|Filer's Files: MUFON Skywatch Investigations|
|-- #13 (April 2, 1999)|
|by George A. Filer
MUFON Eastern Director
ATTACKS ON YUGOSLAVIA SLOW UFO REPORTS IN THE US.
NATO has embarked on attacking Yugoslavia to protect the lives of an ethnic Moslem minority in Kosovo. This is not unlike our entry into the war in Vietnam, where I fought. We are traveling down a very dangerous path that is likely to intensify and again we find ourselves in a possible conflict with Russia. We are attempting to stop Yugoslav President Milosevic, the former Communist leader who is a disastrous despot. He has ordered atrocities and the deportation of thousands of Albanians during ethnic cleansing operations. We should realize that we are unlikely to accomplish much without inserting several hundred thousand ground troops into this easily defended mountainous terrain. Only an extensive ground war with heavy casualties are likely to change Milosevic's intentions. I ask are we prepared to spend extensive national resources and lose the lives of our military over Kosovo? Is this course of action wise, and is it the will of Congress, the American and the European people? I doubt that anyone wants another Vietnam? Be prepared for the entry of our combat troops and the increased sightings of UFOs over the region like there were in Vietnam, Korea and WW II.
NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE
Tom McFarland, the Vermont MUFON State Director reports, I received the following two reports concerning March 30, 1999, sightings. The first is from Sandee Black, MUFON Section Director of Coos County, NH. "Last night, between 9 and 9:30 PM, I was in Conway, NH and saw the most beautiful falling star I have ever seen." "At first I thought it was a UFO but then it dropped and changed colors to a blue-green -- just beautiful." The second is from Ned and Carol of Berwick, Maine. "On my way home from work Tuesday night, in the town of Berwick, ME. I saw a comet-like object, bluish-green in color with a long tail that broke off into balls as it flew across the sky." It was much larger than any shooting star that I've ever seen. It didn't appear to be coming through the atmosphere like shooting stars do, but seemed like it might be a few thousand feet up. It also was traveling much much slower than any shooting star I've ever seen! Thanks to Thomas McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMETHPORT -- Monday night, March 15, 1999, several glowing UFOs were sighted in northern Pennsylvania near Highway 59 about 123 miles southeast of Erie. "A woman driving home to Bradford, PA looked up to see a blue streak racing across the sky." "Confirmation has come from Doris Ladlee, who was sitting at Gallico Crossing in Smethport and Sandy Bennett. "Doris tells us she was sitting at the crossroads at 11:31 p.m. when, 'the car lit up like broad daylight, and I saw a great big ball of fire.' A dazzling array of sparks followed as the object dropped. She said she was looking eastward at the time, and the object had a head and a tail like a comet. There was no noise. It appeared to be heading (northeast) towards Port Allegany." "I thought that maybe a plane blew up," she added. Her son also saw it a couple of miles to the south. To him, it looked like a blue streak across the sky--not a fireball like she had seen." "'It looked kind of like a big bright firework, only it was too high up in the sky to have been that,' Doris reported. "Mercedes tells us ''I saw the large flash. I thought it might be helicopters but there was no noise.'" "Sandy Bennett said she was driving into Wilcox when she saw 'a big round ball. I think it had a blue fire thing after it, and sparkles. It went up very fast. (See the Bradford, Pa. Era for March 23, 1999.) Thanks to Scott Corrales, and UFO Roundup Vol. 4 #13, 4/28/99 Joe Trainor Editor.
CAMDEN -- On Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at 7:30 p.m., Jared R. driving on Highway 343 saw something strange hurtling across the night sky 165 miles east of Raleigh. "A bright object, traveling left to right across our field of view, at a descending angle, appeared to be glowing from friction like an object reentering Earth's atmosphere," Jared reported. "Had a vapor trail and a fire trail, much like a shooting star."Object moved much slower than a shooting star and although it seemed to be burning from friction with the atmosphere, it never got smaller or burned out." "The color was blue-white. The speed was comparable to a jet aircraft that might have been making a low pass. As it got lower and to our right, the view was blocked by trees. It gave the appearance of being five to ten miles from our position, somewhere over Elizabeth City (NC)." Thanks to Jim Hickman of Skywatch International.
CHARLESTON -- A Professor teaching in a small, private university writes, "I would like to keep my name anonymous." I was standing on the porch of my beach house, at Folly Beach, SC, looking out at the ocean. It was the middle of August just after sunset on a clear night when I happened to notice this cylinder floating from west over my left shoulder. It was moving east out over the ocean. At the time I compared it to an old style car fuse, a tube, and flat at both ends. It had lights (windows?) running the length of the body and no wings. It was flying "point" first like an arrow, but had a weird kind of a "float" to it. I chalked it up as some sort of blimp, but later saw a picture on a web site of a similar object that had been taken in Georgia. That one, however, didn't feature lights along the length of the body. The description above matches mine, and I find it odd that this is at least the third "cigar" type craft that I've read about reported in the southeast over the last year. Anyway, the object finally faded out over the ocean after being in view at least four minutes.
