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Filer's Files
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
October 23, 2002

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The purpose of these files is to report the UFO eyewitness and photo/video evidence that occurs on a daily basis around the world and in space. Features this week are: SCI FI Channel Disclosure, Cylinder UFO seen in New York, Georgia and space, New York cylinder, spear, and lights, Pennsylvania flying triangle, Florida moving white specks, Ohio large flying octagon, Illinois throbbing chevron, Minnesota flying triangle, Nevada very bright light, California two disks, Alaska super sized bird, Canadian dark shape around bright light, Brazil orange UFOs, England oval shaped UFO, and Spain did somebody see a UFO?


TICONDEROGA -- Frank a New York State Employee who wishes to remain anonymous has sent videos of a cylinder shaped UFO that was videotaped in March of 1997, in La Grange, Georgia. Frank videotaped a similar cylinder shaped UFO on July 2, 1998, over a church in Ticonderoga, NY. Frank says, "He saw the same object being videotaped from the Space Shuttle in orbit 47, on October 11, 2002. Dr. Bruce Maccabee Ph.D. has verified that the two ground based photos were genuine. The STS 112 video taken by the Atlantis Space Shuttle cameras is still under analysis. The video shows a cylinder shaped light that appears to launch from a formation of clouds above Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Africa at 8:29 PM. The object quickly moves towards space and the limb of Earth is observed. The light is in focus and appears to be a UFO/spaceship like cylinder light similar in shape to the other UFOs. Dome shaped lights appear to come together in the video. Thanks to John Thompson and Frank.


WASHINGTON -- SCI FI Channel is supporting a new effort to gain release of secret government records on unidentified aerial phenomena. John Podesta, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff, spoke in an attempt to gain release of secret government UFO records. He cited the importance to the public of declassifying government UFO records. Clinton's Science Advisor Dr. John Gibbons, initiated an investigation by the USAF into the crash of an unknown object at Roswell, New Mexico. Clinton's first CIA Director James Woolsey in 1993 also green-lighted a new CIA investigation into UFOs. Clinton himself asked his good friend Webster Hubbell to find out the truth about UFOs. Hillary Clinton, also very interested in the UFO phenomena, helped Laurance Rockefeller edit a letter to President Clinton on UFOs, and was briefed on the UFO subject by Rockefeller at the Rockefeller ranch during the President's 1995 vacation there. The Coalition for Freedom of Information (CFI) is requesting for documents involving Project Moon Dust and Operation Blue Fly, clandestine operations reported to have existed decades ago to investigate UFOs and retrieve objects of unknown origins. The Podesta statement is part of an announcement by the SCI FI Channel in support of a new effort to gain release of secret government records. The big announcement was made at the National Press Club in Washington on October 22, 2002. Thanks to Grant Cameron


NEW YORK -- SCI FI Channel says a just released Roper national opinion poll found that 72% of Americans believe the government is not telling the public everything it knows about UFO activity and 68% think the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it is letting on. Americans are not only suspending their disbelief at the movies, but they are also suspending it in the real world. Sponsored by SCI FI Channel, the poll revealed that men consistently more than women think such information should be shared with the public.

Also, the younger you are the stronger your belief that the government is withholding information about UFOs and extraterrestrial life. According to the poll, 80% of 18-24 year olds, 75% of 25-34 year olds, and 73% of 35-49 year olds say that the government is hiding information about UFOs. "There is a reason why six of the top 10 grossing motion pictures probe the topic of science fiction," said Bonnie Hammer, SCI FI Channel's President. "People are curious, intrigued by the possibility of other life forms, and want to know more." Hammer is currently developing Steven Spielberg's 20-hour epic science fiction miniseries TAKEN. Scheduled to premiere in December on SCI FI Channel, TAKEN is a sweeping drama that weaves together the lives of three families over four generations and their crucial roles in the history of the UFO phenomenon.

Most Americans say that the government does not share enough information with the public in general (55%) and that by and large when national security is not at risk, the US government should not withhold information about UFO sightings (60%) and potential encounters with extraterrestrial life (58%). This study was conducted by Roper ASW among a representative sample of 1,021 adults ages 18 and over. The telephone interviews were conducted from August 23rd through August 25th, 2002. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 3%. Thanks to the SCI FI Channel.


