UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 425, Issue date, 09-27-10
1999 - Argentina: UFO Stole Water from Military Base
Published: 10:41 PM 9/23/2010
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Reported by: Patchi LaFata
Argentina: A UFO Stole Water from a Military Base in Santa Fe. An effort was made to conceal the case for years, but the proof is undeniable
The case emerges 11 years later and makes manifest the strange repetition of events related to Ufology that are intentionally concealed from the public. The episode occurred on the evening of 24 November 1999 at an army base located in the provincial capital of Santa Fe. A strange “imprint” appeared on the ground.
The official story suggested a gag among army officers, but research showed that several witnesses directly observed the presence of a 40-meter-long flying object. But that isn't all, because no one was able to explain the reason why the water tank and two water cisterns that supply the troops were left completely empty.
The exciting story of the event and its subsequent investigation was made known by Grupo Vision OVNI resulting from field work by experts Luis Brussa (general research), Ariel Maderna (photography) and engineer Fabian Rossi (calculation and diagrams).
“After having learned of the event, I decided to go to the base to carry out investigations. Ten days had elapsed. I invited two researcher friends – Ariel and Fabian – to come along. So we grabbed our gear and went out to conduct field research, which is unquestionably the most pleasant and interesting aspect,” says Brussa regarding the origin of the event.
A Search for Truth
“Upon arrival, we were greeted by two soldiers. We told them that we were researchers of the subject and wanted to carry out some studies. They whisked us off to a superior officer, to whom we had to explain matters in greater depth, why we were doing it and what we would do with our conclusions. Permission was granted,” states the researcher.
He later explained that “the soldiers themselves led us to the impression, located in the remotest area of the base, which covers six blocks. We started by looking at the imprint and other facilities, such as sheds, the water tank, trees, wires and the cistern, which supplies water and has a depth of 15 meters and a diameter of 2.5 meters.”
The first clue emerges here. According to the story that Sgt. Carlos Villano told the researchers, “the cistern was practically drained the night of the event.” The officer also stated that the morning following the event, the principal of the primary school that operates on the base’s premises called him to report a lack of water in the school’s rest rooms. “I was sent to the cistern to see what was going on, thinking that the fuses had blown, but they were fine,” said the officer. At the same time, he found that the cistern and tank were both out of water, while noticing the circular impression for the first time.
Another witness was Claudio Chena, the water basin’s custodian, who was 25 at the time. “He said that he was a professional photographer and showed us pictures taken of the event. He also explained that he was playing soccer with his cousin in the base’s soccer pitch, which is in the front of the base, facing Avenida Freyre,” comments Brussa.
“Claudio said that after 9:00 p.m., they saw a bright light toward the water tank, and that the lights went out throughout the district, but not the street lamps, which remained on. They paid little mind to the situation, thinking the lights were from a truck driving along Calle San José, behind the district,” states Brussa in his account.
The researchers canvassed the base’s neighbors, and came across Marta. “This woman said that on that evening, they were watching TV with the family and suddenly became aware of a persistent, even buzzing sound, a sensation similar to that of an earthquake, which Marta had felt in Córdoba, and she compared it as being alike. She stated that the TV set and the household lights experienced at least two brownouts, although power was not entirely lost,” says Brussa.
Another key witness was Aidé, who already knew of the imprint. Aidé is Colombian and is married to a renowned rural doctor. Her son is an architect. On the night of the event, she was standing in the doorway facing Calle Salta around 8:45 p.m. when she saw “a light having a circular shape, with a luminosity similar to that of a fluorescent bulb, and it flew at low speed.
The treetops concealed it. It didn't give off sparks or lights, smoke or any wake at all. It didn't change shape, nor did it blink or explode, or even accelerate. It just moved on a fixed course, maintaining its brilliant light and shape.”
“She only saw a single object, which in her estimation, was between 30 and 40 meters wide and at a distance of some 150 to 200 meters. She added that at that time se felt a sense of tranquility and total silence during the approximately 12 second duration of the event,” states Brussa’s report.
Characteristics of the Imprint Found at the Base
Shape: Circular. Measurement: 5.30 meters: Interior: 1.2 meters. Characteristics: the inner print was not perfect. The external print presented a shape with hexagonal edges, not very defined, toward the south. Organic vegetable matter: grass. Size: 3 to 4 cm. tall.
