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CFi International Declaration

From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 01:55:10 +0100
Archived: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 06:44:21 -0500
Subject: CFi International Declaration


Dear Colleagues,

This is a new addition to the CFI site at:

http://www.freedomofinfo.org/national_press.htm

[picture]

The 14 members of the panel with James Fox and Leslie Kean,
after the press conference on Novermber 12th, 2007


Wilfried DE BROUWER, Major General, Ret.
After spending 20 years as a fighter pilot, he was appointed to
the Strategic Planning Branch in NATO while a Colonel in 1983.
He then became Wing Commander of the Belgian Air Force Transport
Wing and, in 1989, chief of the Operations Division in the Air
Staff. It was in this function that he was confronted with the
Belgian UFO wave. Promoted to Major General in 1991, he became
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Belgian Air Force, in charge of
Operations, Planning and Human Resources. General De Brouwer
retired in 1995 and subsequently worked more than ten years as
consultant in the United Nations to improve the UN Logistics
rapid response capabilities during emergencies.

Rodrigo BRAVO Garrido, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army
of Chile.
In 2000, he was assigned to conduct an internal study
titled "Introduction to Anomalous Aerial Phenomenon and their
considerations for aerospace security" involving previous case
reports military planes encounters with UAP. For the last
several years he has continued this research on recent and
current cases affecting aviation safety in cooperation with the
Committee for the Study of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA), a
branch of the General Administration of Civil Aeronautics,
Chile's FAA.

Jean-Charles DUBOC, Captain, Air France, Ret.
While piloting an Airbus A 320 over France in 1994, he observed
a large lens-shaped UFO at about 25 NM to the left of the plane,
also seen by the copilot and one steward. It didn t move and
then disappeared after one minute almost instantaneously. Duboc
reported the sighting to Air Traffic Control and Air Defense
Operations (CODA); simultaneously CODA recorded an unidentified
object on radar crossing the track of the plane. The object
seemed to disappear from the radar scope at the same instant as
it did from the view of the crew. CODA investigations ruled out
a weather balloon or any other aircraft.

Dr. Claude POHER, engineer, astronomer and astrophysicist.
Had a 33 year career in space research at CNES (Centre National
d Etudes Spatiales), the French equivilant of NASA and was
awarded the National Order of Merit. In 1977, he created and
directed, at CNES, the GEPAN (Groupe d Etude des Ph=E9nom=E8nes
A=E9rospatiaux Non identifi=E9s ; Group for the Study of
Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena), the official French agency
dedicated to the investigation and analysis of UFO reports.
(Today, the agency is called GEIPAN.) He investigated numerous
well-documented UFO cases while training investigators for
GEPAN.

Dr. Jean-Claude RIBES, Astrophysicist.
Radio Astronomer, Paris Observatory and associate director of
National Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics. Member, New
York Academy of Sciences. Contributed to the COMETA report,
1999, and the new book "Phenomenes spatiaux non identifies." As
a long term consultant to GEIPAN, he was asked by the Steering
Committee to represent GEIPAN at this event.

Parviz JAFARI, General, Iranian Air Force, Ret..
In 1976, as a major and squadron commander, he was ordered by
the Air Force Command to approach, in his Phantom F-4 jet, a
large UFO observed over Tehran. During a wild cat and mouse
chase, he attempted to launch a Sidewinder missile at the
brilliant object but at that instant his fire control consul
became inoperable. The UFO exhibited an extraordinary degree of
maneuverability. Other electromagnetic effects were reported.
The object was pursued by a second pilot, recorded on radar and
witnessed by a General and experienced air navigation crews. A
US Government officer interviewed Jafari in Tehran and the
incident was described in a detailed US Defense Intelligence
Agency document, released through the Freedom of Information
Act. The DIA assessment said This case is a classic that meets
all the necessary conditions for a legitimate study of the UFO
phenomenon. Later, as a General, Jafari became the coordinating
officer between the Iranian Army, Navy and Air Force. He retired
in 1989.

Dr. Anthony CHOY
Lawyer and founding member in 2001 of the Air Anomalous
Phenomenon Investigation Office (OIFAA), of the Peruvian Air
Force, with a Masters from the Peruvian Air Force in High
Management in Defense and Aerospace Development. He conducted a
three year investigation on a sequence of sightings and landings
of a UFO on behalf of the OIFAA in 2002, which were recorded on
video. In 2003, this case became the first official UFO
investigation in Per=FA to be disclosed by the Air Force.

