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: http://tinyurl.com/3gbf6ym 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 sighting. 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 happen. Congratulations to fellow Alexandre Borges for the find. Sincerely, Kentaro 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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