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O'Hare UFO Sighting Hoax Or Security Threat?

From: Dennis Balthaser <truthskr.nul>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:43:26 -0600
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:50:37 -0400
Subject: O'Hare UFO Sighting Hoax Or Security Threat?

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O'Hare Airport Sighting, (UFO, Hoax or Security Threat)

I rarely investigate UFO sightings, primarily because I decided
years ago to concentrate my research on other areas of Ufology,
rather than sightings, abductions, etc. I do however maintain an
interest in some of the better-documented sighting cases such as
the Phoenix lights several years ago and the Mexico City mass
sightings of the 90's, and follow reports of sightings,
abductions, crop circles and other Ufological events with
interest from a distance. Occasionally a sighting will attract
my attention and I try to keep as informed as possible, usually
until it either "slips through the cracks" and is forgotten, is
proven to be a hoax, or interest diminishes and nothing more is
reported. Many times those in authority with the ability to
reveal the factual information simply write it off as something
mundane and explainable. The better researchers however usually
don't accept those conclusions, keeping pressure on to determine
the truth when possible.

Such is this case with the recent sighting at 4:30pm (Central
Time) on November 7, 2006 over United Airlines Gate C 17 at
Chicago's O'Hare airport, and it is my hope that pressure will
remain on those in authority until the truth of this event

On that date, United Airlines and Federal authorities were
notified that approximately a dozen witnesses were observing a
small round, metallic appearing, disc-shaped object, hovering
above Gate C 17. The object was first spotted by an employee on
the Gate ramp, pushing back Flight 446, which was departing
Chicago for Charlotte, North Carolina. The employee reported to
his supervisors that the object was almost directly over his
location at Gate C 17, below the cloud cover at about 1,300 feet
and appeared to be round and spinning. Other United Airlines
employees, (as well as pilots) witnessed the object, which was
apparently visible for approximately two minutes, before
suddenly accelerating straight up at a very high speed, shooting
through the overcast sky at about 1,900 feet at the time. It
appeared to leave a hole in the cloud as it sped upward.

So what we have in this sighting is what was reported to be a
solid object hovering about 1,300 feet above the second busiest
airport in the country, witnessed by respectable ground crew
employees and pilots, and a sudden erratic movement of the
object as it ascended straight up at a high speed leaving a hole
in the cloud and reported to authorities. As I would expect the
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), said it must have been a
weird weather phenomenon. (At least it wasn't a weather balloon
with crash test dummies this time according to the FAA).
Initially United Airlines denied any knowledge of the event as
reported to them by their own employees, later admitting they
had interviewed the witnesses and requested reports, but had no
authority to investigate the incident themselves.

It's now been three months since the sighting occurred and was
reported, and we still have not been given an explanation by
anyone in our government. That is not surprising to me, however
my concern lies much deeper than the initial "blow-off remarks"
by the FAA that it was a weather phenomenon. The United States
is under a terrorist threat and daily the news media reminds us
of the status of those threats, and we have had a sighting of
"something" hovering over an airline gate at the second busiest
airport in the country and no one in authority in the government
is willing to come forward and explain what the employees of
United Airlines actually witnessed. Luckily for us, the incident
is still raising questions as it should, and Peter Davenport of
the National UFO Reporting Center www.nuforc.org has been in the
forefront to keep the investigation open, reporting information
as it becomes available, as are several other Internet websites
and discussion groups. I'm not saying that what was seen was
some terrorist plot, but I am saying if in fact we have to live
under that threat as we do daily, someone in the United States
government owes an explanation to the general public as to what
it was. It would be ridiculous to believe that such an event
would not show up in the Intelligence Agencies daily reports, if
nothing more than as a concern about National Security.

As to the skeptics or debunkers, I say believe what you want,
but as long as I have to live under a terrorist threat I want to
know what it was that sat over Gate C 17 at Chicago's O'Hare
airport and then made a hole in the cloud when it sped upward
out of sight, with multiple reliable witnesses observing it.
Skeptics always insist that witnesses are not credible or
reliable. Such is not the case with this incident. Some have
reported that United Airlines instructed these witnesses
initially to not talk about it, so who is reliable in this case?
Undoubtedly, United Airlines was probably totally unprepared for
this incident, but restricting freedom of speech of their
employees is not comforting when terrorist activities or airport
security are in question.

Speaking of the witnesses, these are people that have worked in
the aviation industry for years, and are familiar with aircraft
and weather conditions in most cases. To see a metallic object
hover over the gate a mere 1,300 feet above them, and then
disappear through a cloud leaving a hole was not what they would
normally have seen at Gate C 17, while performing their duties.

Another concern I have is why it took so long for any
information to surface about the sighting, when the Chicago
Tribune newspaper finally broke the story in early January 2007,
almost 2 months after it had been posted on the National UFO
Reporting Center's web site? And how did the news media handle
the story? As an example, Anderson Cooper of CNN made light of
it as has been done in past years when a UFO story finally makes
it to the mainstream media, and the media's agenda is directed
to a pre-determined conclusion, as with many TV documentaries on
the subject of Ufology.

There have been several instances where photographs of the
alleged craft have shown up on the internet, all so far having
been generally agreed on to have been hoaxes. This too is a
common practice with the computer equipment that is readily
available today to alter photographs. Hopefully of the several
witnesses that saw this incident, one perhaps will come forward
with information that can be verified as being accurate,
providing a photo was actually taken.

Another consideration in addition to my thoughts above about
terrorists is safety. Would an unidentified craft (metallic
object) hovering at 1,300 feet not be a safety concern for the
hundreds of flights in and out of O'Hare daily? There are
several obvious reasons why someone in authority should be held
accountable for explaining to the public and especially to the
witnesses what it was that they saw on November 7, 2007 at
O'Hare airport in Chicago.

I will continue to monitor this incident and hope that enough
pressure can be generated through good research and
investigation, or Freedom of Information requests, so that a
factual, truthful explanation will be forthcoming. We should not
let this one fall between the cracks as many have in the past.

Dennis G. Balthaser
Website: www.truthseekeratroswell.com
Email: truthskr.nul

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