Filer's Files #09 -- 2000, MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer, Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern
March 4, 2000,
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William P. LaParl reports that on Fox News, February 29,2000, at 12:45 PM EST
during a live feed: John McCain was just asked a question about the lawsuit
from Peter Gersten to open UFO records from the military? Before the news
people pushed McCain into laughing with them about "aliens," surprisingly,
McCain immediately said he was "very interested in the subject," and
mentioned a series of Arizona sightings from a couple years ago that remained
"unexplained." Apparently, these were the- Phoenix "V" Lights of March 1997.
Thanks to Bill La Parl.
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Cosmonaut Alexandr Baladin stated that "flying saucers" have come into close
proximity to the MIR space station as well as the Baikonur Cosmodrom. He
added there is sufficient evidence to warrant a scientific study of the
phenomenon, and that it is time that world governments officially acknowledge
the UFO phenomenon's existence. "General Vladimir Ivanov, former commander
of Russia's Military Space Forces, recalls that three objects flew at a
considerable altitude over Baikonur Cosmodrome and were picked up on radar.
There is no way they could have been airplanes." insisted the cosmonaut.
Baladin disclosed December 23, 1998, at Brazil's First International Ufology
Forum, that he and fellow cosmonaut Musa Manarov had seen UFOs. During
docking operations between his space capsule and the MIR, Baladin saw a
glowing object a short distance away. Manarov managed to capture the strange
phenomenon on videotape, that was shown during the UFO congress in Brazil.
Baladin claimed that the recording and other evidence presented during the
Congress, "must be studied by an international scientific commission."
Baladin insisted that the Russian military has a great contribution to make
to UFO research, giving as an example the multiple-witness case at the
Kaputsin Yar missile base, whose personnel sighted a semi-circular object
flying at low altitude lighting up the bases facilities with a powerful
searchlight in June 1989. "Many of my old comrades, who are now working at
top-secret military facilities, acknowledge having seen UFOs. Thanks to
Rubén Sobrino.


I have been examining videotape purporting to document encounters between
UFOs and U.S. and Russian spacecraft. One scene shows the space shuttle just
below the Russian space station MIR. Watching these videos it is difficult
to obtain accurate measurements of distance and size. However, the viewer
can see three discoidal shaped objects approach from the right. Two of the
objects appear to fly slowly past the MIR while a third object slows to a
stop and hovers in the vicinity of one of the solar panel arrays. I'm not
certain what these objects are but they do not appear to be spinning ice
crystals or floating shuttle parts. They seem to create their own light or
fireball rather than being a reflection from the sun. They do not look like
space ships depicted in the movies. However, the exact design of alien space
ships traveling in space is apparently unknown. There is some evidence that
they may use advanced nano technology techniques to shrink the size of their
craft. We have numerous eye witness accounts of a small light coming in from
space. Hovering and appearing to grow from the size of basketball to a large
craft. Later they can be seen shrinking or disappearing altogether. Our
scientists are now predicting we are developing similar technology. You will
carry your car around in your pocket. When your ready to travel you set it
down and it grows into a full sized car. The NASA Shuttle films show
numerous strange objects in space. They may not look the way anyone expects
a space ship to appear. A small object moving through space would
theoretically be able to accelerate and travel at higher speeds using less
fuel. A great deal more research is needed. Thanks to Tom Sheets and ISUR
who provided me with the tapes.


The January 10, 2000 issue of "Aviation Week & Space Technology", page 28,
"US Milsats Dodge Y2K" has this interesting paragraph: "Officials would not
comment on Defense Support Program capabilities, but the satellites probably
detected many new 'targets' -- large fireworks displays -- as the new year's
arrival progressed around the globe. DSP infrared sensors are designed to
detect hot, long-burning events such as missile launches, but can 'see'
relatively small heat sources."
Editor's Note: We assume that UFO propulsion systems would provide enough
heat to be present on the satellite images. Space Command admits to picking
up as many as a dozen uncorrelated targets per day, that are unknown targets
not kept in their space data base.


