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Drug industry CEOs plotting more carve-outs

By Ben Hirschler

NEW YORK
Tue May 7, 2013 12:10pm EDT

(Reuters) - A new generation of drug industry chief executives is stepping up plans to restructure their businesses by divesting slower-growing and maturing operations, opening up new opportunities for deal-makers.

Bankers speaking at the Reuters Health Summit said the success of transactions such as Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) divestitures of noncore assets and Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) splitting off its innovative drugs into AbbVie Inc (ABBV.N) had fuelled a wider rethink across the industry.

"The mindset has changed with a new generation of CEOs ... investors love the fact that they are thinking creatively, thinking shareholder-friendly" said Ercument Tokat, partner at investment banking and advisory firm Centerview Partners.

"In the past, there was a lot of revenue protection. Now the focus is more about keeping the profitable revenue, keeping the growing revenue."

The new attitude is reflected in a willingness to consider whether other companies may be better owners for certain assets, thereby unlocking value for shareholders.

Much attention is focused on Pfizer, the world's largest drugmaker, which has already spun out its animal health operations into Zoetis Inc (ZTS.N), sold its infant nutrition business to Nestle and has set up a unit for older off-patent drugs that could, in theory, be sold in future.

But Pfizer Chief Executive Ian Read is not the only one contemplating a smarter and leaner corporate structure.

Britain's GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK.L) last month also announced plans to bundle many of its established drugs into a new unit in a move that CEO Andrew Witty said would give it "optionality" on a potential future spin-off.

Chris Viehbacher, the CEO of French drugmaker Sanofi SA (SASY.PA), is considering similar strategic options for the company's portfolio of older drugs, although no decisions have yet been taken, he told investors in a conference call last Thursday.

'LOT MORE TO COME'

Chris Gordon, managing director of healthcare at private equity group Bain Capital, told the summit meeting in New York that the trend toward carve-outs and divestitures was still in its infancy.

"We're in the very early innings of it ... I think you'll see a lot more to come," he said.

"For most of the history of the life sciences and pharma sector, they've been pretty reticent about selling off pieces or, frankly, walking away from revenue - now there is more creativity around portfolio management."

And the trend is not confined only to drugmakers. Bain, for example, agreed to buy Medtronic Inc's (MDT.N) external defibrillator business, Physio-Control, for $487 million in 2011.

For bankers focused on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the industry's restructuring offers a rich seam of business, since units slated for divestment often have hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in annual sales.

GSK is currently seeking a buyer for its Lucozade and Ribena soft drinks brands in an auction that analysts expect to generate more than 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion).

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), meanwhile, arguably the ultimate healthcare conglomerate, is considering selling its diagnostics business or turning it into a stand-alone company.

Not all the reviews will result in outright sales or spin-offs, however. Henry Gosebruch, managing director of healthcare M&A at JPMorgan Chase, believes industry leaders will also consider striking more joint ventures within certain therapy areas, such as the ViiV alliance created by GSK and Pfizer in HIV in 2009.

"The times when Big Pharma wanted to be everything to everybody, they just aren't there anymore," he said.


(Additional reporting by Jessica Toonkel and Soyoung Kim in New York; editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Group Wants Global Effort to Unveil UFO Evidence

By Shar Adams
May 8, 2013

WASHINGTON—After five days and 40 testimonies from international witnesses from the military, scientific and academic fields, a committee of six former Congress members agreed to seek international support to break a “truth embargo” on encounters with extraterrestrial life.

On May 3, the last day of the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure, (CHD) organizer Stephen Bassett read the contents of a communiqué signed by four of the six retired Congress members.

According to it, the Citizen Hearing Foundation will pursue a global campaign to form a world conference dedicated to discovering the truth behind “overwhelming scientific evidence” that suggests a link between sightings of unexplained craft and extraterrestrial intelligence.

“Given the enormous global implications, if these craft are indeed of extraterrestrial origins, such an issue is a matter for the General Assembly for the United Nations,” Bassett read.

The hearing, funded by Canadian philanthropist Thomas Clearwater, is to be made into a documentary by Just Cause Entertainment and titled “Truth Embargo.”

