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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 557, Issue date, 04-15-13

A UFO Manifesto for Journalists
UFO Depiction
Published: 9:23 AM 4/7/2013

- For more than 65 years, there have been worldwide reports of sightings, landings and crashes of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) which are under intelligent control, and which travel at speeds and with aeronautical capabilities far surpassing those of known, earthly military and commercial aircraft.

- Those accounts have been affirmed by the testimony of many reliable witnesses, including astronauts, generals, admirals, law enforcement officials, airline pilots and other highly credentialed individuals.

- Some UFO crashes have been retrieved by military personnel of the United States and other countries, and several witnesses have viewed and handled the bodies of the occupants of those extraterrestrial (ET) craft;

- A seminal research document titled "UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For?" Published in 1999 by an independent group of former French generals, space scientists and other high officials concluded: “A single hypothesis sufficiently takes into account the facts and, for the most part, only calls for present-day science.

It is the hypothesis of extraterrestrial visitors. Advanced as of 1947 by certain U.S. military personnel, today it is popular worldwide. It is discredited by a certain elite but is plausible. Scientists (astronomers, physicists, engineers, futurologists, etc.) have elaborated on it enough for it to be received - as a hypothesis - by their peers."

- If the ET Hypothesis is valid, humankind faces the greatest scientific discovery in history - the existence of non-human, intelligent off-planet life forms with interstellar propulsion capabilities. Thus, this meeting of cosmic cultures will inevitably affect every segment of Civilization, including religion, politics, science, technology, health, agriculture, and the complete spectrum of human life will likely be challenged by confirmation of a larger reality.

- Contemplation of the effects of this reality on various Earth cultures and the probable and preferred responses from those cultures is a critical research/education project for the best minds willing to undertake the challenge. Needless to say, participation by the world's top journalists is an essential requirement for the successful investigation and resolution of the complex issues which are bound to arise with full disclosure of the extraterrestrial visitation.

- Since 1947, the UFO/ET phenomenon has been subject to a highly compartmentalized U.S. government cover-up that has been largely justified in terms of "national security", despite official pronouncements by the Air Force that UFOs have never posed a threat to U.S. military operations or the security of the nation.

This is a curious assertion considering repeated documentation of UFO incursions at nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons laboratories, nuclear weapons storage facilities, and nuclear weapons launch facilities. Clearly, the truth regarding these incursions is a prime topic for serious investigation and reporting by professional journalists.

- In response to citizen inquiries to the White House concerning extraterrestrial visitation, the Office of the President has stated: “The U.S. governments has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race.

In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public eye."

- This presidential statement is completely contrary to evidence offered by highly respected researchers and former U.S. officials, several of whom have offered to provide testimony under oath to the U.S. Congress. This conflict between "official Knowledge" and independent/citizen knowledge cries out for investigative reporting.

- Over the years, every top-level news organization in the United States has been frequently approached by UFO contactees and UFO researchers with events, information and evidence related to UFO/ET phenomena. With few exceptions, the major media news organizations have defaulted on that issue, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN news television.

Additionally, most major media organizations have treated anyone who has spoken or written about UFOs to be intellectually stunted and worthy of rejection and ridicule. Many journalists, like many academics have failed in their obligation to treat a very important issue fairly and objectively.

To remedy this gross violation of journalistic principles and ethics, responsible journalists need to:

1. Undertake serious efforts to raise public awareness concerning the many controversies surrounding UFO/ET issues, including the "truth embargo" which has seriously plagued the problem;

2. Fully utilize the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to seek release of secret documents related to the extraterrestrial presence;

3. Support the call for Congressional hearings on UFO/ET matters;

4. Press the White House for an additional search of military and intelligence agency files which are known to refute its' public statements concerning extraterrestrial visitation;

5. Ask the White House for an explanation as to why the public has been subjected to a fraudulent cover-up concerning UFO/ET matters;

6. Seek identification of the agencies, people and other countries involved in the cover-up;

7. Encourage other journalists in the U.S. and around the world to appropriately investigate and report on UFO/ET phenomena.

In sum, the UFO/ET issue is one of the most serious, perplexing problems confronting the human race. Therefore, it is imperative that the journalists of the world meet their professional obligation to regularly investigate and report the truth regarding the issue and related matters.

This Manifesto was compiled by Bill Wickersham, Adjunct Professor of Peace Studies, University of Missouri - Columbia bwickers@centurytel.net - (573) 817-1512

Brief comment about self: I have been interested in the UFO phenomenon for over 50 years. During my 15 years in Washington, D.C. I had an opportunity to interact with several individuals who were very close to the UFO/ET issue.

