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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
January 24, 2001

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"AND AN ANGEL RIDES IN A WHIRLWIND AND DIRECTS THIS STORM!" GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA," were the closing comments of President George W. Bush's inaugural address. In recent weeks we discussed angels as being God's messengers in unidentified flying objects. In a short speech the President twice quotes this passage that an angel rides in a whirlwind and directs this storm. He promised to tell us about UFOs if elected, is it possible he has already? It is interesting that our new President should choose to use these statements and discuss that we are guided by a power larger than ourselves. He says, "We will build our defenses beyond challenge. We will confront weapons of mass destruction, so that a new century is spared new horrors." He plans on building an antimissile system sometimes called 'Star wars.' The whirlwind in the Bible generally refers to the restless and sweeping destruction sure to overtake the wicked. He states, "And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity." This was a powerful speech from an apparently religious man and to understand him it will be prudent to become acquainted with the Bible. The Book of Ezekiel 1-4 states," Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. "

PHOTO CONTROVERSY -- Whenever photos are found of UFOs or possible alien activity a controversy develops between those who are convinced they are real, hoaxed, or just cases of mistaken identity. Often the actual identity, and motivation of the photographer is more important than the details of the actual photograph. Two recent photos, one of a Chinese missile launch and the so-called Alien Choir are causing concern. The investigation is just beginning, and there may be mundane explanations for both photographs. Some people suggest I should not mention them until the investigation is over, realistically that can take years. My readers ask for the latest reports and investigation may or may not prove they are factual. A report a few hours old is much easier to investigate than one weeks or months old. We only have to prove one case to prove that UFOs are real. MUFON investigators are standing by to interview the photographer in Alabama. The original photographers in China or Alabama have not shown a willingness to let us interview them. These two cases are discussed in more detail below. UFOs have been seen in Connecticut, Georgia and Texas. Practically everyday, I talk to sincere people who see or photograph unidentified flying objects in our skies. I personally chased them while in the Air Force and had them on my aircraft radar. Something unknown is flying in our skies, being an optimist I think they may be helping us. Although, accidents may occur when we get in each others way. When I get a call from a farmer in Canada or an architect in New Jersey who have spotted a UFO, and they describe the same craft including the rust on its side, I'm convinced they are seeing the same object. When they see the a photo taken in Mexico years ago they identify it as the same craft. When President Bush flew jet fighters for the Air National Guard, I wouldn't be surprised if he saw a UFO since there were many operating in Texas at the time. Many people's lives are changed forever by the experience.
Watch the skies particularly before sunrise and at sunset. You might be surprised what you see.


BEIJING -- China's state television announced that the Shenzhou II spaceship, which blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province on January 9, 2001, in the country's second test of its future manned spacecraft, returned to Earth on January 18. Nick Balakas wrote that the Shenzhou Spacecraft photo discussed last week, was actually an earlier daylight test of the rocket powered "escape tower" that is attached to the Shenzhou spacecraft itself and is mounted on top of its tall Long March rocket booster." The Shenzhou II spaceship launch was actually at night. "As for what the bell shaped object is, I do not know although it does remind me of a small weather balloon which may have been released just before the escape tower test." Jeff has done a great job in picking out unknown or unexplained objects in space but this picture of a bell shaped object in the atmosphere is certainly no evidence of a UFO monitoring the launch of Shenzhou-2. Thanks to Nick Balaskas

Author Whitley Strieber also wrote, "The picture you have on your web site as the launch of the Shenzou-2 rocket is apparently a test of an escape tower, probably of the Shenzou-1 module. It is possible that the object seen is the Shenzou-1 capsule descending on its parachute. Thanks to Whitley Strieber Go to to confirm.

Jeff Challender responds, "While looking at the photos of the launch, I noticed a bell or pyramid shaped object flying next to the space launch during the flight to orbit. At first I considered that it might be a piece of the launch shroud which protects the space craft during ascent. That must be ruled out since in the picture it can be seen that the escape tower rockets have just been fired. These must be clear before the shroud can be jettisoned. "Further research has indicated that I was a bit hasty in my mistaken belief that the photo was of the Shenzou 2 launch. I stand corrected on this point. I must disagree with Mr.Balaskas concerning his explanation for the UFO. I have seen many a weather balloon in my home area. We live but three miles from McClellan AFB, and the object displays none of the characteristics of such a balloon. Where is the instrument package carried by the balloon? There is none. Balloons also have a pronounced "inverted onion" shape, and the object's shape is nothing like that. What's more, the "bells" seen during STS-101 were in space, where there are no balloons. I still say the object in the rocket picture bears a striking resemblance to the "bells" seen during STS-101. I don't see anything like a parachute. There are no shrouds, nor is there a canopy. The parachutes used by the Chinese on their capsules are quite colorful and would be difficult to miss. The official Chinese space agency photograph can be seen at Thanks to Jeff Challender.