The hearing included firsthand accounts of extraordinary sightings. Former United States Air Force officers, Capts. Robert Salas, Bruce Fenstermacher, and David Schindele and Sgt. David Scott gave personal accounts of seeing unidentified crafts hover over nuclear launch sites in Wyoming and North Dakota, and described how the crafts shut down ballistic missiles, stopped vehicles, and cut radio communication. Two of the officers had never spoken publicly about their experience before.

After hearing their stories, former Michigan Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick said she was convinced “There is something out there.”

“The military witnesses spoke of incidences from 30, 40, 50 years ago and have remained silent during this time. They have come out of retirement with compelling information that would have us look further into these phenomena,” she said.

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UFO filmmaker talks close encounters

Jaime Maussan, a radio and TV personality in Mexico, will discuss revelations about the UFO phenomenon around the world at a meeting of the Close Encounters Research Organization International from 7 to 11 p.m. Sat., May 18 at the Thousand Oaks Inn, 75 W. T.O. Blvd.

Maussan has received several awards for reporting on environmental matters and UFO topics. He has produced several films on UFOs and will bring video footage to the meeting.

Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets, call Yvonne Smith, CERO president, at (818) 383-6903 or Alice Leavy, vice president, at (805) 938-1679. For more information, go to www.cerointernational.com.

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Originally published Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 8:44 PM

2 women announce plans to run for Iranian presidency

Even though it is unclear whether women are allowed to run, two Iranian women on Wednesday announced their candidacies for the presidency in elections on June 14.

By Farshid Motahari
Deutsche Presse-Agentur

TEHRAN — Two Iranian women on Wednesday announced their candidacies for the presidency in elections on June 14.

The hopefuls are 45-year-old housewife Razieh Omidvar, a trained economist, and university professor Soraya Malekzadeh, also 45. Both told journalists in Tehran that their priority would be to combat astronomical inflation.

It is unclear, however, whether women are allowed to run in presidential polls as there are some ambiguities both in the constitution and election law.

According to the law, the person eligible to register as a presidential candidate should be a “rejal” — an Arabic term for both distinguished men as well as VIPs.

There have been numerous discussions on whether the term “rejal” could also be associated with women.

The deadline for candidates to register is Saturday.

Since registration opened Tuesday, more than 110 people signed up. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term.

Of the candidates who have so far registered, only the cleric Hassan Rowhani is being taken seriously. Rowhani is former chief negotiator for the country’s nuclear program and candidate of the reformist wing.

The candidates of the Interior Ministry’s conservative wing are expected to be announced by Saturday, among them former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati.

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World's Most Extreme Hearing Animal: The Greater Wax Moth

May 8, 2013

— Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have discovered that the greater wax moth is capable of sensing sound frequencies of up to 300 kHz – the highest recorded frequency sensitivity of any animal in the natural world.

Humans are only capable of hearing sounds of 20kHz maximum, dropping to around 12-15 kHz as we age, and even dolphins, known exponents of ultrasound, can’t compete as their limitations are around 160 kHz.

The research, conducted at the University’s Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, has identified the extraordinary sensory characteristics of the moth, paving the way for developments in air-couple ultrasound.

Dr James Windmill, who has led the research at Strathclyde, said: “We are extremely surprised to find that the moth is capable of hearing sound frequencies at this level and we hope to use the findings to better understand air-coupled ultrasound.”

“The use of ultrasound in air is extremely difficult as such high frequency signals are quickly weakened in air. Other animals such as bats are known to use ultrasound to communicate and now it is clear that moths are capable of even more advanced use of sound.

“It’s not entirely clear how the moths have developed to be able to hear at such a high frequency, but it is possible that they have had to improve the communication between each other to avoid capture from their natural predator – the bat – which use similar sounds.”

The research findings will allow the Dr Windmill and his colleagues to further develop their understanding of ultrasound and how to transmit and receive ultrasonic pulses travelling in air.

With frequency sensitivity that is unparalleled in the animal kingdom, this moth is ready for any echolocation call adaptations made by the bat in the on-going bat–moth evolutionary war.

