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MUFON HQ Moves To Bellvue Colorado

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 08:26:43 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 08:26:43 -0500
Subject: MUFON HQ Moves To Bellvue Colorado

Source: The Coloradoan - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Sunday, January 14, 2007

UFO Society Moves To Bellvue
By Kevin Duggan

An international organization that conducts research on UFOs
has landed in Bellvue.

The 37-year-old Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, recently moved its
headquarters from Littleton into the home office of James
Carrion, the organization's international director.

Carrion said the nonprofit organization is dedicated to the
scientific study of UFO's "for the benefit of humanity."

"People all over the world are seeing things they cannot
explain," he said. "We want to get a better understanding of
what's going on and what it means."

The organization has about 400 trained field investigators who
use forensic science when looking into reports of strange
sightings the same way law enforcement officers investigate
crime scenes, Carrion said.

Investigators are trained to go into cases with open minds and
not let personal beliefs taint the research, he said. The
evidence dictates the outcome of any in-vestigation.

"The data is the data and that is all that matters," he said.

About 85 percent of sightings investigated by the organization
can be explained as caused by weather phenomenon or man-made
objects. But the other 15 percent fall into the category of
"high strangeness" that cannot be readily explained, he said.

A November incident at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago,
during which a large spinning object appeared to hover over an
airport gate before darting swiftly into the clouds, is an
example of events the organization investigates.

Government officials were quick to dismiss the incident as
nothing even though the object was observed by ground crews,
Carrion said.

Carrion took the organization's reins from John Schuessler, a
retired NASA employee who became fascinated with UFOs and what
they might mean for society after talking to astronauts who saw
things in space they could not explain.

The organization has about 2,500 paid members, including many
scientists, and puts out a monthly journal. Members come from
all walks of life.

Carrion, who owns a computer training company, said his personal
interest in UFOs extends to his childhood, when he would clip
stories about unusual events and sightings from newspapers. He
also lived in Puerto Rico at a time when it was considered a
"hot spot" for UFO activity.

Overcoming 'the giggle factor' =97 the tendency of some to laugh
off any UFO report =97 is the toughest challenge the organization
faces, he said.

Carrion described himself as a "skeptical believer" in UFOs
who, like most people, first seeks a rational explanation for
strange events.

But too many people around the world have seen too many strange
things to simply dismiss the possibility that UFO's exist, he

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