Neil Morris writes that Christopher Farmer was able to decipher some of the
message held in General Ramey's hand and photographed by Bond Johnson in
1947. The General was posed in his office for the photo in front of the
Roswell crash debris fifty years ago. Chris was able to spend considerable
time with the photograph and utilizing new commercial software has deciphered
one line of the message. Chris states, "I was able to conclusively come up
with the following in Line 2 of the message. It isn't exactly the way you
have it on your website and I quote. The first word of that line which is
not indisposed to be analyzed is "extract". The second word is "the" So the
line actually reads:

looked at that line by the pixels so we hope this helps. When I have time I
will look at the other segments. Thanks to Neil Morris and Chris Farmer. Editor's Note: Victims and a
wreck seem to rule out a balloon and infers some type of craft crashed in
1947 at Roswell. The story below also confirms this theory.


Researcher Tom Carey reports, "I was able to interview Mr. Marion Brimberry a
little over six months ago. It was clear to me that he was sorry that he
ever said anything about it in the first place. It was like pulling teeth to
get him to say anything to me. In brief, all he would tell me was that, back
in late 1947 or early 1948 when he was stationed at Ft. Worth Army Air Field,
he was part of a flight crew waiting on the tarmac for a B-29 to taxi up for
boarding. In the group waiting was General Roger Ramey who was talking to
some of the officers in Brimberry's crew. Brimberry told me that he
overheard Ramey tell one of the officers that, "It [the weather balloon
story] was the biggest lie they ever made me tell.", and that the real stuff
was really, "Out of this world." That's basically all that I could get out of
Mr. Brimberry who is a very reluctant witness. Thanks to Tom Carey


Tim Cooper's writes concerning "The Majestic-12 Report". The controversy
within the United States UFO community and to some degree, the United States
government itself, is whether in the late 1940's a super-secret
extraterrestrial technology intelligence collection and research and
development program was created by a special classified executive order and
whether such an entity exists today." One could say that the military
attempted communications with extraterrestrials as early as 1924 with the
Army's Signal Corps radio experiment documented in the archives of the
National Security Agency when William F. Friedman, father of American
cryptology, first reviewed graphs and images taken from a crude television
recording of what has been reported as coded transmissions and images from
For further updates and reports. Please see .. Thanks
to Tim Cooper and Robert Collins.


WESTWOOD -- Janet writes, "I work nights for a local newspaper and February
27, 2000, I left work at around 12:50 AM and near the overpass at Route 4, I
saw three dark helicopters in the cloudy sky." As I got closer to Westwood,
I saw a large craft the size of a passenger plane flying very low and
following Forest Avenue coming towards me. It was moving too slow for a
normal aircraft, so I slowed my car down to a crawl. It flew right over my
car and I could see that it was a large flying triangle. There were tiny
lights at the corner, but it was just silently hovering up there. As I
approached a large cemetery on Forest Avenue I saw a hole in the clouds with
a very bright yellow-orange light shinning down. The hole closed up in the
clouds and I saw what appeared to be a kind of searchlight coming out of the
craft. The searchlight played back and forth over the clouds, appeared to
detach itself from the plane, and sort of withered away. As I drove home, I
saw a second black craft with large extremely bright, white lights on it. I
could see this craft from underneath was shaped like an arrow. There was a
long body and wings that were at the very end of the body. There were three
brilliant lights along the body and four on the wings. I could see the
bluish gray metal that had an almost plastic look to it between the lights.
The craft descended and I could see the structure was like a cigar and the
bent wings were of the same shape. The lights went all the way around the
weird looking tube. The craft turned and flew along Forest towards the
triangle shaped craft. I checked and moon was in its last quarter so this
could not have been what I saw. The lights were moving and much too
brilliant yellow-orange and circular shaped to be the moon. Thanks to Janet.
Editor's Note: The witness was very close to the Oradell Reservoir that has
a history of UFOs flying in and out of the water since the 1960s.


