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Italian UFO Newsflash No. 356

From: Edoardo Russo <edoardo.russo@tiscali.it>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 17:12:37 +0200
Fwd Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 16:08:49 -0400
Subject: Italian UFO Newsflash No. 356


ISSUE NO. 356 -  30 MAY 2002

by the Italian Center for UFO Studies
(Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici, CISU)


- Inauguration of the New C.I.S.U. Headquarters
- Privitera, General and Ufologist, Dies
- Ufologists and Infiltrations by Intelligence Services


Saturday 15 June will mark the inauguration of the new
headquarters in Turin of the Italian Center for UFO Studies
(CISU), which also serves as the headquarters for the national
secretaryship and the central archives of the association.

As previously announced, at the end of last January, the Turin
branch of the C.I.S.U. moved after 23 years from its historic
offices at Via Briccarello 6, which were originally rented (in
June 1979), as the local publishing house for the journal
"Notiziario UFO", by then Turin branch of Centro Ufologico
Nazionale (CUN).

The new headquarters is located in a wide basement at the
southwest edge of Turin, easily accessible both by car and
public transportation, which will allow for the adequate hosting
not only of the group's weekly meetings but, most importantly,
of its archives, library and warehouse  as well as the materials
for the C.I.S.U. secretaryship, which comprise the greatest
assembly of ufological material and documentation in existence
in Italy, and one of the biggest in Europe.

For this  occasion, the headquarters will be open to visitors
for the entire day, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.,
with a dinner and a social supper, as well as afternoon
refreshments. Members of C.I.S.U. northwestern members will
receive a personal invitation. Others interested in
participating may contact the Center's local officials by
telephone or e-mail at the already known addresses.

[Communication by Gian Paolo Grassino]


Saturday 11 May was the date of the passing at age 70, in
Florence, of Army-General (retired) Michelangelo Privitera.

Few knew about him, but Privitera had a not-secondary role in
some developments concerning relations between Italian ufology
and military authorities: interested personally in the UFO
subject, he collaborated since the early 1970's with the Centro
Ufologico Nazionale, particularly participating in some case
investigations in Tuscany, as well as even writing a few
articles published (unsigned) in "Notiziario UFO".

Privitera was not the first and has not been the last of Italian
military officials who have cultivated an ongoing interest in
UFOs and a concrete (though not official) collaboration with
civilian students. Particularly memorable, however, is his
contribution which gave precious leads that led to the CUN's
(and, subsequently, other associations') successfully obtaining,
in 1977, the first release ever undertaken in our country of
documents related to UFO sightings by military personnel: an
historic development which was extremely promising yet
unfortunately ruined by narcissism and the search for personal
notoriety on the part of some young ufologists, who passed on
copies of the documents to journalists, with predictable and
untimely media noise and the resulting interruption of what
already was, in that period, a gradual opening of the Italian
military UFO archives (hence delayed by almost 20 years).

[Collaboration by Paolo Fiorino]


And speaking of relations with the military and with
"intelligence" services, the words and sparks were flying in the
last few weeks between two of the most visible exponents of the
Centro Ufologico Nazionale (CUN), Corrado Malanga and Roberto
Pinotti, who have nearly come to blows in a curious and at times
surreal  debate.

After having been active in the CUN from 1973 to 1998 (and for
20 years as a national director and leader of the scientific
committee), Malanga distanced himself in a blaze of controversy,
at the time of the break between Pinotti and Maurizio Baiata, by
decisively aligning himself with the latter and with his
publications ("UFO Network" and then "Stargate"), and by not
passing up the opportunity to accuse his former colleague and
friend of having "sold out" to secret service entities in order
to cover up the truth about UFOs (besides accusing him of making
outrageous statements, as well as boasting accomplishments and
credits from official institutions).

Increasingly, Pinotti defended himself by returning the same
claim (besides against all his old internal enemies of the last
30 years) back on Baiata and also Malanga himself, although not
openly naming them, essentially conceding the possibility that
they only were unknowingly being directed by "intelligence"
services. Most recently, for instance, in an article entitled
"The Intelligence And We" on the present issue of his monthly
"UFO Notiziario", Pinotti reaffirmed his conviction that all
internal upheavals in the CUN from 1973 through today have
precisely been the fruit of some institutional "unseen hand."

[UFO Notiziario, No. 32, May]

Malanga's reaction was not unexpected, and the chemist from Pisa
has entrusted to the Internet a long text in which he recounts
various "backstage" goings-on and offers his conclusion that all
Italian UFO associations (except, obviously, the one he is
currently part of) are more or less puppets who are in the know
about one or another secret service entity (from the Italian
SISMI to the CIA, from Mossad to the KGB).

[Arup Forum, 29 May]

Any comment that we could make on this hardly instructive debate
would be superfluous.

Collaborators on this edition were:
Paolo Fiorino and Gian Paolo Grassino.

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This is the English translation of UFOTEL, a free phone/Internet
information service on UFOs edited weekly by  Edoardo Russo for
the Italian Center for UFO Studies (Centro Italiano Studi
Ufologici), available in Italian by calling +39-011-545294, or
by e-mail subscription, or on CISU website at

UFOTEL is a supplement to "UFO - Rivista di informazione
ufologica", published by the Italian Center for UFO Studies,
registered at Tribunale di Torino,  No. 3670, on 19 June 1986.
Director: Giovanni Settimo. Publisher: Cooperativa UPIAR, Corso
Vittorio Emanuele 108, 10121 Turin, Italy

Translated from Italian to English by:
Gary J. Presto, Freelance IT-EN Translator/Proofreader
1123 Revere Beach Pky., # 12
Revere, MA 02151 USA
Tel.: ++ 1.781.485.1683, Fax: ++ 1.781.485.1684
ICQ: 110502923, E-mail: gjpresto@mediaone.net
Webpage: http://profiles.yahoo.com/italoman9

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(c) 2002  by: CISU,
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 108,  10121 Torino, Italia

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The CISU is a no-profit association whose aims are:
- to promote the scientific study of UFO phenomena in Italy;
- to help circulate information about UFO phenomena and studies;
- to coordinate national activities of data collecting and studying.

You may reach Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici:
- by mail: CISU, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 108, 10121 Torino, Italia
- by phone: +39 (011) 329.02.79 (24 hours UFO Hotline)
- by fax: +39 (011) 54.50.33
- by Internet e-mail: cisu@ufo.it
- at the World Wide Web URL: http://www.cisu.org

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