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U. S. Ended UFO Probes in '60s. (Pentagon briefing.)

From: (Glenn Campbell, Las Vegas)
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 21:30:16 -0800
Subject: U. S. Ended UFO Probes in '60s. (Pentagon briefing.)


04/01 - U. S. Ended UFO Probes in '60s. (Pentagon briefing.)

.c The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Convinced there is no extraterrestrial threat, the U.S.
military long ago stopped keeping track of UFOs, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth
Bacon said Tuesday.

The suicide last week of 39 members of Heaven's Gate, a high-tech UFO cult,
prompted a question at Tuesday's Pentagon briefing on whether the military
follows UFOs.

Bacon said the Air Force investigated UFO reports from 1947 to 1969 but out
of 12,618 reported sightings found no evidence of extraterrestrials or even
of any aircraft representing exotic technology or a threat to the United

The Air Force stopped the practice because virtually all the UFOs it
investigated were explainable as aircraft or weather phenomena and posed no

Asked about the possible existence of UFOs, Bacon said the U.S. government
``cannot substantiate that they exist.''

AP-NY-04-01-97 1656EST

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