[This text was sent to CNI News by the author on January 4, 1996.]
Rauni-Leena Luukanen is a Finnish-born doctor of medicine, retired in 1986 after a car accident (in which she claims to have been rescued by extraterrestrials). In the early 1980s she wrote a book on life after death. Since then she has written three books on UFOs. She currently resides in the southeastern part of Norway.
She has been actively spreading disinformation and dubious assertions during her lecture tours and media exposures. UFO-Norway have been receiving quite a lot of inquiries about Luukanen and her claims, so we feel it's time to do some writing.
1. Luukanen often promote stories most UFO researchers consider to be already resolved or identified as hoaxes.
It makes us wonder if she really have, or want to have, access to reliable objective up-to-date information - or if she is just writing books to make as much money as possible on naive persons.
Examples of stories in her books are the "object which crashed on Svalbard/Spitsbergen in 1952", the "UFO shot down by jet fighters over South Africa", and so on. The 1952 Spitsbergen story have been investigated by us prior to this, and have been found to be nothing more than a cheap journalistic hoax. The so-called South African crash of 1989, have been thoroughly dismissed also in various journals. It too didn't stand the light of day.
These stories are never given completely - only the most exciting and sensational parts - details are not important. In this way she is contributing to the creation of myths around the UFO phenomenon - in another word: disinformation. Whether it be consciously or unconsciously.
2. I quote from one of Luukanen's books;
"A representative of a norwegian UFO organisation once told that the organisation had in vain tried to get the Norwegian Defense to show an interest in UFO research. Still the Norwegian Defense have unofficially assisted in UFO research, among other things in the well-known Hessdalen valley. In the mountains of Hessdalen there have been numerous UFO observations. UFO researchers kept guard night and day, took photographs and sent light signals into space, and in some cases also received an answer."
Now this is totally false - completely out of context. As UFO-Norway is the only UFO organisation in Norway, we have to assume it is us she refers to. Aside from the fact that no representative of UFO-Norway ever told Luukanen any of the above, UFO-Norway have not ever sent any light signals out into space, and we have never received any answers either of course.
3. Luukanen claims to have given a lecture at the UN.
This is not quite right either. She has given a lecture at the United Nations Parapsychological Society, which is a club and has nothing to do with the UN itself - other than that the members are UN employees. At best it is half a truth.
4. Luukanen also claims that pilots, astronauts, and cosmonauts are forbidden to talk on the subject of having observed UFOs. If they do this they are subject to 10 years imprisonment and a 10000 dollar fine.
In Russia, among other Vladimir Kovaljonok (Sojuz 6) have publicly spoken of his observation in 1981. In USA, James McDivitt even filmed a UFO (Gemini 4, 1965). Gordon Cooper har described, in a letter to Grenada ambassador (Nov 1978) his UFO observations of 1951. None of these have been punished for their statements. To list the hundreds of pilots who have reported their observations in the last few decades, will take way too much space here. There are no known incident where any pilot, astronaut, or cosmonaut have been punished for their statements on UFOs.
5. Luukanen has used to sign several of her letters with "MD, DT, MH, DPH, DHA, and author".
It must be assuring to be able to impress people with all these titles, but not everyone falls for that and regard her as a capacity in UFO investigation. She doesn't investigate any reports herself, but only passes on various rumours, allegations, statements, and stories. MD means Doctor of Medicine of course, and that is fair enough. But at least one of the titles above can be purchased from The New York Academy Of Sciences for only US$80. Which is exactly what she has done.
6. Luukanen claims her books are written by a process known as automatic writing - often accompanied by claims of "it only took 70 hours to write this".
It seems like the contents of a book is legitimated or "proven" in certain New Age circles, if it is claimed to have been written by automatic writing. Psychologists and psychiatrists are generally in agreement that this phenomenon originates in the human subconscious. Why have no original information ever surfaced this way? Why are the contents always infested with misunderstandings and errors?
7. Luukanen claims the aliens she is in contact with is here to help us, and are ready to rescue us out of "the last great catastrophe".
