Wednesday, October 31, 2007

UFOs Land at Democratic Debate

Dennis Kucinich & UFO
By Frank Warren
© 10-31-07

     Two monumental things took place last night in regards to Ufology; one was a very positive, admirable, promising and hopeful act in regards to the subject that has happened in quite some time. The other was yet another blow to research, and “how” the public views the issue.

The “former” was the fact that during a “presidential debate” a question concerning “Unidentified Flying Objects” was interjected into the dialogue. Here’s the colloquy that followed with moderator, “Tim Russert” and candidate, “Congressman Dennis Kucinich”:
MR. RUSSERT: Congressman Kucinich, I want to move to a different area, because this is a serious question.

The godmother of your daughter, Shirley MacLaine, writes in her new book that you've cited a UFO over her home in Washington state -- (laughter) -- that you found the encounter extremely moving, that it was a triangular craft silent and hovering, that you felt a connection to your heart and heard direction in your mind.
Now, did you see a UFO? (Laughter.)
For a spilt second even though there was “expected” laughter from the audience, Russert framed the question as a “serious one” this could have been read as “mild sarcasm” or could have been taken very sincerely, and all of it depended on the response.

Having watched the debate myself, I took a breath at this moment, as time seem to slow down; my mind was reeling in regards to what was going to be a monumental “UFO moment!” We were about to hear a “presidential candidate” address millions of Americans, not only about the subject of UFOs, but the fact that he has seen one himself! Not just the garden variety “light in the sky,” but an actual “triangular shaped craft!”

I anticipated Kucinich exalting the seriousness of the matter, and pledging “government” disclosure when elected as president! He was going to briefly inform the American public about the seriousness of the matter, and prompt his colleagues to follow suit. This was clearly one of the most “beneficial events” to take place in recent UFO history! Then the “latter” took place (first paragraph).

Kucinich didn’t take advantage of the moment; he did something very uncharacteristic of his nature; he followed “the old party line,” a line that both Republicans and Democrats share (one of few). He made light of the subject! He missed the boat! He aided the enemy (ignorance)!

Here is his reply:
MR. RUSSERT: Now, did you see a UFO? (Laughter.)

REP. KUCINICH: I did. And the rest of the account -- (interrupted by laughter) -- I didn't -- I -- it was unidentified flying object, okay. It's like -- it's unidentified. I saw something.

Now, to answer your question, I'm moving my -- and I'm also going to move my campaign office to Roswell, New Mexico and another one, an extra, to New Hampshire, okay. (Laughter.) And also, you have to keep in mind that more -- that Jimmy Carter saw a UFO, and also that more people in this country have seen UFOs than, I think, approve of George Bush's presidency. (Laughter.)
Opportunity missed, is opportunity lost! Sadly today, these comments are fodder for newspapers nation wide, and each are putting their own spin on Russert’s questions as well as Kucinich’s reply.

The Washington Post erroneously wrote:
"’Shirley MacLaine writes in her new book that you sighted a UFO over her home in Washington state,’" Russert said, ‘that you found the encounter extremely moving, that it was a triangular craft, silent and hovering, that you felt a connection to your heart and heard directions in your mind.’

Kucinich said yes, all of that was true.

And he defended it as a solid policy position . . ..”

This is incorrect to be polite, he didn’t say, “’all’ of that was true, ” and sadly he didn’t defend it as a “solid policy decision.” Of course we must expect more of the distortions, as this story rolls on.

Unfortunately, we Ufologists have become accustomed to culling the positive from these types of proceedings; we know Kucinich had a sighting, and although he chose not to take this opportunity to “raise the bar” regarding the subject, he can’t and isn’t “denying” what took place. Moreover, his experience precipitated the subject of UFOs being addressed at a forum, which will help elect the next president of the United States of America; for those of us that pay attention, this must be our solace.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

UFO Reporting Center Operates Out of Former Missile Site

Missile Silo Cutaway

     HARRINGTON -- To find the new home of The National UFO Reporting Center, you must go several yards underground at a former nuclear missile site in Eastern Washington.

Peter Davenport Logo (Sml)The National UFO Reporting Center, which moved to this sparsely populated farm country from Seattle last year, is basically a telephone, tape recorder and desktop computer run in an underground bunker by one man who collects and publishes UFO reports from across the country.

Director Peter Davenport took over the UFO center's work from founder Robert Gribble in 1994. It had been located for years in Seattle's University District, until Davenport decided he wanted a change and paid $100,000 for the former Atlas missile site about 50 miles west of Spokane.

"There was the allure of owning my own missile site," Davenport said.

Missile Site No. 6 now contains a large row of file cabinets and boxes, neatly organized by date, containing thousands of reports of UFO sightings stretching back decades. A typical file reads:

"Longview, WA. February 25, 1999 1158 hrs. (Pacific) Description: Fourteen forestry workers witness a horseshoe shaped object lift an adult elk out of the forest and fly off with the apparently dead, or unconscious, animal."

The missile site covers 22 acres, and the massive concrete buildings are underground. The old Atlas E missiles rested flat, not upright in silos, in what were called "coffin launchers." In the event of war, a concrete lid would slide open, the missile would be hoisted upright and the engine fired.

The UFO files, along with some office furniture, are stacked in a dark, dank room the size of a basketball court, where the yellow missile hoist remains in place. A few bare bulbs provide lights.

Davenport is still cleaning out the missile site, which is pretty decrepit, and is living in an apartment in nearby Harrington while he works to make it habitable.

Davenport doesn't spend much time scanning the skies, or traveling to UFO locations. Most of his work is transcribing numerous calls or e-mails each day from people who think they have seen UFOs. He places those reports on the Web site for all to see.

Davenport also gives lectures and appears often on radio talk shows tied to UFOs. He considers himself among the most skeptical of ufologists, and estimates that 90 percent of the calls he receives can be quickly disproved, and many of the rest likely have a rational explanation.

But that still leaves a lot of reports for which no terrestrial explanation is available, Davenport said.