Color: Natural green at the center of the print; dark brown within the print itself. The virgin soil surrounding the grass was similar to that at the center of the print, natural green and regular height.
Complementary Data: The print was seven meters distant from the water tank. Ten meters away on the left is a shed containing two water cisterns which provide water to the tank. Water comes from the street network and fills both cisterns.
An electrical pump sends water to the high concrete tank. Water was missing from the cisterns the day after the event. They [the cisterns] have a diameter of 2.5 meters and a depth of 15 meters. The cistern panel connected to the electric pump did not short-circuit.
Particulars of the Case
Date of the Imprint’s Appearance: 24-25 November 1999, between 21:00 on the 24th and the morning of the 25th.
Investigation conducted: 4 December 1999
Locality: City of Santa Fe, Argentina
Place: 12th Infantry Regiment, Avenida Freyre 2500, between Salta and Juan de Garay streets.
Weather conditions at the time: clear skies, 33 degrees (C) ambient temperature
(Translation (c) 2010 S. Corrales, IHU.
Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO)
Agradezco al amigo Scott Corrales -EE.UU.-
Informó: Guillermo D. Giménez - Arg
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Danville Theater to Present Play of 1976 Alien Abduction
Published: September 19, 2010
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/play1976abduction.html
By JENNIFER BRUMMETT, firstname.lastname@example.org
(NOTE from B J Booth - This play portrays the 1976 Abduction of 3 women from Kentucky. My family originated in Kentucky, and several family members knew Louise Smith, Elaine Thomas and Mona Stafford, and stated that the three were well known and respected in their community, and their story, though bizarre, was taken as the truth by those who knew them. If you are not familiar with this case, you should check it out. It is by far, one of the best documented cases of alien abduction in Ufology.)
A play based on actual events opens the West T. Hill Community Theatre 2010-2011 season. “High Strangeness,” written and directed by local playwright Elizabeth Orndorff, is the story of three women who claim to have been abducted by aliens and taken aboard a UFO one night on their way home from a restaurant.
“It looks at what happens in their lives when they are not believed,” Orndorff explained.
The title of the play refers to a phrase coined by Dr. Allen Hynek, an astronomer and consultant to the Air Force on UFOs.
“It refers to any happenings out of ordinary reality — alien encounters, sightings, abductions, etc. Dr. Hynek also coined the phrase ‘close encounters,’” Orndorff said.
The real incident happened one night in January 1976, just outside Stanford.
“Three women from Liberty — Louise Smith, Elaine Thomas and Mona Stafford — were on their way home from having a birthday dinner for Mona at the Redwood restaurant in Lancaster,” Orndorff explained. “On (Ky.) 78, between Stanford and Hustonville, they encountered bright lights and a flying saucer and their car was forced off the road. Later, under hypnosis, they told of being taken aboard the UFO and experimented with.
“Every test that was given to them, they passed, including lie detector tests administered by the Lexington Police Department. The women told identical stories under hypnosis. This remains one of the most documented cases of alien abduction today. Only one of the women is still living today, and I had the opportunity to visit with her on the telephone recently — that was an exciting experience I will never forget.”
The idea for the play floated around in Orndorff’s head and in a file folder for several years, ever since she discovered the story.
“Then I started an outline last fall and let it sit for a while,” she added. “In January, I went to Taos, N.M., for a three-month residency at the Wurlitzer Foundation. I wrote ‘High Strangeness’ sitting in my Taos casita in February, with eight inches of snow outside and the coyotes bleating in the dark — a great place to write about aliens.”
Orndorff said although she wrote the play, directing it actually has been easier than directing a play someone else wrote.
“I can make changes in dialogue that doesn’t work without asking anyone’s permission. The scene onstage is more likely to match the vision in my head if I get to handle the direction,” she noted.
The people with whom she is working on “High Strangeness” have made it a good experience, Orndorff added.
“Working with my stage manager, Alice Berka, is always fun and a great learning experience. She is one of those rare people who is both creative and organized at the same time,” she explained. “On top of that, I have a terrific cast — Allen Martin, B.J. Curd, Arnetta Myers and Crystal Nichols. They are all a hoot and I think we work really well together. They all ‘got’ their characters early on, so rehearsals have been a delight. They make me laugh.
