SOURCE: The New England Skeptical Society
November 05, 2007 09:00 ET
Jimmy Carter: No Truth to UFO Rumors
At the Nexus of Politics and Science Fiction "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" Sets the Record Straight With Regards to UFOs
PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - November 5, 2007) - Democratic Presidential Candidate,
Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke once again of his experience with UFO
phenomena Tuesday before a stunned and amused Drexel University audience.
He invoked the name of Former President Jimmy Carter in support of his
Kucinich's comments drew fire from veteran political commentator Chris
Matthews during a postmortem interview with Governor Bill Richardson. "This
is shaping up to be a contest between the de-evolution party and the
pro-UFO party," he said.
Former President Jimmy Carter, speaking candidly on a recent episode of
"The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe," flatly dismissed claims that in 1969
he witnessed an alien spacecraft. Though he did see a mysterious light in
the sky, Carter described it as a UFO only because "it was unidentified, it
was flying, and it was an object."
"I have never thought there were extra terrestrial beings on a ship from
outer space," Carter explained. He went on to speculate that the light may
have resulted from military testing at nearby Fort Benning. Carter also
rejects a common rumor spread on UFO websites that George H. W. Bush, then
director of the CIA, restricted his access to classified UFO documents.
Dr. Steven Novella, president of the New England Skeptical Society (NESS)
and host of the "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" said, "UFO stories
like these are almost always the result of mundane astronomical events." He
went on to explain that Former President Carter may have witnessed the
planet Venus under unusual atmospheric conditions.
A challenge issued by "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" for Congressman
Kucinich to appear on the show to defend his views has gone unanswered as
of this time.
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