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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 603, Issue date, 03-10-14

Strange Close Encounter at Alaska's North Pole
UFO Depiction
Published: 10:15 AM 3/8/2014

North Pole, Alaska - 12-09-13

At approximately 9 pm this evening, my fiancé and I were relaxing on the couch watching television. The lights in the house were off. When we watch television we are facing one small and one large picture window that look out onto our wooded yard.

Our house is tucked into a forested lot so that even the headlights from the very occasional passing car going to and from a neighbor’s house are not seen from our living room. There are very few houses on our road.

As we watched our show at least 3 bright orange flashes of light flew from the right side of our house in the air the whole time and moved across to the left.

Even though it only lasted a few seconds it was clear that the light originated and continued in the air, though maybe not tree top height. The trees around our property average about 20-30 feet high. From where the flashes originated there is nothing but wooded property and our garage.

The flashes seemed to be no more than 6-10 feet off the ground but grew in height. My fiancée thought something in the garage had exploded. However, there was never any sound at all. I thought the lights to the truck had flashed a few times.

My fiancé ran out onto our front deck to look and see what it was, but there was nothing there. Nothing was out of place.

The lights were bright orange and clear quick flashes with 3-5 of them successively within the span of 3-5 seconds. They moved from right to left completely silently and were so bright they lit up our front yard. which is about the size of the parking lot of a small business and all the trees in our yard. To give you an idea of how big our yard is, we could probably park 30-40 cars in our front yard alone.

I don't know if it's at all related or not but last night (the night before this happened) around 3:30 in the morning, our dog who sleeps on her bed in the living room, came into our bedroom and alerted to something in the living room or at the front door.

This is out of character for her.

Just as she woke me, I heard a very slight sound but I could not pinpoint the sound. It seemed to resonate throughout the house. It was a very slight but deep sound. You could liken it to a (Wah-Wah-Wah-wah) sound.

I could feel this sound just as much as I could hear it and I can't explain it better than that. It lasted for just as long as it took me to walk the few feet from our bedroom to the living room. Then it was just gone. It just immediately stopped.

I have a really tough time falling asleep last night. The dog acted as if there was someone at the door and I felt like there was too but our motion sensor lights weren't on and I saw no one. I felt the weird need to sleep in my f! Our year olds bed with him at that point. At this point, my healthy ((xx-years)) old dog would not leave my side.

Suddenly, my dog collapsed onto the floor and laid there with her eyes open but not blinking. She would not respond to my voice or my touch. She would not even respond to my commands. This scared me. About two or three minutes later she came to again and acted totally normal again. It seemed as if she had been drugged but of course she had not.

I am a college educated ((deleted)). I also hold a degree in ((deleted)). I do believe that we are not the only intelligent life out there.

However, like most people, I have never encountered anything personally that would give me that absolute undeniable truth. I'm not going to say that this experience is that undeniable truth.

To be quite honest, I don't and I can't know what this was that we saw but it is a very strange experience and it happened just as I have told you.

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Time to Grow Up - Search for ET
UFO Depiction
Published: 8:16 AM 3/6/2014

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been going on for nearly 50 years using the most advanced technology available, and yet we haven’t heard a peep. Astronomers are puzzled. But perhaps the reason we haven’t heard signals from intelligent life is because we first have to awaken intelligence within ourselves.

SETI programs Astronomers have answered the long-standing question of whether planets, including earthlike planets, are common. They are. There are at least 11 billion earthlike planets in habitable zones around stars similar to our sun in the Milky Way alone.

There’s also a growing consensus on a premise that I’ve put forth for years in this column, that the universe, in the words of one astrobiologist, is “a vast stage for the play of life.”

Though there are many incomprehensibly hostile environments in the cosmos, produced by such phenomena as black holes, magnetars and gamma ray bursts, it’s now clear that given the right temperature and chemistry, life automatically arises. That means the universe is pre-set to produce life, and is not the inherently cold and lifeless void that we’ve been led to believe.

Life originated on earth very early, as soon as conditions allowed it (namely, the crust had cooled enough to permit water to pool). That fact alone indicates that life is an inherent property of the universe, as much a part of cosmic evolution as galaxies, stars and planets. And so, I submit, is intelligence, although we have not awakened it in ourselves to this point.