William I. McNeff Assistant State Director of Minnesota MUFON writes regarding the Georgia March 13, 1999, sighting reported in Files #11 that states. "--three greenish-blue rectangles "sitting" in front of a ridge line only a half-a-mile away. Looking at 220 degrees, the identical rectangles had an apparent length equal to the moon." In this northern portion of Troup County, on at least one occasion, steady, glowing green lights have been found in and on top of the soil. It can be speculated that biological or Piezoelectric activity may be creating strange lighting patterns." Mc Neff writes, "I have a BSEE degree and a long-standing interest in science and physics, and I know of no natural aerial phenomenon that can produce a near-perfect rectangle." Biological activity can produce near perfect spheres (oranges, grapes, swarms of insects, etc.), as can piezoelectric activity (earth strains may produce balls of electricity like ball lightning). These natural forms typically depart from the spherical shape by either flattening at the poles, to the point that the object becomes cookie-shaped, or stretching at the poles, to the point that it becomes a cigar shape. In my opinion, the rectangle shape indicates manufacture by intelligent beings, as does the sudden switching off the three lights. Thanks to William McNeff WILLIAM.I.MCNEFF@cdev.com
LA VERNE – Neal reports: I just have to get this into someone's hands, because I'm clueless, myself. The story may sound a bit outlandish, but I can't help it. It's the truth. Yesterday morning (Monday 29 March 1999) at 04:00 AM, I awoke with a start. My room was rattling as if there were an earthquake. I looked out my window and saw something I'd never seen before. There was a bright orange sphere way up in the eastern sky. It was moving westward. As it seemed extremely high from my vantage point, it's speed across the sky startled me. I was more startled when it stopped and hovered. After a moment, it began to soar southbound. Eventually, it stopped again, hovering silently way up in the sky. I was shocked. All my life I've been fascinated with UFO's and the paranormal. This was the first time any of it entered my reality. So, I woke my family up. My mother, father, and two brothers all saw the same thing: the sphere hovering in the sky. Then it started doing something particularly interesting. It let loose several projectiles that each went a different direction and then it simply vanished. Winked out, so to speak. I searched for it in the sky with binoculars but didn't find it. I spotted something totally different. It was odd, Grey cube-like object, but had rounded corners. It was truly immense! My naked eye could see it against the dark sky but only barely. And it rotated as it floated to the horizon. I didn't know what to make of all this. I called NASA in the morning. They directed me to the US Space Command, where I was told that it wasn't "space debris. They directed me to you and to the National UFO Network. I would simply like to know what it was, and whether or not there are others out there who have seen something similar. Thanks to SirNeal@aol.com
ANTIOCH -- In northern California, a UFO flap took place on Highway 4 about 45 miles east of San Francisco on March 11, 1999, around 9:00 PM. "Joan Garter and a score of other East County residents stopped dead in their tracks to observe some mysterious glowing lights hovering over Delta in the northeast skies." 'They were very bright white color, 'I think they were like airline towers. There was nothing attached to them. They were like something floating.' She reported the sighting to the Times newsroom. Kyle Bennett, rejected the explanation that it was an airplane or a helicopter. The only thing I might buy is that it was a hot-air balloon. It was all lit up. Bennett, who pulled over on Highway 4 with other drivers to observe the sight, said there were five lights. 'They were perfectly separated, almost in an upside-down U-shape, and the one in the middle was the brightest,' Bennett said." "Over ten minutes, the lights dimmed and went out one at a time after they appeared to drop flares." (See the Contra Costa Times for March 12, 1999) "Strange lights seen hovering over Delta," by Charles Levin. Thanks to Gerry Lovell.
STRANGE CONTRAILS OVER NEW JERSEY PENNSYLVANIA
PITTSBURG -- In the last several weeks strange contrails have been reported over many parts of the US. Stan Gordon writes "When this activity began, the skies were blue and clear, but as multiple contrails began to fill the sky, they did not appear to quickly dissipate, and the sky in some areas seemed to hold the contrail matter for an extended time. The jets seemed to be doing some maneuvers and several X patterns were observed. I received a report that similar activity was noticed over the Oakland suburb of Pittsburgh just after noontime."
