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Marden concerned over lack of historical UFO research in new report

UFO researcher and author Kathleen Marden talks about the recently released U.S. government report on UFOs as she begins her lecture Thursday afternoon at the International UFO Museum and Research Center. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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UFO researcher Kathleen Marden is concerned the U.S. government has disregarded the history of its own research and is covering up the truth in its recently released intelligence report.

Marden was one of the speakers during the first day of the International UFO Museum and Research Center’s UFOlogist Invasion on Thursday. Her afternoon lecture was on “UFO Abduction: The Evidence and Implications for Humanity’s Future,” but she took a few moments at the beginning to address the unclassified report released June 27.

The report referred to unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, rather than the unidentified flying objects that the public has been familiar with, and that in itself concerns Marden.

She said it brought to mind the 1952 press conference of Maj. Gen. John Samford after a series of UFOs were reported in July of that year over Washington, D.C. She said Samford wanted to call the objects UAPs.

“This is the largest press conference held since the end of World War II, and he started talking about how these phenomena have been observed in the skies dating back to biblical times,” she said.

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“But he said phenomena cannot be studied scientifically. And that’s the thing that really worries me because I have a very strong background in wanting to look for the science of all of this,” she said.

“I hope that this is not going to be be some kind of cover-up. I hope that it will be something else,” she said.

She noted the new report sorted sightings into five categories but does not include an “unknown” category as previous government studies have.

“All they have is an ‘other.’ So what could fit into the ‘other’ category?” she asked.

She said Project Bluebook Special Report 14 was the largest study conducted by the U.S. Air Force in its famed 1950s and 1960s investigation and had seven categories for sightings that included balloons, birds, meteorological, aircraft, psychological and unknown.

Reports could be categorized as unknown only if the three scientists involved agreed they could not fit into another category. About 21% of the 3,201 UFO reports were categorized as “unknown,” she said.

“I’m afraid that they’re going to throw all of that into a circular basket. That’s my worry,” she said of the lack of the “unknown” category.

Marden outlined her concerns about the report in an email to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who last year included in the Intelligence Authorization Act a provision to release the report. She said she received an acknowledgment from his office the email had been received but has not yet received a response.

Marden also gave a bit of a teaser for her Saturday lecture on the 60th anniversary of the alleged abduction of her aunt and uncle, Betty and Barney Hill. She said she was 13 when the couple reported a close encounter and abduction by a UFO in New Hampshire in 1961.

Marden has released an updated edition of the book she wrote with nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman on their encounter.

“Because I’ve continued to research and investigate that case, we’ve had new scientific tests done on Betty’s dress, the one she was wearing that night, over the past 10 years or so, and I’m introducing all that new information on Saturday,” she said.

She also discussed several of the UFO cases she has investigated or been involved in, as well as a three-year study she conducted with psychologists Don Donderi and Michael Austin Melton, among others, on the experiences of people who believed they had been abducted.

The scientifically conducted study asked questions regarding the age when people first believed they were abducted, the type of aliens involved, whether or not family members believed they had also been contacted, and more.

Of a question on messages the respondents believed they had received from the aliens, many responses presented by Marden indicated the individuals said aliens are attempting to raise the spirituality or vibration of humans in an attempt to prevent the disintegration of the species from the planet.

“They will interfere with force if we continue our aggression and war,” one of the responses said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.