- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ole Jonny Brenne)
- Organization: UFO-Norway
- Date: Fri, 05 Jan 1996 18:16:12 GMT
- Subject: MUFON use contactee on advisory board.
- MUFON USES SCANDINAVIAN CONTACTEE ON ITS ADVISORY BOARD OF CONSULTANTS:
- Ole Jonny Brenne.
- Rauni-Leena Luukanen is a finnish-born doctor of medicine, retired
in 1986 after a car accident (in which she claims to have been rescued
by extraterrestrials). In the early 1980s she wrote a book on life after
death - since then she has written three books on UFOs. She currently resides
in the southeastern part of Norway.
- She has been actively spreading disinformation and dubious assertions
during her lecture tours and media exposures. UFO-Norway have been receiving
quite a lot of inquiries about Luukanen and her claims, so we feel
it's time to do some writing.
- 1. Luukanen often promotes stories most UFO researchers
consider to be already resolved or identified as hoaxes.
It makes us wonder if she really have, or want to have, access to reliable
objective up-to-date information - or if she is just writing books to make
as much money as possible on naive persons. Examples of stories in her
books are the "object which crashed on Svalbard/Spitsbergen in 1952",
the "UFO shot down by jet fighters over South Africa", and so
on. The 1952 Spitsbergen story have been investigated by us prior to this,
and have been found to be nothing more than a cheap journalistic hoax.
The so-called South African crash of 1989, have been thoroughly dismissed
also in various journals. It too didn't stand the light of day. These stories
are never given completely - only the most exciting and sensational parts
- details are not important. In this way she is contributing to the creation
of myths around the UFO phenomenon - in another word: disinformation.
Whether it be consciously or unconsciously.
- 2. I quote from one of Luukanen's books; "A representative
of a norwegian UFO organisation once told that the organisation had in
vain tried to get the Norwegian Defense to show an interest in UFO research.
Still the Norwegian Defense have unofficially assisted in UFO research,
among other things in the well-known Hessdalen valley. In the mountains
of Hessdalen there have been numerous UFO observations. UFO researchers
kept guard night and day, took photographs and sent light signals into
space, and in some cases also received an answer." Now this is totally
false - completely out of context. As UFO-Norway is the only UFO organisation
in Norway, we have to assume it is us she refers to. Aside from the fact
that no representative of UFO-Norway ever told Luukanen any of the above,
UFO-Norway have not ever sent any light signals out into space, and we
have never received any answers either of course.
- 3. Luukanen claims to have given a lecture at the UN. This
is not quite right either. She has given a lecture at the United
Nations Parapsychological Society, which is a club and has nothing to
do with the UN itself - other than that the members are UN employees.
At best it is half a truth.
- 4. Luukanen also claims that pilots, astronauts, and cosmonauts
are forbidden to talk on the subject of having observed UFOs. If they do
this they are subject to 10 years imprisonment and a 10000 dollar fine.
In Russia, among other Vladimir Kovaljonok (Sojuz 6) have publicly spoken
of his observation in 1981. In USA, James McDivitt even filmed a UFO (Gemini
4, 1965). Gordon Cooper har described, in a letter to Grenada ambassador
(Nov 1978) his UFO observations of 1951. None of these have been punished
for their statements. To list the hundreds of pilots who have reported
their observations in the last few decades, will take way too much space
here. There are no known incident where any pilot, astronaut, or cosmonaut
have been punished for their statements on UFOs.
- 5. Luukanen has used to sign several of her letters with
"MD, DT, MH, DPH, DHA, and author". It must be assuring to be
able to impress people with all these titles, but not everyone falls for
that and regard her as a capacity in UFO investigation. She doesn't investigate
any reports herself, but only passes on various rumours, allegations, statements,
and stories. MD means Doctor of Medicine of course, and that is fair enough.
But at least one of the titles above can be purchased from The New
York Academy Of Sciences for only US$80. Which is exactly what she has
- 6. Luukanen claims her books are written by a process known
as automatic writing - often accompanied by claims of "it only took
70 hours to write this". It seems like the contents of a book is legitimated
or "proven" in certain New Age circles, if it is claimed to have
been written by automatic writing. Psychologists and psychiatrists are
generally in agreement that this phenomenon originates in the human subconscious.
Why have no original information ever surfaced this way? Why are the contents
always infested with misunderstandings and errors?
