"May I try to make another answer and ask for support or negation on the quality of the radar operator? I personally don't feel that is necessarily
associated with quality of radar operators, because radar operators of great quality are going to be confused by the things which now appear and may
appear in a radar ... I think that a description of a GCA landing has some bearing on that in which to get associated with the GCA you have to make a
certain number of queries and do a certain number of things and then you become identified through the fact that you obey..."
This went on for a minute or so, during which the redheaded man began to look a trifle groggy. Then Samford finished.
"Would you address yourself to what I've just said?" he inquired.
"Yes," said the redhead. "What do the experts think? That was the question."
"The experts?" said General Samford.
"The ones that saw it last Saturday night. What did they report to you?"
"They said they made good returns."
The reporter, apparently a bit dizzy from the merry-go-round, gave up and sat down. But another correspondent jumped up.
"Did they draw any conclusion as to what they were, whether they were clouds?"
"They made good returns," said General Samford, "and they think they ought to be followed up."
"But now you come to the general belief that it was either heat inversions or some other phenomena without substance."
"The phrase 'without substance' bothers me a little," said Samford.
"Well, could you—"
"Say what we think?"
About 50 of the press, in one voice, shouted: "Yes!"
General Samford smiled.
"I think that the highest probability is that these are phenomena associated with the intellectual and scientific interests that we are on the road to
learn more about, but that there is nothing in them that is associated with materials or vehicles or missiles that are
directed against the United States."
"The question whether these are hostile or not makes very little difference," said one reporter. "Are you excluding from consideration a missile, a
vehicle, or any other material object that might be flying through the air other than sound or light or some other intangible? Somebody from this
planet or some other planet violating our air space?"
This was the first direct mention of the space visitors answer.
Instead of replying directly, the general brought in outside opinions.
"The astronomers are our best advisers, of course, in this business of visitors from elsewhere. The astronomers photograph the sky continuously
perhaps with the most adequate photography in existence, and the complete absence of things which would have to be in their appearance for many days
and months to come from somewhere else—it doesn't cause them to have any enthusiasm whatsoever in thinking about this other side of it."
But this oblique answer did not tell the full story. Perhaps General Samford did not know it, but several astronomers had reported strange objects
moving in outer space. In several other cases astronomers had seen mysterious objects moving across the face of the moon.
One reporter, not satisfied with Samford's answer, tried to pin him down.
"General, let's make it clear now you are excluding—if you'll affirm that—you are excluding vehicles, missiles, and other tangible objects flying
through space, including the subhuman bodies from other planets."
"In my mind, yes," said the general.
The man on my right leaned over to me. "Why 'subhuman?' They'd have to be superhuman to be that far ahead of us. And I noticed Samford didn't make
that an official answer."
A few moments later one of the press brought Samford back to the subject of simultaneous radar tracking. It was a touchy point. If the general
admitted the triangulation, by absolutely simultaneous radar bearings, it would wreck the Menzel answer, as several
scientists had already told ATIC. But this time he had a determined opponent.
"General, you said there'd never been a simultaneous radar fix on one of these things."
"I don't think I wanted to say that," replied Samford.
"You didn't mean to say it?"
"I meant to say that when you talk about simultaneously, somebody will say, 'Was it on 1203 hours 24 ½ seconds?' and I don't know."
"Well," said the reporter, "I'd like to point out this fact. The officer in charge of the radar station at Andrews Field told me that on the morning
of July 20, which was a week from last Saturday, he picked up an object three miles north of Riverdale.
He was in intercom communication with CAA and they exchanged information. The CAA also had a blip three miles north of Riverdale and on both radars
the same blip remained for 30 seconds and simultaneously disappeared from both sets—"
"Well, their definition of simultaneous, yes," said Samford. "But some people won't be satisfied that that is simultaneously."
"It is pretty damned simultaneous for all purposes," the reporter said firmly.
But the general refused to be trapped. "Well, I'm talking about the split-second people... they'll say your observations are delayed by half a
second, therefore you can't say it was simultaneous."
Outmaneuvered, the reporter turned to Captain James.
"Does your inversion theory explain away that situation?"
"It possibly could, yes," James said warily.
"It possibly could, but could it?"
"We don't have the details."
"Is there any reason why it couldn't?" the reporter demanded.
James squirmed, looked at Samford, apparently in the hope of being taken off the hook.
"General," the reporter said tardy, "can we get this clarified?"
For the first time Samford ducked the issue. "I'm trying to let this gentleman ask a question—" he looked down at the front row. "Excuse me."
For the next 15 minutes Samford and his advisers had an easier time.
One reporter, quizzing Ruppelt, tried unsuccessfully to make him admit a concentration of sightings at atomic energy plants.
Mr. Griffing and Colonel Bower, discussing the refraction-grid cameras, Schmidt telescopes, and plans for more scientific investigations, managed to
avoid any pitfalls.
So did General Ramey, when he explained a few of the interception details.
Then one reporter, who'd tried for ten minutes to get the floor, tossed in a hot question.
"General, suppose some super intelligent creature had come up with a solution to the theoretical problem of levitation. Would that not be mass-less in
our observations, either by radar or by sight—no gravity?"
"Well, I don't know whether I can give any answer to that," said General Samford. "We believe most of this can be understood gradually by the human
The reporter, balked, sat down. But later he tried another angle.
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