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Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 22:18:46 +0100
Archived: Wed, 11 May 2011 06:32:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 08:37:05 -0500
>Subject: Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 19:39:08 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 10:37:21 +0100
>>>Subject: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered


>>Question to anyone: Who actually invited Barauna and the diving
>>club onboard, and when? If it was Bacellar himself, the plot
>>would thicken considerably.

>Then again, maybe not.

It would be one thing if we could place Capt Bacellar and
Barauna in some bar a week before sailing, potentially cooking
up a scam. That would be neat.

But we need to remember that Capt Bacellar was 700 miles away on
the island at the time the Almirante Saldanha was preparing for
this voyage, and had been there for over 2 months. Personal
communication in those days was not simple, probably limited to
official channels. There were no telephone landlines. No mobile
phones. No satellite. No postal deliveries except when the
resupply ship arrived from Rio at the end of each operational
tour. Too far for carrier pigeons.

The evidence is that Bacellar reported nothing through Navy
channels about any UFOs until 31 Dec 1957, and there's no
evidence that the Navy Command made any response until Jan 6
1958 instructing Bacellar to provide further information. This
was the start of the Navy Investigation. These communications
(note) were _encrypted_ radiograms.

So if we are considering a prior set-up arranged between
Bacellar and Barauna then we have to suppose some very advanced
planning to ensure that the Icarai Club would be the subject of
the next Navy Invitation and to ensure that a "UFO flap" started
during his tour of duty, culminating in the convenient arrival
of Barauna on board the ship. And this flap has to include a
fabricated sighting on Dec 31 of a steel-coloured, high-speed
"flattened ellipsoid of revolution" overflying the island at
1600 m sighted by multiple witnesses including a doctor and Navy
officer and others as described in Bacellar's report to Capt
Brandao and in his own official written report (thanks,
Alexandre Borges).

Notice also that in this written report Bacellar refers to
Barauna in terms that do not indicate particular familiarity,
referring to "this person" etc. Of course he would, wouldn't he,
if was really in cahoots in some long-standing elaborate hoax
(and I think "elaborate" is an appropriate adjective for once).
But I personally find this scenario incredible.

I think we have to assume one of five scenarios:

1) Barauna was somehow tipped off shortly before the trip, in
the first week of January 1958, through some other source in the
Navy High Command, and before embarking on Jan 07 managed to
prepare a bi-pack film roll hoax that he gambled would survive
inspection, either on board or (which was more likely, a priori)
after confiscation. He then staged the "sighting" himself.

2) Barauna proceeded as per 1) and enlisted Capt Bacellar into
his scheme when he arrived at to the island to ensure on-the-
spot validation and allow him to take the negatives home. He
then staged the "sighting" himself.

3) Barauna learned about the island sightings only when he
arrived at Trindade (or from rumour during the trip) and had no
prepared hoax, but enlisted Capt Bacellar on the spot to ensure
a bogus validation of some empty negatives. He then staged the
"sighting" himself.

4) Barauna planned nothing at all and arrived at Trindade
innocently, being as surprised as anyone when a "UFO" appeared
(as claimed by nephew Marcelo Ribeiro; at best he may have had
time to think on the trip out how he could exploit a UFO
sighting situation if it should happen to occur - as someone
said, "chance favours the prepared mind"). In which case he did
not stage the sighting, and what he photographed was "something"
real, just not what Capt Bacellar thought it was - maybe a

I can see why something like #4 is appealing, because after all
the realistic alternative is a bit of a shocker:

5)  It all happened much as the principals said it did.

I remain in the position of being far from certain that 5) is
true, and cognizant of certain problems (in particular the cloud
displacements, and the - shall we say - unfortunate
colourfulness of _some_ of Barauna's past history and
character); but at the same time I am sceptical of a great deal
of the sceptical argumentation, which IMO does not do the
advertised job of making scenarios 1) to 4) very attractive.

Martin Shough

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