Dr Windmill’s multi-disciplinary research team is now working to apply the biological study of this, and other insect ears to the design of micro-scale acoustic systems. It is hoped that by studying the unprecedented capabilities of the moth’s ear, the team can produce new technological innovations, such as miniature microphones.

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« Reply #8450 on: May 9th, 2013, 4:13pm »

The time is now!! Join the battle!! grin



UFO Online Blasts Off Into Open Beta


UFO Online recently wrapped up its closed beta on PC and, according to gamingo, the game is ready for new recruits to join one of three factions in order to help defend our home planet from the alien threat. How will we do that? In a tactic massively multiplayer online game, of course.

Now that the UFO Online beta has closed shop, the developers have spilled the beans on all of the advancements that have been added to the game in time for the open beta. First up is a helpful comprehensive tutorial, which will explain the game’s features to new players, as well as the different types of characters, factions, abilities, etc.

The PvE content has been expanded, too, according to a statement from the developer, including the addition of a new task system, improved research and weapon upgrading, dynamic missions and a completely reconstructed base that will grant a better overview and more interaction opportunities.

UFO Online takes place on an Earth where three warring factions are currently battling for supremacy. Once the alien threat arrives, however, the three groups decide to put aside their differences in order to protect our common home world. Players will be able to choose a faction, set up shop and start churning out resources and units in order to battle the aliens.

To enlist in the open bets, just cruise on over to the UFO Online official website at:
http://www.mmozone.com/ufo-online.html

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/UFO-Online-Blasts-Off-Open-Beta-55478.html.
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« Reply #8451 on: May 9th, 2013, 4:24pm »

Lol I am beginning to feel like a freak, I have never played any form of consul or computer game, never ate a fast food such as McDonalds and sure as heck would never own a mobile phone then to top it off I get bloody abducted by aliens lol HELP.
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on May 9th, 2013, 4:13pm, Swamprat wrote:
The time is now!! Join the battle!! grin



UFO Online Blasts Off Into Open Beta


UFO Online recently wrapped up its closed beta on PC and, according to gamingo, the game is ready for new recruits to join one of three factions in order to help defend our home planet from the alien threat. How will we do that? In a tactic massively multiplayer online game, of course.

Now that the UFO Online beta has closed shop, the developers have spilled the beans on all of the advancements that have been added to the game in time for the open beta. First up is a helpful comprehensive tutorial, which will explain the game’s features to new players, as well as the different types of characters, factions, abilities, etc.

The PvE content has been expanded, too, according to a statement from the developer, including the addition of a new task system, improved research and weapon upgrading, dynamic missions and a completely reconstructed base that will grant a better overview and more interaction opportunities.

UFO Online takes place on an Earth where three warring factions are currently battling for supremacy. Once the alien threat arrives, however, the three groups decide to put aside their differences in order to protect our common home world. Players will be able to choose a faction, set up shop and start churning out resources and units in order to battle the aliens.

To enlist in the open bets, just cruise on over to the UFO Online official website at:
http://www.mmozone.com/ufo-online.html

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/UFO-Online-Blasts-Off-Open-Beta-55478.html.



WOW! And I don't mean World of Warcraft grin

Thanks Swamprat!

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on May 9th, 2013, 4:24pm, hyundisonata wrote:
Lol I am beginning to feel like a freak, I have never played any form of consul or computer game, never ate a fast food such as McDonalds and sure as heck would never own a mobile phone then to top it off I get bloody abducted by aliens lol HELP.



You are Hyundisonata, and that is great! No worries about the tech gadgets. They don't make you who you are.

As for McDonald's I love to eat there once in awhile but we have no fast food places here in Birch Bay (illegal) so it's easy to forget they exist. We have to drive the four miles into Blaine for fast food.

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on May 9th, 2013, 5:09pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
You are Hyundisonata, and that is great! No worries about the tech gadgets. They don't make you who you are.

As for McDonald's I love to eat there once in awhile but we have no fast food places here in Birch Bay (illegal) so it's easy to forget they exist. We have to drive the four miles into Blaine for fast food.

