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Reuter's Coverage Of Washington Press Conference

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 18:29:41 -0500
Archived: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 18:29:41 -0500
Subject: Reuter's Coverage Of Washington Press Conference 

Source: Yahoo News



Former Pilots And Officials Call For New U.S. UFO Probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Presidential hopeful
Dennis Kucinich may have been ridiculed for saying he had seen a
UFO, but for some former military pilots and other observers,
unidentified flying objects are no laughing matter.

An international panel of two dozen former pilots and government
officials called on the U.S. government on Monday to re-open its
generation-old UFO investigation as a matter of safety and
security given continuing reports about flying discs, glowing
spheres and other strange sightings.

"Especially after the attacks of 9/11, it is no longer
satisfactory to ignore radar returns... which cannot be
associated with performances of existing aircraft and
helicopters," they said in a statement released at a news

The panelists from seven countries, including former senior
military officers, said they had each seen a UFO or conducted an
official investigation into UFO phenomena.

The subject of UFOs grabbed the spotlight in the U.S.
presidential race last month when Kucinich, a member of Congress
from Ohio, said during a televised debate with other Democratic
candidates that he had seen one.

Former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter are both
reported to have claimed UFO sightings.

Most turn out to be misidentified aircraft, satellites or
meteors. A panelist who once worked for Britain's Ministry of
Defense said 5 percent of incidents cannot be explained.

But the sightings are often dismissed by authorities without
proper investigations, UFO activists say.

"It's a question of who you going to believe: your lying eyes or
the government?" remarked John Callahan, a former Federal
Aviation Administration investigator, who said the CIA in 1987
tried to hush up the sighting of a huge lighted ball four times
the size of a jumbo jet in Alaska.

The panel, organized by a group dedicated to winning credibility
for the study of UFOs, urged Washington to resume UFO
investigations through the U.S. Air Force or NASA.

"It would certainly, I think, take a lot of angst out of this
issue," said former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, who said he was
among hundreds who saw a delta-shaped craft with enormous lights
silently traverse the sky near Phoenix in 1997.

The Air Force investigated 12,618 UFO reports from 1947 to 1969
in what was known as Project Blue Book. Investigators concluded
that the incidents posed no threat and there was no evidence of
space aliens or a super technology in operation.

"Since the termination of Project Blue Book, nothing has
occurred that would support a resumption of UFO investigations,"
the Air Force said on its Web site.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Joanne Kenen,
David Alexander, Stuart Grudgings)

[Thanks to Greg Boone for the lead]

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