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Re: Witness Anonymity

From: HONEYBE100@aol.com [Linda Cortile]
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 03:00:49 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 09:57:19 -0400
Subject: Re: Witness Anonymity

>From: XianneKei@aol.com
>Date: Mon. 6 Oct 1997 03:42:29 -0400 (EDT)
>To: updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Witness Anonymity

Rebecca wrote:

Yes, we can imagine.  We could also imagine that nothing much
>untoward has happened.  Was Linda - or any witness -, for that
>matter, made aware of the possible consequences of "going
>public?"  One must wonder about that.

I don't know about the other abductees, but I wasn't warned of
the consequences of coming forward publicly.  In fact, at the
time, I didn't even know that going to a 1992 UFO conference
meant that I was going public and I wasn't aware that anyone
outside of our support group, knew me.  I found out too late.

>I had the opportunity to meet Linda, first in Austin at Mufon's
>annual conference, a couple of years ago, and again last
>year in North Carolina, at another MUFON Conference.  She
>wasn't hiding behind sunglasses or anything and seemed per-
>fectly willing to speak to people who came up to her with
>questions.  One has to wonder why she would subject herself
>to all of this if she truly wanted her privacy.  No, she
>didn't introduce herself as anything other than Linda Cortile.

Outside of my husband and children's identities,  there is no
privacy.  Unfortunately, my identity came out 5 years ago.  So,
whether I like it or not, I've been out there.  There's no need to
hide behind sunglasses <G> and I'm perfectly willing to speak to
people who approach me.  Most of them tell me about their own
experiences.  So, I'm not really subjecting myself to anything
negative.  In fact, I've felt flattered and a little embarrassed when
talking with these people.  It would be ungracious and rude
of me to turn them down.  They're always nice.  And I must admit
that I've made a lot of new friends across the country over the years
and the only time I see them again, is at a MUFON conference.
Also, I have an interest in the propulsion of  UFO's.  There's no
better place than a UFO conference to satisfy my curiosity.

Rebecca, we've met?  Describe yourself to me in a private e-mail.
I'd like to remember you.

>>I think it's great if witnesses want to "go public" with their
>stories.  It probably helps the witness and the audience enjoys
>it too.  But when they serve themselves up, they shouldn't
>complain about the attention.  I don't remember the exact quote:
>but I remember Linda saying in North Carolina something like:
>"I'm ready for the skeptics."  It sounded like a challenge to me.
>Well, here we are.

Now that I've been public for a few years, talking about my case
more recently, has helped me and others as well. However, I 'have'
complained about the attention, way back in the past, because I
was an unwilling abductee.

I can't remember exactly what I said either.  But I can say that
objective skeptics are not a challenge to me.  They're a breath
of fresh air.  It's the hard-line skeptics and debunkers that I'll
challenge, if they give me a reason too.  They sort of...keep me
young!   Most arguments do.  I inherited it from my Mom.

Take care,
Linda Cortile

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