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Re: State Of Ufology - Kaeser

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 08:28:03 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:43:31 -0500
Subject: Re: State Of Ufology - Kaeser

>From: Ray Dickenson <editor.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 18:00:09 +0000
>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology

>>From: Kenny Young <ufo.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2004 03:14:46 -0500
>>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology

>>If academia had not abandoned the UFO subject, the
>>snake-oil salesmen would not have stepped in to fill
>>the vacuum

>Question is - why did academia abandon the subject? Remember the
>fate of the COMETA publication? (search for "cometa ihedn")


>A high-level, technical and academic appraisal, it was
>immediately attacked and persistently anti-propagandized at
>great (gov't?) expense until most folk are now afraid to even
>reference it.

Please provide any reference you may have to a government effort
to "attack" the COMETA report. I'm unaware of any reaction at
all the publication, which was a commercial publication and not
an "official" report, per se.

>Why were certain agencies afraid of the COMETA appraisal? I
>suggest two basic reasons - in the text:

>1) "the physical reality of UFOs, under control of
>intelligent beings, is "quasi-certain." Only one hypothesis
>takes into account the available data: the hypothesis of
>extraterrestrial visitors."

Certainly this is a non-committal statement which translates to
'the anecdotal evidence appears to support ETI, but we really
don't have the proof'. Is this glass half full or half empty?

>2) "the possibility of secret, privileged contacts which
>might be "attributed to the United States." The attitude of the
>U.S. is seen as "most strange" since the 1947 wave"

This is certainly true, but there were hundreds of other factors
at work here, from nuclear proliferation to the "Cold War".


>Let's examine the (gov't sponsered) debunkers' only real
>premise: "Everything presently unknown (what you can't measure
>NOW) doesn't exist - by decree!"

>Yes - it's the same premise used for imprisoning & burning
>Giordano Bruno and for silencing Galileo.

>Modern mind-control? Or secret take-over?


Again, please provide linkage between any Government and
"debunkers". I'd love to get into a discussion with Government
entities if such evidence could be found.

Let me explain that while I'm speaking on my own behalf, I'm a
volunteer with the Fund for UFO Research. The Fund sponsored the
translation of the COMETA report into English, which was then
approved by the COMETA group as accurate. A thousand copies were
made and distributed to Government leaders, assorted Press
contacts, a handful of UFO researchers, and key business
leaders. Our hope was that this would cause them to take pause
and react in some way. Our hopes were, unfortunately, in vain.

I think the bottom line was that the COMETA report was another
statement of opinion, which (in this case) came from well
respected former government officials. It is similar in scope to
"The UFO Evidence" which was produced by the UFO Coalition and
sent to a similar group of individuals. Neither provided the
"smoking gun" that would be needed to spark a public
investigation. IMO, the highly politically charged atmosphere in
the U.S. would prevent any real interest in this subject unless
there is a major shift in the public's demand for a right to
know. That probably won't happen unless there's a major event
that the public and press can't ignore. Economics and the War
against terrorism (another topic for another list) are at the
forefront right now, and provide a more immediate threat to most


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