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Science & UFOs: Part 1 - The Condon Con Job

From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:22:44 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 07:27:55 -0400
Subject: Science & UFOs: Part 1 - The Condon Con Job

Source: Frank Warren's The UFO Chronicles


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Science And UFOs: Part 1 - The Condon Committee Con Job
by Robert Hastings

The late Dr. James E. McDonald - who held the title Senior
Physicist, Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the University
of Arizona - is one of the very few scientists to actually study
the UFO phenomenon. In a prepared statement before the U.S.
Congress' House Committee on Science and Astronautics, delivered
on July 29, 1968, McDonald said this:

"From time to time in the history of science, situations have
arisen in which a problem of ultimately enormous importance went
begging for adequate attention simply because that problem
appeared to involve phenomena so far outside the current bounds
of scientific knowledge that it was not even regarded as a
legitimate subject of serious scientific concern. That is
precisely the situation in which the UFO problem now lies. One
of the principal results of my own recent intensive study of the
UFO enigma is this: I have become convinced that the scientific
community, not only in this country but throughout the world,
has been casually ignoring as nonsense a matter of extraordinary
scientific importance." 1

And how did McDonald arrive at that opinion? After several
authorized, extended visits to the U.S. Air Force's UFO Project
Blue Book, to review its files, he wrote, "There are hundreds of
good cases in the Air Force files that should have led to top-
level scientific scrutiny of [UFOs] years ago, yet these cases
have been swept under the rug in a most disturbing way by
Project Blue Book investigators and their consultants." 2

McDonald's full statement before Congress may be found in the
U.S. Congressional Record, as well as on the Internet. While
acknowledging that the overwhelming majority of UFO sightings
undoubtedly had prosaic explanations, and that a great many
questions about the phenomenon remained unanswered, McDonald
succinctly summarized his conclusions regarding the most
credible of the unexplained cases: "My own present opinion,
based on two years of careful study, is that UFOs are probably
extraterrestrial devices engaged in something that might very
tentatively be termed ‘surveillance.'" 3

[More at site... thanks to Robert Hastings for the lead]

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