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And The World Didn'T End, Either - Cox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:52:06 -0500
Archived: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 04:52:06 -0500
Subject: And The World Didn'T End, Either - Cox

Source: Billy Cox's De Void


Friday, December 28, 2012

And The World Didn'T End, Either...
by Billy Cox

"What do I have to do to stir up the action?" wondered Gen.
Charles Cabell, who had previously warned Pentagon colleagues
that those who failed to take the challenge of UFOs seriously
"can get out now." After reading yet another futile Air Defense
Command report on UFOs, the director of the USAF's Office of
Intelligence, was clearly beside himself. "I've been lied to,
and lied to, and lied to. I want it to stop," he told
subordinates. "I want the answer to the saucers and I want a
good answer."

Cabell's pique erupted in 1951; we revisited this obscure moment
of official clarity 61 years later, on account of a masterpiece
published in September. Co-authored by Michael Swords and Robert
Powell, UFOs: A Historical Inquiry explored the roots of
America's surreal relationship with The Great Taboo before
debunking and feigned indifference became formal policy. That a
historical narrative should be the most substantial development
to emerge from the UFO/media horizon in 2012 shows us, yet
again, as if we needed another example, just how shallow the
bottom really is.

This was the year worldwide news outlets from ABC to The Daily
Mail went bonkers over Google Earth lens-flare "UFOs". We saw
Anderson Cooper, CNN's prime-time golden boy, hosting a woefully
inept "Do You Believe in Space Aliens?" forum in a daytime
format so flimsy and trivial that producers decided to pull the
plug before the entire brand suffered irreparable damage. We saw
the National Geographic Channel manufacture the abysmal "Chasing
UFOs" action-figure series that lured heretofore respected
documentary filmmaker James Fox into a kamikaze dive. "My
credibility and reputation has, deservedly, taken a serious
hit," he said.

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