Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 36
September 7, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFO, BLACK HELICOPTERS
SEEN IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
On Thursday, August 18, 2005, eyewitness Pierre L.
reported, "I witnessed at 7:25 p.m. over La Cadiere
d'Azur, in the department of Var (France), several black
helicopters without visible (identification) markings
hovering in the sky. They were present when a glossy
cylinder rose from the top of the hill called Gros Cerveau
(French for Big Brain--J.T.). The object then changed
direction while going horizontally from the level of the
clouds to the north-northeast."
"Two black helicopters stayed hovering in the area
for another ten or fifteen minutes" after the cylindrical
On Friday, August 19, 2005, at 7 p.m., eyewitness
Gaspard W. reported, "I live on the heights of Nice," a
large city on France's Mediterranean Sea coastline, "and I
observed with my own eyes a similar cylindrical object
over the Alpes-Maritimes. The object was at an altitude
of between 7,000 and 9,000 meters (23,100 to 29,700 feet)
and also its trajectory was perfectly rectilinear, more or
less, from the southwest to the northeast. My observation
took place at approximately 7 p.m."
"Atmospheric conditions were perfect, no clouds or
pollution. The object moved with a constant speed similar
to that of a normal aeroplane. I could clearly
distinguish a bulge at the center, of a slightly darker
appearance than the remainder of the structure."
On Saturday night, August 27, 2005, a mutilated horse
was found in a pasture in the department of Ile de France.
The case was reported on TV Channel 3 in Paris, and the
news show 12/14 devoted an entire segment to it.
According to French ufologist Robert Fischer, "a
report from the stablehand who looked into the death of a
foal which had been found mutilated in a strange manner"
was presented on the news show. The foal "had obviously
not been eaten, but certain body parts, in a patchwork
operation, had been removed, said the animal's owner. The
owner blamed a neighbour's Alsatian dog for the death, but
veterinary experts who examined the goal doubted that
'wounds so precise' could have been inflicted by a dog."
Earlier in the month, on Monday, August 8, 2005, at
11:42 p.m., "we observed in the sky an object of
triangular shape pass across the sky" in Gard, a village
near Nimes" in southern France," the witnesses reported,
"We were on the terrace looking at the stars. It was
beautiful weather, no cloud, the sky was perfectly clear,
when suddenly my friend saw a light of an orange colour--
the same colour as a sodium lamp--of a rather large size,
which came from the west."
"When the object passed overhead, we saw that it was
composed of 13 orange lights laid out in an equilateral
triangle. The size of the object was about the width of a
fist held at the end of an extended arm. The triangle
seemed to slip through the sky, no noise at all. It moved
in the sky in a straight line from west to east towards
(the constellation) Cassiopeia, then swerved as it passed
behind the house and where we lost sight of it. The
duration was very short, less than 10 minutes. This light
in the sky was approximately 50 degrees above the
horizon." (Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer pour ces
UFOs SIGHTED IN ESSEX
AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE
On Thursday, August 25, 2005, at 9:15 p.m., M. Little
was a passenger in a car driving on motorway M25 at
Stapleford Abbots, Essex, UK when he saw unusual lights
approaching from the southwest.
"I was being driven around the M25 by a friend when
we spotted a group of five to six orange spheres to our
right (approximately southwest--M.L.). They appeared to
be flying in a loose, slow formation. I am a pilot, and I
feel able to say with some certainty that what I saw in
the sky was not an aircraft. It had not the right colour
for nighttime navigation lights, was not ground based (it
was moving--M.L.), nor was it flares or balloons."
"As we continued driving, I opened the car's sun roof
and continued to observe the object's track to the
northeast" as they were "changing their relative positions
but remaining in a tight group. I then spotted two
further objects to the east where the five or six were
first sighted. We lost sight of the objects so we took
the exit from the motorway."
"The spheres had a deep orange colour, the appearance
of a large disc. It was at a low level, under 5,000
meters (16,500 feet). They were slow rising, appeared
stationary at times and were very difficult to photograph
while moving in the car."
On Friday, August 26, 2005, N. Shawe was outdoors in
his hometown of East Dene, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK
when he spotted a UFO.
"It was an oval glowing shape in the sky," Shawe
reported, "It was bluish-grey and oval in shape. It moved
slowly and deliberately across the sky. This was at about
10 p.m. It moved slowly and erratically. Eventually, we
didn't see it any longer at all." (Email Form Reports.)
