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Sheaffer's Bogus Claims On Secret History...

From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:24:11 -0400 (EDT
Archived: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:32:58 -0400
Subject: Sheaffer's Bogus Claims On Secret History...

Robert Sheaffer's Bogus Claims On Nat Geo's Secret History Of
UFOs: Incompetence Or Disinformation?

Well-known "skeptic" Robert Sheaffer's performance in Secret
History of UFOs, the National Geographic network's latest
debunking-disguised-as-documentary, begs the question: At what
point does the systematic presentation of half-truths and
outright falsehoods about the UFO phenomenon cross the line from
incompetent scholarship to intentional disinformation?

As I noted in my last article, given the extremely biased and
propagandistic treatment of the UFO subject one consistently
finds on Nat Geo, it might reasonably argued that the network
has been working behind the scenes with the CIA to debunk the

This is not some paranoid fantasy. Indeed, the history of the
agency's covert efforts to spin or suppress UFO-related stories,
utilizing its contacts in the news and entertainment media, is
now well-documented. The policy resulted from the findings of
the CIA's 1953 Robertson Panel, which explicitly recommended
using the mass media to debunk UFOs in the interest of national
security. Journalist Terry Hansen's excellent, scholarly book,
The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up,
just republished as an e-book, details the agency's decades-long
use of the television networks, among other organizations, as
tools to disinform the American people about the UFO reality.


When I recently asked USAF Col. Charles Halt for his assessment
of Secret History of UFOs, for which he was interviewed, he
replied, "Yesterday I received my [courtesy DVD] copy of the
National Geographic program and was shocked. The theme is
entertain and discredit. I smell one of our [intelligence]
agencies. I went back to them and told them I will never
cooperate again!"

Halt was involved in the now-famous Rendlesham Forest incidents
of December 1980, when a UFO landed in the woods on the first
night, and another UFO maneuvered near the RAF Bentwaters air
base's nuclear Weapons Storage Area (WSA) two nights later,
directing laser-like beams down into it.

Halt elaborated by saying, "When I did the program for Nat Geo,
they promised me it would be accurate and reflect what happened.
I explained in detail why it couldn't have been the lighthouse
and all about the Air Force Air Traffic Controllers at the
Bentwaters tower seeing the object visually and on the scope. I
gave them many more details to substantiate the [reality of a
UFO] event. They ignored all of this and instead focused on
several questionable skeptics."

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