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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
January 9, 2002

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UFOs HAVE BEEN REPORTED in Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, Montana, Washington, California, the United Kingdom and Indonesia. The number of UFO reports dropped sharply during the Holidays as they have done in recent years, but have increased during January 2002.


Leonard David, Senior Space Writer reports, Looking for life elsewhere is a tough task for human or robot. The good news is that the scientific skill and tools to search for, detect, and inspect extraterrestrial life are advancing rapidly. A revolution in the field of microbiology is afoot, along with extraordinary progress in understanding the "geobiological" history of Earth. And then there's growing amazement about life on this planet and how it can survive and thrive even in the most extreme and bizarre of environments. For example, within the last ten years, more than 1,500 new species of microorganisms have been discovered and genetically sequenced. In a just issued report, "Signs of Life," a multidisciplinary group of scientists grappled with techniques and technologies to detect evidence for extraterrestrial life -- either on the spot on other worlds, or within prime pickings hauled back to Earth by robotic spacecraft. Spurred largely by an April 2000 workshop National Research Council (NRC) Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life many attendees are developing techniques to detect life, and modeling the environments in which such techniques might be used on other planets.

Editors Note: Some scientists now believe that the 1976 landings of two Viking Landers actually found the presence of life on Mars, but the positive results were wrongly interpreted. The technological ability to spot life on celestial bodies has made impressive strides and don't be surprised that new announcements may be forth coming. The December 5 to 17, 2001, STS-108 NASA Shuttle flight encountered UFOs during its mission. The shuttle video according to Jeff Challender shows the sunset in space and the tail of the shuttle disappears going into the evening terminator. However, an unidentified flying object is pulsating slowly in the distance. The object is further out in space still in the sun light above the earth. The object is clearly blinking its lights.


Vatican Astronomer -- Jesuit George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, is convinced of the existence of extraterrestrial life and states that it is "madness" to think than humans are alone in the universe. Father Coyne and his scientific team reached this conclusion after studying the heavens from the astrophysical research center located at Castelgandolfo near Rome.

"The universe is so vast that it would be madness to think that we're an exception," said Coyne in an interview with the Milan newspaper "Corriere della Sera", underlining that "each day new data is amassed" which leads to the possibility of life forms different from those found on Earth. "The more we study the stars, the more aware we become of our own ignorance," he adds. The Jesuit priest, responsible since 1978 for an observatory with more than a century of history behind it and reporting directly to the Holy See, states that "Science does not undermine faith; rather, it stimulates it." He admits not having any proof of extraterrestrial life. He insists that there is not necessarily any conflict between the Biblical origin of the Cosmos and the current ones being championed by science, such as the Big Bang. Thanks to Translation (C) 2001. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology.


William Harwood Special to The Washington Post reports that, "Ground-based telescopes equipped with computer-controlled, flexible mirrors to counteract the blurring turbulence of Earth's atmosphere are on the verge of being able to photograph large planets orbiting nearby sun-like stars. While about 80 extra-solar planets have been discovered using indirect techniques -- measuring the effects of an unseen planet's gravity on the parent star, for example -- no one has directly made an image of a planet orbiting another sun. But two discoveries reported yesterday at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society here indicate the rapidly maturing technology known as adaptive optics almost certainly will allow ground-based astronomers to do just that in a few years, if not sooner. "It's technically now possible to directly image a young Jupiter around a nearby young star," said Ray Jayawardhana, an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley. "We have not directly imaged a young planet yet. But it could very well happen in the next few years, so keep your eyes and ears open." With adaptive optics, a thin secondary mirror is precisely flexed many times per second under computer control so it can largely reverse the effects of atmospheric turbulence on light entering the telescope. The result is a much sharper image. snip." (c) 2002 The Washington Post Company January 8, 2002; Page A03


BEL AIR -- As we were driving south bound on Tollgate Road on January 7, 2002, we saw a bright fluorescent green colored glowing egg shaped object with a faint blue center. It was traveling from northeast to southwest at 5:49 PM, and seamed to suddenly drop from the sky. It followed a path that started high and decreased lower in the sky even though when the object did disappear it was still very high but lower from where it started. We listened for an explosion like fireworks, but we heard or saw nothing. We figured it could not have been a meteor because the object would have been white, red, or yellow and it would have not followed a curved arc shaped path. The object from our car window was very large and it was traveling at an extremely fast pace, like a falling star. The object had a faint blue center surrounded in green. There was no tail. You could definitely see a blue dot in the center of the object and you could also notice where the objects edges were. When the object disappeared it was going very fast and was still very high above the horizon. It disappeared instantly with no explosion, sound, or change of shape or color.