LARGE ORANGE UFO SEEN
IN EASTERN SPAIN
"A large object with an orange center was seen the
night of Wednesday, August 31, 2005, in the region of
Valencia in eastern Spain by hundreds of eyewitnesses, who
reported the phenomenon to the (Spanish) Center for
"Hundreds of telephone calls reported an unidentified
flying object that resembled 'a large ball of fire with an
orange or yellowish-green center,' that moved at great
speed through the sky in a horizontal trajectory to the
"Reports were received from Valencia, Alicante and
Castellon, the three provinces along Spain's Mediterranean
"The first report came in at 9:06 p.m. from a
vineyard owner in Alfafar, who said he had seen a UFO
'descending in an easterly direction.'"
"The second sighting occurred at 9:11 p.m. from a
resident who was driving between Cabanes and Castellon
when his car engine suddenly died. He confirmed that the
object was heading east towards the Mediterranean Sea."
"In Rojales, a town in Alicante province, at 9:12
p.m., witnesses on the ground observed 'an enormous ball
of brilliant white light' that moved slowly in a straight
northeasterly direction." (See the Spanish EFE News
Agency report for September 1, 2005. Muchas gracias a
Brunilda Barros y Mauricio Goncalves para estas noticias.)
BLACK DAYLIGHT DISC SEEN
IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
On Monday, August 29, 2005, at 12:50 p.m., Carlos R.
Pena was at his office building in downtown Santo Domingo,
the capital of the Dominican Republic, when he "was able
to witness a completely black UFO at a distance between
1,000 and 3,000 meters (3,300 to 10,000 feet--J.T.)."
"I say this because the object flew between a low
rain cloud and medium-altitude white clouds," Carlos
explained, "We know that clouds are usually at an altitude
of 1,500 to 2,500 meters (5,000 to 8,000 feet--J.T.)."
"The object was travelling from west to east over
Santo Domingo, but its shape was hard to describe. I
believe it was something that appeared to be vertical--
something like the alleged 'flying humanoids' that have
been seen over Mexico in recent weeks. I cannot relate it
to any other object, whether a balloon, cloud, airplane,
etc. on account of its very strange shape."
"Unfortunately, I did not have time for a photograph,
as the sighting lasted only 40 seconds, and I did not have
a camera at hand. The object was flying in an even,
single-row movement, except for one moment when it moved
in a soft curve, which I estimate at 5 to 10 degrees" off
its original course. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Carlos R. Pena para estas noticias.)
UFO PHOTOGRAPHED OVER
An amateur photographer snapped a photo of a daylight
disc UFO over the island of Reunion, a French colony in
the Indian Ocean 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of
"David had the surprise of his life at exactly 7:48
a.m." on Sunday, August 28, 2005 "when he first tried his
digital camera. Standing on his terrace in St. Joseph
Heights, he took photos of the (seaside) panorama when his
attention focused on the screen of the device."
"Something clearly showed in the sky...but what?"
"While downloading the image into his home computer,
David realized that he had photographed an unidentified
"A native of St. Joseph for 25 years and fascinated
with photography, David at first believed he was
hallucinating when he saw the picture he had shot early
"'When looking at the (camera's) monitor screen, I
saw a shape in the sky,' David said, 'I thought there was
something wrong with the screen, but while gazing I
quickly realized it was actually there--a grey shape in
"The shape appeared in only one of his photos."
"'It is incomprehensible. The screen shows 7:48 a.m.
as the time for the first photo. The sky is clear. One
can see the city and the sea below. Now, on the next
picture, taken at 7:49 a.m., the landscape is identical to
the first but one can clearly see the grey object, which
stands out against the blue of the (Indian Ocean) sky.'"
"I wanted to test the maximal focus of the camera, so
I used the 1/4000th setting to take the photos. The
object is clearly visible. My camera--a semiprofessional
digital Canon device--has 8 million pixels, so I could
zoom in on it, and, even after this, the image remains
"But I am unable to say what it is." (See the French
newspaper Le Journal de la Reunion for August 29, 2005, "A
UFO in St. Joseph's sky." Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer
pour cette article de journal.)
ESCAPE FROM NEW ORLEANS...
NO, THIS IS NOT A KURT
"Hundreds of thousands of New Orleans residents were
ordered to evacuate Sunday," August 28, 2005, "as
Hurricane Katrina, one of the most powerful storms in U.S.
history, bore down on the vulnerable Louisiana and
"At 7 p.m., Katrina had sustained winds near 160
miles per hour (256 kilometers per hour) and was pushing a
massive dome of seawater...In Katrina's path, the 485,000
people of New Orleans, much of which sits below sea level.
Levees and pumps protect the city from high water."
"Gridlock gripped major highways as residents fled
under a mandatory evacuation. 'This is a catastrophic
monster that we're looking at,' said Chris Sisko, a
meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center. 'It's
going to find the slightest weakness in a building or
levee, and it's going to exploit it.'"