Washington has a long history of UFO reports, including the famous Mount Rainier sighting in 1947 that led to the coining of the term "flying saucers." In that incident, pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine silver vehicles flying in formation at high speed and moving "like a saucer if you skip it across water."

Whether UFOs exist has been hotly debated for decades. Believers point to loads of evidence, including photos and eyewitness accounts. They contend there must be other inhabited planets, and some with more advanced civilizations may be visiting us.

Like many ufologists, Davenport also believes the world's governments and press are hushing up the existence of UFOs to avoid panic.

"There is nothing more bizarre in the galaxy than human behavior toward UFOs," he said.

Despite decades of official denials, UFOs abound in movies, television, books and advertising, he said. They even show up in religion, where some reports of visions have all the earmarks of a UFO sighting, Davenport said.

UFO skeptic Jim Oberg said Davenport performs a valuable service by recording all the strange things people see in the sky. The problem is that he and other ufologists are too quick to label them extraterrestrial, Oberg said.

That doesn't necessarily mean that aliens are not visiting Earth, Oberg said.

"But the evidence does not rise to the level of an unavoidable conclusion that there is no other explanation," Oberg said, acknowledging that the debate won't end anytime soon.

Davenport graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in fisheries, and specialized in research on the genetics of steelhead trout. He was friends with Gribble, who founded the center in 1974, and agreed to continue the work when Gribble retired.

He estimated the center's work costs $500 a month.

Davenport does not spend all his time on UFO work. He is an unopposed candidate for Harrington City Council this fall, and is considering a run for the state Legislature.

"Initially this job was fun," Davenport said of running the UFO center. Now it is just "a secretarial job."

German Reports Saucer Manned By Little Men

German Reports Saucer Manned By Little Men - INS 10-10-1954 (Crpd)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Interview: Scotty Littleton Recounts His Experience During The Battle of Los Angeles

BOLA Small
By Dr. Kevin Keough
Warrior Traditions

     Dr. Kevin Keough interviews Dr. C. Scott Littleton about his study and research into and first hand experiences with UFO's.

A native Californian, C. Scott Littleton received his B.A., M.A.,and Ph.D from UCLA, and has taught anthropology at Occidental College in Los Angeles for many years. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at UCLA in 1957. In 1991 he received The Graham L. Sterling Memorial Award, given annually to a distinguished member of the Occidental College faculty . . ..

He is considered an expert in comparative mythology and folklore, as well as in traditional Japanese culture, having lived and taught in Tokyo on several occasions. Littleton is the author of 8-9 scholarly books . . ..

He has also researched the mythological dimensions of the UFO phenomenon, and his article "Divine Rebels, Alien Dissidents: Does the Mythology Surrounding Lucifer, Prometheus, and the Ancient Mesoamerican Deity Quétzalcoatl Reflect a Pro-Human Faction in the 'Alien Raj'?" has appeared in UFO Magazine. He has authored one science fiction novel. His latest book, 2500 Strand: Growing Up In Hermosa Beach, California, during World War II is scheduled for release within the next few weeks.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

DoD Air Force Veteran Chimes in on Phoenix 'Lights'

Flares Dropped
Reader Submitted Report

Editor's Note: The following missive was sent directly to friend and colleague (as well as one of our writer/investigator's), "Mike Fortson." Mike is a "direct" eyewitness to the enormous craft that made it's presence known in the skies of the southwestern United States in March of '97; the event has erroneously become known as the "Phoenix Lights."

Shortly after this huge craft "maneuvered" it's way over "central Arizona" the military did a high altitude "flare drop" near Phoenix at approximately 10:00 pm; the ensuing submission addresses "flares" in particular, and is from one most knowledgeable about these maneuvers--FW

     Hello Mike,

I just read your series of articles at Frank Warren's blogspot. I am a retired astro/aero/electronic engineer with 10 years active duty USAF and about 18 years with DoD (USAF, Army, Navy). I have experienced several unnatural aerial events starting when I was about 10 with the last one when I was about 60. When I was a USAF weapons mechanic early in my career we trained with illumination flares in preparation for deployment to Viet Nam. These flares were a magnesium compound which burned with a brilliant white light of several million candle power utilizing a parachute which obviously slowed their descent but also reflected more of the light Earthward.

With the US military's increased utilization of night vision equipment from the 1980s on I find it less than believable that the use of illumination flares is common within the US military. Use of big bright illumination flares would aid the enemy as much as it would our military plus it would raise hell with the night vision use.

A type of flare which is commonly still in use is illustrated in the photo of the F-16 deploying flares in one of your articles. These flares are small free falling deployed in multiples ignited very close to the aircraft. They are designed to provide protection to the aircraft from heat seeking guided missiles by providing a hot target for the guidance system to track away from the aircraft. If the USAF was dropping flares in 1997 they were certainly doing it to confound and confuse observers and provide a bogus explanation of what folks like you and your wife saw.


Friday, October 26, 2007

NASA to Search Files on UFO Incident

Soldiers Approaching Kecksburg UFO

     WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA has agreed to search its archives once again for documents on a 1965 UFO incident in Pennsylvania, a step the space agency fought in federal court.

The government has refused to open its files about what, if anything, moved across the sky and crashed in the woods near Kecksburg, Pa., 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Traffic was tied up in the area as curiosity seekers drove to the area, only to be kept away from the crash site by soldiers.

The Air Force's explanation for the unidentified flying object: A meteor or meteors.

"They could not find anything," one Air Force memo stated after a late-night search on Dec. 9, 1965. Several NASA employees also were reported to have been at the scene.

Eyewitnesses said a flatbed truck drove away a large object shaped like an acorn and about the size of a Volksawagon bus. A mock-up based on the descriptions of local residents sits behind the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

UFO enthusiasts refused to let the matter die and journalist Leslie Kean of New York City sued NASA four years ago for information.

The agency has turned over several stacks of documents which Kean says are not responsive to the request, an argument that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed with.

In March, Sullivan rejected NASA's request to throw the case out of court, resulting in negotiations that led to the agency promising last week that it will conduct a more comprehensive search.