FrogyNurse writes, "In December my friend and I got up in the early morning
to travel when we saw a black van parked on the side of a dark rural back
road" I noticed the van had no license plates. As we passed, the lights of
the van came on and it started to follow us really close. Then it would back
away and turn off its lights. We were a little afraid the driver might have
criminal intentions. It came close again but finally stopped. A minute
later we saw the figure of a person about four feet tall dressed in black
standing in the shadows. It also started to follow as we passed. It had a
bushy tail that was a least half it's size. The eyes were what I saw the
best. They were RED. As I looked back, it also vanished like the van.
These were not like deer eyes when the lights shine on them; these were
glowing red eyes. Thanks to Jon,
[email protected], and
[email protected].

Editor's Notes: Strange half-human red eyed creatures have been seen in New
Jersey for hundreds of years. They are called the New Jersey Devil. Reports
like this are reported regularly and sometimes the creature is reported
wearing a hooded robe.


PINE HILL -- On February 17, 2000, the witness reports, "I was driving with
my girlfriend in a suburban area when we spotted two alternately blinking
lights the sky at 9:30 PM. One was yellow and the other white. My
girlfriend asked me what it was and I told her it was a tower, because it was
completely motionless in the sky. Then I remembered that there was no tower
there, so we both took a second look. "What the #[email protected]! is that?" we both
repeated. As we drove closer a boomerang-shaped craft came into focus. I
began to slow down, but the driver behind me didn't even notice the craft and
was beeping at me to keep driving. It was a black metallic ship in an
extremely aerodynamic shape almost V shaped. We were both scared. The color
of the metal was a glossy gray black and unlike any kind of metal I've ever
seen. It hovered motionlessly as I drove under it between its two lights.
The boomerang seemed menacing hovering above us not more than three blocks
above us. It was the most unbelievable amazing technology and I still can't
believe the way it looked. What the hell was that thing? I rendered this
image for you as I am a commercial artist. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


WILMINGTON -- I was driving down Route 73 three miles south of Wilmington on
February 19, 2000, and saw a black triangle ahead of me at 6:24 PM. I saw
another one to my right and both were moving south-southeast in the partly
cloudy sky. They were both moving surprisingly slow just above the horizon.
Their speed was about that of a cruising jet, but they were flying way too
low for a jet. Suddenly the first one just disappeared. The second triangle
sped up so fast I was startled. It was so fast I had trouble keeping my eye
on it. The black triangle shaped objects were no bigger than a small
airplane. When they disappeared in front of me, I estimate they moved twice
as fast as any aircraft I've ever seen. Although, with the craft being so
low in the sky it's hard to estimate speed. What really caught my attention
was how fast it sped up. From slow to very fast almost instantly. There was
no sound. Thanks to the National Reporting Center.


John Alexander of NIDS responds to Philip Klass' suggestion that the January
5, 2000, sighting was Venus. "Famed skeptic Philip Klass in his March
Skeptics UFO Newsletter predicts "that the Venus explanation will be rejected
by many, if not all, of the 'witnesses, and by the NIDS investigators." This
is one point that Phil and everyone else involved in this case can agree on.
The reason is that Klass' explanation that what observers saw was the planet
Venus sitting low and bright in the southeastern sky doesn't fit the facts.
However, the explanation is consistent with the debunker's view that any
answer is better than the UFO researcher's answer. All you need do to
support your conclusion is to use selective facts, or if they don't fit,
create your own facts to support the case. This is exactly what Klass has
done in suggesting the Southern Illinois case of 5 January 2000 is
misidentification of the planet Venus. His technique is interesting. In the
report Klass includes quotes from the NIDS investigation that is posted on
their web site. This is to lead the reader to believe that he is quoting
directly and accurately from witness testimony. However, such is not the
case. For instance, Klass quotes Witness #2 as stating "It was stationary
the entire time." In fact, Witness #2 states the object was coming slowly
towards him and then made a flat turn to the SOUTHWEST. Similarly with
Witness #3 Klass fails to mention that the object gradually accelerated. A
larger problem looms with the testimony of Witness #4. He claims the object
went to the NORTHWEST. Even Klass has Witness #6 stating the object was
headed towards the NORTH. And so it goes. Witnesses have placed the object
to the NORTH, NORTHWEST, SOUTHWEST, but Klass wants us to believe the object
was really Venus in the SOUTHEAST.

