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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 27, 2001

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NORTH POLE REPORT -- A UFO with a red nose light was seen heading south on December 24, 2001, and has been reported almost every where by NORAD with sightings in the US , England, France, Italy, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, Finland, Russia, Afghanistan, India, and, Singapore. NORAD has tracked Santa every Christmas Eve since it was founded in 1958. Santa is resting after his long journey that included gunfire over the Middle East, falling bombs in Afghanistan, no fly zones over Iraq, the American Air Traffic Control System, and fighters launched out of Holloman Air Force Base at 2:00 AM to intercept. The NORAD Santa Cam picked up Santa Clause and nine reindeer, the lead reindeer had a red nose light.

UFOs HAVE BEEN REPORTED in Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, California, and Cuba. While Santa reports increased, the number of UFO reports dropped as they have done in recent years during the Holidays.


More of the building blocks of life have been found in meteorites and comets.

A discovery by a NASA scientist of sugar and several related organic compounds in two carbonaceous meteorites provides the first evidence that another fundamental building block of life on Earth may have come from outer space. A carbonaceous meteorite contains carbon as one of its important constituents.

Previously, researchers had found in meteorites other organic, carbon-based compounds that play major roles in life on Earth, such as amino acids and carboxylic acids, but no sugars. The new research is reported in a paper,"Carbonaceous Meteorites as a Source of Sugar-related Organic Compounds for the Early Earth," by Dr. George Cooper and coworkers at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. "Finding these compounds greatly adds to our understanding of what organic materials could have been present on Earth before life began," Cooper said. "Sugar chemistry appears to be involved in life as far back as our records go." As far back as 3.8 billion years, he said. An isotope is one of two or more atoms whose nuclei have the same number of protons but different numbers of neutrons. Scientists have long believed meteorites and comets played a role in the origin of life. Raining down on Earth during the heavy bombardment period some 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago, they brought with them the materials critical for life, such as oxygen, sulfur, hydrogen and nitrogen. Sugars and the closely related compounds discovered by Cooper, collectively called "polyols," are critical to all known life forms. They act as components of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, constituents of cell membranes.

"This discovery shows that it's highly likely organic synthesis critical to life has gone on throughout the universe," said Kenneth A. Souza, acting director of astrobiology and space research at Ames. "Then, on Earth, since the other critical elements were in place, life could blossom."

Cooper identified a small sugar called "dihydroxyacetone" and several sugar-like substances, known as sugar acids and sugar alcohols, in his study of the Murchison and Murray meteorites. All these are important for life today. He also found glucose, one sugar alcohol, glycerol (also known as glycerin), that is used by all contemporary cells to build cell walls. The work is published in the Dec. 20 issue of "Nature" and can be found at: Thanks to


NEWPORT NEWS -- The witness reports that on December 16, 2001, I was outside with my dog, who was looking up at the sky and backing up. Something in the sky startled the dog, so I looked up and saw there was a disc shaped object zigzagging across the morning sky from east to west at 10:30 AM. The disc was glowing, so I yelled for my boyfriend. My boyfriend said it looked like a glowing football to him, but I thought it looked like a disc. It was very fast and it seemed like it was producing it's own light. It made no sound and left no trail of itself being there. The sky had a few cirrus clouds, but the majority of the sky was clear. There was only one craft and I could see it until it met the line of trees that border the horizon, it continued to glow for the fifteen minutes we saw it. Thanks to Peter Davenport Director NUFORC at Reporting Hotline:(206) 722-3000


