Thursday, February 19, 2009

Peter Jennings Reporting: UFOs in American History

PLEASE: FORWARD THIS VIDEO TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! On February 24, 2005, ABC's Peter Jennings broadcasted a 2hr Primetime special on UFOs titled "UFOs: Seeing is Believing." This segment features the American history of UFOs, starting with the 1947 UFO sighting by Kenneth Arnold, a businessman and pilot, when the term "flying saucer" was first coined. It also addresses the 1950s CIA Robertson Panel reportedly created to remove the aura of mystery of UFOs so that people would no longer take them seriously and no longer bother to report them because they were clogging the Pentagon's phone lines starting in 1952. Jennings reports on the Robertson Panel: "So flying saucers, whatever they were, wherever they came from, were to be made the subject of ridicule." On the Air Force's Project Bluebook, Jennings shows that it was a public relations effort to get UFOs out of the newspapers by saying that UFOs were nothing more than weather balloons, rare atmospheric conditions, a star on the horizon, or whatever it took. Ohio state astronomer Dr. Allen Hynek was hired by the Air Force to work for Bluebook and discredit UFO sightings. In 1969, the Air Force closed down Bluebook, stating a lack of scientific interest. There was one loud dissenting voice: Bluebook's chief scientist Dr. Allen Hynek who was once skeptical, but after more than 20 years and 12,000 UFO investigations, became a believer. Dr. Hynek spent the rest of his life investigating and calling for serious scientific inquiry into the UFO phenomenon but most of his fellow scientists rejected his opinions. To order the full DVD of the show, go to: www.abcnewsstore.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=customer.product&product_code=S050224%2001&category_code=HOME

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