CAPE CANAVERAL -- Astronaut Neil Armstrong says, "Life is out there somewhere." The first human to set foot on a place beyond Earth found an airless, waterless, lifeless moon. Nevertheless, Neil Armstrong is convinced life thrives elsewhere in the cosmos. "We have no proof," said Armstrong, who stepped onto the moon 30 years ago. "But if we extrapolate, based on the best information we have available to us, we have to come to the conclusion that ... other life probably exists out there and perhaps in many places." Two million years after intelligent life emerged on Earth, humans finally have arrived at the moment when science and technology are making possible a systematic search for other life in the universe. During the next 100 years, researchers armed with powerful telescopes, computers and robots could find proof of past or present microbial life in our solar system. And during the next 1,000 years, scientists say, it's no longer pure fantasy to think that the human race could discover and perhaps contact intelligent civilizations on distant worlds. "This is really an incredible time to be living because we've gone from the idea that we're alone on this nice little planet to the idea that anything is possible," said Lou Allamandola, a chemist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

After all, there are 400 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy and an estimated half-trillion galaxies in the universe. "We know there are planets going around other stars, and we know it's likely that some of those planets have the right conditions for life," said Dan Werthimer, a research physicist at the University of California at Berkeley. "So it would be really bizarre if we were the only ones. It's much more likely that the universe is teeming with life." If that's the case, the discovery would revolutionize our perception of who we are, where we came from and what our place is in the cosmos," snip Thanks to the Detroit News 21/10/2.


ALBANY -- FOX TV News reported on October 21, 2002, that a spear shaped object was caught on film passing above Albany International Airport during daylight hours as a commercial aircraft landed at the airport. The spear shaped object was moving at high speed and could be mistaken for a missile, but none was known to have crashed. The FBI is attempting to determine the cause of the video sighting.

WATERTOWN -- The witness says, "My friend and I were going 4 wheeling on October 5, 2002, when we saw a flying rectangular shape that slowly came to a stop at 7:20 PM. When we stopped, we noticed, it had very bright lights that were greenish blue, white, and red. Suddenly the object made a sharp 180 degree turn and headed directly toward us. It flew right above us, and it started to shine its light on us. My girl friend got really scared, she told me to go as fast as I could and drive into the garage. Instead I went up my driveway, when we noticed that the object had turned another 90 degrees and was again beginning to follow us. So my friend and I got off the 4 wheeler and ran to get my Mom and brother. By this time the object picked up speed and shot across the sky. I begged my friend to get back on the 4 wheeler and when she finally did we went to the other side of my house to see where the object went. My friend got really scared and got off the 4 wheeler and ran in the house. As I was parking the 4 wheeler I noticed the lights again. so I called for my friend, but she did not come out. As I watched it began to disappear, and as it moved farther away, it just vanished. There was no noise.

STATEN ISLAND -- My father was driving, and I pointed out an egg shaped UFO flying relatively low on October 1, 2002. It was a lot larger than a plane moving around slowly in what seemed like circular motions. We watched the UFO as we drove and when it went out of site behind tree cover we rushed home to get our binoculars. We then headed to Gateway Park to try an observe it again, but it had gone. There were either one or two white lights on the egg shaped object. Peter Davenport receives numerous reports of blimps from the NYC area that may be responsible for the report.

STATEN ISLAND -- I reside in the Emerson Hill area of Staten Island and on the evening of October 1, 2002, 7:45 PM myself and a good friend were in our backyard watching a US fighter jet patrolling the airspace above New York City. This was the first game of the Yankee Playoff Baseball series with Anaheim. On it's first pass it made a loop coming from over the harbor, then just passed the Verranzano Bridge and looped back around the bridge and then back over the harbor, over Brooklyn, creating a circle pattern that was quite obvious. The first and second passes were normal, but on the third pass we saw something that wasn't normal. I said to my friend, "Do you see that green light following that fighter jet?" he responded ," Yeah, it looks like a bright green star" We both saw a bright green star following directly behind this fighter jet, only by a short distance, but to the lower left hand side of it, and every move the jet made, this thing was right there with it, flying almost effortlessly. We only heard the engine sound from the one jet. The lights on the jet were blinking white and red on top and had visible port and starboard wing lights. The object that was tailing it, was a bright green light only. It followed the jet as it turned back towards the Verranzano and on the fighter's 4th pass, the light was gone.

