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MUFONUFO Journal(USPS 002-970)(ISSN 0270-6822)Post Office Box 369Morrison, CO 80465-0369Tel: 303-932-7709Fax: 303-932-9279International DirectorJohn F, SchuesslerEditor:Dwight Connelly14026 FRidgelawn Road, Martinsville, IL 62442Tel: (217) 382-4502e-mail:email@example.comColumnists:Walter N. WebbGeorge FilerJenny RandiesStanton FriedmanStaff ArtistWes CrumMUFON on CompuServe"Go MUFON"to access the ForumMUFON on the Internet:http://www.mufon.comMUFON e-mail address:firstname.lastname@example.orgMUFON Amateur Radio Net:40 meters - 7.237 MHzSaturdays, 7 a.m.CST or COSTTable of contentsDecember 2001 Number 404The cover: This months cover is by Journal staff artist Wes Crum.In this issuePossible abductionin Australia by Chalker & Harrison..3Teleportation event a part of many UFO cases 6Another Pascagoula witness by Kenny Young 9MUFON Forum: Pflock on book review & Corso 10Wormholes & God Hypothesisby Dr.Barry Downing...11Minnesota triangle,investigated by Dr. Stephen Hero....14Filers Files by George A. Filer 15UFO Press 17View from Britain by Jenny Randies 20Perceptions by Stanton T. Friedman 21The Night Sky by Walter N. Webb 23Calendar 23Directors Message by John Schuessler 24Change of address and subscription inquiries should be sentto MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369.Copyright 2001bythe Mutual UFO Network. All Rights ReservedNo part of this document may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of theCopyright Owners, Permission is hereby granted to quote up to 200 words of any one article,provided the author is credited, and the statement, "Copyright 2001 by the Mutual UFO Network,P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369" is included.The contents of the MUFON UFO Journal are determined by the editor, and do notnecessarily reflect the official position of the Mutual UFO Network. Opinions expressed are solelythose of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor or staff ofMUFON.The Mutual UFO Network, Inc. is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501 (c) (3) ofthe Internal Revenue Code. MUFON is a publicly supported organization of the type described inSection 509 (a) (2). Donors may deduct contributions from their Federal Income Tax. Bequests,legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts are also deductible for estate and gift purposes, provided theymeet the applicable provisions of Sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code.MUFON is a Texas nonprofit corporation.The MUFON UFO Journal is published monthly by the Mutual UFO Network, Inc., Morrison,CO. Membership/Subscription rates are $30 per year in the U.S.A., and $35 per year foreign in U.S.funds. Second class postage paid at Versailles, MO.Postmaster: Send form 3579 to advise change of address to: MUFON UFO Journal, P.O.Box 369, Morrison, CO 80465-0369MUFONs mission is the systematic collection and analysisof UFO data, with the ultimate goal of learning the origin andnature of the UFO phenomenon.
A preliminary reportPossible witnessed abduction& teleportation in AustraliaBy Bill Chalker and Diane HarrisonAn extraordinary and controversial milieu has devel-oped around events that reportedly began late on theevening of Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at a Gundiah prop-erty near Tiaro in Queensland, Australia, culminatinginthe early hours of Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, and then playedout in the glare of rapidly escalating media coverage.Three people were directly involved in these allegedevents. KeithRylance (39), his wife Amy (22),and then-business partner, Petra Heller (35), were on their prop-erty, whichwas being developed as "Whispering Winds"winery. Other potential activities were also being devel-oped at the location.The following account comes from interviews con-ducted by us with them, along with primary source ma-terial such as TV interviews.Keith told us that he had gone to sleep in the cara-van bedroom at about 9:30 p.m. Petra retired to her bed-room in the caravan annex. Amy stayed on a couchwatching TV in the caravan annex "lounge room." Allof these locations were in close proximity, separated bya windowand wall respectively from the lounge room.Petras room had adoor leading to the loungeroom,whichwas left ajar. The door to the bedroom, where Keithwas, apparently was open to the lounge room. Amy ap-parently fell asleep on the couch. A storm was in thearea.Around 11:15 p.m., Petra was reportedly awakened,and whenshe entered the adjacent lounge wasconfrontedby an extraordinary sight that allegedly quickly over-whelmed her. A rectangular beam of light was beingprojected throughthe open windowof the caravanloungeroom. This light beam appeared to be truncated at theend.Inside the beam, Petra claims to have seen Amy in asleep prone position, being carried out head first throughthe window.Underneath her, also within the beam werethe items that had been on the coffee table adjacent tothe couch Amy had been on. Before apparently faintingin shock, Petra saw that the beam was coming from adisc-shaped UFO hoveringjust above the grounda shortdistance away, near a tree at the rear of the clear sec-tion, immediately behind the annex caravan house.Petra reports she believes she was only in a faint fora very short period of time. Regaining consciousness,she began screaming. Keith reports that he was awak-ened by the commotion coming from Petra. As he camefrom the caravan bedroom and stepped down into thelounge room annex, Keith claims he was confrontedbythe sight of a highly agitated Petra and the contents ofAbout the authorsBill Chalker, who lives in Sydney, Australia, is one ofAustralias leading UFO researchers. He has written ex-tensively on the subject, and is a contributingeditor for theInternational UFO Reporter. His book The Oz Files:the Australian UFO Story, was published in 1996.Diane Harrison is director of AustralianUFO ResearchNetwork (AUFORN).the coffee table on the floor in front of the window. Hetold us that he soon realised that the window screen wastorn in both a vertical fashion and along the bottom of thewindow frame.Keith indicated that initially he couldnt get any senseout of Petra, who was crying and very agitated, so he rushedoutside tryingto locate Amy.She was reportedly nowhereto be found. Keith states that when he became less agi-tated himself he was eventually able to get from Petra anidea of what happened. Keith claims he initiallyrefused tobelieve what Petra was tellinghim. He said he rushed out-side again, tryingto find his wife.Eventually as the situation became clearer, Keith de-cided to call the police. Keithcalled the Tiaro police around11.40 p.m., reporting that his wife had been abducted andimploring that the police should come out. The manningstatus at that time caused some delays in the police com-ing out, but about an hour and a half after the initial call,Senior Constable Robert Maragna from Tiaro and an of-ficer from Maryborough, a larger city to the northeast, ar-rived at the site.Initially police thought they might have walked into asituation involving foul play, even perhaps amurder scene,but then the bizarre circumstances of the alleged eventscame into focus. The two people, Keith and Petra, wereclaiming that Amy had been abducted by a "spaceship"!The officers were struggling to keep an open mind. Theywerejoined later by Sgt. John Bosnjak, the officer in chargeof the Tiaro police.They confirmed that Keith and Petra appeared to be inan agitated state, and that there was no sign of Amy. Thetorn screen was examined. A flowering bush, commonlyknown as "yesterday, today, tomorrow," located immedi-ately outside the left side of window, had indications ofpossibly being affected by heat or another mechanism alongits right side. Oddly, another flowering bush, a hibiscus,located immediately on the right-hand side of the windowarea, was not affected in the same way. The police tooksamples for possible later testing.While the police were at the property, a phone call camethrough, which was taken by Keith. A woman was callingfrom Mackay, indicating that she had taken a somewhatDecember, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 3
distressed and apparently dehydrated young woman froma BP petrol service station on the northern outskirts of thecentral Queensland city of Mackay, some 490 miles to thenorth of the Gundiah-Tiaro area.The young woman turned out to be Amy Rylance, andthe female caller was calling to advise that Amy was ap-parently all right, and was at the Mackay hospital, whereshe had been examined by a doctor. Keith handed thephone to Snr. Constable Maragna.Given these extraordinary circumstances, Mackay po-lice were called in, making a total of three police stationsinvolved in the investigation-Tiaro, on the outskirts of cen-tral Queensland; Maryborough,on the coast; andMackay,some 490 miles to the north of the Gundiah-Tiaro area.A statement was notarized by the Mackay police, witha Justice Act acknowledgement, that required Amy toac-knowledge that what she had stated was true to the bestof her knowledge and belief, and that if it is admitted asevidence, that she may be liable to prosecution if she hadindicated anything in it that she knew was false.This statement indicated that she recollected lying onthe couch at the Gundiah property. She had no recollec-tion of the events that Petra described, but claimed shethen next remembered waking up lying on a bench in astrange rectangular room. Illuminationcame from the wallsand the ceiling. She was alone. She indicated she calledout and heard what seemed to be a male voice, asking herto be calm and that everything would be all right and thatshe would not be harmed.Soon an opening appeared in the wall and "a guy"about6 feet tall walked into the room. The man appeared to beslender in build,but in perfect proportion, covered head tofoot in a full body suit. He had what seemed to be a blackcovering mask on his face, with a hole for his eyes, noseand mouth. He repeated his calming assurances.Amys story includessome intriguingelements, such asher recollection that she was on the "ship" for seven days,but that less than three hours passed in our terms. Shealso indicated the humanoid described the "ship" as oper-ating onprinciples that seemed like adescription of a wholeship based on a form of total nanotechnology. There weretwo beings that appeared to be normal human-like "hu-manoids" in "biological suits" with "gray masks." Therewere also a few smallerhumanoids.The "guy" told her they were returning her to a placenot far from where they took her, because the lights werewrong at the property and it wasnt safe. She then indi-cates she found herself lyingon the bed and falling asleep.The next thing she recollects is that she woke up on theground with trees around her.She felt disorientated, could smell the ocean, and indi-cated she was not sure how long she stumbled throughbushland, but seemingly it was for a long time, feeling shewasnt making much progress. She then came out onto aroad that looked like a highway and saw a light from apetrol station. She walked intothe station, wherethe staff,seeing her state, tried to offer some assistance.She accepted some water, as she felt somewhat dehy-drated. Initially she was not able to answer identifyingquestions, and didnt know where she was. She was also0 290 580 870 1160 kmReference Mapasked if she had been drinkingor was on drugs, to whichshe said no. Amy indicated she felt tired, sore, drained,and lethargic.She asked a woman at the service stationto take her to the hospital, as she didnt know where elseto go.The woman and her friend took Amy to the hospital.Later Amy spoke with two policeofficers and alsospokewith her husband Keithfrom the hospital. She then wentto Mackaypolice station, where she gave the statementof events. Amy also indicated that this sort of thing hadnever happened to her before, but when she was in the5th year of school she had seen a large UFO surroundedby smaller objects.The police arranged to put Amy in a motel pendingthe arrival of her husband. He and Petra arrived duringthe day and indicated they spent considerabletime withAmy discussing what happened. Extensive notes wereapparently made and photographs were taken of a trian-gular arrangement of marks on her inner right thigh,markson each heel, and the growing out of her hair which shehad dyed earlier in the week.Her hair had apparently started to show her formercolor, suggestive that some considerable time hadpassedfor her, apparently indicativeof rather more than a fewhours. Body hair had allegedly also become somewhatmore pronounced than would otherwise would be appar-ent for the short time involved.A copy of the Australian Ufologist magazine wasPage 4 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
