From: Georgina Bruni <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 12:09:46 -0000 Fwd Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 10:38:49 -0500 Subject: Nick Pope's Weird World - Dec/Jan 01/02 NICK POPE'S WEIRD WORLD Announcement: Nick Pope will be talking about the Flying Saucer Working Party on the James Whale Show, TalkSport Radio, tonight, between 11pm and 1am. NICK POPE'S WEIRD WORLD Here's my joint December/January column. May your dreams come true in 2002. The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters In last month's column I said that I'd received a copy of The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters, edited by Ronald Story. This is a follow up work to The Encyclopedia of UFOs, which Story edited in 1980, and I've now had a chance to dip into a fair bit of this new book. The bottom line is that this is a classic title which combines breadth with depth and is recommended for anyone with an interest in ufology, irrespective of whether they are new to the subject or already knowledgeable. The book covers a lot of ground, combining position statements from prominent ufologists with more in-depth essays, some old and some new. Some highlights include Eddie Bullard's balanced commentary on abductions, Alvin Lawson's Imaginary Abductee Study essay and Richard Haines' piece on shapes of UFOs. The only downside to this book concerns balance. Story wrote to various ufologists asking for their help in compiling this book, both by providing biographical details and position statements, and by writing on various topics. But I suspect some politics in the choice of who gets to write about what, so the book may be a little confusing for some. Roger Leir writes about implants, so we get a pro ETH essay. Bruce Maccabee covers the McMinnville photographs, whose authenticity he supports. Conversely, we get exclusively sceptical takes on the MJ12 documents, the alien autopsy film and crop circles. Hypnosis is well covered with both a 'pro' and an 'anti' essay, but while this would be a fairer way of covering all the subjects, it would be impractical. On occasion I detect a slight sceptical bias, but then this is Story's project so perhaps that's his prerogative. But it does look a little churlish when sceptical commentaries are sometimes inserted after key pro ETH essays, in an apparent eagerness to have the last word. So Bruce Maccabee's essay on Gulf Breeze is followed by a sceptical postscript from Randall Fitzgerald, while the brief entry concerning John Mack is followed by a lengthy piece from Joe Nickell suggesting that Mack's abductees are fantasy prone personalities. But no UFO book is ever going to achieve true balance, and despite some reservations over a bias towards the psychosocial approach (Robert Baker and Martin Kottmeyer loom large in this book) I have no hesitation in saying that this is one of the most important new UFO books of recent years, and is highly recommended. Go to www.ufoencyclopediaproject.com for further details. New Rendlesham Witnesses The bumper November/December edition of UFO Magazine contains a feature on a new witness to the Rendlesham Forest incident. This witness was based at RAF Neatishead and challenges the official line that nothing was tracked on radar. He also alleges that radar tapes were removed shortly after the incident. On this latter point I would urge caution. Although such actions arouse the suspicion of conspiracy theorists, they are actually routine in the aftermath of a potentially significant UFO case. While working in Sec(AS) I frequently requested that radar tapes be impounded and sent to me, so that I could check to see whether a visual UFO sighting was correlated by radar evidence. So the removal of radar tapes from RAF Neatishead may simply show that DS8, which was the predecessor of Sec(AS), was carrying out a standard investigation. The MOD documents recently released to Lord Hill-Norton and Georgina Bruni tend to support this, and show that at DS8's request, MOD radar specialists had tasked RAF Watton and RAF Neatishead with examining their radar tapes. Coincidentally, I've been interviewing a new witness who was based at RAF Bentwaters at the time of the incident and has a fascinating story to tell. On current plans, an article based on these interviews will appear in a future edition of UFO Magazine. Eye Spy Magazine Long before the terrible events of 11 September, the new British magazine Eye Spy was running in-depth features on Usama Bin Laden and his murderous Al Qaida terrorist organisation. It was not surprising, therefore, that in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities various international distributors wanted to sell the magazine overseas and print vast numbers of the back issues. This had to be handled carefully, lest it looked like an attempt to cash in on the outrages, but the fact of the matter is that Eye Spy put Bin Laden on its front cover well before the recent terrorist outrages. Recent issues of the magazine dealt sensitively and intelligently with the aftermath of 11 September. Their website: www.eyespymag.com is constantly updated with information on various intelligence and security stories, and is worth checking out. They have already run several world exclusives and have more in the pipeline. Alien Abductions and Rhesus Negative Blood Irrespective of individual blood groups A, B, AB or O, the plasma membranes of most people's red blood cells carry the series of antigens that categorise them as Rhesus Positive. Those without this factor are categorised as Rhesus Negative and I've recently had discussions with other leading abduction researchers concerning the question of whether there might be a higher proportion of Rhesus Negative people among abductees than in the population as a whole. The Rhesus Negative issue has cropped up a few times with abductees I've been working with and is something that is worthy of further study. The Real X-Files Hard on the heels of Georgina Bruni's scoop concerning the release of MOD documents on the Rendlesham Forest incident, two enterprising members of the public have stumbled upon 'DSI/JTIC Report No. 7'. This is the 'full Intelligence study' referred to in the Air Ministry's response to Winston Churchill's 28 July 1952 memo in which he asked 'What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth? Let me have a report at your convenience'. Although interesting from a historical point of view, this rather quaint little piece of history reveals more about Cold War paranoia than it does about UFOs. Set up in October 1950 and reporting in June 1951, the study drew heavily on USAF work done during Projects Sign and Grudge (forerunners of Project Blue Book). Report No. 7 was sceptical about the UFO phenomenon and recommended no further action. Yet a few years later this recommendation was overturned and the UK did set up a project to research and investigate UFOs. Unlike the Americans, the British didn't do this work under a discrete project name. Instead, the work was done within various secretariat divisions, which over the years have had decidedly unglamorous names such as S6, SHF(Air), S4(Air), DS8, Sec(AS) and now DAS. I worked in Sec(AS) from 1991 to 1994 and wrote about my official research and investigation into UFOs and other strange phenomena in Open Skies, Closed Minds. In this book I give an insight into the history, policy and politics of the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Defence's involvement with the UFO phenomenon, as well as lifting the lid on some of the amazing cases that came our way over the years. Nick Pope Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited, Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available from most good bookshops and from all the usual Internet book sites. His British publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, his first two books are published in hardback by The Overlook Press and in mass-market paperback by Dell Publishing.
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