MANHATTAN -- It was about 11:20 PM on October 1, 2002, I had just finished a recording session and I needed a little fresh air so I went on top of the roof to relax received a call from a friend and saw three flying objects that changed shapes. At about 11:18 PM, I looked up at the GE building and at first glance it looked like it was 3 very large black birds which seem to glide over the water tower. I noticed the objects started to change shapes. Then I noticed them lift up to sky in what seemed to be a sequence of shapes. I noticed the objects were flying just above Trump Towers on 56th in a sequence of patterns, that included a circle and a triangle. At this point the lights got brighter. After 3 minutes they dimmed and flew in a straight line towards Central Park and finished. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


PLYMOUTH MEETING -- The witness reports, "I was outside having a cigarette on October 5, 2002, and I was looking up at the sky and saw a flying triangle shaped lights blinking radically. It was in no way an airplane light. " I passed it but off as nothing. Then to my surprise at 7:40 PM, there were more coming very fast and very close to each other with odd light patterns. Then I new something was not right, so I went inside to grab my family, and they confirmed what I saw. We tried to find a logical explanation for these craft, but could not. This was very odd and I would like to know what they were? I have never seen an Air Force plane look like that! Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


BOCA RATON -- NUFORC reports the witnesses were lying down in the truck bed on October 12, 2002, getting ready to see a movie at 8:10 PM. We looked up and saw plenty of stars, but they started to move. They would all stop, and just a few would move up, down, left, and right. They were so high up, that they were just a speck of light but some were brighter than others. We saw about 40 to 50 of these all on the eastern side of the moon. Some were near the moon others farther away. After the movie, midnight, we only saw 2 or 3 moving around. We didn't know if there was more then, because the stars were visible.


CINCINNATI -- I am reporting this for my friend, who says that on October 10, 2002, about 8:30 PM he was on his way home from work in downtown Cincinnati, when a woman asked him if he saw the UFO? He then looked up in the sky and saw an object shaped like an octagonal stop sign, that had a red light in the center and blue lights on the rim. One of the rims was extended off the object, which he saw move into place, so the object was then symmetrical. He said, "It was fairly high up in the sky with haze around it, making the lights 'dim' or not as bright." It was large, the size of a dinner plate in scale to his extended hand. He said, "There were multiple witnesses, and the neighbors from his apartment building were told and they went out and saw it as well." Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


SAVAGE -- The witness reports, he observed a delta-shaped object in clear skies at 1:22 AM on October 14, 2002. The object had three soft white lights at the vertices which shone downward. The delta shaped object was about 40 feet in width and there were no other discernible lights or characteristics. It was flying southwesterly at 150 knots, at 1500 feet AGL. It made no sound even though the witness was close enough to hear if it had jet engines. It flew a straight and level course for about 5 seconds, then rolled right to a 45 degree angle which caused the downward lights to shine brighter. After a second, the object then rolled left back to a straight and level position. There was a dark sky with a few visible stars. This object did not conform to any recognizable aircraft lighting or flight patterns and was far too low for a normal approach to the airport. Thanks to Peter Davenport.


FOREST PARK -- Coming home from bowling on October 5, 2002, at 2:38 AM, the witness noticed an unusual shadowy effect upon the house next to his. The witness states, "The electronic devices in my vehicle were acting mysteriously as I stood and stared with disbelief as the craft revealed itself in its full glory." It generated a strong magnetic field as it hovered 250 to 400 feet above me. It was obscured by a huge cloud, but the object had to be at least the size of an aircraft carrier with multiple rows of lights. There were 12 to 15 rows of lights that ranged in color from a pale yellow all the way up to a deep dark purple. The lights pulsed in a unique symmetrical way, yet it seemed to follow some sort of code. I felt as though it was communicating with my inner soul and I was not afraid. I felt at peace with the universe. The alien craft had an unusual disproportionate wedge shape when it originally uncloaked and after about 10-12 seconds, additional micro-pods began appearing as though attached to its starboard and aft sides. The following day I had minor vomiting spells. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


HOLLISTER -- The witness was driving down Route 93 towards Jackpot at around 8 PM on October 14, 2002, when he saw a very bright light almost hovering in the western sky. The light was shining down from what appeared to be several miles up. There was a plume of white trailing the light and it was going a little up, not down as a meteor would. The light was very large and then suddenly it went out. The sparkly plume then died out something like a firework would when it's at the end of the display. Then it was gone completely. Editor's Note: The witness likely observed a missile launch from Vandenberg AFB.


