"‘One of [Kennedy’s] concerns was that a lot of these UFOs were being seen over the Soviet Union and he was very concerned that the Soviets might misinterpret these UFOs as U.S. aggression, believing that it was some of our technology,’ Mr Lester told AOL News. ‘I think this is one of the reasons why he wanted to get his hands on this information and get it away from the jurisdiction of NASA so he could say to the Soviets, “Look, that’s not us, we’re not doing it, we’re not being provocative. “.’"
— Secret memo shows JFK demanded UFO files 10 days before assassination | Mail Online
"Jerome Clark: “Let me clarify my argument for those who haven’t read the piece. I wrote that however compelling or puzzling it may appear to be, however inadequate critics’ counter-arguments may be shown to be, simple testimony can not establish the authenticity of something so extraordinary as an extraterrestrial crash. Even if the event itself were still covered in official secrecy, it would have all kinds of unconceivable ramifications in post-1947 history. Since even decades later no such ramifications are apparent, we can infer that the recovery of an ET vehicle at Roswell is unlikely even if it remains unclear exactly what did happen there."
Lt Col Halt’s report of more lights both on the ground and in the sky brought quite a few people out of their houses at Woodbridge to see what was there. These people included myself, my wife, Lt Col Sawyer (the Director of Personnel), his wife, and several others listening to my radio and looking for the lights Halt was describing. Despite a sparkling, clear, cloudless, fogless night with a good field of view in all directions, we saw nothing that resembled Lt Col Halt’s descriptions either in the sky or on the ground. This episode ended in the early morning hours of [28 December 1980].
The search for an explanation could go many places including the perpetration of a clever hoax. Natural phenomenon such as the very clear cold air having a theoretical ability to guide and reflect light across great distances or even the presence of an alien spacecraft. If someone had the time, money and technical resources to determine the exact cause of the reported Rendlesham Forest lights, I think it could be done. I also think the odds are way high against there being an ET spacecraft involved, and almost equally high against it being an intrusion of hostile earthly craft.
— Dr David Clarke: The Rendlesham Files
Franco Brambilla [boingboing]
A nice photoset on Flickr, full of aliens, flying saucers, giant robots and Switzerland nostalgia.