Comandante Oscar Alfonso SANTA MARIA HUERTAS
Commander with the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), Ret. Specialization
as an Air Force fighter jet pilot. In 1980, while a FAP
Lieutenant, he encountered a UFO while flying his SU-22 "SUKOI"
jet over the La Joya Military Base. He fired at the object,
strafing it with sixty-four 30mm rounds, but the UFO remained
unaffected. A US Department of Defense document for the CIA and
the NSA, titled UFO Sighted in Peru, describes the incident. The
Peruvian Air Force tried to intercept and destroy the UFO, but
without success," it states, adding that the vehicle s origin
remains unknown. CMDT Santa Maris is currently a Flight Safety
and Accident Prevention Consultant for the airline industry.

Ray BOWYER, Captain, Aurigny Airlines.
In April 2007 he observed a UFO estimated as being up to a mile
long, visible from about 50 miles away, in the vicinity of the
Channel Islands. Some of his passengers saw the object, as did
at least one other pilot in the area. An anomalous radar return
was detected and the incident was reported by the BBC.

Nick POPE, official for the UK's Ministry of Defence from 1985
to 2006.
=46rom 1991 to 1994, he was the desk officer responsible for
investigating officially documented UFO sightings to determine
whether they involved any potential threat to the UK. As a
result of his thorough study of some incidents involving the
police and military during his watch, he and some colleagues
became privately convinced that there were important defense,
national security and flight safety issues involved with the
unexplained phenomenon.

John CALLAHAN, (Ret.)
Division Chief of the Accidents and Investigations Branch of the
FAA in Washington DC, for 6 years during the 1980 s. He
investigated an incident in which a 1986 Japanese Airlines 747
flight was followed by an unidentified object for 31 minutes
over Alaska. The UFO also trailed a United Airlines flight until
the flight landed. Data includes visual confirmation, air-based
and ground-based radar confirmation, videotape radar evidence,
air traffic voice communications and official reports.

Charles HALT, Col. USAF Ret.
Deputy Base Commander of RAF Bentwaters, former US Air Force
facility in the UK. He witnessed multiple UFOs at close range
with six other military personnel in December, 1980, and
documented this event on a pocket tape recorder. He also saw a
UFO shooting beams into sensitive weapons storage areas at the
base. He wrote an official memorandum for the Ministry of
Defence (MOD) describing a UFO maneuvering through the forest
and ascending, which was released through the US Freedom of
Information Act.

Jim PENNISTON, TSgt USAF Ret.
Also stationed at RAF Bentwaters, he witnessed a landed UFO with
two military patrolman in nearby Rendlesham Forest. He conducted
a 45 minute ground investigation and filed an official report.
He has the original log book with drawings including details of
symbols on the craft; radiation records; and plaster casts of
landing gear imprints. He is the only person out the three
witnesses that actually touched the UFO.

Fife SYMINGTON
Two term Governor of Arizona in the nineties; cousin of the late
Missouri Senator Stuart Symington; former Captain, USAF. While
Governor, he witnessed to a massive craft up to a mile across
over Arizona in 1997, also seen by hundreds of citizens.
Although he attempted to investigate at the time, he also
publicly spoofed the sighting so as not to add to the public
hysteria, while keeping his own observation secret. He first
revealed his sighting last March, and states that the craft is
of unknown origin and the incident remains unsolved.

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International Declaration To The United States Government

Facilitated by the Coalition for Freedom of Information

November 12, 2007


Preamble:

We, the signatories below, with backgrounds and careers in
government, aviation, or the military, hereby present this
declaration as a result of our common experience and purpose.
While on active duty, each of us has either been a witness to an
incident involving an unidentified flying object or has
conducted an official investigation into UFO cases relevant to
aviation safety, national security, or for the benefit of
science.

We use the term unidentified flying objects (UFOs) simply to
mean any airborne phenomena that cannot be identified or
explained, a definition first used by the U.S. Air Force in the
1950 s.  We make no claim as to the nature or origin of these
objects.  

