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MUFON Turns UFO Skeptics Into Believers

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 06:25:07 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 06:25:07 -0500
Subject: MUFON Turns UFO Skeptics Into Believers

Source: The Rocky Mountain Collegian - Colorado State University,
        Fort Collins, Colorado, USA



MUFON Turns UFO Skeptics To Believers
Valerie Hisam

For 22-year old Kristen Cennington, seeing a UFO was strange
enough once, but seeing one a second time turned her into a

Cennington works with the Mutual UFO Network, an international
organization that has recently landed its headquarters north of
Fort Collins. MUFON, as it's better known to its members, aims
to educate skeptics that UFOs do exist and field calls around
the globe.

James Carrion, 41, is the newest director of MUFON and has taken
the organization to Bellevue.

"We basically listen to peoples' stories that other officials
don't want to listen to," Carrion said. "What we find, is that
truth is much stranger than fiction."

Carrion has been interested in UFOs since he was boy where he
naturally ended up doing field investigations after 10 years
with the organization, which has been around since 1969.

Not long after Cennington moved to Colorado in April, she
noticed an unusual object in the sky while sitting on her porch
one afternoon. The UFO appeared to be floating and when the
shiny object shot straight up in the air and disappeared, there
was no doubt in her mind that is was a flying saucer.

A few months later, Cennington saw another strange object
floating in the sky and this time she thought, "It's coming to
get me."

But Cennington's sightings have not been the only ones in the
state, and in fact there are tens of thousands of UFO sightings
all around the world each year. With the help of organizations
like MUFON people are able to report any odd behavior and have
an investigation take place.

"We have a mission," Carrion said. "It is a myth that only crazy
people see the weird; most are competent observers that when
they are seeing something that they can't explain and at first
try to explain it, that then is when they call us."

Cennington, MUFON's local business manager, admits some callers
could be potentially mentally ill.

"We get a lot of weird people and a lot that could be clinically
crazy," Cennington said. "But I've realized it's not safe
anywhere; it's all over the world. I didn't use to think about
how an alien could come take you away."

Although Cennington has only worked with Carrion and MUFON for a
few months, she is already a believer in the paranormal, while
Carrion calls himself a skeptic believer - meaning that although
he has never seen a UFO, "there is something to this phenomenon
but I just don't know what it is.

"There is one of two things going on: One, either we have a
higher intelligence controlling things and we don't know how
extraterrestrials exhibit technology greater than ours. Or two,
the government has exotic technology that we would like to be
shared, but they are secretly maintaining it from the public."

But not all groups that study UFOs believe in the extra
terrestrial life or the government-control theory. According to
the Committee for the Skeptical Inquiry, not all answers are
aliens or the government.

"We try to provide the alternative point of view," said Barry
Karr, 41, the executive director for CSI. "With all of the TV
shows today about aliens visiting the planet, in this particular
category of UFOs, we look at the claims and reports to see if
there are other explanations that should be touched upon."

But for Karr, it isn't a matter as to if people are actually
seeing UFOs, it is more a matter of the evidence that says that
there is extraterrestrial life out there. Karr said that there
is "no question that people are seeing things," but he just
can't accept that they all have to do with aliens.

So are aliens really visiting Earth?

"I think it would be great if we did have evidence of life
visiting us, but right now, we haven't got enough evidence that
there is something visiting us from other planets," Karr said.

For Carrion and Cennington, other life out there is 100 percent
possible, and they are just waiting for the phone calls and
emails so that they can go and investigate another sighting.

"(Working at MUFON) has definitely changed my perceptions of
UFOs," Cennington said. "It has changed my perspective of what's
really going on and what possibly is most definitely going on.
There are the possibilities that you never really thought about

"There's thousands upon thousands of people seeing the same
things, so there has to be something going on," Carrion said.
"This isn't fiction, it is truly life imitating art where the
truth is stranger than fiction, and some of things in our case
files are way stranger than folks can imagine."

Staff writer Valerie Hisam can be reached at:


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

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