Editor's Note: It appears the Chinese have released photos of several launches causing some confusion. The daylight photo is probably the Shenzhou 1, which looks almost exactly like the 2. It is interesting that the Chinese should release a daylight photo of an earlier launch showing what appears to be a UFO? There is nothing that appears to be missing from the rocket, such as shrouds or escape test tower, the two deployed aero-panels, rockets or the reentry vehicle to account for the unidentified bell shaped flying object. The Shenzhou is listed as 3.35 meters in diameter while the UFO appears to be about five meters or about 20 feet in diameter. In another released photo the reentry vehicle is about three meters (10 feet) in diameter and hanging below a huge parachute. I agree with Jeff that there may be an unidentified flying object flying below the test rocket that is larger than in diameter than any part of the Shenzhou. The photographer may have a mundane explanation but China nor the Beijing Evening Post have not explained what the object is. Instead the photo is published with only "Escape Tower Test" explanation. We should remember that the Chinese are very clever and have officially asked the United Nations to study UFOs. They report their fighter aircraft attempt to intercept the UFOs, and that airliners have had midair collisions with them. The US has provided the chief obstruction to this study.


Australian researcher Barry Taylor writes, "I strongly suggest that the image not be called a HOAX. This indicates that the photographer and researchers involved deliberately and knowingly falsified the evidence presented. After close examination of the image, I am fully convinced that this is not the case. I consider that the illumination was actually at the scene when the image was taken by the photographer. This makes this case, "a misidentification and misinterpretation of the image in question." I have looked for obvious signs of 'pasting' within the image, and have found none. The larger 'background' pixels are consistent throughout the whole image. The smaller pixels within the brighter illumination areas are also consistent with the way the illumination is displayed. Strong contrast creates the 'pixel boarder' around the 'Alien choir' illumination. Firstly, when scaled to the daylight image, the "Alien Choir" aligns with the tree trunks and lower branch outline against the wall of the white house positioned above the garage roof in the image. Now study the "False Color Enhanced" image (fcolor~1.jpg ) This image shows the make-up of the "falloff" of the brightness of the illumination as the effect of the trees trunks and branches interfere with the edges of the main illumination.

The concentric rings of color indicate the way the light fades from the brightest to the dullest. The "Heads and necks" of the "Alien Choir" are caused by gaps in the branches, showing the reflected light off the wall of the house behind the trees. Vertical Movement in the Image. I am not sure, by I think a Digital camera was used to take the original images. The 'pixel scatter' around the electric wires in the daytime image, and the pixel 'glitches' and abnormal color pixels in the night image seems to indicate a digital camera. Digital cameras use a 'Progressive Scan' feature when viewing to frame your scene to photograph. As you slowly move the camera, you can see the image in the view finder 'jumping' as the progressive scan feature is working. The vertical distortions seen in the 'Alien choir' image could have resulted when the photo was taken 'between progressive scans of the image in view.' This would show up in the resulting image as the top half of one image blending in with the lower half of the second image during slight movement during progressive scan within the camera. [slight elongation of brightest features, especially under low light conditions] I hope careful study of my findings will also convince you that this explains the truth behind the 'Alien Choir' image. Barry Taylor UFO Researcher Australia.

Bruce Maccabee writes, "Here is a comment from another Bruce: the picture appears to have been jiggled vertically during exposure. All images have the same sort of vertical stretch. This means that the Shapes pf the images are not the true shapes of the light sources. I don't know what made the light sources, perhaps a UFO, but IMHO the image shapes do not represent the true shapes. Also, overexposed images are always larger than they would be without overexposure, so the brightness is another cause for image distortion. Supposedly there is no light normally at that location. But I would like to see a nighttime photo taken under identical conditions by a reputable investigator.
The photo is still under investigation. Thanks Bruce Maccabee

Marilyn Ruben says that, "In response to the various questions forwarded from you or your readers over the "alien choir" photograph, I have addressed many issues at the web site on page or Thanks to Marilyn Ruben

Editor's Note: I felt the photograph should be investigated in much greater detail. Perhaps even more important is the integrity of the photographer since advancements in computers and photography make almost any photo suspect. MUFON State Director s Tom Sheets and investigator John Thompson have offered their services in investigating this case. I personally think the case is important because of the report of the humming power lines, and the green colors in a digital photo. It is important to attempt to duplicate the scene at night. Security lights or transformer arcing might explain the photo. Other similar photos are turning up.


