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originally posted by: bulrush
Anyway, archive.org has a bunch of stuff released from the F_B_I and N_S_A. Here's an archive.org search for you to go through.
originally posted by: IsaacKoi
Section B : Background - What was “APRO”?
Aerial Phenomena Research Organization ("APRO") was a UFO group founded by Coral Lorenzen and her husband Jim Lorenzen in the early 1950s which was particularly active in the 1950s-1970s but lasted until into the 1980s. Jacques Vallee has written that APRO "had a sterling international reputation and worked successfully with foreign specialists", commenting in his book "Forbidden Science" that the Lorenzens "had perhaps come closest of all of us, in the sixties and seventies,
Original quote: "Physical things are those series of appearances whose matter obeys the laws of physics." Bertrand Russell 1872-1970 New quote: "UFOs are those series of extraordinary appearances whose matter defies the laws of physics." Terrestrial officers Tyler and Denver On the UFO Phenomenon
J Allen Hynek wrote in his book "The UFO Experience" they there had been only two "viable civilian UFO investigative organisations" : APRO and NICAP. He said that both organisations "are serious-intentioned collectors of UFO data" and that there was little overlap in reports between the US Air Force's Project Blue Book and either APRO or NICAP. He wrote that the older of these, APRO, was started in 1952 and had "done an excellent job in collecting UFO data, resumes of which have been published in the APRO Bulletin".
In a letter to UFO researcher Robert Barrow in 1966, Coral Lorenzen wrote that "NICAP is a pressure group dedicated to expending time and efforts attempting a Congressional hearing ... while we have concentrated on research, investigation, correlations, and interpretation of the results".
Coral Lorenzen wrote several popular UFO books in the 1960-1970s, some with her husband Jim Lorenzen. Those books included "The Great Flying Saucer Hoax" (1962), "Flying Saucer Occupants" (1967), "UFOs over the Americas" (1968). Coral and Jim Lorenzen appeared in the UFO documentary "The Force Beyond". As CardDown helpfully pointed out to me recently, you can see the relevant segment of that documentary if you fast forward to 55 minutes 54 seconds into the copy of that video online at the link below:
The CIA organised for "a Scientific Advisory Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects" to meet under the direction of physicist Howard P Robertson in January 1953 to consider issues relating to UFOs. A CIA employee, Frederick C Durant, prepared an internal report on the deliberations of the Robertson Panel (available on the CIA's website as FOIA Document DOC_0000015458) which specifically referred to APRO. That document included a suggestion that groups such as APRO:
"should be watched because of their potentially great influence on mass thinking if widespread sightings should occur. The apparent irresponsibility and the possible use of such groups for subversive purposes should be kept in mind.