A. J. Gevaerd mutual cooperation between Military Commands and civilian UFO Investigators in Brazil CHD 5-02
Ministry of Defense and Ufologists establish unique communication channel in the world
Historic meeting in Brasília on April 18 initiates mutual cooperation between military commands and civilian UFO investigators
“Members of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) and members of the Brazilian Armed Forc- es met this Thursday afternoon in Brasília under the Ministry of Defense’s intermediation to discuss access to military documents and reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).”
Those were the introductory words used on the official note published on the website of the Brazilian Min- istry of Defense (MoD), describing the historic meeting just held in Brasília, the Federal Capital, on April 18, a date to be remembered in the years to come. The meeting was the first step towards the oncoming future cooperation between the Brazilian military and UFO researchers to provide the society with some concrete about the fascinating UFO Phenomena.
The meeting was as a direct response to the Iguassu Falls Letter by the Ministry of Defense, issued by the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) and staff members of the UFO Brazilian Magazine during the 4th World UFO Forum, held in Iguassu Falls last December. Signed by over 30 speakers from a dozen coun- tries and nearly 600 people from the audience, the Letter has turned out to be the element that has engen- dered the meeting.
An official bureau for UFO research
“Brazil is one of the leading countries in the world in number of incidents involving UFO sightings and en- counters with extraterrestrials. It is highly contradictory that neighboring nations already have official committees for UFO reports analysis and investigation, while Brazilian UFO researchers still relies on prom- ises from the Government that never seemed to be kept,” said A. J. Gevaerd, Brazilian UFO Magazine’s edi- tor, while advocating, during the meeting, the establishment of a bureau with the specific purpose of inves- tigating UFOs. It should be composed of both civilian and military.
During the 75-minute meeting at the Ministry of Defense, the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) was amazed to realize that that some of participating military had no knowledge whatsoever of some important and classical UFO cases registered in Brazil, such as the Operation Saucer and the famous Vargin- ha Incident, which were then accordingly described by the members of the CBU.
Also during the meeting, the UFO researchers made it clear to the Secretary of the Ministry of Defense’s Institutional Coordination and Organization, the assembly’s mediator, Ari Matos Cardoso, as well as to all the military members of the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force also present at the meeting, that a coopera- tion scenario between both parties is desired and necessary, in which total access to governmental UFO files would be granted to civilians investigators for analysis and subsequent divulgation.
It is a commonly known fact throughout Brazilian UFO Community that the Brazilian Committee of UFO Re- searchers (CBU) has always – and particularly through its campaign “UFOs: Freedom of Information Now”, since 2004 – claimed that a serious and systematic study of the UFO Phenomenon is in order, and relying on
governmental support given by the Armed Forces it may result in invaluable scientific knowledge to be ac- cessible to the Brazilian and worldwide societies.
Many unanswered questions
During the Ministry of Defense meeting, the UFO researchers reported their difficulties to access docu- ments classified as either secret or ultra-secret. “Many questions remain unsolved about famous incidents such as Varginha, the Operation Saucer, aerial and naval vessel pursues, the Trindade Island incident and what is largely known as Brazilian Official UFO Night,” pointed out A. J. Gevaerd, Brazilian UFO Magazine’s editor. “The complete declassification of the documents of those cases would enable us to have a broader view of the facts.”
In reply to Gevaerd, Secretary Ari Cardoso declared that those yet classified cases are exceptions in the Ministry of Defense system, saying that “MoD’s general rule is to make all UFO documents accessible to the researchers, even those documents still kept in secrecy by the Armed Forces”. He added that “some cases still have to go through the legal deadlines, but that is an issue that will soon be resolved. It is a matter of time until the CBU has access to what it is requesting.”
In addition, the Secretary assured to the UFO researchers that the Ministry of Defense has great respect for the subject: “I want you gentlemen to know that we take these matters very seriously, and we have deep respect for your work. We will do everything we can to establish a clear and effective communication chan- nel between MoD and CBU, and also help you to reach your goals,” he said, accompanied by Mr. Adriano Portella, Director of the MoD’s Organization and Legislation Department.