BALTIMORE -- The witness noticed a streaking white light similar to a "shooting star" flying over on January 7, 2002, at 5:55 PM, but it was two or three times larger. The light suddenly turned into a blue light that was even larger and then accelerated forward at an incredible rate and was no longer visible. Thanks to Peter B. Davenport, Director, National UFO Reporting Center,, Hotline: (206) 722-3000


RICHMOND -- The witness was in parking lot at Midlothian Turnpike at 5:45 PM when he noticed a colored light flying over on January 7, 2002. At first he thought it was a low flying airplane, but it caught his eye because the color was a beautiful bluish green and very bright. The witness reports, "I noticed it was moving at a steady rate of speed and no other lights and no sound. I then noticed how fast it was moving and yelled at my coworker to look but it passed very quickly horizontally from west to east at what appeared to be exactly the same altitude. It didn't look like a shooting star-because it was too low, no tail, and the light was a steady rate of speed and much too fast & silent for an aircraft. Thanks to NUFORC,


LAKE MICHIGAN -- A small Cessna airplane, with four people aboard, disappeared over Lake Michigan Sunday," December 9, 2001, near Wilmette Harbor. "A search for four people, missing since their small rented airplane apparently plunged into Lake Michigan was suspended shortly after sundown Monday," December 10, 2001. "The Coast Guard Group Milwaukee failed to turn up any sign of the missing single-engine Cessna aircraft that was carrying four people, including three licensed pilots. the Chicago Tribune for December 11, 2001, "Plane search stops as hope fades," page 7.) Thanks to Joe Trainor, Editor UFO Roundup 1/7/02 Note: This is the latest in a long series of small aircraft that have vanished without a trace over Lake Michigan. For more, read "The Great Lakes Triangle" by Jay Gourley, Fawcett Gold Medal Books, New York, NY, 1977.)


WATERFORD, RACINE COUNTY -- UFOWisconsin reports that the witness who wishes to remain anonymous stated, "I was sitting out by the farm areas with my son on January 5, 2002, just north of Wind Lake and just south of Waterford. I was looking at the stars when I saw something that was square shaped that stopped for about 30 seconds. It then started moving slowly and disappeared. I would have thought that I was seeing things, but my son who is 13 years old, pointed it out to me. Note: We are trying to follow up with this witness. We found it unusual that the object he saw in the sky was square shaped. Thanks to,


BILLINGS -- Unusual white lights were spotted hovering over the West End of Billings Saturday at about 6:00 PM. A woman and her husband were in their pickup truck when they spotted a lighted half-spherical object hover about 1,000 feet above 36th Street West. The object had one flashing light and hovered for about four minutes. "My husband knows airplanes and he said, `"Those aren't any airplane lights." As soon as he said that, it took off," she said. "Within two seconds, we couldn't see it. It was that fast. I don't know what to make of it." A Billings man who spends most of his evening riding a bicycle in the downtown area said he spotted the flying object, but thought it was just a very fast aircraft. Thanks to The Billings Gazette, Copyright (c) and Louise A. Lowry


DUPUYER -- National Institute for Discovery Science" NIDS received a call from local law enforcement regarding a six-year old Red Angus cow found dead at 8:00-9:00 AM on July 27, 2001. The animal was lying on its right side. The left eye and eyelid were missing, the hide from the left jaw was missing and parts of the tongue were gone. The vagina and rectum were also missing. A thorough examination of the area by law enforcement failed to reveal any tracks, markings or signs of struggle from the animal. When the hide under the left jaw was cut away, investigators noticed a greenish-colored tissue mass just under the jaw. The green color markedly contrasted with the pink color of the surrounding tissue. Because of the ambient temperature and humidity in the area and to prevent further decomposition, the head of the animal was severed and immediately frozen. After the head was thoroughly frozen it was shipped to NIDS in Las Vegas and stored at -85ºC to prevent further decomposition.