purchased from a news agent, and Keith, Petra, and Amystarted to learn more about UFOs. Keith contacted theAustralian UFO Research Network (AUFORN) officenumber mentioned in the magazine. Diane Harrison tookthe call on Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at 3:20 p.m., and for thenext hour or so listened to the story that Keith and Amytold. Petra was apparently sleeping at the time.Given the nature of the story, its complexity, and thefact it apparently featured the alleged use of "solid light,"Diane decided to bring Bill Chalker into theinvestigation,making contact withhim duringthe eveningof Friday, Oct.5. Paradoxically, Bill was scheduled to talk at a BrisbaneUFO conference on Oct. 13,and his topics included "solidlight" cases and the application of science to alienabduc-tion cases.Bill put a call through to them at the motel, securingpermission to record the conversation. Once again, Petrawas not available to talk abouther part inthe alleged events.Keith went into considerable detail about the events, re-ferring often to the notes they had apparently been com-piling during the day. The details described covered theevents Petra had witnessed, what Keith had experienced,and what Amy told them had happened to her during herexperience.Finally, Bill spoke with Amy, focusing mainly on theevents before and after the claimed onboard experiences,because Keith had already gone into considerable detailabout the latter. Bill discussed with Amy her general re-sponses, her physical state, and her current state ofthoughton her experiences. Keith seemed to want to control howboth the media and investigators would get involved.His desire to contact the media promptly drew fromboth Diane and Bill the suggestion that he should thinkvery carefully about the possible ramifications of doing so.Keith seemed to feel that it was importantto get the storyout, as it would come out anyway, and this way he couldcontrol the way it did. He was also trying to restrict theway the investigatorscould or should look intotheir expe-rience. He claimed they didnt need to prove the experi-ence. While he didnt directly witness the experiences, hebelieved both Amy and Petra.Given the possible nature of the event, and that irre-spective of the ultimate resolution of the affair, it seemeddestined to be a big story, we decided to undertake aninvestigation. We had been givenan indicationfrom Keiththat the three would wait for the investigatorsto come toMackay, as the claimants were in no apparent hurry toreturn to Gundiah. They gavepermission for usto visit theproperty on the way. Bill arrived in the Brisbane area onTuesday afternoon, Oct. 9.We then travelled to Gundiah,arriving at the Whisper-ing Winds winery property just after 10 p.m. Because ofthe lateness of the hour, we got the witnesses permissionto stay there overnight and to conduct whatever investiga-tion we needed to do. Keith had arranged for a neighbor toregularly check on the two pets left behind, namely a par-rot and a kelpie dog. He indicated to us that it would beokay to let the dog off for a run, but warned us it was veryfriendly and inclined tojump all over people.We let the dog off at some point and observed itsbehavior. At onepoint itdidjumpup on the window wherethe damaged screen was located. This gave some sup-port to the possibility that at least some, if not all, of thedamage, could have been caused by the dog. Some ofthe damage on closer inspection seemed suggestive ofpossible dog damage.Our inspection of the plant damage also suggestedpossible prosaic causes, such as heat stress. A plant atthe front of the house had similar damage, and a healthyflowering bush of the same species that was at the win-dow examined by us at Mount Basset lawn cemeteryhas similar damage. A gardener there we spoke to indi-cated that the species often had random or more exten-sive damage of a heat stress nature from hot sunlight.Theprosaic possibilities for both the screen and the plantdamage are only suggestive at this point, and further in-vestigation is required.Scientists report successfulteleportation experimentLONDON — Physicists in Denmark have madetwo samples of trillions of atoms interact at a dis-tance in an experimentwhich may bring"Star Trek"-style teleportation and rapid quantum computingcloser to reality.Eugene Polzik and his colleagues at the Univer-sity of Aarhus are not about to beam anyone up tothe Starship Enterprise, but their research reportedin the science journal Nature makes the idea ofinstantly transporting an object from one place toanother less far fetched.It involvesquantumentanglement-a mysteriousconcept of entwining two or more particleswithoutphysical contact. Albert Einstein once described itas "spooky action at a distance."Entangled states are needed for quantum com-puting and teleportation. Scientists have entangledstates of a few atoms in earlier experiments, butPolzik and his team have done it with very largenumbers and using laser light. "It is the first resultwhere two macroscopic material objects have beenentangled," Polzik explained in a telephone inter-view."We have produced entanglement at a distancewhich means you and I can share entangledobjects which is important for quantumcommunication, includingquantum teleportation."In 1998, what has been described as the firstteleportation experiment was done when scientistsat the California Institute of Technology teleporteda beam of light across a laboratory bench.Ignacio Cirac, a physicist at the University ofInnsbruck in Austria,said the achievement of Polzikand his team could lead to real-life quantumcommunication systems, teleportation, andquantumcomputers.December, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 5
We undertook extensive investigations at the prop-erty and the area. Police were very helpful. Our investi-gation generated many issues and questions, which wefeel need resolution in order to assist interpretations ofthese events.Further extensive investigations were undertaken inMackay, focusing in particular in the area where Amywas returned. These included attempts to reconstructthe circumstances of her return. The BP petrol servicestation staff were spoken with, and a surveillance videotape that may contain Amys visit there wasprovided tous by the station owner. This part of our investigationalso generated many issues andquestions that need reso-lution if we are to approach any measure of certaintyabout the real nature of the events.Keith indicated to us he wouldbe available whenwegot to Mackay, but it was clear on the first day of ourinvestigations there that this wasnt probably going to bethe case. When we contacted the motel where they hadbeen the night before, their third motel in Mackay, welearned they had apparently already checked out thatmorning. We left messages on their phone, but didnthear from Keith until early on the afternoon of our sec-ond day, as we were leaving Mackay.In his mobile call, Keithapologized for notbeing avail-able, but said they had relocated to an unspecified loca-tion after having fled the area. The primary reason forthis, Keith indicated, was that they had a kind of "men-in-black" experience-a pursuitof their vehicle by a high-powered dark brown 4-wheel truck. The nature of thisevent apparently frightened Keith, Amy, and Petra,prompting Keith to attempt to lose the vehicle and even-tually leave the area.We have heard from Keith again, and remain hope-ful that the witnesses will get into more direct contactwith us.This affair is both extraordinary and controversial.Many have rushed tojudgement,but given its complexand evolving dynamics, caution and patience is neces-sary. We have many issues and questions we would liketo try to resolve. Further contact with the Rylances andPetra Heller may help this process.The case is far from closed and requires an objective,open minded investigation. Only time will give us thepossibility of resolution and certainty aboutthisintrigu-ing, but controversial, affair.MUFON MerchandiseWear official MUFON T-shirts (royal blue print-ing on white cotton), sizes S,M, L & XL.Two stylesof baseball caps (royal blue with white logo or darkblue with blue logo on white front). T-shirt price$12.00and baseball caps $8.00. S/H for each is $3.00or if both ordered together is only $3.00. OfficialMUFON ceramic mugs with blue logo, $8.00, plus$3.50 S&H. MUFON, P.O. Box 369, Morrison, CO80465-0369. (Check, MO,or cash, U.S. dollars.)Teleportation event a partof several UFO casesBy Dwight ConnellyTeleportation cases, while infrequent, are certainlynotunknown in the field of ufology. Strictly speaking, theAus-tralian case described in this issue is not a teleportatipncase, since the abductee was allegedly observed floatingfrom the dwelling, rather than disappearing from one loca-tion and reappearing in another. In other words, in a trueteleportation case an abductee, entity,or object wouldhaveto dematerialize, not merely be transported.However, teleportation, a term apparently coined byCharles Fort seventy years go in his book Lo, has tradi-tionally referred to ufological eventsin which theabducteeor object has been picked up at one location and droppedoff at another.Thus the 1975 Travis Waltoncase would beconsideredperhaps the best known and best documented"teleportation" case, but there is also an element ofteleportation in the well-documented 1993 Kelly Cahill casein Australia, as reported in her book Encounter (1996).The 1965 extensively-researched case involving DebbieJordon and Kathy Mitchell, investigated by BuddHopkinsand reported in the books Intruders and Abducted, hadan element of teleportation when the car driven by 16-year-old Kathy was reportedly lifted from the highway,taken into a UFO, and eventually deposited on a churchparkinglot.Other teleportation cases, usually less known and lesswell documented, have been reported for many years.Those wantinga full book of such cases might try to find acopy of parapsychologist Dr. Nandor Fodors Mind OverSpace (1962), even though he did not cover the modernUFO abductee cases. In Exobiology: A Research Guide(1978), Dr. Martin H. Sable cited 53 references to UFO-related teleportations. In a foreward to the Sable book,Dr. J. Allen Hynek said, "These new empirical observa-tions and phenomena no longer can be summarily dis-missed."Indeed there are several modern cases, most of whichhave not been thoroughly investigated.In May of 1968, for example, Dr. Geraldo Vidal, a well-known Buenos Aires attorney, and his wife were report-edly drivingbetween Chascomus and Buenos Aires, Ar-gentina, and friends were traveling ahead of them in an-other car. The passengers in the two vehicles lost touchwith each other at Maipu, and the other couple backtrackedto see if they could locate the Vidals, fearing they hadexperienced car trouble.According to Dr.Vidals account of the incident,theVidalshad encountered a strange fog, and were unable to ac-count for the next48 hours.When they regained conscious-ness they were still inside their car (a Peugot 403), whichwas parked. They experienced pains in their necks, butotherwise appeared unhurt. The surface of the car, how-ever, was burned, as with a blowtorch, but operated per-Page6 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
