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Filer's Files
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
November 28, 2001

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UFOs HAVE BEEN REPORTED: in New York, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Canada, Mexico, and Italy. Our satellites are picking up hundreds of uncorrelated targets each day that may include UFOs.


Tim Radford, science editor of the Guardian reports that: "Astronomers have used the Hubble space telescope to detect the atmosphere of a planet circling a star 150 light years away." The discovery reawakens the dream of detecting extraterrestrial life in other star systems. A new breed of astrobiologists is convinced that life on any distant planet would leave its signature in the air -- just as methane and oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere would be a clue to any passing aliens that the planet was inhabited. "Only a decade ago, planets outside the solar system were still in the realm of science fiction," said David Charbonneau, of the California Institute of Technology, who led the study. "Searching for a star's unseen planetary companion was crazy, and hoping to see its atmosphere was even crazier." Now planets are discovered monthly, and even their atmospheres are in reach, he said. "Suddenly, discussing searches for Earth-like planets seems quite reasonable." But he discovered no sign of life. The atmosphere of the planet that circles the star HD209458, in the constellation Pegasus, is rich in sodium. The planet itself is likely to be an inhospitable gas giant, like Jupiter. More than 80 planets have now been identified around distant stars. Thanks to Joe Stefula and Guardian 11/28/01

Editor's Note: Dr. Robert Trundle author of "UFOs: Politics, God and Science" from Northern Kentucky University notes that this is an important step in the search for extraterrestrial life. Astronomers have made the first direct detection of the chemical composition (sodium) of the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star.


In case you missed it, the computer company Intel has been running two different ads for its Pentium 4 featuring those Gray Aliens. The commercials are shown during Prime Time. Thanks to Robert M. Collins.


Debunker James E. Oberg who wrote the article concerning astronauts never seeing an actual UFO in "The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters" questioned the statements attributed to Astronaut Cernan in last week's Filer's Files. My quote was that: Eugene Cernan who was the commander of Apollo 17 that flew to the moon. In a Los Angeles Times article in 1973 he said, about UFOs: "I've been asked (about UFOs) and I've said publicly I thought they (UFOs) were somebody else, some other civilization.

"I must admit I'm unable to get on the Internet due to computer problems, so I was unable to find an exact copy of the article. Jan Aldrich helped me out by finding the article in the Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1973, Chriss Nicholas, "Cernan Says Other Earths Exist," Jan says, "The article is authentic." Cernan says, "I'm one of those guys who has never seen a UFO (Unidentified Flying Object). But I've been asked, and I've said publicly I thought they were somebody else, some other civilization." Gene Cernan goes on about his positive views on life in space and the abundance of other civilizations. So the quote is slightly different than given many places on the web, but it is authentic. Thanks to Jan Aldrich and James Oberg.


BROOKLYN -- The witness was in a park on November 15, 2001, I noticed that the clouds were being blown by the wind, and from behind the clouds I noticed a white glowing sort of teardrop shaped craft. Behind the teardrop craft was a little blue dot, tailing it. It seemed to be attached to the teardrop or was being pulled by a blue glowing beam. It was moving pretty fast, but it seemed to circle the whole park, which is at least four miles in diameter. Then it just left it made no sound at all. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


EDGE WATER -- On November 9, 2001, the witness was outside aligning his satellite dish, when he looked up, and right above him was something like a lit up flock of flying birds. This was impossible because there were no lights shining up and it was dark at 8:20 PM. The lights moved closer to each other and moved away making a V-shape. It was like a big bird flapping it's wings. The witness said, "This is the first time, I've ever seen anything like this and it didn't make a sound either. The thing that freaked me out the most was that there were three planes, immediately after I saw the V- shaped craft. I don't even believe in UFOs, but I'm not sure now."