PALMDALE -- The witness claims to have seen two UFO's in the sky at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 3, 2002. He states, "I was painting a patio and I looked up and saw one UFO that looked like a silver saucer. I know it was spinning because the sun was reflecting on it making it flicker while it was spinning around. It moved as fast as lighting. I saw the second one and when one moved the other one followed. They both took off as fast as lightening straight up and were gone.

MURPHYS -- This object appeared to be a VERY LARGE meteor but it was wider and moved very slowly in an upward direction at 7:05 PM. I asked my husband to join me outside and at that time it broke off in half and the top part continued on for another 10 seconds or so eventually dissipating. A blue "trail" could then be seen in the dark sky. Editor' Note: A missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 14, 2002, caused many UFO reports throughout the Western States. Reports described a meteor like object moving slowly eventually breaking apart leaving a blue streak. All though witnesses may not know the identity of an object they are often fairly accurate in their descriptions. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


VICTORIA, BC -- Bright white light with black outline around it moving soundlessly and slowly from the north banking east and disappearing upward on October 10, 2002, at 2:38 AM. Using binoculars I could see a dark shape visible around white light that disappeared into the sky rather than flew away. It was not a satellite, meteor or shooting star. Those don't change direction and there were no flashing lights like a plane and it flew directly overhead.


ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS reports that, "A giant winged creature, like something out of Jurassic Park, has reportedly been sighted several times in Southwest Alaska in recent weeks. Villagers in Togiak and Manokotak say they have seen a huge bird that's much bigger than anything they have seen before. A pilot says he spotted the creature while flying passengers to Manokotak last week. He calculated that its wingspan matched the length of a wing on his Cessna 207a wingspan of 35 feet, ten inches. Even one wing is longer than that. Other people have put the wingspan in a fifteen foot range. Scientists aren't sure what to make of the reports. No one doubts that people in the region west of Dillingham have seen a very large raptor-like bird. But biologists and other people familiar with big Alaska birds say they're skeptical it's that big. Biologists felt the sightings could be of a Steller's sea eagle, a species native to northeast Asia and one of the world's largest eagles. It's about 50 percent bigger than a bald eagle. Thanks to Peter Porco, October 15, 2002.


FLORIANOPOLIS -- "During the last two weeks, ten people have seen three UFOs with the same characteristics" over the capital of Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina, and its sister city across the strait, Sao Jose. "The UFOs are orange. They are enveloped in an aura of yellowish light. Each time they were signaled, the UFOs retreated in the direction (east) of the beach and then out into the skies over the South Atlantic." "Two of the three UFOs spotted were witnessed by former (Brazilian) military personnel." "We would like to know if others in the UFO community here in Brazil or overseas have seen orange lights similar to those we have seen here." Florianopolis is located on a small island just offshore from the Brazilian mainland about 560 kilometers (350 miles) south of Rio de Janeiro. (Muito obrigado a Rafael Vidal Eleuterio e Ufologia Brasileira por eso caso.) (Editor's Note: Once again, the UFOs are visiting an ancient site. Approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Florianopolis is Praia do Santinho. In the jungle-covered hills overlooking the beach are mysterious petroglyphs. Some occultists believe that these petroglyphs are left over from the lost continent of Atlantis.) Thanks to UFO ROUNDUP Volume 7 Number 42 , October 15, 2002, Editor: Joseph Trainor


LIMA -- The Herald The Peruvian government's interest in UFOs goes back decades, and there is archaeological evidence that ancient cultures were also hooked on otherworldly phenomena. Miles-long geometric designs in the desert of Nazca, south of Lima, or a winged god in the north are evidence for Chamorro that past cultures not only mastered science and math, but had an inkling that space might hold more than the sun and moon. In Chilca, 40 miles south of Lima on the Pacific coast, Mayor Numa Rueda is hoping to capitalize on the town's fame as one of the hottest spots for UFO sightings. ''There is big money in sightings,'' Rueda said. "We can become the next Roswell [N.M.].'' Looking to the heavens may be Chilca's best bet for dealing with the very worldly problems of economic decay and poverty. The town's annual budget is $100,000, and Rueda says most of Chilca's 18,000 residents are impoverished and depend on a three-month beach season to make ends meet.

