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Chicago Phenomenon Rekindles UFO Debate

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 12:53:18 -0500
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Subject: Chicago Phenomenon Rekindles UFO Debate

Source: - The Treasure Coast Palm - Fort Pierce, Florida, USA


February 17, 2007

Chicago Phenomenon Rekindles UFO Debate

By Dom Armentano
Guest Columnist

On Jan. 2, the Chicago Tribune did something extraordinary for a
major newspaper: It ran a UFO story on its front page. The
newspaper reported that in the late afternoon of Nov. 7, 2006, a
gray, egg-shaped object was observed hovering over Gate C17 at
Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

The object was unusually low (below the 1,900-foot overcast ),
remained visible for several minutes, and was observed by
several mechanics and various United Airlines ground personnel.
The object eventually disappeared straight up through the
overcast by reportedly "punching a hole" through the clouds.

Observer descriptions of the object are remarkably consistent.
It had no wings or lights. Its surface appeared metallic but
with a soft luster that shone "like a pearl." Several witnesses
reported a haze around the bottom of the object akin to heat
waves off a hot road. One witness in an airport parking lot said
that the object appeared to be spinning counter-clockwise. She
also said that a small crowd of fellow observers were pointing
up at the object and that several were taking pictures with
digital cameras.

The Federal Aviation Administration first told the Chicago
Tribune that it had no knowledge of the alleged incident but
then quickly reversed its position after the newspaper filed a
Freedom of Information Act request.

The agency now claims incredulously that the November sighting
was some (unspecified) weather-related phenomenon. Sure.

Even more troubling, United Airlines continues to deny the
incident entirely despite the fact that several of its employees
maintain that they filed written reports on the sighting with
their company, including drawings. United Airlines employees
further state that they were instructed by their employer
explicitly not to talk about the incident.

In defiance of the company gag order, however, one United
mechanic told the Tribune: "It definitely was not an (Earth)

UFOs are a 60-year-old mystery made even more mysterious by
decades of absurd government denials that anything truly
mysterious is going on. UFO proponents say we are seeing space
ships from other worlds, while debunkers say eyewitness
testimony is remarkably inaccurate and that almost all reports
are misidentified natural phenomenon or man-made objects.

Who is right? Draw your own conclusions from just two of the
earliest secret, official UFO government documents released
under the Freedom of Information Act.

On Sept. 23, 1947 Gen. Nathan Twining, commanding general of the
Air Material Command, sent a then-secret memorandum to Brig.
Gen. George Schulgen at the Pentagon, stating that "The reported
phenomenon (the flying disc) is something real and not visionary
or fictitious. There are objects the shape of a disc ... with
operating characteristics such as extreme rates of climb,
maneuverability ... and action which must be considered evasive
when sighted or contacted by friendly aircraft or radar.."

One month later, on Oct. 28, 1947, Lt Col. George Garrett
prepared a so-called Intelligence Collection Memorandum for Air
Force Intelligence which listed some commonly reported features
of flying discs: "The ability to group together very quickly in
a tight formation when more than one aircraft are together;
evasive action ability indicates the possibility of being
manually operated, or possibly by electronics or remote control;
and under certain conditions the craft seems to have the ability

It is apparent that technical analyists for military
intelligence had concluded as early as fall 1947 that some
"flying discs" were real, intelligently controlled,
unexplainable objects that could be evasive and even cut a clear
path through clouds, precisely like the reported disc-shaped
object over O'Hare International Airport.

Will the Chicago UFO incident currently unfolding be the
beginning of the end of the 60-year government cover-up?

Armentano, a Vero Beach resident who has published several books
on antitrust policy and has written commentary and reviews for
newspapers, magazines and journals on various public policy
issues, has been following the UFO controversy for 40 years.

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

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