Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pilots use 9/11 as reason to urge re-opening UFO investigations

A story on Reuters this morning (link here) maintains that "Former pilots and officials call for new U.S. UFO probe." It was also presented on AOL.

An international panel of over 20 former pilots called on the Pentagon to re-open what amounts to Project Blue Book. Some files from it are open to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. I actually looked at these in the 1990s, and visited an area in SW Virginia reporting sightings in 1992. The pilots cited the example of the September 11, 2001 ("9/11") attacks as an example showing that unexplained warnings should not be ignored.

I associated with an Arizona group called "Understanding" in the 1970s, headed by a Dr. Dan Fry, known for a self-published book "To Men of Earth" in which he maintained that he hosted an alien for years himself. A typical web link is here.

Films have been made about the possibility of a sudden UFO "invasion" over the decades, one of the most notorious being "Independence Day" in 1996, directed by Roland Emmerich (20th Century Fox). I have always thought that a more subtle film about what would "really" happen if there were a smaller scale unmistakeable contact (how would it affect the stock market, the media, civil liberties, etc) would be interesting, and at least two of my own screenplay scripts deal with that. Another film that is obviously important is "Contact" (1997), dir. Robert Zemeckis, Warner Bros., based on the novel by Carl Sagan.

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