Thursday, April 07, 2011

A History of Government Management of UFO Perceptions through Film and Television

Armstrong Circle Theatre

By Robbie Graham
University of Bristol*
Matthew Alford
University of Bath†
Spring 2011

     On 22 January 1958, the popular CBS television show Armstrong Circle Theatre presented an entire programme dedicated to the subject of unidentified flying objects entitled: “UFO: Enigma of the Skies.” Among the high-profile experts invited to speak on the show, retired US Navy Major Donald Keyhoe – director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) – was notable for his outspoken views on government secrecy surrounding the UFO phenomenon. Arguing against UFO reality on the programme were astronomer and vehement UFO sceptic Donald Menzel and Air Force representative Col. Spencer Whedon of the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC). Their task should have been an easy one as the show’s content had been scripted in advance by CBS in conjunction with the US Air Force, and all guests – especially Keyhoe – had been instructed to read their preapproved material from a teleprompter.

When it came time for Keyhoe to speak, in frustration he veered from his script and stated to the nation: “And now I’m going to reveal something that has never been disclosed before...”1 The rest of his announcement went unheard by television viewers: unbeknownst to Keyhoe, his microphone had been cut by the station. Keyhoe

1 comment :

  1. page 16 "Anthropological files contain many examples of societies sure of their
    place in the universe, which have disintegrated when they had to
    associate with previously unfamiliar societies espousing different ideas
    and different life ways; others that survived such an experience usually
    did so by paying the price of changes in values and attitudes and
    behavior. "

    LOL. The nerve of these people who think they are or represent 'big daddy' and treat their fellow humans like children while they in their elitist MIC, secret societies and whatnot cause SO much destruction, namely bringling planet earth and all beings on it to ruin, but any of us who need to know are patronized with the 'national security' excuse. WHAT freakin security?! Go tell that to the first responders etc etc at and around Grong Zero NYC who were told by the authoriities the air was safe to breathe and many are now dead , seriously ill and dying.

    Go tell it to the same suffering and death down south USA after the BP oil 'spill'--yet agin there people were lied to and helpers were not allowed to wear protection gear, and everyone was sprayed with highly toxic and illegal contaminants.

    So does that 'warner' above think that things would get 'worse IF we are TOLD THE TRUTH --or we are confirmed what we already know? HOW could they get WORSE than they already are?
    Also is he saying that sscience shouldn't have come about and we still should believe the sun evolves round us....or what?

    I am sick and tired of these silly people imgaining that they are on some higher ground than everyone else and must not divulge secrets to the 'children 'for their own good'---well FUKC with THAT!!


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