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Filer's Files
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
January 16, 2002

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UFOs were observed over New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, England, Scotland, and Spain. Sightings have picked up strongly since New Year's Eve.


Dick Lions reports, "I have spoken at length with a scientist at the labs who believes we may be able to test whether my hypothesis of ionizing radiations being present in Charlene's sighting is possible. The irregular red glowing stove shaped object appeared about 20 feet in front of her car. The headlights of the car began to flicker, the radio she was listening to crackled then died. The engine stopped and she saw a red glowing almost translucent like a red glowing stove element, somewhat irregular shaped object that hovered ten feet off the ground. The object was irregular in shape, roundish but the edges were not well-defined and seemed to wobble or change almost like a cartoon animation. The object also seemed to be giving off sparks or something and maintained its position for five minutes, when it morphed into a pillar like shape, and shot straight up into the sky at incredible speed. (See Filer's Files #50)

First let me describe two possible methods of investigation to consider. The first has to do with the failed clock and CD player. If, as my theory would contend, their failure was due to penetrating radiations, then those radiations would likely have caused electric charges to become entrapped inside some of the semiconductor chips. The trapped charges disrupt normal transistor functions, and the chip then doesn't work. However, by heating the chip to just the right temperature, those trapped charges can then be "annealed out". If an inoperative chip in one of your devices could be made to function again by annealing it, that would be substantial proof that it had been exposed to ionizing radiation. Perhaps it's appropriate to ask here whether those devices are still inoperative, or whether they began working again? If either one is still inoperative they can be tested. The other line of investigation would be to test some exposed material for radioactive transmutations. The fact that things inside the car were strongly affected implies the radiations were very penetrating. If those radiations were, for example, protons, then they would likely have caused transmutations of trace amounts of materials, particularly metals. Most of the transmuted material would be radioactive, and the presence of that radioactivity would be a positive indication of exposure. Unfortunately, though, most of the radioactivity dies away within a few days or weeks, and can then no longer be detected. However, if we're lucky, there may be some unusual material in something that results in radioisotopes with longer lifetimes, and there might still be enough of those left to detect. Electronic devices often contain lots of different metals (iron, aluminum, nickel, chromium, tin, lead, gold, etc.), so would be worth testing in this manner. I should point out that the amount of radioactivity produced by the exposure would have been minuscule, so there would be no hazard in handling exposed materials. It takes an extremely sensitive laboratory setup to have any chance of detecting such small amounts of radioactivity.

If you sent us an inoperative clock or CD player, we could use it for both tests. First we would put it in a "counting chamber" for radioactivity analysis. That would take about a week. Then we would try to find an inoperative chip and do the annealing trick. Both of these are "long shots" insofar as finding something definitive is concerned. On the other hand, this is a rare opportunity to test a possible explanation, and a "hit" on either test would have great scientific weight in arguing the case. Do you think it might be possible to make one of those devices (or perhaps something else) available to us for such testing? A possible "something else," for example, might be the batteries in a flashlight or cellular phone (if you had one in the car at the time). Even though the phone may not have been affected, the materials in the battery may have undergone trace amounts of transmutation. If you did have a flashlight in the car and it was a metal one, we'd probably ask for it. If it were plastic, only the batteries would be useful. If you can think of anything else along that line that may have been present in the car, I'd like to hear about it. Thanks to Dick Lions.

Editor's Note: Many well-known scientists with credentials and awards read these files. Most choose to remain anonymous. Many complain their supervisors are not open minded. I have noticed an awakening-taking place concerning the possibility that the UFO phenomenon is real or at least worth investigating. Although, Earth Lights are a real phenomenon many reports of fiery plasmas appear to be part of the UFO cloaking or propulsion system.


NEW HYDE PARK -- The witness reports coming home sober at 5:00 AM on January 1, 2002, from a New Year's Eve party and saw a strange light in the sky. It was strange only because it was ascending in the sky next to another aircraft, which was obviously an airplane. The strange gliding light was ascending higher and was brighter then the airplane. In addition, this object appeared to be made of light and did not blink. When it stopped ascending, it changed its color from a white light to a brighter yellow light. It was in the western sky, which could mean it was flying right over NYC no more then 25 miles away. It flew at the same altitude for a few minutes, then did a small, barely noticeable zigzag movement, and then changed back to a white light color. A minute later it disappeared in the very clear night sky.