Chilca's mayor would like Bill Owen, his counterpart in Roswell -- home to the International UFO Museum, New Mexico's most-visited tourist attraction -- to come to Peru and set up a sister-city relationship. ''Roswell has a museum, and there's even a TV show,'' Rueda said wistfully. ``If we were to link up, we could develop a UFO tourist circuit.'' Like many people in Chilca, Rueda says he has seen unidentified objects in the skies above his town. Rueda says, In 1998, he was chatting when a large, boomerang-shaped object appeared over a ridge that juts into the sea just beyond Chilca. He says the UFO moved slowly and made no noise. Six similarly shaped smaller objects were nearby. ''The mother ship and the six other vehicles hovered for a few minutes and then headed out to sea,'' Rueda said. ``I had always heard about UFOs, but this was my first sighting. For me it was undeniable proof that there is life outside our planet.''

Chilca also has its own tiny piece of ancient UFO history. In the town's one-room museum, Rueda keeps a minuscule swath of Incan textile wrapped in brown paper for safekeeping. The textile depicts an oddly shaped non-human figure with antennas. Rueda says the figure is similar to the extraterrestrial being supposedly found in Roswell in 1947 and which forms the core of UFO attractions that put the town on the map. ''This proves that we are not the first people to sight UFOs here. The ancient Peruvians who inhabited Chilca also had sights and possibly contact,'' he said. Chamorro says sightings form part of Peru's culture, and even the government has gotten in the act on and off over the years. In 1955, Carlos Paz founded Peru's Institute for Inter-Planetary Relations to study UFOs. Paz is a mythical figure in the international UFO community and assumed the role of quasi-diplomat from Peru to civilizations beyond the solar system. Although he died in 1999, his daughter, Rose Marie, continues at the helm. '' Chamorro said. In Peru, he said, if people see a UFO they kick back and drink a beer. Even better, Chamorro says, they hope the ship lands and pays for the beer. Thanks to. Scott Corrales, Translation (C) 2002, Institute of Hispanic Ufology and Lucien O. Chauvin of the Lima Herald


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE -- The witness reports seeing an oval shaped craft that swayed and suddenly dropped, then made of circular motions, with the colored lights circling it in no particular sequence on October 14, 2002. It stayed in the same place for at least 30 minutes starting at 8:00 PM. It was near the Newcastle airport and planes frequently crossed over, so we knew it wasn't an airplane. It flashed white, red, orange and blue in no particular sequence, but it looked like the colors were circling the object with a red circle around it like an aura. Then after about 30 minutes it started to sway from side to side. Then it dropped at high speed, and started to sway, then ten minutes later it circled in the sky. My friend got her binoculars and we could see it had four dots of light around it and on the oval itself in zigzag patterns. It had a slight red trail behind it. One hour into the sighting it got smaller and smaller in ten minutes and disappeared.


BARCELONA -- Our experience occurred on Saturday, October 12, between 20:30 and 21:00 hours on National Highway 340 in the vicinity of Molins de Rei. As we drove in our car toward Barcelona, all of the lights on the highway turned off at the same time as the horizon became filled with a strange blue light. One-second later, the lights came on again and two smaller flashes occurred, having the same shade of blue. We thought it was an explosion and even phoned the police, but no explanation was forthcoming. Translation (C) 2002, IHU. Special thanks to Jordi Ardanuy. Pablo and Rosa Prez--Barcelona


On October 20, 2002, Australia came to a stand still as Australians were asked to remember the dead and missing from the Bali bombing attack. May the Nation stand strong in the face of terror. Like the US, Australia has suffered a tragedy due to terrorism. We send our sympathy to the families of those who perished.


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