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Published: 1:03 PM 12/27/2010
Idaho - 07-15-01
I'm still apprehensive to report this, I haven't said anything about it to anyone until now; It was about 3 am and I was traveling on 26, 31, or 33 from Idaho Falls to Jackson Wyoming.
I can't remember which road now, and I was just working there not real familiar to the area, in fact I was kind of lost, I barely made it to work in Jackson that morning, and I was in a state of shock and a bit worried when I arrived that someone would come after me...
On my way to Idaho I saw lights as I came up the road, from far off it looked like a giant Ferris Wheel on its side, leaning. I thought to myself that was so odd, in the middle of nowhere, in the woods; this?
But as I got closer I realized it was surrounded by vehicles, big military vehicles, white vehicles, men in haz-mat looking suits, men with guns.
It was down in a sort of a small valley and the road I was on as I reached it began climbing up around a mountain (headed toward Jackson) so I had a bird's eye view by this time.
I slowed down, almost to a stop as I saw the Ferris Wheel I had seen in the distance was in fact not a Ferris Wheel, it was a huge space ship!
It was crashed - I almost wrecked staring at it, I couldn't hear or see anything, I was just in shock.
It had to have been at least 80-100 feet across, it was shaped more or less just like you see on TV, a disk-shaped thing with a portal/door at the base, it had windows all around the middle of the ship, and toward the base it had colored lights, I know there was red, blue and orange or yellow.
By this time I started coming back to my senses and realized I was in danger; men began running to their vehicles and waving their arms and yelling, drawing their firearms, heading up the mountainside toward me.
Needless to say, I took off pedal to the metal no exaggeration, it would take them a minute or so to get back on the road as where they were there was only a crude rough road winding down to where the spacecraft was, so I immediately had an advantage.
I barreled up the road reaching 90 + miles per hour in my Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 on a winding incline, with cliff on one side and a wall of mountain on the other.
Suddenly animals were running across the road and up the mountain away from the site, I kid not; there were raccoons, deer, and all sorts of creatures just migrating away from there!
I was slowing then speeding, weaving in and out of these creatures, I hit the mountainside more than once and careened almost off the cliff several times, I'm telling you it was the most blood-pumping thing that ever happened to me and I have been in some situations...
All kinds of things raced through my mind as I sped away from there looking in the rear view mirror.
Thankfully I got away, I started taking random small roads as soon as I saw them to lose those chasing me, and eventually through meandering all the rest of the morning I arrived in Jackson just before 8 as my shift started.
I thought about what happened and my friends all told me I looked like something was wrong. I said I was just not feeling well, but what was bothering me was WHAT exactly was going on back there.
Would it be in the news? Of course not... Were those men after me? And also a feeling of wonder, and excitement that I had witnessed something I called others crazy for believing in.
It was really true; there IS something out there...
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Published: 9:28 AM 12/30/2010
Republished with permission of Jenniver Jarvis, owner http://fierycelt.tripod.com/xposeufotruth/ufo_orgs.html
Copyright 2010 © Joe McKenzie
Since the closing of Project Blue Book and the government's refusal to further expend public funds in providing the public with a forum for reporting unexplained aerial phenomena, private UFO reporting organizations have borne the brunt in providing the public with a means of reporting their UFO encounters.
Indeed, many of these organizations have flourished in the past 20 years while some have quietly shut down. The list of these organizations is endless: NICAP, APRO, CUFOS, MUFON, NUFORC, and others are just some of the organizations that have either existed in the past, or are still extant to this day.
But the purpose of this article is not to compare or name all of the public or private organizations one can go to report a UFO sighting. The purpose of this article is to question their usefulness.
Lately, questions have arisen in the UFO community concerning the applicability and effectiveness of these reporting organizations. These questions revolve around the following concerns:
1) These organizations are no closer to resolving the UFO question now than when these organizations were founded.
Indeed, these organizations have become repetitious in their possible interpretations of the phenomena, and they have been less than forthcoming in sharing their data with the public.
Moreover, they seem to have become less “user-friendly,” standoffish, and elitist.
2) There is some evidence of discontent within the ranks of some of the larger organizations, particularly with the way research teams are organized, coordinated, controlled, and monitored.
The reports gathered from these teams are collected, collated, and analyzed and the results are rarely - if ever - shared with other organizations.
