Secret Agents From The Brazilian Dictatorship Investigated The “Appearance” Of UFOs
By Dialogo January 16, 2009I 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.