The CBU staff members who attended the meeting were the UFO researchers and Brazilian UFO Magazine specialists Gener Silva (lawyer), Thiago Ticchetti (administrator), Fernando Ramalho (public servant), Marco Petit (writer), Francisco Pires de Campos (businessman) and the editor Gevaerd (journalist), presiding over the meeting on the UFO researchers side. Professor Wilson Picler and engineer Ricardo Varela had been scheduled to be in Brasília as well, but unfortunately were unable to go.
Requests through the Access to Information Act
The serious way that the Ministry of Defense has approached the subject is not a chance circumstance. Ac- cording to Air Force Colonel Alexandre Spengler, who is in charge of the MoD’s Service of Information to the Citizen, most of the requests received by his bureau through the recent established Access of Infor- mation Act (LAI) involve UFO incidents, a fact that has encouraged the militaries and the public agents to organize the meeting with the UFO researchers.
As Spengler said, “all requests made by society and later turned down were due to the fact that the infor- mation requested either did not exist in our files or contains national security issues. Apart from that, all the requests have been answered.” The predominant incidence of requests involving UFO cases through the use of the LAI was also emphasized by Secretary Ari Cardoso.
According to information from Brazilian New Agency, the requests for information on flying saucers to the Ministry of Defense based on that Act have actually broken all records and were higher than any other top- ic. The numbers are revealing: among all types of requests, the majority is about UFO related data, with 107 occurrences. In second place come 27 occurrences about military matters.
Ufology as serious business
The CBU members present at the historic meeting at the Ministry of Defense meeting, thereby representing the whole Brazilian UFO Community, discussed with MoD officials and the military several important details and particularities about the UFO Phenomena, thus extending the conversation beyond the need to dis- close information which is still being kept secret about the topic.
One of the topics discussed in the meeting was about the frequent request made by the UFO researchers, who would like to see established an official committee or bureau for UFO research, composed both my civilian and military members. This is one of the items on the Iguassu Falls Letter, one of its most important ones, according to the text that can be accessed in the links below. “The Brazilian Committee of UFO Re- searchers (CBU) has repeatedly asked the Government the creation of such entity during its campaign ‘UFOs: Freedom of Information Now’, since 2004.”
The Letter posed again such request to the Ministry of Defense in these terms: “To establish a multidiscipli- nary and mixed committee, with the joint participation of military from the three Armed Forces and mem- bers of the Brazilian UFO Community, so that with military logistics and the mutual cooperation of UFO re- searchers and civilian scientists, a proper co-joint study of the UFO activity can be carried out, to be subse- quently disclosed to society by means of regular informative instruments, suitable to the issue’s im- portance”.
The military participation in the meeting
Over ten military from the three Armed Forces – Army, Navy and Air Force – were present at the meeting, but only the representative of the Air Force Command made a significant contribution, surprising the UFO researchers with his frankness and stating that it was quite true that some UFO documents still remain se- cret and are yet to be declassified. He added, however, “that the proper measures were being taken about it so that the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) request should be met soon.”
Gevaerd has pointed out that the Navy representative merely said, during the meeting, that there were no UFO documents in possession of his corporation, but Brazilian UFO Magazine’s co-editor Marco A. Petit later contradicted him by demonstrating the existence of numberless facts that had been investigated by the Navy, among which, especially, the famous Trindade Island Incident.
“As for the representative of the Army Command, however, who had also been summoned to the meeting by the Ministry of Defense, his participation was disappointing,” said the editor Gevaerd. Lieutenant- colonel R. Okamoto only claimed – to everyone’s amazement – that he was called only at the last minute and was not aware of the subject to be discussed, although the Army had been duly notified of the topics for the conversation.