3) There exist some concerns as to the priority given to the reports sent in to these organizations. Many potentially dazzling reports are never investigated.
Many of those that are investigated are never followed up with respect to getting back to the original witnesses that made the report.
Furthermore, many reports involving small children - especially those that seem potentially threatening to the safety of those same children - are ignored.
4) Many of the public forums involving these organizations whereby the public can attend and/or participate (such as the many UFO conventions around the country) have become stale with the same public speakers providing the same concerns and viewpoints - or worse, using these gatherings as a means to advance or sell books.
5) Many that wish to join these organizations have to expend their personal time and money with little to no advantage in their expenditures.
Often, the organization provides access to “privileged information” if the member agrees to spend the extra money; however, the special access gained does not grant access to any information that is not already accessible for free from many sources on the internet. (See note 1.)
6) There already exist many forums on the internet where a person can go to report their sightings. These areas are more user-friendly, are more interactive, and provide instant gratification in the form of messaging, mail, and support from other witnesses that have had similar experiences.
7) There is some concern that these private research organizations are an elaborate cover for governmental operatives who use these groups as a bank from which they could monitor and follow-up on select sightings without having to show a public presence to their actions.
Each of these points will be discussed separately.
The first concern is perhaps the most irritating. Over 70 years have passed since the reported UFO crash at Roswell. No answers have ever come forth from these organizations providing closure for the events that have puzzled the UFO community for years, nor have any proofs been forthcoming in the way of “hard evidence” to force the mainstream scientific community to take notice.
Indeed, the majority of “proof” has come from private citizens - many on their deathbeds. If some groundbreaking breakthrough has been made by the analysts of these private organizations, then either they have been ineffectual in bringing this news into the light of day, or they have been keeping the news hidden for reasons only known by them.
Of course, this statement is a matter of opinion and perspective. However, those that disagree with the points made in this paragraph would still have to explain why acceptance of any explanation regarding the UFO phenomena has not made any headway with the national media (which still either belittles reports, or fails to give them much air time,) mainstream science (which still bemoans the lack of “hard evidence'), or the government (which still considers the phenomenon of no importance because it has no relevance to National Security).
The main perception concerning these private UFO research organizations remains to be “just a place to send your UFO sighting report” so that it can be read and filed. (See note 2.)
The second concern follows closely from the first. Often the witness is asked to fill out a sighting report which is often confusing. This is usually done over the internet. Then the witness might be contacted via email or telephonically, then perhaps an investigation team is sent to the area to interview all potential witnesses, gather environmental samples, check with local law enforcement and or other governmental agencies.
Next, all pertinent evidence is collected and the entire package is sent to analysts for review. (See note 3.) Sometimes the witness is contacted concerning the results, often they are not. Many promising cases are not investigated because of a lack of environmental evidence (trace samples,) the question of witness veracity, or the lack of available research teams.
How does an organization decide whether a certain sighting report is worth investigating? Are the results of these investigations aggressively provided to the public, shared with other organizations, or are they filed away for historical purposes and statistical processing?
The previous concern allows for a seamless transition into the next concern. Recently, a UFO researcher has painstakingly read and collated experiences submitted to a major UFO reporting organization from the early 1940s to the late 1990s. (See note 4.)
After perusing this extremely large number of reports, one is immediately struck by the number of cases that were not apparently followed up or passed on to the public or any other organization. Many of these reports involved children - children with pleas for help in dealing with a phenomenon that they could not understand.
Often, these cases involved multiple experiences over an extended period of time. Surprisingly, the majority of these “dazzling” cases were not apparently investigated - indeed, many of the families were possibly not even contacted. Why?
Lately, the cases discussed above, compiled and made into a more reader-friendly format, have been re-issued and the introductory page to the newly-presented reports has been inserted into this particular UFO research group's web site.
However, to see this already publicly-accessible material you have to join the organization, which includes paying a fee.
For cross-reference purposes, the underlined headings to every report that has been included in the compendium is a direct link to the actual submitted report on the organization's database.
The public has the opportunity to periodically interact with the many UFO reporting organizations through the many UFO conventions that are held in the United States.
For those who have attended more than one of these events, it is a sure bet that this person could accurately predict the main speakers who would be present for any future events.
Moreover, it is reasonable to assume what the gist of their presentations would cover. Over the years, these conventions have grown to become carbon copies of each other, with only the location of the event providing some variety.