NORTH PORT -- The witness reports while driving on interstate I-75 on December 16, 2001, between exit #33 and #34 an object appeared in the northeastern sky at dusk. It was 1000 feet up, and a mile from our current position. At first, it appeared to be a plane heading in our direction at 6:05 PM. Almost immediately the driver of the car and I realized that this was not an ordinary aircraft. There were two lights in the front of the craft like an ordinary commercial airliner but the lights were at least 10-15 feet in diameter and blinking on and off one at a time. On the top of the craft were five or six bright blinking lights similar to the strobe effect what you would see on the top of a tower. There did not appear to be any shape of a wing or tail found on either a plane or helicopter. As we got closer we saw that there was another large bright white light turning on and off and the craft was completely stationary just to the side of the interstate. I then stuck my head out the window and observed the same bright lights that were in the front and side of the craft in what now appeared to be the rear of the craft. We were going 60 MPH and as soon as I brought my head into the car the lights completely disappeared. We scoured the sky for several minutes, but it was gone. The craft was black or gray in color. There was five cars driving in the group with us and all of the people in the other cars had baffled looks on their faces. My driver and I could not identify the craft. Thanks to Peter Davenport Web:


WINTERS -- Joe Trainor writes, "Here's a UFO report I received from an eyewitness in my area. I just got it today December 23, 2001. The sighting was in the heavily forested region of the Chippewa Flowage in Northern Wisconsin, south of Ashland, a notorious UFO hotspot. On August 13, 2001, at 7:00 PM, E. A. Gawlik and his two sons were standing on the shore of the Lake of the Pines. The witness says, the sun was just starting to drop below the tree line behind us. My son said, "Dad what the heck is that?" He pointed to the north and we could see an object approaching from the west at 100 feet above the tree line moving real slow to the east. It then flew two hundred feet above the water and its speed could not be more than 30 mile per hour. It was a bright silver object about the size of a dime held out at arm's length. I saw a metallic almost reflective object that without my glasses was round. My boys both said they saw a "V" shaped object. It was a quarter of a mile away moving very slowly to the east across the lake. After fifteen seconds the object turned into a small red dot. The red dot lasted about one-second and then it vanished. Thanks to Joe Trainor, and


MANITOU SPRINGS -- Kevin Jones reports that he was on 20 Mile Hike with the Boy Scouts in the autumn of 1976. At 10:00 PM, after camp was pitched I was looking at an incalculable number of stars. A light that looked like a star moved slowly across the sky. The light entered a box that could be drawn with imaginary lines between four stars and started to bounce erratically never leaving the confines of this box. Next we saw a faster moving light pulsating at a rapid, standard rate pass though the sky. Then we saw another solid light rocket across the sky low, along the tree line. Before long, the sky seemed to be alive with moving objects. We saw a grouping of three stars in a triangular formation that flew across the sky but each individual point of light took turns taking the lead. It traveled always leading with the point. We saw more than a dozen lights in motion. All of this yellowish starlight lights, solid and flashing, were about the same size and intensity of bright stars.

We ran to get to camp to show the other Scouts. At about half way there I noticed larger illuminated objects floating over the fallow field. We saw relatively close lights the size of beach balls. These objects were round and internally illuminated, the color of dirty streetlights. The light did not seem to be focused in a beam but rather evenly radiating. The motion was like an under-inflated balloon over very hot pavement. As the pavement heats the balloon rises quickly. As it rises, the air in the balloon cools so it rises more and more slowly until the balloon achieves neutral buoyancy. This state lasts for only a moment until the balloon begins to sink. The sinking slows closer to the ground as the air inside reheats and so the cycle starts again. There were three or four of these bumping around over the field. They could have been the size of cars. Thanks to Kevin Jones


TUCUMCARI -- Lord Vile reports that a half dozen witnesses saw a high speed object moving southeast across the sky towards Texas on December 1, 2001, in the late evening sky. You could hear the roar of several F-16 fighters chasing the lights. These lights changed direction numerous times as the fighters gave chase. At first they flew east, then south and then a 180 degree turn to the north. Suddenly the fighters fired eight to ten air to air missiles at the evading lights. An airborne explosion was followed by what appeared to a crash of the unknown object.

The witnesses scanned the news reports for more information. Television verified that missiles had been fired at an unknown object. Later NORAD announced that a Proton rocket had been used to launch three satellites from Russia ten hours earlier. The rocket had reentered the atmosphere at approximately 2120 hours, Mountain time on Saturday, December 01, 2001. The actual Proton rocket debris was reported with white "tails", slower and larger than shooting stars were seen moving from southwest to northeast. However, accounts that reached the National Reporting Center and myself described what appeared to be more than just the reentry of a single rocket. Normally, reentry vehicles do not change course, nor are they chased by fighter aircraft.