It is a known fact that the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) main request to the MoD, by means of the Iguassu Falls Letter, was the declassification of documents about the most important episode in Brazilian Ufology, the Varginha Incident. About the subject, Colonel Spengler surprisingly said that “the Army claims that it does not have in its possession any documents about the so-called Varginha’s ET inci- dent, which occurred in 1996, in the State of Minas Gerais, either because those documents have gone astray or were destroyed with the order of its destruction along, according to the law.”
Brazil needs its own bureau for UFO investigation
The attempts to establish an official bureau for UFO investigation in Brazil are important for one more rea- son. Several South American nations, such as Uruguay and Chile, have their own investigative bureaus for UFO analysis and study, and they operate with transparency. “How come Brazil, the largest country in the continent, does not yet have one such bureau?” asks Gevaerd. Uruguay has the oldest such department in the world, the Comissión Receptadora y Investigadora de Denuncias de Objectos Voladores No Identifica- dos (Cridovni). Operating since 1979, the Comissión collects and analyses UFO incident reports that come to the Uruguayan Air Force’s knowledge.
Other such examples are the Centro de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA) in Chile, operat- ing since 1997 inside the General Management of Civilian Aviation, and the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) Oficina de Investigación de Fenómenos Anómalos Aeroespaciales (OIFAA), created by a presidential act in 2002, but currently not operative.
As a matter of fact, Brazil did have official entities for UFO investigations in three occasions, 1954, 1969 to 1972 and 1977, this one being the Operation Saucer. In the brief period between 1969 and 1972, the entity operated within the 4th Regional Air Command (IV COMAR) in São Paulo and was called System for the In- vestigation of Unidentified Flying Objects (Sioani). During its short, though prolific existence, the System investigated over 100 UFO incidents and produced thousands of pages of documentation, photographs and drawings, with the results from its researches.
“The UFO reality is worthy of attention”
Sioani came into existence thanks to the personal initiative of Major Brigadier José Vaz da Silva, from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), a man who convinced his military peers that the UFO reality was worthy of atten- tion. And he did so during the Brazilian Dictatorship days. Sioani investigated a variety of cases involving UFOs, including those in which occupants were sighted and had some kind of contact with witnesses. Most of the documents produced by the Sioani are now available on Brazilian UFO Magazine’s website (www.ufo.com.br).
Sioani’s extraordinary trajectory, which was paradoxically unknown by many officers of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) today, including some present at the Ministry of Defense meeting, may be a source of inspira- tion for the establishment of a new committee for UFO analysis and study, as the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) seeks. Such a committee would be under military wing, involving this time not only the three Armed Forces, but also segments of the Brazilian UFO Community.
The Air Force has already shown how it regards the UFO issue seriously. For example, in 2010, Air Force Commander, Lieutenant Brigadier Juniti Saito, signed Ordinance 551/GC3, determining that all documents about UFOs produced within FAB’s wing should be sent to the National Archives.
Saito’s Ordinance 551/GC3’s most important part is: “The Brazilian Airspace Defense Command (Comdab- ra), being the central organ within the Brazilian Airspace Defense System (Sisdabra), is the organization in charge of receiving and cataloguing registers of UFOs reported in the organ’s own forms by users of the air traffic control services and forwarding them to the CENDOC on a regular basis. It is the COMAER the organi- zation in charge of copying, binding, filing copies from reports sent by Comdabra, and periodically send the originals to the National Archives.”
The Air Force takes it seriously
On April 18 there was a most auspicious discussion about the establishment within the Ministry of Defense of a committee comprising UFO researchers whose aim would be to receive all registers of UFO occurrences (which FAB calls “Traffic H”) collected by the Brazilian Airspace Defense Command (Comdabra). “Such in- formation shows the extent to which the military, especially those from the Air Force, take the UFO phe- nomenon seriously,” said another co-editor of the Brazilian UFO Magazine, Fernando Ramalho.
Establishing such a bureau whose aim would be to investigate the immense and complex range of UFO ac- tivity in Brazil would meet not only the Brazilian UFO Community demands, but also those of the nation’s society, as can be seen by the huge amount of requests for information on UFOs based on LAI, which have astounded the militaries and become one of the motivations that culminated the official meeting.