- 7. Luukanen claims the aliens she is in contact with is
here to help us, and are ready to rescue us out of "the last great
- catastrophe". It's probably safe and reassuring to have some cosmic
friends standing by to fix things if the situation become too bad. This
is a very dangerous attitude/belief. It has been "too bad"
numerous times earlier; the mediaeval crusades, world war 2, the Vietnam
war, etc etc. No, it is probably most sane to try and fix thing on our
own, instead of waiting for cosmic salvation.
- 8. Luukanen claimed in several of her lectures during 1992,
that former US president George Bush would announce the rumoured cooperation
between the US and the extra-terrestials - in an attempt to save himself
as president. Bush obviously forgot it - he lost the election.
- 9. Luukanen claims to be in telepathic contact with extraterrestrials
and also having paranormal abilities. It is characteristic that these abilities
have never been demonstrated - they probably never will.
- 10. Yet a quote from one of her books; "It's real easy
to see how 'skeptics' have captured central oppositions in certain american,
russian, swedish and even norwegian UFO organisations, whereby it is easy
to spread coordinated disinformation through the most important media with
the aid of certain skeptic journalists." Well, personally I am content
with being named a skeptic - especially so by Luukanen. That is exactly
what I aim to be. The allegation of UFO-Norway spreading disinformation
is way off the mark. Anyone accepting that, can't possibly have been reading
anything produced by us or subscribed to our journals. It would be of great
advantage if Luukanen could have enough guts to point out more
specific examples in stead of just a general accusation. One has to
be skeptical (especially with regard to the UFO phenomenon) if one should
have a chance of avoiding to swallow everything hook, line and sinker -
that be information or disinformation. Just like Luukanen has done.
- 11. Luukanen constantly claims these extraterrestrials are
really kind beings and wish us all good - everything they do is for our
own good. It doesn't appear all is so rosy and good. How Luukanen is able
to reach such a conclusion on the basis of available abduction material,
is beyond me. Most reports of that kind indicate - according to the experiencers
reactions and feelings - quite the opposite. So wether they being good
or bad is a question we so far are unable to establish an answer to.
- 12. Luukanen keep talking about "UFOs". Why? She
refers to spaceships so why not say spaceships then, not UFOs? Spaceships
have nothing to do with the acronym UFO, which by definition is unidentified
- unknown. This will only contribute to even more confusion - again an
example of her disinformation.
- 13. In several of her lectures, Luukanen claims that the
then UN General Secretary Kurt Waldheim, in November 1978, had stated that
"Sweden, Norway, the Philippines, Grenada and France have officially
recognised UFOs". What she has done here is to uncritically pass on
the rumour stated by the Earl of Kimberley during the three-hour
long debate in the British House of Lords on 18 January 1979. ("Ten
Governments now openly admit that UFOs exist and are real: France, Norway,
Sweden, Brazil, the Argentine, Venezuela, Mexico, the Philippines, Peru
and Grenada.") Apparently, the fact that the Earl of Kimberley being
wrong, doesn't bother Luukanen much at all.
- 14. Luukanen claims the extraterrestrials have a "horizontal
circulation" (of the blood). It should be interesting to hear another
doctor explain how this is believed to be working.
- 15. Luukanen often claim to give lectures at and exchanging
top secret information at numerous UFO conferences. Allegedly only
scientists and military personell are present at these conferences. The
largest UFO conferences are the MUFON and BUFORA conferences held each
year. Luukanen have never given any lecture at these conferences - at least
she is totally absent from the proceedings. We have as yet not all
the proceedings of all the other conferences she claim to visit, but one
of the important ones is the Abduction Study Conference at MIT, 13-17 June
1992. The proceedings
- are called "Alien Discussions" and is at approx US$70. Luukanen
is not mentioned in this close-to-700 page book, nor in the 476-page
book by C.D.B. Bryan. Proceedings of the TREAT conferences is also available,
so these also are not so secret Luukanen would have them to be. I havenot
been able to check these out yet.
- In summary, we can say that UFO-Norway and Luukanen have two
diametrically opposite views of the UFO phenomenon. Luukanen is not
much concerned with scientific research - the inner voice and the inner
experiences are more important. She distorts and disinforms on the
subject - sometimes so much that we wonder if it is a conscious act.
- UFO-Norway is concerned that these UFO phenomena are placed under
competent scientific research, where the phenomena are measured and registered
in every way possible. At the same time we recognise that the material
we have available today does not validate the promotion of any specific
- Too bad MUFON doesn't share those views.
- Ole Jonny Brenne
- (47) 22 56 73 93