LETTER: Congressional hearing needed on UFO sightings

Friday, April 15, 2011 | 6:48 p.m. CDT

In 1999, a 13-member French committee composed of retired generals, scientists and space experts issued the "COMETA Report," which included the examination of some 500 international UFO sightings, including radar or visual cases and previously undisclosed reports of commercial and military pilots.  The study also drew on data from official sources, government authorities and air forces of other countries.  Those findings are included in a 90-page document.

In an article published by the Boston Globe, investigative journalist Leslie Kean  quotes the COMETA group as saying "numerous manifestations observed by reliable witnesses could be the work of crafts of extraterrestrial origin and, in fact, the best explanation is the extraterrestrial (ET) hypothesis." 

Kean also notes that while the ET hypothesis is not categorically proven, the COMETA findings support that hypothesis with the statement that "strong presumptions exist in its favor, and if it is correct, it is LOADED WITH SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES" (emphasis added).

Kean is joined by U.S. astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who said of the report: "It is significant that individuals of some standing in the government, military and intelligence community in France came forward with this ... At a confidence level above 90 percent, there is reality to all of this."

Given this well-documented French revelation, it is now time for open, secrecy-free U.S. Congressional hearings on the UFO/ET matter.

Bill Wickersham is an adjunct professor of peace studies at MU.

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Kathy Snowberry April 15, 2011 | 7:56 p.m.

Why is it needed? What significant consequences? We already know that some alien life form runs this state, and apparently humans are defenseless against them.

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James Carlson April 16, 2011 | 12:10 p.m.

And as soon as it's announced, details regarding the literally thousands of proven UFO hoaxes will go on the record, and that will be the end of disclosure for another century due to credibility issues alone. UFOlogists need to get their house in order before inviting Congress to come in with an intent to buy. As things stand now, Congressional hearings will destroy any hopes people may have for disclosure. Try cleaning up YouTube first; in fact, try cleaning up UFOlogy in general. Right now it's a joke -- and not a very funny one at that.

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Barry Nelson April 28, 2011 | 9:49 p.m.

Mr Carlson:

I'm going to assume you are in Missouri. I suggest you put your skepticism to work and go to: Become a Field Investigator, and learn how to do a scientific study of UFO's in your area. There are serious, educated people, with inquiring minds at every state MUFON who support the "clean up" of Ufology. You'll find your skepticism and objectivity and investigative skills useful, and mightily challenged, when you meet the unknown.

A Michigan MUFON member.

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Marina Shane April 28, 2011 | 10:42 p.m.

I Nominate Kathy Snowberry for quote of the year:
"We already know that some alien life form runs this state, and apparently humans are defenseless against them."
Couldn't agree more, Kathy! However could we also add that dogs in puppy mills are also defenseless against them?

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Mark Foecking April 29, 2011 | 4:05 a.m.

The trouble I have with this is much the same that Enrico Fermi had when he came up with Fermi's paradox.

Why, out of thousands of reported sightings, and evidence of possible infrastructure built in ancient times by/for ETs, haven't one single ship or being contacted someone in authority that could verify their existence and open a dialog? I'd think, if they were interested enough in our world to check it out, at least one of them would be interested enough to contact us.

Until then, I'm skeptical. There are a lot of physical reasons why interstellar space travel by manned crafts is highly unlikely.


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Louis Schneebaum April 29, 2011 | 11:12 a.m.

Fermi's paradox...

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