“I have to say a word about the wonderful help I have had on this show. Bill Nichols is extraordinary — he built the set, and did the sound and the lights, and is very easy to work with. Graham Jackson and Ashley Lambert are helping backstage and with set changes. And Karen Logue, who accepted the play in the first place and now will be running lights for it, is a peach.”
Orndorff said she hoped play-goers leave the play asking questions of themselves.
“I want them to really wonder, ‘What would I do if this happened to me?’ And then I want them to laugh their heads off,” the director noted. “At least until the end, when it gets a tad serious. But not too much.”
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Mr. Salas Goes to Washington (again)
Published: 2:22 PM 9/22/2010
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/mrsalas.html
by Billy Cox
Retired Air Force captain Robert Salas insists he’s “not as naive as I used to be” back in 2001, the first time he shared his eyewitness account with a National Press Club audience about how UFOs disabled an ICBM missile field in 1967.
He erroneously assumed the mainstream media might actually be curious about how America’s nuclear arsenal could be so easily breached.
He has written a book (Faded Giant), appeared at the National Press Club, and spoken to worldwide TV audiences about the day UFOs took 10 nuclear missiles offline in 1967.
He'll join other military veterans for another press conference in Washington on Monday, even though he doubts the media's ability to handle the story.
But speaking out nine years ago wasn’t a total loss, considering how his example emboldened other former USAF operatives like Bruce Fenstermacher — a Minuteman III launch control officer in the Seventies — to step up with their own stories about UFOs snooping around Uncle Sam’s WMDs.
On Monday afternoon, Fenstermacher will join Salas and five more veterans at the same venue in yet another (probably doomed) effort to stoke a little interest in our strategic vulnerabilities. All told, UFOs and Nukes author/event organizer Robert Hastings has vetted well over 115 veterans with individual pieces of this disturbing puzzle.
Salas, whose story is also cited in Leslie Kean’s compelling New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, says he has “no high expectations” for this event, either. Nor does he share any of Kean’s enthusiasm for jump-starting a new scientific study of the Great Taboo.
“Unless our government comes forward and makes an official statement that this phenomenon is real, that there’s something to it, there’s just no way we’re going to generate political support for a new study,” Salas says.
“There is excessive secrecy in government. And nobody likes excessive secrecy, because that obviously leads to abuses. And that is the political connection to the UFO phenomenon. Even if (Kean) gets a new study going, it’s going to bump into the well-entrenched secrecy committee and you’re going to wind up with a regurgitation of the Condon report.”
(If you don’t know about Condon, nevermind, it’s a long story.) “And we’ll wind up right back where we started.”
Salas’ idea of a best-case scenario arising from Monday’s event? Being brought up on federal charges for violating the security oath he signed in ‘67 shortly after the nukes crashed.
“Oh, I would welcome a prosecution,” he says from his home in California. “As long as I had an open public trial.” He chuckles. “And not in some basement somewhere.”
Considering how nobody went to prison for the felony of blowing a CIA agent’s cover during wartime in 2003, Salas is probably home free.
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Searching the Cosmos
Published: September 22, 2010
permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2010/searchingcosmos.html
By Tim O'Brien
With a myriad of popular culture references about UFOs, extraterrestrials, and interstellar tales, it's hard for us humans not to wonder about the possibility of complex life existing in our galaxy, as well as in the estimated 125 billion galaxies in the known universe.
With so much existing material in the universe, it ultimately leads to a simple question: Do Earth-like planets exist in the universe and, if so, do they maintain the correct habitable conditions for complex life to evolve ?
Modern day scientists who work in fields such as astronomy and astrophysics generally fall into two camps: those who posit that Earth-like planets do exist, and those who posit that the conditions comparable to those on Earth are improbable in other areas of the universe.
The principle of mediocrity is the argument that because the known universe is so enormous, the vast number of stars that exist gives us good reason to assume that a planet like Earth is bound to also exist in another solar system.
Since every part of the universe is made up of essentially the same physical and chemical material, then it is fair to assume that the formation of conditions comparable to Earth’s is a strong possibility.
This principle directly contrasts the Rare Earth hypothesis, which states that the number of specific conditions for the formation of a planet such as Earth are too improbable to expect in other distant points in the universe.
Jerry Ennis, astronomer and member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada St. John‘s Centre, summarizes some of the conditions.
