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  • Frits Westra
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      Nick Pope

      It's hot, it's sunny, but I'm inside writing this July column, slaving
      over a hot PC to bring you the very latest breaking news from the
      weird and wonderful world of UFOs, alien abductions and the
      paranormal. I just hope you appreciate it!

      Italian Air Force Attend San Marino UFO Conference

      Last month I attended a fascinating UFO conference in San Marino,
      organised by Dr Roberto Pinotti. There was an absolutely massive
      line-up of speakers appearing over the two days of the event,
      including American researchers Linda Moulton Howe and Derrel Sims,
      Italian experts like Roberto Doz and Paola Harris, and other
      ufologists from a wide range of countries including France, Spain,
      Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Norway, Romania and Brazil. There was
      even a rare public appearance by Desmond Leslie, who wrote Flying
      Saucers Have Landed with contactee George Adamski. The most
      significant event from a ufological point of view was the attendance
      of a delegation from the Italian Air Force, on Saturday 3 June. They
      arrived in uniform, and Colonel Aldo Olivero gave a presentation in
      which he gave details and analysis of some of the UFO sightings
      reported to the Italian military. It' s highly unusual for there to be
      any official government/military participation in a UFO conference,
      and it's to be hoped that more initiatives of this kind are
      forthcoming in other countries. Italian speakers should check out
      www.cun-italia.net for details of Dr Pinotti's group and its

      New Age Controversy

      Almost as soon as I finish writing this column I'm leaving for Turkey,
      where I'll be attending the International UFO and New Age Symposium in
      Istanbul, being held on 23 - 25 June. There's been controversy about
      this, starting when someone expressed surprise that Stanton Friedman
      would associate himself with a New Age conference. This all seems
      rather bizarre: some of the most successful conferences are those
      where there's a wide cross-section of views. Budd Hopkins and John
      Mack have some very different ideas about the alien abduction
      phenomenon, but both agree it's real. So who's to say who's
      interpretation is correct, and who's to say that New Agers aren't
      right about some of what's going on? I'll write up a report of this
      conference in next month's column.

      UFO Magazine

      The July/August edition of UFO Magazine is out now. I've written a
      full report on the Intruders Foundation conference held in New York on
      6 May and have included some wider comments about the state of
      abduction research in the UK. It's bound to be controversial.
      Meanwhile, check out their website at www.ufomag.co.uk for details of
      how to order the remarkable new video UFOs: Hard Evidence V. Among a
      fascinating wealth of amazing UFO films there are interviews with
      witnesses and experts, and an exclusive report on the Phenomena
      exhibition. One of those featured is Chris Martin, whose book
      Intruders in the Night is also being marketed through UFO Magazine. I
      worked with Chris and his ex-partner and have to say it's one of the
      most extraordinary series of UFO sighting and alien contact cases I've
      investigated. I wrote the foreword, and would recommend this book to
      anyone with an interest in the abduction phenomenon. Chris will be
      speaking at UFO Magazine's conference in Leeds on 15, 16 and 17
      September. Check the magazine for details of what promises to be a
      fascinating conference.

      More Mars Images

      Those interested in Mars can now access an extraordinary database of
      over 20,000 images of the Red Planet. So for a window on another
      world, go to www.msss.com/mars_images and browse away.

      Project Hessdalen

      A little closer to home but no less interesting are the many UFO
      sightings that have for many years being taking place around Hessdalen
      in Norway. The sheer volume of sightings makes this one of the most
      important UFO hotspots (or so-called window areas) in the world, yet
      the fact that ufology can sometimes be too US or UK-centric means that
      this doesn't get the publicity it should. This is particularly true
      given the scientific methodology used to log and analyse the
      sightings. For those not familiar with this remarkable story, check
      out www.hessdalen.org for details. Incidentally, there's much, much
      more to Norwegian ufology than just Project Hessdalen, (e.g. some
      fascinating abduction cases, such as that of Kate Thorvaldsen). See
      www.ufo.no for details.

      Moon Madness

      Conspiracy theorists of various kinds will doubtless have read much
      into the report that appeared in The Observer on 14 May, claiming that
      in 1958, at the height of the Cold War, the United States Air Force
      developed a top secret plan - codenamed Project A119 - to detonate a
      nuclear device on the moon. The claims have been made by Dr Leonard
      Reiffel, who says that the aim of the project was to demonstrate US
      military superiority at a time when they were lagging behind in the
      space race. An ICBM was to be fired at the dark side of the moon, just
      beyond the visible edge, ensuring that the mushroom cloud would be
      visible from Earth. When contacted about these claims a Pentagon
      spokesman would neither confirm nor deny them.

      Danger In The Skies

      The Observer on 4 June carried details of how researcher Colin Ridyard
      lobbied the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority, and
      managed to obtain comprehensive details of recent UFO sightings where
      objects had either been tracked on radar, or had near-misses with
      aircraft. Colin kindly sent me copies of his letters to and from the
      MOD and the CAA, together with his analysis of the way in which the
      data has been handled by these respective organisations. UFO Magazine
      will be running a detailed feature on this data, but to give you a
      taster, the incidents include a report from 15 February 1999, when an
      air traffic controller in Scotland reported an unidentified object
      which was tracked on radar, moving at speeds estimated as being around
      3000 miles per hour. Sceptics might be wondering whether this could
      have been an experimental prototype aircraft. There's only one problem
      with that: the object was estimated to be ten miles wide and two miles
      long! Oh, by the way, the Ministry of Defence's official position on
      this incident is that it was of no defence significance.


      Nick Pope's three books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited and
      Operation Thunder Child are available from all good bookshops. His UK
      publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
      publish his books in hardback while Dell Publishing produce paperback

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    • Frits Westra
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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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