MONROE -- On Jan 16, 2001, at about 7:30 PM, a resident of Newtown was traveling on Route 25 near Monroe. A hexagonal shaped object flew across the roadway in front of her. The object was about as long as a commercial jumbo jet, and was a dark gray or black in color. This witness saw some sort of 'ridges' on the bottom surface, with a blue/green light at each of 5 points, and a small red light on the 6th point. There are similar hexagon type reports on file for Georgia and Pennsylvania. In 1992, Corinth Georgia investigation by John Thompson MUFON/ISUR- Hexagon shaped object with 3 triangular lights at each corner, hovering; 28 Sept 99, Chatsworth Georgia, investigation by Tom Sheets MUFON/ISUR. Thanks to Tom Sheets, ISUR Board, SD-MUFONGA.


SILVER SPRINGS -- Five years ago in August at 8:00 PM in Wheaton, my wife and I heard the sound of a large slow craft pass directly over our top third floor apartment. The sound was similar to the Rense recreation except instead of a wavering treble pitch component going up and down, there was a pulsing HUMM of ~ G 2 octaves below middle C and about 2-3 pulses per second there were also more undertones than overtones)*. As a classically trained musician I am accurate in sound memory. Two other sightings in this area over 6 years have produced another large disk and one triangle which I previously reported with some excitement due to the fact there was a live re-enactment of the craft using a helicopter with hanging lights within 2 hours of the initial triangle sighting. I feel an obligation to my old friend Alan Hynek to report what needs to be reported. Regards Don Hakman j12_lanl_underg_facilities.htm


Tom Sheets MUFONGA State Director writes, Field Investigator Olivia Newton of Lilburn is currently training and supervising the personnel of Georgia's foremost haunting and paranormal scientific investigation group. On the night of November 26, 2000, a group of investigator's were returning from a case in Walton County. Ms. Olivia was driving one portion of the team, with additional members in a second vehicle. About 8:30 PM, they were driving up Good Hope Rd. when a series of lights in the SW sky drew their attention. Upon closer observation, it appeared to be a double row of brilliantly glowing pearl like spheres, a reddish orange to amber in color, hovering in the sky about 1 mile away. She indicated that they were aspirin size at arm's length (AAL) and in a straight line. As everyone turned to look, and while seeking a spot to pull off, some trees obscured the view and the objects had then disappeared. Total event duration was about 1 minute. There have also been some other reports of unusual objects on the East side of Atlanta. She has extensive investigative experience with a world renowned university academic who specializes in paranormal research.

On January 3, 2001, MUFONGA investigators Carl and Helen Thim were driving west on Hwy 54 just outside of Fayetteville proper. At 5:32 PM, twilight conditions, Ms. Helen noticed a glowing object in the sky about 30 degrees off of the SW horizon. Closer observation revealed it to be acorn shaped with a rounded top, about thumbnail size AAL, and glowing with a yellowish light, also appearing to have a mist like vapor at the top. As they continued westbound in traffic, she observed it to begin a slow descent of about 5 degrees, leaving what appeared to be a misty trail tracing the descent. She pointed this out to her husband Carl who was trying to drive and observe. About this time, they reached the central area of town and noticed 2 jet like contrails in the sky near the object. These contrails appeared to circle in the sky as if in reaction to what was being observed, but no aircraft were seen. About this same time a helicopter was observed flying north away from Fayetteville. Ms. Helen added that before their visual was lost, the object did a Z shaped maneuver. Upon arriving home, she phoned the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and spoke to Sheriff Randall Johnson. He advised that their agency had received no other calls regarding the object. The Thims were later perplexed, Carl observed the object to be of a definite silver disc but Helen did not. This team has conducted several excellent investigations and are widely respected. They both are former aerospace employees, Carl being seconded from Boeing to the Pacific Missile Range for 5 years and working as an electronics specialist in our manned space program. He is currently a senior instructor with one of the largest aviation corporations in the world. There are similar cases in which two or more reliable witnesses in close proximity observe the same phenomena, but each describe different object types and/or different details. High strangeness in Dixieland, God's country.

