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CIA, UFOs and April Fools’ Day

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 7 abr 2020, 6:06 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 10 sept 2020, 6:02 ]
On April 1, 2020, the United States of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published on its official Twitter account a link to a website in which it highlighted some of its declassified archives on UFOs.
CIA's post on its official Twitter account where it highlighted its UFO declassified files.

Main CIA website where it's available to the public the information it has declassified about its involvement in UFO investigations.
In the Twitter post, the Government’s agency wrote: “CIA never shies away from a challenge, even when they seem… otherworldly. #StayHome and learn more about CIA’s investigations into UFOs.”

Several news media and Internet sites broke the news that the CIA had “revealed several UFO documents” for believers and skeptics. Strictly speaking, what the CIA did wasn’t to reveal new documents, but to highlight some UFO documents that were already available to the public because they had been declassified years before.

Even though the more suspicious analysts could think it was a prank by the US Intelligence agency because of April Fools Day, the CIA's posting on the Internet —under a general title that reads “UFOs: Fact or Fiction?”— highlights the “top five CIA Documents for Believers” and the “top Five CIA Documents for Skeptics.”

Oscar Linke’s case

All the “documents for believers” are about sightings that took place in 1952. The first one is known by ufologists because it’s a “classic” covered in books on the subject. It’s the sighting by Oscar Linke, a 48 years old man who along with his 11 years old daughter Gabriella was traveling in a motorcycle near the city of Hasselbach when the girl told him to look at something in a forest clearing.

When he got closer to have a better look, Linke saw two men standing and looking at something in the ground and they were wearing bright metallic-looking clothing. Then, Linke noticed the presence of a “flying frying pan” and saw that it had two rows of holes on its periphery of about 45 centimeters in diameter. Over the metallic looking object, which was about 15 meters in diameter, there was a conical black tower of about 3 meters high.

“On that moment, my daughter, who was at a short distance away, called me out. The two men might have heard my daughter’s voice because they immediately jumped to the conical tower and disappeared inside,” Linke said, quoted by the CIA document.
After that, the object rose from the ground, took speed and flew away from the place.

The Robertson Panel

The first of the “top five documents for skeptics” is about the infamous Robertson Panel, a group of scientists that met on January, 1953, and that was headed by Howard P. Robertson.

Since the group was briefed on US military and Intelligence’s activities, the report issued by them was originally classified as “secret.” However, the later declassified document concluded that the UFOs were not a direct threat to the national security, but that they could pose an indirect threat by overwhelming standard military communication channels due to the public interest in the subject.

They also concluded that most of the UFO reports could be explained as the misidentification of conventional aerial objects and that it was highly probable that the remaining minority could also be explained away in a similar fashion after more in depth studies.

Educational campaign

The Robertson Panel recommended that an education campaign be initiated to decrease the public interest in the subject to reduce the risk of hindering the aerial defense’ systems with reports at critical moments, and that UFO investigation civilian groups should be monitorized.

At the end of that CIA website there’s an hyperlink with ten “Tips When Investigating a Flying Saucer.” Among those, there’s consulting with experts, to create a reporting system to organize incoming cases and to develop methodology to identify common aircraft and other aerial phenomena often mistaken for UFOs.

At the beginning of the website, the CIA also posted a link to its “FOIA UFO collection”, and the highlighted articles for believers and skeptics are part of that collection.

The website is available on this link: bit.ly/3dOjAKA