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Scathing media should look at Pentagon probe before slamming people who investigate UFOs

letter of the day: extraterrestrial life

I'm delighted with the confirmation that the Pentagon ran a secret programme aimed at investigating UFOs.

It pleases me, because it vindicates the many groups and individuals worldwide who have devoted their lives to uncovering the mysteries surrounding these craft that may come from outer space, or originate in dimensions, or levels of existence, unknown to us here on Earth.

The fact that the hard-headed men and women of the Pentagon would consider UFOs worthy of serious attention must give a well-deserved boost to amateur investigators and, more importantly, to people who previously might have remained silent about life-changing extraterrestrial encounters.

Of course, there are chancers and pranksters and people who suffer from delusions, but one cannot dismiss the thousands of credible witnesses, such as police officers, pilots and air traffic control operatives, who report sightings.

A hostile and scathing media is responsible for people remaining silent about such phenomena as UFOs, near-death experiences, ghosts and contact with those we think of as dead.

One journalist (whom I won't name) has an obsession with attacking mediums and UFO witnesses, branding them as either liars or mentally ill. This is grossly unfair and unhelpful to the process of encouraging people to share their experiences with a view to better understanding, or possibly resolving, the anomalous phenomena.

While we shouldn't be credulous and blithely accepting of every claim, it doesn't hurt to keep an open mind.

The stock response of the closed minded sceptic - that UFOs are just weather balloons, meteorites, or misidentified aircraft and that the death of the body equals extinction - is based on nothing more than a lazy attitude to the evidence that other planets might be inhabited and that life might well continue in another form after physical death.

The truth is out there. Somewhere.

john fitzgerald

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