From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 20:03:33 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Fri, 04 May 2012 05:55:39 -0400 Subject: Re: UFO Dangers Examined By U.S. News & World >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 08:30:09 +0100 >Subject: Re: UFO Dangers Examined By U.S. News & World Report >>From: Diana Cammack <cammack.nul> >>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <post.nul> >>Date: Wed, 2 May 2012 15:30:48 +0200 >>Subject: Re: UFO Dangers Examined By U.S. News & World Report >>>Source: HuffPo >>>http://tinyurl.com/8xut8o3 >>>UFO Dangers Examined By U.S. News & World Report >>>Lee Speigel <snip> >[Quotation Begins] >1969 - the Condon Committee recommended that USAF's 'Project >Blue Book' be closed down as "UFOs do not warrant further study" >- paraphrased. >Even though their accounts showed that "25% of sightings were >unexplained" (but see below). >Only later (below) was it said that "up tp 50%" of UFO sightings >were probably due to secret military - 'spy' and 'stealth' see >U2 & SR71 - aircraft, covertly flown to test public reactions. >The Condon Committee 'findings' were anyhow less than accurate; >i.e due to purposeful mis-classification around 30% - 35% of all >UFO sightings were probably 'unexplained'. >Quote: 'UFOs:'The Government Files' - Peter Brookesmith, Brown >Books, London, 1996 (pp 91-94) >[Quotation Ends] >Warning - can't remember how much of that was direct quotation >and how much was my own paraphrasing. >However we should be aware that it's easy to rig the ratios: >just include a lot of rubbish reports (drunks, hoaxes, jokes and >student rags) in the initial trawl, then the final 'unexplained' >percentage will automatically go down. Ray, Overall I agree with your statistics. When Capt. George T. Gregory took over Project Blue Book in 1956, and as Jerome Clark and others relate the investigation went downhill. I am 'working in' the 1957 and 1958 window, looking over the UFO cases, and see that the trend was to belittle Ground Observer Corps reports as well as those in the housewife and blue-collar classes. Below is the Wikipedia excerpt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Blue_Book [Begin Quote] The Captain Gregory era Captain George T. Gregory took over as Blue Book's director in 1956. Clark writes that Gregory led Blue Book "in an even firmer anti-UFO direction than the apathetic Hardin." The 4602nd was dissolved, and the 1066th Air Intelligence Service Squadron was charged with UFO investigations. In fact, there was actually little or no investigation of UFO reports; a revised AFR 200-2 issued during Gregory's tenure emphasized that unexplained UFO reports must be reduced to a minimum. One way that Gregory reduced the number of unexplained UFOs was by simple reclassification. "Possible cases" became "probable", and "probable" cases were upgraded to certainties. By this logic, a possible comet became a probable comet, while a probable comet was flatly declared to have been a misidentified comet. Similarly, if a witness reported an observation of an unusual balloon-like object, Blue Book usually classified it as a balloon, with no research and qualification. These procedures became standard for most of Blue Book's later investigations; see Hynek's comments below. [End Quote] One of my experiments is to send UFO cases from the PBB files to two military mailing lists. There are quite a few pilots, co- pilots, navigators, and other aircrew on these lists. There is interest, usually of the back channel type, where comments are made about the air/ground radar, air visual (CIRVIS), and EMI (electromagnetic interference). My comments are very basic, not even in the category of preliminary analysis. The UFO cases that go into intelligence back channel would be fascinating, that is, if we access to those files. It is my opinion that these do exist as there are hints of compartmenting based on the inclusion of air intelligence service squadron addressees, reference to air intelligence information reports that are not in the files, and just a feeling that the more exotic disappear into this realm. Of course I have to balance this with the fact that administrative errors do occur, that is, loaning out files that are never returned, misplacing in the files under a different geographic location, and most of all the gargantuan task of photocopying. As well as the air defense mission of identifying enemy and unknown aircraft was very much a part of the 4602nd and later the 1006th Air Intelligence Service Squadron's work. Terry 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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