Kean said Friday that she sued NASA rather than the Army because the space agency a decade ago released some relevant documents on the case.

MY UFO EXPERIENCE: Witness Recounts Large Flying Saucer Landing in Field

Flying Saucer Seen in Field
Reader Submitted Report

     My first sighting was back in 1976 in Illinois. I had just married and my husband and i lived in the rural area in a little rent house that sat on a narrow gravel road. We were surrounded by the bare fields for it was just approaching early spring.There were a couple more farm houses on this little road.

One evening after supper i went outside to look for our dog and saw her around front by the road. I walked over to pet her and was looking around when i noticed something in the field across the road and as i looked i thought "what kind of farm machinery is that " and as i looked closer i seen it was a "UFO".

I It was a ways down the field and close to the fence, not way out in the field.I remember it was big but not the size of a football field maybe half that size. It was a dark gray color not shiney and had a dome on top with windows and there were lights around the center.It looked as if it were sitting on the ground.

After i had realized what it was, i ran to the front door and screamed for my husband to "hurry ufo" ! We both stood there watching it and it started moving up the field towards us. It moved kind of slow at first then it picked up speed the closer it got to us. There was no sound. Then as it got very close in front of us it took off at a speed i can't even describe and we watched as it became a speck in the sky. I looked at my husband and said "don't ever say there are no ufos". I was 27 years old then and i am 59 now.

If i could go back to that day i would have walked down that field to where i first seen this ufo and looked for something that might have been left behind. There was bottom ground very close to this sighting and the neighbor had some white cattle down in there and there was also a hog lot at the top of the ridge. Maybe this was of some interest of this ufo. I think back to all the space out there and this ufo decided to stop by that little gravel road. How lucky i am ! I have never doubted their exsistance and i know what i seen that evening 31 years ago was not from this world.

UN Issues 'Final Wake-Up Call' on Population and Environment

Earth Dying
By James Kanter
International Herald Tribune

PARIS: The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage on the environment that could pass points of no return, according to a major report issued Thursday by the United Nations.

Climate change, the rate of extinction of species and the challenge of feeding a growing population are among the threats putting humanity at risk, the UN Environment Program said in its fourth Global Environmental Outlook since 1997.

"The human population is now so large that the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available at current consumption patterns," Achim Steiner, the executive director of the program, said in a telephone interview. Efficient use of resources and reducing waste now are "among the greatest challenges at the beginning of 21st century," he said.

The program described its report, which is prepared by 388 experts and scientists, as the broadest and deepest of those that the UN issues on the environment and called it "the final wake-up call to the international community."

Over the past two decades the world population has increased by almost 34 percent to 6.7 billion from 5 billion; similarly, the financial wealth of the planet has soared by about a third. But the land available to each person on earth had shrunk by 2005 to 2.02 hectares, or 5 acres, from 7.91 hectares in 1900 and was projected to drop to 1.63 hectares for each person by 2050, the report said.

The result of that population growth combined with unsustainable consumption has resulted in an increasingly stressed planet where natural disasters and environmental degradation endanger millions of humans, as well as plant and animal species, the report said.

Steiner said that demand for resources was close to 22 hectares per person, a figure that would have to be cut to between 15 and 16 hectares per person to stay within existing, sustainable limits.

Persistent problems identified by the report include a rapid rise of so-called dead zones, where marine life no longer can be supported because of depletion of oxygen caused by pollutants like fertilizers. Also included is the resurgence of diseases linked with environmental degradation.

The report is being published two decades after a commission headed by the former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland warned that the survival of humanity was at stake from unsustainable development.

Steiner said many of the problems identified by the Brundtland Commission were even more acute because not enough had been done to stop environmental degradation as flows of goods, services, people, technologies and workers had expanded, even to isolated populations.

He did, however, identify some reasons for hope that pointed toward better environmental stewardship.

He said West European governments had taken effective measures to reduce air pollutants, and he praised efforts in parts of Brazil to roll back deforestation in the Amazon. He said an international treaty to tackle the hole in the earth's ozone layer had led to the phasing-out of release of 95 percent of ozone-damaging chemicals.

Steiner said more intelligent management of scarce resources including fishing grounds, land and water was needed to sustain a still larger global population, which he said was expected to stabilize at between 8 billion and 10 billion people.

"Life would be easier if we didn't have the kind of population growth rates that we have at the moment," Steiner said. "But to force people to stop having children would be a simplistic answer. The more realistic, ethical and practical issue is to accelerate human well-being and make more rational use of the resources we have on this planet."

Steiner said environmental tipping points, at which degradation can lead to abrupt, accelerating or potentially irreversible changes, would increasingly occur in locations like particular rivers or forests, where populations would lack the ability to repair damage because the gravity of a problem would be far beyond their physical or economic means.

Looking ahead, Steiner said parts of Africa could reach environmental tipping points if changing rainfall patterns stemming from climate change turned semi-arid zones into arid zones, and made agriculture that sustained millions of people much harder.

Steiner said other tipping points triggered by climate change could occur in areas like India and China if Himalayan glaciers shrank so much that they no longer supplied adequate amounts of water to populations in those countries.

He also warned of a global collapse of all species being fished by 2050, if fishing around the world continued at its present pace.

The report said 250 percent more fish are being caught than the oceans can produce in a sustainable manner, and that the number of fish stocks classed as collapsed had roughly doubled to 30 percent globally over the past 20 years.

Witness to Roswell Flying Saucer Incident Tells His Story

Roswell Saucer
By Pat Sherman
Signon San Diego

Milton C Sprouse (B)     ESCONDIDO – Retired Air Force veteran Milton Sprouse clearly remembers the summer day in 1947 when he returned to Roswell Army Air Field aboard the B-29 bomber Dave's Dream from a three-day maneuver in Florida.

The Escondido resident, then a corporal and engine mechanic in the Army Air Forces could not believe what his ground crew was telling him: a UFO had crashed in the New Mexico desert, on a ranch 70 miles away.

The story made the front page of the Roswell Daily Record: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer,” read the headline.