We continue to receive inquiries about MUFONGA from law enforcement officers in several regions of Georgia. John Bodin, our south Georgia DD who is also with the Peace Officer's Association of Georgia, recently advised me that a follow-up article to the original piece for the Peace Officer's magazine would be welcome. I will be working on that a little later. MUFONGA historian and FI Michael Hitt wrote an excellent article on the Milledgeville UFO event from 1967 (MUFON Journal Dec00), which involved several law enforcement officer witnesses. He later spoke with retired Milledgeville Chief Eugene Ellis who was also a witness and a central figure when various 'officials' arrived to investigate. Michael suspects that there was a certain 'twisting' of the facts by these 'officials', which varied from the astute and correct observations of the police officers i.e. the truth. We've made arrangements for John Bodin to sit down with Chief Ellis and debrief him in detail about the events from those days in 1967. Being that we three are from the Georgia law enforcement community, the Chief will no doubt have some revelations for us. John Bodin indicated he will be carrying a court stenographer with him for that debriefing. Thanks to Tom Sheets, FSA Scot, SD-MUFONGA, ISUR Board


CANYON LAKE -- ..Michael Harman writes, My wife and I saw an object over the lake and were a little scared, but my wife confirmed what I was seeing. It hovered over our house, and made its way over the lake. Two nights ago at 10:00 PM, this object got really close to the water and within seconds a huge spotlight was cast upon it by the Corp of Engineers that are stationed next door. Two minutes later, four helicopters come out of nowhere surrounding this object. The object got bigger as the copters came closer. Within a few minutes of maneuvering, the object disappeared. I proceeded to call the Corp of Engineers and they stated that nothing happened, no copters had landed and no spotlight was projected. I took digital pictures but they did not come out too well, but you can see the copters. The colors shining from this object were very bright and colorful. I've seen this exact object 10 to 12 times in the last two years. The object camouflages as a star, almost going undetected. I always thought it was a probe from the army base in San Antonio checking the air quality, water, etc. This adventure took almost four hours. Its now 12:30 AM, and its back and brought two more that are hovering around the lake. "This is just too weird for me." If anyone wishes to investigate this on-going event, I suggest renting a small boat and spending a night out on Canyon Lake and you'll likely see a UFO up real and close. There's a lot happening in the state of Texas, See our "60 Years of Texas Sightings" database. Visit the web site at: Thanks to Mike Harman


HBCC UFO Research writes, You and your readers may be interested to know that I received 98 pages from the Canadian National Defense through the Freedom of Information Act. These reports are sightings of objects dating from 1995 to 1999, which were reported and gathered by the Canadian Government. I have most of them placed on my web site at


WHITEHORSE, YUKON -- Ms. Louise Hardy, Canadian Member of Parliament who spoke at the Yukon UFO Conference on October 14, 2000, stated, "Well I'd like to thank Martin Jasek for inviting me and I want you to know how hard he has worked on this. He's come to my office at different times over the years to let me know what work he was doing, the reports that he was compiling and I was impressed with how serious Martin was and the fact that he has a very scientific background, and he wanted to bring the study of unidentified objects to the forefront and to a more normal area because it does come with stigma, and I know that. I've had a few nudges and winks when I tell people that I'm coming to the UFO Conference. But I remember being a teenager, and the curiosity we have. I think drive and curiosity are so important because it is bout wanting to know what it is that is around us, not just our own lives, not just our own planet. We know that there's a wider world out there and I see this work as people coming together to investigate and study that wider world so I hope everybody enjoys the conference and I hope that you know that you are on the cutting edge here! There's not too many places that have UFO Conferences so congratulations!" Louise Hardy, M.P., Yukon. Thanks to EcoNews Service - Prague


FREIBURG -- On Monday, January 1, 2001, at 12:25 AM, Dr. Jann Arende, a physician and amateur astronomer, his wife and his sister-in-law were watching the New Year's celebration fireworks from a lofty hillside in the suburbs west of Freiburg, a city in southern Germany. "The sky was almost clear and visibility quite good," Dr. Arende reported, "When walking back down the hill at about 12:25 AM, we suddenly noticed a flickering object approaching from the east. The object appeared somewhat oval or triangular in shape. The color was yellow or orange, with a glistening or flickering of the color across the object. It then appeared as if the object were hovering up in the sky. The size was about one-quarter of the full moon." "The object moved slowly and stealthily towards us at great altitude. It took one minute for the object to reach a point directly above us. We heard no sounds. The color continued to flow across the object. When the object had reached a point roughly above us, it stopped moving and remained motionless at a point close to the star Capella. "After about three to four minutes, it started to move north. The (departure) speed was similar to its speed during approach." "When the object halted above us, we started running home to get our binoculars. Viewing it as it went away, the object seemed smaller in size and retained its flowing orange color. The shape appeared to be similar to a triangle with a convex rounded base. At that point, the object disappeared." Thanks to UFO Roundup Volume 6, Number 3 January 18, 2001 Editor: Joseph Trainor


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