The members of the CBU and the members of Brazilian UFO Magazine volunteer their services to the new bureau, which could be an improved version of the ancient Sioani, as suggested Colonel Antonio Celente Videira. The bureau’s goal would be to serve the Brazilian public and help to decipher one of the most im- pressive enigmas the mankind has ever faced: the visits from other species to our planet, a phenomenon that has given our country an outstanding place in the world because of the immense amount of UFO sight- ings and encounters with extraterrestrials that happen here, as well as their immense variety.
A demand from the Brazilian Society
“That is precisely why a new official research bureau is urgently needed, so that it can seek out those an- swers demanded by Brazilian society,” concluded editor Gevaerd. He added that all the members of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) present at the historic meeting were happy about the re- sults, and hopeful to see the promises made by the Ministry of Defense officials kept.
The most important among those promises was the one made by the Secretary for the MoD’s Institutional Coordination and Organization, and mediator of the event, Ari Matos Cardoso: the establishment of a clear and effective channel of communication between the CBU and MoD so that the researchers may have un- limited, unobstructed and bureaucracy-free access to the information needed.
With those words Ari Cardoso closed the meeting, but before the assembly actually dispersed, editor A. J. Gevaerd took the opportunity to add to the Secretary’s promise: “Since such a channel is about to be con- sidered and established, why not make a slightly bigger effort and consider the additional possibility of cre- ating a committee for UFO research which we have long expected?”
Now it is up to the UFO researchers to wait for the next steps.
Source: Brazilian UFO Magazine website: www.ufo.com.br
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Brasília, December 9 2012
Minister Celso Amorim Ministry of Defense Brasília (DF)
FOZ DO IGUAÇU LETTER
The participants of the IV World UFO Forum (I UFOZ 2012), that occurred in Foz do Iguaçu from 6 thru 9 of December, under signers of this letter as representatives of the Brazilian UFO Community and some 15 other countries, respectfully present the following facts as premises to your excellency, and last- ly, demand for action, as follows:
- Considering the unquestionable reality of the worldwide manifestations of the so-called flying saucers, UFOs, which are widely known by various scientific and military segments, for at least 60 years, as advanced extraterrestrial crafts of physical and intelligent nature, and manifested by means of highly advanced technology.
- Considering that such manifestations, commonly known as UFO Phenomenon, are being sur- veyed and studied by military authorities under several circumstances, including some Brazilian Air Force (FAB) officials, via the Unidentified Aerial Objects Investigation System (Sistema de Investigação de Objetos Aéreos Não Identificados – SIOANI), in 1969, and by the Operation Plate, in 1977, both publicly known through the partial disclosure of documents related to their workings and achieved results.
- Considering the system and instrument records of these manifestations as already publicly recognized by several nations around the globe, and the same has occurred in Brazil, in August 10th, 2010, with the publication at the Nation official journal (Diário Oficial da União) of the Resolution 551/GC3, sent forth and signed by the Aeronautic commander, Brigadier Juniti Sai- to(tenente-brigadeiro-do-ar), making known the fact that the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) does ac- commodate, processes and has procedures for UFO sightings and accounts.
- Considering the numerous occurrences of such phenomenon, when recorded and organized in systematic manner by the Air Forces of several nations, including Brazil, had risen considerable attention to their characteristics in several military rankings and attested that the crafts in- volved possesses an incompatible technology to what is currently known by science and though only conceited within such reserved ranks, need further consideration and investiga- tion.
- Considering that, due to their nature, though fully described and known by such military com- mands, and due to their constant growing manifestation throughout the planet, the UFO Phe- nomenon has led many nations to dispense their active military resources, through official in- stitutions and investigation offices, cataloguing and studying their peculiar characteristics, and through such process came to being, inclusively, procedures of cooperation between military forces in these various countries, and in some cases with researchers and civil entities to inves- tigate and research the subject aiming at properly disclosing their findings to the citizens.