While most UFO sightings can be explained as misidentifications
of known objects or natural phenomena, those governments that
have studied them, including some with which these signatories
have been on staff, have consistently found that a small
percentage of sightings defy conventional explanation.  Reports
of these incidents often involve credible witnesses such as
police officers, military personnel, pilots and air traffic
controllers, and include solid, official documentation.  

Therefore: 

We believe that for reasons of both national security and flight
safety, every country should make an effort to identify any
object in its airspace.  Especially after the attacks of 9/11 it
is no longer satisfactory to ignore radar returns for which no
transponder data are available and/or which cannot be associated
with performances of existing aircraft and helicopters. While
civil aviation radars and air traffic controllers mainly rely on
secondary radar, military air defense radars should be
configured such as to detect and track any object in the air,
even when static or operating at very slow or very high speeds.  

In this regard, we refer to the incident that occurred at O Hare
International Airport in November, 2006 when a metallic disc was
observed hovering over the United Airlines terminal for several
minutes.  Since it was not detected on radar, the Federal
Aviation Administration declined to investigate. The FAA also
did not accept the many corroborating reports from United
Airlines pilots and other personnel at face value, dismissing
the sighting as weather.   We suggest that prejudice against the
term 'UFO' and against reports of unknowns could lead officials
to dismiss sightings that involve unconventional aircraft or
unmanned aerial vehicles engaged in espionage or terrorist
activity, especially when radar returns are not available.  

However, important sightings have also been ignored when radar
is not a factor. Even though hundreds of citizens witnessed a
massive triangular object traveling over Arizona in 1997, the
U.S. government ignored inquiries from state officials about the
incident, and never offered the public any explanation about
this invasion of US airspace by a strange, unknown flying
machine.  We believe this kind of disengagement represents both
a missed opportunity and a potential risk.  

We maintain that a restive, concerned public has the right to be
informed of the facts about UFO incidents that are well-
documented and involve multiple witnesses. In addition, science
lacks potentially  important knowledge that may be gained by the
study of these events involving objects demonstrating speeds,
maneuvers or other characteristics that challenge our current
scientific paradigm.


Call-to-Action:  

We, the undersigned, ask the United States to join in
cooperation with those governments which, recognizing the
reality of unidentified flying objects and related aviation
safety concerns, have already set up their own investigative
agencies. Following in the footsteps of its now defunct Project
Blue Book, we propose that the United States Air Force reopen
its research effort, or that the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration initiate such a research effort, to address the
international concerns stated herein, provide needed reassurance
and increase scientific understanding. 

We call on the United States of America to engage with us and
with currently active officials around the world to address this
problem in an ongoing dialogue, beginning with the gathering of
some of the signatories below in Washington, DC on this 12th of
November, 2007. 


Signed,



Vasily Alexeyev - Major General, Russian Air Force, Space
Communications Center in Russia

Ricardo Bermudez S. - General, Brigada A=E9rea ( Ret.); Former
President of the CEFAA.

Ray Bowyer - Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands, UK 

Wilfried De Brouwer - Major General, Deputy Chief of Staff
Operations and Planning (Ret.)

Belgian Air Force

John Callahan - Division Chief of Accidents, Evaluations and
Investigations, FAA (Ret.)

Don C. Donderi, Ph.D. -  McGill University; Contract Researcher,
Dept. of National Defence, Canada

Julio Cesar Chamorro Flores - Comandante Peruvian Air Force
(Ret.); Founder of the OIFAA, 2001

Rodrigo Bravo Garrido - Officer Chilean Army, Military Pilot,
Associate with CEFAA

Richard F. Haines, Ph.D. - Sr. NASA Research Scientist (Ret.) 

Charles I. Halt - Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections
Directorate, DOD I.G.

Parviz Jafari General, Iranian Air Force (Ret)

Denis Letty - Major General, French Air Force (Ret.); Chairman
of COMETA

Oscar Santa Maria - Commander and Fighter Pilot of the Peruvian
Air Force (Ret).

Anthony Choy Montes - Lawyer, researcher with the OIFAA,
Peruvian Air Force, 2001-2003

James Penniston TSgt, US Air Force (Ret.)

Nick Pope - Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006

Jean-Claude Ribes - Astronomer, Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique, France, 1963-1998

Yves Sillard - Chair of the Steering Committee, GEIPAN in France

Fife Symington III - Governor of Arizona, 1991-1997



Contact: Leslie Kean 

www.freedomofinfo.org



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