Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Will Brazil Crack The UFO Disclosure Door Wide Open

Imagine 10 Pentagon officials from every branch of the military, including the Secretary of Defense, agreeing to pow-wow for 75 minutes with civilian UFO researchers. Imagine, at the end of that meeting, in an ostensible show of good faith — or maybe it was just window dressing, who knows — the brass actually concedes the civilians may be on to something. And it agrees to give them access to some of the most contentious UFO records on file. Well, change the venue from the U.S. to Brazil, and that’s exactly what happened in Brasilia on April 18, according to A.J. Gevaerd.As editor of Brazilian UFO Magazine, Gevaerd has been covering The Great Taboo forever in South America’s biggest country, and he has sources out the wazoo. 

A.J. Gevaerd, Brazil UFO Magazine

He also works amid a radically different cultural climate; Brazil’s Ministry of Defense is far less reluctant to speak on the record about UFOs than its American counterparts. In fact, Gevaerd writes, the unprecedented 4/18 meeting was the MoD’s direct response to a letter emerging from the 4th World UFO Forum in Brasilia last December, which called for more data-sharing with civilians. The ufologists, or the Brazilian Commmittee of UFO Researchers (CBU), also pressed for joint civilian-military study of The Great Taboo. Some 600 people attended that conference, which featured 30 speakers from a dozen countries.
Gevaerd is joining Steve Bassett’s Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, which kicked off today at the National Press Club in Washington. De Void, who actually works with a mainstream corporate newspaper, will monitor press coverage from afar. Which is too bad, because Gevaerd is one guy I’d like to meet. Lots of questions on this end, not the least of which concern the credentials, or credibility, of the half dozen CBU transparency advocates with whom the MoD agreed to meet. How, De Void wonders, did the MoD attain its comfort level with these folks? And, by extension, De Void wonders, who in this minefield would our own Pentagon feel confident enough to join such a discussion in the U.S.?

No such expectations are being raised by this week’s Citizen Hearings. And perhaps the confab in Brasilia was just a PR stunt after all. The MoD has not committed to the CBU’s call for a joint-study program, and Brazilian Air Force Col. Alexandre Spengler told the CBU that their requests for UFO data were “turned down … due to the fact that the information … either did not exist in our files or contained national security issues.” The inference here is that valid national security matters would continue to be an obstacle to transparency. But Spengler’s statement didn’t square with this note sounded by military spokesman Ari Cardoso who, at the same meeting, stated, “MoD’s general rule is to make all UFO documents accessible to researchers … It is a matter of time until the CBU has access to what it is requesting.”

Among the many files CBU members want to examine concerns “Operation Plate,” an investigation into the 1977-78 wave in northern Brazil. Supposedly documented with stills and footage, this one involved reports of UFOs diving into bay waters and literally burning eyewitnesses, many of whom were photographed by military investigators; in fact, one doctor claimed to have treated 40 victims, two of whom died. If true, this one has profound national security implications, and it’s difficult to imagine the MoD wanting to open this can of worms.

Yet, for whatever reason, this meeting did occur, not even two weeks ago. And it didn’t have to. Brazil’s MoD could’ve taken the easy way out, stuck with the American model, and said nothing. One wonders what it would take for the U.S. military establishment to merely pay lip service to the obvious, that something weird and audacious is unfolding in our own skies, and we can’t do squat about it.


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