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New UFO secrets surface in Brazil
Over 1,300 pages of former secret UFO documents surface in Brazil and was given to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers
Hundreds of papers from the Brazilian Air Force’s official System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon have surfaced and demonstrate how Nation’s military authorities dealt with the UFO Phenomena in the 60s and 70s.
The Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) has just received a massive lot of new UFO-related documents from the Brazilian government, which disclose in detail the inner workings of the official body created by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in 1969, during the dictatorship years, to investigate the presence and activity of aliens in the country: the System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (SIOANI). This time, however, the newly disclosed documents have not come from the government, as a result of the campaign “UFOs: Freedom of Information Now!”, which has so far produced three official disclosures, the largest and most important of which was on May 4th, largely announced worldwidely.
The new former secret material was handed over to CBU by civilian researcher Edison Boaventura, from Grupo Ufológico do Guarujá (GUG), who has kept such material away from the Brazilian UFO community for over 10 years. Boaventura was given the referred documents by a retired Brazilian Air Force military source in the 90s and has kept it secret since then. At the recent III World UFO Forum, held in June 2009 in Curitiba (PR), Brazil, however, he was formally requested by the members of CBU and decided to hand over the whole lot of documents on behalf of the freedom of information campaign. “I decided to contribute to this endeavor, so I’m sending these documents to be published by the Brazilian UFO Magazine”, he declared.
Last week, Boaventura gave to the Brazilian UFO Magazine editor A. J. Gevaerd, coordinator of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU), over 1,300 pages of previously unseen documents from SIOANI, besides 28 colored sketches and 64 photos taken by the Air Force in the 1960’s. Along with them, there came 137 pages of color files with 3 sketches and 17 photos, all official. He has been asked by many other Brazilian UFO researchers why he had kept all such material far from the UFO Community for so long.
Previously unreleased material
This vastly important and significant material was not part of the official Brazilian UFO disclosure. The Brazilian UFO Magazine website [www.ufo.com.br] has already made available in the last months over 1,200 pages of documents, besides 200 photos of SIOANI’s activities as well as Operation Saucer, carried out in the Amazonian region in 1977. But none of the documents received by CBU from the Brazilian Government contained anything such as the colored drawings of UFOs made by the military personnel who used to work for SIOANI, nor pictures of witnesses, such as that of nurse Maria Cintra, who had a close encounter with an extraterrestrial being on the early hours of August 25th 1968, in Lins (SP), one of the classical UFO incidents in Brazilian Ufology that was secretly investigated by the militaries.
Included in the newly revealed documents are the detailed research proceedings carried out in dozens of UFO-related incidents, which had not been made public so far. Some of the colored sketches of UFO incidents investigated by SIOANI are here:
All the material handed over to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers CBU) was additionally sent to the Nation`s National Archives in the Federal Capital, Brasilia, whose reception was officially communicated to the Nation president’s Civil Office, and now became an integral part of the process headed by CBU. “This will no doubt add to the pressure exerted upon the Government for the release of new folders containing data pertaining to UFOs and the military activity in the ongoing Brazilian UFO research”, said geographer Fernando Ramalho, one of CBU’s members. This material now made public through the Brazilian UFO Magazine should be released just when it was given to a civilian researcher, over 10 years ago.
Download the new files in PDF or JPG formats (total is over 360 Mb) from this address:
Other documents can be found here:
Please note: Download, print, publicize and otherwise share these documents around, but not fail to mention the source, Brazilian UFO Magazine, and emphasize that this material is coming to public thanks to the efforts of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU).
What was the SIOANI
The System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (SIOANI) was unprecedented in Brazil and in the world. It was created in 1969, under the inspiration and guidance of Air Force major-brigadier José Vaz da Silva, head of the Committee for the Investigation of Flying Saucers. In its early stages, SIOANI had high-ranked propositions and it operated exemplarily. Its conceptualization demonstrates so: “SIOANI is the collective resources of personnel and materiel dedicated to the investigation and research of the so-called Unidentified Aerial Objects (UAO) phenomenon”. The closure of the USAF’s Project Blue Book in 1969 may have contributed for the shutting down of SIOANI in 1972. Unfortunately, over 90% of FAB personnel nowadays have absolutely no knowledge of this amazing endeavor. However, as far as we know, the percentage of laypeople involved in the issue tends to increase quickly. The SIOANI was organically constituted by:
(a) Center for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Objects (CIOANI) – A central body of the System.
(b) Investigation Zone of Unidentified Aerial (ZIOANI) – A geographical area which comprised the Offices for the Investigations of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI). There were six of those offices.
(c) Office for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI) – A bureau that was in charge of observing, investigating and collecting materials for research into the Unidentified Aerial Objects (UAO). Its function could be executed by a military agency, a public institution or individuals. The NIOANI was attached to its corresponding ZIOANI.
(d) Research and Analysis Laboratories (LIOANI) – Supporting agencies for the accomplishment of research tasks and material analysis related to UAO.
(e) Personnel and materiel transport (TIOANI) – Means of transportation that was first provided by official agencies, military or civilian, upon request by CIOANI, ZIOANI or NIOANI. When official transport was not available, the commercial transportation could be used. The transport had to be appropriate, efficient and fast. A quick arrival to the spot where a UFO incident had occurred was basic, so that there would be no alteration of traces or distortion of facts. For that purpose there were five small-sized aircraft, two twin-engine craft and three single-engine craft, based on the Park for Aeronautical Materiel in São Paulo, and were run by the 4th Air Zone. Those aircraft were used for the Organization’s normal services, as well by those demanded by SIOANI.
(f) Communication network (RIOANI) – Comprised of a web that involved the now-extinct FAB’s communication networks, and further Singular Forces (Brazilian Army and Navy), Police Forces and the amateur-radio network, aiming at rapid transmission of phenomenological occurrences or the information flow between the several links in the system. SIOANI reported to the Ministry of the Aeronautics, but the results of its work was forwarded to the Air Force’s Chiefs-of-Staff. Within the 4th Air Zone, it was outside the frame of its Chiefs-of-Staff, but its chief was also responsible for the 2nd Section (Information), encompassing CIOANI, which confirmed that the UFO issue was handled by an Information (nowadays Intelligence) officer.
Considering that SIOANI wasn’t a top secret agency and that even civilian researchers took part of its procedures, all this structure proves that Brazil was the first country in the world ever to officially and publicly admit the reality of the UFO Phenomena, and the first one to investigate it openly, in a not secret manner.
A. J. Gevaerd,
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine Coordinator,
Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU)
National Director, Mutual UFO Network (MUFON)
PS. Many thanks to Marcos Malvezzi Leal for helping in the translation.