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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html Original Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 09:10:22 -0800
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      Hot Gossip UK April 2002

      Welcome to the April 2002 round-up of the weird and the wonderful,
      with all the latest news concerning UFOs, abductions, the paranormal
      and much more besides.

      The British Government and UFOs

      The April issue of UFO Magazine (the British title) is out now and
      includes a world exclusive article that Georgina Bruni and I have
      written revealing sensational new information about the British
      Government's handling of the UFO phenomenon. The article focuses on
      the period immediately after the Second World War and shows how the
      key figures within the scientific intelligence community were involved
      in the debate over UFOs.

      The article is based on applications that Georgina made to the
      Ministry of Defence under the Code of Practice on Access to Government
      Information and on research that we have done at the Public Record
      Office in Kew. It gives what we believe to be the most comprehensive
      overview yet of how the British Government first became embroiled in
      the UFO mystery, and how senior military and political figures were
      drawn into the debate, some taking a sceptical view but others being
      considerably more open-minded.

      The article runs to 5500 words, covers over 20 pages and is supported
      by numerous photographs and official documents. It takes up between a
      quarter and a third of the entire magazine. UFO Magazine editor Graham
      Birdsall says that it is quite unprecedented to dedicate so much of
      the magazine to one feature, but he was as excited as we were about
      some of the new information that we have uncovered. The revelations
      include the following:

      New information about the wartime British Government's attitude to foo
      fighter reports from the Royal Air Force.

      Official interest in the so-called ghost rockets, including details of
      how British military intelligence secured what they believed was
      debris from a ghost rocket.

      The subsequent examination of this debris by the Chemical Analysis
      Section at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.

      Details of how MOD Technical Intelligence Staff made a secret field
      visit to try to locate a possible UFO crash site near the residence of
      Winston Churchill.

      The role played by Director of Intelligence R V Jones and MOD Chief
      Scientific Adviser Sir Henry Tizard.

      The full story of the MOD's Flying Saucer Working Party.

      Top Secret Directorate of Scientific Intelligence and Joint Technical
      Intelligence Committee documents on UFOs.

      The role of the CIA in influencing British Government policy on UFOs.

      How the sceptic versus believer debate about UFOs raged at the very
      heart of the Establishment.

      The above represents only a fraction of the material covered by this
      UFO Magazine special feature, but I hope it gives a flavour of what to
      expect. Some of the material will be highly controversial and some
      will challenge current thinking on how UFOs are investigated by the
      MOD, the military and the scientific intelligence community.

      Georgina Bruni and I will be speaking at UFO Magazine's September
      conference in Leeds, detailing the way in which the post-war British
      Government handled research and investigation into UFOs, and how the
      key figures in the shadowy world of scientific intelligence took
      vastly different views on this subject. Check out www.ufomag.co.uk
      for more details.

      New Blue Book Information

      Most ufologists are familiar with the work of Edward Ruppelt, a former
      head of the USAF's Project Blue Book. Ruppelt's book The Report on
      Unidentified Flying Objects is probably the book that I would
      recommend above all others for those wanting an insight into the way
      in which the US Government and military viewed the UFO phenomenon from
      1947 to the mid Fifties. Though the second edition of Ruppelt's book
      was rather more sceptical, the initial 1956 edition suggested that he
      was pretty open-minded. He dismissed the idea of a cover-up, but while
      he was adamant there was no proof that UFOs were interplanetary, he
      certainly didn't dismiss the idea. There are very few people who have
      been involved in military or government UFO research programmes who
      are on the record, so it's worth noting that another such individual's
      recollections are now available on the Internet. The man in question
      is Hector Quintanilla, who headed Blue Book from 1963 until its
      termination in 1969. His take on the subject is far more sceptical
      than Ruppelt's, and he has some particularly harsh words for Blue
      Book's scientific consultant Dr J Allen Hynek. The unpublished
      manuscript is entitled UFOs - An Air Force Dilemma and is available at
      www.nidsci.org which is the website of the National Institute for
      Discovery Science. It's a fascinating insight into the politics and
      internal wrangling of Blue Book, and shows that government UFO
      research is characterised by exactly the same sort of sceptic versus
      believer rows as occur in civilian ufology. This was certainly true of
      my tour of duty in Sec(AS), and is also a key theme of the article
      that Georgina Bruni and I have written for UFO Magazine.

      USA Today and The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

      The prestigious USA Today newspaper recently made a front page comment
      about the search for extraterrestrial life, and ran a comprehensive
      article on this in the second section of the paper. The feature
      appeared on March 19 and highlighted the increasing number of
      extrasolar planets being discovered. It also explained how astronomers
      hope to find Earth-like planets, then use interferometers and the
      technique of spectrographic analysis to look for chemical indicators
      (e.g. ozone and nitrous oxide) that might suggest the presence of
      life. It's good to see this sort of work getting increasing coverage
      in the mainstream media and not just the specialist scientific press.

      Eye Spy

      Issue 8 of Eye Spy magazine has just been published. This magazine is
      dedicated to the shadowy world of intelligence, and they have already
      had a number of genuine scoops. Check www.eyespymag.com for further
      details, and check www.spiescafe.com for details if you're in the
      United States or Canada.

      Ed's Note:

      Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
      Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
      from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
      Dell Publishing.