According to the July 8 story, “the intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army Air Field announced ... that the field has come into possession of a flying saucer.”

The craft supposedly had been recovered after the ranch owner notified the sheriff's department, who sent Maj. Jesse Marcel and a team to investigate.

“Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and recovered the disk,” the story stated. “After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it was flown to higher headquarters.”

The next day, the paper retracted the story, claiming that the recovered object was a weather balloon – an account the government stuck with until 1995. It was then announced that the weather ballon story had been fabricated to cover up Project Mogul, a top-secret project involving two-dozen high-altitude neoprene balloons designed to detect Russian nuclear explosions.

According to Sprouse, five of his crew were called to the site to collect the remaining debris and load it onto a flatbed truck. Sprouse was ordered to stay with Dave's Dream in case the military should suddenly need the craft.

“I had reservations of what all they were telling me, because each one of them told something different,” he said. “I thought, 'I don't know.' ... Later on, when it all started coming out in piecemeal, you could put it together and tell what they said was true.”

As years passed, Sprouse grew more comfortable talking about the Roswell Incident.

Author and ufologist Thomas J. Carey interviewed Sprouse three times with co-author Donald Schmitt. Sprouse is mentioned on page 233 of their new book, “Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up.”

During his first interview, videotaped at the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, Sprouse was reluctant to talk about the incident, Carey said.

“He was a career Air Force guy, and they're the least likely to speak because of their pensions,” Carey said. “When I interviewed him over the phone in 2001, I got a little more information, and then I interviewed him again last year and got even more. It was an evolution of coming forward.”

Today, as Sprouse recounts the incident, he leans forward in earnest, a conspiratorial gleam in his eyes.

About 500 soldiers sent to the crash site were lined shoulder to shoulder and ordered to scour the property for debris, he said.

“They lined them up and then said, 'We want you to go through this ranch the way you're facing until we tell you to stop, and we want you to pick up everything unnatural,'” Sprouse said.

“When my crew got back (from the crash site), we talked for weeks,” he said. “They told me everything and I believe them.... They told me, 'Milt, it's true.' ”

Among the material discovered was a maleable, foil-like material that could be laid flat with no creases after being squashed into a ball.

Whether fact or lore, one of the most intriguing pieces of the puzzle are reports of five diminutive green bodies allegedly recovered with the UFO. Sprouse believes it.

A staff sergeant in his barracks was called to the hospital shortly after the crash, he said.

“He and two doctors and two nurses were in the emergency room, and they brought in one of those five humanoid bodies that they had recovered,” he said. “They said, 'We want this dissected and we want a complete history of how it functions and the parts and everything.' ”

The next day, the man from his barracks was transferred from the base, Sprouse said.

“We never heard from him again,” he said. “We asked and (they said), 'Oh, we don't know nothing about it.' ... I heard later that both nurses and both doctors were shipped different directions and nobody ever knew where they went.”

Sprouse recalled an interesting conversation with the owner of a funeral home in Roswell several years later.

“We had some friend of ours that died, and he said, 'Hey Milt, I want to talk to you,' ” he said. “He says, 'You know the base come to me and wanted five children's caskets.' That was two or three days after the crash. I said, 'No kidding.' He says, 'I only had one, and I told them that.' They said, 'One won't do us very good,' and they went somewhere else and got them.”

The day the UFO story ran, the debris was allegedly loaded onto two B-29 bombers, one of them Dave's Dream, and sent to a base in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sprouse and Carey believe the material was then shipped to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where they say it remains today.

“We believe some of the stuff was loaned around, but the main repository was the foreign technology division at Wright-Patterson,” said Carey, who holds a master's degree in anthropology and served briefly in the Air Force. “We've heard stories over the years of people who say that they're still trying to figure out what that stuff is.”

Various rumors suggest that pieces of the ship and the bodies were stored in a mysterious Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson.

Derek Kaufman, who works in Wright-Patterson's public affairs office, was tentative when broaching the subject of Roswell and Hangar 18. He said the base tracks all such phone inquiries.

“We might get a couple of queries a month related to strange phenomena. ... Someone who believes that they've seen something very unusual – low-flying, strange aircraft or something along those lines,” Kaufman said. “Folks who are UFO enthusiasts are typically the people that inquire about Hangar 18 or about Roswell, but a lot of them don't seem to be credible queries. They seem to be folks bordering on the fanatic. ... I'm hard-pressed to describe where Hangar 18 even is located.”

Asked if there was any material from Roswell transferred to the base in 1947, Kaufman said, “I'll just defer to what reports have been exhaustively investigated and are now available to the general public.”

Wright-Patterson's Web site includes a section titled “UFOs and other strange phenomena” that includes links to the Air Force Freedom of Information Act Web site and a 993-page document titled, “The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert.” In the report, the government meticulously makes its case debunking the Roswell Incident.

According to the report, the bodies recovered at the site were not alien beings, but crash-test dummies used to test high-altitude parachutes.

UFO enthusiasts say they couldn't have been dummies because the parachute tests weren't conducted until nearly a decade later.

“That's a non-starter because that project didn't get under way until the mid-'50s,” Carey said. “These mannequins were a good 6 feet tall, they looked human and they were in regular flight suits. There's no way you confuse those for little aliens with big heads.”

Asked if there are any remnants of the mysterious event stored at Roswell, Rob Young, a historian with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson, answered, “I would not know. I've never seen anything like that. ... To my knowledge there is not.”

Sprouse believes the Roswell Incident is a far-reaching cover-up that leads as far as the White House.

“The presidents are briefed on everything ... classified, unclassified, whether they'll acknowledge it or not,” Sprouse said. “Clinton, says, 'I don't know nothing.' Carter says, 'I don't know nothing about that.' Bush won't even talk about it.”

Sprouse's wife, Peggy, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, is skeptical about the UFO story. She's been to Roswell with her husband and said once was enough.

“Been there, done that,” she said. “I never did believe it and still don't believe it.”

Sprouse, who will speak at the Nov. 18 meeting of the San Diego Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network, seems to be enjoying his part in keeping the story alive.

