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FBI & Abductions - Klass & Anonymous Comments

Phillip Klass (PhilKlass@ writes

Ref. Member Commentary of 9/23/99 about reporting "UFO abductions" to the FBI. On April 16, 1987, when I appeared on a TV talk show with Budd Hopkins who was promoting his then new book about UFO abductions, I asked him if he had reported these incidents to the FBI. Hopkins responded: "That is the most absurd thing I've ever heard in my life."

I disagreed. While my 33+ years of investigating UFO reports and abduction claims have convinced me that Earth is not being visited by ETs, IF I am wrong, then I strongly believe that the defenses of this nation--of the entire world--should be mobilized to protect our innocent citizens against these such indignities. I was confident that if UFO abductions were reality that President Reagan would promptly accelerate his "Star Wars" program to deter ET invaders. (It would be far easier to use high-energy lasers to destroy a few ET craft than to knock down thousands of enemy missile warheads.) But Federal authorities needed to be made aware.

To that end, I decided to risk my entire life's savings. To encourage persons who were convinced they had been abducted by a UFO to report same to the FBI, I offered to pay $10,000 to each UFO victim "providing the alleged abduction is reported to the FBI and FBI investigation confirms that the kidnapping really occurred." If 10 persons reported their UFO abduction claims to the FBI and its investigations confirmed that five of them occurred, I would pay out $50,000--depleting my life's savings. But it would be worth the price.

My generous offer was made public in May, 1987, via a press release issued by CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal). However, the press release cautioned that anyone who falsely reports being kidnapped could be fined $10,000 and spend up to five years in prison. The offer is detailed in Chapter 16 of my book "UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game," published in 1989.

When I last checked with the FBI several years ago, I was told that they could find NO UFO-abduction reports except for one that had been filed in 1967 by a TV shop operator. The FBI investigation found numerous flaws in the man's tale, prompting them to conclude it was spurious. But he was not fined or imprisoned, and was given only a reprimand.

My $10,000 offer is still on the table.

Anonymous writes:

Golly, you mean the FBI doesn't investigate alien abductions? I'm shocked!

How many abductees have reported their abduction to ANY law enforcement agency, local, state, or federal?


How many abductees have reported the crime specifically to the FBI?


If NONE of them have reported the crimes, it is false to claim the FBI ignores reports it never gets. The claim sounds good, and very dramatic, but it has no basis in reality -- NONE!

As I understand it, most rapes go unreported as well, and as far as I know, no law-enforcement agency seeks out the women who didn't bother to report the crimes. apparently thinks the government should seek out abductees, which is absurd. There are more than 260 million people in the U.S. Is the FBI supposed to knock on everybody's door and ask if anybody in the home has been abducted by aliens? Give me a break!

If the victims of the alleged crimes aren't even willing to report the crimes, the crime doesn't exist as far as law enforcement is concerned. This goes for ALL categories of crime, not just alien abductions. If none of the abductees cares enough to report these crimes, the crimes are receiving exactly the degree of attention they deserve. To expect otherwise is irrational.

The abductees should take some responsibility for their own plight.

If, on the other hand, abductees HAVE reported their experiences to, say, the FBI, then records of those reports should exist, and should be available under the FOIA. The abductees might be required to furnish you with their notarized authorization to gain access to their files, but they talk as though they would be willing to do that. Of course, if they haven't bothered to report the crime, there would be no records to get, and no reports for the FBI to ignore.

Perhaps CAUS should start a campaign to get all abductees to report their abductions to the FBI. They should be warned, however, that it is a crime to tell falsehoods to FBI agents, and they could go to jail for fibbing. I believe it also is against the law -- punishable with jail time -- to file false police reports, local or state. But this applies to ALL categories of crimes, not just alien abductions.

Think of the enormous amount of official documentation this would generate! The FBI might have to start adding an "alien abductions" section to their periodic reports of crime statistics. If abductees had some crime statistics to back them up, maybe Congress would sit up and take notice.

If people really are being abducted by aliens, it is their duty to report these crimes to the authorities! It is not the duty of law enforcement agencies to canvass the entire country looking for people willing to file formal complaints. Let's put the responsibility where it belongs for a change. If abductees want people to believe their abductions are real, they have to act as though they are real, and file real complaints with real law enforcement agencies, just as the real victims of other real crimes are required to do.

Hey, it makes a lot of sense to me. Perhaps that's it's flaw.

P.S. Please withhold my e-mail address.


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