Credible UFO witnesses not sufficient proof
The Iron Skeptic
Issue date: 10/8/04 Section: Sci-Tech
Though they would have you believe otherwise, it is easy to pinpoint the beginning of the abductee craze: Betty Hill. She and her husband were driving down a long, dark road and were "abducted". They described small, gray aliens with heads shaped like light bulbs, the now common staple of pop culture.
Later, it was learned that Betty Hill had a previous interest in UFOs and that the whole thing was a product of her overactive imagination. Yet as soon as word of her "spacenapping" by "the grays" got out, they became a common theme in American UFO stories. I say American because of an interesting division: In America, the aliens that abduct people are usually the small, evil gray folks. In Europe and elsewhere, they are almost universally reported as tall, blond and benign. Evidence of two alien races vying for our attention or subtle indicator of cultural bias of made-up stories? If you guessed #1, you guessed wrong.
I would love nothing more than to describe in detail the hundreds of cases I've read about and debunk them one by one as the products of hoaxes, practical jokes, hallucinations or cries for attention; however, it may be better to speak of them generally. Let me be absolutely clear about this: UFOs exist. They exist as strange atmospheric phenomena, classified aircraft, weather balloons or rare weather patters. A person who sees a UFO is probably telling the truth, and the event might have occurred. A person who claims to have been abducted by aliens is lying, hallucinating, or on the receiving end of a bad joke. There are no other options.
Generally, it starts like this: When alone somewhere, be it driving down a dark and lonely road or sleeping alone in a backwoods home, the abductee senses something is wrong. This is called the Oz Factor. Animals act irregularly, senses are dulled or sharpened, people do things they wouldn't do otherwise, time slips by. Things just take on a dream-like quality.