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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 393, Issue date, 01-25-10

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Dublin - UFO Spotted near the River Liffey, Ireland
UFO over Liffey, Ireland
Published: 11:43 AM 1/22/2010


AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files. A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed".

Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.

Nick Pope, who probed mystery sightings for the MoD for three years, said: "The video seems to have been taken through a night scope and presumably shows things not visible to the naked eye.

"It appears to show a structured craft moving at incredible speed. The configuration of the lights is unlike any aircraft I've ever seen.

"It's either some secret prototype aircraft or drone, or something considerably more exotic."

Any sightings in Britain will NOT be officially recorded because the MoD last month axed the department probing mystery threats. Chiefs branded the £50,000-a-year department an "inappropriate use of defence resources." It came despite the near TRIPLING of alleged UFOs between 2008 and last year's 643.

The Sun will pick up the baton, and release a rundown of your sightings, like the MoD used to.

Nick said: "The MoD's decision was bizarre. While I'm sure they'll investigate sightings from pilots and anything unusual on radar, the public had nowhere to go. There's massive public interest in this issue. If there's something unusual in our skies, we need to know or we could be leaving ourselves open to terrorist attack."

The MoD defended its decision to shut the UFO division.

A spokesman said: "We do not feel there is any military value in reviewing the public's sightings."


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Hundreds of Secret Files to be Released by New Zealand
 SECRET FILES: Stories in The Press from early January 1979 show that the air force had a Skyhawk readied to investigate UFO sightings following the mysterious lights which appeared over Kaikoura days before
Published: 7:01 AM 1/23/2010

Hundreds of pages of secret files on New Zealand UFO sightings will be released by the military this year. The files include reports of UFO sightings from 1979 to 1984 and references to the Kaikoura sighting of December 1978.

The files are held by Archives New Zealand and were to have been made public this month, but the Defence Force is removing personal information from them to comply with the Privacy Act.

"At the moment we are working on making copies of these files, minus the personal information," a Defence Force spokeswoman said. "Once this work is completed, we are hoping to be able to release a copy of all the UFO files, including some ahead of their release time, within the year."

Lights were seen in the sky over Kaikoura in December 1978 and were filmed by an Australian news crew. Aircraft tracked the lights, which were also seen on radar.

A man who worked for the Transport Ministry's civil aviation division when the Kaikoura lights were seen said he would like to see the government files.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was working at Christchurch International Airport at the time. He saw United States Air Force planes with unusual call signs touring the area and believes the full story about the lights has not been disclosed.

"For the US Air Force to come all that way and spend three days here, there must have been something going on," he said.

The Press sought any Defence Force files on UFO sightings under the Official Information Act in August last year.

The Defence Force said the request "would require a substantial amount of collation, research and consultation to identify whether any of that information could be released" and it was "not in a position to deploy staff to undertake that task".

It said public files on UFO sightings were available from Archives New Zealand.

The Press requested access to those files from Archives New Zealand, but was not able to see them as they had been borrowed by the Defence Force.

The director of research group UFOCUS NZ, Suzanne Hansen, said she was frustrated by the delayed release but understood the privacy reasons.

"We have been in discussion with the New Zealand Defence Force for many years ... It is frustrating from a research perspective because we would like to collate these sightings with international research."

She said some sightings could have been alien technology. "There are cases that are certainly not our technology. It has been scientifically proven that this is entirely possible."

Ad Feedback New Zealand Skeptics chairwoman Vicki Hyde said the secret files would not be as interesting as they appeared. "Governments all around the world have these kind of files and they are not as exciting as you might possibly hope.

"The Government is required to log these things and it can give a false impression that there is a vast amount of activity out there.

"There is probably intelligent life elsewhere, but whether it has come here to play silly buggers with us in a game of cosmic hide and seek is another matter.

"It is a big jump from `there was something in the sky and I don't know what it was' to `that was a craft piloted by aliens'."

She said most sightings could be of mundane things such as satellites and flocks of birds.

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Multiple Unidentified Objects Witnessed over Pennsylvania
Published: 12:40 PM 1/15/2010

Pennsylvania - 12-13-09

I live in a rural part of town and my house is kind of in the middle of nowhere. In the past, I have seen silver lights that blink another red light that look very similar to the traditional airplane.

But sometimes I think that they are going way too slow to be a plane because they seem to be not moving at all.