PANAMA CITY BEACH -- At 2:55 AM, the witness saw a glowing orange chevron shaped object fly rapidly across the sky from west to east on November 9, 2001. The witness is a sane, sober 51-year old professional who has always been skeptical of UFO sightings. He says, "Last night I saw something, which I cannot explain. I fell asleep early in the evening and had to walk my dog at 2:55 AM. I decided to look for meteors when I noticed a glowing pale orange "shape" rapidly moving east, very faint to be barely discernible. The orange light seemed almost translucent and was shaped like a boomerang or chevron, except the leading edge was straight across as opposed to a "V" shape on the front edge. It was perfectly symmetrical across its width. I had difficulty determining the true size, altitude, or speed but it covered 100 to 120 degrees in 5 to 7 seconds. This seemed to be an unbelievable rate of speed. I would judge the width of the object to be 5 or 6 times a full moon's diameter. The length of the object from front to rear was perhaps 1 X a full moon's diameter. The object made no sound. I am 100% convinced the object was not a natural phenomenon such as a meteor or a cloud. Peter Davenport reports he spoke at length with this witness, and we found him to be exceptionally credible. We suspect this was a very interesting sighting, similar to others that have been reported to NUFORC recently. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


LA GRANGE -- Researcher John Thompson says today I thought I saw a rare daytime UFO. It went back and forth slowly; left-to-right, right-to-left repeatedly, for about five minutes. It seemed to stop on a dime and reverse direction. I took several photos of the object as it, occasionally, flickered brightly with the reflection of sunlight. Guess what? It was a glider catching thermos! I called the La Grange Airport to confirm. If I had a video, however, shot from afar everybody would swear, as another person with me who was watching agreed, that no plane could do that. Gliders can because they have an unbelievable low stall speed. I now know what the darting and reversing object in the famous 1994 Mexico City UFO video was probably a glider. It was shot from a similar distance as it went in and out of a cloud. Thanks to John Thompson


VICKSBURG -- My lady friend and I had gone to the Dollar General Store on November 16, 2001. She was baby-sitting two children who were with us. My friend went into the store and I sat in my truck with the kids and waited for her. It was about 5:30 PM, and the sun was going down. The sky was very clear and a light color, but the ground was almost as dark as night. The four year old child pointed to the sky and said that she saw a light in the sky, which I'm sure, was the crescent moon. When I looked up to see what it was, I saw the moon and at a distance was a dark object shaped like a plump Hershey's Kiss, or perhaps a teardrop with a slightly flattened-out bottom. It was black in an appearance with a pointed top and seemed to have an extremely faint aura around it that my friend also noticed. There were no lights on it, and it made no sound. It was east of us in the direction of the Mississippi River. Several others also sighted the UFO. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


MEMPHIS -- The witness reports, "I was on my way to work, traveling eastbound on Winchester Road on November 2, 2001, just outside of the Memphis city limits." There was low cloud cover covering the sun at 5:00 AM. I noticed a long, black object traveling south at high speed beneath the clouds. The object was traveling far faster than any flock of geese could fly. There appeared to be a black "smudge" behind the object. I at first thought this might be a black vapor trail, but the "smudge seemed to move in tandem with the object but didn't linger in the sky. As we got closer I saw an acute triangular shape with blurred indistinct edges. It moved across the sky at high speed and was out of sight within seconds. I'm a professional with two college degrees and skywatch planes regularly at Memphis International Airport. I've never seen anything to compare with what I saw this morning.

MEMPHIS -- Two weeks later a Flying Triangle was spotted on November 14, 2001, by the same witness. He says, "Leaving for work at 5:28 AM, I stopped to pick up the newspaper in our driveway. A definite and very well defined and dark lengthy shadow flitted across the driveway." There was no sound associated with the passing of this shadow. The shadow startled me so I jumped into my car instead of picking up the paper. My first impression was that something huge had flown beneath the streetlight and cast the shadow. This explanation was quickly discarded due to the physical impossibility of such an event, but I was puzzled by what I saw. It appeared that our cat had been startled as well by the passing shadow because she ducked for cover under a hedge.

At 5:35 A.M., an hour before sunrise, and I am traveling east on Winchester Road going to work early to complete a project. The usual Fed Ex jets are flying past on their flight paths to Memphis Airport. When I passed the Nike plant, I noticed a "plane" that seemed much lower than normal for this part of the landing pattern. It definitely caught my attention. It appeared to be hovering in place at a spot just east of the Nike plant on the north side of Winchester Road. This area is about five miles away from my home. I slowed down and came almost to a stop to get a better look at the "plane." It was my perception that it was not moving at all. As I studied it, I realized that there was no strobe light on it. It also did not cast its lights ahead of it, as you would normally expect to see the lights of a jet beamed straight ahead. Instead there were three white lights aimed downward. It was then that I perceived that I was looking at a triangular-shaped craft with three bright white lights, one at each corner, and a single red light in the middle of the underside of the craft.

