From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 22:58:44 +0100 Archived: Thu, 07 Oct 2010 07:39:10 -0400 Subject: Re: BBC On A-12 OXCART & CIA Study >From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:52:28 +0200 >Subject: BBC On A-12 OXCART & CIA Study >BBC's broadcast yesterday - a new piece on UFOs: >Audio: UFOs in Nevada - BBC, A-12 OXCART & CIA Study >BBC World Service >Program: Newshour >Title: UFOs In Nevada - .mp3 >http://tinyurl.com/39eg4jg >UFOs in Nevada - BBC, A-12 OXCART and CIA study >As far as I am aware, last mainstream story on Area 51 goes back >to April 2009, when LA Times published article The Road To Area >51, where ex-workers and engineers from Groom Lake, Colonel Hugh >Slater, Edward Lovick, Kenneth Collins and Thornton Barnes, >declared that high number of UFO sightings during cold war could >be explained as test flights of top-secret Lockheed spy >reconnaissance plane code-named OXCART. The OXCART was in >operation from 1963 until 1968. In LA Times article, Annie >Jacobsen writes that "commercial pilots cruising over Nevada at >dusk would look up and see the bottom of OXCART whiz by at >2,000-plus mph. The aircraft's titanium body, moving as fast as >a bullet, would reflect the sun's rays in a way that could make >anyone think, UFO. In all, 2,850 OXCART test flights were flown >out of Area 51 (while Colonel Slater was in charge)". >"That's a lot of UFO sightings!", Colonel Slater adds. >Those, so called revelations, which were in 2009 presented as >breaking story, are nothing new. In fact that was a rehash of >CIA's study, written by government historian Gerald K. Haines. >It was published back in 1997 inside Studies in Intelligence, a >classified journal for the intelligence community. The article >in question was titled, "CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947- >90". In one section of the study, there is a same story that >will be published again 12 years later in LA Times article. >Haines claims, inside segment titled "CIA's U-2 and OXCART as >UFOs," that many UFO sightings from the late 1950s and 1960s >were caused by secret American spy planes. Of course, >implications would be that most unknowns during Blue Book could >be now explained by OXCART flights. So, in that way, it's a >final solution of a UFO Phenomenon - it is "completely stripped >from aura of mystery" (to borrow that famous quote from 1953). >On October 3rd, 2010, BBC broadcasted piece called "UFOs in >Nevada", inside daily show "Newshour". As the name of the show >says, it is devoted to summary of daily news world wide. Piece >"UFOs in Nevada" talks about Area 51 "folklore". Keeping that in >mind, I was not so interested about another popular speculation >about Area 51, but I was curios to see how the anchor will >justify the reason for broadcasting this story inside the show >that deals with mainstream world news. As I mentioned above, >last, so called "breaking story" on Area 51", was covered in >media back in April 2009. There is nothing new or important that >appeared in media after that. BBC even sent reporter Kevin >Connelly to Nevada to report for this "newsworthy" piece. So, >what are the legs for this story? >During announcement of the piece, Host Julian Marshall said that >"(UFO) sightings are almost always happening near Air Bases". >Could this be BBC's soft introduction to Robert Hastings >conference on UFOs and Nukes? Great, I am so interested to hear >their take on it. Naah! Reporter Kevin Connelly quickly destroys >my hopes with Twilight Zone Tune. Soon, Connelly talks with Bill >Ramsey, philosopher from University of Nevada, who is >researching pseudo-scientific believes. Connelly adds that >Ramsey would be regarded as a nut in town Rachell because he >doesn't think that "aliens invented the toaster". So the stage >is set. >In the second act, Connelly talks with Colonel Hugh Slater, ex >commander of the base - yes the same Colonel Slater from the LA >Times article published in April 2009. You guessed it right - >BBC piece enriched us with the second rehash of the CIA's >article. A-12 OXCART plane (bless him) is again star of the >story - the plane that explains the unknowns. >Third act ends with the story of Priscilla Travis-Laudenklos >that runs motel in Rachell. Priscilla states that she has a note >"I'm not of your world", written on piece of paper. BBC ends the >piece with the Star Trek tune. >Yes, my hopes were too high after all. So far there is not a >single piece about UFO & Nukes conference broadcasted on BBC. >But instead OXCART landed again in my lap as an explanation of >unknowns. In fact, this piece doesn't have any connection with >newsworthy developments inside the field (piece with different >approach, for example, could include Leslie Kean's book or >Robert Hastings conference - that would be by definition a >newsworthy service - it would present events that are happening >NOW and that are NEWS). But merging whole field with the silly >aspects is visible again. > No snipping, because this needs to be re-read closely in the context of the following comment. The BBC generally prides itself on accuracy and balance. In the circumstances this situation bears all the hallmarks of a news management process, one that is sophisticated in its obliqueness. The implications of beginning the process via the World Service are clear: an attempt to obtain global reach while masking the national origins of the process. Subtle and insidious. Feels like Hastings and Kean have rattled a very big cage.... -- Gerald O'Connell http://www.onlyport.com Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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