Monday, June 15, 2009

Uruguay Joins the Party

By Billy Cox
De Void
6-12-09

Billy Cox     Uruguay. Now it’s the Uruguayan government that’s releasing UFO files (http://tinyurl.com/n6f6e2). It’s getting harder to keep track of the countries that have made similar moves over the last 10 years. From France to Canada, England to Denmark, Brazil to Ireland, the global community is doing what the United States simply will not: Acknowledge reality.

As with most of its unofficial partners in disclosure, none of the documents released by Uruguay’s air force, the FAU, were classified at the highest levels. The most restricted were once categorized as “Confidential.” Maybe that’s because there aren’t any super cases in the South American nation’s files. But the ones released by the FAU this week further erode the credibility of our own Air Force.

The signal-to-noise ratio — only 40 of the roughly 2,100 reports in the FAU’s database remain unexplained — doesn’t really matter. The officer charged with supervision and release, Col. Ariel Sanchez, had enough information to draw this conclusion: “The UFO phenomenon exists in the country. I must stress that the Air Force does not dismiss an extraterrestrial hypothesis based on our scientific analysis.”

That analysis extended to trace effects like chemical alterations in soil samples from reported UFO touchdowns, as well as a dozen cattle mutilated with surgical precision. But the really commendable portion of the FAU report is its confession that military technology is useless against preventing the unauthorized exploitation of sovereign air space.

Most notable are two air force encounters with “luminous spheres” in 1986 and 1996. The former involved hot pursuit by jet fighters over Palmar Dam. The intruders high-tailed it "at a dizzying rate of speed" towards Argentina. But no sooner had the Pucara jets returned to base than the UFOs reappeared, as if determined to make a point and rub it in.

The same thing happened 10 years later, during military exercises at a FAU base in Durazno; interceptors couldn’t corral the formation-flying intruders, and control tower operaters corroborated the incident. A UFO turned the tables in 1979 and pursued a jetliner en route from Paraguay. It drew so close that passengers were able to snap photos.

Compare this sort of candor to our own reality-challenged USAF. Despite eyewitness testimony and FAA radar evidence to the contrary (http://tinyurl.com/nly2u5), it refuses to confirm that F-16s pursued a massive UFO that flew near President Bush’s Texas ranch in 2008. Our military clings sideways to the fiction that it hasn’t collected UFO reports in 40 years, despite regulations requiring its pilots to do just that.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Uruguay — no doubt a lot of fine folks live down there. But when you’re forced to look to the Third World for transparency on issues clearly related to national security, there’s more than the economy that’s bankrupt.

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