But there is an even bigger problem with Klass' solution. At 4:00 AM, the
approximate time of the first sightings, Venus was to the Southeast BUT 5
degrees BELOW the horizon. Obviously, Klass also discounts all of the
witness testimony about size, shape, and identification of lights on board
the object. While determination of altitude at night is admittedly
difficult, the difference between a large object within a few hundred feet of
the observers, and a planet or star is easily discernible. For the record,
the investigators who conducted the interviews were both seasoned law
enforcement veterans with over 50 years experience between them. They were
hired for their experience in investigation, not because they were UFO buffs.
" Yes Phil, we did not seriously consider Venus as a possible explanation,
and 'for very good reason,' " Venus did not fit the facts and was not
Thanks to John Alexander and NIDS.


ROCKFORD - Mike DuPreé of the Gazette Staff wrote, "Whatever else they might
have been, the orange lights that Jeff Coan and his family saw over Rockford,
Ill., the night of February 11 constitute a "close encounter of the first
kind". What makes the Coans' experience more than an interesting, perhaps
embellished, story is the 7 1/2-minute videotape that 16-year-old Joel Coan
shot of the five lights as they flew in formation and in maneuvers around
each other? They were all flying so strangely, and they were so brightly
oranges. They were not that high, no more than a couple of thousand feet."
The Coans were not the only folks who saw the lights. Rockford media
reported several sightings on Feb. 11, 12, and 16. Peter Davenport, director
of the National UFO Reporting Center, said Monday that his organization had
received as many as two dozen calls reporting the Rockford sightings.
Furthermore, similar events were observed on or near the days in question in
Florida, Arizona, Oregon, and Texas, he said.

Karla Soeprasetyo' family who live in Rockford's northeast side were also
witnesses. "On February 16, Soeprasetyo's four children--ages 9, 12, 13, and
15--were going to bed about 9:30 p.m. when they called their mother to look
at the lights in the sky. Soeprasetyo, 34, and her children saw two sets of
orange lights: first one of five, then a diamond-shaped formation of four.
"After the first one faded away, the second came in," she said. Soeprasetyo
is concerned about police saying they had no reports of sightings because she
called the police to report hers. "The children were upset, so I called the
local police," said Soeprasetyo, who also shot videotape of the lights. "I
talked to the police department, but they didn't know what they were. Earl
Wilson, operations supervisor of the Rockford Airport control tower, said he
was not aware of radar confirmation of the phenomena reported by residents.
But, he added, "We see a lot of stuff that isn't airplanes." Most aircraft
carry radio transponders that enhance their radar images and report
information, Wilson said.

A Gazette reporter watched Coan's video but was unable to view Soeprasetyo's.
Most of the Coan video shows five small white lights with four of them
seemingly in tandem as two pairs. The lights seem to perform maneuvers,
flying around each other, lining up, and hovering. At one point, Joel Coan
was able to zoom in, and two of the lights appear as orange balls. To Coan,
the lights appeared to "fly in intelligent formation". Soeprasetyo thought
that each set of lights, which she and her family saw for several minutes,
was attached to a large object. "This was big, huge," she said. "The lights
were bright orange and connected See pictures: Gazette EXTRA Janesville,
Wisconsin 2/22/00


