For 79 years, Pravda was the official newspaper of the USSR, published by the Communist Party. In 1991, the Communist stranglehold was broken and the newspaper was shut down on orders from Boris Yeltsin. The beleaguered Communists registered their new newspaper, under new ownership, with the same title, Pravda.
New management, as it often does, caused a serious split in the editorial office, whereupon 90% of the original journalists quit their jobs. These journalists quickly established their own version of Pravda, which was subsequently closed due to government pressure.
Thus, in January of 1999, they took their cause to cyberspace, creating Pravda On-Line. While the Pravda newspaper takes the Communist point of view, the on-line version boasts that it prefers a pro-Russia approach forming its policy.
On January 30, 2003, Pravda On-Line published an article titled CIA CONCEALED NOAH'S ARK.
According to the article, the CIA has been collecting evidence of an object hidden in an ice grave on the slope of Mt. Ararat, in eastern Turkey, near the Iranian border. This would obviously coincide with the Biblical account of Noah's Ark running aground on Mt. Ararat following the Great Flood.
The article went on to state that the CIA recently declassified documents concerning "probable remains of Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey." The CIA archives supposedly contain numerous classified photographic and filmed documents. Former CIA officer Dino Brugioni claims he saw photos in which "three huge curved beams" could be perfectly seen.
In 1992, a declassified letter from Charles P. Aaron, leader of an operation to search for the Ark carried out by the Tsirah Corporation, requested technical assistance from the CIA which he believed had a mechanism capable of seeing through several inches of ice mass. This operation was supported by several US Senators, Congressmen, and the late astronaut James Irvin.
The CIA then studied images of Mt. Ararat and responded, "no ark could be distinctly identified."
On January 21, 1993, Tsirah Corporation requested the CIA to declassify photographs of Noah's Ark for usage in a TV program but the Agency flatly refused.
I may have fallen off a turnip truck once or twice in my life, but when the CIA won't declassify a photograph of an object that doesn't exist, I smell a rat.
Over a year later, on February 7, 1994, another declassified document, written by the Deputy Director of the CIA Science and Technology Department, states that he had copies of the images of the object found on Mt. Ararat but failed to "convincingly" identify Noah's Ark. This report ended with the phrase: "At present, no attempts are made to organize additional researches in the region of Ararat Mountain."
The rat fumes are getting stronger. If no "additional" researches were held, the implication is that some researches had been made earlier.
The actions of the CIA are full of contradictions. I suspect the Pravda On-line (pro-Russian) journalistic integrity is also full of contradictions. The article also mentions "a source" who reported that a secret expedition by the US government found Noah's Ark and secretly transported it to a US military base.
Although rat fumes can cloud the brain, I seriously doubt if that happened. Then again, the CIA is capable of incredible misbehavior.
Evidently, the CIA did do some research on Noah's Ark. This in itself is very irritating since Noah's Ark has little to do with our national security.
If the CIA does have evidence of the existence of Noah's Ark and has been keeping it a secret, everyone involved should be transferred to Antarctica and put on latrine duty.
The discovery of Noah's Ark would be one of the most important archeological finds in the history of mankind. To keep such a discovery from humanity would be an incomprehensible blunder.
A democracy cannot exist if the government operates in secret.
Quote for the Day -- "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928
Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and a vague memory of wandering through the land of Nod, east of Eden. His blogs appear on several websites, including www.myspace.com/bret1111