Updated with a new chapter, recently the subject of Questions in the House of Lords, the first full investigation into 'Britain's Roswell.'
One night in December 1980, two USAF patrolmen reported seeing strange lights in Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, between the twin USAF bases at RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. Three more US servicemen were sent to investigate. They reported seeing "a strange glowing object... metallic in appearance and triangular in shape." The following day more USAF personnel, including the deputy base commander, found three depressions in the ground and later observed strange lights in the sky.
Was this the clearest evidence ever of UFO activity in Britain, or was it just another case of misconception and delusion? Whatever the case, the resulting silence from both the USAF and Britain's Ministry of Defence has led to the Rendlesham incident being labeled "Britain's Roswell". Twenty years later, Georgina Bruni tries to piece together the facts of the story.
Bruni says, despite all probable difficulties in the investigation that, "based on all the evidence, it seems obvious that there is a continuing cover-up to hide the details of the Rendlesham Forest incident." As always with this sort of book, what conclusions you draw tends to depend on what beliefs you arrive at the scene with. Clearly, however, You Can't Tell the People is a terse and rather thorough introduction to this unsolved mystery, and certainly worth reading for anyone with an interest in UFOs and the unusual. --David V Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the 'grunts' patrolling the security perimeter of the airbase up to the commanding USAF Major General GORDON WILLIAMS and the British Chief of Defence Staff, LORD HILL-NORTON, there are extraordinary confirmations of what has, for years, been always been denied by the MOD as having any "defence significance."
Georgina Bruni, exhibiting the journalistic traits of a cross between a terrier and a rotweiler, has relentlessly pursued witnesses to the events. In many cases she has managed to get them to talk - on the record - for the first time, about what an official Royal Air Force document describes as: "mysterious sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects." Fascinating stuff.
I have more than a passing interest in these events. During my service as an RAF pilot at RAF Oakington, I was base liaison officer with USAF Mildenhall and also flew, on occasion, into USAF Bentwaters and I am therefore familiar with the aerodromes involved in this account. Subsequently, when living in the United States in 1965, I became an active member of NICAP - the National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena. With Rear Admiral ROSCOE HILLENKOETTER (the CIA's Director of Central Intelligence) and Colonel JOSEPH BRYAN III Chief of the CIA's Psychological Warfare Staff (and former Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Air Force) as key executives of NICAP, and many CIA Intelligence Officers as overt or covert members, NICAP was a serious organisation. They would have welcomed a serious book like this.
Bruni has done an excellent job and provided us with information that allows us to read the various participants testimony, primary source material, and judge for ourselves. Very few UFO books do this...
This is the only book on Ufology to actually make me think again about an incident that I had written off. I suspect that UFO/Paranormal researchers and the public have become confused, largely as a result of claims that a lighthouse was responsible for the events of December 1980.
Of course, the lighthouse was not responsible as anybody who has visited the site (I've been there) can attest.
For the first time we are presented with a full picture of the events, all the current testimony and some new and startling facts about the case...
You Can't Tell The People comes highly recommended by a former Ufologist who left the subject because of the machinations of the skeptics that Georgina Bruni has blown away through her research. The skeptics claim that Rendlesham researchers "need another Roswell" incident when the facts of this British case are entirely different.
I myself have heard tell of the leak of "nuclear particulates" from the Sizewell A facility in late December 1980. There may be a link, we just don't know. There is now little doubt that something of the greatest significance occured.
Buy this book and do your bit for the truth...
Tim Matthews, formerly of the British UFO Studies Centre. Author, UFO Revelation (Blandford, 1999).
However once you start reading the book you suddnely find yourself engrossed in reading about alledged alien contact, secret service agents (MIB's) making large scale threats of personal injury and or even death, secret UK/USA governemt test on all kinds of weird and wonderful technology.
For anyone with and interest in this subject this book is a must.
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