Among the thousands who heeded the evacuation call
was Tanya Krieg-Romig, 28, a pregnant teacher who reached
safety in Buras, Louisiana (population 1,480) after her
home in New Orleans' Plaquemines Parish was destroyed.
"Seven months pregnant with her first child, a son,
already named ironically after the Biblical Noah, she
couldn't hold back the tears."
"'I know I should be so grateful that I am alive and
everything is OK with my baby, but I feel so helpless, so
cut off from the world right now,' she said."
"'I grabbed all my insulin supplies, baby outfits
that a couple of friends from back home (Superior,
Wisconsin--J.T.) had sent and a couple of maternity shirts
and some underwear. I forgot my bra. I threw in a box of
Graham crackers, grabbed my personal documents, my two
dogs, their dishes and kennels and that's it. I boarded
up some windows, threw stuff in totes and labeled and left
them. I flew down the stairs of my (Plaquemines)
apartment, on stilts 15 feet in the air Saturday
afternoon, really believing it wouldn't hit--that it would
turn,' she explained."
Tanya described the "streams of cars" fleeing New
"Cars were stalled everywhere, it was so hot and
frightening. Gas stations were out of gas, pumping 1,500
gallons per hour. Stores were out of water and canned
goods. People were throwing up and going to the bathroom
on the sides of the interstate (highway). It was sheer
panic. It took seven hours to go a hundred miles,' she
Another pair who made it out were "two of the
luckiest guys ever to sit behind the dash of a Sonju
Motors Oldsmobile for 1,900 miles pulled into Duluth
(Minnesota) on Friday," September 2, 2005. Make that
1,900 miles along a circuitous and treacherous route that
took Reese Nurmi and Dallas Ray from their New Orleans
home" to safety.
"Both bartenders at a trendy Big Easy club, the two
29-year-olds say they love the city (New Orleans) and
wouldn't move for anything."
Nurmi and Dallas "left at 11 a.m. Sunday morning,"
according to Nurmi's mother, Nesty Uppgard, "Reese called
me at 4 p.m. and they had only gone 20 miles."
"That was to Slidell, La. (population 25,695), a town
destroyed. On the way, they went past 10 gas stations
before finding one with gas. Joined by a third roommate,
Thom Wood, they headed for Athens, Ga. where Wood's sister
"'Gas was $5.81 a gallon,' Ray said, heading out of
Georgia. 'I've got some money, not much.'"
"Added Nurmi, 'I was fortunate to cash my check
before I left. We didn't have to ask our families to wire
us money or anything.'"
"Kristopher Benson is one of four grown children
living in the New Orleans area near his father, Courtney
'Ben' Benson. The homes of all four children were
destroyed this week, Ben Benson said. The destruction
included one house that was just built. Ben Benson's
daughter and her husband, a Navy SEAL who had just
returned home from Baghdad, slept in their new home only
one night" before Katrina demolished it.
"A member of the Coast Guard for 20 years after
graduating from Hermantown (Minnesota) High School in
1968, Ben Benson worked for the O'Briens Group, a crisis-
management firm for oil and gas producers...When asked
about his own home in the New Orleans suburb of Slidell,"
Benson said, "'I got a report last night from the
Sheriff's Office that I've got 11 trees on top of my
house. One tree actually went through the house...There
was catastrophic wind and tree damage, compounded by
flooding. We're looking at everything as a total loss,'
But, as the week wore on in New Orleans, it turned
out that Tanya Krieg-Romig, Reese Nurmi, Dallas Ray, the
Bensons and the others who escaped were the lucky ones.
(See USA Today for August 29, 2005, "160-mph 'monster,'"
page 1A; and the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for August 31,
2005, "Woman fears nothing left of community," page 7A,
and for September 3, 2005, "Survivors make their way back
to Northland," page 8A.)
KATRINA DEVASTATES DIXIE
"Buildings collapsed, floods inundated thousands of
homes and shell-shocked, waterlogged residents retreated
to attics and windblown roofs Monday," August 29, 2005,
"as one of the most sweeping hurricanes of modern times
drilled through (the USA's) Gulf Coast."
"Because of the high water, rescuers could not
immediately reach some of the hardest hit areas in New
Orleans and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast."
"'Some of them--it was their last night on Earth,'
Terry Ebbert, chief of homeland security for New Orleans,
said of people who ignored orders to evacuate the city of
480,000 over the weekend. 'That's a hard way to learn a
"'I've never been so scared,' one of the newly-
displaced Jean Jenkins of Moss Point, Mississippi, said
after she, her husband, their two dogs and a cat spent
seven hours in the attic of their one-story house before
the water receded just enough for them to leave."
"'We didn't know if we were going to live,' said
Diana Chavez, one of 10,000 people who spent the (first)
night in the Superdome, a refuge of last resort that lost
part of its roof."
