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Philip Klass And The FBI

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:31:39 -0500
Archived: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:31:39 -0500
Subject: Philip Klass And The FBI

Source: Kevin Randle's A Different Perspective Blog


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Philip Klass And The FBI

A while back we discussed Phil Klassí habit of writing to the
employers of those who thought they had seen a UFO, or who
investigated them, or just disagreed with him. He seemed
outraged that there were people who didnít accept everything he
said, and took great offense at that. He would express his
disappointment with those by creating a little trouble for them.

A few skeptics who visit here thought I was being overly harsh
and a little unfair to Klass. They thought several examples were
needed. But even with some acts I thought were over the top,
those skeptics thought Klass had done nothing wrong. With Klass
it seems to have been an on-going thing.

While going through the FBI files that dealt with UFOs, I came
across a series of letters that Klass had sent to them.
Apparently Klass was offended by an article written by Dr. J.
Allen Hynek that had appeared in the FBI Law Enforcement
Bulletin. It was an article that didnít actually advocate any
particular position but suggested that UFO sightings reported to
law enforcement entities would be of interest to those at
Hynekís new Center for UFO studies. It provided a way for law
enforcement to respond to the concerns of the citizens without
having to actually do anything. A sort of win - win. Law
enforcement cleared the report and the CUFOS received it for
further investigation, if necessary.

According to a Memorandum dated February 21, 1975, Mr. Heim,
reported that Klass had called the editor of the FBI Law
Enforcement Bulletin. According to that document, Klass, "In
strong terms laced with sarcasm, he derided our publication of
the article by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, 'The UFO Mystery', in the
February, 1975, issue of the LEB. Klass suggested that by
publishing this article, the FBI had given its endorsement to a
hoax (that UFOs are extra-terrestrial in origin) and to a fraud
(Dr. J. Allen Hynek)."

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