PHILADELPHIA – Charlie Quinn March 30, 1999, I live in the scenic town of Chadds Ford only 5 minutes flight time from Philadelphia International Airport. For over a month now I have witnessed the grid like contrails being formed on a REGULAR basis. At first I thought it was vapor trails from the jets themselves but their crossing patterns defied that explanation. Jets do not cross one another in flight— not if they practice safety. These contrails develop the characteristic haze after they spread out. Thanks to CQuinn5630@aol.com
NEW JERSEY -- Chuck and Cathie Warren saw the contrails over New Jersey not far from the Philadelphia Airport and became concerned. Chuck took numerous photographs on Wednesday, March 17, 1999, at 9:00 AM that appear unusual. Some of the contrails are in a crisscross pattern with others in parallel lines. These may be viewed at the Website at http://www.wrfieger.com/contrails.htm. Thanks to email@example.com (CewnCew)
THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT
ATLANTIC CITY -- Lacy McCrary of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: The truth is out here. It is in a hospitality room of a boardwalk hotel, with some old salts sitting around white-clothed tables laughing at reports that their ship was involved in a top-secret World War II experiment. Sailors who served on the USS Eldridge, the ship that legend says vanished briefly in 1943 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, met here this week for their first reunion in 53 years and spent part of their time joking about the so-called Philadelphia Experiment. The Eldridge, they said yesterday, may well have been invisible to Philadelphia because it was never in Philadelphia. The ship's log and several veterans who were on the ship from its launching on July 25, 1943, at Port Newark, NJ, say it called on many East Coast ports, but never Philadelphia. Two movies, two books and several Web sites have kept the myth about the Eldridge alive. As the story goes, the destroyer escort was surrounded by a greenish fog, disappeared for a few minutes, then reappeared. But none of the veterans believes it. "I think it's somebody's pipe dream," said Ed Wise, 74, of Salem, Indiana. Ted Davis, 72, of Grand Island, Nebraska was more emphatic. "It never happened," he said. Bill Van Allen, 84, who was executive officer and then captain of the Eldridge in 1943 and 1944, said he never saw any sign of experiments aboard the ship. The Navy said it had received so many inquiries through the years about the Philadelphia Experiment -- the title of a 1984 movie, a 1993 sequel and two books -- that it prepared and sends out a fact sheet. The Navy said the myth dated to 1955 with the publication of The Case for UFO's by the late Morris K. Jessup that claimed the ship become invisible and was "teleported" to and from Norfolk, Va., in a few minutes with some terrible aftereffects for crew members. Research during the war was conducted on degaussing [demagnetizing] experiments which have the effect of making a ship undetectable or 'invisible' to magnetic mines," but not invisible to the eye.
CAUS NEEDS EVIDENCE
CAUS now has an opportunity, with its lawsuits against the Department of Defense and the individual States, to take UFOs out of the realm of entertainment, and into the light of the courtroom. CAUS now has an opportunity to take another nail out of the coffin of secrecy and reveal the truth of our contact with another intelligence. But in order to do this, CAUS needs evidence. Evidence in the form of expert testimony; evidence in the form of eyewitnesses; evidence in the form of videos; evidence in the form of photos; and evidence in the form of physical artifacts. AFFIDAVITS The following e-mail from M.S. is an example of the support CAUS requires: "I'm the woman who witnessed a triangular craft in Lemont, IL. with my daughter on 3/11/99. I am so sorry that it has taken me this long to write to you. I have downloaded the governors letter and affidavit form today. I will have the affidavit notarized tomorrow, and will mail all to you. CAUS has received 9 affidavits and cannot emphasize more the need for affidavits from eyewitnesses. If you live in Arizona, CAUS needs your affidavit if you were a witness to any type of UFO or Personal Contact Experience. If you live outside of Arizona CAUS needs your affidavit if you were an eyewitness to a triangular UFO only. The affidavit form can be found on the CAUS Website: http://caus.org.
ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE WEAPONS
Kent Steadman, Editor of ORBIT writes High Power Electromagnetic Pulse generation techniques and High Power Microwave technology have matured to the point where practical E-bombs (Electromagnetic bombs) are becoming technically feasible, with new applications in both Strategic and Tactical Information Warfare. The development of conventional E-bomb devices allows their use in non-nuclear confrontations. This paper discusses aspects of the technology base, weapon delivery techniques and proposes a doctrinal foundation for the use of such devices in warhead and bomb applications. Thanks to Ken Steadman ORBIT http://members.aol.com/phikent/orbit/orbit.html
FOOTAGE FROM STS-61 (Hubble Telescope Repair Mission) -
Paul Anderson Director and founder of the Millennium Project states. "Considering recent new interest in incredible UFO video footage from the Space Shuttle STS-48 and 80, I have decided to re-release some related compelling footage on the STS-61 the Hubble Telescope Repair Mission of December 1993." There are at least 13 "significant events" showing possible UFO activity. Event #1: Bright, fast moving object crossing view of Earth in night shot over Gulf of Mexico. Event #2: Bright "flashes" below shuttle, over Houston area that was probably lightning. Event #3: Two fast moving "projectiles" move diagonally across screen, one following the other, in similar trajectory and direction and at (apparently) similar speed. Event #4: One bright object moving horizontally across screen, another light "flashing" in distance, out beyond the telescope that was released from the shuttle. Event #5: Slow moving light "flashing" out past shuttle with a view of open cargo bay. Second object "flashing" brightly. Third (non flashing) object slowly approaches the second flashing object. Limb of earth now in clear view. Event #6: Bright, slow moving object approaches limb of earth. Night time shot with a low light camera. Background stars appear to move "away" from limb of earth; object moves in opposite direction. Event #7: Dim "flashing" light in space behind astronauts working on telescope. Event #8: Three or four "strobing" lights out beyond telescope. Another bright object on other side of screen. Event #9: Couple of objects moving behind astronauts as they work on telescope. Event #10: Two objects "strobing," in an alternating manner and maintaining position; third dimmer object moving away from them. Telescope in full view. Event #11: Bright object moves slowly behind astronauts. Event #12: Bright object near limb of earth, slowly moving downward. Event #13: "Disk" with dark center seen as camera zooms in on region of space near earth. These events were sometimes filmed during periods of little or no shuttle activity and often the camera will pan off when events are occurring. Thanks to Paul Anderson editor Millennium Report 3/1/99.
John Thompson MUFON State Section Director writes there seems to be many views on abductions, but we all seem to be encountering much of the same data. The investigator's slant has much to do with it. Left-wingers probably believe more in the space brothers while right-wingers are more prone to look at the negative evil aspects of it. The fact that no one can get around is that there is no conclusive physical evidence of anything happening. When you consider there was no evidence 1000 years ago either--and the stories are similar--it seems to be consistent that the evidence has never been there. It is tempting to say all the phenomenon is of one origin: INT or ET. But I go out on a limb on this and say both of it is real. I base this on numerous personal investigations. Most longtime investigators start off blaming ET for the abductions. As they dive into the subject more, they start leaning towards the inner-dimensional angle. Whitney, Jacques, Raymond and others come to mind. Then they start coming back to the ET thesis--because that is really what every good UFO investigator wants to believe; so much simpler! The fact is we got to sort aliens from UFOs. And there is where the main complication comes in: If you accept nuts and bolts craft are coming here from another planet then, why don't the occupants of the ships ever come outside? We send unmanned ships to Mars, so its possible the craft observed are do not contain aliens. Folks see UFOs, and then shadow like creatures in their bedroom and, understandably, presume those beings are the same creatures that piloted the strange lights they saw a few months ago. Its a hell-of-a predicament, that's for sure! But frankly, I wouldn't write our uneducated ancestors off as being wrong on this matter. While they may not have college degrees, they were much more attuned to nature than us. Put it this way: Who do you think would know more about where to find plants and food for survival and locate stars and planets better for navigation? An Indian or hunter who lived in the woods his entire life, or you or me? I think the answer is simple! I think even a sheepherder of today would have us beat! Which individual would be more likely to meet these strange creatures: A farmer living in an isolated hut on the edge of dark woods or an office-worker in a crowded subdivision? Another simple answer! These folks while not understanding what "demons, fairies, gnomes, trolls, ghosts, spooks, dwarfs, etc." constituted, certainly had more experience to draw on by living in or closer to the raw elements. We have lost that sensibility, living indoors and taking a total scientific approach to everything. While "dicing and slicing" is good, I think this phenomenon has been around since man or earlier and your raw instincts count for something. So what came first: The egg or the chicken? Is this all demon stuff that is now incorrectly being called extraterrestrial or were our ancestors in the wilds entirely wrong on what they thought it was? As I said, I am on a limb but I believe and INTs coexist at times on the same playing fields. Where I disagree with some investigators is that I think the vast majority of alien sightings are of the INT variety as opposed to ETs. I don't have an answer on why those ET creatures don't get off their ships often but, maybe -- like our Mars missions -- most of the ET UFOs we see carry no occupants. Nah. I really don't believe that. I have no answer! Thanks to John Thompson. Editors Note: Many of our investigators are seriously questioning the concept of alien abductions. Does anyone know of even one person we can question that actually saw an abduction in progress?
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