"Katrina's core roared very close to New Orleans,
slamming eastern sections with one edge of its destructive
eye wall, Winds of 100 miles per hour rocked the area."
Katrina's "storm surge and torrential rain submerged
vast areas" of southern Louisiana and the "Redneck
Riviera," the Gulf Coast regions of Mississippi, Alabama
and the Florida Panhandle, "with 40,000 homes flooded in
St. Bernard Parish (Louisiana) alone."
"Triple-digit gusts were reported in Mississippi and
Alabama. Damage reports mounted throughout the region;
swamped bridges, overrun beaches, boats hurled ashore,
countless smashed windows and ripped roofs."
"Katrina pummeled 270 miles (432 kilometers) across
four states," from Lafayette, Louisiana to Pensacola,
Florida, "striking particularly hard at Gulfport,
Mississippi (population 71,277)."
Karen Barrett of Long Beach, Miss. (population
17,320) provided a dramatic eyewitness account of the
hurricane's awesome fury, which was printed in the Biloxi,
"I was staying with my parents, helping them out. We
lived four houses from the beach in Long Beach, Miss. So
we stayed there. The house had made it through
(Hurricane) Camille (in 1969) so we knew we would be OK."
"Wrong! I only had the twins with me, so that was
the good part. Once the hurricane started, it did not
"We were in the house, and it was just windy. Then,
all of a sudden, we saw water in the yard. Within 15
minutes, the water was up to our neck. We had put the
kids in my Mom's shelf in her closet but everything
started floating. The doors were buckled shut. We
couldn't get out."
"We then tried to get into the attic, but we knew if
we did there was no way of getting out. By this time, the
refrigerator had floated (away), and everything in the
house was floating."
"We grabbed the twins. The water in the house was up
to our necks, and the water outside the front door was up
past the door frame, and it looked like it was breathing
in and out. At that point, all the windows exploded,
shooting shards of glass everywhere. We made our way
through all of the floating furniture to the front door."
"We had to break (down) the front door to get out of
the house, and all of the water rushed in. Then we had to
break out of the porch and step off. And when we did, the
water was up over our heads. We went under water and came
back up. We couldn't touch the ground. I had Austin. My
Mom had Tyler, and my Dad was ahead."
"We had to grab branches and debris to get to the
next house. But every time we would get closer, a wave
would suck us back into our house. We went under water a
few times, and I swear I thought we were gone. We got hit
by a fridge (refrigerator--J.T.) and a van that was
floating by, but my Dad climbed on the (neighboring)
porch--well, what was left of it, and grabbed the kids.
As soon as we got onto the porch, my parents' house
collapsed with everything in it."
"After many attempts, we got into the next house.
The water was up to our chest but rising. My Dad found a
tin bath tub, and we put the boys in that, but the water
kept rising. The inside of the house was gutted, no
walls, just supports, and it had an attic. So we climbed
into the attic and sat there with the winds whipping at
about 200 miles per hour for about 30 minutes. The entire
time the kids were screaming and crying, saying they
didn't want to die."
"We heard cracking and popping and creaking and, all
of a sudden, the entire front half of the roof flew off,
and there was a huge suction. We quickly moved further
back in a little corner of the attic and, for two hours,
we sat there, huddled in a ball, watching parts of the
roof fly off and watching tree limbs fly by next to our
heads and houses float by. It was one of the most
horrifying things I have ever seen. There were dead
bodies floating by."
"No one can even fathom by seeing on TV what is
happening here. Once the water receded, we climbed down
from the attic with the wind still whipping everywhere and
climbed over a quarter of a mile of debris to a road where
there were police."
"When we got there, they told us to go back to our
house. We said, 'We have no house! It's gone!'"
"Then some dirty old toothless rednecks in a truck
covered in rebel (Confederate) flags picked us up in the
back of their truck and took us to the Sea Bee base. My
Dad's retired Navy. We lost our dog, which we had, but it
was either the dog or the kids."
(Editor's Comment: No Federal Emergency Management
Agency available. No Department of Homeland Security. No
Mississippi State Police. So, who finally rescues the
Barrett family? The Dukes of Hazzard! I love it!)
"It is Hell here. There are dead bodies everywhere.
People are shooting at police, stealing everything. It's
a nightmare. The TV is not showing you half of it."
"My brother came and got me, my Mom, my Dad and the
twins this afternoon and brought us to Pensacola
(Florida). So we are here now. We have absolutely
nothing to our names but we have our lives, so that's
what's important...People do not appreciate the small
things till you have NOTHING!"
During the hurricane, experiences like Karen
Barrett's were repeated thousands of times over throughout
the stricken four-state region. (See the Duluth, Minn.