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... doesn't sound very fast, eh?
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on May 9th, 2013, 5:22pm, Reasoner wrote:
... doesn't sound very fast, eh?


Hi Reasoner cheesy

Not too fast, LOL!

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Originally published May 10, 2013 at 3:48 AM

British Olympic gold medalist killed in yacht accident

By PAUL ELIAS and BERNIE WILSON
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SAN FRANCISCO —

Andrew "Bart" Simpson had already garnered an Olympic gold medal in sailing in 2008 and a silver at last year's games when Artemis Racing came calling with a chance to win yachting's top prize - the America's Cup.

"Moving the family to San Fran for 6 months is pretty hectic!!!," Simpson tweeted in March. "The cup should be fun though!!"

On Thursday, the British sailor drowned when Artemis' high-tech catamaran capsized and trapped him underwater for more than 10 minutes while on a practice run in the bay.

Simpson, 36, served as the Swedish team's strategist.

"The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened," CEO Paul Cayard said in a statement on the team's website. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."

Cayard didn't take questions during a brief news conference Thursday evening and didn't return telephone calls.

British newspapers reported that Simpson is survived by a wife and an infant child.

Artemis Racing said doctors "afloat" with the team and on shore were unable to revive Simpson after he was freed from the wreckage. The other sailor suffered minor injuries, and the rest of the crew of about a dozen people was accounted for and taken back to their dock in Alameda.

Officials said winds were blowing between 15 and 20 knots (17 to 23 mph) when the boat capsized. The National Weather Service later issued a small-craft advisory, warning inexperienced mariners to stay off the bay and indicating winds of between 21 knots and 33 knots.

The Artemis boat flipped near Treasure Island, which is bisected by the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge. The armada of rescue boats and helicopters were visible from the roadway.

Simpson and the unidentified injured sailor were brought to shore at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, where paramedics performed CPR on Simpson. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

This is the second time a sailor has died during training for the America's Cup. In 1999, Martin Wizner of the Spanish Challenge died almost instantly when he was hit in the head by a broken piece of equipment.

No deaths have been recorded during the actual racing since its inception in 1851.

Simpson and his partner Iain Percy won an Olympic gold medal for England in 2008 in the Star class of sailing. The duo was expected to repeat in London in 2012 but was upset by a Swedish team and settled for silver.

Percy is Artemis' director and the boat's tactician. The team announced Feb. 23 that Simpson was joining Artemis to "provide weather and tactics support" to the crew.

Artemis Racing has had its share of upheaval in the buildup to the 34th America's Cup. Late last year, skipper Terry Huthinson of Annapolis, Md., was released. He was replaced by Nathan Outteridge of Australia, who won a gold medal at the London Olympics.

The team has had technical problems, as well. Last fall, Artemis said the front beam of its AC72 catamaran was damaged during structural tests, delaying the boat's christening. A year ago, Artemis' AC72 wing sail sustained serious damage while it was being tested on a modified trimaran in Valencia, Spain.

This also wasn't the first America's Cup boat to capsize on the hard-blowing San Francisco Bay. Oracle's $10 million boat capsized in 25-knot winds in October, and strong tides swept it four miles past the Golden Gate Bridge. No one was injured, but the rough waters destroyed the 131-foot wing sail, and the boat was sidelined until a new sail shipped from New Zealand was installed in February.

Stephen Barclay, CEO of the America's Cup Event Authority, said officials were investigating Thursday's accident. He said it was unclear what effect the death will have on the America' Cup races, which are scheduled to run from July to September.

It was too soon to answer questions about the safety of the high-tech boats on the San Francisco Bay, Barclay said.

"Obviously a catamaran is more prone to capsizing than a mono-hull," he said. "Whether boats are safe or unsafe, we're not going to speculate on those things."

In addition to sailors wearing crash helmets and life vests, chase boats carry doctors and divers, Barclay said.

"There are lots of precautions that are taken, and some of those are as a result of Oracle's mishap last year," he said.

The boats participating in the latest America's Cup more resemble a space craft than the traditional sloops that historically competed for the trophy.

