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1967

Minot AFB, North Dakota – Radar and visual sighting of UFOs over missile site; jets scrambled. (3-05-67)

Malmstrom AFB, Montana – UFOs disrupt missile circuitry. (3-20-67)

Malmstrom AFB, Montana – Reported UFO landing.

Cuba – Two Cuban jets attempt UFO intercept; one is disintegrated.

The “Hippies” have the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco.

The “Long Hot Summer.” Significant televised riots occur.

Greece – A CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections. The favorite to win was George Papandreous, the liberal candidate. During the next six years, the “reign of the colonels” – backed by the CIA – will usher in the widespread use of torture and murder against political opponents. When a Greek ambassador objects to President Johnson about U.S. plans for Cypress, Johnson tells him: “Fuck your parliament and your constitution.”

Operation PHEONIX – The CIA helps South Vietnamese agents identify and then murder alleged Viet Cong leaders operating in South Vietnamese villages. According to a 1971 congressional report, this operation killed about 20,000 “Viet Cong.”

CIA and Department of Defense implement Project MK-NAOMI, successor to MKULTRA and designed to maintain, stockpile and test biological and chemical weapons.

Broadcaster Frank Edwards dies on June 24, 21 years exactly after the Kenneth Arnold sighting. Edwards, who wrote a best selling book, Flying Saucers, Serious Business, was a highly successful radio host. He was warned to abandon the subject of UFOs, and refused. He was fired. In spite of thousands of letters in protest of his dismissal, his ex-sponsor, the American Federation of Labor, stood firm. George Meany, then president of the AFL said Edwards had been dropped “Because he talked too much about flying saucers!” It was later suggested that the Defense Department had put pressure on the AFL. Edwards was only temporarily silenced. He soon had a syndicated show that dealt almost exclusively with UFOs and related phenomena. Shortly after, the news of the sudden death of Frank Edwards on the anniversary of the Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting near Mt. Rainier, Washington was announced. Some people claimed that Edwards had been ill, was overweight, and so forth. Those closest to him said he had never been ill. The obituary said that death was “apparently” due to a heart attack, and we wonder how many other researchers have died of an apparent problem that had never before been apparent?

Allen Hynek: “We watched it for quite a few minutes. We could see it was larger than the headlights of the cars below. And we could see it was not attached to anything. And there was no sound. I became frightened actually, because it wasn’t anything I could understand… from a personal viewpoint, I am pretty well convinced that we are being surveyed.” “Flying Saucers,” Special Issue of Look magazine, 1967. Dr. Sprinkle, Professor of psychology at the University of Wyoming had his first UFO sighting in 1951 when he and a friend saw “something in the sky, round and metallic looking.” In 1956, he had a second sighting while driving with his wife near Boulder, Colorado.

“I was there at [Project] Bluebook and I know the job they had. They were told not to excite the public, not to rock the boat… Whenever a case happened that they coud explain–which was quite a few–they made a point of that, and let that out to the media. . .Cases that were very difficult to explain, they would jump handsprings to keep the media away from them. They had a job to do, rightfully or wrongfully, to keep the public from getting excited.”

“When one gets reports from scientists, engineers and technicians whose credibility by all common standards is high and whose moral caliber seems to preclude a hoax, one can do no less than hear them out, in all seriousness.” From, “The UFO Gap”, Hynek, J. Allen, Playboy, Vol. 14, No. 12, December 1967.

“It remains an established fact, supported by numerous observations, that UFOs have not only been seen visually but have also been picked up on the radar screen and have left traces on the photographic plate.” “Unfortunately, however, there are good reasons why the UFOs cannot be disposed of in this simple manner. It remains an established fact, supported by numerous observations, that UFOs have not only been seen visually but have also been picked up on the radar screen and have left traces on the photographic plate. It boils down to nothing less than this: that either psychic projections throw back a radar echo, or else the appearance of real objects affords an opportunity for mythological projections.” “A Fresh Look at Flying Saucers,” Time, August 4, 1967.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics UFO Subcommittee The AIAA established a subcommittee in 1967 to look into the UFO question. The UFO Subcommittee issued several reports and statements, including in-depth studies of two UFO incidents. The UFO Subcommittee stated that its “most important conclusion” was that government agencies consider funding UFO research: “From a scientific and engineering standpoint, it is unacceptable to simply ignore substantial numbers of unexplained observations… the only promising approach is a continuing moderate-level effort with emphasis on improved data collection by objective means… involving available remote sensing capabilities and certain software changes.” The Encyclopedia of UFOs, Ronald D.Story, New York: Doubleday, 1980. The Subcommittee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics criticized the conclusion of The Condon Report as the personal views of Dr. Condon, and added: “The opposite conclusion could have been drawn from The Condon Report’s content, namely, that a phenomenon with such a high ratio of unexplained cases (about 30 percent) should arouse sufficient scientific curiosity to continue its study.”

Air Marshall Nurjadin Roesmin “UFOs sighted in Indonesia are identical with those sighted in other countries. Sometimes they pose a problem for our Air Defence and once we were obliged to open fire on them.” Air Marshall Roesmin was Commander-in-Chief of the Indonesian Air Force, 1967.

The first animal mutilation case was reported on September 9, 1967. The victim was a horse named Lady.

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