News-Tribune for August 30, 2005, "Storm leaves thousands
homeless," page 1A and the Biloxi, Miss. Sun-Herald for
September 2, 2005, "Online pleas, posts illustrate
hurricane's human toll," page 1.)
SUPERDOME BECOMES A
In Mel Gibson's 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,
the law was enforced in Bordertown's massive arena. At
the Thunderdome, "two men enter; one man leaves," as trial
by chainsaw combat determined the outcome of court cases.
Last week, at New Orleans' Superdome, it was 60,000
enter, no one leaves, and people were killing each other
with everything but chainsaws.
What began as "the refuge of last resort," with the
Superdome opened to admit refugees from Hurricane Katrina
on Monday, August 29, 2005, had by mid-week degenerated
into sheer anarchy.
"They lined up by the thousands, clutching meager
belongings and crying children. A few hours later, the
power went out, turning the building into a hot and bloody
mess. Then part of the roof blew off."
"For an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 refugees--many of
them poor and frail--the Louisiana Superdome was a welcome
shelter from Hurricane Katrina, but an uncomfortable one
at the same time."
"Superdome and government emergency officials
stressed that they did not expect the huge roof to fail
because of the relatively small breaches, each about 15 to
20 feet (4.5 to 6 meters) long and 4 to 5 feet (1.3 to 1.5
"Refugees sitting below the holes were moved away
from any falling debris, said Doug Thornton, regional
manager of the company that manages the huge arena."
"In addition to the two holes, water was leaking in
through many other areas, including elevators and
stairwells, as the wind forced water in through any small
opening. Across Poydrass Street, numerous shattered
windows were visible on high-rise office buildings."
By Wednesday, August 31, 2005, however, "the bulk of
the city's refugees were in and around the Superdome,
which has become a shelter of last resort for more than
20,000 people. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said
conditions there had become desperate, with food, water
and other supplies running out, with toilets overflowing
and the air foul, with temperatures hitting 100 degrees
(Fahrenheit) and tempers flaring."
"'It's becoming untenable,' the governor said.
'There's no power. It's getting more difficult to get
food and water supplies in, just basic essentials."
"The governor ordered New Orleans abandoned beginning
today (Thursday, September 1, 2005), with 350 buses
shuttling at least 25,000 people--no homes, no jobs, no
possessions--from the Superdome and elsewhere in the city
to Houston's 40-year-old Astrodome."
However, WWL-TV reported that "there may now be
60,000 people in the Superdome and that more people are
still being urged to go there...Numerous media reports
indicate that refugees are not allowed to leave the
Superdome. The Superdome is now a prison. Tens of
thousands of Americans are trapped in a 21st Century FEMA
By Friday, September 2, 2005, the Superdome resembled
the set of a Mad Max movie. "There is nothing to correct
wild reports that armed gangs have taken over. That two
babies had their throats slit in the night. That a 7-
year-old girl was raped and killed at the Superdome."
"One officer calls these human cattle yards 'lawless
countries unto themselves.'"
"After several days in the street with little water
and less food, people around the convention center began
imagining that the storm was somehow a vehicle for ethnic
"One black man insists that authorities want everyone
corralled into the convention center--not to facilitate an
orderly evacuation, but so police can ignite the gas and
blow them up."
"'They want us all crazy so they can shoot us down
like dogs!' a woman shouts."
"Officer Kirk LeBranche cowered on the roof of his
flooded hotel in New Orleans for three days as the
nighttime hours became a shooting gallery."
"'Anarchy and chaos,' he said, 'People are
"Officers deserted their posts. Many of them lost
everything but their lives to the storm, and they refuse
to gamble those on a seemingly lost city." (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 1, 2005, "It's
time to flee," page 1A; the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-
Tribune for September 3, 2005, "Pockets of civility arise
amid chaos," page A11; and the WWL-TV news broadcast for
August 31, 2005, "60,000 trapped in FEMA's Superdome
concentration camp." Many thanks to Bob Liggett for the
FAYETTE FACTOR TAKES OUT
STORM REFUGEE BUS
"A charter bus carrying between 30 to 40 weary
Hurricane Katrina refugees who had spent the last five
days stranded in the Superdome flipped and crashed while
heading to shelter in northern Louisiana on Interstate
(Highway) 49 Friday," September 2, 2005, "killing at least
one person and causing injuries to several others."
"The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. when a
passenger struggled with the driver and grabbed the wheel
after demanding to get off the bus, according to Opelousas
(Louisiana) Police Lt. Mark LeBlanc. LeBlanc said the
police believe the one confirmed death was the man who
grabbed the wheel."
