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Re: New Official Brazilian UFO Files

From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:57:53 -0300
Archived: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 06:07:56 -0400
Subject: Re: New Official Brazilian UFO Files


>From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <aj.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 10:56:45 -0300
>Subject: New Official Brazilian UFO Files

<snip>

>In Brazil, differently that what happened in France and England,
>for example, where the disclosure has been thanks to an
>administrative decision, the opening of files is a result of
>movement conducted by a number of Brazilian UFO researchers in
>behalf of the entire Brazilian UFO Community.

I think our fellows abroad, especially in the UK, would strongly
disagree with that.

It both downplays the role UFO researchers had in those
countries, and exaggerates the one they had here in Brazil.

For instance, as it has never been made quite clear by the
committee you represent, but was mentioned by the relevant
authority in an interview, Brigadier Jose Carlos Pereira, most
of the released Air Force files had been collected by his own
personal initiative and interest in UFOs and were being prepared
to be released before the campaign by local Ufologists was
promoted. Calls for disclosure were, of course, being made long
before it, but fact is that the Brigadier has told he was
collecting those files for disclosure before your campaign
started.

The actual Brazilian disclosure must be seen both in the
International context -- as authorities, including the UK, want
to wash their hands about the subject -- and in the Domestic
one, as the UFO Disclosure Campaign got its major boost thanks
to the Fantastico TV show which in turn also promoted it in
context of the then much publicized problem of the actual
destruction of official documents related to the military
dictatorship era in Brazil. Around here, as our fellows abroad
must know, Freedom of Information relates mainly to the
disclosure of documents related to crimes committed by the
military government during the three decades we lived under a
strong-armed dictatorship.

This is not to downplay the part the campaign you leaded didn't
play a role in the actual UFO disclosure. It would be unfair to
say it didn't play a very significant role. But claiming all the
credit for it, I think, and even to the point of downplaying
those abroad, is not very appropriated.

The Military Inquiry into the Varginha Case, for instance, is
being claimed as being released due to your campaign's pressure.
But in fact the files had been publicly available for almost a
decade, and the people who actually copied and publicized them
were simply journalists from a weekly magazine who requested
them at the proper archive. The files were not secret, they were
simply not properly sought after by anyone. This, I think,
illustrates more accurately how things happen.

As much as UFO enthusiasts like to cry about a cover-up -- which
does occur, obviously, as UFOs are related to National Security
even if none of them were alien spaceships --, the simple fact a
lot of documents are not publicly available because they have
simply not been properly requested reveals a more nuanced view
of reality. And even the files that have been made widely and
now easily available electronically lack a proper evaluation and
investigation.

The same thing happened, as another example, in the Trindade
case, where documents have been available for half a century but
no one bothered to properly look or even ask for them until our
recent efforts -- and by "our efforts" I mean all researchers
dedicated to reviewing this case, both at home and abroad.

>This is serious and real Ufology, much beyond unproductive
>skepticism.

The Brazilian Air Force states it is completing the full
disclosure of *all* of its UFO files, and that further files
will be directed to the National Archives as it's allegedly not
in their duty to investigate the subject. The released files
reveal how even the high echelons of the military would fall for
crude hoaxes (including a Minister falling for the hoax of the
"Uranus Project"), and that mostly all of the research efforts
were due to the personal interest by some key figures, so much
so that as soon as they left their posts, the projects were
terminated. And so much so that even the files and evidence
produced by these projects were literally left to rot.

The best these files show is that the military can also include
people, in all echelons, who believe in the ETH. But they lack
as much evidence to prove that hypothesis as we civilians. Or at
least that's what the files show. Even the Brigadier, I think
the most relevant person in the Brazilian UFO Disclosure (and
again, due to his personal interest) was very clear about that.

Knowing all this is getting closer to evaluating the real
situation, and as such is indeed productive Ufology. But I would
say that the more disclosure we see, the more the skeptical
position is favored.


Kentaro



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