This isn’t an argument for a Sky God that set the whole shebang in motion—literally breathing life into the universe—but an argument against the mechanistic and probabilistic belief system to which most scientists and philosophers still adhere.

The question is: How rare is intelligent life? Since Homo sapiens (literally, ‘wise, wise man’) is so obviously a misnomer, it behooves us to ask, just what is intelligence?

I propose that intelligence is not, as most scientists ingenuously suppose, a matter of knowledge and technology, but rather of consciousness. I feel we have get beyond the toy phase of science and technology, and awaken genuine intelligence, to communicate with intelligent beings in ways that we cannot even imagine.

As a recent article on ‘de-extinction’ in the New York Times said, “scientists predict that humans…could kill off a SETI program 1 quarter of the planet’s mammal species, a fifth of its reptiles and a sixth of its birds by 2050.”

Are there beings of higher consciousness aware of what humans are doing to this planet—bringing about the Sixth Extinction? Is there some version of Star Trek’s ‘Prime Directive,’ such that they cannot make their presence known until we resolve the crisis of human consciousness?

If there is a cosmic club of intelligent species, we have to sort ourselves out to join it. If we don’t, no doubt like other potentially intelligent species before us on other planets that were unwilling to change, we will pass from existence. Many people, especially in the depleted West, already misanthropically long for this. But the human brain matters in the universe, to a point.

Why? Because the brain contains the seed of cosmic intelligence within it, but we have to get past this logjam of consciousness, as we’ve known it for tens of thousands of years.

Some biologists desperately cling to the fantasy that our technology can preserve the diversity of life on earth, and prevent the extinction or restore the existence of many animals. That’s the hope behind a ‘de-extinction’ project called ‘Revive and Restore,’ which is working to bring back everything from passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths.

Rather than inspire hope however, this project, which is gaining a lot of steam, fills nascent intelligent people with dread. The fragmentary mentality of the ‘Revive and Restore’ scientists is the same mentality that is fragmenting the earth all to hell. Indeed, they are absurdly applying an even stronger dose of man’s hubris as the cure for man’s destructiveness.

Why is it that some of the smartest people on the planet don’t have any insight into what intelligence actually is? Why many of the brightest minds do are still equate the growth of intelligence with the growth of science and complexity of technology?

The piecemeal and controlled reintroduction of animals into a decimated ecosystem cannot produce or sustain diversity, except as a chimera. ‘Revive and restore’ should apply first to inwardly dead humans rather than outwardly dead species humans have driven to extinction.

The quest for intelligent life in the universe has to begin here on earth. Intelligence has nothing to do with how much knowledge and how sophisticated the technology a sentient species has, but with how much such a species as Homo sapiens has awakened its brain’s capacity for stillness, silence and sacredness.

Humans won’t have contact with anything but our own projections until we kindle enough intelligence within ourselves to stop destroying this planet.

Martin LeFevre

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Two Witness Unknown Object over Henderson, Nevada
UFO Depiction
Published: 9:09 AM 3/4/2014

Henderson, Nevada - 03-03-14

My uncle was walking me out to my car this cool night in Vegas, got in my car, cranked the engine lowered the window to continue speaking with my uncle, when a "helicopter like" lighting in the sky caught my eye.

The "navigation lights" looked really strange; they kind of swooshed green and red around the constant pulsating strobe, no notable pattern. I got out of my car, told my uncle to look at it, explaining to him - that that was not a helicopter, it was at too high an altitude.

While debating with him, I pulled my cellphone out and hit a/v record, the grouped together lights moved abruptly to the left, the acceleration and deceleration were highly unusual, fast, but smooth.

My uncle kept saying, "it's Vegas, it's something from the casinos."

I couldn't believe what he was telling me, He then said, he was cold and he was not going to wait for it to do something, he started walking away. I stopped recording, and it suddenly dropped in 1 second, and stopped right over the homes in the valley at about 500 feet and 2-3 miles north from my location.

I could still see it beyond the neighbor’s home and the trees; then it either disappeared or continued at that altitude. My skeptic uncle was not appeased, and was walking away I looked at him, looked back, and then it was gone.

I used to fly as a private pilot, and know navigation lights, they don't swoosh, that'd be some very fancy led lighting on the hull, not to mentioned the smooth displacements.

I wouldn't believe conventional aircraft would be able to withstand the G's I have just mentioned, perhaps a drone of some sort but, it would have hit the ground, it'd literally have to be antigravity driven to have avoided hitting the ground at the speed it achieved.