"Police did not release the names of the dead and
injured as of Friday evening."
"The injured were taken to Opelousas area hospitals
"Minutes following the accident, bloodied and
confused passengers were spread out along a stretch of
grass, just yards (meters) from where the bus still lay on
its side. Some were too hurt to move, calling for help."
"Clara Scheckenberg, an 80-year-old minister, was
sitting in the grass near the accident scene with a
swollen, blackened ankle and a stunned look on her face.
'I just dozed off to sleep. We assumed we'd hit a bump,'
she said, 'We flipped over and over.'"
"The bus was one of five tour buses loaded with
evacuees from New Orleans headed north."
"Trooper Willie Williams, public information officer
for Louisiana State Police Troop 1, confirmed 'numerous
injuries, some critical, some serious' and the one death.
The body appeared to be a black man in his late 30s or
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman noted that Opelousas
was named for an indigenous people of Louisiana who had
the curious custom of "painting their legs black," a fair
description of Ms. Schekenbeg's injury.
Opelousas, La. is on Highway 182 approximately 13
miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana.
"There's plenty of magickal symbolism in this one,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented, "The accident
occurred at 3:30. Note the presence of the Masonic 'magic
number' 33. And the crash was 13 miles north of
Lafayette. Chalk up this one to the Fayette Factor."
(See the Opelousas, La. Daily World for September 3, 2005.
Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
THE BIG EASY
It was Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at 3 a.m., when
the Northern Command (NORTHCOM), based at Peterson Air
Force Base in Colorado, got the word from the Pentagon--
the city of New Orleans had been placed under martial law.
While not exactly a terrorist attack, Judge Michael
Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security,
pronounced the disaster in New Orleans "an event of
national significance," and control of the deteriorating
situation passed to NORTHCOM.
Immediately the U.S. Department of Defense
"established Joint Task Force Katrina to act as the
military's on-scene command in support of" the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)." Earmarked for
service in New Orleans were rescue teams and medical
evacuation units, a hospital ship and disaster response
The U.S. Navy sent eight warships to the Gulf of
Mexico, along with 50 helicopters and eight Swift river
"Though stretched by the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq, the Pentagon said that 11,000 National Guard members
were at the disposal of governors to help with security
and law enforcement."
Later that Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that "it
would add 11,000 National Guard soldiers from around the
country (USA) to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi
ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. A combination of troop
callups and recruiting problems has left the two states
with fewer of their own troops to provide aid."
At present, the Louisiana National Guard has 2,689
soldiers in Iraq and 6,509 stationed at home. The
Mississippi National Guard has 2,910 soldiers in Iraq,
with another 304 in Afghanistan, leaving 6,442 at home.
"The problem for Louisiana and Mississippi isn't how
many troops are in Iraq, but rather the kind of soldiers
who are there, said Dave McGinnis, a military analyst who
specializes in National Guard personnel issues."
"'It's combat brigades, which are the types of units
you need in these situations,' he said. Combat brigades--
large self-sustaining units of about 3,000 troops--have
the vehicles, communications equipment and structure to
cope best with a natural disaster."
"Among the Guard troops headed to the (Gulf Coast)
region from 13 states are truck drivers, communications
experts and soldiers trained in purifying water, a
"Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke said National Guard troops
from West Virginia, Washington D.C., Utah, New Mexico,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Washington state, Indiana, Georgia,
Kentucky, Michigan and Arkansas have been sent to the
stricken region or are awaiting deployment orders."
"More than 1,100 Guardsmen from Missouri, including
Military Police units, reported deployment orders
Thursday," September 1, 2005.
Approximately "2,500 troops from the Pennsylvania
National Guard were preparing to deploy."
Another "300 had been called up from South Carolina."
"Kansas reported 120 Guardsmen would be sent."
"California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said his
state would send 500 Guard troops."
"The Texas National Guard said it had dispatched
1,000 soldiers and airmen to New Orleans and plans to send
more in the coming days."
Also on Thursday, the Navy announced that "the
aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman was heading to the Gulf
Coast to serve as a floating command center" for Joint
Task Force Katrina.
Despite the impressive military buildup, gangs of
looters continued their rampage in New Orleans' downtown
and French Quarter districts.
A heavy firefight took place in Algiers, La., a New
Orleans suburb, on Wednesday. One man reported on the
Web: "My brother, Kent Bevolo, is trapped in Algiers, near
the ferry, by an armed mob. Several busloads (school
buses stolen by looters--J.T.) of armed terrorists are
driving through the surrounding neighborhood in broad
daylight, robbing and shooting all in their path. Is
there any help out there? Is this America? How can this
happen in our own backyards?"
