From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul> Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 10:09:44 -0700 Archived: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 06:02:40 -0400 Subject: David Clark [was: We're Done Here, Now Go Away - >From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:20:12 -0300 >Subject: Re: We're Done Here, Now Go Away - Cox >>Source: Billy Cox's Blog de Void >>http://tinyurl.com/nfwak48 >>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. ><snip> >There is a weird disconnect going on with the British clique. >UFOs not so much but attack fairies and trolls-oh well there is >much folklore and writing about the same in ancient Europe. >David Clarke has a doctorate in Folklore and would likely prefer >that UFOs somehow be lumped in with the former, but the fact is >UFO reports are coming in from people who are not only "the >common folk" but people from all walks of life, industries and >sciences. >Dr. Clarke and his supporters really do have to watch themselves >if they don't want to go down in history - coined by Nick Pope - >as the MoD's "useful idiots". About 3 years ago, Clarke was posting to UpDates and bragging about his ability to get the UK UFO files released, I made some snarky comment, not exactly calling him a useful idiot, but pointing out that as a "folklorist", he made the ideal academic shill (I didn't use that word either) for the MOD to deal with, as Clarke's academic credentials and MOD's eagerness to accommodate had the added benefit of insinuating that UFOs were nothing but folklore. Clarke then responded to the effect that folklorists like himself might be best suited to studying UFOs, since UFOs allegedly left behind no physical evidence for physical scientists to study. (No doubt one of the most stupid and ignorant statements ever made in this field, full of stupid and ignorant statements. Clarke seemingly had never heard of radar cases, ground traces, EM interference cases, photographic cases, actual metal chunk cases, etc., one and all examples of physical evidence that could be studied. Even pure sighting cases can be studied statistically in a scientific manner.) To that I retorted that maybe Clarke could point out which government/military study ever used folklorists, instead using scientists, engineers, and intelligence people of various types. As I recall, that was the end of Clarke on UFO Updates. I'm still waiting for his reply on which big study used people like himself to study UFOs. I think Nick Pope got it exactly right calling Clarke a "useful idiot", not that he is an idiot, but he is naive (and maybe a bit arrogant) if he thinks the most sensitive stuff has been declassified and released merely because he has been persistent. Pope also correctly notes that Clarke has zero security clearance and all the stuff that has been released was previously declassified before Clarke ever arrived on the UFO scene. As happened in the U.S., Project Blue Book quickly lost its status as any primary investigative body with the best cases with clear national security implications being classified out of the PBB system and dealt with by other intelligence gathering mechanisms that had been put in place. Blue Book was nothing but a skeleton crew in the bitter end. That is why PBB was never missed when closed down and why Gen. Bolender could state in his 1969 memo, "There is still... no evidence that Project Blue Book reports have served any intelligence function. Moreover, reports of unidentified flying objects which could affect national security are made in accordance with JANAP 146 or Air Force Manual 55-11, and are not part of the Blue Book system... reports of UFOs which could affect national security would continue to be handled through the standard Air Force procedures designed for this purpose." Now if UFOs really were nothing but "folklore", there would be no national security reasons to continue to study them, period, even outside of the public eye. Was there a JANAP 146 directive for collecting Santa Claus sightings? Maybe Clarke can find it. David Rudiak 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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