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Chilean Armed Forces Reveal UFO Presence

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 12:54:42 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2007 12:54:42 -0500
Subject: Chilean Armed Forces Reveal UFO Presence

Source: CHIP, Santiago, Chile


February 8, 2007

The Santiago Times

Armed Forces Reveal UFO Presence In Chile

More than 1,000 enthusiasts and experts gathered in Vina del Mar
on Tuesday and Wednesday this week for the Tenth International
Ufology Conference, organized by the Chile's Ufology
Investigation Group (AION). The highlight of the meeting was a
display of photographs taken by members of Chile's Armed Forces.

Ufology is the study of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
While many ufology experts feel that the field is not taken
seriously by scientists, participants at the conference in Vina
del Mar said the presence of several members of the armed forces
added legitimacy to the proceedings. Rodrigo Fuenzalida,
director of AION, said the military presence was important
because of the well-known objectivity of their reports and the
advanced technology that can be used to back up their

The military photographs and videos were revealed late Tuesday
evening. They included a photograph of a spherical metallic
object captured flying over Antarctica and a video of Navy ships
being pursued by a luminous object in 2000.

Also presented at the conference was a report by Rodrigo Bravo,
Captain of the Army's Fifth Division, who talked to a rapt
audience about his thesis, entitled Observations Of
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Identified By The Civil Air
Force. While Bravo's talk was not technically representative of
the institution's position on UFOs, he had been authorized to
give it by his commander-in-chief.

"Captain Bravo gave his talk from the point of view of the
importance of UFOs as a phenomenon," said Fuenzalida. "He talked
about encounters such as that of three helicopters near La
Union, when a UFO was spotted parked on the ground, and what
happened in 2000, when five people were pursued by a luminous
object that did not show up on radar screens."

Fuenzalida denied the existence of "secret investigations" being
carried out by the Armed Forces about extraterrestrial activity.

Also present at the conference was retired official Armando
Valdes, who is noted for his involvement in one of Chile's first
documented UFO abductions, which became known as the Valdes
Case. On April 35, 1977, Valdes, along with five members of an
army patrol, saw two bright objects descending from the sky.
Valdes set out alone to investigate and, according to the men,
simply vanished. Fifteen minutes later, they said, he
reappeared, tried to speak and passed out. The date on his watch
had been advanced five days, and he had about a week's growth of

According to his comrades, when Valdes was beginning to regain
consciousness he said: "You do not know who we are, nor where we
come from. But I tell you that we will soon return."

Sources: El Mercurio,
By Cate Setterfield

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