Military Explanation Solves No UFO Mystery
UFO The announcement by the U.S. military that there were, after all, F-16s flying in the vicinity of Stephenville, Texas on January 8 has not solved a mystery as some of the mainstream media are proclaiming. On the contrary, the military's untimely announcement only produces a bigger mystery: "Why tell us now? or Why tell us at all?"

The Dallas Morning News, along with other news outlets, cited this quote from Maj. Karl Lewis, a spokesman for the 301st Fighter Wing at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

"In the interest of public awareness, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs realized an error was made regarding the reported training activity of military aircraft. Ten F-16s from the 457th Fighter Squadron were performing training operations from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 8, 2008, in the Brownwood Military Operating Area (MOA), which includes the airspace above Erath County."

At first, when the reports of UFOs over Stephenville began heating up, the military denied having any aircraft in the sky on January 8, even though several reports by sane, credible witnesses told us otherwise. Let's not forget that not only did these witnesses see the aircraft, they also saw the giant UFO, estimated at up to a mile long and half as wide, simultaneously. Also, there were many reports of UFOs where no airplanes were seen, on different days and various times.

If the military is so interested in "public awareness," why didn't they dig a little deeper when first queried about the possibility military planes being responsible for the sightings reported in Stephenville. Strange, that their interest in "public awareness" took two weeks to come to fruition. If they were that interested, why didn't they send someone out to talk to some of the key witnesses, and allay their fears that we might be entertaining a menace from above? A real up-close sighting of a UFO is a frightening occurrence.

Could they have convinced a seasoned pilot like Steve Allen that he really didn't see what he said he saw? Of course not-when all the while they were more than likely trying to figure out what the giant UFO was themselves, and why some of their speediest jets were so easily outpaced by the giant intruder. Yes, there were military jets in the air on January 8, but not for the reasons we have been told. This was only one of many cases of U.S. military planes attempting to confront intruders from beyond, and again they were unsuccessful. This has to worry the forces that be, and if we were told the truth, we would be worried too.

Lewis also stated: "What we do down there falls under operational procedures that cannot be released because of operations security for our mission."

The Dallas Morning News added: One battle tactic used routinely by F-16s involves the ejection of flares that are intended to confuse heat-seeking missiles. The flares can be ejected several at a time, and could form a pattern of bright lights traveling across the sky.

I have spoken to a couple of ex-military personnel who told me that never does the military send up 10 F-16s at one time, normally they are sent up two at a time. Also, Steve Allen, one of the main witnesses in Stephenville, has gone on record telling us the routes flown by the military is nowhere near the location of the sightings.

My position on military flares is well known. I have made my case against the "flare theory" in numerous articles, and radio and television appearances, and believe me, I have not changed an iota. Notice that that statement says the flares "can" be ejected several at a time, and they "could" form a pattern of bright lights. This may be true, but no matter how well they were ejected, and formed their pattern, they did not fly across the sky at several thousand miles an hour, and outdistance F-16 fighter jets. If they did, then we have a new secret military weapon, "super flares." I would have thought by now the military would have created something new to debunk UFO sighting reports-the flares are an old excuse. It's been over ten years since the "Phoenix Lights."

It is amazing to me, after the many times that our government has been caught in lies, cover-ups, and disinformation, that we would have a public so ready and eager to accept an explanation so unbelievable as flares to explain a mile long UFO screaming across the sky in plain sight. Come on people, look at the evidence, and read the reports.

Just because CNN, NBC, CBS, or FOX releases a statement and doesn't debunk it, doesn't make it the Gospel truth. There is something very strange going on in the state of Texas right now, and it cannot be explained away so easily as a posting on a major news agency. The statement made by the military has solved no mystery here.

(B. J. Booth)

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