fectly. Their watches had stopped. After inquiry, theydiscovered theywere no longer in Argentina,but in Mexico,4,000 miles from where they had encountered the fog.The Vidals flew back to Argentina, where Mrs. Vidalwas taken to a private clinic for treatment of a nervousdisorder. She died the following year, a victim of leuke-mia. No hypnosis was done on either of the Vidals. Onthe same night the Vidals disappeared, a man (identityunknown) was reportedly treated at the Maipu Hospitalafter exposure to "a strange fog" on the same road trav-eled by the Vidals.On May 31, 1974, in what was then known as Rhode-sia, Peter, 24, and his wife Frances, 21, experienced thesighting of twoUFOs, observed a strange individualalong-side the road, experienced effects on their autos lightingsystem, felt extreme cold inside their auto, and lost con-trol of their auto as they traveled from Salisbury, Rhode-sia, to their home in Durban, South Africa. Frances fellasleep, and Peter said he began to feel hypnotized.When they arrived at Beit Bridge on the South Africanborder, they were surprised to discover they had gottenthere an hourearlier than expected, and Peter said he hadno recollection of seeing the sun until they arrived. Theyhad traveled 180 miles in an hour and 45 minutes, averag-ing 100 m.p.h.In addition, when they refueled their auto it took onlyhalf a gallon of gasoline, which meant they got 360 milesto the gallon. However, the odometer of their Peugot hadregistered only ten miles instead of the 180 miles trav-eled. (There are several other aspects of this case, whichwas investigated by Carl Van Vlierden, MUFON repre-sentative for South Africa. A more detailed look at thecase by Joe Brill and Dwight Connelly appeared in theMarch 1975 issue of Skylook, the original name for theMUFON UFO Journal.)Another case involving loss of control of a vehicle al-legedly occurred on Jan. 6,1976, near Stanford, KY. Threewomen, Mrs. Mona Stafford, Louise Smith, and ElaineThomas, drove out of Stanford, KY, toward what theythought might be a crashed aircraft, but encountered asaucer-shaped object that shined a bright light onto theircar.Suddenly, Louise, who was driving, realized she wasno longer in control of the car. The speedometer showeda speed of 85 mph, but Louise said she did not have herfoot on the accelerator. "It felt like we were crossing thosegrooves they have in the highway to slow you down be-fore you reach a stop sign," said Mona. They quickly foundthemselves in Hustonville. "It was like something hadpicked us up in Stanford and set us down in Hustonville,"said Mona.In addition to aperiod ofmissing time, LouiseandElainehad burns on the backs of their necks. Upon arrivinghome they contacted neighbors to show them the burnsand to tell them what had happened. The neighbors sug-gested they separate and draw pictures of what they hadseen. The women reportedly experienced physiologicaland psychological problems following the incident.A well-documented case involving both human andA series of images sketchedby Betty AndreassonLuca illustrates the appearance of a type ofteleportation of entities describedin this case.entity teleportation is described by Raymond Fowler inThe Andreasson Affair (1979). the story of Mrs. BettyAndreasson Luca. Rather than smoothly moving throughthe wall of the home, the entities seemed to be projectedin a series of images (see drawing above).A case considered fictional by mainline ufologists isreported in The Philadelphia Experiment (1979), byWilliam Moore and Charles Berlitz. In this 1943incidentthe U.S.Navy supposedlyexperimentedin the attemptedshielding of a shipfrom eithermagnetic mines or possibleradar waves. The experiment supposedly teleported aship and some of the sailors,injuring or killing them. Moorelater suggested that teleportation was probably not in-volved.A poorly-documentedcase reportedly occurred in 1968or 1969, involving Sr. Marcilo Ferraz and his wife, whowere driving south from San Paulo, Brazil. Like theVidals,the couple reportedly encountered a "white cloud" nearthe Uraguay border, passed out,and awakened in Mexico.Both reportedly experienced traumatic shock, and thehusband allegedly consulted a doctor a few weeks later,and was told he had a brain tumor. Shortly after this, hereportedly shot himself.Another "cloud" case involved a single witness, an 11-year-old girl, Graciela del Lourdes, who lived in asuburbof Cordoba. Argentina. As she looked out the front doorof her home on Aug.4,1968, a "white mist" appeared onthe front path and gradually came toward her, she said."I could no longer see the other houses, and I couldntmove or call out to Mummy," she explained. Then sheallegedly found herself on the crowded Plaza Espana inCordoba. She reported feeling "intense cold." No otherdetails are available.A 1968 case with few details involves anewly-mar-ried couple who had stopped their Volkswagenin the stateof Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, for a rest. They were re-portedly suddenly overcome with drowsiness. When theyregained consciousness they found themselves and theirDecember, 2Q01 MUFON UFO Journal Page?
VW in Mexico, apparently a favorite dropping off pointfor teleported people and objects.Another case involves Sr.Dolor Roque, who on April20,1969, was allegedly riding hishorse near Itaucu, Bra-zil, on his way to a pharmacy when he saw"some lights"and lost consciousness.When he awakened he found himself, withouthis horse,on some rocks on the bank of the River Paranaiba atItumbiara, 250 miles by road (or 150 miles in a straightpath) from Itaucu. He reportedly took a bus back home,where he found a worried family and his horse.Another case allegedly occurred in theearly morninghours of Jan. 5, 1975. According to the newspaper LaRazon, 28-year-old Carlos Alberto Diaz claimed to havebeen blinded by a light, was "unable to move a muscle,"and "something like a strong wind raised me up throughthe air" into "a spherical chamber not provided with anyfurniture, and whose wallsseemed to be made of translu-cent plastic material."Diaz reported that three small humanoids climbed onhim and began taking samples of his hair by painlesslypulling it from his head. He passed out, andfound himselfin Buenos Aires, 300 miles away, and it was now day-light. His watch had stopped at 3:30 a.m. With him wasa newspaper he had bought in Bahia Blanca, as well as aduffel bag containing his work clothes.In the early hours of Sept. 23,1978, twoparticipants inthe South American Rally, Carlos Acevedo and MiguelAngel Moya, suddendlynoticed abright light behind theirCitroen GS 1220, just west of Salina de Piedra, Argen-tina. Thinking it was another car about toovertake them,despite the fact they were traveling 60 mph, Carlos pulledslightly to the right.Suddenly the car was filled with light, and seemed outof control, moving aboutsix feet off the ground and con-tinuing to climb. Moya reports he was "seeing everythinglike through a yellow fog, as if I were at adistance, some-place else. I couldnt hear anything. I looked at Carlosand I saw him rigid. Suddenly the light engulfed every-thing and I couldnt see anything,not even my hands."The witnesses then seemed to lose all concept of time,then felt a bump and noticed the car was back on theroad. The yellow light lost some of its intensity.Acevedo reported, "The light left the interior of thecar, and I observed that to the west something like a coneof yellow light was disappearing, but it didnt end at thatpoint, it was cut off. It was about 4 or 5 meters (12 to 15feet) at the base, 2 or 3 at the cusp, and 6 meters, maybe7, in height. The base lighted the surrounding area, al-though I couldnt tell what it was illuminating; in otherwords, you couldnt see through it. A few seconds laterthe light retracted itself;itjust wentup likea curtain, frombottom to top, and the only thingthat was left in view wasa white/yellowish light, oval in shape, that continued itswest heading until it disappeared in the distance."Acevedo and Moya were stunned, but decided to re-sume their journey. After traveling for 15minutes theyarrived at Pedro Luro in the province of Buenos Aires,but the trip from Carmen de Patagones to Pedro Lurohad taken about an hour longer than it should have. Inaddition, the cars odometer indicated that the car hadtraveled 71 km (42 miles) less than the distance betweenthe two cities, indicatingteleportation of the vehicle.But in contrast, they discovered that their reserve gaso-line tank was completely empty, despite being filled with40 liters of gas in the city of Viedma. Additional detailsmay be found in an article by Guillermo C. Roricoroni inthe October, 1979, issue of the MUFON UFO Journal.In another Argentine case, this one on July 16, 1972,Mssrs. Brunelli and Prochietto were reportedly travelingfrom Arroyito to Cordoba, but could not remember trav-eling a 50-mile section of the highway, and the trip wasreduced by nearly 40 minutes, again suggestingteleportation, but no missing time. ,Still another case with few details and noinvestigationallegedly occurred in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil;in 1968.Two young men were reportedly in a Jeep when they raninto white fog near Porto Alegre. They passed out, andwhen they awakened they found themselves in Mexico.A final case, also with sporty detail, allegedly involvedtwo individuals(namesunknown)travelingon the Presi-dent Dutra Motorway in Brazil, who were allegedly transrported to an unnamed town in the U.S. near the Mexicanborder, according to the Jan. 15,1969, issue of the news-paper Diario de Noticias in Rio de Janeiro. The auto inwhich they were riding "bore marks made by the hooksof the transporting vehicle." (While this seems unlikely,the use of hooks in snagging victims has been reportedelsewhere in Brazil by reliable investigators.)PageS MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