Financed by billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA won the 2010 cup and made several changes to the races this year in an attempt to make the staid competition more fan- and TV-friendly.

While much faster and more exciting than the sloops, the catamarans have proved hard to handle. The wing sail looks and acts like an airplane wing, improving the yacht's speed and maneuverability. The 7-ton boat's hulls are lifted out of the water and it skims along the waves on "foils," reducing the drag on the boat and increasing speed dramatically.

Coast Guard Lt. Jeannie Crump said the agency did not know the extent of the damage to the Artemis boat. A commercial salvage boat would tow the vessel to Clipper Cove, between Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island, Crump said.

She added that Coast Guard officials weren't sure what caused the boat to capsize. The Swedish team has two boats, she said.

Associated Press writers Terry Collins, Sudhin Thanawala and Garance Burke contributed to this report.


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May 10, 2013

Woman Rescued in Bangladesh Rubble 2 Weeks After Building Collapse

By JULFIKAR ALI MANIK and JIM YARDLEY

DHAKA, Bangladesh — In a startling development, a woman trapped for 16 days beneath the rubble of a collapsed building on the outskirts of Dhaka was discovered alive on Friday and then rushed to a nearby military hospital after rescuers pulled her free.

The woman, whose name is Reshma, had apparently been in the basement of the building, though her location is not yet definitively known. Rescuers, speaking live on national television from the wreckage site in Savar, said they were clearing debris on Friday afternoon when they saw a pipe moving. It turned out to be Reshma, shaking the pipe from below, trying to gain attention.

“Save me!” rescuers say they heard her shouting.

Her rescue was broadcast on television across Bangladesh. A garment worker, Reshma was wearing a purple and red salwar kameez as she was removed from the rubble. One of the rescuers, a soldier with the Bangladeshi Army, told television crews that Reshma had discovered food and water that had lasted until two days ago.

Another rescuer, Lieutenant Colonel Moazzem, told Bangladesh’s state news agency that he and another soldier discovered Reshma after cutting a hole to the basement.

“I told her, ‘Mother, don’t be afraid, we are here to rescue you,’ ” said Colonel Moazzem, according to the agency. “Would you like a drink of water?” He told reporters that Reshma was given saline and biscuits before rescuers removed her from the wreckage.

Ali Ahmed Khan, director general of the Bangladesh Fire Service, said Reshma was apparently inside a Muslim prayer room in the building, which had oxygen and enough clear space for her to stand up.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was rushing to the military hospital where Reshma is being treated.

The stunning discovery of a survivor transformed what had been an especially gloomy day in the recovery effort, as the death toll pushed past 1,000 victims. Five clothing factories had operated inside the building, called Rana Plaza, and more than 3,000 people were believed to be working when the structure collapsed on the morning of April 24. It is now considered the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry.

Days earlier, rescuers had given up any hope of finding more survivors and had started using heavy machinery to more quickly clear debris from the site. Before Friday, the last survivor was thought to have been a woman named Shaheena; rescuers spent more than 20 hours on April 28 trying to save Shaheena before a fire broke out, killing her. The authorities have said more than 2,000 people were rescued or escaped on their own.

Mr. Khan, the fire service director general, said work crews would “for the time being” suspend the use of heavy machinery and resume rescue searches in the remaining rubble.

“We are very delighted,” said Mr. Khan, noting that rescuers had taken pains to work carefully in case someone was still alive. “The army and fire service has been working very, very cautiously.”

The death toll, now at 1,021, has been rising quickly in recent days, and will probably keep climbing, as work crews are now removing rubble from some of the most heavily damaged sections of the building.

Located in an industrial suburb of Dhaka, the capital, Rana Plaza exemplified many of safety problems plaguing the garment industry in Bangladesh, the world’s second-leading garment exporter, trailing only China. The authorities in Bangladesh now say the building was illegally constructed, with permits obtained through political influence. The owner, Sohel Rana, now in jail, was illegally adding upper floors to the structure at the time the building collapsed, officials said.

