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Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 10:01:30 -0500
Archived: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 10:29:38 -0500
Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King


>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:00:33 +0000
>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

>>Lan and Gerald,

>snip>

>>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.

<snip>

>>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,

I agree that it is well worth investigating any possible link
between Rendelsham Forest and Cash-Landrum. The primary
investigator, John Schuessler is still around and could answer
any questions in that regard. However, I disagree with the
premise of your argument, that Halt and Penniston have only
slowly elaborated their stories and may have more to tell in the
future.

The only confusion and apparent contradictions (and I emphasize
apparent) that I am aware of occurred long ago. They have been
telling the same story consistently for many years and are long
past any fear of ridicule or negative reaction now. Thus, they
showed up for this national press conference and both men have
talked openly about their experiences on many TV programs for
years now.

There is one area where more may come out in the future, but it
does not have to do with the sighting experiences themselves.
Think of the U.S. and torture (which makes me wince). From what
I have picked up in fragmentary form, the investigators in this
case (whom to his puzzlement worked around Halt and never
followed up directly with him) allegedly used some rather harsh
interrogation methods on the enlisted personnel.

Some more may come out from the other witnesses eventually, but
they appear to have been thoroughly intimidated. And this brings
us full circle back to Roswell where more than allegedly (strong
testimony is on record) Air Force investigators threatened
civilian witnesses, shall we say, rather severely. Justifiably,
one begins to suspect without being able to prove it that
someone knows a lot more about UFOs than we are being told, and
something even more than a simple cover-up is in place.


Dick



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