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“it was definitely mechanical in nature. This is the closest point that I was near the object at any point.”
The only thing that I signed was for Colonel Halt. I didn’t type anything out. Maybe someone else did it and asked me to sign it. Besides, I couldn’t type, I had never used a typewriter before. I don’t even remember what I signed. I was so nervous, I just signed it. I don’t remember talking to Halt, I remember sitting in his office in fear of Halt. …….
……I’ve read all that stuff about me being a com-link, but I can’t remember any of that. I remember being with Penniston and Burroughs, there were only three of us, Sergeant Chandler stayed back with the jeep. We all saw something, and I kept thinking this was a joke, but as we got closer and closer we could see a light, and our radio transmissions were cutting out.
I remember what I saw; it was to the right of the lighthouse. It was cone-shaped – egg-shaped, with lights running around its belt from left to right. They were blue, white and red lights, flashing, sometimes rapid, sometimes slow. Then we saw flakes of metal coming from it. It is difficult to describe. We were all trying to make sure what we’d seen . . . It wasn’t the lighthouse. I saw the lighthouse, this wasn’t it, it was to the right of the lighthouse.
Source : Georgina Bruni – You Can’t Tell the People
Some kind of blue light flew through her vehicle. She totally lost her composure as it had upset her a lot and they sent her home for the evening. At that point I decided I was going to go back out that night and see what went on..
“To all who feels Larry Warren was there please understand he was not. He took Adrian Bustinza's story and ran with it!!!! How do I know this? I was there!!! “
I will also say Penniston and Halt have also have hurt the case . Penniston by the way his story has grown and Halt from the beginning putting the wrong dates on his memo holding onto important evidence and getting witness to change or withdraw their stories
Q: The second night - So you didn't see Larry Warren there?
No I did not see him out there. The Blue balls of light were out there on the second night. One of them did fly right at us. And one of them did send down a beam of light at Halts feet. As far as acting intelligently be careful how you imply that. I stated if there was anything out there that could be taken as acting in a intelligent manner that would be the Blue lights. And there in fact is where Warren gets his story of aliens making contact with AF personnel . We did have them come towards us. Also look at one of his first interviews when he stated LT Col Williams the Base commander was out there. It was LT Col Halt Dep Base commander who was out there. Not Col Bri Gen select Williams Wing Commander . Also I got to meet with Warren in the late 80's in Califorina when a man by the name of Curt Bruebaker flew us out to possibly do a documentary on Bentwaters and his story did not even come close to adding up and has changed so very much over the years.
As for going on alert; alert for what reason? Most of the events happened off the base and there was no threat to the base or the weapons stored there.
Note they left their weapons behind because they were on UK soil, and SOFA did not allow weapons off base. As for close air support, doubt any was available nor would it have been useful. That part took Chuck be surprise and happened over a very short period of time. You should ask him about the context.
“… actually the command post didn’t seem too excited about the whole thing…the reason they stayed silent was other controllers who’d reported things were de-certified…they weren’t going to say anything…..it was confirmed by two separate radars there was definitely something there.”
“…do you think I wanted to initiate it?….it was a public relations disaster and there were about 25 people out in the forest”.
“Early in the morning of 27 Dec 80 (approximately 0300L)…..”
The following night (29 Dec 80) the area was checked for radiation.
…..If any meaningful evidence were not found, we would document that fact and close the entire episode down by providing our facts to authorities in a low key manner. Events dictated the latter approach.
“I believe the objects that I saw at close quarter were extraterrestrial in origin and that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted – both then and now – to subvert the significance of what occurred at Rendlesham forest and RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practiced methods of disinformation".
Sorry it’s getting really late here in the UK and Christmas Eve is upon us. If I have more time over the holidays I’ll post up more information here on this case concerning Larry Warren’s story, Lord Hill Norton’s questions in the Houses of Parliament, the rumoured evacuation plans for two nearby prisons in the area over Christmas 1980 and maybe the story from a member of the local fire service……
Until then please feel free to add your thoughts on the UK’s blockbuster UFO case and correct me if I’ve got anything wrong.
And even more important enjoy the holidays
The United States and United Kingdom were (still are) close allies and part of NATO. It is probably fair to assume that things were reasonably relaxed over the exact boundaries given that access was also required between the two bases by roads. I also think it is fair to assume that the response by Burroughs, Cabansag and Penniston was a situation where normal diplomatic protocols could be ignored. Time would be of the essence if an aircraft had gone down as first thought.
However once Halt and other USAF personnel on duty had ventured off base on subsequent nights , without the permission of Her Majesty’s government, then they had effectively jumped out from behind the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement). The text of which is ambiguous when applied to this case. But Halt, and prior to that the other US airmens' trespasses, could certainly explain some reluctance at the time to escalate matters further.
In my experience of USAF bases in the UK in the early 80's (I worked on some for the MOD) the exact boundaries were clear and respected by both sides and diplomatic protocols were pretty much always adhered to.
Whilst an emergency could lead to emergency action being taken I'm not sure that at any point on any of the days in question it was / could / should have been considered an emergency. If it had been thought that a plane had gone down outside the base the UK police would have been notified immediately (is there any record of that ?)........