LONG ISLAND CITY -- On December 30, 2001, about midnight eight friends left a restaurant and stopped to look at the moon and stars. One witness reports, "What we were looking at started to dart and shoot all over the sky. There were so many! Some lined up in order and then just went off in their own direction; just to zip back and forth. Others looked like they were playing a game of cat and mouse. They were darting all over the sky for the longest time. They ran back into the restaurant and called the people to go out to see it. We were all in shock! Thanks to Peter Davenport Director NUFORC,


VERNON -- A witness phoned to report seeing a huge fiery red light just above the trees over a field on January 16, 2002. She was driving south of Route 94 at 6:40 AM about five miles from the New York border when she saw the brilliant red light. It dimmed then moved to another spot in the sky where it became quite large again. She was very frightened and drove twenty miles over the speed limit to get away from the light. This area is part of the Appalachian Mountains and Earth Lights could be the cause of the fiery red light. The Vernon Police were notified and they mentioned they had received numerous reports of a light near the top of a mountain and both the police and Park Rangers were investigating." The witness was very upset by the incident.

NORTH NEW JERSEY -- Another report stated, "My neighbor recently caught some video this week on two different nights. Although this may not be a UFO, it is very curious. The light is off in the distance, and seems to hover, when paused it has various colors and shapes. Thanks to Brian Vike Independent UFO Field Investigator/Researcher HBCC UFO Research


WHITEHALL -- The witness and his mother saw two objects flying above Circuit City on January 2, 2002. The sun had just set at 5:00 PM when the witness's mother asked, "What are those? At first they looked like dark planes flying parallel to each other with no lights. The witness says, "I noticed the odd shape of the crafts. They were shaped like spiders, with a solid body in the middle and extensions from that in all directions. There were 4 or 5 extensions and no sound was heard, and there were no lights on the crafts and they were very dark in color. The unusual shape scared us both and I became fearful of terrorism by another country, and my mother ran into the store to get my dad. By the time they came out it was too far away to see. Thanks to NUFORC


COLUMBUS -- The witness was driving east on I-70 late on December 24, 2001, when he saw a bright light hovering over the highway at 11:00 PM. As he drove closer, there were two lights 1500 to 2000 feet up and just sitting still. The witness states, "While going past it, I lowered my window and heard no sound but I could barely see the shape of a triangle." In the front, two lights were noticeable, one at one corner, and one at another. A third light was observed at the back (apex) that was much dimmer. It was not a helicopter, as I am an EMT. I had my CB radio on and didn't hear anyone else saying they saw it. Visibility was good and sky clear. It was about the size of my thumbnail.

SALEM -- My sister was taking photos of a new pond that was constructed on my brother's property on December 28, 2001, located 1.5 miles out of the Salem city limits. She didn't see anything at the time, but when she got the pictures back from being developed, a saucer shaped object could be seen in one of the photos. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


WILLIAMSBURG -- On December 27, 2001, at 10:40 PM, the witness had been snow plowing and I noticed an object in the sky with bright white lights and maybe 1 or 2 small red ones. When the witness got a 100 yards out, he stopped his vehicle to get a better look. The object was hovering and probably the size of a basketball court. The witness says, " In no more than 5 seconds it went from a dead stand still to an abrupt fast sprint forward and after a few seconds began to slow. I threw my truck in reverse and drove backwards somewhat parallel to the object, the horizon grew higher with trees, and I eventually lost it." He drove out to the main road, to a higher in elevation in only 20 seconds but it had departed. "The way the thing moved and looked, was nothing similar to any aircraft I have ever seen," he said. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