Another possible witnesssurfaces in Pascagoula caseBy Kenny YoungOn October 21, 2001, Natalie Chambers reported inan Associated Press article that a new witness to a leg-endary 1973 UFO incident has recently surfaced. Hisname is Mike Cataldo, a retired Navy chief petty officer.I was interested in more general details of this ac-count, and specifically the reference to "a report" Cataldomade with a supervisor. I conducted a Yahoo PeopleSearch for Mike Cataldo and found his telephone listedfor his residence at Marker Rd. in Rotonda West, FL.Cataldo came to the phone and was surprised at mycall, stating thatI was the first person to ever contact himabout thisUFO sightingfrom 1973. He explained that hehad been in touch with Associated Press reporter NatalieChambers, but only after calling a Pascagoula,MS, news-paper. When calling the newspaper, he asked to talk withan old-timer employee at the paper, someone who mightremember the Hickson/Parker abduction. Cataldo saidthat when he talked with Natalie Chambers, she madereference to the book UFO in Pascagoula. Being un-aware of this book, Cataldo was shocked, saying, "Yougotta be kidding me!"He went on to excitedly relate the story as it hap-pened back in 1973. "The story is very true," he assuredwhile recounting the event. "We (Cataldo, Ted Peralta,and Mack Hanna) left the shipyard and rode in TedsVolkswagen to Hwy. 90, travelingnvest towards Biloxi,MS. It was not even dusk yet."When we first saw this thing through the windshieldwe thoughtit was a shooting star, going from right to left,but then it came down into a marshy,tree-lined area andhovered there for about 30-seconds. It was spinningandhad blinkinglights on the top of it all around its edge in acircle. These were blinking lights arranged on itjust likeyou would tape lights to the side of a cake pan."Cataldo affirmed that there was a definitestructure tobe seen, not just blinking lights. "This thing was like awhitish-gray colored sailor hat, or a tambourine, and itwas less than half a mile away and looked as big as anybig American airliner Ive ever seen. And then itjust shotaway, almost like it wasjust suddenly gone."Cataldo said that shortly after the sighting he partedcompany with TedPeralta and Mack Hanna and changedcars. Then while enroute to Ocean Springs as darknesswas setting in, he saw the same object a second time atabout the same distance away, watchingit for another 45seconds to one minute before it again shot off as before.Mike Cataldo said that there were other motorists inthe area during each episode, and that some of them hadslowed down to look at the UFO. "We were the onlyones on the road to stop and look at it though," he said.During this time, Cataldo said he never knew anythingabout the Hickson/Parker claim. He went home, tellinghis wife about it. Cataldo humorously recalled how hiswife said he was hyperventilating with excitement. HeThe Pascagoula case revisitedEditors Note: For those too young to recall thePascagoula case, the followingsummary is provided.I met with Hickson, and was impressed with his ac-count, as were all of the investigators.On Oct. 12, 1973, during a UFO wave, CharlesHickson and Calvin Parker were fishing from a pierat the Shaupeter shipyard in Pascagoula, MS, at about7 p.m. A buzzing noise caused them to turn around,and they observed an oval-shaped object with a bluelight and two windows. It was about eight feet highand about two feet above the ground. A hatch dooropened, and three entities floated out.Using crab-like pincers, they floated Hickson andParker into the UFO. Parker had apparently fainted.Inside, the object was brightly lighted with no appar-ent source for the light. Hickson reported that he wasscanned by a large "eye" as he lay suspended in theair. With feet draggingthe ground,he was returned tothe pier. Parker seemed in a trance.After regaining their compsure, Hickson and Parkerreported the incident to Keesler Air Force Base, onlyto betold to report it to civilian authorities. Then theywent to the nearby Mississippi Press Register, but itwas closed, so they went to the Jackson CountySheriffs Office. After telling their story, they wereplaced in a vacant room and secretly tape recorded.Their conversation indicated no attempt at hoaxing.James Harder and J. Allen Hynek investigated, andindicated they believed the two were telling the truthabout the incident. Hickson later passed a lie detec-tor test. Parker had a nervous breakdown.There were at least two other reports of UFOs inthe general vicinity of the sighting that evening, in-cluding a report by Parole Officer Raymond Broadus,Pascagoula City CouncilmanE.P. Sigalas, and anuni-dentified woman. In another report, Larry Booth ofPascagoula said he observed an object-first station-ary, then slowly moving-with red lights turning in aclockwise motion.went on to liken the anxiety and strangeness of the situa-tion to a large snake sightinghe had years earlier in 1963."Some things you see in your lifetime that you just dontever forget," he said.The next day he returned to the site with Ted andMack, and they parked their car at the shipyard area,talking about the sighting from the previous day. Theydiscussed what should be done about it, and if they shouldreport what they saw. Cataldo said that he felt the sight-ing should be reported, and he approached a man by thename of Nick, his division officer.He then approached the executive commander, Lt.Commander Heath, and gave him a verbal report on thesighting. He said that to his knowledge, Heath did notprepare a written report concerning what was told to him."Not oneof them took me seriously," he complained, "andDecember, 2001 MUFON UFOJournal Page 9
I never heard another thing about it. Nobody ever askedabout it again. "I never knew of the Hickson/Parker ab-duction until days later. It happened on Thursday, and itwas not untilthe following Sunday that I saw the headlinein the morning paper about two mentaken aboard a flyingsaucer. Im telling you I about died."The next morning, Oct. 15, Cataldo said that he talkedthe situation over with his wife and again decided that itwould be important to report the UFO sighting. At thattime he placed a phone call to a an assistant public rela-tions officer at Keesler AFB. The female taking his calltook the information, but Cataldo said that once againnothing resulted from his report."I have never talked to the fella involved, CharlesHickson, and Ive never discussed this case or met withthem at all. I never knew them, and I never saw anythingand had no involvement with what they said," Cataldoassured, "and Ive never seen a UFO since then, not atall. Not even before then."Was it real? Youre damn right it wasreal. I cant sayanything about what they did or were involved in. I donteven know if what I saw matches what they saw, but Iknow what I saw and where I was at. But where we sawthe thing going across the sky through our windshield isbasically the area where Hickson and Parker said theywere taken aboard. The time frame of our sightingmighthave been around 6:00, but I cant recall for certain."Cataldo said that two weeks after the sighting he leftfor California on temporary duty. While there, he sawHickson on the Dick Cavett television show. "I justcouldnt believe it; here I was seeing this guy," he said.Mike Cataldo explained that he has not seen TedPeralta for 21 years, but thinks he could possibly be in theSan Diego, CA, area. Likewise he has not seen MackHanna for about 23 or more years, and suspects that hecould be located in either Kentuckyor Logan, WV.In theintervening years, Cataldo said that he hasfrequentlytoldhis family (wife, two sons and relatives) about the sight-ing.Cataldo said that aside from this present call, he hasnot been contacted by anyone regarding this, except forhis discussion with reporter Natalie Chambers. He saidthat he has not seen the newspaper article, and would liketo read it. He also said that he received a message from afriend telling him that Paul Harvey mentioned the storyon his radio program recently, and wishes he could haveheard it.I thanked Mike Cataldo for talking with me and toldhim that I would be happy to e-mail him the text of thenewspaper article by Chambers. Although it is a disap-pointment toknow that hisclaims were probably not docu-mented in a writtenreport by his supervisor, further inter-views with Hanna and Peralta would still be valuable toprovide some verification of this alleged sighting.A Yahoo People Search was conducted for their namesin the specified locations, resulting in many returns, andas of this writing some of the names have already beencontacted, but thus far with no success infindingthe rightindividuals.Karl Pflock responds to reviewDearDwight:Many thanks for your very fair and lengthyreviewofmy book Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will toBelieve (Journal, October 2001), which to my pleasantsurprise is in its second printing. If I may, Id like toaddress briefly for Journal readers consideration cer-tain points that you raised.First, you wrote that you find it hard to believe officerslike Col. Blanchard and Maj. Marcel could have been"fooled by pieces of a Mogul balloon array" intothinkingthey had pieces of a spacecraft from another world. Sodo I. But theres no doubt they thoughtthe stuff theyhadwas from a flying saucer. How do we explain this?In July 1947 "flying saucer" wasnt synonymous with.spaceship from another planet." Virtually everyone inand out of government who took UFOs seriously duringthe summer of 1947 and for some time thereafter wasthinking in terms of advanced or at least unusual but veryearthly technology, quite possibly some German super-gadgets captured and exploited by the Soviets. So pecu-liar assemblies of odd stuff of the sort flown by CharlesMoore and his New York University team for ProjectMogul certainly qualified as possible saucer stuff.Todays ufologists and UFO enthusiasts all too oftenmake the grave error of-viewing the past throughmodernlenses, interpreting key elements of historical cases interms of todays knowledge, theories, and generally ac-cepted "norms," rather than in the context of the periodsin which they occurred. This has been done in spadeswith respect to Roswell.Second, you doubt that the famousRoswell Army AirField "Weve got one!" press release was issued becauseRAAF commander Col. William Blanchard was a "loosecannon," notingthatif my "version is accurate,we shouldworry a great deal about this nations military." As youcertainly know from yourAir Force experience, Dwight,"loose cannon" doesnt necessarily mean "bad officer."In my days in uniformand later as a senior congressionalstaffer and Pentagon official, I got to know and know ofseveral high-ranking military men who could easily beconsidered and often were loose cannons.The great majority were inspiring leaders, first rate intheir military specialties, etc.—but headstrong and all tooinclined to shoot from the hip, following the beat of theirdifferent drummers. I need only name just a few famed.American military men to drive home the point: LeMay(Blanchards "rabbi"), Patton, Grant (who didnt haveBlanchards good fortunein high-ranking patrons), Puller,Butler, Halsey—outstanding military leaders all, and allmajor pains in the rear ends of their civilian and militarysuperiors.Third, you say the photostaken in Brig. Gen. Rameys(Continued on Page-19)Page 10 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
