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Second Trindade 'Negative Witness' Found

From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:27:09 -0300
Archived: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 06:44:19 -0400
Subject: Second Trindade 'Negative Witness' Found

Dear Listers,

Fellow Brazilian researcher Alexandre Borges has just disclosed
he located in January of this year another surviving witness,
Jose Carlos Rigueira de Brito, whom like Edson Jansen Ferreira,
was a sailor aboard the Almirante Saldanha ship during the
famous Trindade Island alleged UFO sighting in January 16, 1958.

The transcription of Borges' interview with Brito can be read, in
Portuguese, on his website:


Brito is very clear:

"Actually, nobody saw anything, because nothing happened. What
actually happened was collective hysteria. I was in [sala de
armas] when Admiral Saldanha da Gama personally ordered me to go
to the deck to help calm down the shouting.  I was the [SP] in
charge at the referred time. I saw nothing, only people pointing
to the sky. All set up. Bacellar could not have seen anything,
as a hoax was very crude."

Asked by Borges if, when he arrived on deck, he remembered if
any military fellow told him personally having seen the flying
saucer, Brito answered:

"Honestly? Nobody saw anything. People talked things like, 'Have
you seen something?', then another said 'I didn't, I was fooling
around, pointing upwards'. It's like that story where someone
stops in the street, along with another person, and points to
the sky, 'Look! Over there! Look!'. Soon, there are a dozen of
people looking upwards and saying they saw something, when they
actually have seen nothing. It's a kind of mass hysteria, that's
what happened. They said 'Look over there! It's there! Now it's
there!', but, it wasn't. I was talk with friends and I say that
guy [Barauna] was a big hoaxer. Actually, he had luck, because
Saldanha da Gama was a very strict man".

Brito's testimony has a lot of other bombastic claims -
including that lieautenant Homero, even if he claimed he saw
something, was an alcoholic, that people used to smoke marijuana
onboard the ship, that the cameras were confiscated afterwards -
- but not Barauna's - or that there were 30, 40 people on deck
at the time (but only around 8, 9 people joined Barauna in what
he says was a hoax planned and set up).

As all the other testimonial evidence in the Trindade case, it
cannot be accepted prima facie. But it's a second military
witness, who wasn't a personal friend of Barauna, who directly
states that people couldn't have seen anything because there was
nothing in the sky.

The testimonial evidence, taken together, is extremely dubious
to provide any kind of support to the case. It cannot prove
there was indeed nothing in the sky, but it cannot be assumed,
as it has been for over half a century, as supporting the

And, once again, the physical evidence, independently, also puts
the case in serious question.

The evidence in the Trindade Island case points to a clear
direction. One of the biggest fiascos in the history of Ufology,
never properly investigated. Proper investigation was bound to
evidence a hoax, but it took more than 50 years for that to

Congratulations to fellow Alexandre Borges for the find.



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