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Re: Roswell Had Victims?

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 16:09:40 -0500
Archived: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 09:44:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Roswell Had Victims?

>From: Gary Anthony <garyant.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 23:47:45 -0000
>Subject: Re: Roswell Had Victims?

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 16:50:12 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Roswell Had Victims?

>>>From: Tom Bowden <tomrbowden.nul>
>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 17:14:17 -0800 (PST)
>>>Subject: Re: Roswell Had Victims?

>I agree with Dick on his point of faces in clouds. However,
>amorphous images aside (as Neil Morris may corroborate to some
>degree) it has not prevented us from sending photographic
>representations of the Ramey Memo (both enhanced and
>computerised samples and normal best photographic paper copies),
>to two separate competent 'cryptanalysts' (who have no interest
i>n UFOlogy) a few months ago. Status - currently awaiting
>responses! Apparently the process takes time, especially on a
>limited budget... Checking out whether the Ramey Memo can be
>deciphered is a worthwhile project, it is one of the unanswered
>questions in the Roswell arena that needs addressing properly, I
>am encouraged others have thought of engaging in it, though for
>my two-penneth's I am of the opinion this requires the input of
>qualified experts outside of ufology before anything useful
>(either way) can be learned. Whether this will happen is


>From an American perspective we are talking about guys who can
>decipher a range of blurry texts from long range photography,
>even in some cases from spyplane aerial reconnaissance. To
>emphasise an important fact, this type of cryptanalysis is
>worked from technique, application and pure brain power, there
>are many limitations and this is no small task An area of
>cryptology called cryptoeidography (which Bruce Macabee may be
f>amiliar with?) is a good analogy for this problem.

>Cryptoeidography is very effective in rendering either pictures
>or text on an image secret, one employs cifax which modifies
>electrical patterns to distort an image while the latter
i>nvolves actual optical alterations to it. I am not suggesting
>either has been done in the case of the Ramey Memo, but in
>reference to the latter, an expert can confirm the second form
>of altering optical images can be very effective in disguising
>content. Here is the kicker, there are natural counterparts to
>this type of optical concealment which sometimes crop up in
>photographic images that possess text or similar patterns. This
>is a major factor and consideration for the prescribed

>If anyone can make head-way with an enquiry like this though,
>t is in a specialised area of cryptanalysis, which should
>also be capable of pointing out any limitations.

>Suggestion of a simple 'scientific' method for Ramey Memo
>analysis to substantiate or refute David Rudiak's assessment may
>go something like this:

>Encourage the participation of at least two independent
.cryptanalysts and ask them to:

>1. Obtain clearest photographic representations of Ramey Memo.

>2. Allow a photographic expert (linked with cryptanalysis) to
>enlarge, enhance and manipulate the images in a number of useful
>ways to obtain workable sample/s.

>3. Submit samples to any feasible analyses

>4. Publish all conclusions and peer review.

Of course it would be "nice" to have cryptanalysts ... or anyone
with experience, analyze the Ramey message., However, as Dr.
Rudiak has pointed out, understanding the message, which appears
to be in plain text (not encrypted, we presume), comes down to
correctly identifying individual letters, such as the V, I, and
I in the word that Dr. Rudiak used to illustrate his technique.
Identifying each letter is a problem of separating the "signal
shape" from the "noise shape." The noise shape is a complex area
density of dark spots... the photographic grains. Each grain has
a probability of registering the correct amount of exposure
level for its position in the image. One way of looking at it is
that there are "holes and excesses" in the image. Consider the
letter I, a straight vertical line (perhaps with a "cap" at the
top and bottom). Suppose this letter is correctly focused onto
the film. Since the background paper is white, the letter I
appears as a dark image i.e., an unexposed (or at least less
exposed) area of film which is surrounded by "white" or highly
exposed areas. (Of course, the original picture is a negative,
but I am talking about the printed format. IN the negative the
white paper will look dark and the letter will look bright.) A
correct photograpic representation would have a uniform density
of _unexposed_ film grains running along the location on the
film where the I is focused., That is, the I will appear as a
straight dark line surrounded by uniform white. Would not
require cryptanalysis to identify the I. Even "richer" for
photographic information would be more complex letters like a,
e, V, etc.

