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An NGO Solution For UFO Study

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:49:35 -0500
Archived: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:49:35 -0500
Subject: An NGO Solution For UFO Study

Source: Billy Cox's Blog | De Void - Sarasota Herald Tribune,
        Florida, USA


Monday, December 17, 2007, 9:49 am

An NGO Solution For UFO Study
By Billy Cox

Maybe the way to nudge the U.S. back into the official business
of investigating UFOs is to let someone other than the U.S.
government handle it.

This trial balloon comes from Ted Roe, executive director of the
National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena.
Founded in 2000 by a clique of scientists and aviation experts
troubled by UFOs’ potential and demonstrable impact on flight
safety, NARCAP has published some impressive analyses to that
end, most recently of the Chicago O’Hare case in 2006, at

Unlike the more rational aviation climates in places like
France, England, Peru, Paraguay and Chile, where filing UFO
reports isn’t a one-way ticket to the rubber room (probably
because their governments make no secret of their ongoing
studies), American pilots are less inclined to go on record with
what they’ve seen. By necessity, NARCAP has established a track
record of preserving pilot confidentiality, but unlike Uncle
Sam, it publishes the results of its inquiries.

“Both NARCAP and the FAA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System are
ready to engage” the filing and analysis of American UFO
encounters, Roe says via e-mail from his home in Hawaii.

“Ideally,” he continues, “the smart move in the U.S. is to set
up a transparent NGO that can work in the public domain to take
on and attempt resolution of, say, the top 10 percent of any
cases reported in any year . . . Of course, such a group would
not be able to comment credibly on the ETH (extraterrestrial
hypothesis) or anything else without some very strong
documentation which has eluded most efforts to date, regardless
of the country.”

At what point might such a study run into the U.S. military

“We worked with the Committee on Gov. Reform in assisting their
interrogations of the USAF regarding incursions into (defense
airspace), and that entire matter went under the heading of
National Security very quickly because along with the record of
incursions comes the profile of vulnerability,” Roe writes. “So
yes, there is an issue with transparency and credibility when
overlapped with security issues. It’s a problem I would love to
have the opportunity to resolve.”

Or, more to the point: “I think Gov. would suffer a credibility
issue if they tried to build a group out of thin air. Much
better to empower a credible effort that is already in the
public domain.”

Anybody got any better ideas?

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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