posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 01:42 AM
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
That JANAP146e looks too old to still be in effect, does anyone know when it became obsolete (assuming it did) and what regulations have superceded it
and what they say about UFO reporting?
I think the gist of the OP appears to be correct even if as Phage pointed out 146e does not include the penalty specifics, there were penalties
provided for elsewhere.
When I was on active duty, I remember having to shred JANAP-146 around 1996 or 1997. From what I recall, it was superseded by higher authority but not
replaced by anything new. Basically it became obsolete.
The weird thing is, I specifically remember asking my supervisor about the blurb on reporting UFOs. I had to know the contents of JANAP-146 along with
dozens of other military communications publications as part of my duties. As some others have commented, his answer was UFO doesn't mean flying
saucer/alien spaceship, that is just meant what it said, UFO. I didn't question that reasoning at the time. I wasn't seriously interested in the
subject until after I left the service. However I think the implication is obvious now. It's talking about UFOs in the loaded sense of the word. What
the hell kind of literal "UFO" would qualify as a vital intelligence report, other than a UFO in the sense of a technological object ?
I do think there was a late revision of JANAP-146 that not only referred to the US Code, but specifically called out the penalty of up to 10 years in
prison and up to a $10,000 fine or both. I'm not positively sure, since it was a long time ago, but I think the copy we had at my command spelled out
the penalty. When I first started researching UFOs 6-7 years ago, something about hearing that refrain clicked. It would been one of the last
official versions in existence. I think I even saw that version once on the internet before, but I haven't been able to locate it now. As someone
mentioned already, military publications are constantly getting changes. It was one of my collateral duties and a major pain in the rear. I haven't
given up looking. If I can find a scan with the specific penalty spelled out, I'll be sure to post it in this thread.
Here's something else interesting I found:
look up Title 18, US Code 793, Chapter 37
1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for "fined not more than $10,000".
So that title was updated as late as 1994. I really believe the last copies did have that change along with the statement about prison
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