“First of all, a planet must orbit in the habitable zone of its parent star. Liquid water must be present at the surface and the habitable zones are quite narrow—too close, it’s too hot; too far away, it’s too cold. The habitable zones are so close that gravity will induce synchronous rotation, the same side of a planet always faces the star it orbits. The result, one side—the dark side—remains extremely cold and any atmosphere is frozen.”
In addition to conditions regarding habitable orbital zones, there are numerous other factors involved. These include the mass of our moon and sun, Jovian planets such as Jupiter, and plate tectonics.
“Ours is not an ordinary star. Ninety-five per cent of all stars are less massive than our Sun. Stars just 50 per cent more massive than the Sun are too short-lived for complex life to evolve,” said Ennis. With regards to Jovian giants, Ennis states, “without Jupiter, the incidence of impact with a 10 kilometre body would have been once every 10,000 years instead of every 100 million years.” This is because Jupiter’s gravity makes it an easy target for asteroids.
Considering all of these facts regarding necessary conditions, how can we even be sure that complex life is a guarantee when such conditions are met? The search for extraterrestrial life in the universe has concentrated mostly on primitive life forms.
This is because searching for complex life forms would be pointless if we cannot posit the existence of primitive life forms first—the big fish eats the little fish.
For more information on the Royal Astronomical Society, visit rasc.ca.
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Balloony UFO Alert - Air Traffic Controller Cause Unfounded UFO Alert
Published: 1:23 PM 9/23/2010
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Bungling air traffic control officials sparked a full scale UFO alert after picking up 80 hot air balloons released by a wedding party on their radar.
Police in Altotting, Germany, scrambled a helicopter and all their spare squad cars after air officials confirmed a UFO sighting.
But instead of ET, baffled cops found dozens of good luck balloons filled with helium that had been released by wedding guests 200 miles away in Weinfelden.
Groom Michael Muller, 35, said: "I never would have guessed that a few balloons could cause such a big fuss."
But big hearted police have told the happy couple they don't plan to send them the bill for the UFO drama - and have even collected and returned the good luck cards on the balloons.
"It wasn't their fault people over-reacted," said one officer.
from the German Herald
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Portugal UFO Sighting - Airline Captain Júlio Miguel Guerra
Published: 9:12 AM 9/14/2010
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In the chapter he wrote for “UFOs,” Airline Captain Júlio Miguel Guerra relives his lengthy encounter with a highly active UFO while serving as a flight instructor for the Portuguese Air Force in 1982.
He writes: “At various times the object had been very close to me and I was able to verify that it was round with two halves shaped like two tight-fitting skullcaps. I carefully looked at the lower one, which seemed to be somewhere between red and brown with a hole or dark spot in the center.
"The center band looked like it had some kind of a grid, and possibly a few lights, but it was hard to tell since the sun was so bright and was reflected.”
The object circled his small airplane for 15 minutes while he was alone in the sky, in his DHC-1 Chipmunk. He made this drawing the day after the encounter and submitted it with his report to the Portuguese Air Force.
(Júlio Guerra, CNIFO Case Report)
Guerra states that the object “flew at a fantastic speed in a large elliptical orbit to the left, between 5,000 feet to the South and approximately 10,000 feet to the North, always from left to right, repeating this route over and over. I tried to keep it in sight.”
Two fellow Air Force officers, Carlos Garcês and António Gomes, flew to the location, and they too watched the object repeat its elliptical course, passing between the two planes on each return, for about 10 minutes. They were able to estimate the size, given its proximity to the two aircraft: about eight to 10 feet.
After landing, all three pilots filed detailed, independent written reports with the Air Force. General José Lemos Ferreira, the Portuguese Air Force Chief of Staff at the time, authorized the release of all the records to a team of scientists and experts, which conducted a lengthy scientific investigation.
The group estimated that the unidentified object was flying at over 300 MPH vertically and its velocity when it circled Guerra’s aircraft was about 1550 MPH.
Since leaving the Air Force in 1990 after 18 years of service, Júlio Guerra has been a Captain with Portugália Airlines (TAP), Portugal’s largest commercial airline. He has 17,000 hours of flight experience, and in 2009 he received an aeronautic science degree from the Lusofona University of Oporto. (Courtesy Júlio Guerra)
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