NIDS then consulted with a forensic expert, whose analysis of the eyes and jaw showed no blood in the tissue, indicating that the heart had stopped beating upon removal of the tissues. If the animal was mutilated, the mutilation occurred after death. In addition to the gross pathology, samples of eye fluid from the animal's right eye and tissue from the neck area were collected. A comprehensive set of organic extraction procedures followed by Infrared spectrometry and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) analysis were conducted to determine the molecular components in the eye fluid and tissues. Preliminary chemical analysis was also conducted on maggot mass from the animal. A second animal was obtained from a slaughterhouse and left to decompose for four days as a sham or control animal. Tissue and eye fluid from the control animal was subjected to identical extraction and analytical procedures.

A compound called oxindole was found in both tissue and eye fluid from the mutilated animal but not in the control animal, suggesting oxindole was not a decomposition product. The clinical and pharmacological properties of oxindole in animals cause profound sedation, decrease in blood pressure, decrease in muscular tone and loss of consciousness (Orcutt et al. (1964) Arch. Int. Pharmacodynam. 152, 121-131). Our failure to find oxindole in the control animal leads us to the working hypothesis that oxindole may have been used to sedate the animal prior to its death and mutilation. Similar analyses of different mutilated animals in the future will either substantiate or negate this working hypothesis. For example, the pharmacokinetic data on administration of oxindole to large animals is scanty as are the data on the extent of rumen-saliva recycling of tryptophan metabolites. A second hypothesis is that a traumatic event triggered the swift accumulation of oxindole in the tissues of the mutilated animal but not in the control animal. Since the summer of 2001, NIDS has received over eight reports of animal mutilations from Montana, the majority of which were too old to seriously investigate. Nevertheless, this number of reports in a few months constitutes by far the largest report frequency received in the history of NIDS investigations of the animal mutilation phenomenon. Therefore, the present case should be seen not as an isolated incident, but in the context of a wave of mutilation reports in 2001 from Montana. It should also be noted that during the period 1974-1977, the Great Falls area of Montana was the focus of an intense wave of animal mutilations. NIDS is gratified by the increasing spirit of cooperation between our organization and ranchers, law enforcement officials and veterinarians. Call NIDS at (702-798-1700) The full 50 page report with photographs at


PORT ANGELES -- My husband was outside on December 29, 2001, watching the sky as he often does, waiting for me to get ready. He observed a huge black object above him at 4:20 PM seemingly cloaked in the clouds. It was a calm day, with a partial cloud cover and no wind. He watched the object(s) for a minute then ran in to yell for me to "come now PLEASE!" I ran outside and he related to me what he had seen, since the object was no longer there. He described it as a huge black "wall," but it almost seemed to be changing shapes within the cloud. He said it was at least two football fields in length. We continued to watch the sky and a minute later, we both observed a solid, black disc shaped object fall like a leaf from the clouds, about 1/2 mile from where the object originally was seen by my husband. It seemed to be heading north just above the treeline, so we didn't see where it went, just that it fell. Then directly above that, in the clouds again, I saw what appeared to be two large black objects "dancing" in the clouds. I immediately said "oh, look honey, they're hang-gliders!" However, they were quite large, in fact it could have been one object, as the clouds were obscuring parts of whatever I was seeing. They or it continued moving for about 10 seconds, and then completely disappeared into the cloud cover. This is the first time either of us has witnessed anything remotely unexplainable in the sky. We are at a complete loss as to how to explain it. We've thought of kites, hang-gliders, balloons, airplanes, blimps, stealth bombers, none of it seems to fit. There were no visible lights on the object(s); it was just big and black. It made no noise. It was afternoon, with about 1 hour left of good daylight. I am a professional, working in the health care field here in town. My husband is a stay at home dad, caring for our 2 year old son. We have been going nuts trying to figure this out. Thanks to Peter Davenport, NUFORC, Hotline: (206) 722-3000


