From: Peter Davenport <director.nul> Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 18:47:26 -0800 Archived: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:57:45 -0500 Subject: Re: Ventura Bigelow FAA & UFO Info >Source: Robert Salas' Facebook page >www.facebook.com/robert.salas1 >Friday 7 December 2012 >I don't usually pay much attention to schlock TV of this kind >(meant to shock, titillate, entertain, amaze, and amuse). >http://tinyurl.com/bp7uz7r >However, in this case, kudos to Jesse Ventura for shining some >light on Robert Bigelow. This issue first came to my attention at NUFORC on June 21, 2000, I believe it was. NIDS released a statement, on that date, to the effect that, in the future, all UFO sighting reports made to FAA facilities would be shunted to Bigelow's organization in Las Vegas. In very short order, I contacted the FAA in Washington, D.C., to inquire whether the report was accurate, and after a considerable amount of unnecessary bureaucratic delay, the FAA finally confirmed that they thought the claim appeared to be correct... although they could not be sure. (!!) I immediately lodged a complaint with the FAA, and, for months, was handed from one office to another. Interestingly, no one in the FAA could determine who it was who had made the decision, although some of the individuals with whom I spoke suggested one office, or another, certainly must have been the source of the new policy... I retained the services of an attorney, who wrote a letter, contesting the new policy. After that letter, and more than some twenty months of haggling with employees at FAA headquarters, I still did not know who it was who had made the decision, and it was painfully evident that nobody wanted to take responsibility for the apparent change! I finally wrote a letter, requesting that the FAA place the names and contact information in the Airman's Information Manual for six major UFO organizations, NUFORC, MUFON, CUFOS, FUFOR, NARCAP, and NIDS. In the final analysis, they published the names and contact numbers of just two, NUFORC and NIDS, contact information for which can be seen in the 2004 edition of the AIM. The full story of what NIDS' and Alexander's roles in all of this were would be interesting to know. Clearly, the initial attempt to have a revision to the AIM effected was done under the "cover of darkness." The only remaining question would be how the FAA personnel were motivated to make the change. The fact that no one in the FAA appeared to want to take responsibility for the change was intriguing, I felt. The bottom line to all of this is that NUFORC, and I presume, other UFO organizations as well, still receive telephone calls from FAA facilities and personnel. I believe that I receive as many calls over the NUFORC Hotline from FAA stations and control towers as we always did, so I suspect that whatever changes BAASS and Alexander (?) were able to elicit have not had much effect. There apparently are many people in the FAA, who are aware of NUFORC, and who routinely call our Center every year to confirm that we are still in operation. I invite the UFO community to keep in mind the above incident, when considering whether they wish to co-operate with Bigelow's team. There have been other unexplained incidents that may lead in their direction, as well, I believe, but absent proof, it is pointless to address them here. Peter National UFO Reporting Centre Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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