My best friend and I were studying for our final examinations for college and in the past few years, I have enlightened him to the idea of UFOs being a part of reality. I have watched every Discovery channel show on UFOs and spend many hours on the internet researching UFOs.

Between 6:50 and 7:30, my mother, sister, my good friend and I, all witnessed something truly once in a lifetime. I would sacrifice my left arm to go back in time and record the event with the most expensive HD camera money can buy.

As my good friend and I walked back into my room after eating dinner, my friend says, "There are 2 of the blinking things again." (He has seen them before at my house every now and then).

As we watch them move from left to right, we see another coming from the same direction. It is easy to tell that they are moving, because we can use the stars as points of reference. Then we notice a couple more moving in the same direction, and all of a sudden we just keep seeing more and more coming.

There were as many as 10 visible at once, but they mostly came in groups of 3-5, one right after the other. I got my mom and sister so they could see why my friend and I were screaming "WTF!" at the top of our lungs. We witnessed 5 of them moving in 100% unison.

At one point they were not blinking red, but looked like silver balls of light. They looked to be very far away, and when I looked at them through the binoculars, it looked as if the red blinking light was traveling across the edge of the object and changing color as it dispersed around the craft.

It looked as if it would go through the entire color spectrum as it made its was to the butt end of the craft, then it would blink again and again.

We all stayed glued to the window as they just kept coming from right to left. We saw at least 50-60 within the time frame of watching them. In the middle of the time frame, I grabbed my deer spotlight that is VERY strong and went outside in the freezing cold to watch them.

They all went at the same speed and went from left to right until they were too faint to see. Once outside with my friend, I randomly pointed at one of them to the far right, that was moving to the right.

My friend then says, "I think that one turned around..."

I kept the light pointed in its direction, and it indeed look as if it was getting closer. It continued to come towards us and I kept the light on it. It was still high up, but it was much lower than any of them.

There was a 2 second time frame where I had a perfect view of the bottom of it as I was directly underneath it... this is when the both of us said "It's a triangle!" at the same time.

It flew directly over us and we watched it until it was out of sight. This triangle shape was only visible with the help of the spotlight, but it was not close enough to actually hit it with the light, but it illuminated the area underneath it, and for an instant you could see a dark, equilateral triangle with 3 white round lights equally spaced apart on the underside.

It was a VERY distinct sight when it was right over top of us, and it did not make a single sound, nor did we hear any other sounds coming from aircraft. Latrobe Airport is about 7 minutes from my house, and I know what a plane sounds like coming in and going out of the airport.

The airport is very small and not that active to where I could think that maybe I was just looking at planes. There were just too many in such a small time frame.

I know what planes look like in the sky, but I will say that these all looked very similar to planes from afar but they definitely were not. There were too many of them flying too close to each other to be planes. I have lived here all my life. Also, my mother was very scared.

After the very low UFO was out of site, we went back inside because it was very cold, but we went straight back to the window. I then made a phone call to my friend who lives in Greensburg, (very close to Latrobe), who does not believe in UFOs. He answered and I told him to look out his window and to look for blinking lights in the sky.

The moment he got to his window he said "Yeah I see two." His next remark was "They are flying close to each other."

This person still does not believe in UFOs, and did not believe much of my story which I told him the next day in school, but I believe he was seeing some of the ones that have already surpassed my point of view. I did this while still watching them from my window in my room.

Not to make my story sound any more unbelievable, but the next night, at the same time, it all started again. They came from left to right and once again I watched them the entire time and saw 50-60 individuals total AGAIN!

This second event was only witnessed by my sister and I this time. I also called a neighbor who lives up the road from me on a big hill, and he instantly noticed them too.

Final exams were next week and I had so much studying to do, but I just could not pull myself from the window because I kept on spotting them. Each time one would go out of sight, I would notice 2 more to the far left, and some of them looked as if they were stationary.

I emailed Stan Gordon the night of the first event, but he never responded. I have been thinking about the event a lot because someone else must have witnessed this occurring and it bothers me that this was not on national news.

I am 19 years old and I am currently a sophomore at Saint Vincent College, majoring in Environmental Science.

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Unidentified Object Photographed at Chinook Pass, WA
Published: 12:17 PM 1/22/2010

Washington - August, 2009

I took some landscape photos at the summit of Chinook Pass on a clear sunny day. Never noticed anything unusual.

