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Mixed Results For MUFON

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 05:53:22 -0400
Archived: Thu, 29 May 2008 05:53:22 -0400
Subject: Mixed Results For MUFON

Source: The Sarasota Herald Tribune - Florida, USA


May 28, 2008

Mixed Results For MUFON
Billy Cox

There's probably a story on human psychology to be written about
January's UFO furor over Stephenville, Tex. But Ken Cherry won't
touch it with a 10-foot cliche.

As director of the Texas Mutual UFO Network, Cherry spearheaded
the investigation of the incident that lured media hordes into
north Texas cow town. On May 19, the Associated Press reported
how MUFON didn't find a smoking gun. But a week later, Cherry
says MUFON's critics are slamming the results.

"There are people out there who have a vested interest in
keeping this story alive", Cherry says from his home in Keller,
Tex. "But I'm not going to waste my time and energy trying to
defend our report. The results speak for themselves."

Among MUFON's most contentious findings: video footage of a
nighttime UFO was simply a star being jiggled by an unsteady
hand working the viewfinder. That sequence made the YouTube
rounds and was being seriously analyzed as evidence of symbolic
alien communication.

"We went to the exact location where the guy shot it, and since
it had the date and the time on the bottom, it was pretty easy
to determine it was a star", Cherry says. "It was something a
kid with a star map could do."

Then there was the real-time manifestation of Heisenberg's
Uncertainty Principle, the idea that observing an event alters
the event:

Cherry says the media circus that swamped Stephenville impeded
MUFON's efforts. MUFON began receiving UFO reports from the
region in December, but the network coverage immediately created
what Cherry charitably describes as a collective "heightened
state of awareness." Not to mention mercenary incentives.

"There are still videos and photos out there we continue to hear
about, but some owners expect to be paid", Cherry says. "This
place was descended upon by production companies looking for
footage. The asking price would start at $5,000 and it went up
from there."

The MUFON report's closest approximation of a smoking gun was
buried in the tenth graph of the AP piece. MUFON's Freedom of
Information Act queries produced Federal Aviation Administration
documents indicating its radar tracked a large object zipping
along at 700 mph at 6:35 p.m. on January 8. More ominously in
this post-9/11 era, the blip had no transponder.

"Apparently, there was a phenomenon of some sort going on", says
Cherry. "There have always been significant military bases in
this area, so the folks who live out there are used to seeing
military aircraft. They're not suddently going to start
misidentifying military jets as UFOs.

"The timing (of the radar hit) is important because it comes
within 10 minutes of when (freight company operator/pilot Steve
Allen) said he first saw it", Cherry says. Allen described an
object of nearly mile long and half a mile wide.

Finally, as Cherry learned from old-timers, that rural tract of
Texas has been the scene of UFO events going back decades.
Meaning that theories concerning the object's 60-mile proximity
to the Bush ranch in Crawford are irrelevant.

Cherry says the real lesson behind the Stephenville Incident is
for the Air Force, which initially denied it had planes in the
air that night, only to reverse itself a week or so later.

"If you don't know the answer to something", Cherry says, "then
just say you don't know the answer."

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