Originally posted by daystrom
Waiting for more pictures or evidence to drop into our laps is not very proactive.
I agree. But that isn't what's happened. This case has been studied every which way to Sunday. After that, what do you do? Wait for additional
I applaud anyone who wishes to continue studying the case, and I'm still interested in what goes on in this thread. I have nothing to bring to the
table myself, but anything more that is discovered is valuable. But...
Here's my point: What do you hope to find by studying UFOs? If you're like me, you want to know who they are, where they come from, what they're
doing, etc. How do we find those things out? Government disclosure. And it's not just what the government knows, but also what they're preventing
from being disclosed from other sources, such as high-quality images taken by a major network's TV cameras, for instance. The most convincing
evidence of all might have already been taken, almost certainly by the military and NASA.
What will cause disclosure? The only way to force their hand is a phenomenal event, greater even than Roswell or the Phoenix Lights, seen by multiple
unimpeachable witnesses and ... what's missing here? Clear, indisputable images from reputable, named sources. After 40 years of interest in UFOs,
it's clear to me that nothing else suffices.
Consider the Phoenix Lights case. UFOs were seen all across the state of Arizona on one day, March 13, 1997 by hundreds of witnesses. The then
Governor of Arizona Fife Symington has admitted that he, also, saw them. Not flares, UFOs. Even so, most people, if they know about the incident at
all, think they were flares.
You can study UFOs to the point of being convinced they're real, but you can't transfer that knowledge to the general public. And it is the
who needs convincing so that the government (including NASA) can no longer stonewall. That's why we clamor over UFO
photographs--we're waiting for the kind of evidence that can't be explained away, that causes 95% of the public to be convinced that UFOs are real,
that forces the media
to demand believable explanations for the overwhelming evidence presented.
Is this case worth studying? Yes. I'm still interested in the Heflin case, and recently went to the location the photos were taken.
Is it unreasonable to wish for new photographic evidence? No. Without it, it's just another marginal case that got lots of press coverage and
subsequently was forgotten by most of the public.
Is it not proactive to eventually wear out the available evidence and stick a pin in it? No. It's a matter of putting the particular case in
perspective and realizing that barring new photos for public consumption, this case can't add more to the public perception of the reality of UFOs.
Continued study of cases like this has real value, but it only accomplishes so much. Criticizing a general lack of interest in this case, as it
stands, smacks of elitism. You want to research it more than it already has been? Follow leads? Interview witnesses? Great! Very few people have that
kind of zeal, however, and understandably have decided to just wait for more evidence. Nothing wrong with that either.