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Fife Symington to Chair International UFO Panel

Subject: Fwd: Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington to Chair International UFO Panel at National Press Club

 For immediate release:
 Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007
 For further information contact: Leslie Kean 415-250-9791
 - UFO Close Encounters
 - The Reality as Seen by Former High Level Government and Military
 - Pilots to Tell Their UFO Stories for the First Time
 Group to call on US Government to Re-Open its Investigation
 The American public is not alone when it comes to sighting what the  US Air Force has labeled Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). So too have  former governors, high level military and government officials, highly trained airplane pilots and aviation experts. The phenomenon is real. It  happens worldwide. No one is sure about its nature. Experts from seven countries will divulge what they have discovered about UFOs at a November 12 panel discussion moderated by former Arizona Governor Fife Symington (R) at  the National Press Club.
 Just one year ago, pilots, mechanics and managers from United Airlines
 witnessed a metallic disc-shaped object hovering over the United  Airlines Terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The clearly observed object shot straight up leaving a hole through the clouds. Despite the clear  aviation safety issues involved, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) never investigated the incident and dismissed it as weather. This head-in-the-clouds refusal to investigate stands in sharp contrast to
 efforts by governments of other countries to understand these incidents.
 "I believe that our government should take an active role in  investigating
 this very real phenomenon," said Symington, who was a witness to the
 famed ‘Phoenix Lights" incident seen by hundreds in Arizona while he was
 governor. "This panel consists of some of the most qualified people  in the world with direct experience in dealing with this issue, and they will bring incredible, irrefutable evidence, some never presented before,  that we simply cannot dismiss or ignore," he said.
 The group, using previously classified documents, will discuss many
 well-documented cases, including two investigated by the US government.
 The first involves a Peruvian Air Force pilot who fired many rounds at a
 UFO which was not affected. The second was an Iranian Air Force pilot's
 attempt to fire at a UFO, but whose control panel became inoperable.
 "This case is a classic that meets all the necessary conditions for a  legitimate
 study of the UFO phenomenon," stated the US Defense Intelligence Agency
 document on the Tehran incident. Both pilots will come forward to speak
 about these events publicly for the first time.
 WHO: Fife Symington, Former Arizona Governor, Moderator
 - Ray Bowyer, Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands
 - Rodrigo Bravo, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile
 - General Wilfried De Brouwer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Belgian Air
 Force (Ret.)
 - John Callahan, Chief of Accidents and Investigations for the FAA,
 1980's (Ret.)
 - Dr. Anthony Choy, founder, 2001, OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force
 - Jean-Claude Duboc, Captain, Air France (Ret.)
 - Charles I. Halt, Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections Directorate, DOD I.G.
 - General Parviz Jafari, Iranian Air Force (Ret.)
 - Jim Penniston, TSgt USAF (Ret.)
 - Dr. Claude Poher, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, founder, French GEPAN
 - Nick Pope, Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006
 - Dr. Jean-Claude Ribes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, 1963-98
 - Comandante Oscar Santa Maria, Peruvian Air Force (Ret.)
 WHAT: Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington will moderate a  distinguished
 panel of former high-ranking government, aviation, and military  officials from seven countries to discuss close encounters with what the US Air  Force describes as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Representatives from France, England, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Iran and the US will call for  the US Government to join in an international dialogue and re-open its investigation - which the Air Force shut down over 30 years ago - in cooperation with other governments currently dealing with this unusual and
 controversial phenomenon. While on active duty, the panelists have either witnessed a UFO incident or have conducted an official investigation into UFO cases relevant to aviation safety and national security.
 WHEN: Monday, November 12, 2007, 11:00 AM
 WHERE: National Press Club, Ballroom
 Event open to credentialed media and Congressional staff only
 James Fox, documentary filmmaker; director of the acclaimed film "Out of the Blue"
 Leslie Kean, investigative journalist with the Coalition for Freedom of Information
 Paradigm Research Group
 4938 Hampden Lane, #161, Bethesda, MD 20814 202-215-8344