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Brazilian MoD Discusses UFOs With Ufologists

From: A. J. Gevaerd - Revista UFO <a.j.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:18:30 -0300
Archived: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 06:20:29 -0400
Subject: Brazilian MoD Discusses UFOs With Ufologists

Dear Colleagues.

Something absolutely extraordinary and unprecedented has hapened
yesterday in Brazil.

For the first time in history a Ministry of Defense of a country
has officially invited UFO researchers to discuss the UFO
Phenomena, how to handle its investigation and the information
it may come from it. The meeting happened 3 pm yesterday at the
Brazilian Ministry of Defense building, in Brasilia, the Federal
Capital, and over 20 people took part of it.

On behalf of the minister of Defense, ambassador Celso Amorim,
secretary Ari Matos Cardoso and his associates received the
Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) members to discuss
the subject. Present at the gathering, that lasted some 75
minutes, were also several representatives from the Brazilian
Air Force, Navy and Army, all subordinated to the Ministry of
Defense in Brazil, and who were asked to fully comply with the
ufologists=92 requests.

The meeting is a direct reply to the Iguassu Falls Letter,
issued during the 4th World UFO Forum, that happened last
December. In the document, signed by nearly 30 speakers from
over a dozen countries and some 600 people attending the
conference, it is formally requested to the Ministry of Defense
that all UFO secret archives are disclosed and an official
committee for UFO investigations is created under the Brazilian
Air Force. It is on its way now!

An English version of the Letter is here:


The Iguassu Falls Letter is the latest step of the well-known
and very well succeeded campaign =93UFOs: Freedom of Information
Now=94, created by Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU)
and that has forced the Brazilian Government to open
approximately 4,5 thousand pages of previously classified UFO
documents. I have been posting many news about it in the last 5
years. It is a trajectory of success of the Brazilian Ufology
towards freedom of info.

The documents released are here: www.ufo.com.br/documentos  

While we are still producing texts to announce this fantastic
achievement to the entire Brazilian and World UFO Communities,
please read the official note below, that was published at the
very website of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, another clear
sign that the topic is being fully recognized as serious by our

I am very happy to announce this, as it is the result of my
colleagues and I efforts at the Brazilian Committee of UFO
Researchers (CBU). It has been our strategies in the last years,
through the above mentioned campaign, that resulted in this
special moment for us all.

A. J. Gevaerd
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine


Original source for photos:


Ministry of Defense receives Ufologists to discuss documents on UFOs

Bras=EDlia, April 18, 2013 -- Members of the Brazilian Committee of
UFO Researchers (CBU) and members of the Armed Forces met this
Thursday afternoon at the Ministry of Defense (MD)=92s
headquarters to discuss access to military documents on reports
of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

The meeting was a follow-up to a previous gathering earlier this
month, when the Ministry discussed administrative procedures in
response to a request for information delivered by over 30
Brazilian speakers during the 4th World UFO Forum, promoted by
the Brazilian UFO Magazine (www.ufo.com.br).

At the Forum, a decision was made to the effect that all
documents under the responsibility of the Navy, the Army and the
Air Force pertaining to the subject should be made public, in
accordance with the Access to Information Act (LAI).

During this Thursday=92s meeting, the UFO researchers reported
their difficulties accessing documents classified as either
secret or ultra-secret. =93Many questions remained unsolved about
famous incidents such as the Varginha Case, the Mearim corvette
incident and the Trindade Island sightings,=94 says A. J. Gevaerd,
Brazilian UFO Magazine=92s editor.

The Secretary for the Ministry=92s Institutional Coordination and
Organization, Ari Matos, declares that cases in which
information is still not publicly disclosed are exceptions. =93The
general rule is to make all documents accessible. Some cases
still have to go through the legal deadlines, but that is an
issue that will soon be resolved,=94 he adds.

According to the Director of the MD=92s Organization and
Legislation Department, Adriano Portella, the Defense has been
making every effort to meet LAI=92s established deadlines as far
as declassification and public exposure of documents is
concerned. =93The Act determines a 2-year term, from the date of
its promulgation, for the revision of information that has been
classified as secret and ultra-secret,=94 Portella explained. =93The
job is being done, and the documents will be declassified within
the legal deadlines.=94

According to Ari Matos=92 evaluation, the meeting=92s most important
result was a mutual partnership established between the
militaries and the ufologists. =93LAI has opened to the general
public the possibility of accessing a great deal of information
produced by the government. A regular means of contact must be
created to suit the needs of both the UFO researchers and
society in general,=94 says the Secretary.

After the meeting with the militaries, the ufologists celebrated
the initiative. =93Today is a Day to remember in the history of
Ufology,=94 said Fernando Arag=E3o Ramalho, from UFO Magazine.
=93Never before did a country=92s Ministry of Defense summon
Ufologists to a formal discussion about flying saucers,=94 he
celebrated. =93We are optimistically standing at the door that has
been opened to us, and we expect to move forward with our
Arag=E3o says.


Thanks to Carlos Casalicchio and Marcos Malvezzi for translations.

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