From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 11:02:14 -0500 Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 11:02:14 -0500 Subject: Pilots, UFOs And Job Discrimination Source: The National Ledger - Apache Junction, Arizona, USA http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272611327.shtml Feb 1, 2007 [Several links in article] Pilots, UFOs And Job Discrimination By Don Allis Has it been standard practice for major airlines to discourage their pilots from reporting a UFO sighting and/or going public by implying to them, in some way, that their jobs and pensions could be in jeopardy by them doing so? This is probably not something that the airlines would admit to, but we have all heard of such intimidations and fear factors to quiet employees from coming forth with reports. We can only speculate that they practice such procedures in fear of scaring away perspective customers from using their airline service so they can remain competitive. They may also not want to be perceived by the public or their rivals as the joke airline, which employs mentally unstable pilots who are prone to seeing little green men. We also don't know just how much this practice is influenced by governments who want to maintain cover-ups in order to keep the general populace ignorant to the truth of the existence of UFOs. Pilot Commentaries: from NARCAP - National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena "We didn't say anything. We figured nobody would believe us." - Charter Pilot "Upon return to my domicile, JFK, I reported our sighting to the proper authorities. I was shortly visited by two federal investigators who evidently thought I was hallucinating for one of them stated he had seen spaceships while fishing in Great South Bay and was quite obviously trying to prove that I was a loony." - Captain, Pan Am (ret.) "It must have been Huge! We were all due back at JFK about the same time two days later so I waited in the crew ready room to talk to them. None of them wanted to talk! They were afraid management would take them off of flying status and have them tested for booze and drugs. The story never came out!" - Flight Engineer, TWA (ret.) "a group of lights in the air appeared at our 12o'clock position. I called departure control and asked them if they had any traffic in that area. When they came back and said NO, what do you see, I said no, just checking. For at that time when a pilot reported seeing a UFO he was in a lot of trouble." - Captain, Ozark Airlines (ret.) "I, and Flight crew saw something (in broad daylight) that did things that no known aircraft could do without killing any living thing inside. I will only give sketchy details to protect the privacy of the rest of the crew. If you are interested, and all information (is) kept anonymous, contact me. I will not present myself for public ridicule." - Captain, NW (ret.) "Reports to NARCAP of UAP observations and incidents are riddled with this type of commentary. Over and over again conservative, responsible airmen are heard to say that they fear that their competency will be questioned, that their careers will suffer, that they will be humiliated for reporting their observations. A serious result of these fears is inaccurate or incomplete data regarding potential hazards." - Ted Roe Read Ted Roe's complete report: http://www.narcap.org/reports/TR8Bias1.htm Are any of the larger national UFO groups, such as MUFON, affiliated with attorneys that will work pro bono? This is a very important question to be answered and needs to be brought to serious consideration. Is it possible to encourage pilots and other airline employees to publicly come forward with their sighting reports if one or more of these national UFO groups would back them in the courts with one or a team of attorneys that are willing to work pro bono? I believe this to be possible and very plausible. We have now reached a point of having enough universal forces and power in ufology to pull together and fight such threats against these employers. There must be many attorneys who have had sightings and/or encounters of their own and are very open to what is going on within ufology and many who are already MUFON members who would love to be able sink their teeth into a bureaucratic government bully. If this can be done, then it is possible to reverse the FAA policy of discrimination on such practices, which would then start freeing up pilot testimonies, so that pilots will start coming forward with sighting reports. Assembling a team of attorneys that will go after cases with the appetite of veracious tigers and bring legal action to the forefront and the attention of the international press may just be the catalyst that we need. By bringing enough attention to the public through the media that is being focused directly onto the airlines, this may be enough to cause them international embarrassment. It would also focus attention on them, which they would prefer not to be made public. It then just may be possible to bring disclosure a step closer to reality by opening up a new wealth of very credible witnesses. This would make it harder for the governments to continue to discredit pilots sighting reports and to continue with their denial of the truth. Many will have their doubts that we can rely on the mass media for honest and unbiased reporting. However I believe we can start changing the medias views through the pressure from public opinions and educating the press with the overwhelming data that is available. Sure it has been a tough job in doing so, but worldwide acceptance of ufology, and its need to hear more balanced reporting, and the undeniable mountains of data will be the catalyst to sway the press. The O'Hare airport story that broke a short time back may be a breaking point of the major press starting to open up once again and provide fair press coverage into this phenomenon that they have chuckled at and belittled for far to long. By the UFO groups backing legal action against employers that would threaten their employees job security and bringing legal actions to the attention of someone in the press like Jon Hilkevitch, the Chicago Tribune's transportation reporter who covered and broke the O'Hare story, then it is possible to have the news coverage spread internationally, like what occurred with the O'Hare story. It is only then that the world's attention will be forced into taking such cases seriously, which would unleash a barrage of embarrassment directed at the FAA and any major airline that tried to discredit an employee with threats of possible job and security loss. It is my belief that the new world acceptance into the belief that we are not alone, for their growing mistrust for governments and their need to know the truth will garner enough support, financially and morally, to wager legal counter attacks against such bureaucratic bullies that have used their power in the past to quiet any reputable witnesses from coming forward. However this has been handled in the past, it now must include the world media to bring attention and embarrassments to these bullies who have so ruthlessly controlled us with their intimidations. We, as Ufologist, are very capable of being a reckoning force by pulling together as one union to fight these shameful discrimination attacks if we can only bring the media to our side. I think this is a plausible goal we can set for ourselves. Let us start focusing on educating the media with the available data, so we can bring their views into the proper perspective of the truth. There is more then enough data available, it is just presenting it to right people in the media and getting them to digest it in order to start turning the tide that will open the floodgates in our favor. This and of itself is enough power to bring the world together to be able to demand more cooperation from our governments to stop harassments and threats against their employees. The more of these very credible witnesses that are able to come forward, then the more the press will take notice, which in turn will encourage more witnesses to come forward until there is a non-stoppable force flow that no governments will then be able to control. We are a growing force in ufology that is capable, by coming together as one powerful group, to defend all who want to speak out openly and report on their experience so that the world will now start coming to grips with the reality we live in and to just what that reality is.
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