Skip to comments.UFO sightings are no laughing matter, group says
Posted on 11/12/2007 3:53:44 PM PST by mdittmar
UFOs may be fodder for comedians and science fiction but there was no joking Monday when a group of pilots and officials demanded the US government reopen an investigation into unidentified flying objects.
The 19 former pilots and government officials, who say they have seen UFOs themselves or been involved in probes of strange flying objects, told reporters their questions can no longer be dismissed more than 30 years after the US case was closed.
"We want the US government to stop perpetuating the myth that all UFOs can be explained away in down-to-earth, conventional terms," said Fife Symington, former governor of Arizona and air force pilot who says he saw a UFO himself in 1997.
"Instead our country needs to reopen its official investigation that it shut down in 1969," Symington told a news conference.
Symington read an appeal on behalf of the group of who came to Washington to recount their sightings of UFOs.
"We believe that for reasons of both national security and flight safety, every country should make an effort to identify any object in its airspace," the statement said.
The group included a retired pilot from Air France who said he saw an enormous flying disc during a flight from Nice to London in 1994, an Iranian pilot who tried in vain to fire on a UFO in 1976 and a former US official from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who claims a probe into a UFO seen over Alaska in 1987 was squelched.
"'Who believes in UFOs?' is the kind of attitude of the FAA all the time," Symington said.
"However, when I asked the CIA person: 'What do you think it was,' he responded 'a UFO.'"
When Symington suggested the government tell Americans about a UFO, the CIA official allegedly told him: "'No way, if we were to tell the American public there are UFOs they would panic.'"
The subject of UFOs came up in a recent debate among presidential candidates, with Democrat Dennis Kucinich saying he saw a UFO.
Skeptics say UFO sightings are merely aircraft or meteors re-entering the Earth's atmosphere.
All these UFO stories coming in at the same time, almost like a concerted effort.
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Who knew this was going to be a high volume ping list!
Heck, I even wonder if “they” would...
I will bet these are the same people supporting cut and run Paul.
Some meteors can emit this light and change directions very fast and contain surgeons that jam things into orifices and such...
Or so Ive heard. moving ass on chair uncomfortably as if recalling bad dream
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Hmmm, so we are turning the tables on the aliens, and probing them now?
Does Shirley McClain know about this?
Might it be of interest that one of the last threads I tried to post (several years ago) was a UFO story involving one of the astronauts? Pulled.
I’ve never heard of it. Is that an inside joke of some kind?
And why would that be of interest to me?
Then again, it might not.
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