archiv~1: SETI Dore does a Lousy CYA

SETI Dore does a Lousy CYA

Walt Williams ( (no email) )
Tue, 3 Nov 1998 04:24:31 +0000

What a Crock.

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From: (Stig Agermose)
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 12:30:40 +0100
Subject: Dore: "SETI" Signals Are From Classified Intelligence Satellite
Organization: Politiken On Line

Source: seticontact's website. URL:



Press Conference slated for Wednesday cancelled, signals a satellite?

Paul Dore writes the following:

"Monday, the second of November has got to be one of the worst 24
hours I've ever experienced. Here is a brief synopsis of the events
that ensued."

6:00am I arrive at work, do some rather routine things and cull
overnight data. I have a pretty uneventful day, then around noon I
receive a call from the two astronomers stating they would not be at
the press conference at that I was 'essentially, on my own.' - 'Fine
then.' I replied, and they apologized and hung up. Next my supervisor
rings me up to tell me that I was to cease my experiment immediately.
This was quite strange because he had been supportive ever since the
news broke. As per his request I began the job of taking down the
feedhorn and disconnecting the receiver and packing the entire kit up.
The rest of the day passed without incident and I began thinking once
again if I made a mistake, if I was confused by something earthly or a
natural phenomena. I began questioning myself over and over in hopes
that I could find something I missed."

7:00pm I arrive home to find three gentlemen in my residence. My wife
Helen has the look of sheer terror upon her face. It turns one of the
men was from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at
Cheltenham, the other was from RAF Feltwell and the third from the
American National Security Agency. They asked if we could speak in
private. I was reluctant but agreed and Helen and the kids left the
room. Over the course of nearly two hours they explained to me that
what I had discovered was not extra-terrestrial in nature but most
definitely interesting. It turns out that what I discovered was in
fact a classified intelligence satellite having to do with something
known as Project 415. I am being very careful here so as not to
violate the security oath they made me sign which states that should I
disclose any further detail on this subject I will be subject to
prosecution under the terms of the Official Secrets Act. I was told
basically that the signals I received were mistaken and that I should
not talk about this matter in detail. They gave me a fair amount of
information to convince me, again the details I cannot go into but I
am satisfied that what I picked up was in fact a secret deep space
satellite for purposes of national and international (it seems)
security. After the three men were convinced that I believed them they
had me sign this legal document that I cited above and left. I watched
as two of the men walked down the road one way and the American walk
in an opposite direction (presumably to their vehicles).

So there you have it and I wish this were not true. I had visions of
going down in history as being the first human being to detect signs
of other intelligence in the universe and while I found intelligence
all right, it certainly wasn't the kind of intelligence I hoped to
discover. I am a bit depressed now, though that could have as much to
do with the weather. My family and I have decided that I should not
purse this line of research any further. Should I ever discovery
anything else strange in the course of my work I will be very careful
about revealing it.

Best Regards,

Paul Dore

***Commentary from the webmaster below ***

We here have been following this story since it came to our attention
long before the mainstream media noticed it. We are rather sorry to
see it end this way but wish Paul and his family the best of luck.