Rendlesham Forest Incident

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Either it's true, or.... what to conclude otherwise?
It may well be true, but it can still be nonsense.

Halt and certain other people in his party saw 'beams' descending towards the bunkers, even though the bunkers were out of sight from their vantage point so they could not have seen them actually entering the buildings themselves. I've suggested some possible explanations for these beams, and others have made suggestions as well; suffice it to say that the actual nature of the beams is in some considerable doubt.

On the other hand, I have no reason to doubt that Halt ordered an examination of the bunkers and their contents, and this examination may have uncovered some form of damage or other. However it is not necessarily true that this damage was associated with the beams, since correlation does not imply causation, and no-one near the bunkers saw these incursions taking place. The damage found (which is not described in any detail) could have been the result of disarray or poor maintenance. This was Christmas time, after all.

Even if we allow that the beams were the product of high technology, they could have been some kind of scanning device or spotlight that caused no damage. Halt suggests obliquely that the most important secret systems were not affected in any way, so these effector beams seem to have be singularly ineffective at whatever task they were intended to perform.
 
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I always thought that if Halt was actually seeing 'beams' of light coming down into the WSA, as opposed to Sirius twinkling low in the sky, he might have seemed a little more worked up than he does on the tape.
 

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My tentative hypothesis (explained earlier in the thread) is that the 'beams' were an artefact of the Starscope, which can produce a flare effect, something like a ragged beam. This is quite a transient effect, so it might not have appeared very impressive at the time. Later recollections of the events may have inflated the significance of this beam-like effect.

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