- Considering that, in Brazil, the Air force has already produced significant quantities of infor- mation and documentation regarding sightings, recordings, radar detection, direct contact and even aerial pursuits of such vehicles, and in their majority such data has been classified in vari- ous legal security categories, some remaining as such to this day by unjustifiable means, since they do not pose any national security or civil threats, as determined by the adjunct article XXXIII of the 5th Constitutional Amendment.
- Finally Considering, that regardless of the dedicated efforts of researchers of the theme, such as the campaign UFOs Freedom of Information Now, from the Brazilian UFO Researchers Commission (CBU), in order to, through the legal parameters allowed, effectively proceed with the declassification of military information about the subject in its totality and promoting the full disclosure of such material for public and scientific access, only the Brazilian Air force (FAB) has opened part of its files about the matter to the national archives, while the Navy and Army are delaying in releasing their files in any possible way, against the mandate law number 12.527/2011 (Access of Information Law) Such Brazilian UFO Community, under the umbrella of the Brazilian UFO Researchers Commis-
sion (CBU) and the Brazilian UFO Magazine, which for over three decades promotes the research and disclosure of the UFO Phenomenon, respectfully solicits to your Excellency to proceed accordingly to the following, making it through public manifestation as this OFFICIAL MINISTRY POSITION:
- Declassification in totality and without restriction of all information and documents previously generated through the Ministry of Defense, including all military forces, that may have had any relation with studying the aforementioned UFO Phenomenon, specifically those that have been insistently requested by ufologists, by means of the Law 12.527/2011, and especially those be- longing to the Navy and Army, though they yet refuse to respond to several requests previous- ly submitted.
- Determine if, henceforth, any information or manifestation of UFO nature within National Ter- ritory, should be recognized as highly valued both scientifically and culturally, and will no long- er be classified within any of the three legal security categories currently enforced.
- Disclose to the public all the information relating to the theme in question, both in the past and any that may still be generated by this Ministry, determining the immediate surrender of any material to the National Archives, and not only copies of such, procedure that is being adopted exclusively by the Air Force (FAB), though only partially.
- Create a mixed and multi-disciplinary commission, with the participation of all three military forces (Aeronautics, Army and Navy) and members of the Brazilian UFO Community, such that, with the aid of military logistic and civilian ufologists, proceeding in the research of the mani-
festation of the UFO Phenomenon, with subsequent disclosure to society, through regular means of information that may be suited to the subject.
A. J. Gevaerd (PR) Fernando A. Ramalho (DF) Gener Silva (SP)
Inajar Antonio Kurowski (PR)
National Speakers in alphabetical order:
Marco Antonio Petit (RJ) Marco Aurélio Seixas (SP) Mônica de Medeiros (SP)
Rafael Amorim (RS) Ricardo Varela Correa (SP) Thiago L. Ticchetti (DF) Wallacy Albino (SP)
International Speakers in alphabetical order:
Andrea Simondini (Argentina) Antonio Huneeus (EUA) Cel. Ariel Sanchéz (Uruguay) Gary Heseltine (Inglaterra)
Ataide Ferreira Neto (MT) Carlos Odone (RS) Daniela Elisa F. Gevaerd (MS) Eduardo Grosso (Argentina) Ernani Pimentel (DF)
Jaime Maussán (México) Jaime Rodriguez (Ecuador) Coronel Julio Chamorro (Peru) Roberto Pinotti (Itália)
Expositors in alphabetical order:
Francisco Pires de Campos (SP) Gábor Tarcali (Hungary) Gilda Moura (RJ) Guillermo Aldunatti (Argentina) Liliana F. Grosso (Argentina) Luis Reinoso (Argentina)
Rodrigo Fuenzalida (Chile) Ronald Maidana (Paraguai) Stephen Bassett (EUA)
Yohanan Díaz Vargas (México)
Marcos Malvezzi (SP) Margarete Áquila (SP) General Paulo Yog Uchôa (DF) Silvia Simondini (Argentina) Wilson Picler (PR)