PRESCOTT VALLEY -- Two sets of witnesses spotted cylinder shaped UFOs on
February 22, 2000. My husband had told me of a "UFO" sighting he had seen
earlier, but I wasn't sure whether to believe him or not. A few days later,
at 6:00 AM, my husband was just leaving for work and he darted back into the
house and told me to come look! I saw two cylinder shaped objects, rotating
in a circular motion at the top only with orange X-shaped lights on the base
of each one. They were traveling about 20 M.P.H. northeast across Prescott
Valley, towards Mingus Mountain. We could only see the X-shapes with
binoculars and I also grabbed the camera to take pictures, but they only
captured a single "orange light" for each object. One at a time, the objects
eventually disappeared out of sight as they neared a mountain full of low
lying clouds. My husband is a machinist, and I am a secretary. We are both
are 35 years old. Two of our three children, 15 and 10, also witnessed the
sighting. They were as excited as we were. None of us ever would have
believed in a "UFO" until now.

On February 22, 2000, another witness reports, "I woke up at around 6:00 AM,
hearing my mom and dad exchanging words that had the content of camera and
binoculars." I got up, went outside in the drizzle, and looked up, and I saw
two objects that seemed to be very large. "They glowed near the top and on
the bottom were orangish fiery color lights in the shape of a big X". It was
a flying Coke can rotating at the top with the shape of X lights at the
bottom. They moved to the northeast and at a distance, seemed to gain more
speed and then they flickered away. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC Editors Note: Similar craft were seen over Italy the next


FREMONT - Walter Sheets sends a report from BF on his March of 1999 encounter
with a black triangular object shortly after 10:00 PM. He was sitting in his
car with the sunroof open watching a softball game under the stadium lights.
As he looked up he noticed a black triangle slowly cruise across the sky at a
fairly low altitude. He noticed a dim light in the bottom center of the
object. The glow from the stadium lights shown on the craft so he could see
the actual triangular body. As he watched, the craft made an 'L' turn
without stopping or any deviation in its speed. BF watched as the craft flew
slowly on and disappeared. Within about 5 minutes, a helicopter appeared and
hovered in the area. Thanks to ISUR and Walter Sheets
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MEXICO CITY -- A low flying UFO was reportedly seen by officers of the
Secretariat of Public Safety as it maneuvered over the northern part of
Mexico City in the early morning hours of February 14, 2000. It was seen
between 2:20 and 3:13 AM mostly by police officers. Due to the time of day,
it was evidently not seen by many civilian witnesses and did not cause any
alarm. Thanks to Georghe Filerun, and CNI News.


SILBURY HILL - Driver Clive Stevens is seeking the truth behind mysterious
color lights he saw over Silbury Hill the ancient monument in Wiltshire in
the dead of night. He said the flashing lights formed the shape of a
flattened oval - rather like a flying saucer - and he is hoping other
motorists might have spotted them and tell him what they were. Mr. Stevens,
25, of Upper Isbury in Marlborough, was driving home on the A4, when he saw
the shimmering blue, green, white, and red lights in the distance. It looked
like the helicopter-landing pad on an oil-rig with all its bright lights said
Mr. Stevens. Phone lines in the area were disrupted by an external line
fault. No one knows for sure why the large Silbury Hill was built in the
distant past. Thanks to the Wiltshire Gazette, Feb 25 2000 Gerry at Far


NAPLES -- On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, "two cylindrical UFOs were
observed circling over a housing development in Agnano," a section of Napoli
(Naples), the famous Italian seaport. "According to the account in the local
newspaper, the two OVNIs the Italian acronym for UFOs ascended to a very
high altitude in a zigzag motion, with one rising much faster than the other.
The two objects fled before onlookers could take a photograph. (See the
Italian newspaper Il Giornale of Napoli for 2/24/00.) Thanks to Edoardo Russo
di Centro Italiano di Studi Ufologici and UFO Roundup Vol. 5 #9, 3/2/00,
Editor Joe Trainor Editor's Note: It appears the cylinders are taking a tour
of the world, they were also spotted over Arizona.

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