Noted UFO researcher Budd Hopkins weighs in and shares his thoughts on
the recent ABC special, "UFOs: Seeing is Believing," by Peter Jennings,
which aired on 2-24-05.
From: BUDD HOPKINS
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During the past year Jenning's producers interviewed me a number of
times, and because I sensed what they had in mind, I made, as a
preemptive strike, a number of careful, highly specific observations
about the UFO abduction phenomenon.
All of these crucial points - recorded by ABC on videotape - were
designed to underline the physical reality of UFO abductions and to
demonstrate the implausibility of current skeptical explanations. To its
shame, ABC suppressed ALL of these observations.
I knew, of course, that the skeptics' favorite explanation du jour is
impossibly simple: abduction reports, they believe, are all due to
misperceived "sleep paralysis." Ranking as a distant second is another
erroneous belief: abduction reports, they say, "ONLY emerge under
hypnosis," and since hypnosis is "totally unreliable," all abduction
reports must be discarded.
In the light of these tediously familiar errors and misstatements, I
made certain in my taped interviews to explain the following:
- In the first two decades of our research, ALL of the central
abduction cases involved people who were outside their houses when they
were taken. NONE were lying paralyzed in their bedrooms. They were
driving cars, walking, fishing, hunting and even, in one famous case,
driving a tractor on a farm. "Sleep paralysis" as a blanket explanation
of UFO abductions is therefore, ipso facto, a ludicrous non-starter.
Nevertheless ALL of my insistent statements on this point were
systematically eliminated by the producers.
- Second, I indicated that there are many abuction reports involving
two, three, six or more people who were taken simultaneously and whose
highly detailed recollections are virtually identical. This fact alone
eliminates not only "sleep paralysis" but "fantasy-proneness" or any
other idiosyncratic psychological aberrations as triggering causes. My
descriptions of these many cases of multiple abductions were likewise
completely suppressed by the producers
- Third, I showed the interviewers many photos of, again, virtually
identical scoop marks, consistent straight-line scars and ground landing
traces at abduction sites, and other physical sequelae. ALL of these
vivid photographic examples of physical evidence were suppressed by the
- Fourth, I was not alone in making these points. My colleague Dr.
David Jacobs was asked by ABC to carry out a hypnotic regression for the
camera, but since the woman he chose had been abducted in the daytime
while driving a car, the case did not fit ABC's "sleep paralysis" agenda
and was thus not only suppressed, but Dr. Jacobs' many hours of taped
interviews were also scrapped.
- Fifth, I made it very clear that perhaps 30% of all the abduction
reports collected by researchers are recalled WITHOUT THE AID OF
HYPNOSIS, a fact which renders the issue of hypnosis moot. This point
was also suppressed by the producers whose only goal, it appeared, was
to eliminate any data that contradicted their transparently false
Despite my having presented - and reiterated - the points above, the
producers chose to trot out on camera two debunking scientists (whose
experiments with a mere handful of subjects have yet to be taken
seriously by the psychological community) to buttress the untenable
"sleep paralysis" theory, the false "no physical evidence" claim, and
the demonstrably untrue "its all hypnosis" assertion.
The smug presentations of these two would-be experts were accompanied by
the producers' lurid "reenactments" of "sleep paralysis" phenomena,
complete with flashing lights and spooky music. The taped testimony of a
serious mental health professional like Dr. John Mack was likewise
suppressed, along with my statement that over the years eight
psychiatrists and numerous other mental health professionals had come to
me about their own UFO abductions.
The producers' obvious goal was to conceal the fact that within the
mental health community there are many professionals who look with
amusement on the "sleep paralysis" theory, and who accept the physical
reality of UFO abductions.
So what can one say about such a deliberately dishonest presentation as
Peter Jenning's "Seeing is Believing" take on abductions? Perhaps one
can only shrug and warn, yet again, that the incurious members of the
press and the many blinkered, conservative scientists had better
collectively pull their heads up out of the sand and join us in our
Whatever one's personal attitude toward the UFO abduction phenomenon,
science insists that an extraordinary phenomenon demands an
What ABC served up on Thursday night was, instead, an extraordinary
whitewash of the abduction phenomenon, and a brutal suppression of the
evidence for what may well be the most portentous event in human
Peter Jennings and his staff should be ashamed.
New York, Friday, February 25, 2005.
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