It's probably safe and reassuring to have some cosmic friends standing by to fix things if the situation become too bad. This is a very dangerous attitude/belief. It has been "too bad" numerous times earlier; the mediaeval crusades, world war 2, the Vietnam war, etc etc. No, it is probably most sane to try and fix thing on our own, instead of waiting for cosmic salvation.
8. Luukanen claimed in several of her lectures during 1992, that former US president George Bush would announce the rumoured cooperation between the US and the extraterrestrials - in an attempt to save himself as president. Bush obviously forgot it -- he lost the election.
9. Luukanen claims to be in telepathic contact with extraterrestrials and also having paranormal abilities.
It is characteristic that these abilities have never been demonstrated - they probably never will.
10. Yet a quote from one of her books;
"It's real easy to see how 'skeptics' have captured central positions in certain american, russian, swedish and even norwegian UFO organisations, whereby it is easy to spread coordinated disinformation through the most important media with the aid of certain skeptic journalists."
Well, personally I am content with being named a skeptic - especially so by Luukanen. That is exactly what I aim to be. The allegation of UFO-Norway spreading disinformation is way off the mark. Anyone accepting that, can't possibly have been reading anything produced by us or subscribed to our journals. It would be of great advantage if Luukanen could have enough guts to point out more specific examples in stead of just a general accusation. One has to be skeptical (especially with regard to the UFO phenomenon) if one should have a chance of avoiding to swallow everything hook, line and sinker - that be information or disinformation. Just like Luukanen has done.
11. Luukanen constantly claims these extraterrestrials are really kind beings and wish us all good - everything they do is for our own good.
It doesn't appear all is so rosy and good. how Luukanen are able to reach such a conclusion on the basis of available abduction material, is beyond me. Most reports of that kind indicate - according to the experiencers reactions and feelings - quite the opposite. So wether they being good or bad is a question we so far are unable to establish an answer to.
12. Luukanen keeps talking about "UFOs". Why?
She refers to spaceships so why not say spaceships then, not UFOs? Spaceships have nothing to do with the acronym UFO, which by definition is unidentified - unknown. This will only contribute to even more confusion - again an example of her disinformation.
13. In several of her lectures, Luukanen claims that the then UN General Secretary Kurt Waldheim, in November 1978, had stated that "Sweden, Norway, the Philippines, Grenada and France have officially recognised UFOs".
What she has done here is to uncritically pass on the rumour stated by the Earl of Kimberley during the three-hour long debate in the British House of Lords on 18 January 1979. ("Ten Governments now openly admit that UFOs exist and are real: France, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, the Argentine, Venezuela, Mexico, the Philippines, Peru and Grenada.") Apparently, the fact that the Earl of Kimberley being wrong, doesn't bother Luukanen much at all.
14. Luukanen claims the extraterrestrials have a "horizontal circulation" (of the blood).
It should be interesting to hear another doctor explain how this is believed to be working.
15. Luukanen often claim to give lectures at and exchanging top secret information at numerous UFO conferences.
Allegedly only scientists and military personell are present at these conferences. The largest UFO conferences are the MUFON and BUFORA conferences held each year. Luukanen have never given any lecture at these conferences - at least she is totally absent from the proceedings. We have as yet not all the proceedings of all the other conferences she claim to visit, but one of the important ones is the Abduction Study Conference at MIT, 13-17 June 1992. The proceedings are called "Alien Discussions" and is at approx US$70. Luukanen is not mentioned in this close-to-700 page book, nor in the 476-page book by C.D.B. Bryan. Proceedings of the TREAT conferences is also available, so these also are not so secret Luukanen would have them to be. I have not been able to check these out yet.
In summary, we can say that UFO-Norway and Luukanen have two diametrically opposite views of the UFO phenomenon.
Luukanen is not much concerned with scientific research -- the inner voice and the inner experiences are more important. She distorts and disinform on the subject - sometimes so much that we wonder if it is a conscious act.
UFO-Norway is concerned that these UFO phenomena are placed under competent scientific research, where the phenomena are measured and registered in every way possible. At the same time we recognise that the material we have available today does not validate the promotion of any specific theory.
Too bad MUFON doesn't share those views.
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