Has the government ever asked him not to speak about Roswell?

“No, but I worry about it,” he said. “I'm getting all these telephone calls on that report, and I often wonder if it's somebody looking into this.”

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Puerto Rico: UFO Reported in Guanica's Vivones District

UFO Seen in Guanica
Inexplicata Logo
By Jose A. Martinez E

     A strange yellow light was reported today (Saturday, October 20th) in the Vivones District of the city of Guanica. Mr. Dolores Toro and his wife, accompanied by a niece, were chatting calmly when they suddenly heard a sound described as "when a damaged hen's egg explodes." Shortly after, the witnesses reported seeing a reddish light appearing from the balcony to the house, and then passed in front of them. A neighbor [interviewed by J.A. Martinez] remarked that she had seen the strange light that lit her house "like daylight", according to Mrs. Diana Santiago, a neighbor of Mr. Toro.

Mrs. Santiago thought at first that Mr. Toro was shining a flashlight into her home, and he quickly told her that no, that it was that strange light that came out of nowhere and vanished. Another local resident was able to see the luminous object as it descended from the sky and according to her, the object that caught everyone unawares had something like "two tails".

Weather conditions: It had rained earlier in this area, not torrential however. As many people are aware, electric power lines may have a reaction to the rain which causes them to buzz, becoming only louder with the rainfall. When the case involving the reddish light took place, the rain had stopped for a number of hours and the night sky was completely clear and starry by 6:56 p.m., when Mr. Toro allegedly heard the buzzing sound. The possibility that the event was a natural phenomenon cannot be dismissed.

In the Orbit of UFO Enthusiasts

By Joe Heim
The Washington Post

     As a meeting spot for UFO enthusiasts, Logan's Roadhouse might seem a tad unlikely. But once a month or so, the back room of the bustling, busily decorated chain restaurant in Fairfax becomes the mother ship for area ufologists (yes, that's what they prefer to be called). They gather there to snack on chicken tenders and chili, and exchange sightings and extraordinary stories in the company of like-minded people who won't think they've completely lost their marbles.

"When I first started 20 years ago, it was a bunch of old guys with their pocket protectors, but now the meetings are getting more diverse," organizer Sue Swiatek says.

Swiatek, a software analyst by day, is the state director of the Virginia chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), a private organization that investigates and compiles data on reports of unidentified flying objects. She and her husband, Rob Swiatek, an oft-cited UFO expert, are, for lack of a better term, the first couple of Virginia ufologists.

On Saturday, they will be among the featured speakers at Mysteries of Space and Sky IV: Sixty Years of UFOs, a daylong conference open to the public at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. Rob Swiatek's talk, "Sacre Bleu! UFOs Over France," alone seems well worth the conference's $30-$40 admission fee.

For UFO buffs, 2007 is a multiple anniversary year. It was 60 years ago that whatever happened in Roswell, N.M., happened. It was 60 years ago that the term "flying saucer" entered the lexicon. And it was 55 years ago that reports of UFOs flooded the Washington region. This very newspaper ran stories with such headlines as " 'Saucer' Outran Jet, Pilot Reveals" and "D.C. Girl Sees Saucer Float Under Clouds."

Five years ago, a new case arose when F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from Andrews Air Force Base to pursue what turned out to be -- dum-de-dum-dum -- an unknown craft. Spooky, huh? And because it happened exactly 50 years to the day of saucers being reported over the region, the event prompted a flurry of local ufological activity. (And, no, don't insert a "we all know how painful that can be" joke here).

Of course, UFO enthusiasts are used to having their ideas about aliens and intergalactic spacecraft ridiculed. Those who opine that there are "others" out there are bound to hear they're more than a little out there themselves. If you talk to enough of them, you realize they have heard all of the insults before: nut job, wacko, loony, space case. But perhaps the most insulting thing to call a UFO believer is, well, a believer.

To believe, they argue, is to imply that there is room for doubt. But, they tell you, if you study the cases, follow the facts, examine the evidence, there is no room for doubt. "We're not believers; we're concluders," says Paul Nahay of Silver Spring. Meet him and find out what he and other local concluders have to say about UFOs.

Queensland Invaded by UFOs

Flying Saucer (The Invaders)
By Anooska Tucker-Evans
The Herald Sun

* More than 100 of nation's 120 sightings in Qld
* Most white balls that make right-hand turns
* People wary of reporting for fear of ridicule

     QUEENSLANDERS are leading reporters of unidentified flying objects, with more than 100 of the 128 recorded official sightings around Australia in the past two years coming from the Sunshine State.

And according to a Queensland UFO specialist, while many sightings were ruled out as stars, planets, meteors and planes, a "significant number" remained unexplained.

UFO Research Queensland's Lee Paqui said the state's hotspots for sightings included the Glass House Mountains, Toowoomba, Warwick, Ipswich and the far north.

"The most common sightings are the orange balls, and white balls that look like stars but move and display very erratic behaviour, like they'll make right-hand turns," she said.

Ms Paqui said many people were still wary of reporting their sightings for fear of public humiliation.

The Queensland research centre began operating in 1956 and was originally called the Queensland Flying Saucer Bureau.

It receives 1000 hits each day on its website and has sightings dating back to 1939.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Who Built The Pyramids?

Flying Saucer Over The Pyramids
© Frank Warren

     Regular guest “Dennis Balthaser” rides into the “Paracast Show” on a horse with different colors as demonstrated by his latest gig with co-hosts Gene Steinberg & David Biedny.

Most familiar with Dennis, or for that matter the Paracast show, are aware of the formers’ dedication and years of research regarding the field of Ufology, and the “Roswell Incident” in particular.

This week however, the topic of conversation isn’t about UFO’s and or their occupants, it’s about the pyramids in Egypt, and the mysteries behind them.

Friends and colleagues, as well as frequent visitors to his “award winning web-site,” are mindful of Dennis’ curio with the pyramids as well as his relationship with the “Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association”; however, listeners will certainly come to realize that Dennis has more then a passing interest in the subject.