TURLOCK --On January 7, 2002, five objects were observed flying in single file by a qualified aerospace observer. The objects were equally spaced and flying on west trajectory without navigation lights. The objects were white luminescent and observed for approximately 10 seconds. The observer was in process of aligning Jupiter with 6.3 mm eyepiece and looked up from telescope at 9:03 PM and noticed what first appeared to be meteorites, however, the objects were moving at only 1/2 speed of meteorites as compared to Leonid shower average. They were first observed at 35 degrees elevation in the East (plus or minus 5 degrees) and last observed at 30 degrees elevation West (plus or minus 5 degrees). The flying objects did not deviate trajectory, but remained single file, equally spaced. The objects had approximately one degree of spacing between them as observed from the ground. No sound was heard. Jupiter was beginning to blur slightly due to fog. My hypothesis is that the objects appeared to be in low Earth orbit, allowing sunlight to be reflected, causing a white luminous appearance. The objects may have been space debris, but unusual due to the exact same spacing between them. No classification has been set at this time. The observer has spent 27 years in the aerospace environment, with full knowledge of all nonclassified aircraft, and limited classified aircraft including SR 71 and Air Transport experience with nighttime identification capabilities for most aircraft.

ALLBROOK -- On January 6, 2002, the witness was walking his dog about 9:30 PM, when he heard a military jet approaching from the southeast. He states, "I saw a light which appeared to be a jet followed by another fighter jet, then all of a sudden the second fighter hit the after burner to increase its speed. The jet appeared to be trying to catch the first object. When the jet finally got close to the first object, it made a 90 degree turn, and just flew off to the south and was gone in a blink of a eye. The second fighter turned around and headed back towards Miramar Base. I have never seen an object change direction so quickly and have a speed well above anything we have; I would guess it flew at a speed of 5000 miles per hour. It was out of sight in a less than a tenth of a second. I just got a glimpse of its tremendous speed out of the corner of my eye. We rarely have any military fighters fly over. They were probably flying under 20,000 feet and none have ever kicked in their after burners. Thanks to Peter B. Davenport, Director, National UFO Reporting Center,, Hotline: (206) 722-3000


Troy Allen called to report he is monitoring the Popocatpétl Volcano video camera site near Mexico City on an almost daily basis. The volcano's observation camera is showing many UFOs often in a triangle formation as recently as January 8, 2002. Over a hundred Dark colored UFOs images have been seen in recent months. UFO s have had an interest in the volcano since its December 21, 1994, eruption, ending decades of slumber. UFOs that are small elliptical colored lights that change color from green, to blue, to pink, to purple. They are more or less stationary and a larger roundish or flattened white light moves from snapshot to snapshot. There are often more than one dark colored objects observed moving around the area. They will often move from the distance forward and then retreat. Due to the possibility of explosive eruptions, people are warned not to approach the volcano to closer than 12 kilometers from the crater. However, the road between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa, including Paso de Cortés, is open for controlled circulation. Photos at: and (enter Monitoreo volcanico, Tamano A) Thanks to Troy Allen


A UFO cover-up has been revealed by Stephen Biscoe at the height of the Cold War. UFO fever was so rampant in the UK that the Ministry of Defence set up a secret working party to try to establish if Earth really was under observation by visiting aliens. It involved experts from the Directorate of Scientific Intelligence and the Joint Technical Intelligence Committee, and eventually they produced a report. Then the MoD spent the next 49 years denying it ever existed. Yesterday, the Public Record Office (PRO) made the papers public, but only after their existence had been admitted to a local government Press officer working in South Yorkshire. Had it not been for Dr. David Clarke, who lives in Sheffield and works for Rotherham Council, it is unlikely that they would have come to light. Clarke combines his local government job with an academic career, which has made him one of the country's leading folklore experts. A researcher at the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at Sheffield University, he is the author of several books on a range of folkloric traditions from stone heads and ghosts to UFO sightings and Close Encounters. His latest book "Out of the Shadows," to be published in May by Piatkus, draws on the two years of research he has been carrying out for a post-doctoral study. In the course of it, he came across references in official government documents to the report of the secret working party set up on Churchill's orders in 1950 to investigate reports of UFO sightings. In 1980, the 30-year rule ended its term of confidentiality -- but the rule was ignored and it remained secret. Clarke says, in fact, that he was repeatedly told by the MoD that no such report existed; it even denied the existence of the working party. Yet the Sheffield researcher was still coming across references to both.

OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND -- On Thursday, December 27, 2001, Sarah H. reports, "I was driving away from Wytham village, on a two-lane country road "towards Botley Interchange, the road running parallel to Motorway A34 at 8:45 PM." "The UFO hovered west of the road, remaining in one position," Sarah reported, "The UFO was triangular in shape with one light at each point (corner). It was hovering above Withal Wood and was silent. It hovered for approximately four minutes, no higher than 200 feet above the trees. Its fuselage was dark." Sarah added, "I have no pictorial evidence" of the encounter, and she feels a bit "nervous about being considered a loony." Thanks to UFO ROUNDUP Volume 7, Number 1 January 1, 2002 Editor: Joseph Trainor

IPSWICH, ENGLAND -- Nick Richards of The Ipswich Star, Suffolk reports that, "An Ipswich household was treated to an extra special sight on Christmas Day when they saw what appeared to be an unidentified flying object. The family, who asked not to be named, saw the strange flashing object from their house in Valley Road, just 24 hours after Santa would have been in the middle of his Christmas deliveries. The mother of the family told the Star that the strange sight occurred just before the early hours of Boxing Day. "At about midnight my husband noticed a very bright light. He called me to look at it and I saw what seemed to be a large star. The strange thing was that our room was illuminated by the very strong light, which it emitted. "I would normally have likened it to moonlight, but there was no moon to be seen. My husband continued to watch it as I fell asleep. He called me a few minutes later to tell me that it was flashing and emitting a blue hue around its base. He also saw two diagonal protrusions from either side towards the bottom." The object, which was oval in shape, was smaller than the moon but bigger than a star and was viewed from Valley Road towards the Portman Road area. The family said that they knew it wasn't an airplane, a helicopter or even Christmas lights. They said that if was a star it would have been there the following night, but it left the Ipswich skyline after performing its ten-minute light show. 12/29/01 The Ipswich Star Thanks to FarShores UFO News -


Sightings of UFOs in Malaysia have doubled in the past year and one man claims he was abducted for eleven days after meeting a square-headed alien. The Centre for Malaysian UFO Studies says six sightings were reported last year as opposed to three in 2000. Ufologist Ahmad Jamaludin, from the centre, says three of the sightings were reported in Sabah, two in Kedah and the other in Penang. Of the abduction in February, he told The Star: "This could be the first reported UFO abduction in Malaysia. Although the eleven-day period was a little odd, as most UFO abduction victims usually go missing for two to three hours or up to five days only. "The fact that there were some UFO activities around Kota Kinabalu at that time could lend some credence to the claim." Ahmad, who has studied UFOs since 1978, says his research on the phenomenon shows there is a link between the UFO sightings and Earth's seismic activity. "Gravitational forces emitted by objects in space cause the Earth's fault lines to shake, causing earthquakes and, at the same time, act as a guide for UFOs to reach Earth," he said. Story filed: January 7, 2002, Thanks to


Has it ever dawned on anyone that some of the stuff flying around is ours? T.Townsend Brown duplicated one of these propulsion systems in the late 50s it was classified and government contractors have been working on it ever since. Brown was swept under the rug as far as recognition goes. Scientists in his corner have written papers about it. The rest feel they might sully their image. Its been kept under wraps for a long time. Its like the mentality that Egyptians didn't build the pyramids themselves because humans are stupid. Read what Janes publications says about the B2 if it hasn't been deleted by know. Thanks to Janoshek


Jeff Challender has prepared a new tape of various UFOs that were caught on recent Shuttle video footage. Jeff has over an hour-long tape of UFOs shot in space. Jeff spends hundreds of hours watching the shuttle broadcasts from space and is now an expert on NASA missions and even those onboard the shuttle are unlikely to see what Jeff does. Using Jeff's directions you will be able to learn the difference between space junk, ice crystals and real UFOs. I feel confident we could go into a court of law and convince any jury that there are UFOs moving at high speed around the Earth. Send $25 to: Jeff Challender 2768 Mendel Way - Sacramento, California 95833-2011. Jeff has had an operation on his back and is still in pain, we ask you to send your prayers.


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