      © Hot Gossip UK 2001

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    • Frits Westra
      Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.hotgossip.co.uk/pope.html Original Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2003 07:58:36 -0700
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        Hot Gossip UK July 2003

        Welcome to the July 2003 round-up of news and views on UFOs, alien
        abductions, crop circles, the unexplained, the weird and the

        A Roswell Requiem

        Volume 10, Number 1 of Skeptic magazine contains an interesting 14
        page article on the Roswell incident. The article is written by B. D.
        ìDukeî Gildenberg, a meteorologist who was involved with USAAF and
        USAF operations, including Project Mogul, that he believes were
        responsible for triggering the Roswell incident. He was also involved
        in work for Project Blue Book, and more recently he was involved as a
        witness and researcher for the 1997 Pentagon investigation into the
        incident, which culminated in the publication of The Roswell Report:
        Case Closed. The article is entitled A Roswell Requiem. Given this,
        and the magazine in which it is published, readers will not be
        surprised to learn that the author attributes the Roswell Incident to
        Project Mogul, compounded by the fallibility of human memory, and
        exaggeration and lies on the part of certain people. He blames
        authors, publishers and TV producers for fuelling a modern myth, and
        concludes that ufology should move on from what he regards as a
        totally discredited case. Those who have read the two USAF reports The
        Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The
        Roswell Report: Case Closed will not find much new in the article, but
        this is not to detract from what is an important and well-written
        summary of the sceptical case against Roswell. Gildenberg uses the
        testimony of Captain Cavitt against the claims of Major Jesse Marcel,
        and that of Professor Kimball against the claims of Glenn Dennis.
        Believers can legitimately argue that the memories of Cavitt, say, are
        no more or less reliable than those of Marcel. However, any suggestion
        that those witnesses or experts supporting the official view are part
        of the conspiracy, or have been got at, would be more tenuous. The
        article has a sarcastic tone in places, but setting that aside, it is
        an important piece of journalism that, whatever ones views on Roswell,
        deserves a wider audience in ufology than it will probably get. Click
        on [1]www.skeptic.com for details of the magazine.

        Crop Circle Advertising

        Images of crop circles have often been incorporated into
        advertisements, illustrating how they have become part of the popular
        culture. The same has happened with UFOs and aliens. A new
        advertisement for tourism in Wiltshire has now used a crop circle
        photograph to promote the area, which is an interesting example of
        local government officials using the imagery. The imagery appears in a
        magazine advertisement, but there are a couple of references to crop
        circles on the official local authority site at [2]www.kennet.gov.uk
        together with links to some crop circle websites.

        NASA Nuclear Mission

        In a controversial move, NASA have given the go ahead to a deep space
        mission powered by a miniature nuclear reactor. The move has upset
        environmentalists concerned at the safety implications, especially in
        the light of the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia earlier
        this year. An essential safety feature will mean that the reactor
        cannot be switched on until the spacecraft has gone well beyond the
        orbit of the Earth. Project Prometheus involves NASA funding Lockheed
        Martin to investigate the concepts needed to design a viable nuclear
        propulsion system. The first aim would be a mission to some of the
        moons of Jupiter such as Callisto, Europa and Ganymede, where
        primitive life may exist in oceans beneath the icy surfaces. The
        likely launch date will be 2011. In the longer term, this technology
        may be the first step towards the previously stated NASA aim of a star
        mission. For this to occur in a meaningful timescale, radical new
        propulsion systems will be needed, incorporating nuclear mission, or
        matter/antimatter annihilation.

        Open Skies Closed Minds in Romania

        I am pleased to announce that my first book Open Skies Closed Minds is
        to be published in Romania. Open Skies Closed Minds is an overview of
        the UFO phenomenon, focusing on my running the UK Government UFO
        research and investigation project, at the Ministry of Defence. My
        books are available in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and
        have previously been translated into various other languages,
        including German, Greek and Polish. On past form, English language UFO
        books being translated into other languages leads to greater liaison
        between researchers in different countries, and results in previously
        unreported cases being given greater prominence. My thanks go to the
        respected ufologist Ion Hobana for arranging this.

        Glastonbury Symposium 2003

        On 25, 26 and 27 July the Glastonbury Symposium 2003 takes place at
        The Town Hall, Glastonbury. Entitled Investigating Crop Circles and
        Signs of Our Times, the symposium features a host of well known names,
        including Maurice Cotterell, Ed Sherwood and Michael Glickman. The
        special Sunday night guest is Budd Hopkins. However, the focus will be
        on crop circles, and the event includes a coach tour of whatever
        formations are in the area at the time. The event is hosted by Andy
        Thomas and Karen Douglas, and details can be found at the
        [3]www.glastonburysymposium.co.uk website.

        The 2003 Crop Circle Convention

        If Glastonbury whets your appetite, then there is another three day
        crop circle conference on 8, 9 and 10 August, in the Cricklade Theatre
        in Andover, Hampshire. Invited speakers include Colin Andrews, Reg
        Presley, Philip Mantle, Lucy Pringle and Busty Taylor. I have no
        internet site details for this event, but further information can be
        obtained by telephoning 01392 677462 any evening. Bookings can be made
        by calling 01264 360063 during office hours.

        Ed's Note:

        Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an
        overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official
        Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an
        overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and
        Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien
        invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are
        available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book

        © Knight International 2003

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