When looking at the photos I noticed a speck in the upper right corner of one of the pictures. I thought it was an Eagle or a Hawk, so I zoomed in on it. What I saw was a metallic-looking disc-shaped object and not a bird.

You can see the sun glisten from the object, and what appears to be a slight vapor trail emitting from what looks like a hot spot under the object.

The photos were shot in RAW format so no enhancements were made. What you see is what you get. I did have an encounter with a UFO in 1977 in Puyallup, Washington, but no photos from that one.

Washington - August, 2009

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Flying Saucer and UFO Encounters
Published: 10:09 AM 1/18/2010

In CUPICnews, UFOs, released, By admin

By Joy Healey

The UFO story originated not long after June 24, 1947, when many newspapers in the USA published the first sighting of the “flying saucer”.

The story told how nine very bright, disk-shaped objects were seen by Kenneth Arnold, a Boise, Idaho, businessman, while he was flying his private plane near Mount Rainier, in the state of Washington. Now supported by a journalistic license, reporters took Arnold’s original description of the individual motion of each object, “like a saucer skipping across water,” and rephrased it to: “flying saucer,” referring to the objects themselves.

Many years have passed since Arnold’s memorable sighting, and the phrase has become so common that an entry was made in Webster’s Dictionary, and it is recognized today in most languages throughout the world.

For a while after the Arnold sighting, the term “flying saucer” was used to describe all disk-shaped objects that were seen flashing through the sky at fantastic speeds. Before long, reports were made of objects other than disks, and these were also called flying saucers. Today the words are popularly applied to anything seen in the sky that cannot be identified as a common, everyday object.

In other words, a flying saucer can be a formation of bright lights, a single light, a sphere, or some other shape; and it can be any color. Performance wise, flying saucers can hover, go fast or slow, go high or low, turn 90-degree corners, or even, apparently, disappear almost instantaneously.

Clearly the term “flying saucer” is open to interpretation when objects of every imaginable shape and performance are labeled as such. This is why the military preference is the more general, although less colorful, name: unidentified flying objects. UFO (pronounced Yoo-foe) for short.

Officially the military uses the term “flying saucer” on only two occasions. First in an explanatory sense, as when briefing people who are unacquainted with the term “UFO”: “UFO, you know, flying saucers.” And second in a derogatory sense, for purposes of ridicule, as when it is observed, “He says he saw a flying saucer.”

This second form of usage is the exclusive property of those persons who positively know that all UFOs are nonsense. Fortunately, if only as a matter of courtesy, those in this category are reducing in number. One by one these people drop out, starting with the instant they see their first UFO!

Some weeks after the first UFO was seen on June 24, 1947, the Air Force established a project to investigate and analyze all UFO reports. When the project first began, opinions ranged from near panic, to total derision for anyone who dared to even mentioned the words “flying saucer.”

This contemptuous attitude toward “flying saucer nuts” prevailed from mid-1949 to mid-1950. During that interval many of the people who were, or had been, associated with the project believed that the public was suffering from “war nerves.”

Early in 1950 the project, for all practical purposes, was closed out; at least it rated only minimum effort. Those in power now reasoned that if you didn’t mention the words “flying saucers” the people would forget them and the saucers would go away. But this reasoning was false, for instead of vanishing, the quality of the UFO reports improved.

From airline pilots, to military pilots, generals, scientists, and dozens of other people, reports continued of UFO sightings, now in more detail than previously. Radars, which were being built for air defense, began to pick up some very unusual targets, thus lending technical corroboration to the unsubstantiated claims of human observers.

As a result of the continuing accumulation of more impressive UFO reports, official interest stirred. Early in 1951 verbal orders came down from Major General Charles P. Cabell, then Director of Intelligence for Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, to make a study reviewing the UFO situation for Air Force Headquarters.

The study was headed up by “EJR”, who possessed impeccable credentials, and supervised until late in 1953. EJR served as a B-29 bombardier and radar operator, during the Second World War. He restarted college after the war, and before long, gained his aeronautical engineering degree. To keep his reserve status while in school, he flew as a navigator in an Air Force Reserve Troop Carrier Wing.

While compiling the report, EJR and members of his staff traveled close to half a million miles. They investigated in depth dozens of UFO reports, and read and analyzed several thousand more. These included every report the Air Force had ever received.