Most would agree that the pyramids are certainly a fascinating topic of conversation; conversely the 60 minutes devoted to the matter will no doubt captivate the listener, and leave he or she scratching their respective heads.

Gene & David’s “to the point” inquiries elicited answers from Dennis that in the very least give the listener “pause” in regards to how history was written about the origins of the pyramids.

Most importantly, Dennis calls into question the date of construct of the pyramids and in particular the “Sphinx.” He talks about the scientific evidence that supports the construction of the Sphinx, which predates Egyptian society. The very idea that mainstream historians could be off by over 5000 years is mind-boggling!

Dennis’ career as a civil engineer comes into play in regards to his research, and he points out the ideologies offered by present day Egyptologists just don’t add up! He cites the flaws in the time allotted to construct the pyramids with a multitude of slave labor, and sheds light for the lay person with basics math skills, that what has been posed “just ain’t so!”

I found this latest dialogue stimulating, informative, enlightening and instilling a need to “know more,” however, there was one item I took issue with—it just wasn’t long enough!

Oregon Couple Claim They Saw UFO

UFOs Over Albany Oregon
By KOIN News 6

     ALBANY, Ore. - A couple in a rural area east of Albany claim they saw what appeared to be UFOs - and they want to know if anybody else saw the same thing.

Raye Laufer and her husband, Derral, say they were smoking in their forested backyard last month in the Cascade Range foothills.

That's when they saw two long, silver, bullet-shaped objects flying side-by-side across the sky.

The couple says that neither object had lights or made a sound before they split up, with one heading east and the other toward the northeast.

The Laufers say they next saw what appeared to be a large orb silently glowing red and orange floating above treetops before it hovered over their home and then headed north.

Raye Laufer says she filed a report with the National UFO Reporting Center, which encouraged her to ask whether anybody else saw the objects.

UFOs Visit College Campus!

UFOs Visiting Anne Arundel Community College
By The Washington Post

     Can't get your fill of spaceship and alien discussions? Hear more about UFOs from the pros at Mysteries of Space and Sky IV: Sixty Years of UFOs. Lecture topics and expert speakers at Saturday's day-long UFO conference include "Estimate of the Situation: Where Do We Stand After 60 Years?" by Richard Hall, "From Arnold to Roswell: Discs and Saucers and Mass Confusion" by Don Berliner, "The Nascent Abduction Phenomenon: The Hill Case of 1961 and Beyond" by Sue Swiatek and "60 (Or More) Years in 60 (Or More) Minutes" by Bruce Maccabee.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Anne Arundel Community College, Center for Applied Learning and Technology, Room 107, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $30-$40. 410-777-2325.

UFO Sightings in Eden

UFO Over Eden
By Magnet

     Eden residents Margaret McDonald and her grandchildren are wondering about life in space after seeing an strange object in the sky three nights in a row.

From Friday night to Sunday night on the last weekend in August, Mrs McDonald, her husband Greg and two of her five grandchildren, Tim and April Keft, watched the antics of an orange star shaped object in the night sky.

Miss Keft was the first to spot the unidentified flying object [UFO] as it approached from the north at about 9.30pm on Friday night when she took the dog outside for a stretch, and called out Mrs and Mr McDonald outside.

"When I first saw it I thought it was a star," she said.

"It was like it could see us as it did a little dance.

"Timothy [Keft] got binoculars out and saw flashing lights.

"It was very high up when it started to move and it was heading south and then it just sort of turned gradually and left in an easterly direction over the sea."

At about the same time over the next two nights the family piled outside again.

"It looked like it was more above us and it looked like it had a cross on it, it wasn't round but more like a star," Miss Keft said.

"On Sunday night it did a little dance and went south."

Astrologer David Reneke has researched UFOs for more than 10 years and currently contributes to Sky and Space Magazine.

He said there was a list of possibilities to work though before an object could be called a UFO.

"Mrs McDonald's explanation was very vivid and descriptive," he said.

He said without further investigation it was impossible to regard the UFO.

"One of top five things I ever saw came from the Ben Boyd National Park, and it was in daylight," he said.

There was more than one witness and they had evidence."

The story Mr Reneke mentioned was the filmed sighting of five or six flying objects over the sea by three Sydney men who were in Eden to film an eclipse of the sun in 1976.

Mr Reneke examined the film frame by frame and sent it to the United States for analysis where it was confirmed to be unidentified.

So is there pattern of UFO sightings in our skies at the time of an eclipse?

"No," said Mr Reneke.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

1888 - A Strange Phenomenon

A Strange Phenomenon
By The New York Times
August 1, 1888

Electric Automobile Travels Nearly 200 Miles on One Charge!
August 7, 1901

New Electric Automobile - New York Times 10-11-1900
By New York Times
August 7, 1901


New Electric Automobile
- October 11, 1900 -

New Electric Automobile - New York Times 10-11-1900

“Operation Saucer”: New Revelations

Chupa Chupa Emitting Beam
From Kentaro Mori

     In the years of 1977 and 1978, locals of northern Brazil were terrorized by what they described as luminous and vampire balls of light, a phenomenon soon nicknamed “chupa-chupa“, meaning “suck-suck”. The panic reached great proportions and led to the creation of a military operation of the Brazilian Air force dedicated to investigate the subject. Called “Operation Saucer”, it would become one of the biggest “ufology” stories in Brazil, mainly after in 1997 its commander, Uyrange Hollanda, publicly confirmed his participation in the operation. Recently, the episode was revisited in a popular Brazilian TV show, “Linha Direta“, and was also one of the subjects of a series of documentaries from History Channel, titled “The Brazilian Roswell“.

But little concrete evidence is known about the operation. To the “Linha Direta” TV show, the Brazilian Air Force stated that the operation had been the result of personal interest from those involved, and that it only had some reports of one of the members of the operation. And the author of mostly all reports was Sergeant João Flávio de Freitas Costa. Unfortunately, Flávio Costa passed away in 1993, without giving greater details of his participation in the Operation, then still officially secret.