Rick Bordignon reported to NASA he was in a commercial airliner bound for Las Vegas when he saw them. "I was looking out the left window into the starry night when I noticed an approaching light," he recalled. "I was thinking, Hmmmmm, looks like a missile. But rather than raise a general sense of panic by yelling 'Incoming!,' I did the next best thing and got out my camera. "I snapped one picture, but my camera is poor in low light. So I stopped to adjust the settings. When I looked out again I was amazed by what I saw: hundreds of objects with colorful glowing tails! So I snapped another one but it only picked up the brightest fragments -- and it was shaky, too. "The light plume [seemed to] go up and over our plane. After it was gone I looked around to judge the reactions of the other passengers -- and I swear everyone was sleeping! "When I got off the plane, I tracked down the pilot. He said every pilot in the Midwest saw it and it was the 'buzz of the frequencies.' They had never witnessed anything like it before." See following URL for details:

Editor's Note: Whenever, space debris is spotted there are frequently additional UFO reports. We could simply ignore these reports, but a pattern is developing. First space debris, then numerous UFO reports, then strange associated reports not really explained such as the Louisiana report below. Are we using space debris for target practice or are UFOs attempting to penetrate the atmosphere using the standard space debris for cover?


S.BOSSIER -- Possibly connected to these reports on December 1, 2001, the witness reports hearing a tremendous roaring sound at 8:45 PM, (CST). The noise made their house vibrate, so the witness went outside on his deck and saw two large, low altitude craft, flying at about 2,000 feet or less. The craft had a strange lighting configuration, very bright red lights in the "center of both craft, and bright white lights on front and back. It was a clear night with good visibility. There were no wing lights or tail lights, just lights spanning the length of both craft! There were no green lights or other lights that FAA requires. These craft were extremely noisy, rumbling and roaring, to the point, I feared a crash was about to occur! The duration of the sighting was too long to be conventional jets, judging by their size and altitude. Being so low and large, it was hard for me to comprehend how they could stay airborne. There may have been more then two, but I only saw two craft the size of B-52's bombers. However, they were not jets like those, they flew much too low and slow! Thanks to Peter Davenport


TEMPE This may be pretty weak, but as the sun started rising this morning at 8:00 AM I saw what looked like a bright star, about 2 degrees below the moon on December 3, 2001. What was unusual was that the sun was rising, and there were no other stars out. I was driving to work a distance of 20 miles, and throughout that drive the star was still visible. Even now, with the sun entirely raised and sun beating down on the ground, the dot, though very faint is still visible. The position of the dot stayed constant relative to the moon, which leads me to believe it was very far away. It is possibly a satellite in synchronous orbit or a planet? but I've never noticed such a thing before, and certainly not with the sky so bright. It did not make any movement while I was watching it.


TROUT LAKE -- With over 2000 eyewitnesses here at the Sattva Sanctuary in Trout Lake, some of which are Astro/Nuclear/Plasma physicists, 14+ hours of video of ships stopping, lighting up on command, accelerating, making right angle turns, landing and morphing into as many as four brilliant lights then back to one, appearing with pre-knowledge right on schedule, and with pictures taken by UFO investigators etc., it seems this is not enough. This case, if the evidence presented in a court of law, would win hands down as proof UFOs are real. People are executed on less evidence. There are even pictures of ships stepping down in vibration. Scientists, such as Jim Todd at the Omsi Planetarium say these are nothing more than satellites. We are at a complete loss as to how a scientist with any ability to reason or apply scientific method could make such a statement after viewing the footage.

