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Re: Harrassment - Has It Happened To You? - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 21:38:50 -0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2004 12:28:10 -0500
Subject: Re: Harrassment - Has It Happened To You? - Pope


>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2004 11:26:54 EST
>Subject: Harrassment - Has It Happened To You?

>Often we read or hear or watch on TV where witnesses to UFO
>events, investigators and experiencers mention that they got a
>'visit' either by persons posing as government officials or bona
>fide government officials. Also stories of shadowy characters
>who seem to know more than the average bear.

>Since many of you have been in the fight either as researchers,
>skeptics, experiencers, has any of you ever been harrassed,
>warned or threatened?

>How did you handle it?

>Is this a real situation or overblown?

Greg,

I'll give you a slightly different perspective on this, in that
I've worked on the UK Ministry of Defence's UFO project, and
have had it put to me that my predecessors and I have engaged in
such activities.

I don't deny that there are some witnesses in the UK who have
received visits from military or Ministry of Defence personnel.
This doesn't tend to happen now, but did in the past, as part of
the investigative process into sightings.

I wouldn't rule out the possibility that some witnesses were
asked not to talk about their sightings, but I don't think this
is necessarily as sinister as it sounds. Particularly in the
Fifties and Sixties, I suspect this was a natural consequence of
the Cold War mentality and the prevailing culture of secrecy. A
firm request not to discuss matters may have been misconstrued
as a threat, especially in the case of members of the public who
had not had previous dealings with the military.

There's another issue to factor in. There have been numerous
incidents involving bogus paramedics and ambulance staff, social
workers, priests, military personnel, etc. In some cases the
deception has been carried out for monetary or sexual reasons.
But in other cases, we seem to be dealing with a form of mental
disorder. I hesitate to use the phrase 'Walter Mitty', but
believe it may be appropriate in this instance. If some people
derive gratification from pretending to be paramedics, is it not
understandable that others may enjoy pretending to be with a
government agency whose job it is to suppress information about
UFOs? Films like Men in Black probably don't help here.

And I wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility that some
people might go to see a witness they'd heard about in the
media, pretending to be from a government agency, in order to
extract information.

I realise that my comments are unlikely to be appreciated by
all, but would like to assure List members that I have not been
involved in harassing UFO witnesses, and am unaware of any
instances where my predecessors or successors have done so.


Best wishes,

Nick Pope




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