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Re: CIA Said To Rue Its Longterm UFO Cover-Up -

From: Ives Lewis <iveslewis@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 16:25:39 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 09:12:49 -0400
Subject: Re: CIA Said To Rue Its Longterm UFO Cover-Up -

The June 27 posts at the UFO Updates Archive includes a
're-post' entitled

'CIA Said To Rue Its Longterm UFO Cover-Up'



The article was published at Space.com in 1999, and written by
Robert Scott Martin.

It is ironic that the Robert Scott Martin, the writer of the
Space.com article, wrote the following:

 >Haines himself continued the suppressive policy, perhaps
 >unconsciously, by writing that the CIA "paid only limited and
 >peripheral attention to the phenomena" since the early 1950s.

Mr. Martin continues that tradition, by failing to look beyond
the CIA's transparent mea culpas about how they mismanaged UFO
information. Since the 1950s, the CIA's treatment of UFOs
mirrors the models of how the agency would manage any
information deemed to be secret and of national security
importance. This is not objective reporting, nor is it
investigative journalism. While the article pretends to take a
critical look at Haines, it is fact another opportunity for the
company line on UFOs to be repeated publicy. The criticisms of
Haines are minor. In the end, what is the reader left with?
Overall, yet another endorsement of the nonsense that the UFO
mystery is simply an off-shoot of cold-war information
management gone wrong.

 >The UFO issue probably will not go away soon, no matter what
 >the agency does or says. The belief that we are not alone in
 >the universe is too emotionally appealing and the distrust of
 >our government is too pervasive to make the issue amenable to
 >traditional scientific studies of rational explanation and

The above statement by Haines, regurgitated by Mr. Martin in the
article, is astonishingly manipulative. Granted that most people
would rather think we are not alone in the Universe. So what?
People have a distrust of government. Good. That's a healthy
requirement of any democracy. But Haines takes those natural
inclinations and concludes that they render UFOs "not amenable
to traditional scientific studies of rational explanation and
evidence". Really? How so? What is the exact mechanism that
accomplishes that? That's a big jump - that some public feelings
actually render the scientific method impotent. It wins my
personal award for "unsupported conclusion of the Year" award.

Congratulations to Space.com for once again demonstrating that
mass media is useless in covering the UFO issue. There are
really only two answers for their failure; they are either
incompetent or complicit with those who would suppress the
truth. Sadly, their history suggests the latter.

Duncan Lewis

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