These objects are coming in every size shape and color, are seen by multiple eyewitnesses. They are shown maneuvering, responding to requests by people on the ground to light up, landing on the mountain, and flying behind trees. They allowed us to photograph them with pre-knowledge of the event. Any reasonable mind would come to the conclusion that these are unknowns, they do not fit into any know parameter and indeed need further study. There is no landing strip in the nearby forest, and satellites do not change directions, stop, and land. Enjoy the latest photos:


GRANTS PASS -- On December 15, 2001, the witness was driving to Eugene from Medford and happened to look out of the window and through the clouds saw a very large blinking red light. His mother was driving down the freeway so he had an opportunity to study it. It was 6:10 PM, and at first he thought it was just an airplane, but the witness states, "I kept looking at it, and was surprised by the large amount of area it was lighting up." It was moving from north to west, now very rapidly, still blinking, then I saw its huge enormous size as it was blinking and realized that this wasn't an airplane, and had to be a UFO. There was no doubt in my mind. It was a very large Flying Triangle UFO outlined with blinking red lights. The triangular shape was very large, and moving west closer down into the mountains, outlined in red blinking lights. Thanks to Peter B. Davenport, Director National UFO Reporting Center


SACRAMENTO MOUNTAINS -- On December 10, 2001, the witness a filmmaker was on a backpacking trip at Henry Cowe State Park with my father and his best friend, who were sleeping when I saw this one. I looked up and saw something moving twenty times faster than a plane at 3:00 AM. There was a sphere of light blazing through the night sky. I have always thought the existence of UFOs very possible. My father and his friend at other times have actually seen UFOs. It was way too big and didn't move like a shooting star, and it had no tail either. From what I could see in twenty seconds was white in color, like a light. It came from beyond the horizon and just as fast as it came it darted back into the sky. I thought to myself: "That had to be a UFO. think it's obvious these things exist. Thanks to Peter B. Davenport,


MANZANILLO -- Nick Balaskas writes that he just got back from Cuba and what may turn out to be a UFO encountered by the pilots of a Canadian charter airplane I was a passenger on. Our Airbus 320 Skyservice plane (flight SV524) was making a nighttime approach on December 14, 2001, to the airport near Cayo Coco, Cuba.
We were startled when we heard the engines get louder and felt pushed down into our seats. This was shortly followed by a near weightlessness sensation. The captain announced that his instruments detected a false signal of another aircraft in the area and in the interest of safety he took evasive actions. This was the reason for what we felt.

My final destination was the next airport near Manzanillo, Cuba, but all the passengers were asked to disembark at Cayo Coco so the aircraft could be cleaned for new passengers. I spoke with a few of these passengers who said they saw our plane "go around" after seeing a single red light fly low over the airport as we were coming to land. They thought it may have been a small plane but could not explain why only a red light was observed. Apart from our plane, there were no others on the ground at that airport that night.

Getting back in the plane, I told the flight attendant standing by the door next to the cockpit about the red light seen by passengers at the airport (in a loud enough voice so the pilots could hear too who turned their heads in my direction). She suggested it may have been a UFO and said she would find out for me. I never heard back from her. I later told the passengers seating next me who experienced what I did and they thought they would be more comfortable with the explanation of a near collision with a UFO than the thought of flying in an airplane with faulty instruments. Is there anyway of finding out what really happened during that aborted night landing? Thanks to Nick Balaskas


NEW YORK CITY -- SCI FI Channel has repeatedly ran an advertisement that showed the following has announcement: "Get the Whole Story@", then "SCIFI Happens in NY." Then a thirty second video is shown of a women riding in a helicopter on July 24 2000, near the World Trade Center Towers. She points to a UFO behind one of the towers that suddenly acceleration and flies past the helicopter. As it climbs up out of sight the UFO leaves a contrail. MUFON's Jeff Sainio has analyzed the video for us and has made the following findings:

"Since careful analysis of the video shows the expected westward motion of the helicopter, and even cars moving through an intersection, the background video appears real, with presumably the UFO pasted in. The violent motion of the helicopter appears difficult to explain in this scenario, with the chopper below the tops of, and only a few hundred feet away from nearby skyscrapers. Such aerobatics seem like a risk to life or a pilot's license." I improved my image-analysis software, allowing me to stabilize the image of the UFO contrail. Previously, with only cloudy reference images, the field-by-field motion of the UFO couldn't be reliably measured. With stabilization, the UFO motion is shown, toward the end of visibility, the UFO only moves every other field (i.e. every frame, not every field). This is conclusive evidence that the UFO was edited into the video by a lazy faker who didn't bother working on every field as required for a real video. I re-checked the helicopter motion and merely got better images verifying my previous conclusions that the helicopter did some violent motion, and the blades bounced around quite a bit. Thanks to Jeff Sainio,


NASA reports that its Scientists already know there is water ice in the polar cap. However, water ice near the surface in warmer regions of the planet would be a remarkable and long-sought finding that would have broad implications in the search for extraterrestrial life. The data, collected during tests of Odyssey's neutron spectrometer, show signs of hydrogen, which may mean there is water. Hydrogen is one component of water but also exists alone and in other substances. NASA researchers stressed that the findings are preliminary at a meeting at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The detection of hydrogen points to the possibility that there is water ice within 3 feet (1 meter) of the surface, said James Garvin, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program. "But whatever it is, it bodes very well for finding hydrogen in the upper few feet of Mars, and the most likely culprit is water ice." Such ice might melt in summer months and would be reachable by robotic or human explorers. It might even support microbial life, as researchers have found on Earth that wherever there is water, there is life. Bill Feldman, the principal investigator of Odyssey's neutron spectrometer reports the quantity of hydrogen detected was startling -- suggesting a huge concentration relative to what was found with a similar instrument on Lunar Prospector, which surveyed the Moon. Researchers may task Odyssey to begin mapping crustal water ice during the first week January, Garvin said.

Garvin said a great story might be about to unfold. The hydrogen detection was made during the first test of Odyssey's neutron spectrometer, a subsystem of a gamma ray spectrometer instrument. Garvin explained that the speculation of water ice is based on comparing observations over the permanent ice cap with observations farther south. Scientists know that the polar cap contains both water ice and carbon dioxide ice, commonly thought of as dry ice. "This pass suggested that hydrogen was enriched in a high-latitude region extending from around 55 degrees North to near to the edge of the North polar cap," Garvin said. "This suggests, that if the hydrogen in the northern high latitudes is water, that there is ice in the upper meter or so of this region and that it is masked by a carbon dioxide frost cover on the permanent cap." Thanks to

Editor's Note: There have been strong photographic indications of water on Mars for many years.


ABC News announced on Christmas Eve that prayer, chanting, meditation and similar forms of prayer have an amazing effect on the human body. Blood pressure is lowered and a feeling of relief from stress is accomplished. Praying is excellent for your own good health and mental well being. Also, those who are sick are most likely to recover if prayed for by others.

Just before Christmas, several ministers were invited to the White House to meet with President Bush who was energetic, joyful, and very focused. One minister asked President Bush how he could seem so calm and peaceful in the midst of all the tragedy? The President's reply was, "I'm feeling stronger now than I've ever been in my life. And the reason is because every person in America is praying for me. When I stay on my knees, that's when I have power." The ministers then asked the President how he would like them to pray for him, and how their congregations back home should be praying. The President asked for clarity of mind so that he could make wise decisions, and then he asked that we pray specifically for his wife and two daughters, as he is very concerned about their safety. No human leader is perfect, so let's keep President Bush lifted up in prayer.

This years tragedies on September 11, changed the world. Terrorism was able to destroy some great buildings and kill some 3000 mostly innocent civilians. There is still a moral distinction between killing soldiers and civilians. I hope a lesson is learned that little was gained by either side by these actions. Just when the UFO Disclosure Project was starting to gain momentum the world was only concerned with terrorism and finding those responsible. May God bless America and may His glory be done in the midst of this tragedy! God reigns over heaven and earth and I hope there is a Happy New Year for us all. A prayer for us all might even help heal your own body and perhaps our world.

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