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Westall 66 Australian UFO Encounter Gets a Park
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:56 PM 4/11/2013

Posted by: Alejandro Rojas

Australia’s most incredible mass UFO sighting is being commemorated with a UFO-themed playground. The sighting, referred to as Westall ’66, took place in 1966 in the town of Clayton South, a suburb of Melbourne.

There were over 90 witnesses, many of them school children playing cricket, who saw three objects, one of which landed for a short period before taking off again at a great speed.

One witness, Joy Clarke, now 60, told the Australian newspaper, The Age, that the playground gives the sighting validation. She says,

It makes you feel like people believe that it did happen… For years and years we were made fun of. You got told: ‘How crazy were you? What drugs were you on?’ For God’s sake, I was 12 and a half and at school. I wasn’t dropping LSD. Clarke was a high school student at Westall High at the time of the sighting.

Public servant, Shane Ryan, spent eight years researching the incident and campaigning to build a commemoration on the site.

Ryan says, “I think it was a UFO, which is not the same as saying it was an extraterrestrial spacecraft... There is a core mystery here. Too many people saw it. I think it’s something worth taking seriously”.

Ryan’s efforts are being rewarded with a $150,000 UFO-themed playground. It will feature a nearly 11-foot high spaceship that can hold up to seven children. It will be in the shape of a large silver flying saucer, trimmed with blue LED lights, loosely based off of what was witnessed in 1966.

Steve Perumal, a Kingston council officer who participated in the design says, “We’re effectively designing a UFO and hanging playground equipment off it.”

The site will include a sign that describes the details if the sighting.

“It’d be nice to hear something serious,” says Terry Peck, a childhood friend of Clarke, who also witnessed the craft, “someone come forward to explain it. We were all brainwashed, told it was nothing, some government experiment and we weren’t to talk about it.”

Peck said she would not have even said anything about what she saw if it were not for all of the other witnesses, “if I was the only one... I don’t want family or friends thinking I was a nut case, but because there were so many of us. Look, it’s factual. I saw it. There must be something if all these people who are quite smart saw it.”

For more information on the sighting, there is a 2010 documentary on the event. The documentary was a nominee for an EBE award at the UFO Congress film festival in 2011.

See the UFO Casebook file, UFO Landing at Grange Reserve, 1966

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Sirius Film DEBUNKED – UFO News – Aliens Exist: Alien Dissection Fraud
Sirius Humanoid
Published: 11:58 AM 4/11/2013

By Clive Vanes

The extraordinary claims surrounding the film “SIRIUS” has me scratching my head. As an investigator of UFOs, I am always looking for real proof but this new documentary is already starting to stink.

The claim is that an alien body was found in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The body measures 6 inches long and will be studied in this film.

The film is brought to you by Steven Greer, a UFO researcher, but in the alien business, you can get rich quick with one good hoax.

I think that anyone can look at the footage and quickly call it a fraud. It doesn’t take a UFO investigator to prove that this is nonsense and that Greer is merely trying to turn a buck.

At least with the original ALIEN AUTOPSY, they made it somewhat believable. Anyone that buys into this has to have their head examined.

There is so much credible UFO evidence out there. It doesn’t have to be spectacular, but it does if you are trying to sell it and that is what we have here.

I’m sure somebody will upload it on YouTube and you can watch it for free there and see just how ridiculous it is and just how much Greer has hurt the UFO Truth movement.

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UFO Sightings are Flying High across the Gold Coast
UFO Depiction
Published: 5:46 PM 4/8/2013

Andrew Potts

THE weather may be cooling down but UFO sightings are heating up.

The state's leading UFO hunters have received an influx of reported sightings this year across the Gold Coast and Tweed.

A theme among the sightings includes shape-changing objects moving rapidly through the sky.

The most recent sighting was reported in Murwillumbah at 8 pm on March 20, when a man claimed to have seen a glowing red V-shaped object in the sky near Springbrook.

The object allegedly moved quickly and became a blue colour before disappearing.

It came just weeks after a group of teenagers claimed to have seen a similar object above Robina's Lake Orr. It was said to be a ball-shape before becoming a blue rotating cube.

The group claimed their mobile phones ceased to work following the close encounter.

UFO Research Queensland's Sheryl Gottschall said the sightings were unusual.

"They are quite strange and do not match anything from the literature," she said.

"All of the people involved were deeply affected by all this and I have no doubt they have all had major experiences."

The organisation, which began in 1956, has a sightings database going back to the 1990s. Many sightings reported in the past year have been on the southern Gold Coast, from the Hinterland to Banora Point.