Dr. Barry DowningPart IIWormholes, Heavenand the God HypothesisBy Dr. Barry Downing(Continuedfrom November Journal)When I left the Hyatt-Regency after Orange CountyMUFON International Symposium 2001 on the Mondayafter the conference, I happened to take a shuttle to theJohn Wayne Airport with a long time MUFON memberwho told me that when shetalks about UFOs with others,she advises them not to seethem as either angels or de-mons. I did not ask her whatshe meant by this advice. Inone.sense it is good advice.We seem to be a long wayfrom really understanding theUFO phenomenon; from a sci-entific point of view it wouldbe unwise to get "locked in"on any one explanation at thispoint.But at the same time, if shemeans, "We need to understand that the UFO aliens arenot, and cannot be, either demons or angels," this I be-lieve is a mistake, because we certainly do not know atthis point they are not angels or demons, or both, andmuch more. It would not be scientific to say to a student,"I want you to add two plus two for me, but four is not anacceptable answer."As I have spent time with MUFON members, I havesensed among many a reluctance to face the clear reli-gious implications of the UFO phenomenon. Persons whohave been in MUFON for a long time may feel betrayedby the aliens themselves.We started out chasing ETs. The extraterrestrial hy-pothesis seemed so clear and exciting, and it was goodto be a "true believer" (in the scientific sense, of course),as opposed to those who supported the government lie,seeing UFOs as mistaken natural phenomena or the re-sult of a lot of unmet Jungian psychological and religiousneeds. Checking out stories of radar contacts, indenta-tions in the ground, and physical side effects of close en-counters such as body burns,all pointed to a physical UFOreality.But then came the abduction cases. And the betrayalbegan. The Betty Andreasson Luca case illustrates thebetrayal well, and Raymond Fowler and his researchersledBetty througha hypnoticreviewof her abduction,whichbegan like your average abduction-a back yard UFOland-ing, other family members seeing the UFO and being"turned off," entities floating through a door, and Bettygoing off and beginning the "interview" process.And then the religious material enters the story-BettyAbout the authorDr. Barry Downing recently retired after serving for34 years as pastor of Northminster PresbyterianChurch in Endwell, NY. He earned the B.A. in Physicsfrom Hartwick College, the B.D. from Princeton Theo-logical Seminary, and the Ph.D. from the University ofEdinburgh, Scotland, in 1966, specializing in the relation-ship between natural science and Christian theology.He is the author of the ground-breaking book TheBible and Flying Saucers (1968, reprinted in 1970,1973, 1974, 1989, and 1997), as well as numerous ar-ticles in Skylook, the MUFON UFO Journal, andelsewhere. Dr. Downing has been a speaker at severalMUFON symposiums, and is currently on the nationalboard of directors for the Fund for UFO Research(FUFOR). He has been a consultant in theology forMUFON since 1972.talking about Jesus, aphoenix shows up-the whole scenebecomes religious and scientifically messy.1Your average MUFON scientific researchers feel be-trayed; they started out looking for ETs, but have landedin a huge religious drama. However, I believe it is hereMUFON needs to be.Let us imagine this. An aircraft with its pilot is flyingover alarge island, populated by natives who believe theyare theonly intelligent beings in the universe. There havebeen reports of aircraft in the sky, but the reports havenot been believed.On this island an independent organization calledMUFON is formed, which investigates UFO reports. Oneday, the aircraft crashes, killing the pilot. The tribal lead-ers put the crashed aircraft and pilot in hiding, and turnthem over to their best paid scientists for study, all ofwhom are sworn to secrecy. In the meantime, the MUFONgroup keeps trying to uncoverthe UFO mystery. It knowsthe government knows what is going on, and is probablyspending millions, maybe billions, on UFO research.MUFON members ask themselves, why should webother?Here is my reason why we should bother. Supposethat the aliens have power we cannot begin to imagine.Suppose that when the UFO crashes, and the alien pilot"dies," his mind simply leaves his body and goes to anewbody. Whitley Strieber has said that the aliens seem to beable to change bodies the way we would change clothes:"I think that they must normally exist in some other stateof being and that they use bodies to enter our reality aswe use scuba gear to penetrate the depths of the sea."2In fact, perhaps the whole UFO crash was staged togive the natives a technological boost, as well as to makeit clear to the natives they were not alone in the universe.(It has always seemed strange to me that a UFO mightfly safely all the way from Andromeda, only to run out ofgas over Roswell, NM, right next to an Air Force base-alittle too much good luck for us; bad luck for Advancedaliens.)But now think of this. As we think of the UFO, thebody of the pilot, and the mind of the pilot, which of theDecember, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 11
three is of primary importance? Surely, the mind of thepilotIf our government has crashed UFOs and dead alienbodies, MUFON cannot compete with the governmentresearch in this area, the area of the physical. But thealien mind, any more than our mind, is not physical.MUFON may be in a better position than our govern-ment to study the alien mind, provided that we supposethat modern UFO abduction stories are a window to thealien mind. For MUFON has members who say in publicthey believe UFOs are real, and that abductions can hap-pen. The government has said clearly, "UFOs are notthere; we do not even want to hear your story."People come to us with their abduction stories. It maywell be thatpeople like Budd Hopkins,DavidJacobs, JohnMack, Ann Druffel, and others know more about abduc-tions than our government. Keep in mind that our govern-ment UFO project has to be super secret-need to knowbasis only. But we can deal with all issues openly.Religion and the scientific methodI know there are some MUFON members who aretroubled by the religious dimension to the UFO phenom-enon, and the way I have handled this dimension. I be-lieve the appropriate way for MUFON to handle the reli-gious issueis scientifically:look at the evidence and formhypotheses.One possible description of the UFO reality might bethis: UFOs and its humanoid alien associates may comefrom a single reality or multiplerealities; it seems to be anintelligent form of energy which can materialize and de-materialize at will, as well as change shape, both the craftand the humanoids. There is a good possibilitythis realityis spatially interdimensional.This reality can interact with, and even control, bothour conscious and unconscious minds, influencing ourdreams, or putting our minds in an altered state of con-sciousness. It seems likely that many of the worlds reli-gions have been caused by interaction with the UFO re-ality. In the past such a reality would have been calledspiritual. Thus the "God Hypothesis" is a plausible hy-pothesis, based on the evidence, and our latest scientificunderstanding of the universe.The God Hypothesis wouldargue that UFOs are a divine manifestation-this is thereality that created and guides life on earth, and perhapseven created the universe.The extraterrestrialhypothesisis still plausible,butneedsto be expanded. We need something like "A Pretty DarnBig ET Hypothesis." One explanation of the religious di-mension might be what we could call the "ETs PlayingGod" hypothesis. This theory would be that ETs are notGod, but they are so powerful they can trick us intothink-ing they are God, which causes the religious response ofBetty Andreasson Luca, Whitley Strieber, or manyof the"experiencers" reported by John Mack.Thus exploring the biblicalmaterial, we might saythatthe "pillar of cloud and fire" of the Exodus was a UFO,controlled by aliens, who were "playing God" with theJews, setting them free from slavery in Egypt, and lead-ing them into the wilderness, which served as a labora-tory awayfrom all human life, to give them religious con-ditioning in the manner of behaviorist B.F. Skinner.Thus we end up in the strange state of finding that the"miracles" of traditional religion, like the parting of theRed Sea, could be true, but the theology drawn from themis not. As I said to a loud gasp at a dinner table at theMUFON International Symposium2001, "We are now ina strange position in relation to the Bible. We are in aposition where we might find out everything in the Bibleis true, except the part about God." "In some ways the "ETs Playing God Hypothesis" isnot far from the Christian Fundamentalist argumentthatUFOs are demonic, except that if you are consistent inthis argument, then you have to argue that both Mosesand Jesus were tools of a demonic God, and in fact thereligious leaders of his day accused Jesus of being inleague with the prince of demons. (Matthew 9:34)I do not believe this is true-the demonic faith is not my"faith"-but from a scientific point of view,this is possible.And in the biblical religion, there are conflictingspiritualforces, God and the devil. It is possible that in 500 yearswe humansmight have the power to part the Red Sea, orraise Jesus from the dead. That would make us god-like,but not God, as Eric Davisunderstands.But here is where I think we are. Many UFO abduc-tion cases make it clear that the alien reality, whateveritis, is capable of religious revelation. Although BuddHopkins does not take this point of view, his book Wit-nessed: The True Story of the Brooklyn Bridge UFOAbductions makes clear what power the aliens have tocontrol our minds, withoutus even knowingit.That beingthe case, the religious revelationsrecordedby John Mack must be taken seriously. Mack says thatmany of the revelations of his experiencers happen in analtered state of consciousness, which Davis would sayrelativity theory predicts. Mack explores the spiritual ex-periences of shamans such as Peixoto, Trueblood andMutwa.Part of biblical traditionAltered states of consciousness are very much part ofthe biblical tradition, whetherit be the divinerevelation toAbraham while he was in a deep sleep (Genesis 15:12),or a strange spiritual power coming on 70 Jewish eldersin the presence of the UFO of the Exodus (Numbers11:16), or the same power coming on early Christians,causing them to speak in strange languages (Acts 2:1-4).Key religious leaders in the Bible such as Moses, Elijah,and Jesus seemed to have paranormal powers, which fitsMacks profile of shamans.The Islamic faith derives from the biblicaltradition,sinceMuhammad lived about 600 years after Jesus, butMuhammad at an early age "had an experience of a visi-tation by two figures (later identified as angels)who openedhis chest and stirred their hands inside."3More such ex-periences happened in his life, and led to the Islamic faith.For better or worse, all transcendentexperiences, reportedreligious experiences, need to be examined as part of ourUFO data. After careful examination, some of this datamay be considered valid; other data will be discarded.Page 12 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
Needless to say, this is a daunting task. Furthermore,in the past we have not recruited MUFON members whohave specialized in this kind of analysis. We have tendedto recruit consultants more from the hard sciences-engi-neering, physics, astronomy, chemistry, and medicine.These sciences would be helpful if we had a crashedUFO and some dead alien bodies to examine. I believeMUFON has to reevaluate its priorities, both in light ofthe way the UFO reality is manifesting itself to us, and inlight of what we can do, perhaps better than the govern-ment can do.I believe the God Hypothesis is where we are.Thealternative, ETs Playing God, is also possible, which in itsmost basic sense is a demonic theory. The situation has alot of "ambiguity," which as I have argued elsewhere isthe nature of what I call "Gods Faith Game,"4If it is true that understanding the alien mind is themost important task for UFO research, then MUFON isin a very important position in human culture. While ourgovernment is gathering up all the "hardware," the "soft-ware" is kind of right there for us to take.But it will not be easy to take. John Mack has arguedthat to know the alien mind is really to want to know thesacred.5And as I have said of the God of the Bible, thisGod wants to keep space between us and him, betweenus and the alien mind. That is what I call "TheRock ofAges Principle."6When God landed on Mt. Sinai, the people of Israelwere under strict orders not to come near the mountain.The mountain was sacred, holy, because God was there."You shall set limits for the people all around, saying, Becareful not to go up the mountain or to touch the edge ofit. Any who touch the mountain shall be put to death."