The accident has intensified pressure on global brands and retailers that buy clothing from factories in Bangladesh to take action to improve worker safety. In November, at least 112 workers died in a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, which was producing clothing for Sears, Walmart and other global brands and retailers. Earlier this week, a smaller factory fire killed at least eight people.

The Rana Plaza disaster led to nationwide mourning in Bangladesh as well as outrage because it appears that the accident could have been averted. A day before the collapse, an engineer examined cracks in the structure and warned Mr. Rana, as well as owners of the garment factories, that the building was unsafe and should be closed. Instead, workers were told to come to their factories the next morning, and not long after the shifts began, the building collapsed.


Julfikar Ali Manik reported from Dhaka and Jim Yardley reported from New Delhi.

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Citizen hearings on UFO disclosure challenges decades of government cover-ups

By Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor-
Updated May 8, 2013

WASHINGTON - Rather than any transparency, there has been a lead shield for more than 60 years around information from the U.S. government concerning its investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

Going back to the 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico, to an even more shocking event in 1980 near a U.S. nuclear-armed Air Force base in Britain, there has been cover-up after cover-up, on top of cover-up of information from government investigations about these sightings.

At an extraordinary four days of hearings here at the National Press Club called the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure (CHD), several former U.S. Senators and House members heard testimony from experts and eyewitnesses, including one witness who characterized a 1980 incident—which took place over three consecutive nights at the dual air base RAF Woodbridge and the U.S. Air Force’s Bentwaters, in England—as being possibly the “defining event in UFO history.”

After listening to the accounts of two retired Air Force sergeants, and a retired high ranking British Defense Department official, former Congressional Black Caucus Chair Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick who presided over the all day meeting April 30, concurred, saying that the infamous Roswell incident “has nothing on this.”

“What I clearly saw and identified in my statement was an oval-shaped object that was orange in color that had a white light emanating below it with blue lights flying around it and an orange hue around it,” Sgt. James Penniston told The Final Call. “And there was a possible silhouette, in other words the shadows made it look like triangular or something like that. But at no time did I ever identify it as a craft itself, or touch it and say it was metallic in nature.”

If there were living beings piloting the craft he and at least 150 other Air Force and neighboring civilian personnel witnessed those three nights in December 1980, could they have been human rather than extra-terrestrial?

“I believe the size of the craft was too small to house a human pilot. I do believe it might have been a probe, though, a controlled probe by some sort of intelligence, yes,” Sgt. John Burroughs told The Final Call.

What made the incident at Bentwaters so special was that the UFOs involved may have tampered with the nuclear missiles which were secretly stored at the Bentwaters base, a place that was so secretive and so secure that then advanced retinal eye scanning devices were employed, years before they were put into use at other military facilities.

“The only thing I can say…that, that, what we saw in those fields that night in 1980, if that’s what we had then, it’s pretty scary what we’d have available today,” Sgt. Burroughs said. “That’s the best I can describe it. What we saw happen, I never saw in my whole career, anywhere, that I’ve seen aircraft or anything capable of doing that. So, if that’s the case, that we were that far advanced then, it’s pretty scary what we’d have today,” he continued, describing the super-advanced military capability of the craft, which landed, damaged trees in the forest, left radioactive contamination at its landing site, but never made a sound, Sgt. Burroughs said.

While it was not an official government hearing on UFOs, the CHD was a five-day congressional-style presentation that brought as many as 40 international researchers and military and scientific witnesses together to testify before the six former federal legislators. The hearing opened on day one with discussions describing the history of global UFO sightings and suspected UFO crashes, like the famous 1947 incident near Roswell, N.M.

“There obviously had to be a lot of discussion about what happened,” at Bentwaters, former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) said. “There are three fairly obvious possibilities. One was, it was an experimental something we were doing. It was something the Soviets were doing, or it was extra-terrestrial.”

The Air Force, “said that it was alien. They said it was ‘E.T.-related.’ They said they had ‘floating stuff,’ and all this other stuff. ‘It was a UFO, with little green men,’ basically. That’s what they said it was,” Sgt. Burroughs said.

