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Pravda - Fifty-Five Years Of Insanity

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 12:31:17 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 12:31:17 -0400
Subject: Pravda - Fifty-Five Years Of Insanity


16:46 2002-06-24


Today is a historical day for humanity: 55 years ago, on June
24, 1947, the first publication about unidentified flying
objects (UFO) appeared in the USA.

The publication reported that pilot Kenneth Arnold noticed nine
disk-shaped objects not far from Mount Rainier (Washington
State) when he was searching for a lost plane. The objects were
moving at a speed of over 1,000 miles per hour. Later, the words
of the pilot were confirmed by locals and servicemen.

Soon, more publications dedicated to UFOs appeared in the press.
The US military authorities became very worried about the
objects found in the sky over the USA and adopted a special
project for the investigation of the UFO phenomenon. US
servicemen believed that the flying objects were nothing else
than new spy planes of the Soviet Union.

In the project's network, a special task group was initiated at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, in January
1948. At the same very time, the Pentagon informed that
appearence of the UFO was caused by one of three reasons: mass
hysteria and hallucinations, fraud, or the wrong interpretation
of familiar objects. The results of the investigation revealed
that, if the UFO existed, it had nothing to do with the USSR.

At the end of the 1940s, another project named Discontent aimed
at the detailed investigation of UFOs and their possible effects
on the US national security was launched. The project was
successfully finished on December 27, 1949 when it was announced
that UFOs posed no danger to the security of the USA.

The results of the investigation of unidentified flying objects
were published in the so-called Blue Book in 1957.

Independently of the Pentagon, the CIA set up a special
commission to study the connections between the UFO phenomenon
and the USSR's intelligence activity regarding the USA. Special
services investigating unidentified flying objects insisted that
the objects discovered in the sky over the USA were elements of
a psychological war of the USSR against the USA. The
investigation was canceled when it was proved that the Soviet
Union had nothing to do with the flying objects.

Thus, we can say that the UFO phenomenon is the result of the
cold war. The atmosphere of fear and distrust of that time and
apocalyptic expectations gave rise to hysteria that, in its
turn, spread myths about extraterrestrial beings visiting the

However, official statements did not seem convincing to those
people who supported the theory of extraterrestrial beings
coming to the planet, and, although the theory has not yet been
scientifically confirmed, more and more evidence of the fact
that extraterrestrials do exist appears from time to time. For
example, it was allegedly reported that a flying object crashed
in Roswell, and, once, information appeared about some
mysterious circles on the fields of British farmers (as it
turned later, the farmers made the circles themselves).

Nowadays, the study of extraterrestrial visits is a wonderfully
arranged business and not only the concern for small
enthusiastic groups. Certainly, this fact hampers the objective
investigation of different phenomena that are not yet
scientifically explained. Numerous speculations about UFOs make
the majority of people rather skeptical about these
unaccountable phenomena, not to mention the scientists
investigating. In addition, since the launching of the SETI
project designed for the search of extraterrestrial
civilizations, a signal that could have an artificial origin was
received only once. However, this fact does not mean at all that
the signal really had an artificial origin.

So, no convincing evidence has been found that extraterrestrial
civilizations do exist. At the same time, all unaccountable
phenomena cannot be treated as the forgeries of people craving
sensation. Certainly, all phenomena of this kind should be
closely and objectively studied to prove or disprove existence
of extraterrestrial civilizations.

Vasily Bubnov

Translated by Maria Gousseva


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