Would somebody out there like to shoot some skeptical holes into this man’s UFO testimony for me? To my ear, he sounds pretty darn credible, and doesn’t strike me as psychotic or blatantly lying about his experience. His name is James Penniston, and in 1980 he claims that he was serving as a Sergent in the United States Air Force, and that he was based in England. He also makes the extraordinary claim that on December 26, 1980, in Rendlesham Forest near his base, he and eighty other Air Force Personnel, literally witnessed the take-off of a UFO that had landed there. Sounds bizarre.
Too much holiday eggnog?
In any event, he offered his testimony at a National Press Club conference in 2007:
Do you believe?
Hopefully you didn’t answer “yes” after just one video clip of one person’s purported eyewitness testimony of a UFO sighting. But how much testimony would make you a believer in UFOs? And how thorough would the investigative follow through have to be to tip the balance of belief for you?
On hearing Sergent Penniston’s testimony, I couldn’t help but think of Thomas Jefferson, and his skeptical reaction upon hearing of meteorites that had fallen to the earth. Jefferson famously declared that he would sooner believe that individuals testifying to such a thing were lying as to believe that rocks actually fall out of the sky. Jefferson believed that he had arrived at a sensible inference about the way the world reasonably works, but he was wrong, and spectacularly so. There may well be some very big things going on in the universe that we don’t yet know about, yes?
We are not alone?