MARSHFIELD/PITTSVILLE -- UFOWisconsin witness reports, "My friend and his son were coming home from Marshfield on January 9, 2002, and when they arrived they had told me that they had seen a lot of unidentifiable flashing lights in the sky and to go out on the roof and look. Two adults and two teenagers witnessed these lights from 7 to 7:45 PM. There were many small lights in the sky, each object seemed to have three colors red, yellow, green. There was no pattern to their travel. Some were moving very fast and then would stop and change direction rapidly. Others would be moving fast and then stop and the lights would dim very low. It was nothing I have ever witnessed before. They were flying much too close to be aircraft flying at different heights and speeds. Thanks to


MERRITT -- Jim Hickman reports that on January 8, 2002, a UFO was seen by two teenagers, a brother and sister, who were returning home at 8:40 PM. They were traveling down Merritt Road south of the town when they noticed what appeared to be a barn fire ahead of them. As they approached within 1/2 mile they observed that it was actually an object behind the barn. It was bigger than the barn and was emitting a "real bright" white/yellow/orange flashing light, which appeared to move upwards from behind the barn. The object then turned sideways with blue and red flashing lights in three rows around the outer edge of the object. The UFO was flying under 1000 feet in altitude, when if flew upward to a point near overhead and then dimmed till disappearing. No noise was heard and the object was in sight for several minutes. No electrical interference was noted, no missing time reported and the skies were clear. They noticed more red and blue lights in the road ahead, exactly where the object had just been. This turned out to be an Oklahoma Highway Patrol car that had stopped a speeder. The officer didn't appear to have noticed the aerial object, which should have been in plain sight of the officer. A neighbor lady reports seeing the same object the night before. Note: As I was receiving this report by phone I noticed quite a bit of background clicking and unusual noises on the phone. The witness had just said the word "flying saucer" when the line just went dead. This happened at least 3 times during the conversation, each time just as UFO's were being mentioned. I went to my hard line phone and it did the same thing my cordless did. I have never had phone line trouble. Thanks to Jim Hickman Author, "5000 years of UFO's" MUFON Research Specialist for Media Operations


JENA -- The witness was hunting from his deer stand at 5:30 AM on December 28, 2001. There was a very bright moon visible in the clear sky when he saw a falling star. A few minutes later in the north sky about 30 degrees above horizon he saw a cigar shaped craft moving very slow then stopping. The witness reports, "Then it moved very fast across the sky going up then down very fast and stopping again like it was looking for something. I used my gun scope to look at the craft it was a very long way from my but very shiny and long bright silver." Thanks to NUFORC


PASADENA -- On New Year's Eve the witness was driving west when he saw a second long elaborate fireworks display. He reports, "What I saw was a huge rectangular shaped object at least 300 yards long and 50 yards wide. It was vertical with several bright white lights inside a red rectangular outer rim." It was 350 feet in the air and probably over the city of Pearland, Texas, which is about 10 miles from where I saw the object. It was incredibly beautiful in the cloudy sky and I wish I could have observed it longer. I believe it was either a craft or a holograph. Even though it was New Year's Eve I had not been imbibing and was completely sober. Although after witnessing the event I could have used a good stiff drink.

DALLAS -- The witness was on an American Airlines Flight 1566 on December 31, 2001, from Dallas to Washington, DC. They took off at 2:15 PM and climbed above the clouds to 33,000 feet. To the northeast, the witness noticed a solid white round object flying several thousand feet lower, and thought it might be a bird or balloon. It seemed to over or float. The witness stated, "Eventually, it is directly in line with my window but at the same distance away. I surmise that at 500 mph, we have caught up with it, and it has not moved. I didn't see it move at that point. The white object then flies west, is still for a moment and then, shoots out in a diagonal of a northwesterly route and disappears in seconds into the horizon. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC,

PASADENA -- On January 7, 2002, the witness's wife, and son were leaving a restaurant and noticed a group of lights in the sky. As they headed east on Spencer highway towards La Porte, they watched three lights, and the highest, "faded" a little and headed north rapidly, until we could not see it. The one on the south dropped lower and then "shot" south very fast and was gone at 7:15 PM. The middle one just hung there, moving only slightly to the left and right and up and down. It got brighter and then dimmer; it was yellowish in color with a hint of a red and blue shimmer. My wife suggested that it might be a helicopter with the searchlight, there were 13 or more aircraft all converging towards the light near La Porte field which only caters to personal aircraft. Thanks to Far Shores FarShores UFO News

