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We're Done Here, Now Go Away - Cox

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:18:19 -0400
Archived: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 14:18:19 -0400
Subject: We're Done Here, Now Go Away - Cox

Source: Billy Cox's Blog de Void


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We're Done Here, Now Go Away
By Billy Cox, Herald-Tribune

David Clarke, the tireless Sheffield
Hallam University professor whose decade-long quest in getting
his country's National Archives to release UFO files compiled by
the British Ministry of Defence, reached the end of the road on
June 23 with a final data-dump into the public domain. And he
signed off on that last batch with I-told-you-so relish. There
were no smoking guns amid the 52,000 pages released since the
incremental undertaking began in 2009, and even veteran British
researcher Jenny Randles lauded Clarke's persistence.

"I may not agree with everything that he says on the subject -
but I do with much of it and respect all of his views about the
remainder," she wrote in an addendum to Clarke's parting shots.
"I certainly know that he is nobody's puppet. And I, for one,
say thank you for his efforts."

Based solely on the evidence presented by UK authorities - and
the MoD's ostensible exculpatory transparency - Clarke's
obituary on that nation's ufology would appear well sourced. But
by pulling in some American "Skeptical Inquirer" types to
fortify his position, Clarke clearly overreaches in his alacrity
to settle the worldwide UFO problem once and for all. No room,
of course, for the testimony of former Belgian Air Force general
Wilfried de Brouwer concerning the F-16 scrambles during 1989-90
European wave, or flight-safety issues raised by former NASA
scientist Richard Haines, both of whom presented their evidence
at a symposium just last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. Truth is,
you could spend all night listing Clarke's points of omission
and it wouldn't make a dime's worth of difference here. Not when
you forsake good data and credible witnesses for shopworn
cliches, as Clarke chose to.

"... My favourite quote of the whole two day media event," he
wrote of the reception to the final MoD document delivery, "came
from the New York Times as follows: 'Dr. Clarke, who has
approached the UFO phenomenon from a sociological perspective,
noted that many UFO sightings came from the Scottish city of
Glasgow between 10 p.m. and midnight - around the time the pubs
are closing.'"

Wow. Drunk eyewitnesses again. Fascinating. Zzzz.

Clarke also took a few shots at fellow British ufologists Nick
Pope and Timothy Good for holding "preconceived beliefs" in
their failure to trust The Official Story "because it is in
their interest [as UFO authors] to keep the mystery alive and

Clarke draws a particularly critical bead on Pope, who anchored
the MoD's UFO desk from 1991-94. He charges Pope with hypocrisy
for requesting that his own UFO-related records remain exempt
from disclosure.

"The reason these papers are being with-held," Clarke alleges,
"is because they contain information about Nick Pope's
'conversion' to UFO believer that followed his alien abduction
experience in Florida in 1991. This happened shortly before he
joined the 'UFO desk' when he claims he had little or no
interest in the subject."

Now that's actually interesting.

In denying the abduction story in an email to De Void - "I've
never even seen a UFO!" - Pope sought to clarify the record. To

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