There were ten regular staff on the investigation plus many paid consultants representing every field of science. All had Top Secret security clearances so that security was no block in our investigations. This organization was made up of a reporting network consisting of every Air Force base intelligence officer and every Air Force radar station in the world, together with the Ground Observer Corps of the Air Defense Command.

Reports were collected on every conceivable type of UFO, by every conceivable type of person. What did these people actually see when they reported a UFO? Putting aside truly unidentifiable flying objects, for the present, this question has several answers.

Often it has been positively proved that people have reported balloons, airplanes, stars, and many other common objects as UFOs. The people who make such reports don’t recognize these common objects because something in their surroundings temporarily assumes an unfamiliar appearance.

Unusual lighting conditions are a common cause of such illusions. A balloon will glow like a “ball of fire” just at sunset. Or an airplane that is not visible to the naked eye suddenly starts to reflect the sun’s rays and appears to be a “silver ball”. Pilots in F-94 jet interceptors chase Venus in the daytime and fight with balloons at night, and people in Los Angeles see weird lights.

So did the investigation prove that UFOs exist? The hassle over the word “proof” boils down to one question: What constitutes proof? Is a UFO required to land at the River Entrance to the Pentagon, in front of the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

Or is it proof when a ground radar station detects a UFO, sends a jet to intercept it, the jet pilot sees it, and locks on with his radar, only to have the UFO streak away at a phenomenal speed? Is it proof when a jet pilot fires at a UFO and sticks to his story even under the threat of court-martial? Does this constitute proof?

You must decide for yourself.

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USO Photographed - Aegean Sea, 1990
Published: 12:49 PM 1/18/2010

The Aegean Sea - 08-15-1990


USOs or Unidentified Submarine Objects have long been observed in Turkish waters. That is, such craft are often reported to enter, leave, float, or travel under the waters of seas, lakes and rivers of Turkey.

In this respect, the Aegean Sea, the Marmara Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea are very active water regions. Below we would get into some further details of the most interesting USO case of all Turkish UFO literature. Here it is.

In August of 1990, a strange underwater UFO was seen beneath the waters of the Aegean Sea which lies between Turkey and Greece. What makes this USO encounter so special is that it includes a colored picture of an alleged Unidentified Submersible Object as physical evidence.

Furthermore, we should add that the eyewitness and the USO are both under the water. Naturally, there are some amazing photographs, motion pictures, and video clips of USOs showing that these mysterious objects are diving into, emerging from, sailing, and / or cruising under the water.

However, there was no single evidential picture indicating that the alleged submarine UFO and the photographer were both beneath the sea at some fathoms. As far as we know, this alleged USO photo is therefore the first example of its kind.

This spectacular USO case occurred at 14:00 (2:00 pm.), on 15th of August, 1990. Its exact place was at 57 meters deep of Saros Bay, or around Turkish inland waters of the Aegean Sea.

One can easily state that Mr. Erol Erkmen is a very reliable and sincere person who has reported this mysterious underwater object. Mr. Erkmen was engaging in a discovery dive for an old sunken ship together with his friend, named as Mr. Kemal, whose surname has been kept secret, when he suddenly located the alleged USO there.

Mr. Erol Erkmen said that he began to feel very strangely as if they were being observed by something. Then he looked ahead and saw a greenish light in the water. However, this mysterious object disappeared soon. After a while, Mr. Erkmen again located the green object at his left hand side. Consequently, he thought that the USO might have been maneuvering around them.

He observed it for nearly 3 minutes. Then he decided to take a picture of this strange light using an older underwater Kodak camera.

As soon as Mr. Erkmen took a snapshot of that USO, its light went out. However, they had to come out of the water since their oxygen was about to run out. Erkmen said that when he studied the negative very carefully, he saw nothing.

On the other hand, when he looked up the printed photochrome, he located a mysterious greenish light in the picture. For his curiosity, he had his photograph enlarged 300 times. He then became very surprised at seeing that there was a disc-shaped object with some greenish light in the alleged photo.

If so, what was it? Was it a conventional submarine or a secret man-made vehicle? Was it a kind of phosphorescent underwater organism? Or was it an advanced submersible craft of alien beings? Who knows? Every alternative view has its own pros and cons.

Written by Sefer Murat Aksoy, B.A. & M.S. Independent UFO Researcher of Turkey

Turkey USO Sightings: Sefer Murat Aksoy, 1999-2000).

Edited by the UFO Casebook

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