Seeing a UFO is a close encounter of the first kind. Physical evidence lifts the rating to the second kind, while contact with a UFO is an encounter of the third kind.

To report a UFO sighting, either call 3376 1780 or email info@uforq.asn.au.

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Archived Case of the Week

Early UFO Triangle Report, 1953
UFO Depiction I came across an online copy of Major Edward Ruppelt's book about UFOs -- he was the first head of Project Blue Book, and though a skeptic, he actually did serious and thorough investigations on reported UFO sightings. He's also the guy who started calling "flying saucers" UFOs.

This is from Chapter 17 of Ruppelt's "The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects". Ruppelt writes:

It was just a few minutes before midnight on January 28, 1953, when a message flashed into Wright-Patterson for Project Blue Book. It was sent "Operational Immediate," so it had priority handling; I was reading it by 12:30 A.M... A pilot had chased a UFO.

The report didn't have many details but it did sound good. It gave the pilot's name and said that he could be reached at Moody AFB. I put in a long distance call, found the pilot, and flipped on my recorder so that I could get his story word for word.

He told me that he had been flying an F-86 on a "round robin" navigation flight from Moody AFB to Lawson AFB to Robins AFB, then back to Moody - all in Georgia. At exactly nine thirty five he was at 6,000 feet, heading toward Lawson AFB on the first leg of his flight.

He remembered that he had just looked down and had seen the lights of Albany, Georgia; then he'd looked up again and seen this bright white light at "ten o'clock high."

It was an unusually bright light, and he said that he thought this was why it was so noticeable among the stars.

He flew on for a few minutes watching it as he passed over Albany. He decided that it must be an extremely bright star or another airplane - except it just didn't look right. It had too much of a definitely circular shape.

It was a nice night to fly and he had to get in so much time anyway, so he thought he'd try to get a little closer to it. If it was an airplane, chances were he could close in and if it was a star, he should be able to climb up to 30,000 feet and the light shouldn't change its relative position.

He checked his oxygen supply, increased the r.p.m. of the engine, and started to climb.

In three or four minutes it was obvious that he was getting above the light, and he watched it; it had moved in relation to the stars. It must be an airplane then, he'd decided - an airplane so far away that he couldn't see its red and green wing tip lights.

Since he'd gone this far, he decided that he'd get closer and make sure it was an airplane; so he dropped the nose of the F-86 and started down.

As the needle on the machmeter nudged the red line, he saw that he was getting closer because the light was getting bigger, but still he couldn't see any lights other than the one big white one. Then it wasn't white any longer; it was changing color.

In about a two second cycle it changed from white to red, then back to white again. It went through this cycle two or three times, and then before he could realize what was going on, he told me, the light changed in shape to a perfect triangle.

Then it split into two triangles, one above the other. By this time he had leveled off and wasn't closing in any more. In a flash the whole thing was gone. He used the old standard description for a disappearing UFO: "It was just like someone turning off a light - it's there, then it's gone."

I asked him what he thought he'd seen. He'd thought about flying saucers, he said, but he "just couldn't swallow those stories." He thought he had a case of vertigo and the more he thought about it, the surer he was that this was the answer. He'd felt pretty foolish, he told me, and he was glad that he was alone.

Up ahead he saw the sprawling lights of Fort Benning and Lawson AFB, his turning point on the flight, and he'd started to turn but then he'd checked his fuel. The climb had used up quite a bit, so he changed his mind about going to Robins AFB and started straight back to Moody.

He called in to the ground station to change his flight plan, but before he could say anything the ground radio operator asked him if he'd seen a mysterious light.

Well - he'd seen a light.

Then the ground operator proceeded to tell him that the UFO chase had been watched on radar. First the radar had the UFO target on the scope, and it was a UFO because it was traveling much too slowly to be an airplane.

Then the radar operators saw the F-86 approach, climb, and make a shallow dive toward the UFO. At first the F-86 had closed in on the UFO, but then the UFO had speeded up just enough to maintain a comfortable lead.

This went on for two or three minutes; then it had moved off the scope at a terrific speed. The radar site had tried to call him, the ground station told the F-86 pilot, but they couldn't raise him so the message had to be relayed through the tower.

Sent in by Jeanette C. - UFO Casebook Reader

[Editor's Note: One of the main reasons that Jeanette mentioned this older case to me was the reference to the UFO changing into a triangle shape, and then morphing into two triangle UFOs. We were both wondering, when were triangles first reported?

Although triangle reports became very prominent in the 1980s, the first early documented sightings of triangles were during the "Operation Mainbrace" Sightings of 1952. There could well be reports earlier, and if anyone has that information, send it along.]

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