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 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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