The craft was the size of a fifty-cent piece held at arm's length and a quarter to a half-mile away hovering in place. It seemed to be hovering over an empty field. I got quite a good look at it for a period of time I would estimate as long as two minutes. I continued heading slowly eastward until I lost sight of the object as I passed some trees. It was then that I resolved to make a quick U-turn, go back, and get another look. I found a place about two blocks farther on to turn around, and I raced back to look at the object again. There was no trace of it whatsoever! I searched the sky for several minutes in vain. The object had quite simply vanished. This craft was lower than the passing jets, and the lights appeared to be of a different intensity. Thanks to NUFORC


BOYNE CITY -- At 8:00 PM my husband and I sat down to watch TV and I heard a loud rumbling sound outside on November 15, 2001. I looked out the window and did not see anything. The next morning our office gal told me she had heard the loud noise at the same time, and saw a flying object over her home heading west that then came back east over her home a second time.

BOYNE CITY -- A second witness also reports hearing a loud rumbling noise at 8:00 PM the same night and went to her back door to listen. Thinking it was a jet plane she went back inside but the noise continued getting louder, so she went out again. She only saw stars, and went back inside and asked her husband, son, and son's friend, "Can't you hear that?" They thought it was just a slow jet but went outside to look. They rushed back in, and said, "Come out and see this!" The witness states, "We could see this huge diamond shape UFO with elongated bottom, with a light at each tip and an orange light in the middle." It gradually moved off to the northwest but within five minutes it was coming back. We all watched as it traveled over our home traveling southeast, when it got over Boyne City all of a sudden all of the outside lights started to spin around. Shortly the light on the right side veered off over Lake Charlevoix, which was to the west, while rest of the craft continued on its course, but soon the lone light came back and was heading the same direction as the large craft. It traveled until it was out of sight. I then started calling law enforcement agencies, FAA, and local airports but was unable to find out anything.

MANCELONA -- Also on November 15, 2001, about ten minutes later at 8:10 PM, my husband and I saw a UFO. It was a bell shape cylinder top with saucer like bottom. It had three red lights on it in the shape of a triangle. It glowed reddish with a little whitish light. It had some time of a grill around its middle. It moved very slowly to the left as it was faced towards us. There were two other normal aircraft following it. We saw it for about eight minutes before it went out of our sight behind the trees. We took 3 pictures but they didn't turn out very well. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


ONEIDA COUNTY -- Mr. Iman reported to UFOWisconsin that on November 21, 2001, traveling north on Highway 51 near Minocqua, he noticed how bright the stars were that night. Mr. Inman is from the Chicago area where the city lights impair viewing. Suddenly at 8:30 PM in front of us, what looked like a bright star fell into the forest at a VERY fast rate. My girlfriend also saw it and we couldn't figure out what it was. Too fast for anything else and it looked to be ten miles north of us. Never seen anything like it before. Thanks to Jenny Hoppe, UFOWisconsin:


CHICAGO -- On November 15, 2001, a female witness reports. "I just turned onto our street, I saw an object float over a building across from us. I was a little taken aback; I told her to look, and then decided it must be a plastic bag, blown up by the wind. The only thing was that it was clearly moving at a constant rate; it had a specific direction (east north east) and had an orange glow that was not from ambient light. I can only describe its shape as akin to a baby pacifier. It moved quickly, but with a simultaneous rocking motion, that seemed very measured and constant. It moved so quickly, about the distance of three quarters of a mile, at about a minute's passing. I might add that even though I'm in Chicago, it was a particularly still day today. Very strange, for some reason, seems noteworthy

BATH -- On November 6, 2001, the witness observed a disk shaped object at 9:15 PM, and took five minutes of video of an orange round bright light (zoomed), it had six smaller lights illuminating around it. From a distance without the camera you could see the outline of the saucer. Zoomed in on the saucer you could see the small lights and 1 bright orange color light that would get brighter and bigger and then fade away into nothing but then would come back again. The saucer was coming toward my direction and once I was filming it remained in the same spot. After filming I got in my car and was traveling east. As I was moving it was moving east also. I stopped at a friend's house and she also saw the red/orange color light and the outline of the saucer. It remained in the same spot. I got back in my car approximately 10 minutes later headed back west to my home. The light was still there but in a different location and further away. Thanks to NUFORC


