By Graham Birdsall
As few people have had recent opportunity to qualify the extraordinary claims relating to the so-called Varginha case of 20 January 1996, perhaps a few words will help those among you who seek some independent comment.
I had the good fortune to travel to Curitiba, Brazil, and spend a week discussing among other topics, the Varginha incident, with Mr. Pacaccini and several other leading researchers. Over 50 Brazilian UFO organisations were represented at a conference staged in the city between 6 - 9 June, attended by the likes of Stanton T. Friedman and John Carpenter.
Clearly, something of potential significance has occurred, of that there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever. The Brazilian investigators have researched the case to the best of their ability (which contrary to popular myth is considerable) and accrued over 60+ first-hand eyewitness accounts.
This was only made possible because they moved quicker than the authorities, and everyone involved in the case knew everyone else. Nurses, doctors, lawyers and significantly, several military personnel are on tape.
Let no one be under the slightest illusion that this is just another sensational story to come from Brazil. It most certainly is not. I was as sceptical as everyone else, until I spent hour upon hour listening to people who made me privy to some astonishing facts, the likes of which will become all apparent as further news begins to break about the incident (and there was more than one).
I've been involved in this subject since 1967, and I can vouch for the sincerity and credibility of those Brazilian researchers who have worked themselves into the ground to bring this case into the open.
My opinions are based on what I saw and heard in Brazil. I made a round-trip of over 10,000 miles to meet these people, and listen with objectivity throughout. I returned to England with an abundance of information, and will happily disseminate as much as I can through the pages of UFO Magazine and at future lectures, beginning this weekend in Amsterdam where I will share a platform with Stanton T. Friedman.
Read yet again what Pacaccini has to say about this case, and digest every single word, and then perhaps the magnitude of what he and his colleagues have uncovered will strike a chord with those who have sat on the fence. This case above all others, is set to explode.
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