From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul> Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:30:51 -0300 Archived: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:09:51 -0400 Subject: Trindade 'Negative Witness' Found In the end of 2009, from the ship's log obtained by friend and collaborator Rodrigo Moura Visoni at the Navy Documentation Service in Rio de Janeiro, we located several of the names of the people aboard the Almirante Saldanha ship at the moment of the alleged sighting. From there and a little research, we obtained the contact information for most of them. Unfortunately most of the ones we succeeded to find were already deceased. Fortunately, we found one surviving eyewitness. Edson Jansen Ferreira, who spent six months in Trindade Island helping to build the Oceanographic Post, and who embarked in his return trip home in the Almirante Saldanha in January 15, 1958, therefore before the famous UFO event. From the ship's log we can establish he was definitely onboard -- all those embarking and disembarking were recorded in the log. 75 years-old at the time we interviewed him several times, 23 at the time of the alleged UFO event, he was still very lucid and confirmed, from his own personal diary, details of how he was indeed there. On the beggining of December I recorded one of the interviews I did with him. We also shared this discovery with other researchers and collaborators, including Jeferson Martinho, who also managed to record an interview with him. I'm still to publish my interview, and many other details and findings of Trindade case, but as you can see it's been over a year since we made this find. Friend Jeferson Martinho then has kindly publicized today a summary of most of our findings, including details and an audio of his own interview with Jansen. The information can be read on Martinho's "Vigilia" UFO website: http://vigilia.com.br/sessao.php?categ=0&id=1119 And now, to the information most will be probably anxious to read: Jansen was very clear in that he didn't see a thing. As Martinho was talking with Jansen for the n-th time -- before it Visoni and I had talked with him almost a dozen times -- when he asked again if Jansen was actually on deck at the moment of the sighting, Jansen answers that he doesn't know, but from the context, he was actually referring to the fact he didn't know exactly at what time did the commotion occur. In Martinho's own interview, later on, one can hear Jansen refer to the fact he did see the commotion of people pointing to the sky, and the fact that he, despite having perfect vision, couldn't see a thing. In my own recorded interview before that, I asked Jansen where he was at the moment of the sighting: if on the deck, on the cabins or anywhere else. He answered: "Well, everyone while in the sea doing nothing, usually rests, lying in the deck's floor... at the time there was no air conditioner [laughs]. Then they started to say they were seeing [something], as I told [your researcher friend] Rodrigo [Visoni]. Everyone saw it. But my vision was 20/20. I could see everything. And I didn't see anything. 'It's there!' [they said]. 'But where?' [I asked]. I didn't see a thing. I didn't see nothing. Nobody could have seen something if I didn't see it. Look, to me this is bollocks ["conversa fiada"]." I asked if those who claimed to see something were civilians or if there was some officer among them: "No, no, there were only sailors. And some civilian that was there, you know, returning home, photographers. And that's it. I never saw it." Asked how many people were there, if fifty, a hundred, perhaps less... "No, no, what, fifty! No, there were around 13, 15, people that strolls around [the deck], you know?" Note that Commander Paulo de Castro Moreira e Silva, when asked how many people saw the UFO, answered that "perhaps eight". All very different from the numbers quoted among Ufologists, of 48 or even 150, all of which have as their source none other than Barauna himself. Jansen also added: "That's why I tell you: I don't know what made everyone see -- or better yet, [not everyone], because I was part of everyone [there], and I didn't see. The guys called attention to something, blah, blah, blah... I think all were induced. (...) They were induced to see something. But I wasn't." When I told him that the photographer claimed that 150 people saw the UFO, Jansen was firm: "Lie. That's a lie. [laughs] I say that's a lie. There. It's my word against his". Jansen clarified he didn't know Almiro Barauna. He also didn't know that Barauna had passed away since. Unfortunately, all the people he knew on Trindade and on the ship have also already passed away. But fortunately, more than five decades after the event, we could record his story to help consider the Trindade Island UFO case. It's an important testimonial evidence, but there's also a lot of clear evidence on the photos themselves that they were hoaxed. There's also plenty of evidence to put in question many of the other tenets of the case that have been repeated by Ufologists without proper research for more than half a century, which in sum present strong evidence that the case was a hoax that lasted for so long because of an initial struck of luck by the hoaxer, and then improper research, that actually was never conducted. The audio interview I recorded with Jansen, along with more evidence and findings, will be published soon, but for now, and again, I recommend the excellent reference provided by Jeferson Martinho, one of the researchers who collaborated with us in this almost decade-long effort to finally investigate this famous Brazilian case: http://vigilia.com.br/sessao.php?categ=0&id=1119 I must also note, as Martinho also emphasized, that when last year, the Fantastico TV show aired the interview with Barauna's friend, Emilia Bittencourt, claiming to have heard from him that he did hoax the photos, the show's producers were aware of our findings, and that they have also collaborated with our efforts to investigate this case. This is one of the reasons we so eagerly considered Bittencourt's claims. They were only part of a mountain of independent evidence pointing to one clear direction. More recently, through Alexandre Borge's efforts, Barauna's nephew also claimed that Barauna admitted the hoax to him. The direction is clear. Sincerely, Kentaro Mori http://forgetomori.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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