Sounds nice, but sorry... things don't work that way. The focus
is not perfect so the image on the (negative) film has
brightness gradients where one would like to have sharp
boundaries. The focused line might not even be straight because
of aberrations in the lens (distortions of the image.... not
noticeable for large images like Ramey's face, hand, hat, etc.
but noticeable for small images). The film does not react
perfectly: the creation of a bright spot on the film (print) is
a result of high light exposure. Where the light is very bright
the complete development of a film grain (a tiny region... 10's
of microns in size...) is 100% or nearly so. However, where
there is less brightness (more darkness!) or where there are are
brightness gradients in the image (regions between full light
and full dark) the development of a grain is less probable.
That's the problem. Development of film grains is a probability
problem! The edges of the letter I, as focused on the film plane
are actually regions of brigthtness gradient, and in such
regions the probability of development of film grains is less
than 100%. The result is that the letter I will have jagged
edges... in some places the film grains will develop correctly
and in some places they won't. If the focused image of the
letter I is so narrow as to be a few tens of microns wide, that
is, if the width is comparable to the size of a film grain, then
the developed image may have "bumps" along the vertical sides,
that is, dark areas which should be white. This is the
"bleeding" of the darkness of the letter I into the white
surround, Conversely, there can be "bleeding" of the bright
surround into the dark area (because of the aberrations in the
lens or slightly imperfect focus or veiling glare - a phenomenon
that became important in the Trent photo analysis). The net
result is that the nice vertical straight line I becomes a
distorted line. And the relative amount of distortion increases
the smaller the image gets. In the Ramey case one gets a large
amount of distortion in some cases, making it very difficult or
impossible to determine the exact shape of the image of a
letter. With more complex letters it requires even more accuracy
to determine. Consider the difference between e and c. Suppose
the letter is an e. If, in recording on film the image of the
letter e, the image of the horizontal line is slightly blurred
so that brightness of the surrounding white are "bleeds" into
the thin area that should be the horizontal line, then some film
grains that should not develop actually do develop making the
center of the e quite bright. The analyst might look at the
image and conclude it was the letter c, not e. Conversely,
suppose the letter is a c. If in creating the letter c (assumed
to be a small image, not much bigger than grain size) a film
grain at the middle of the c did not develop (i.e. did not
correctly represent the brightness at the center of the c) then
one might think the letter was an e.

This is the "salt and pepper" noise problem one has when
analyzing tiny images (such as the face on Mars!). (Here "tiny"
means not much larger than the pixel or film grain size.) One
has speckles of "salt" (bright spots) where one should have dark
and conversely, speckles of dark "pepper" spots where one should
have white.

Under these circumstances the best one can do is assign
probabilities to the accuracy of detection. If the letter
appears to be a c then one can assign a probability that is
based on the physical size of the letter (image) compared to the
grain (or pixel) size. If the size of the letter is only a few
times grain size the probability of c vs e might be only 50%. If
the letter is ten times grain size the probability might be 90%.
As the size increases the probability of
accuracy increases.

For small letters one could say that if the image _looks_
clearly like that of a particular letter, then the probability
is high that it is that letter. In any other situation one
should assign a probability even though this is an
"unscientific" probability. Using only letter images that seem
to have high probability of being what they look like is a good
way to proceed with the Ramey memo. Use only the highest
confidence letters at first and then work "downward" to the
least confident. OF course, since this is a language there are
other constraints besides ust identifying the letters. The
letters come in groups... words... so if a few letters of a word
are readable then one can search the entire vocabulary for words
with those few readable letters and that many letters in the

The Ramey memo has another problem, which is distortion of the
letters, not b the camera optics, but resulting from curvature
of the paper as Ramey was holding it. (Why didn't he hold it
upstraight and flat... that would have made things so much
easier!!) That means one must try to identify letters from
images that are distorted in shape as well as being
photographically noisy.

Hence it is not a pretty sight, that of a diligent investigator
sweating over the interpretation of the Ramey memo, working
his/her way through the film-grainy, blobby, bent images of
letters that, when properly interpreted, could change our view
of humanity's place in the universe.

My complements to those who have slugged it out with the data,
those who have dug in the muddy ditches of noisy photography and
who, it appears, have struck some gold!

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