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UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry Paperback – July 5, 2012
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It was especially interesting to compare official policies with internal notes of Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, former head of project Blue Book that wrote a classic book "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects." "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" brought extended treatment to General Cabell's 1951 meeting, which was mentioned only in passing in Ruppelt's book. Notes from the meeting show that Cabell demanded serious approach regarding UFOs. Ruppelt previously described in his original book that "every word of the two-hour meeting was recorded on a wire recorder. Recording was so hot that it was later destroyed."
It was impressive to follow chapter of the Colorado Project which caused closure of the USAF investigations of the phenomena. Audiotaped lecture from CUFOS archives of Robert Low to the JPL at Caltech from October 1967 shows how strong the subject was polarized between personal opinions and official inertia. This chapter is a great companion piece to previous works of Dr. J. Allen Hynek's "The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry," David. R. Saunders' "UFOs? Yes!: Where the Condon committee went wrong," and Wendy Connors' audio set "Faded Discs." Documents and facts from Sweden, Australia, Spain, France, Belgium, former Soviet Union and Brazil, emphasized the international context of the whole problem.
In Australian chapter, Sea Fury radar-visual incident with UFO from August 31, 1954 was presented. Pilot was instructed by air-traffic control to turn his airplane for identification. That maneuver showed that his aircraft was discernable from two other close targets. Similar radar-visual case, that I am personally aware of, happened at the end of 1970s in former Yugoslavia where a pilot was also instructed to turn his aircraft for identification purposes. At that moment, UFO accelerated towards the aircraft almost causing a collision. Case involved AIRPROX implication to aviation safety so it was interesting for me to compare similarities between both cases.
Book also explains unique situation in France because their official UFO research program, from GEPAN, SEPRA to GEIPAN, is located within French Space Agency CNES where a scientific approach is applied. Although, official UFO program in United States is terminated after the review of Condon's committee, other programs in other countries are still active. It can be argued that due to the lack of the direct experience in the UFO field, countries that are still in the UFO business, will encounter same obstacles and in the end, they will draw same conclusions like Project Blue Book did. On the other hand, France is already 35 years in the UFO field, which is 13 years more than the length of the whole Blue Book's mandate. Official projects and investigations of these complex aerial phenomena are ongoing, and that is the fact.
This book can serve as a perfect briefing document for every government employee, military analyst, non-commissioned officer, officer and researcher which could be, or already is, confronted with this issue. France has GEIPAN; Chile has CEFAA; Uruguay has CRIDOVNI; Argentine has CEFA, etc. If any employee of those projects, or any other serious scholar from any other field, will need a historical broad overview of the UFO phenomena, this book will provide a great service. If this issue will ever become academically recognized in unpredictable future, "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry" should be an obligatory literature at those colleges. My opinion is that this is the best book about UFO phenomena ever written.
Former Military Intelligence SIGINT operator, Croatian Army
Journalist and Writer
First UFO related book I've ever heard of that isn't batshit and actually puts an emphasis on the historical significance of the subject rather than lending credibility to insane theories that have no grounds in the real world. An objective look at objectively documented and cataloged phenomena and how the government(s) responded.