(Exodus 19:12)What are we doing if we are trying to study the alienmind? Are we also trying to studythe mind of God? Howcareful do we have to be? Are there parts of our scien-tific mentality that are dangerous now? Is our scientificinstinct to "put the alien mind in a cage" and study it dan-gerous? How do we come near the mountain of the alienmind without getting killed? And the biblical view is, ifyou do not understand the alien mind, you will die. (Thatis why religion matters, and why a major MUFON effortto understand the alien mind may matter a lot.)Imagine this. There is a cage full of rats. The cage hasa black plastic cover on it. Every day, food comes down achute into the cage. The rats have a debate about wherethey came from, where their food comes from. One groupargues that God created them, and God creates their food,and puts it into the chute. The other group says that ev-erything just evolves over a period of time.One day there is a tear in the black plastic cover on thecage. Some of the rats (members of MUFON) lookthrough the tear, and see a humanoid putting their food inthe chute. Things are different now, and neither religiousleaders nor scientific leaders will be happy about thesedifferences.What do I think is the alien purpose now, how do I readthe alien mind at this time? The August 13,2001, editionof USA Today carried a Nick Anderson cartoon. In thecartoon, a dark horse was running wildly away from itsrider. Chasing it was a man holding an empty bridle. Onthe back of the man was the word "Ethics," with wordslike "cloning," "stem cells," "etc"floating beside the man.On the side of the wild horse was written the word"Sci-ence."I do not think we need any revelation from aliens to tellus human cultureis in deep trouble. The cartoon explainsthe problem well. Science has given us great power overnature, but science has in effect told us we have just"evolved," we have no created purpose. We are just ac-cidental bastards in an uncaring universe.And in a scien-tific culture in whichreligion has become a strange joke,the ethics that religion has traditionally taught have alsobecome ajoke. (For details, watch modem films and tele-vision.)If there is a unified alien purpose, I believe that pur-pose is to bring us back to what John Mack calls Source,what I call God, back to believing there is a spiritual real-ity that is more primary than our physical reality. If we donot see ourselves as spiritual beings withbodies, perhapswe cannot exercise an ethic to control our science.This is a more radical goal than the one I put forth inmy article, "Exodus as a Paradigm of UFO Strategy."71believe the aliens want to take us back to God withoutlanding on theWhite House lawn.It is possible that a fewthousand abductions a year will eventually achieve thatgoal.But at the same time, I think the aliens would be willingto use any justified power to achieve their goal. Accord-ing to the Bible, this power included killing all the first-bornmales in Egypt. That is how God "put the final squeeze"on Pharaoh.If the aliens decide to put the squeeze on the UnitedStates government, that is where MUFON might have arole. If UFOs started making open daylight appearances,then the squeeze would be on the public media. If themedia did not publishwhat was obvious,they would losecredibility. If they did publish news of open sightings,thenour government would lose credibility.As the media published news of open sightings, panicwould begin. There would be space age panic, "The ETsare going to land and take over," with books like DavidJacobs The Threat fueling the panic, and there would bethe religious fundamentalist panic: "UFOs are demons.Armageddon is here."MUFON could be a calm voice-well, sort of calm-saying, "We do not believe the UFOs plan to land andtake over. Webelieve theyjust want us to admit they arereal." If I am right,just setting Stanton Friedmans mes-sage "Flying Saucers Are Real" loose in human culturemight be enough to save human culture.As I have said before, however, there is a lot of ambi-guity. But that is where the God Hypothesis has taken meup to this point. I believe reading the alien mind isMUFONs most important scientificchallenge. Time willtell how good we are at our science.(Endnotes on next page)December,2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 13
.< : :bRAV A SIMPLE SKETCH OF THE-oBJEa/ (L«bVl .any lights, colors, protrusions)F^~<v&tf::: ;:••*?--r1&; *•,-.; .••..-..-. >f,:-^^^•h*"*Drawing by Joseph Trainor(MUFON UFO Sighting Ques-tionnaire.).s**~^ .,,,,^,^. -^2^";-1V.;.;.; ^ : >-- ••.^•fcivRj-..:^.1-: ...: •>:,-: Vfi*-V!ii."WHintf:r.;;vWitness reports triangle with multiple lightsInvestigated by Dr. Stephen HeroFIT MN MUFONJoseph F.Trainor, 51, ajournalist and college graduate,had just gotten off the Duluth, MN, Transit Authoritybusat the corner of Piedmont Ave. and W. Seventh St. at5:20 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2000. He reports:"It was dark, but there was still aglimmer of blue duskat the summit of Spirit Mountain, on the western edge ofthe city. AsI crossed Piedmont Ave. I looked downhill tomy left and saw that the full moon had just risen. It wasabout 10 degrees above the eastern horizon, over LakeSuperior and Park Point. It was very cold, about zerodegrees Fahrenheit, and the sky was completely clear."He continues, "As I passed the Lakeside IceCo. build-ing, I saw what I thought was a Christmas decorationthrough the pine trees, an arch of multicolored lights. Afterwalking about 100 feet west on West Seventh, I saw theobject more clearly."It was a black triangle, with its apex pointed upwardat a one oclock angle, and the base at the bottom. Theobject was in mid-air, an estimated 35 degrees above thesouthwestern horizon. It was the size of my thumbnailatarms length. The color was matte black, a shade darkerthan the surrounding night sky. The object had nodis-cernible motion, and there was no sound."The sides of the triangle were slightly rounded," saysTrainor, "giving it the look of a bulky arrowhead. Alsothere were three sets, or arrays, of four lights each oneither side of the triangle. There were no lights at thebottom. Twelve lights in all on either side. In descendingorder, the lights in each array were red,green, gold, andwhite."The witness says he stopped at the corner of W. Sev-enth and 22ndAve. West and observed the object for fiveminutes. "It was hard to judge distance," he explains,"but my guess is that the object was a few miles away.possibly over the Spirit Valley area in the West Duluthsection of the city. I was alone on the street. There wasintermittent traffic on Piedmont Ave. a block behind me."I walked to my own home, went inside, and grabbed asmall camera. I wasnt sure the object itself would show,but I knew the steady multicolored lights would.How-ever, when I reached the front porch again the objectwas gone."Trainor says this is the third UFO he has seen. Thefirst was in Seekonk, MA, in August of 1963,and thesecond was near Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in Augustof 1995. "But this is the first triangularUFO I have seen,"he adds.Downing...(Continued from previous page)ENDNOTESRaymond E. Fowler, The Andreasson Affair(Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979).2Whitley Strieber, Transformation: The Breakthrough(New York: Beech Tree Books, 1988); p. 40.3John Bowker, ed., "Muhammad ibn Abd Allah," Ox-ford Concise Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 389.4On ambiguity and faith see Downing, op, cit., 2001,p. 107-108; also see Barry Downing, "Faith, Theory andUFOs," MUFON 1981 UFO Symposium, pp. 35-42.5John E. Mack, "Witnessing: Abductees as SacredTruth Tellers," MUFON 2001 International UFO Sym-posium, pp. 148-153.6Barry Downing, "TheRock of Ages Principle,"MUFON UFO Journal, May 1990,pp. 10-12.7Barry Downing, "Exodus as aParadigm of UFO Strat-egy," MUFON UFO Journal, October 1994, pp. 8-11.Page 14 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
FilersFilesGeorge FilerBy George A. FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionUnless otherwise noted, these reports represent raw data whichhas not been verified by official investigations.Entity reported in TurkeyAMASYA — The Scientific Research Project of Tur-key UFO reportsthat on July 23,2001, an alien life formwas observed in a 4th floor apartment at 9:30 p.m. on ahot evening.The creatures height was about three feet.He had very big jet black eyes,slanting up. The entity was ob-served for two seconds. His colorwas gray like smoke. The witnesswas breast-feeding her 5-month-oldbaby when she turned her head andsaw the entity in front of the bal-cony door four floors up.Suddenly he disappeared. Hishead wasoval-shapedand bald, andlooked like it was formed of bonesonly. The witness called her hus-band, who did not see the entity.They keptthe story secret untiltheylearned others had seen UFOs the same night.Thanks toTUVPO email@example.com (Jeffrey M.Foss)New York flying triangleNEW YORK CITY — The witness reports. "It wasa chrome-like color, as big as a one story building, maybeabout 250-500 feet in the air, and it glowed reddish blackand left a whitish trail when it left on Oct. 15, 2001, at 2p.m. Duringthisevent, the object changed colors three offour times, from a reddish black to a very dark red. Itsounded like a whistleat first, but became silent and cameon again. It was similar to Morse Code."I saw at least a dozen lights on it that were variouscolors. I was talking on my cell phone at the time to mywife, telling her about this, and it was coming in kind offuzzy. Then I heard a noise coming from my cell phone,(Maybe a transmission) and then it went dead a couple ofseconds later. The noises I heard from the phone couldhave been a language, but I could not understand a wordof it. After my phone went dead, the UFO left a fewseconds later."Hungarian pilot videos disc-shaped objectBUDAPEST — Jeff Rense has received a spectacu-lar video of a silver disk-shaped object. On Sept. 29,2001,the pilot reports that a strange craft was flying to his leftside and then moved very fast past him in the clouds, ascan be seen in the video. "To my left I saw a bright metalaircraft that was the shape of a perfect disk," says thepilot. "I was careful to film the object, not to try and chaseit since it I could not match its speed. As I was flying areconnaissance aircraft, I got the idea to film it, and usedour equipment."The pilot considers the video he made to be his prop-erty and not the Hungarian governments, as he was fly-ing the plane whilenot on duty and was transporting it asa favor to save the government money. He has now hiredan attorney and wants the video to be released to thepublic. He hopes the release of a few frames will makethis happen. These spectacular photos can be seen athttp://www.rense.com/generall5/pilotufo.htm. Thanks toJeff Rense.Note: This appears to be a verified disc-shaped UFOof 25 to 30 feet in diameter. These have been filmed bynumerous air forces of the world and have speeds greaterthan most jet fighter aircraft.Possible Los Alamos connection to crashJames Parsons writes in the Star Beacon, "Comesnow a story out of Roswell and Los Alamos which mayexplain the three flights made from Roswell Army AirField to Los Alamoson July 9,1947< a few days after thecrash. This story is from Carol Syska, former director ofthe UFO Museum at Roswell during 1999 and most of2000. Carol was a group secretary and division budgetdirector at Los Alamos for almost 30 years. ."One day at Los Alamos, she read that a report con-taining informationabout UFOs was available in the Lablibrary. This sounded interesting to Carol, so she orderedthe report. She read this booklet, Project Blue Book,which contained some comments about wreckage from acrashed vehicle being sent for testing to Los Alamos."At the time (1962), Carol worked at the Lab with theNonDestructive Test Group (NDT). Her boss, a seniorscientist, was head of NDT and had been with the Labsince the beginningof the Manhattan Project. If testinghad been done on crash debris [whether from Roswell orelsewhere], Carols boss would know about the tests."Carol went to the mans office and showed the reportto him. She asked, Is this true? Carols boss, in a busi-ness-like manner,replied, What is the level of your secu-rity clearance? Carol said, Sir, you know as well as I dowhat it is. (Carol told me that at the time she held a Qclearance. A Q clearance is a very high National Secu-rity clearance.)"Carols boss, after a pause, said, Well, do you havethe need to know? Carol said, Guess not, and moved tothe door. Carols boss said, Just a minute. After anotherpause, he added, I would advise you to read everythingyou ever see about this subject." Thanks to James Par-sons, Nov. Star Beacon, full. story at http://earthstar.tripod.cpm/TSB_dir/LosAlamos.htmlNASAs Mars spacecraft circling Red PlanetJPL — The Odyssey Spacecraft has started takingDecember, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 15
