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Richard Hall On NPC Conference

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:49:10 -0500
Archived: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:56:53 -0500
Subject: Richard Hall On NPC Conference 

National Press Club Press Conference, November 12, 2007

In my 50 years of more or less active involvement with the UFO
subject I have been present or a participant in numerous press
conferences, private and public meetings with high-level people
present... you name it.

This press conference was one of the most impressive experiences
I have ever had just sitting in the audience, though I did get a
chance to chat with various of the witnesses eventually. The
affair was beautifully planned and well-conducted. To me, it
struck just exactly the right note... which I will get to in a

First I must say that some people who outspokenly demand alien
bodies on a gurney or a crashed saucer with the hull still warm
be displayed at a press conference like this have their heads up
their posteriors. Only the Government could possibly produce the
corpus delecti, and this was decidedly _not_ a Government press
conference. It was implicitly very critical of governments for
failing to openly and honestly address cases like those reported
by the panel members.

The press coverage was quite accurate insofar as it went and was
widely disseminated (via Reuters, Agence France Presse, ANI, and
other news services), but extremely shallow. A mile wide and a
foot deep. The presenters - especially the former military pilots
of several countries - reported mind-blowing experiences, most of
which were well-documented, contained radar verification, etc.
They provided smoking guns all over the place and lots of fodder
for reporters (old-fashioned reporters, anyway).

The news coverage focused almost exclusively on the carefully
orchestrated and well-justified message that some very strange
encounters have been experienced by highly credible observers
like these, and the need to re-open a serious investigation on a
basis of international information sharing, since UFOs are a
global phenomenon as illustrated by the reports made. This is
exactly the central point that needs to be hammered home.

I don't recall yet seeing any one of the outstanding cases
summarized in a news account as an example of what they were
talking about. Not one. Something may come of their testimony
later, I hope, but in that respect the reporting was

What questions did the newsmen present ask? "Why would the
[U.S.] Government want to cover it up?" This silly question has
been asked over and over in the past 40 years, as if suggesting
that the witnesses must be mistaken because the Government would
have no need or desire to cover up the information. Several of
the case reports they had just listened to included specific
examples of the information being swept under the rug! Why?

My retort would be, "Ask the Government!" Any veteran UFO
researcher could (and has many times) suggested four or five
possible reasons for a cover-up, but at bottom that is only
speculation and we cannot provide a definitive answer. What we
can provide is outstanding and highly credible witnesses whose
testimony establishes a serious mystery badly in need of
international scientific investigation with a free flow of
information. Don't ask for speculations, Mr. or Ms. Reporter,
ask for credible witnesses to and documentation of cases like
these people described... and there is plenty of that available
Ask the Government how they can possibly continue to ignore such

I assume that the individual witness reports will be posted by
others and discussed, but if not I will add case information
later on UFO UpDates.

Dick Hall

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