SPRING -- On Sunday, January 6, 2002, my sister saw a silver sphere in the sky around 2:00 PM, about twenty miles north of downtown Houston off I-45. She said it looked silver or metallic in color, and flew around in circles then suddenly disappeared. The next day, she took me outside at 3:00 PM, to show me where she saw it and there it was again in the same spot! I saw it this time, and my description is the same as hers. It is the size of a balloon at arm's length, but actually the size of maybe half of a Volkswagen. The object looked more round than any other shape. The UFO was flying haphazardly like a bird fighting the wind, but definitely wasn't a bird. The UFO made no sound and was flying at 1000 feet or lower on a clear blue sky. It was shiny like it was made of shiny metal. It was also seen in Pearland on Sunday, 30 miles south of us according to the local ABC News channel 13 here in Houston with video.

HOUSTON -- KTRK TV, reported some Pearland residents are still scratching their heads after spotting a strange object in the sky on Sunday. But was it a UFO? Rocky Flint captured images Sunday afternoon January 6, 2002, with his video recorder in Pearland. It appears to be a burning object in the sky. His wife, Cynthia, says it was hard to miss, "It resembled a floating fireball." The fiery ball appears to remain stationary for several minutes before moving downward and then disappearing. I've never in my whole life seen anything like it." Eyewitness News made calls to both airports and neither one could shed any light on the mystery. The Brazoria County Sheriff's Department also received some calls, but they couldn't find anything. Flint's husband has his own theory. He said that it looked like a UFO." We made another call to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command. They also failed to provide answers. Thanks to Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. (Dwight Simkins Jan 07.02 URL: Video


VANCOUVER, BC -- The witness was heading west on Barnet Highway while returning from Christmas dinner on December 25, 2001. At 7:30 PM, the witness noticed an object in the northeast. His wife confirmed seeing a triangular shaped flying object with green and white lights. It was not moving and was just hovering perfectly still. It was flying above the mountains, but they could not stop on the highway. The witness said, "We lost sight of the triangle through the trees in just under a minute."

VICTORIA, BC -- My wife and I observed a dark brown/black disk shaped object on December 31, 2001. It was moving above a 9 story high-rise at 11:20 PM, and was the size of a two-dollar coin held at arm's length. I was wearing my glasses, which are not a precise prescription and saw a dome on its top and a disk shaped underside that seemed to dip slightly back and forth while moving generally south. It tipped slightly at a forward angle. At the same time it swooped a few degrees to the left and back before resuming a straight course south. I called to my wife Leann, who came quickly. She also saw the dome on the top, but she thought it may have been a balloon. A few things seem to militate against it being a balloon: 1) it was moving very quickly and it was not windy (at least not at ground elevation) 2) it appeared to slow down, almost hover, and then accelerate 3) it moved side to side 4) it was disk shaped and dark. Later, a fellow mentioned that he and some coworkers had seen the object at 11:30 AM. They were working a block to the west near downtown Victoria. His coworkers were looking at it with some degree of excitement, as they also were not certain what it was either but decided it must have been a balloon.


SUMMIT HILLS, SAN JUAN -- On January 4, 2002, the two witnesses, Magdalena Gotay standing on the staircase to her house, saw a square flying object and Dr. Carlos Fernández a psychologist who was standing on the street in front of his house, perceived it as an oval. At 2:30 AM, they saw a flat dark gray metallic UFO with many yellowish lights fly over head. It was three times the size of an airliner heading south very slowly. It was moving diagonally and zigzagging up and down at an altitude of 2000 feet. It made a strange noise that they could not compare to anything else. It hid behind a cloud after 7 to 10 minutes and was not seen again. Thanks to Translation (C) 2001. Scott Corrales, IHU. Special Lucy Guzmán