The unintelligible part is why would it descend in the vicinity of McCarran Airport/Sunset Park in a highly populated area; I would have never thought it possible to see a UFO here in Vegas.

I mean with Nellis AFB and Area 51 nearby, I would have imagined we'd shoot them down immediately, especially if it's just hovering there in the middle of all sorts of air traffic.

This is the crazy part for the skeptics - I was glancing at the cellphone screen during recording and could see the neighbor’s home and the little dot - as seen on the screen, got home and reviewed the video, can't see anything, just audio. I guess my phone is on the fritz.

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Arizona Highest for UFO Sightings per Capita
UFO Depiction
Published: 8:19 AM 3/6/2014

By KTAR.com

Originally published: Mar 5, 2014 - 3:19 pm

PHOENIX -- Are we alone in the universe? The debate rages on, but if aliens do exist, they apparently like the Arizona skies.

According to the Washington Post, Arizona has the highest instances of unidentified flying object sightings per capita in the nation.

On average, 4.05 people per 100,000 Arizonans said they have seen some kind of UFO. That was followed by 4.02 per 100,000 in Vermont and 3, 87 per 100,000 in Maine, respectively.

The most common UFO shape spotted in Arizona is a sphere.

However, Arizona was lower on the list when it came to the total numbers of sightings. California took the space cake on that one with 814, followed by Texas with 462 and Florida with 466, respectively.

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Archived Case of the Week

The "Sea Fury Incident" August 31, 1954, Nowra, Australia
The Sea Fury
written by Bill Chalker

One of the most controversial radar visual reports of the fifties occurred on August 31st, 1954. The story leaked out in December, 1954, and made front page headlines.

The official navy file on the event remained classified until the Directorate of Naval Intelligence released a copy upon my request in 1982.

During his 1973 visit to Australia, Dr. Hynek was able to interview the pilot involved in this famous incident, which became known as the "Sea Fury" encounter.

Dr. Hynek made his notes on this interview available to me during my 1984 visit to the Chicago headquarters of his organisation, the Centre for UFO Studies (CUFOS). I, in turn, provided Dr. Hynek with a copy of the official file on the incident.

Lieutenant J.A. O'Farrell was returning to Royal Australian Navy Air Station Nowra after a night cross country in a Sea Fury aircraft. After contacting Nowra at about 1910 hours, O'Farrell saw a very bright light closing fast at one o'clock.

It crossed in front of his aircraft taking up position on his port beam, where it appeared to orbit.

A second and similar light was observed at nine o'clock. It passed about a mile in from of the Sea Fury and then turned in the position where the first light was observed.

According to O'Farrell, the apparent crossing speeds of the lights were the fastest he had ever encountered. He had been flying at 220 knots. O'Farrell contacted Nowra who in turn confirmed that they had two radar "paints" in company with him.

The radar operator, Petty Officer Keith Jessop, confirmed the presence of 2 objects near the Sea Fury on the G.C.I. remote display.

The two lights reformed at nine o'clock and then disappeared on a north easterly heading. O'Farrell could only make out "a vague shape with the white light situated centrally on top."

The Directorate of Naval Intelligence at the time wrote that O'Farrell was "an entirely credible witness" and that he "was visibly 'shaken' by his experience, but remains adamant that he saw these objects"

In a recent interview, "Shamus" O'Farrell described the incident:

"I said, "Nowra, this is 921. Do you have me on radar?" "And a few seconds later they came back and said, "Affirmative 921. We have you coming in from the west. We have another two contacts as well. Which one are you." "I said, "I think I'm the central one."

And so they said, "Do a 180...for identification." So I did a quick 180 and then continued on around and made it a 360 back to where I was going.

"They said, "Yes, we've got you. You're the centre aircraft." I said that's correct. They then said to me, "Who are the other two aircraft," and I said, "I don't know. I was hoping you would tell me, because I didn't think there was anyone up here. "They said, "Well there shouldn't be, and they certainly shouldn't be that close to you."

"So the conversation went on like this and I was very pleased to be talking to somebody because it gave me a lot of reassurance. With that these two aircraft came in quite close to me and I could really see the dark mass and that they were quite big, but I couldn't make out any other lights or any other form of an aircraft. With that they took off and headed off to the north east at great speed.