Even Flávio Costa’s death became subject of speculations regarding “alien implants” — which commander Uyrangê Hollanda later claimed to have had –, and it was investigating these claims that we met Fernando Costa, the son of sergeant Flávio Costa. To our surprise, Fernando Costa not only was already exposing such unfounded stories on the rather mundane death of his father, he was also ready to reveal valuable information on little known aspects of the Operation. The following interview was conducted in collaboration with journalist Jeferson Martinho, from the Brazilian electronic magazine Vigilia:

CA: Flávio Costa was the author of almost all of the reports, drawings and pictures of the “Operation Saucer“. He also helped to convince Uyrangê Hollanda that they were dealing with something unknown. How do you view, today, your father’s role in this polemic Operation?

Fernando: Viewing today, I can see a man divided between his personal beliefs — with some mysticism, and very enthusiastic with ufology — and a strict military man, zealous with his missions, that had to limit himself to factual reports, scientifically based.

CA: You told us that your father was passionate about ufology. Did he happen to tell some story on the subject?

Fernando: To the close ones, he was always telling stories… He always put personal impressions in a convincing and meticulous way, with a lot of excitement and a dose of mysticism. Regarding facts related with the military activity, he only spoke what his duty allowed him to. He very seldom let away secret details of his activities. After he retired, in the Sunday lunches, after some drinks, I managed to know some things. I think in the beginning of the Operation Saucer he was quite unsatisfied with the lack of resources for obtaining evidence. I got to see pictures of three circles, harmoniously disposed in a triangular form, imprinted in the grass as if they had been burned. He told that radioactivity was detected in those marks. For him, that represented the impression of the landing of a ship. I didn’t see, in any of the reports to which I had access, any reference or comment on that picture.

CA: Your father’s reports are detailed in their descriptions of the sightings, from weather conditions to many maps and diagrams. He was trained as a meteorologist, wasn’t he?

Fernando: He was a graduate meteorologist from the School of Specialists of the Brazilian Aeronautics. We can notice, below his signature in the reports, that besides his military rank there’s the acronym QMT, designating his specialty. In spite of not having concluded the Flying School on the Para Aeroclub, he also piloted small airplanes.

CA: Did he comment on how he understood the UFO phenomenon and the Chupa-chupa specifically?

Fernando: He had some theories: he associated the occurrence of ufological phenomena to geodesic faults. He spoke about a fault that went from the central plateau to Colares, in Para, and that the great majority of the phenomena observed by him were located in that line. But he didn’t dismiss the possibility that such phenomena involved experiments from developed countries, with top secret vectors still in testing phase. We cannot forget the similarity of the illustration of a sighting in the area of Santarém, with the today known “Stealth” flying wings.

CA: And did you see something at that time? Do you remember how the phenomenon was publicized by the media and how did the people react to it?

Fernando: The Chupa-chupa phenomenon took a great space in the local media, which generated some conflict between the military and part of the press. There are some stories that the then captain Hollanda invaded the office of a newspaper and confiscated pictures related with the Operation. For my part, I wasn’t interested in the subject, so much so that I always escaped from the patrols [to watch for the UFOs] when I was called. Studying was always a good excuse. My mother joined several patrols and she is even mentioned in one of the lists of witnesses in the reports.

CA: And how was it to participate, in a certain way, personally in the Operation?

Fernando: Today, I think it was indeed interesting. But at that time, it was a horror. To be the son of a military man, of the “big sergeant”, was not an easy task. As such, I had to walk always “in the line”, not to involve myself with student politics and to be an exemplary student. I was studying in high school and I was finishing an apprenticeship in the Bank of Brazil in which I passed, in Brasília, in an excellent position. My father did everything he could to direct me to the military career, because he knew that I had potential for it. I always rejected such possibility, because I thought I had been already “serving” the military during all my life and passed all the possible trainings, including the “united order”, handling of weapons, survival in the jungle, navigation notions, aviation, airplane modeling and so on. My heart pointed me to the road of the humanities and social sciences that, later on, I ended up studying. The conflict between generations and ideologies was quite stark, but it did maintain a respectful level as much as possible.

During the time of Operation Saucer, an improvised photographic laboratory was set up, with equipment of the I COMAR, in the maid’s room of our house, in the military village. My participation in the developing some pictures of the operation was imposed by my father: “It is better for you to be learning a profession home, instead of learning useless things in the street”. Today I can understand it, but for an adolescent that generated a big rebellion. While I was developing the pictures in the small room, he was at the living room, writing reports and drawing many of the illustrations of the Operation. In that period, the rage ended up overcoming the reason and I started to “play”, enlarging any luminous point in the film to make them similar to a “flying saucer”. Afterwards, some of those pictures leaked, I don’t know how, and I laughed a lot when I had news of their publication in ufology books. I shared the reason of the laughter only with some close friends.

CA: Very interesting. But did some of the images that you saw or manipulated catch your attention? Some story or element especially memorable that you could share?

Fernando: There was one that all of us thought was the best, and that was around in my mother’s house and that I don’t know where it ended up. The objects in the films that I manipulated were almost always spherical or cylindrical. However, there was a picture of an object that resembled a sea ray. That was not developed by me, but, in fact, it was impressive.

CA: In one of the reports written by your father, he regrets the lack of resources and admits that the accumulated evidence could not sustain the conclusions that they had arrived to regarding the phenomena being “intelligently driven”. Hollanda also told how he bought film for the recordings with his own money. Did your father speak something about the lack of resources?

Fernando: He spoke on the initial difficulties with the equipment for photographic registration. Only after a larger repercussion of the subject they received an improvement of resources. I think the position of BSB was very skeptical, though they did send some observers, which left the Operation Saucer members a little frustrated. As a military observer, he was very impressed with the capability of abrupt maneuvers of the UFOs, that, according to him, violated the possibilities of movement of the known vectors.

CA: The late American journalist Bob Pratt also investigated the Chupa-chupa phenomenon, and he even became friend of commander Uyrangê Hollanda. Today we also know that your father received military training in USA. How do you see those suggestions of a great involvement and interest of American government in the Operation Saucer?

