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1997 - Civilians Not Military Investigate UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2007 07:52:50 -0400
Archived: Mon, 02 Jul 2007 07:52:50 -0400
Subject: 1997 - Civilians Not Military Investigate UFOs

Source: U.S. Department Of Defence


April 8, 1997

Civilians, Not Military Investigate UFOs
By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 8, 1997 =96 Mass suicide in San Diego has
rekindled interest in UFOs, but people should not look to the
Pentagon for answers. The military no longer serves as the
nation's UFO-busters.

Thirty-nine Heaven's Gate cult members reportedly believed they
were leaving their earthly bodies to reawaken aboard a UFO
traveling in the Hale-Bopp comet's wake. In the past,
investigating UFOs was up to the U.S. Air Force.From 1947 to
1969, Project Blue Book at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio, investigated 12,618 sightings. All but 701 were explained.
The reminder were categorized as "unidentified" because they
involved sketchy reports that could not be nailed down, said
Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.

The public was often skeptical of Air Force explanations
attributing UFO sightings to swamp gas, weather balloons or
other natural phenomena. Pentagon officials repeatedly denied
allegations the military had evidence of extraterrestrial
visits. A 1950s report from Roswell, N.M., for example, claimed
military officials had recovered alien corpses from a UFO crash

These allegations simply are not true, Bacon said at a recent
Pentagon press briefing. "We cannot substantiate the existence
of UFOs, and we are not harboring the remains of UFOs," he said.
"I can't be more clear about it than that."

After investigating UFO reports for more than two decades, Air
Force officials reached three conclusions: No UFO reported,
investigated or evaluated was ever a threat to national
security; none of the unidentified sightings represented
technological developments or principles beyond the range of
modern scientific knowledge; and there was no evidence
unidentified sightings were extraterrestrial vehicles.

Finding no national security threat and no evidence of
extraterrestrial visits, Air Force officials terminated Project
Blue Book. "It just was not a good way to use taxpayers' money,"
Bacon said. UFO reports are now routed to private organizations,
he said.

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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