A teenaged girl reported, "Sixteen people, including
my friend Cassie, are trapped in a warehouse behind the
Thrift City/Rock 'n' Bowl shopping center. Conditions are
very bad. The people inside have banded together and were
taking turns to go two-by-two to get food from the
shopping center. The last two people they sent out never
came back. And they don't know why."
"Before dawn Friday," September 2, 2005, "the French
Quarter was rocked by explosions. A few miles down (the
Mississippi) river, railroad tanker cars erupted in a
tornado of flame, showering the flooded neighborhood with
black soot and casting a pall of black over the city--as
if New Orleans isn't already under one."
"A police officer said snipers fired on workers sent
in to fight the fire. They stood down and watched it
A few hours later, "when the cavalry arrived in New
Orleans, a cigar-chomping three-star general led the way."
"Lt. Gen. Russell Honore is commander of the First
Army, based at Fort Gillem in Atlanta (Georgia).
Normally, he overseas training for all deploying troops on
the (USA's) East Coast."
"For the time being, the Lousiana native is the man
in charge on the front line in New Orleans."
"Honore is winning over some of the government's
harshest critics, including New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin."
"'He came off the doggone chopper, and he started
cussing, and people started moving,' Nagin told a radio
station" in Louisiana.
"The general was careful to show he was leading a
humanitarian relief mission in his home state."
"'Put those (expletive) weapons down!' he yelled to
Gen. Honore "repeatedly told soldiers and police to
point their guns down, reminding them that they were 'not
"During last year's 'Hurricane Blitz' in Florida,
there were 'latrine rumors' about the Mouse Line, a plan
to place the southern half of Florida under martial law,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said. "It sure looks
like, this time, somebody drew the Mouse Line clean from
the Texas border to the Alabama border, cordoning off 31
parishes in Louisiana and 15 Gulf counties in Mississippi.
These have been the areas of heaviest disturbance, with
widespread looting in New Orleans and some looting in
Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss., both of which were destroyed
"One mystery remains, however. How far in advance
was this operation planned? On Monday, August 22, 2005,
UFO Roundup received a puzzling email from 'Olive Oyl,'
one of our readers in uniform. 'Olive' and her fellow
WAVES were planning to attend a party in Key West, Florida
when they got the news that their liberty had been
cancelled. She wrote, 'We were planning to head down to
Key West this weekend and get hammered. Then the Old Man
said there was no liberty during September and October.
What's going on, Joe?' Then I heard that all leaves had
been cancelled in the Army. No details, darn it. Just
vague talk about 'something big going on.' This was a
week before Hurricane Katrina."
"Was this Mouse Line caper planned after last year's
hurricane blitz? Or was it a little more recent? Stay
tuned." (See USA Today for September 1, 2005, "Pentagon
to send 10,000 National Guard troops from other states,"
page 5A; the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for September
3, 2005, "If you scream on the Web, does anybody hear
you?" page A16; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
September 3, 2005, "Hell," page 8A, and for September 1,
2005, "Katrina's devastation,' page 7A, and for September
5, 2005, "General roars into town," page 7A.)
WHOSE SIDE IS GOD ON,
Hurricane Katrina now has the unenviable distinction
of being the biggest natural disaster ever to hit the USA,
with a death toll estimated at 10,000.
By comparison, the hurricane that struck Galveston,
Texas in 1900 killed 6,000 people, and the Mississippi
River floods of 1927 killed fewer than that.
As in every major disaster, people wonder why it
happened, and what the Almighty had in mind when he or she
allowed it to happen.
In Jerusalem News Wire of August 29, 2005, Rev. Stan
Goodenough wrote, "On August 14 (2005), citizens in the
United States, like people around the world, heard about
the issuing of an order for the forced evacuation of Jews
from parts of Israel's biblical land. For six days, they
watched as thousands of weeping people were pulled and
shoved from their homes, forced to leave their gardens,
public communities, schools, towns and synagogues they had
been occupying for decades. These scenes were soon
followed by pictures of bulldozers and other earth-moving
vehicles pulverizing the just-vacated homes into heaps of
debris. While this was taking place, a tropical
depression was forming near
the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean."
"Is this some sort of bizarre coincidence? Not for
those who believe in the God of the Bible and the
immutability of His word. What America is about to
experience is the lifting of God's hand of protection; the
implementation of His judgement as the nation most
responsible for" putting pressure upon "the land and the
people of Israel. The Bible talks about him shaking his
fist over bodies of water and striking them."
Other evangelicals noted that Hurricane Katrina came
ashore right after the U.S. Air Force "released new
guidelines for religious tolerance Monday (August 29,
2005) that discourage public prayer at official (military)
functions and urge commanders to be sensitive about
personal expressions of religious faith."
