grounds to suspect that there might be yet more to
come from them. Given their excellent character references,
plain old-fashioned military/patriotic loyalty might now be an
even greater factor than trauma in causing them to withhold
further information.

I believe that this is a powerful argument for researchers to
consider the Cash/Landrum case's potential as a key to
resolution. If pursuit of that were to reveal some solid
connections with Rendlesham, and, at the same time, reveal some
key data, then that might enable Penniston and Halt to speak
more freely.

Now, I'm aware that I'm creating an extended chain of hypothesis
and supposition here, and may appear to some to be fanciful for
so doing, but I feel that sometimes an indirect approach can
offer the quickest and best way forward. It would be interesting
to hear from anybody with first-hand experience of Cash/Landrum
research and investigation on this. Is there any more to the
connection than the circumstantial evidence of contemporaneous
events, military and apparent military involvement and similar
vehicular descriptions?


-- Gerald O'Connell



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