Fernando: I noticed in my father’s comments an enormous distrust in relation to the “foreigner” (Pratt). Since my father came back from a training abroad, he nurtured some xenophobia. He was always photographing and classifying members of religious missions, that he said were foreign agents that took abroad all possible information on the great treasure of the world, the Amazon. Even then, I read that he traveled with Mr. Bob Pratt. Sometimes there were civil observers, ufology buffs, linked with the civil aviation. Some were even effective collaborators of the Operation, as Mr. Piñon. However, in the case of Mr. Pratt, I don’t believe that a captain and a sergeant had autonomy to introduce a foreigner in an operation considered so secret. I was always under the impression that the imposition of Mr. Pratt came from the top. There was another foreigner too, Priest Alfredo de la O, that, if I’m not mistaken, was parish of the area of Colares in Pará, and that later collaborated here with the information services in other political subjects, so common in this area. I heard my father’s comment, where he suspected that the priest was a CIA agent.

CA: After almost thirty years, the phenomena and the Operation got the public’s attention again with the production of the TV program “Linha Direta” of TV Globo. Following this renewed interest, some of those involved began to make new declarations, like Ubiratan Piñon, who made imaginative claims about your father’s death.

Fernando: The claims are imaginative and complete lies. This gentleman was always prone to the fantastic stories. I know people that already heard him tell that he witnessed a sea cow turning into a man [a folkloric Brazilian legend], there in the Marajo Island… While he was limiting himself to the Amazonian legends and myths, everything was well. But it happens that he made false claims to an ufology publication about my father’s death. Publication that didn’t have enough responsibility in verifying the claims with Flávio Costas’s family and the doctors of the Air Force Hospital, that treated my father.

Could it be that the medical team that cared for my father was incompetent to the point of not noticing an “implant put by the aliens”? Wouldn’t the family that took care of his personal hygiene after the stroke have noticed? Piñon claimed he went to our house after my father’s death, and attributed false statements to my mother. In the beginning of January, 1993, Flávio Costa had a stroke. He was hospitalized at the Air Force Hospital of Belém for about a month. As a result of the stroke, he became hemiplegic in the right side and also lost his speech. After he was released from the hospital, the family took him home, hired a private physiotherapist and took care of him, giving bath, making all his personal hygiene and curatives, as the long stay in the bed of the hospital left him with bed sores. The wife and children examined him carefully, therefore, they would have noticed anything strange. The death certificate, by Dr. José Luiz Carvalho, indicates CARDIOREPIRATORY STOP, HEART ATTACK AND CEREBRAL VASCULAR ACCIDENT as Causa Mortis. Mr. Ubiratan Piñon must have suffered some kind of mental mutilation to make the statements he did.

CA: What is your opinion on the way the events are being approached today? And finally, what do you think about the Chupa-chupa and the Operation Saucer?

Fernando: The occurrence of a strange phenomenon is undeniable. It affected a portion of the population of Amazon. Even knowing that our natives are very prone to myths and legends, it is difficult to deny the bizarre occurrences. However, some claims should be more responsible. The “conspiracy theorists” love to invent things. Such was the case with my father’s death, with the death of Hollanda, and even with the Japanese balloons of the Second World War destined to cause fires in the USA [Fugos] and other hundreds of stories. Sometimes they believe so much in the baloney they help to create that they omit facts that can solve their myths.

Even with the death of some members of the Operation Saucer, the easy communication that we have today gives us better investigation resources, which allow for more accurate and responsible work. When our family discovered and was shocked with the article published with Mr. Piñon’s absurd statements, I decided to find and talk with one of the officials of the Operation. Even in a country with hundreds of thousands of municipal districts, it took me only three days investigating and I got a phone contact. With the help of the internet and some phone calls, I located who I was after. It is worth noting that in some rare occasions I work as a journalist, in a specialized magazine in my area. I am an audio professional. I write about some events whose sound stage complexity can be interesting to the readers. But investigative journalism was never my area.

With a little bit of intelligence and good will, it is possible. You have to responsible with your readers!

Monday, October 15, 2007

MY UFO EXPERIENCE: Witness Recalls Close Encounter With Flying Saucer On New Mexico Highway

Flying Saucer On New Mexico Hwy
Reader Submitted Report
July 1951

     What I have seen were just as clear as the car in my drive way. Granted I was a lot younger then, but I know with out a doubt what I have seen. I was 10 years old and it was in July, my mother and I were driving through norther New Mexico When you looked at the highway in front of the car you could see the heat ripples coming up off the road. This was a long flat straight stretch of 2 lane highway, when all of a sudden coming straight at us out of those ripples, was this wide silver almost flat "thing" It was about 25 feet off of the highway. my Mom hit the brakes and at the same time it went straight up in the air! there was no sound that I can remember. When she hit the brakes I went forward and caught my self with both hands on the dash.I was looking right at this "thing"as it when up and saw the bottom of it! from what I think was no more than 300 feet. It was a saucer shape and the bottom looked very much like the bottom of a pie pan! . (that's all i could relate it to being a kid). It was somewhat wider that a 2 lane highway.It was really moving fast. my Mom had to pull over to the side of the road, and we sat there for along time until she could drive again. Now this was as clear as a bell! and had no flashing lights, and it wasn't very shiny on the bottom.

My next encounter was when I was 12 years old and it was in march or feb. 1953 in Del Norte Colorado, I was in school and it was lunch time we were out side in the playground. It being winter there wasn't leaves on the tree's. You see there was only one small spindly tree on the play ground, I was standing maybe 10 feet from it looking up for some reason. It was a really nice clear day, when right over that tree 6 or 7 hundred feet up, Was this long round cylinder. (cigar shape) It was rounded on the front, and flat on the back. What i related it to was a huge water boiler, it was about 200 feet long and 20 feet high with what appeared to be rivets going around it at the front and at the rear. there was no sound at all!! and it was only traveling at about 20MPH. It was travelling south east. we watched it get to this small range of hills it pointed the front down, then straighten up and it was gone. These are real and the ! truth.