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Re: Conrad Speaks Out On Rendlesham

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:58:33 -0500
Archived: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 05:54:24 -0400
Subject: Re: Conrad Speaks Out On Rendlesham


>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 07 Aug 2011 02:15:33 +0100
>Subject: Conrad Speaks Out On Rendlesham


>Source: The Telegraph (UK)

>http://tinyurl.com/42e5b5c

>06 Aug 2011


>Rendlesham Incident: US Commander Speaks For The First Time
>About The 'Suffolk UFO'

>By Jasper Copping

>The senior US military official who led the investigation into
>the supposed landing of a UFO in a Suffolk forest has spoken of
>the incident for the first time in three decades.

>The incident had been known as Britain's Roswell: a group of
>American servicemen stationed in Suffolk go into a forest to
>investigate mysterious lights and emerge convinced they have
>seen an alien spacecraft.

>The sightings, in December 1980, remain unexplained and have
>become the country's most tantalising and enduring UFO riddle.

>One of those involved even claimed to have touched an alien
>spacecraft.

>Now, the man who led the only investigation into the "Rendlesham
>Forest Incident" has spoken about the sightings - but his
>decision to end thirty years of silence is unlikely to please
>the UFO-believers as he suggests his men could have been hoaxed.

Let's see now: we have one individual who was there making one
claim, a number of others, also there, making opposite ones.

We have a newspaper article which interviews a single claimant,
and none of those whom he's criticizing - that is, the majority
making opposing claims - for their responses. The "reporter"
buttresses this extraordinarily one-sided treatment with the
entirely predictable endorsement of a longtime British debunker.

Where does this get us who are positioned in the middle?

Not very far, I'm afraid. One's immediate reaction is to marvel
at what passes for journalism in Britain (in fact, as those
literature in current events are aware, the subject of much
discussion these days). Its American equivalent has, God knows,
many faults, but as a general it rule tries to heed the most
fundamental principle of all: representation of views of both
the critic and the criticized.

Like most of you, I have no dog in this race. My views of the
UFO phenomenon do not stand or fall with Rendlesham. I try to
follow the evidence wherever it goes, even if as here into an
ever deeper muddle of claims and counterclaims. On the basis of
what we've seen so far, open-minded observers will agree, I
suspect, that ambiguity triumphs and no conclusion seems
possible.

I do, however, recognize lousy reporting and crude
propagandizing when I see them. Too bad this Jasper Copping bird
couldn't do better than this piece of hack work. He might have
written an interesting story if he were an actual journalist.


Jerry Clark



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