Not surprising is the fact that many private research organizations presiding at these events are as guilty of this predilection for conformity.
Lately, there has been as much priority given to bake sales and book sales as there has been on the subject of UFO research.
Sadly, any “new” information is just a regurgitation of older information, re-packaged for the event.
Many still possess the passion for investigating UFO phenomena that they possessed when they were young and have elected to join the various UFO reporting organizations.
This passion has often turned to disappointment after attempting to join. One of the largest organizations in the US requires a potential member to pay up front for a field guide, supporting documents as to the qualifications and identity of the applicant, and in some cases to provide other supporting documents for various other reasons.
While this is only to be expected from a large organization, what is not expected is the lack of “payoff” after having been accepted by the organization.
There are certain benefits that are withheld based upon how much money the potential applicant is willing to pay. And even after paying the extra fees required to gain deeper access into the deeper informational archives, one often finds that this information is already accessible for free from the internet! (See note 5.)
Moreover, there appears to be a lack of centralized control and procedure among teams from the same organization but in different regions and/or states.
Though this last comment is based purely on observation from an “outsider”, it nevertheless colors how many UFO enthusiasts perceive those organizations.
If there was ever an argument to be made against the applicability of these organizations, it has to be in the presence of alternate means of reporting that are available on the internet.
This concern is perhaps the strongest case to be made by the public against these organizations. Any witness can share a sighting on the internet using a plethora of mediums. Among these mediums, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, standard email, various UFO discussion pages and other forums provide the witness with a user-friendly means of sharing an event.
Moreover, depending upon the courage of the witness, others can be asked for immediate feedback. Already, this writer has used these forums to investigate and provide immediate feedback to witnesses - many of whom have already reported their sightings to various research organizations (to no effect).
They have received more comfort and/or closure for their efforts than they have by relying on private organizations. However, many would argue that this takes out the professionalism and expertise of an established organization.
But these traits are only useful if they are applied with brevity and a care for the individual - traits that seem to be lacking in those same private organizations.
If one has the choice of contacting an impersonal agency to investigate their sighting - with the possibility of never receiving any visit or any feedback after the visit - or receiving immediate attention and focus from others familiar with the phenomena, then it is not surprising that many are choosing to use alternate means of sending in their sighting reports.
The last concern is the most problematic to discuss and is only recognizable and cognizant among those who have spent their lives in the private pursuit of researching the UFO phenomena.
Among these private UFO researchers is the growing suspicion that these private UFO research organizations are a tool used by the government to provide an archive of reports.
This allows the government to monitor the phenomenon free from public scrutiny. The reasons for this belief lie in the fact that many of the leading figures at the head of these organizations are former government officials - many of them former CIA. (See note 6.)
Also, it would explain the reticence that these organizations have in investigating the more sensational cases and publicly presenting them for scrutiny by others outside the organization.
The advantages for this set-up are obvious.
First, the government saves money by not having to produce another public office. Second, the government is immune from having to be accountable to the public.
Third, the government has access to a bank of reports that is not immediately accessible to the public. Indeed, there exist some indications that periodic “reviews” are held by “outside organizations” into the case files of these private UFO research organizations.
However, it is only fair to admit that no evidence - other then circumstantial - has ever come forth to support this last concern. Lately, there have been initiatives to force the government to publicly admit that there is a UFO presence in our skies - a presence that defies mainstream explanations and points to an extraterrestrial source.
These Disclosure projects have gained some steam as of late, but they have been less than successful in forcing public discussion among the three entities responsible for “lifting the lid” on the subject of UFOs: the mainstream media, the mainstream scientific community, and the government. (See note 7.)
If this were ever to change, then the arguments presented in this article will have been rendered moot and there will be less of a need to have these private organizations as the mantle of UFO research will have been passed on.
In this case, only time will tell.
1. As of this date, the MUFON organization is in the process of re-formatting its web page to make it more user-friendly.
2. The 3 biggest institutions that effectively control the public's perception concerning UFOs have always been the mainstream media, mainstream science, and the government.
This is also discussed in detail in Leslie Kean's book, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Random House, NY, 2010. Page 271.
3. This process is a standard one followed by many of the private organizations and find their source from the original Blue Book processes pioneered by J. Allen Hynek, and from source information gathered from field investigators whose identity cannot be given due to privacy concerns.