dips into the Martian atmosphere to get into position tomap our neighboring planet. The craft is aerobraking, pass-ing within 100 miles of the surface and hoping to detectthe atmosphere of Mars. The Odyssey will move lowerto about 60 miles from the surface by January and is ex-pected to maintain a 2 1/2-hour circular orbit when theaerobraking is complete.New data is intended to map the distribution of miner-als and chemicals across the surface and provide dailyMartian weather reports. It also will seek out frozen de-posits of water that might help determine if life ever ex-isted on the Red Planet.Wisconsin flying triangleOZAUKEE —Grafton County: Mark J. was takingout the garbage at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2001, and says,"I saw a flying dark triangular shape with a giant whitelight in the middle of the UFO traveling pretty fast." Inaddition, on the bottom left comer there were two smallerlights. Mark says, "It was raining, and when I stared at it,I could see the rain coming off the back end of it. I havenever seen anything like it." Thanks to Jenny Hoppejenny@ufowisconsin.com.Arizona flying trianglePHOENIX — I was sittingout side of the shop I workat on Oct. 19, 2001, and was having a smoke about 8:45p.m., watching the sky, which was hazy but clear enoughto see stars. There was a light layer of clouds comingfrom the west out of California. I suddenly caughta glimpseof something flying over my head."I looked up to see a group of three reddish/orange,somewhat bright yet fuzzy looking lights flying at whatseemed to be couple of hundred feet above my head, butcompletely silent. It traveled at a very fast speed fromeast to west across the sky towards Luke Air Force Base.This took a total of about 6 to 8 seconds. Just as it waspassing over the top of the roof of the house, my recep-tionist looked out the door and said, Whats that? I wasdescribing it to her and all of a suddena boomerang-shapedcloud traveling the same direction was moving across thesky at an extremely fast speed too. The other clouds thatwere in the sky never changed; they were in the sameplace as they were when the event started." Thanks toPeter Davenport www.ufocenter.comWashington flying triangleBUCKLEY — According to the witness, two slow-moving flying triangle-shaped objects with blue, white,and red lights, with very bright strobes in unison, alongwith bigger white lights at 3 points,were spotted on Oct.24,2001. The two craft were headed south, slightly abovea low broken cloud cover at 8:05 p.m.. The craft wereabout one mile apart, with one trailing back about 60degrees east of the other.As their strobes flashed, a faint outline appeared toreveal a solid triangle, rather than a conventional wing.Their altitude was about 1500 feet. There were distinctbright red, blue, and white lights in lineon thetrailing edgeof both craft. There were no red or green strobes in con-ventional positions on the craft, and no landing lightsor asimilar typical arrangement apparent. The witness states,"This was not at all the typical type of light arrangement,as Im accustomed to light airplane traffic, commercialtraffic to and from SeaTac, and military traffic to McCordAir Force Base. Im not familiar with this light arrange-ment, and there was no engine noise. Commercial flightfrom SeaTac at 2020 hours with takeoff lights and con-ventional configuration of lightsflew overjust west of myhouse, well above the other objects, with engine noisevery clear." Thanks to Peter Davenportwww.ufocenter.comTrucker "misplaces" 300 miles in WyomingEVANSTON — A trucker driving through Wyomingobserved an oblong green glassy object starting at 11 p.m.on Oct. 24, 2001. He reports, "The UFO hovered in frontand above our vehicle." The trucker called 911 severaltimes and was given an Air Force number to call. Theobject stayed nearby until4 a.m., and he indicatesthat hemisplaced 300 miles of this trip. Later the trucker wasbuzzed by a helicopter shortly after the last contact.(NUFORC Note: The witness chooses to remainanonymous, but reported that the sightingwas rather dra-matic, and that other truckers on the same highwayprob-ably were witness to the event. We would welcome otherreports from anyone who might have seen something un-usual on this date in the Wyoming area.)Object reportedly stalls carSKSEBASTOPOL — A couple was drivinghome onOct. 27, 2001, when a UFO suddenly popped up abovetheir car. The witnesses report, "Our car began to stallwhen the craft showed up, and the object was hoveringover our car all the way home. It would disappear for afew seconds then hover over our car while we drovedown the road that my girlfriend lives on. Once we got toher house at 10 p.m., it popped up, hovering at an angleover her house for around twenty seconds. It was thesize of a house. I myself have never believed in flyingsaucers, but now I believe that I actually have had anencounter with one. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORCwww.ufocenter.comWest Virginia egg-shaped object over fieldSANDYVILLE — The following was reported: "OnOct. 2, 2001, at 6:50 a.m., my sister and nephew weredriving out their dirt road, when my nephew spotted astrange object and yelled at my sister to stop the vehicle.It was blimp-like,but a completely smooth object with noribbing or lines like a blimp."It was bright glowing red against the overcast cloudyday. There were black square things on the bottom. Therewere two barn like doors that were open, and a V-shapedobject came out, with six circles on each side of the V.They drove a little farther down the road, and took then-eyes off it, and when they looked back, it was gone. Ablimp cannot travel that fast!"Page 16 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
The ET-Human Link: We AreThe Message, by Dana Redfield,2001, Hampton Roads PublishingCompany, 6x9 soft cover, 279 pages,$13.95. 800-766-8009 orwww.hrpub.comReviewed by Katharina Wilson"We are the message and we arethe evidence. It seems almost a con-spiracy that investigators wouldchase the dream of getting theirhands on the nuts and bolts and smoking gunsof the UFO,while we, the livingevidences of the presence, were ges-tating in the miracle wombs of change. Abductees arelike children....As we toddled, disoriented in a world thatignored us for the dazzle of new technologies, muse-babblewas our language. But now we are beginningto find ourvoices..."Dana Redfield, an accomplished author of fiction, haswritten her second work of non-fiction, The ET-HumanLink: We Are The Message. The quote above is fromher new book. Many people will recall her first nonfictionbook, Summoned: Encounters with Alien Intelligence,during which she tested the waters of a new reality emerg-ing, and for the first time shared some of her encounterswith non-humanintelligences with the public.I read Danas first book of nonfiction, and to me itseems that she hasgrown spiritually andhas become stron-ger and more resilient than she probably ever thought shecould. She has taken the next step in her mission, if wemay call it that, and has now gone public with in-depthinformation about her experiences, her private life, andfeelings about her place in the world.Jenny Randies has written the Foreword for this book,and it is a "must read." Ms. Randies has done a superbjob of preparing the reader for his or her journey intoDana Redfields life. The ET-Human Link is a beauti-fully writtenbook, but like many experiencers lives, it isa very complex story. It is a story that will ask you tothink about our world in the contextof what is happeningto those of us who have experienced interaction withnon-human beings.,Some of the beings with whom Dana has interactedare physical extraterrestrials, some are inter-dimensional,and some appear to be spiritual beings. Dana prefers tocall them the Others. This book will also ask you to con-sider subjects you may not be comfortable with, such asthe existence of other dimensions, channeling, and pastlives.I have just used two terms that make a lot of peopleuncomfortable. I will admit that when I read this bookthere were parts of it I had a hard time accepting. I haveread next to nothing about new age subjects, but manypeople who do not believe my experiences will laugh atthis because to them, alien abductions are "new age."Today, I am not even certain what that term means anymore. Wisely, JennyRandies writes:"If you are skeptical, thenthat is fair enough, providedyou are willing to give room to the possibility that yourskepticism may be misplaced. If you are a believer, trynot to merely accept what you read as being true, but toquestion other possibilities and consider other meanings.If you have had strange experiences for yourself, thenappreciate the courage it takes to reveal them and facethe rebukes that will surely follow."Who among us who has gone public has not had todeal with everythingthe last sentence implies? Yet, evenknowing this from her past experiences, Dana pressesforward and tells all.Dana shares with us information she received beforeSummoned was written, but she felt the information wastoo fantastic to believe. She wrestled with when and howand why she shouldshare much of the informationin thisbook, and I commend her for her courage. If the informa-tion she received from the Others is true, there is a veryimportant message in this book.Redfield writes, "They summoned, They whisked meup, They made their marks on my hands,triangles cut intomy skin to show me the body is a divinelink, a temporalhome away from Home for my soul who remembers whatI the human have forgotten, except as I can translate thesigns."Dana writes about abduction events that we have cometo learn occur to most abductees. However, like mostabduction cases, there is much more to this story andmuch more to this persons life than a standard set ofevents. Dana Redfieldwas a devout Mormon. She held a"Q" (Top Secret) clearance while working at the NevadaTest Site. She has overcome great difficulties during herlife, some that manypeople would not be able to endure,much less conquer. Because Dana succeeded, she wasable to write The ET-Human Link. It is a life-story thatencompasses the principles of belonging, gathering, andbecoming.There is also philosophy in this book, beautifully writ-ten stories within stories, information about the contro-versial lost continentof Atlantis,a revisitof the Bible, theexploration of human DNA, and soul evolution. Some ofthese subjects went beyond what my mind readily ac-cepts. However,just as others have asked people to con-sider the reality of abductions by non-human beings, orthat structured alien seeming craft have been seen bymillions of people, it is important to consider the reality ofDana Redfields experiences.Perhaps the followingwill give you an example of oneof the feelings about this book I am tryingto convey:In 1986, before I read anything about UFOs, muchless their occupants,before I knew ufology even existed-before it all-I wrotein my dreamjournal about somethingI believed happened to me during my childhood. It keptcoming back to me as a recurring dream over a period of20-plus years. It involved me traveling to another world,December, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 17