FRASER -- There were four of us laying out in the back yard to watch the Leonid Meteor shower on November 16, 2001. It was the day before the peak, but there were a few around 10:10 PM as we watched. Person #1 is male, 16, and in the 10th grade in high school. Person #2 is female, 16, and in 11th grade in high school. Person #3 is male, 16 and in 11th grade in high school. Person #4 is female, 14, and home schooled. Person #1 and #4 are brother and sister.

The sky was crystal clear. Person #1 fell asleep. At 10:10 PM persons 2, 3, and 4 all saw five red jagged triangular shaped crafts, flying in a perfect V shape across the sky. They stayed in perfect formation, and flew fast from east to west. They didn't make a sound, and seemed to be flying at about 150 feet above us. We were all frozen, staring at them with disbelief until after they passed. Then, petrified, we all ran inside as fast as we could and told person # 1 and 4's mother about what we saw. We then looked up "UFO sightings in Colorado." Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


SACRAMENTO -- The witness says he is reporting this event for my wife - who on November 4, 2001, sometime between 12:00 and 1:30 in the afternoon, claims she saw a UFO at the intersection of Florin Road and Franklin Boulevard. Before making a left hand turn on Franklin Blvd, at a red light, she noted that many witnesses were on the sidewalk pointing their fingers in the sky yelling, "UFO, UFO!" My wife then looked up into the sky, while heading west on Florin Road and looked up towards the western sky and claims to have witnessed two silver shaped dishes. The dishes hovered for about 2 or 3 minutes before disappearing before her eyes. After the saucers disappeared, her light turned green, and she proceeded to make her left hand turn. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC

VENTURA/SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES -- Don Robertson reports he just received an email from David Anderson saying he and the family had seen the Camarillo/Holiday UFO last night, and so did I. It appeared in a clear patch of sky surrounded by clouds, at my location near Saticoy, CA. at 4:55 PM. It was visible for ten minutes, and then disappeared. I saw two downward jumps with the naked eye, and then it disappeared rather slowly...blurring out. There did seem to be a blurry light before it went, altogether. I've observed this effect before.

On November 19, 2001, I saw the object for the first time this year. It appeared, and disappeared, just before 5:00 PM. David Anderson said he'd seen it on October 31, 2001. I think this is the sixth year in a row that this object has been observed. For those of you unfamiliar with the object's history, David discovered the UFO on Thanksgiving, six years ago. Still photographs and video tape have been shot of it over the years, and many of us from the Ventura/Santa Barbara Counties MUFON, have been watching for it ever since. Thanks to Don Robertson GBR262


David, Same thing happened to me last night. I went out and looked to the NW, didn't see it and then turned to check the Moon, and found the object gleaming almost overhead. It was the same on Thanksgiving. Here are the appearances so far this year, as far as I know: October 31, 2001, in Camarillo. November 19, in Ventura...appeared and disappeared. November 22, over Ventura/Saticoy...10 minute sighting November 23, NW, high Somis, 5 minute sighting at Saticoy Country Club November 25, over Camarillo and Ventura...4:54 to 4:58 PM very bright. I shot some pictures through a 250 mm lens, but am unsure what the results will be. I'm going to try to video tape it, too. Can you all go out and check to your southwest very high up, about 4:50 PM. Please check when the sky is clear. We still need people in Bakersfield to check, also, to their southwest. Understand that this is the only time a star is out at this time of the evening, but it is very bright...almost as bright as Venus. If you see a star at this time, it is the object. I trust most of you know the difference between a star and a plane. The object will not move, neither will a star! Watch for at least ten minutes, and you will see the object disappear. Stars do not disappear. If possible view the object through binoculars and you'll really see it!! Keep checking, and write down what time the object appears and disappears. Thanks to Don (Edoardo Russo) cisuflash-owner@yahoogroups.