PERNAMBUCO -- Unexplained lights, cigar shaped luminous objects, small points crossing space at prodigious speed have been seen along the coast, particularly in the municipality of Brejo da Madre de Deus. President of the Grupo Ufologico de Guarujá (GUG), Edison Boaventura took advantage of a transfer to Recife and collected reports from persons who saw UFOs. For example, Attorney Wilson Andrade Souza, a resident of Boa Viagem, claims he has seen UFOs on repeated occasions and speaks delightedly about his experiences. "My wife and I were standing on the porch to our house when we saw an object in the sky, resembling a cigar, surrounded by 20 smaller disc-shaped objects, flying in disarray. It was a beautiful sight," he states. Souza has also seen UFOs over the Guararapes Airport in the municipality of Cupira, 168 kilometers north of Recife. "Some employees on a ranch saw one land and disgorge little men who helped themselves to the guava trees." Boaventura's investigations also included a complete sweep of Brejo da Madre de Deus, famous for being one of the most important archaeological sites of the Northeast, and will probably wind up being known as a UFO hotspot nationwide. Thanks to. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Translation (C) 2002


WILTSHIRE -- Police were called by a Chippenham resident claiming he had seen a UFO at the same time as 4,000 homes were plunged into darkness by a power outage. The man, who lives in Park Lane, claimed he had seen low flying white, blue, red and orange lights on Wednesday, January 4, 2002. Homes in Chippenham, Pewsham, and Derry Hill were left without heat and light when the power failed at 7:30 PM. Southern Electric Company Engineers traced the fault to an underground cable caused by third party damage. Thanks to FarShores UFO News, and Newsquest (Wiltshire) Ltd via /Jan 04.02


PENICUICK -- Martin Rogan reports that he saw a ball of flames fly upward and disappear for the third night running at the exact same time in the exact same place. The sightings were on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, January 6, 7, and 8th, 2002 at 2:30 AM. Thanks to Dave Ledger UFO and


SEVILLE -- Años Luz reports, a UFO was seen by a multitude of drivers along Seville's Route S-30 in the vicinity of Montequinto on January 8, 2002, at 15:15 hours (3:15 PM). The UFO was cylindrical in shape, with two whitish lights in its "bow" and "stern" respectively. It was metallic and wingless with two protuberance visible on its nose similar to a Concorde jet. Two other protuberances were seen on its aft section. It traveled toward Seville at such low altitude that it was perfectly visible. Its size was judged to be roughly that of a twin-propeller military helicopter. Thanks to. Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Translation (C) 2002 and Jose Roldan.


Robert Roy Britt reports that's good advice. But hard to heed on such a dry and dusty planet. Mars now looks downright dead. Liquid water, if it exists, is probably a mile deep or more, scientists say. But there are two places where water is known to exist in mass quantities, right at the surface: The polar caps. Though summer melts a thin layer of carbon dioxide frost at the poles, a thick layer of mostly water ice remains. At the North Pole, the permanent ice cap is larger than Texas and more than a half-mile thick. Little critters, lathered in natural sunscreen and swathed in biological antifreeze, could be lurking just a few feet under the ice. These microscopic Martians might hibernate for months or even thousands of years, waiting for a brief thaw, a personal spring vacation. Other life could be doing the backstroke, or whatever microbes do in their spare time, in languid pools of water melted by subsurface volcanic activity, all just a few yards down. Though they might sound a bit like fish tales, these ideas are growing in popularity among scientists who have explored similar extreme environments, and the so-called extremophiles that inhabit them, on Earth.

In the permafrost of Siberia, for example, a species of moss was found dormant but alive after 40,000 years. "Life survives and even thrives in a variety of icy microhabitats in Earth's polar regions," says Warwick F. Vincent, a professor of biology at Laval University in Canada. He and his colleagues recently discovered bacteria and even more advanced life in pockets of water below the icy surface of the Arctic. An obvious question follows for anyone interested in finding life on Mars: "If we're following the water ... why is there not a heavy search in the areas where we know there is water ice?" wonders Meredith Payne, an Arizona State University researcher. As NASA struggles to refocus its Mars program, one supremely logical mantra has emerged to guide the search for Martian life: The next robots that will explore the surface of Mars, one from the European Space Agency and a pair from NASA, are planned for 2003 and 2004, but are not targeting the Polar Regions. See, Mars Rendered in 3-D Using Spacecraft


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