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UFO's Over the White House Segment 1

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Published on Jun 20, 2011

Flying Saucers over the White House ~ Segment One

Colin Bennett discusses with Jesse Randolph "Flying Saucers Over the White House" the inside story of a hero and his quest. The quest was noble and massive in scale: To investigate the UFO phenomenon for the United States Government, the determine whether there was any threat to national security. The hero in this quest was Captain Edward J. Ruppelt a United States Air Force officer who conducted official U.S. Air Force investigations of UFO sightings. Captain Ruppelt coined the term UFO and later headed "Project Blue Book" the U.S. government's project to investigate and report on the existence of unidentified flying objects and their link to extraterrestrial beings. Captain Ruppelt dissected the evidence, separating chance sightings of ordinary objects, from true UFO sightings. Captain Ruppelt then wrote "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects" summarizing his findings.

The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects was the first serious, unbiased account written about UFO's by a government official connected with official government investigations of UFO phenomena.

Captain Ruppelt served the Air Technical Intelligence Center, where he took over Project Grudge which later became Project Blue Book. Many UFO researchers hail Captain Edward J. Ruppelt as a pioneer of UFO research and a hero in his fight to earn respectability for UFO investigations properly conducted without judgment or distain. Ruppelt undertook his investigations with diligence and professionalism, examining sightings from the public and military alike, without fear, prejudice or preconceptions. Captain Ruppelt went where the data took him and did not close his mind to the exotic possibilities. Captain's Ruppelt's report and the historical record clearly show that many in the government and military believed that some UFO's were extraterrestrial in origin.

Ruppelt had to contend with the politics of ufology and accordingly his story recounts his heroic attempt to navigate a path between the competing demands of his military superiors, witnesses, the UFO lobby and the press. He was neither a diehard skeptic nor a wide-eyed believer.

Nick Pope who wrote the introduction to "Flying Saucers over the White House" claimed that Captain Edward J. Ruppelt's book "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects" remains to this day the most significant book ever written on the subject.

Captain Ruppelt mysteriously died of a heart attack at the age of 35 and this untimely death robbed ufology of the one man who had the credentials and the integrity to turn ufology from a mystery into an emerging science.

We sometimes find the universe is a far stranger than we thought and sometimes reveals itself to be so strange that new cultural controls are installed.

Don't miss this fascinating discussion with Jesse Randolph and Colin Bennett, the biographer of Captain Edward J. Ruppelt one of Ufology's founding fathers and a man who some call Ufology's greatest hero.

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