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Secret Agents From The Brazilian Dictatorship Investigated The “Appearance” Of ‎UFOs

By Dialogo
January 16, 2009

I believe in UFOs! For a long time, the National Information Service (SNI), the espionage agency of the military ‎dictatorship that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985, investigated alleged UFO apparitions, a local ‎newspaper reported today. ‎ According to an interview published this Sunday in the newspaper “Folha de Sao Paulo,” ‎confidential documentation from the Brazilian government reveals stories of missions carried out in ‎several Brazilian states. These missions were carried out by secret agents enrolled in the so-called ‎‎“Operation Plate.” ‎ The documents were partially put at the disposal of the Brazilian Commission of UFOlogists, which ‎appealed for constitutional rule. ‎ The SNI, currently the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin), actively participated in a mission led ‎by the Air Force in the Amazonian states of Maranhao and Pará between 1977 and 1978.‎ This operation started after newspapers in those states reported continual stories such as “mysterious ‎lights causing hallucinations and deaths” among people who had contact with any of these ‎phenomena. These people “suffered symptoms of paralysis, superficial burns, intense heat, ‎shivering, and tiny holes in the skin." ‎ By then, the secret service was led by General Joao Batista de Figueiredo, who in 1979 would be the ‎last President of the military regime before the coming of democracy to Brazil. ‎ According to the interview, in a moment of “involuntary humour,” the Air Force gave the mission ‎the self-explanatory name of “Operation Plate.” ‎ Some of the reports prepared by spies that slept during the day and worked during the night report ‎on "blue lights" that moved at high speed on the water in said region. ‎ ‎“There is no consensus between the team members about what was seen, but it seems that attitude is ‎strongly related to the fear of looking ridiculous in front of their colleagues,” says one of the ‎confidential military reports. ‎ The documents include drawings of the flying objects described by witnesses and secret agents. ‎ The gallery of spacecraft drawings and sketches produced by the Air Force and the SNI takes us ‎back to ordinary images from TV series such as Hanna-Barbera’s "The Jetsons," or “Lost in Space,” ‎said Folha.‎