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Our Sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. There are perhaps as many galaxies
in the universe, which is perhaps 12-15 billion years old. It therefore seems
likely to me that Wilbert Smith was right when he said: "The human race in
the form of man extends throughout the universe, and is incredibly ancient."
Let us start to value the Witness Testimony of people like those involved
in this incident to something of the same degree as is used in Courts of Law.
There were eyewitnesses who saw lights in the sky throwing beams
down onto the base. What's Kevin Conde going to say next? That he also commandeered
a plane as part of his hoax?
The hoax story is no more believable than the
I'm not saying it was an alien craft but I suspect the
USAF were experimenting with an early version of the stealth craft, and had to
keep it under wraps.
Kevin could well have been forced to come out with
his hoax story. After all, what would have been the best choice of cover story
AT THE TIME? An alien visitation or a serviceman playing a trick on his colleagues?
have plumped for the latter - so why did they choose the former? Must be a reason!
David S. Prado
Say that this was "car light" is to call stupid the
RAF and USAF investigators.
Couldn't they find the tire tracks?
The more I hear about peoples elaborate ideas about UFOs
at Rendelsham the more I feel that the cause maybe a result of a number of relatively
unrelated occurrences such as:
1) A search triggered by seeing something
such as spotlights promoting Hollywoods Night Club being seen over the area (they
did look weird when we saw them whizzing over the trees lining the road). With
the incident happening near Christmas it is highly likely that the club could
have been promoting its Grab a Granny Night (I dont believe
that anyone would be fooled by a lighthouse on their doorstep that flashes every
2) A bloke in a police car hearing of a search triggered
by weird lights deciding to have his own fun.
3) A military cover up concerning
one of the air bases at around the same time (maybe a depleted uranium thingy
falling off something).
Such events would conclude in strange light phenomena
which no one can quite put their finger on, the US military providing shady explanations
for their movements and clearance / irradiation of areas of the forest.
You've been fooled! Your consultant James Easton no doubt forgot
to mention that he had previously interviewed Kevin Conde for his debunking on-line
newsletter, who said: "This incident [hoax] occurred right after Christmas.
reasons that are hard to explain it is my impression that I pulled my stunt during
an exercise. We would not have had an exercise during the Christmas holiday. That
is a strong indication that my stunt is not the source of this specific incident".
Kevin Conde to the editor of an Internet newsletter.
A strong indication
that his stunt was not the source of this specific incident!
If people really think that trained servicemen would confuse the lights of a car
with anything else at all, they are too gullible then. It wasn't in their best
interest to say that they've seen triangular craft and possibly another being,
specially if you are in the army.
So one guy comes
out 20 years later and says it was a hoax? What about the eye-witness statements
from tens of airforce personnel that contradict this?
Please, you need just
as much evidence to prove a hoax as you do to prove alien visitation, so why the
Id like to reply to Anonymous:
"Military Police are very serious people and to fool around in a time
where the threat of national security was so great, would cause serious problems
especially on a military base where nuclear weapons were housed.
is a basic part of human nature. Even in the worst situation we usually find something
to laugh about. No one, even security policeman, can be serious 24-7. My understanding
is that nuclear weapons were not stored at Woodbridge at the time.
foolish act could of been used as a decoy to allow possible communist spies into
Spies dont usually cause large disturbances as a cover
to low crawl through the woods onto a base. There are much more efficient and
safer methods. On a daily basis literally hundreds of people were on the base,
tradesmen, etc. Besides, nothing ultra secret went on at Bentwaters/Woodbridge,
and the Russians probably knew more about the operation than most average USAF
members, without the need to put on black clothing and crawl through the woods.
would cause any superior to court marshall any soldier who might of done an act
that was not required instead of doing there job to help protect western europe.
in the military is not nearly as rigid as you might think. Were humans after
My beliefs is a Deputy Base Commander would be more creditable
than a Senior Master Sergeant.
Wouldnt that depend on the Deputy
Base Commander and the Senior Master Sergeant?
I guess we all would
of had to been there at the time of the incident to fully understand what was
On this we agree.
I think if a police
car caused this they should br more careful who they lend their cars to or sooner
or later they're cars will be filled with drugs.
You've been had. Why is it that any hoaxster who claims responsibility is believed
by the press when the evidence flies in the face of their testimony.
personally interviewed most of the witnesses, including some still unknown to
you, I put the probability of Conde's statement as approaching zero. It certainly
does not account for inprints, physical damage, radiation readings, and the sightings
ABOVE the group (not coming from the sea).
find this story MUCH more believeable had it not come nearly a quarter-century
after the fact.
And what in the world does it do to the standard, widely-accepted
Rendlesham debunking that the lights were merely misperceived lighthouse rays?
Sounds to me with all this conflicting information that there is some people who
would like to tell the truth and others who wish to conflict the truth for the
possibility of money or attention and the media conflicts it even more by exaggerating
the information that comes past them.
Military Police are very serious people
and to fool around in a time where the threat of national security was so great,
would cause serious problems especially on a military base where nuclear weapons
A foolish act could of been used as a decoy to allow possible
communist spies into the base. This would cause any superior to court marshall
any soldier who might of done an act that was not required instead of doing there
job to help protect western europe.
My beliefs is a Deputy Base Commander
would be more creditable than a Senior Master Sergeant. Rendlesham forest is a
very eerie place and I guess we all would of had to been there at the time of
the incident to fully understand what was going on.
Ex-USAF Name Withheld
It's surprisingly easy to get past the Security Police and onto the USAF bases.
In 1986 I entered RAF Lakenheath perimeter and drove my motorcycle along the airfield
road to the main base with out the aid of any cutting tools.
fencing can be breach by hand with a little common sense. I can only guess but
I believe that the security has not gotten much better even with the worry of
a terrorist attack.
I have in my possession a newspaper
cutting dated 15 August 1996 (Page 15) from the Evening Star, Ipswich. It shows
a photo of Tony and Maureen Boreham who witnessed "this huge thing which
was a mass of bright orange lights hovering above the trees" (near Rendlesham
Maureen said she was sure it was a spaceship and described the
UFO as being "as big as a fairground ferris wheel". I used to work with
Maureen at the time and am convinced that what she said she saw was genuine.
must admit that I am a little disappointed that it has come out that it was a
hoax at RAF Bentwaters in 1980, in your TV programme 7.30 this evening.
Around 15 years ago I went to Bentwaters on a friend's bowling
birthday treat. On the way home we saw 4 white lights wizzing past the tree tops
lining the road and flying into the sky making patterns.
My friend's dad
who was driving decided to try and find the source of the wierd lights, to add
a bit of adventure. Eventually we approached Ipswich and saw that the lights were
from a set of 4 spot lights in Hollywoods, now Kartouch, carpark.
level must have been at just the right height to cause a wierd effect near Bentwaters.
Could something similar have happened on the night of the UFO?