ABC special on UFOs -
PETE HARTINGER The
Wednesday, April 27th,
On the night of February
24th ABC television had a special 2-hour presentation about the ufo
phenomenon. This was in a prime time slot from 8 to 10 p.m. Peter
Jennings was the host.
The first hour had positive information about the
existence of UFOs. The Phoenix Lights of March 1997 were
discussed. A large triangular shaped craft went over the state of
Arizona. A few hours' later flares were seen near the mountain
range by Phoenix. The skeptics tried to explain them as the
earlier UFO sighting. Thus the descriptions were totally different.
There was an excellent animation of the January 2000
Illinois sightings by 6 different witnesses of whom 5 were police
officers. This unknown object was seen in the early morning hours over a
large area of southwestern Illinois.
Several airline pilot testimonies were shown of UFOs
being seen by both military and civilian pilots. One outstanding case
was the Minot, North Dakota sighting on 24 October 1968. It was at the
Minot Air Force Base where nuclear weapons were stored. Ground personnel
saw the strange looking object along with a B52 crew that was in the sky
at the time. There was a total of 16 witnesses altogether. The official
explanation was stars. Again, this does not fit the eyewitnesses'
The second hour of the special involved the usual
debunking. The skeptics again said that UFOs are just a belief.
As I have stated before, "knowledge is not a matter of belief or desire,
but a matter of evidence. Evidence was not mentioned such as;
freedom of information documents, car engine failures, landing trace
cases, radar returns, etc.
Dr. Frank Drake of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence)
program had misty dyes when he said it would be a Special moment when
you hear a distant intelligent radio signal. What does he think when
eyewitnesses have a dramatic ufo sighting? You might call that a special
moment to the eyewitness who never forgets. I know.
The Roswell Incident was shown but the government
explanation wasn't given about the bodies being parachute dummies. This
was ridiculous because Roswell occurred in 1947 and the parachute dummy
program was in the early 1950's.
It was reported that Professor J. Allen Hynek, formerly
of The Ohio State University, was one of the few scientists who later
stated that UFOs were real. That is because he was one of the few
scientists heavily involved in the research. He was the chief
civilian consultant for the U.S. Air Force for many years.
Scientists talked about the speed of light being the fastest means to
travel in space. They don't like to admit that this is our present
day knowledge. A former U.S. astronaut admitted this to me in a
personal interview in March 2002.
Peter Davenport was shown at the end of the program. He operates the UFO
reporting center in Seattle, Washington. By the way he was
presented on the TV special, it made you feel that he was the only one
to report UFO sightings to. Recently, he has received an increase
of sighting reports because of the publicity of the ABC program.
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) was not even mentioned
on the 2-hour program. It is just one of the largest UFO reporting
organizations in the world. Many qualified UFO investigators are
in every state in the U.S. I represent Pickaway and Fayette
counties in Ohio. I talked to John Schuessler, retired NASA
engineer, on the phone and he stated that the ABC crew took a lot of
material from MUFON headquarters in Morrison, Colorado. A lot of
this material involved some very good UFO cases. John is
mystified, as anyone, why MUFON was not even mentioned on the program.
Dr. Steven Greer is head of the Disclosure Project.
He claims to know some 400 "insiders" that know UFOs do exist. He
has taken many video statements of ex-military and government witnesses.
This includes 2 former astronauts. They are all favorable to the
UFO existence. Like John Schuessler, Steven Greer is also
mystified why the Disclosure Project Was not even mentioned on the
special. The ABC crew has also went over much of the material that
You can read all the monthly MUFON journals dating back
to 1994 at the local Circleville Library.
Also there is the 4-hour video Disclosure Project video
that you can borrow and take home, if you are a member of the library.
On our web site,
www.roundtownufosociety.com you can read
Stanton Friedman's response to the ABC Special. It is one of our listed
links. You can go directly to Stanton's website,
is one of the world's leading ufologists. I have met him on a few
occasions. He is a retired nuclear physicist.
In conclusion about the program, it makes you feel as if ABC News only
wanted you to hear about part of the evidence of the UFO phenomenon, for
Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch contends, "We are in the
curious situation today that our best modern physics and astrophysics
theories predict that we should be experiencing extraterrestrial
visitation, yet any possible evidence of such lurking in the UFO
phenomenon is scoffed at within our scientific community."