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Ufology - Where to from here by Andrew Arnold

The United States UFO community has lost its way. The hype factor and entertainment element has taken over. It's focus is no longer about investigation but more about the next book release and star spangled meeting. Today you see so many new people climbing on the band wagon to sell their book or appear somewhere for money. So what has happened to the hard core investigative organizations, well theirs MUFON I guess but even they have their own issues. This organisation is now run like a business with various people trying to get to the top of the UFO corporate ladder.

It seems to me it's all about red tape and profit and not the gutsy on the ground research it started as. Ufology today is not in a good place, it is time we all recognized this and it requires a total rethink on what are the important things that need to be done. Remember in the early days it was all about finding out what these things are in our skies and now it's not a focus and that's sad. We all have a responsibility to do this and it can start with you, investigate, question, research. This is what we all need to do. So get busy people, don't sit in your chair reading this stuff on the net, get out there where it matters.

The Australian media introduce their own flavour of entertainment and never cease to include the words “little Green Men” or the X Files music, taking a serious approach to ufology is damn hard work and unfortunately even harder when the media rarely treats a story with the seriousness it deserves. If a country is invaded by another it’s all over the news and that’s understandable, there is the evidence, it’s there right in front of us, how many of us watched as America was attacked by terrorists with the twin towers. When it comes to a sighting there is rarely anything more to see that a light in the sky and some silly questions with the people who saw it.


The media in the United States seem to have the same approach when it comes to TV but there are some credible reports produced by the newspaper community, whether it be in hard copy or internet. Unfortunately this does not happen here in Australia, its left up to all the UFO groups and The Ufologist magazine to get the word out. This needs to change, why it is these days we hear nothing in Australian newspapers about UFO’s, is it too much hot potato for them to bare or is the agenda not to pay any attention. What investigative work does our Australian media really put into this subject?


Until mainstream media takes this subject seriously we will always be considered a little wacky and off planet. This needs to change, how we do this is up to every one of us, we all have the responsibility to get the attention when it’s required. As I said there are some media outlets doing good work, the Huffington Post and the Herald Tribune are but a few, but once again these are not Australian. Ufology has not come a long way, we still have hidden government agendas, we still talk about Roswell and what Pine Gap is hiding, and these are all very old subject now.


Exopolitics is a new word in ufology and for those who don’t know, it’s the politics involved with Ufology, Area 51, what the government is covering up, all this kind of thing. I’m not saying this isn’t important but it’s not going to get us anywhere, Stephen Greer tried with his approach to the National Press Club but this is the government and they will always control the rules of engagement. We all need to look for evidence to back our claims, hard work is needed and I am not sure we will ever get there but we must try. Here is an example of an article I just read and thought this was worth sharing with you. In the meantime happy hunting and keep your eye on the sky.

Brandon’s Roswell claims new to Gates

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:40 by Billy Cox

Retired CIA director/Defense Secretary Robert Gates declined to directly challenge the Roswell UFO story told

last summer by former Agency colleague Chase Brandon.

"I have a lot of respect for Chase (Brandon)," says retired CIA director Robert Gates. "So I'm not going to question Chase."/CREDIT:

“I have a lot of respect for Chase,” Gates said during a brief press conference prior to his scheduled talk at a Town Hall Forum in Sarasota today. “I’ve known Chase, as a martial arts instructor for the Agency, or was. So I’m not going to question Chase. I’m just telling you what I said.”


But what Gates said, moments earlier, appeared to be a sharp repudiation of a story that went viral seven months ago during the 65th anniversary of the alleged UFO crash in New Mexico. Because if Brandon is correct, it would mean one the most powerful men in government has been denied access to what would surely qualify as the most profound national security challenge in American history.


In 2012, Brandon — the CIA’s retired Hollywood liaison with 35 years of distinguished service — told Coast-to-Coast AM and The Huffington Post that he’d once discovered, inside the Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection, a box confirming the 1947 crash and recovery of spacecraft near Roswell, complete with official government documents and photos. “It was not a damn weather balloon — it was what it was billed as when people first reported it,” Brandon insisted. “It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed, and I don’t doubt for a second that the use of the word ‘remains’ and ‘cadavers’ was exactly what people were talking about.”


Brandon said he stumbled across the file accidently, during the mid-1990s, when President Clinton was attempting to locate information on Roswell. The CIA responded with a press release: “Our historians have found nothing in the Agency’s holdings to corroborate Mr. Brandon’s specific claims.” But Brandon has not recanted his remarks.


Backstage at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday morning, Gates said he hadn’t heard about Brandon’s claims. When presented with those verbatim assertions, Gates remained poker-faced. But he didn’t challenge Brandon head-on, either.


“I’ll respond in this way,” he said. “As director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, I think I have had every security clearance that there is available in the United States government. I first joined the government 46 years ago and I have never seen one shred of evidence or one report of any kind of UFO or remains or cadavers or anything.”


De Void: Is there a way to reconcile that story?


Gates (quickly): “No.”


Chase Brandon did not respond to a query for comment.