4. The researcher referred to in this paragraph is currently a member of a Private UFO Research Organization. This researcher has spent 5 months so far compiling reams of reports from 1943 to the late 1990s and organizing the reports by similarities in content.
5. Taken from written correspondence between myself and a newly recruited field researcher of a noted Private UFO Research Organization.
This person has not consented to have his/her identity revealed for reasons of concern over how this would affect this person's place in the organization.
6. The reader is invited to verify this claim by doing their own research. Many of the officials in charge of these organizations have resumes online that are viewable by the public. 7. Ibid. (See note 2 above).
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Published: 5:42AM Thursday December 23, 2010
Air Force and scientific experts were keen 32 years ago to attribute the nation's most famous "UFO sightings" to natural phenomena - even though some admitted to difficulties in fully accounting for the moving lights seen from an Argosy freight plane and tracked on radar systems.
The 1978 sightings were not only witnessed by professional pilots, but other crew and passengers, and they have continued to puzzle some scientists, sceptics and believers for over three decades.
But declassified New Zealand Defence Force files released yesterday showed the RNZAF attributed the sightings to "freak propagation" of radio and light waves, an unusually-bright Venus, "anomalous returns" on Wellington radar, and the lights of a squid fishing fleet, cars and trains.
"Almost all the sightings can be explained by natural but unusual phenomena," said Wing Commander J B Clements.
"Defence should issue a PR statement fairly soon in order to tone down much of the wild speculation that has existed over recent weeks."
The now-famous sightings began in the early hours of December 21.
Civil Aviation officials later called in the airforce due to the number and nature of the UFO reports. Two Safe-Air flights left Woodbourne bound for Christchurch and one sighted lights off the Clarence River just before 2 am.
On the way back north, the crew were told Wellington Radar was picking up returns from it transmissions in that area, and the crew reported lights again at 4 am, making rectangular patterns.
The second aircraft left Woodbourne at 3am and also checked out the radar observations, without seeing anything near the river. But radar signals in Wellington appeared to show something tracking the Argosy and at one point the crew saw a bright orb, pear-shaped with a reddish tinge which seemed to be stationary, though the plane's own radar showed it tracking the aircraft.
The RNZAF said the aircrews "do not seem to be prepared to accept the fact that they might have observed Venus. Thankfully, however, neither do they believe that they saw a visitor from outer space."
On December 31, another Argosy carrying a film crew saw a cluster of four or five lights near the Kaikoura Peninsula, and a pulsing white light, while Wellington radar had contacts about 21km ahead of them, near the Clarence River.
Then there were radar "returns" from behind the aircraft, and a radar "target" where the crew saw a white light off their starboard side.
Flying out of Christchurch after 2 am, the crew again saw a large white light, which they said aligned with a large radar target.
The sightings were filmed by the professional news camera crew filming an item about the earlier incident.
In the 2cm-thick file on the Kaikoura sightings, a report by Dr Bruce Maccabee for the NZ UFO Studies Centre, said the incidents were hard to explain through "conventional phenomenon."
And the RNZAF said it was difficult to explain the lights, "short of them being some anomalous type of reflection or refraction, cars or trains" and that it was probable that the Wellington radar returns were "spurious."
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Published: 9:04 AM 12/27/2010
Nicholas Roerich, a famous Russian-born artist and archeologist, led an American team of explorers on a lengthy expedition through the Himalayas in the 1920's.
In his book, "Altai Himalaya," he describes a startling event that occurred in Mongolia in 1926.
"On August fifth--something remarkable! We were in our camp in the Kukunor district not far from the Humboldt Chain. In the morning about half-past nine some of our caravaneers noticed a remarkably big black eagle flying above us.
"Seven of us began to watch this unusual bird. At this same moment another of our caravaneers remarked, 'There is something far above the bird.'
"And he shouted in his astonishment. We all saw, in a direction from north to south, something big and shiny reflecting the sun, like a huge oval moving at great speed. Crossing our camp this thing changed in its direction from south to southwest.
"And we saw how it disappeared in the intense blue sky. We even had time to take our field glasses and saw quite distinctly an oval form with shiny surface, one side of which was brilliant from the sun."
Roerich never speculates about the sighting elsewhere in the book, but he died in December 1947.
I want to believe he had a revelatory "Aha!" moment during that first big UFO flap earlier that year.
Unfortunately, he didn't describe how the oval made its 45-degree turn, but I'm guessing it was instantaneous.
