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    The UFO Phenomenon -- Seeing Is Believing Two-Hour Primetime Special Airs Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
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      The UFO Phenomenon -- Seeing Is Believing
      Two-Hour Primetime Special Airs Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.


      Feb. 7, 2005 - Almost 50 percent of Americans, according to recent polls,
      and millions of people elsewhere in the world believe that UFOs are real.
      For many it is a deeply held belief.

      For decades there have been sightings of UFOs by millions and millions of
      people. It is a mystery that only science can solve, and yet the
      phenomenon remains largely unexamined. Most of the reporting on this
      subject by the mainstream media holds those who claim to have seen UFOs up
      to ridicule.

      On Feb. 24, "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs -- Seeing Is Believing" takes
      a fresh look at the UFO phenomenon. "As a journalist," says Jennings, "I
      began this project with a healthy dose of skepticism and as open a mind as
      possible. After almost 150 interviews with scientists, investigators and
      with many of those who claim to have witnessed unidentified flying
      objects, there are important questions that have not been completely
      answered -- and a great deal not fully explained."

      "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs -- Seeing Is Believing" airs Thursday,
      Feb. 24 from 8-10 p.m. ET on ABC. The program will be broadcast in High

      This two-hour primetime special reports on the entire scope of the UFO
      experience -- from the first famous sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 to
      the present day. The program draws on interviews with police officers,
      pilots, military personnel, scientists and ordinary citizens who give
      extraordinary accounts of encounters with the unexplained. Also included
      are the voices of professional skeptics about UFOs, including scientists
      who are leading the search for life forms beyond Earth elsewhere in the

      The program explores the facts behind the enduring mystery of the incident
      at Roswell, N.M., and looks into the strange stories of alien abductions.
      Among the UFO cases presented:
      Minot Air Force Base, N.D., October 1968 -- Sixteen airmen on the ground
      and the crew of an airborne B-52 witness a massive unidentified object
      hovering near the base.

      Phoenix, March 1997 -- Hundreds witness a huge triangular craft moving
      slowly over the city.

      St. Clair County, Ill., January 2000 -- Police officers in five adjoining
      towns all independently report witnessing a giant craft with multiple
      bright lights moving silently across the sky at a very low altitude.

      Today if you report a UFO to the U.S. government you will be informed that
      the Air Force conducted a 22-year investigation that ended in 1969 and
      concluded that UFOs are not a threat to national security and are of no
      scientific interest. But as one of the world's leading theoretical
      physicists says in the program, "You simply cannot dismiss the possibility
      that some of these UFO sightings are actually sightings from some object
      created by ... a civilization perhaps millions of years ahead of us in

      "Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs -- Seeing Is Believing" is produced by PJ
      Productions and Springs Media for ABC News. Mark Obenhaus and Tom Yellin
      are the executive producers.

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