STATEMENT OF NICAP BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Below is from "The UFO Evidence," published by the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena in 1964.
"Although a large percentage of reported UFOs can be explained in terms of conventional objects and events, the residual unexplained cases constitute a separate and important problem. (The word "UFO" hereafter refers to the residual cases). These UFOs have proved to be a consistent phenomenon, with significant new reports made each year. A large number of the reports come from reputable and competent observers, honest and intelligent citizens.
evidence in this report, it
is a reasonable hypothesis
that the unexplained UFOs are:
real physical objects, rather than the result
of imagination, hallucination, illusion
* the Air Force practice of artificially reducing the significance of the data through the use of counter-to-fact explanations of sightings and issuance of misleading statistics;
* the Air Force practice of implying, through its public relations program, that all available information has been disseminated and there is no need for further investigation;
the lack of governmental recognition, through the Congress or the Executive Branch, that a scientific problem exists which ought to be thoroughly probed.
"We believe the following steps should be taken to rectify an unsatisfactory situation:
(1) The evidence in Air Force files (after deletion of legitimate security information such as data concerning the capabilities of radar) should be made freely available to any interested citizens.
should be a Congressional inquiry into the
Air Force's Project Blue Book to establish,
"The foremost question which remains is: What are the UFOs? The importance of these objects, if the above hypothesis is correct, is readily apparent. In order to settle this question, we strongly recommend that a much larger scale and more thorough scientific investigation be undertaken. "
Joining in these conclusions are NICAP Board Members:
Rev. Albert H. Baller, Congregational Minister, Clinton, Mass.
Col. J. Bryan 111, USAF (Ret.), Writer, Richmond, Va.
Mr. Frank Edwards, WTTV, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Col. Robert B. Emerson, USAR, Research Chemist, Baton Rouge, La.
Mr. Dewey J. Fournet, former Major, USAF, Baton Rouge, La.
Rear Adm. H. B. Knowles, USN (Ret.), Eliot, Maine.
Prof. Charles A. Maney, Department of Physics, Defiance College, Ohio.