The portrait of him in the book's frontispiece was painted by his son, Sviatoslaw Roerich.
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Published: 5:51 PM 12/22/2010
NATASHA MARTIN/Timaru Herald
Temuka man Ken Thew will never forget seeing a UFO on Waitohi Rd in 1981. Nearly 30 years after a late-night encounter with a UFO, Temuka man Ken Thew remains convinced he saw something extraordinary on Waitohi Rd.
After authorisation from the Defence Force, more than 2000 pages of secret files held by Archives New Zealand were released.
The files are said to include every witness account of unidentified flying objects reported to authorities since the 1950s and Mr Thew said he would be interested in reading the files.
The now-retired mechanic said he did not think about the encounter unless other people brought it up in conversation, but he had spoken to others who had seen UFOs.
"What they have seen is different compared to what we have seen but that's apparently the way it is."
The memory of the large, bright object which accompanied Mr Thew, his wife, and their three young daughters home from Pleasant Point to Temuka on July 12, 1981 was still vivid, Mr Thew said.
"My thoughts are the same: what you see is what you see.
"It was a bit frightening for a start. We were just travelling home from a night at me cobber's place. The oldest girl said, `what's that over there?' and I said I had no idea."
The couple described to the Temuka Herald in 1981 how a multi-coloured flying object paced them along the road, approaching to within 110 metres of their car and changing colours as it went.
They knew by the hour of the night, the manoeuvres and closeness of the object that it was not an aeroplane.
Yesterday, Mr Thew said the size and the brilliance of the object, which was shaped like a football, told him it was unusual.
However, while the encounter was reported in media, they kept a second part of the story to themselves and close friends – several visits by a man to their home and workplace shortly after seeing the object.
Introducing himself as Mr Wright, an "investigator" from Christchurch and dressed in a musty suit, he warned them not to contact or approach the object, Mr Thew said.
The man's behaviour was peculiar: he drank a cup of boiling tea in one gulp, read a page by scanning from bottom to top and knew the name of their pet dog before it could be told to him.
Before the encounter with the object, Mr Thew said he had a divided opinion on UFOs.
"If somebody had told me what I had seen myself I would sort of look at them and think, `well, okay'." The object was something he was not familiar with and had never seen the likes of before, he said."
He did not rule out an natural explanation but said the speed at which it travelled and the intensity of its light were unusual.
The Thews' account garnered media attention in 1981 and they were visited unexpectedly by a television crew.
"They got the kids to draw pictures of what they saw," Mr Thew said.
Most of the responses they got were positive; people called them to ask them about the incident, and later a Polish professor visited them to learn more about their experience. Their story attracted a small negative response, with about five calls from people suggesting they were mad, he said.
However, Mr Thew stands by what he saw.
"I had my faculties; I know what I saw."
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Published: 10:57 AM 3/11/2004
The Press-Telegram-Long Beach, CA:
By Tracy Manzer, Staff writer
LONG BEACH — Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!
What the heck is it?
That's the question ABC-7 News has posed to Long Beach police and local military experts after getting a copy of a tape that shows an unidentified object flitting through our skies last year.
The tape was made Dec. 25, 2004, by Long Beach Police Department helicopter pilots who caught sight of the glowing blob while on patrol around 11:30 p.m., said Sgt. David Cannan.
Because the officers could not identify the object, they took video that was forwarded to a local military base for closer scrutiny.
"We just asked them to take a look at it, in case it was a possible security issue," Cannan said.
It was not, however, classified as an invasion by little green men, silver ones or any other kind of imaginable space beast, the sergeant assured.
Julia Pfeiffer, a producer at Channel 7, said their news piece will take a look at the possible explanations for the item and the story will air either today or Friday.
"We are approaching it fairly seriously," she said, "but we're not doing this to scare people."
While neither military or local experts could tell the Press- Telegram what precisely the object was, theories include a possible prank or experimental military aircraft.
This was especially common in the 1960s, after an article describing their construction appeared in a science magazine. And, according to one of several web sites, that explain how to build the balloons, "they do a good job of scaring the bejeebers out of many people."
Cannan said the pilot's best guess was that it was a bag or balloon with a flare attached to it, which would explain the trailing sulfur-like light.
In the tape, the brightly lit object looks as though it's traveling fast, but it could just be the effect of the helicopter orbiting the item at its speedy pace with the background flashing by, he said.
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