"I was about to press the button and tell them at Nowra that the two aircraft were departing when Nowra called me up and said, "The other two aircraft appear to be departing at high speed to the north east. Is that correct?" and I said, "Yes!". And they said, "Roger, we'll see if we can track them."

They tracked them for a while and then lost them. "I came in and landed at 7.30 (1930) and when I got there there were quite a few people waiting for me. I thought it was a bit strange and so they came over, and they said, "You sure you had aircraft out there!" and I said yes.

The Surgeon Commander came over and spoke to me. He said did I feel sick, or was I upset. I said no. He ran his hand over my head to see whether I had any bumps. He had a look at me and decided I was okay. So then he said, "Perhaps you'd like to come to the sick bay after you've changed and we'll do an examination."

So after I was finished I went up to sick bay and he gave me a more thorough medical, and said, no, I appeared to be alright. I found out later, that at the same time, they checked to make sure I hadn't been drinking before I took off and all that sort of thing."

During this interview, Dr. Hynek's involvement came up:

"This man (Hynek) - a professor - had made a study of thousands of sightings all around the world and he had decided my sighting was one of those that he had not been able to explain away by other means.

Any way I had a talk with him. He was a very interesting chap and he made the comment that there were about 13 or 15, I don't remember, sightings that he was aware of over the years that were like mine and could not be explained away. The interesting thing he said was that all of these sightings had been made by professional people in aviation.

By that he meant they were military pilots, military air crew, civil aviation operators, air traffic controllers, and the like, or airline pilots. These were the ones he was now (1973) going around meeting the people themselves and investigating.

All the others he had written off and had been able to explain down to some other phenomena. It came to the point where he said, "Your sighting cannot be explained away." And he left it at that. To this day I wouldn't know where it came from or where it went."

I have had the opportunity to talk extensively with Shamus O'Farrell. I was particularly interested in how the interview with Dr. Hynek in 1973 came about:

"It was done through Sir Arthur Tange, who was secretary of the Department of Defence at the time. Hynek contacted him direct... Sir Arthur Tange contacted me and said Hynek was coming out. He had written to him, through the US Embassy, to set up a meeting.

And the next thing I knew I had a telephone call one day from Sir Arthur Tange saying that Hynek was coming and he would like me to met him. I said, well, I haven't got all the facts, there all a bit hazy. So he sent me the two Defence Department files over to read, to refresh it all."

Bill Chalker: "That seems to indicate a high level of interest in Hynek's visit at the time?"

"Yes, well, I don't think so. All that happened was that it was more of a courtesy because he was a very important guy, Hynek, and they wanted to show him the courtesies etc. As far as Defence was concern it was dead and forgotten but they had not got rid of the files. They kept them.

Normally when files like that are written off they are either decided they'll put them in Archives or dispose of them and destroy them. But they had done neither. They had remained in the JIO. They'd kept them. I don't know what they had in mind about it, I never questioned it. I just used them as a means to refresh my memory.

"Later the guy who became the chief Defence scientist, John Farrands, was very interested in it too, and he had done a lot of early investigations in most of the reports when he was chief defence scientist and in the period just before he became chief defence scientist. He had a talk with me.

I was a friend of his. I used to meet with him at lunch. He went over it in great detail. He knew it all. He agreed it was something that couldn't be refuted. No matter how hard they tried, and they tried very hard to knock it all back. They checked everything from medical, down to when was the last time I had had a drink..."

Bill Chalker: "That must have been a bit of a concern to you?"

"Well, I wanted to hush it all up. That sort of investigation made me look a bit of a fool. I was worried it wasn't going to do my career any good. "(Apart from the radar witness) it locked in a sighting over the NDB (non directional beacon) at Narulan, at the same time. There happened to be a guy working on the NDB.

It was down at the time.

He had gone to repair it. He happened to look up at the time because he saw these lights fly overhead. Also the air traffice control officer in the tower at Mascot saw them approaching him. "It was all investigated by the then RAAF guy who did it and later it was also investigated by the Joint Intelligence Bureau."

In 1993 I assisted The Extraordinary television programme with a recreation of the Sea Fury incident. Shamus O'Farrell, Keith Jessop and I were interviewed on the show. The case stands as one of the best unexplained radar visual UFO cases on record in Australia.

written by Bill Chalker


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