From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul> Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:26:54 -0200 Archived: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:48:48 -0500 Subject: New Information About The Trindade Island Case [The previous post by Thiago Luiz Ticchetti was sent inadvertantly and was a draft and not meant for distribution --ebk] Dear Listers: Those of you who know me personally also know that I take the UFO research and information circulation very seriously. This is what I believe that other people who don't know me personally also think. For instance, I have been persistently announcing here every steps given and every results achieved in the Brazilian disclosure process, that happened because a campaign that my team and I initiated in 2004, resulting in the release of almost 5,000 pages of previously classified docs from the Brazilian Air Force, for the very first time in history. I have also relentlessly stand in the frontline to repel attacks that the Brazilian Ufology has received from domestic or international skeptics, specially attacks to our major cases, such as the UFO sightings in the Amazon covered by the Brazilian Air Force Operation Saucer, whose commander gave me an exclusive interview in 1997 and which cases I have pursued for so long, in a determined position to investigate as deep as possible what happened there with many trips to the affected areas. I also did the same about The Varginha Case, the capture of alien creatures in Minas Gerais state, back in January 20, 1996. And other Brazilian Ufology episodes, such as the Trindade Island Case, specially the photos of a Saturn-shaped craft over the island made by Almiro Barauna on January 16, 1958. This case is a milestone in Ufology and has been under rigorous inquiry for decades. The photos have been many times legitimated by some of the major UFO researchers and image experts in Brazil and in the world. Well, during all my UFO life, some 35 years now, I have been in the forefront to defend the legitimacy of the Trindade Island Case and will continue to do so until I have any strong, reliable and consistent evidence on the contrary. Many skeptics tried to discredit the case and Barauna's photos before, some with the most childish explanations that didn't stand up for more than 5 minutes. I explain it all to you because in the next days you will see some staggering information coming from my team at the Brazilian UFO Magazine (the oldest regular UFO magazine in the world now). These are new information about the Trindade Island Case that will disturb some of my colleagues here at this List, just as it has disturbed us in Brazil. Our consultant Alexandre de Carvalho Borges has been pursuing the case for over a decade and has been also a great and relentless defender of its legitimacy, based on the facts that he and we all very well know and a few that he dug. Well, he just recently found out, however, information that amazed him and led him to think otherwise. He found and interviewed what has been considered so far a real nephew of Barauna, Marcelo Ribeiro, also a rewarded photographer now in his late sixties, who claims that he heard directly from his uncle that the photos were faked and learned from Barauna himself how they were made and why he never came up with the real story. This stunning information surfaced last Tuesday and was kept only in the inner circle of the Director Board of the Brazilian UFO Magazine for two days, until we discusses how to handle it impartially and responsibly -- not damage countrol, but journalism. Over a dozen UFO experts from my team along with Alexandre and myself made a serious debate of how to announce the new witness declarations. And even under a few of my team members opposition, including that of my co-editor Marco Antonio Petit de Castro (one of the most productive and reliable UFO researcher in Brazil), we democratly decided to publish the new info last night. The entire new story is already in Portuguese in our website and is being translated into English and Spanish in the next few days: http://www.ufo.com.br/noticias/caso-trindade-sobrinho-de-almiro-barauna-afirma-que-as-fotos-sao-um-truque-parte-1 http://www.ufo.com.br/noticias/caso-trindade-sobrinho-de-almiro-barauna-afirma-que-as-fotos-sao-um-truque-parte-2 http://www.ufo.com.br/noticias/caso-trindade-sobrinho-de-almiro-barauna-afirma-que-as-fotos-sao-um-truque-parte-3 http://www.ufo.com.br/noticias/caso-trindade-sobrinho-de-almiro-barauna-afirma-que-as-fotos-sao-um-truque-parte-4 Our immediate decision was to keep the Brazilian and the World UFO Communities informed of the new information, or allegations, but we discussed for two days how to do so in the best way possible. It has to be noted that, among other of my team, Petit is the one who most rejects the new info and has solid ground to do so, as he rejected other previous new witnesses before. He was the Brazilian UFO researcher closest to Barauna and interviewed him on several occasions. The new information, or allegations, are very serious and towards a very important case, and we will keep you posted of the new developments in this. However, it is crucial to state here that neither we, at the Brazilian UFO Magazine or I as the editor, support the new witness claims (for more consistent they may appear), nor we reject them at this point (considering some contradictions in his report). It has been checked out that, unlike other people in the past, Marcelo Ribeiro actually was Barauna's nephew and was very close to him. So it would be unethical not to recognize it, as well as it wouldn't be responsible simply to assume that because of his proximity to Barauna he is OK. So we keep doing what has to be done. Marcelo Ribeiro claims that Barauna told him and only a few other members of his family that he forged the photos. He recognizes, however, that it may have occurred some sighting onboard the Almirante Saldanha vessel, witnessed by the military there, but claims that Barauna had taken advantage of that to make his tricks. Marcelo Ribeiro doesn't' believe in UFOs and is quite a skeptic about them, which is certainly an issue. As there are also issues on other of his allegations. However, as he is who he say he is and his claims are serious, we are giving you this information. We at the Brazilian UFO Magazine will keep our position impartial about these new data. We will keep our search for the truth on this and any other cases. And until proven a fake at no reasonable doubt, Trindade Island Case stands. I sign this joined by the magazine's international relations coordinator, Thiago Luiz Ticchetti. Thank you very much. A. J. Gevaerd Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine E-mail 1: aj.nul E-mail 2: ajgevaerd.nul E-mail 3: ajgevaerd.nul Site: www.ufo.com.br Listen to 'Strange Days... 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