Editor's Note: In November, Mars is low in the SSW at dusk and sets in the WSW at about 10 PM. Its possible veiwing conditions may be playing tricks, UFOs generally move after hovering for a while.


HALIFAX, NS -- As I gazed at the night sky on November 15, 2001, I saw something, and I didn't know what it was, at first. It was glowing red and traveling very fast at 11:00 PM, and I realized this was no comet or shooting star. It stopped very suddenly and let down two more fireballs. I was thinking, that's weird. It stopped for only four more minutes, but that was long enough for me to get what was happening. It was emitting long beams of light in a pattern 1, 2. Then stop 3, 4. Then stop. I hurried inside to get my binoculars but by the time I came out it had started moving again. The other two Fireballs' went in opposite directions. One flew east and one south. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


SAN LUIS TLATILCO -- Sixteen metallic-white objects were sighted at 9:32 AM on November 21, 2001 as they flew over in the municipality of Naucalpan in the state of Mexico . Fourteen of these objects remained close together while the remaining two stayed apart. The sighting lasted 15 minutes enabling Mrs. Guillermina Vargas and her son to see the objects through binoculars, record them on video, and even count them one by one from their own home. Antena Vórtice has in its possession a three minute video of these objects. In an interview, Mrs. Vargas stated: "the objects moved slowly toward the center of Mexico City. What saddens me the most is having not been aware of the moment in which they disappeared." Thanks to Joe Trainor and Scott Corrales


AREZZO -- The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) reports that the analyses of the "Angel Hair" is continuing concerning the falling of whitish filaments on October 11, 2001, in the province of Arezzo. The phenomenon involved additional residents from the area, and over a time period of at least an hour, from 2 to 3:00 PM, and included ten witnesses. The filaments were also very long (up to 5-6 meters), and fell copiously and continuously, eventually becoming entangled in trees, on gates, and on the ground. Microscopic examination of the filaments, a colorimetric exam of their structure, and a fusion test revealed a structure that was varied, yet prevalently polysaccharide and irregular, leading to speculation that the filaments were of a natural and not artificial origin.

"UFO Baby", a New Comic Strip on newsstands beginning 26 October is the first installment of a new monthly comic strip entitled "UFO Baby" (published by Play Press of Rome, 192 pages, 7000 lire). It concerns a feature originally published between 1998 and 1999 in Japan (where last year, a televised version of it was also aired). Two teenagers observe a UFO and subsequently discover a newborn extraterrestrial, together with its babysitter and a stroller shaped like an Adamski-esque flying disc, which landed on Earth due to a space-temporal distortion. Thanks to Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici and Edoardo Russo


Several people wrote that during the Congressional Iran Contra Hearings, Lt. Col. Oliver North warned that the terrorist Osama Bin Laden had threatened him and his family and in his opinion, "He is the most evil person alive that I know of." Hal Putoff writes, that Oliver North fingered the terrorist Abu Nidal, rather than Osama Bin Laden. Others reviewed the transcripts and claimed there was no specific terrorist name mentioned. Thanks to Hal Putoff


Robert Collins received the following message from Major Darren, "Your web site is most impressive, especially the items about MJ-12. Having been involved with that subject area for many years, I can say most of what you state is fact. Although I don't know about the Aviary ( the so called list of intelligence operatives given names or birds). I do know MJ-12 was an active group of quasi-government personnel involved in the safeguarding of UFO and ET secrets. Were you involved in this program? I am retired Air Force Major (0-4) and worked with the Office of Special Investigation and AF intelligence for most of my 24 year career. Regarding James Jesus Angleton, he was never a member of MJ-12. He might have been privy to some information from MJ-12 but never a member. Angleton, in 1970, wrote a counterintelligence assessment of the UFO phenomena. In this document, Angleton mentioned the Roswell incident, also an incident in the New Mexican Desert in 1964 and an exchange program between EBEs and us in 1965 and 1969. This document was entitled, " Assessment Number 7." I know Rick Doty read this along with some other former government employees. The document was classified Top Secret, codeword, with limited distribution. I saw the document while assigned to Air Force Intel in the late 70s. Too bad we couldn't get our hands on this document. I'm sure it is tucked away in some obscure vault with CIA headquarters. Thanks to Darren and Robert Collins See

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