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Your Paracast Newsletter -- October 3, 2009

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Your Paracast Newsletter

October 3, 2009

The Socorro, New Mexico Case -- Real or Fake -- Featured on The Paracast

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Flash Notice: Sunday, October 4, 2009: The Paracast, with Gene Steinberg and David Biedny, covers a world beyond science, where UFOs, poltergeists and strange phenomena of all kinds have been reported by millions across the planet.

Set Up: The Paracast hosts interview long-time researchers in the field, to shed light on the mysteries and complexities of our Universe and the secrets that surround us in our everyday lives.

Join Gene and David as they explore the realms of the known and unknown, and hear great stories of the history of the paranormal field in the 20th and 21st centuries.

This Week's Episode: Join us for a very special, exclusive interview with veteran UFO researcher and scientist Ray Stanford, who will talk about his extensive work regarding the Socorro UFO case and his book ?Socorro ?Saucer? in a Pentagon Pantry.? Paranormal researcher Christopher O?Brien will also be participating in this historic episode.

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Coming October 11 (Rescheduled): You asked for it! UFO researcher Bill Chalker, author of such books as Hair of the Alien: DNA and Other Forensic Evidence of Alien Abductions.</p>Bill Chalker's Blog: theozfiles

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Reminder: Don't forget to visit our active Discussion Forums for the latest news/views/debates on all things paranormal (and note our new Internet address): https://www.theparacast.com/forum/</p> When is a Hoax Not a Hoax?

Several decades ago, two highly-inebriated UFO researchers took some official government stationery that came their way from a friend, and wrote a series of hoax letters that, in addition to some of their friends, was sent to contactee George Adamski.

The letter, purporting to be from an R.E. Straith of the "Cultural Exchange Committee" of the U.S. State Department, appeared to vindicate Adamski's claims of having direct contacts with ET. Now regardless of what you think about Adamski, I don't believe he took that letter seriously for one second, but he surely understood good marketing and thus used it as evidence that the government believed him.

Now as many of you know, the perpetrators of this silly hoax were none other than Jim Moseley, long-time editor of "Saucer Smear" and the late Gray Barker. And no, my friends, this isn't the only hoax in which they were involved, but it was certainly the most notorious, since the use of purloined government stationery got the attention of the FBI. After being questioned by the authorities however, Moseley and Barker, to their good fortune, weren't subjected to any further inquiries.

In more recent times, that second set of strange objects reported during the 1997 Phoenix Lights affair turned out to be flares. It?s not unreasonable to suggest that this exercise was primarily done as an extraction, to deflect attention from the UFO event that occurred earlier that evening, one that has not so far been explained.

Whether the flares were meant as a hoax or not is anyone's guess, and it certainly wouldn't be the first nor the last attempt to complicate efforts to research UFOs.

There's one more sighting to consider.

The 1964 close encounter in Socorro, New Mexico is regarded as a classic case. The main witness, patrolman Lonnie Zamora, was a highly-respected observer. The case was buttressed with other eyewitness reports, and there is a story, not confirmed, of a simultaneous radar sighting.

One of our guests for this week's episode, Ray Stanford, actually participated in the on-scene investigation, representing NICAP, one of the more prestigious UFO organizations of that era. The Air Force dispatched astronomer Dr. J. Allen Hynek to spearhead their inquiry.

After what appears to be quite a thorough investigation of the incident, the Air Force declared it unexplained. Major Hector Quintanilla, who headed the their Project Bluebook program, concluded, "There is no doubt that Lonnie Zamora saw an object which left quite an impression on him. There is also no question about Zamora's reliability. He is a serious police officer, a pillar of his church, and a man well versed in recognizing airborne vehicles in his area. He is puzzled by what he saw and frankly, so are we. This is the best-documented case on record, and still we have been unable, in spite of thorough investigation, to find the vehicle or other stimulus that scared Zamora to the point of panic."

So that, as they say, was that. A classic case. No satisfactory explanation to this day; that is until a UFO writer, Tony Bragalia, wrote an article suggesting it was all a hoax perpetrated by some college students.

So how does he arrive at that conclusion? Evidently it's all the result of a short response from Stirling Colgate, a college president, written to Linux Pauling, which expresses that opinion. The alleged perpetrators aren't named, nor is there any actual evidence of what they did and how they did it.

In light of all the overwhelming testimony and other evidence indicating that something real happened in Socorro, the unverified claim that it is a hoax is just that -- a claim. There are no doubt other possible answers for the Socorro flying saucer, such as a secret military craft. While that prospect appears quite uncertain, it is far more logical than the claim that some college students somehow managed to pull it off.

Unless genuine evidence to the contrary is discovered, I'm quite convinced that the Socorro UFO encounter remains unexplained.

Gene Steinberg
Co-Host, "The Paracast"

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