of being withpeople who wore long white robes, of beingin a place that (for some reason) I believed was Atlantis.I could not share my feelings about Atlantis with anyonewhen I wrote my,book because by that time I had putsuch childhood nonsense aside, but I did publish the expe-rience in my book. Tothis date, I still have no idea how asa very young child in the 1960s I would have known any-thing at all aboutAtlantis.Here it was again it seemed, out of the blue, in Danasbook The ET-Human Link. As she shared her feelingsabout Atlantis and of another place she used to call Home,I saw this place that has been apart of my memory sincemy very early childhood. I cannot say if it was reallyAtlantis, a past life, or some sort of unusualabduction, buthow did this become part of Dana Redfields past as well?I thought this was from my life. Could we really be re-membering a similar place in time?A place from our past?Did we have the same abduction?This brings me to a new idea and term I came acrossin this book. It is called a "metafractal," a connectionbetween experiences and metaphors and events in apersons life. Could the story of our Home or of this ex-perience be a metafractal of Danas life and my life?Many abductees have spoken of a place they call Home.What if it is our real home? This book made me wonder ifall of us are not from this same place. I wonder if we arenot going to go back to this place one day and if we are tohelp others get there. I wonder.. .and I wonder.Perhaps that is what I liked most about this book. Itmade me wonder .again. I havent done that in a verylong time. For the past ten yearsmany other experiencersof this phenomenon and myself have been snaring ourknowledge with the public. Wehave given it to the worldand handed it out on the proverbial silver platter. Whatwe received in return was never-ending diatribes fromthe proud skeptics and the almost insane logic from thedebunkers. Some of us have been threatened. All of ushave been ridiculed. However, we know that somethingprofound has happened to us, and we know that the truthwill prevail.A couple of years ago I came to a place in my lifewhere I was beginningto think, "Im nothing but an alienlab rat-why should Ibelieve anythingthey tell me? Whathave they done for us? Look at all of the disbelieversthere still are in ufology, not to mention the rest of theworld. Where has it gotten us except exposed and ridi-culed and made vulnerable?"The ET-Human Link brought me back to my begin-ning in a way. It reminded me of something I had while Iwas writing my book. It reminded me of my mission. Itreminded me that when one of us gets tired, there is akindred spirit to pick up the load and to help us fulfill our"duty"-that task we are supposed to perform, and theone that got us into this in the first place. That task issomething else you will learn about when you read TheET-Human Link. This is probably what the Others in-tended when Dana was tapped to write this book.I cannot tell you if past lives or channeling are real or ifAtlantis existed. I do not know how to get them on tapefor the skeptics. I dont know how to bring a piece ofAtlantis or an extraterrestrial body,back for the debunk-ers to find hiding places for. I can say that I believe DanaRedfield is having contact with extra-terrestrial or inter-dimensional beings. If they sometimes speak to her with-out showing themselves and we wish to call it channeling,then I guess that is the way they choose to interrelatewith her, and channeling is the human term for this typeof interrelating.Dana Redfield is one of many people on this planetwho have a special link to these mysterious beings. Therehas been a special time for each stage of the message.Each part of the message is built upon the previous mes-sage and The ET-Human Link may well be the next im-portant message in our understanding of these elusivebeings.-Katharina Wilson is the author of The Alien Jigsaw, TheAlien Jigsaw Researchers Supplement, and a monograph,Project Open Mind, http://www.alienjigsaw.comUFOMYSTERIESUFO Mysteries: a ReporterSeeks the Truth by Curt Sutherly,Llewellyn Publications, P.O. Box64383-0383, St. Paul, MN 55164-0383, Dec. 2001,6x9 softcover, 264pages, $12.95.Reviewed by Dwight ConnellySutherly is a very good writer, asone would expect from a professionaljournalist, but what sets this bookapart is the fact that much of it is tied to his own experi-ences. While many of the cases are old, much of theinformation is new, asare the insightsprovided bySutherly,a perceptive observer.The book begins with the Kenneth Arnold sighting in1947, and most readers will find the background experi-ences of Arnoldnew and quite interesting. But it was the1964 Lonnie Zamora case that got the then 13-year-oldSutherly firmly hooked on ufology.The UFOcases continued through the 1960s, of course,and the author details those most important to him. Hecontinues with cases from the 1970s, including some in-teresting incidentsinvolvingobjects that found their wayinto bodies of water.In mid-1989 the author, now firmly grounded in thefield, wasasked to write a "comprehensive piece" on thevalidity of the Majestic 12 documents. This led him intoan investigationcovering not only documents, but also in-teractions with such key players as Stanton Friedman,William Moore, and Philip Klass. This journalistic effortis quite interesting, and Sutherly seems to havetentativelyconcluded that the documents could have been part of aneffort by some element of the government to discredit,fragment, and confuse ufologists-that is, part of adisinformation campaign.As for Roswell, one of the key elements in the MJ-12package, he concludes, "The only thing for certain isthatsomething happened in the desert in 1947: something im-4.Page 18 MUFON UFO Journal December 2001
portant, something requiring military intervention and aheavy mantle of secrecy."Sutherly also looks at secret development projeci s. :>IKhas the SR-71, as well as recounting his experiences intrying to approach Area 51, the secret base wheredevel-opment and testing are supposedly done-also known asGroom Dry Lake or "Dreamland."In considering the possibility that some objectsidenti-fied as UFOs are actually secret U.S. aircraft, Southerlyquestions why such aircraft would be tested over heavily-populated areas. He suggests as a possibility that whatappear to be unidentified objects in the sky may in somecases be holograms projected by those wanting to de-ceive and confuse witnesses and ufologists.This scenario fits into whatseems to be one of Sutherlyskey conclusions: many UFO cases and events have beenstaged by elements of the government for their own pur-poses.The author also includes an informative chapter onMars and the various probes to the Red Planet, as well asone on shapeshifting UFOs. In the latter chapter he con-cludes, "When it comes to the nature of UFOs there is,however, one undeniable truth that stands above all thetheories. This truth is that regardless of what we wish tobelieve, we are still all just guessing. We really do notknow what UFOs are, where they come from, or whysome of them appear to change shape or indeed do anyof the amazing things they have been reported doing."Perhaps the most interesting chapter is "The Gather-ing," where Sutherlydescribes his associationswith otherufologists at the 26thAnnual National UFO & New AgeConference in Phoenix in 1989.As anyone who has ever participated activelyin suchconferences knows, most of the really interesting activi-ties and interactions occur away from the main speakersessions. At this particular conference were JamesMoseley, Tim Beckley, Antonio Huneeus, Brad Steiger,and others with extensivebackgrounds and many stories.Included in the book is a three-part appendix, and the18-page Appendix 2 is made up of "A Catalog of Trian-gular UFO Reports," a nice addition which details suchreports from 1989 through 1999. Presumably there willalso be an index and additional photos in the regular edi-tion of the book. (My "unconnected proof review copyof the book has only 200 pages of the 264 pages that theregular editionis supposed tocontain.)This is an interesting look at some key elements of theUFO field over the past half century by a qualified author,and at $12.95 is a good buy.The Encyclopedia of Extraterres-trial Encounters on CD ROM, 2001,UFO Encyclopedia Project, 3540 32ndAve. N., #114, St. Petersburg. FL 33713,R o n a l d D S t o r y (^.i o l . c o m ,www.RonaldStory.com. $9 95Reviewed by Dwight ConnellyThe book versionof this "encyclopedia" was reviewedlast month. This CD format has what appears to be thesame content, but what sets it aside is the search feature.One can, for example, type in the word "mist" and be ledto each appearance of "mist" throughoutthe very large"encyclopedia."If one does not care to locate words such as chemist,which has "mist" in it, then one merely clicks a choice offinding only the word "mist." Continuing the search frompage to page is fast and simple.Its too bad all the research-type publications, such asDick Halls The UFO Evidence, do not have CD ver-sions with the search feature.At only $9.95, anyone interested in UFO research whohas a computer with a CD ROM drive should have thisCD.MUFON Forum...(Continued from Page 10)Ft. Worth office do not show any tape on the broken ra-dar targets displayed there. Look again. Its there, plainas day, along the edges of the target panels, folded overthe struts and secured to the panels. True, the symbolsarent visible, but then consider the testimony of bothformer NYU/Mogul team members and witnesses whosaw the debris discovered by rancher Mack Brazel: thesepurplish-pink markings were rather faint. Clearly, theglare of the photographers flashbulbs washed them out,leaving the tape looking bright while.Fourth, you assert that "the militaryactually providedunnecessary publicityto the Mogul project following thecorrectedpress release." Not so. I assume the public-ity you refer to was the demonstration of the alleged "studyand training" activitiesof the "Watson Laboratories AMCexperimental group for long range radar detection," con-ducted at Alamogordo Army Air Base on July 9, 1947.Of course there was no such group. The demonstra-tion was a very clever attempt to capitalize on the world-wide excitement generated by flying saucer sighting re-ports to provide cover for Mogul,as well as Gen. Rameysweather-balloon-and-radar-target "explanation" of thenight before: "See? The saucers are weather balloons,our weather balloons, and this is what were using themfor." This had the added and all but certainlyunintendedbonus of significantly deflating serious press interest insaucers. Seep. 150 and associated footnotesof my book.Finally, I come to the formerly classified record,whichI am convinceddemonstrates beyond any reasonabledoubtthat Roswell didnt involve the recovery of a crashed sau-cer and the bodies of its crew. You write that "it wouldbe interesting to know precisely when each of these docu-ments was actually released to researchers." In my chap-ter 15, wherein I discuss these documents at length, Inote the dates they were declassified, most of which arethe same as the dates they were released to researchers.Moreover, many of these documents were released wellbefore enactmentof the Freedom of Information Act, forexample: Lt. Gen. Nathan Twinings famous letter ofSept. 23, 1947 (in which he noted "the lack of physicalevidence in the shape of crash recovered exhibits"), re-(Continued on Page 22)December, 2001 MUFON UFO Journal Page 19