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  • Stig Agermose
    Source: space.com , http://www.space.com:80/area51/caus_vs_tobacco_990928.html Stig *** Cigarette Ad Sparks UFO Controversy Sep 28 1999 10:54:11 ET ** A
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      Stig

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      Cigarette Ad Sparks UFO Controversy

      Sep 28 1999 10:54:11 ET

      **

      A recent national advertising campaign from cigarette giant R.J. Reynolds
      dealing with UFOs has left a bad taste in some researchers' mouths.

      Peter Gersten, the so-called "UFO lawyer" of Phoenix, told the members of
      Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) Monday that he found it likely that
      Reynolds' two-page newspaper advertisement is not only "defamatory, but
      also actionable."

      The ad for the Winston cigarette brand displays a classic flying saucer and
      the caption, "If aliens are smart enough to travel through space, why do
      they keep abducting the dumbest people on Earth?"

      Gersten, the director of CAUS, said he is drafting a letter of protest to
      Reynolds, and urged others to defend those claiming to have been abducted
      by aliens from the perceived attack.

      "In light of the recent lawsuit filed by CAUS, which is based on the
      reported experiences and eyewitness statements of abductees � the
      advertisement and its implications require a swift and serious response,"
      he said.

      CAUS recently sued the state of Arizona and the federal government for
      failing to protect uphold their Constitutional duty to protect citizens
      from foreign attack -- even when those attacks originate in the place UFOs
      come from.

      He said he will demand that Reynolds withdraw the ads and apologize, adding
      that he views the ad not as a setback to the UFO cause but as "an
      opportunity for all abductees to come out of the cosmic closet and share
      their experiences while proving, once and for all, that they are
      intelligent, articulate, credible people."

      Meanwhile, several prominent guests of the 36th National UFO Conference in
      San Antonio, TX, were more ready to find humor in the ad. The newspaper
      pages in question were displayed prominently near the registration
      conference throughout the two-day conference, in full view of host Dennis
      Stacy, MUFON International Director Walt Andrus and other UFO dignitaries.

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