[ISCNI*Flash thanks James Sutton for forwarding this item, which was posted to the internet in mid-June, 1996 by UFOSearch of Columbia, Missouri.]
Frank Scully was a very interesting newspaper man, a member of an older school of journalism, reviled now, who came up the hard way during the Depression. Scully's abilities at last allowed him access to the upper reaches of U.S. society and gave him a true insider's viewpoint, one that "normal" reporters never acquired.
The following paragraphs are from the Preface of Scully's book "Behind The Flying Saucers," published 45 years ago. As you can see, they seem right up to the minute. This is because the world we are living in today was created in the immediate Post World War II years -- and a lot of people did not like it. Scully was one of these people.
From The Preface Of "Behind The Flying Saucers:"
"Between the people and government today lies a double standard of morality. Anything remotely scientific has become by government definition a matter of military security first; hence of secrecy, something which does not breed security but fear. If we see anything unusual, even in the skies, we the people must either freeze our lips, like a Russian peasant at the sight of a commissar, or give our names, addresses, business connections, and testimony to be screened and filtered by anonymous intelligence officers.
"Feared and respected by many people, these anonymous creatures can deny what we say, ridicule what we say, and sometimes (and in an increasing number of countries) jail us for what we say -- especially if our timing does not match to the second their intended official pronouncements on the subject.
"The only way for a free people to fight such encroachments on free inquiry is to say in advance, "What I am telling you will be denied," or "This is true but those who say so now will be branded as dreamers, and if they persist, as liars.
"This may seem a dreadful way to treat our own flesh and blood, our commissioned sons who have been trained for combat but are assigned in peacetime to espionage and counterespionage. But since our sons in uniform do not report to us, the people, but to Central Intelligence (which as far as we can make out reports to nobody and is answerable to nobody), how otherwise can we get our current findings to our friends?
"Scientists believe they have suffered more than any other group from the postwar loyalty hysteria but writers cannot be far behind them. The "thread of intolerance" which runs through our history has now become as thick as a noose to hang us.
"Propaganda has made true-and-false practically obsolete in our language. If a spokesman has served time in intelligence, it may be fairly said, the truth is no longer in him.
"Scientists do not want to go to war with the Army over the issue. They have to get essential materials for research, and certain branches of the Department of Defense might find it difficult to find such essential materials for scientists who will not cooperate.
"Is it any wonder then that I advise my readers to treat any official statement as no more than old newspapers blowing in the wind. In fact, if such faceless men should say that the objects are (a) newspapers or (b) not newspapers but fragments of flying saucers, they are not to be believed either way. Not until we, the people, we who have names, addresses and the courage of our convictions, not until we say there are such things as flying saucers, is it authentic."
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