“Was it?” Chair Kilpatrick asked. “Absolutely not. It was a craft of unknown origin. I wasn’t able to determine the origin of the craft.” But when the craft took off it produced a jaw-dropping moment, he continued.

“The craft did generate more lighting and that concerned me. I wasn’t sure if it was going to explode. It rose off the ground. With that it went up to tree level and momentary hovered, and then took off in the blink of an eye.

“The things that it didn’t do, was stuff that it should have done. At least that’s what I was hoping. I was hoping for air displacement. All aircraft do that from the engines. I was hoping for aircraft sound. All aircraft do that. I was hoping for those type of things that would occur. One of the things that stopped was that after it reached a certain point was the static, the feeling of clothing (clinging). That did stop. It did it with silence,” said Sgt. Burroughs.

“I also made an observation that I figured it was intelligent. I mean, I’m not saying it was manned. It was too small for that.” When the craft took off, it rose and then turned to its right, as though it was observing something there, he said, an obvious sign of intelligent control, rather than drone control.

“One of the questions that’s come up to me over the years is: ‘Was it us? Was it somewhere else? Or could it be both? I believe what we were looking at out there on those three nights was something that was going on both with us, and whatever we were doing, drew something in that created a reaction.

“I believe this case could be the defining case in the history of UFOs that might be able to break this open if there’s people there willing to take charge of this in the positions of power and look into this,” Sgt. Burroughs said.

“And to this day, I have not seen any technology that would even come close to replicating the technology that I observed that night,” he continued. “As a matter of fact if the United States had that kind of technology, you could probably cut your defense budget in half and not have to worry about a thing. I mean that would be the key to ‘Pax Americana,’ peace under American control.”

There was also testimony that day about several former U.S. presidents who showed great interest in UFOs and, in some cases, unsuccessfully attempted to get information about specific UFO issues. In the discussion of each incident there was also extensive testimony about the government’s efforts to cover them up and to hide any evidence of what happened when these sightings occurred.

The “cover-up” of the Bentwaters, England incident—which involved State Department as well as military investigations—may have been related to the fact that nuclear weapons were secretly deployed there. “I think part of the problem, they were drawn into the area—this object was drawn there—because there was a top-secret facility. It was a C-3 facility, communications, and it had a building there that at the time had a retinal eye-scanner. In 1980 that’s like high-tech stuff and you don’t really waste the government’s money on those kind of things over there, and they were civilians, none of those people were wearing uniforms. And just down the street was MI-6, British Intelligence,” Sgt. Burroughs testified.

The shift commander at the time of the incident immediately instructed all Air Force personnel that the incident was classified, and that they were not to talk about it, despite widespread rumors and “scuttlebutt” talk throughout the area. All documents were immediately classified.

“And, what’s interesting, a CNN special assignments reporter attempted to do a report on the incident, and when he asked for the incident reports and the blotter entries on this, you want to (know)the answer that was given to him? ‘They disappeared. They’re lost. Somebody took them. We don’t know where they are,’” Sgt. Penniston testified.

In addition, all routinely recorded radio transmissions and conversations were also immediately confiscated, he said. “They had a general knowledge that this had been going on for a while,” Sgt. Penniston said. “And there’s been a concerted effort to deceive the people on it, the public.”

The two men who testified complained that they were denied medical treatment, and despite receiving honorable discharges when they retired from the Air Force, their medical records had also disappeared.

One colonel was in fact on the record saying that he was “aware that we were brought in and interrogated. He was aware that we were not treated properly, and that there was drugs, or in his words, we ‘were messed with.’ That’s where my problem starts with my chain of command,” Sgt. Burroughs told the hearing, “where were they for us when they knew this was going on, and why didn’t they stop it.

“General Williams, who we had a face-to-face with, said he’d try to help us, but when our attorney contacted him and asked him if he’d go on the record and do a statement, a sworn subpoena, he said he’d have ‘memory problems,’ that he would have a problem remembering everything that went on,” Sgt. Burroughs continued.

The reason for the cover-up must be “because of the lies that have been told for the last 85 years. They’ve been lying about UFOs, not because the American people can’t take it, but because they don’t want to get caught with their pants down,” he said.

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