"The document directs chaplains to 'respect the
rights of others to their own religious beliefs, including
the right to hold no beliefs.'"
"Rob Boston, spokesman for Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, and Abraham Foxman, head
of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) both
said the big question now is how the rules will be
"'The guidelines say all the right things,' Foxman
said, 'They raise all the issues that were raised as
problems at the Air Force Academy.'"
(Editor's Note: During the last few months, students
and faculty at the Academy complained that they were being
harassed by evangelical Christians.)
"They want to stop born-again Christians from
witnessing for Jesus," said Pastor Gary Nicholson of the
Gospel Doctrine Church. "Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Save
us from the New World Order."
Another clergyman blamed homosexuality in New Orleans
for the calamity.
"Just days before 'Southern Decadence,' an annual
homosexual celebration attracting tens of thousands of
people to the French Quarter section of New Orleans, an
act of God destroyed the city."
"'Southern Decadence' has a history of filling the
French Quarter of the city with drunken homosexuals
engaging in sex acts in public streets and bars. Last
year (2004), a local pastor sent video footage of sex acts
being performed in front of police to the mayor, City
Council and others. City officials simply ignored the
footage and continued to praise the unhealthy celebration
as 'an exciting event.'"
"However, Hurricane Katrina put an end to the annual
celebration of sin."
"Last year, 'Southern Decadence' brought '125,000
revelers' to New Orleans, increasing by thousands each
year, up from 'around 50,000 revelers' in 1997."
"'Although the deaths of tens of thousands is
extremely saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked
city,' said Repent America director Michael Marcavage,
'From Girls Gone Wild to Southern Decadence, New Orleans
was a city that ignored its laws" and made possible "the
public celebration of sin. May it never be the same.'"
"I have been all through that Bible, and I have yet
to find the passages where it says 'Drown New Orleans' or
'Kill the president of Venezuela,'" said UFO Roundup
editor Joseph Trainor. "I did find an item of interest in
Matthew 5:45, in which Jesus is quoted as saying, 'In that
way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in
heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and
the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust,
too.'" (Many thanks to Loren Coleman, Rose Flaherty, Tony
Gilman and Mike Slayton for these news items.)
STRANGE MYSTERIES OF
"Hurricane Katrina's storm surge--the wall of water
it pushed ashore when it struck the Gulf Coast on Monday,"
August 29, 2005, "was the highest ever measured in the
United States, scientists said Wednesday," August 31,
"Dr. Stephen Leatherman, director of the
International Hurricane Research Center at Florida
International University, said the surge at Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi was 29 feet (8.9 meters)."
"Scientists from Louisiana State University, using
different mathematical models, said their estimate was
lower--25 feet (8.1 meters)."
"Either way, this hurricane easily surpassed the
previous record, the 22-foot (7.3 meter) surge of
Hurricane Camille, which struck in 1969 near Pass
Christian, Mississippi, a few miles east of Bay St.
"Leatherman said scientists from Florida
International and the University of Florida gathered wind
data from towers they set up along the hurricane's
projected path just before it struck. They used this data
and previous measurements of the topography of the ocean
floor and the nearby land to calculate the height of the
However, no one could explain why Katrina, a Category
4 hurricane, had a storm surge much higher than Camille, a
Category 5 storm.
Another mystery was the jamming of ham radio
operators in New Orleans during and immediately after the
hurricane. According to researcher Wayne Madsden, "ham
radio operators were reporting that communications in and
around New Orleans were being jammed. Perplexed ham
operators who were contacted by the federal government
during 911 (the destruction of the World Trade Center in
New York City on September 11, 2001--J.T.) said they were
not being asked to assist during Hurricane Katrina."
On Wednesday, August 31, 2005, WWL-TV in Louisiana
interviewed New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who said "that
the National Guard's Blackhawk helicopter carrying
sandbags to plug the hole in the levee on 17th Street
Canal was diverted to rescue missions. Nagin said he
called the governor, and that he and other state officials
are unsuccessfully trying to get through to the White
House to ask if the people in Washington know what they're
>From the UFO Files...
2005: KATRINA SPAWNS "URBAN
LEGENDS" BY THE DOZEN
Not since Princess Diana was killed in Paris eight
years ago have "urban legends" grown so quickly as in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Here are a handful of the ones your editor has
encountered so far.
(1) Jaws in Jackson Square - A young black woman
decided to wade across flooded Jackson Square in downtown
New Orleans. She was wearing a sleeveless silk blouse,
Daisy Dukes (tightfitting denim shorts--J.T.) and knee-
high reddish-brown boots. The water in the square was
waist-deep. As she was halfway to Andrew Jackson's
statue, she felt something scrape her knee. Figuring it
was just underwater debris, she changed direction and
continued walking. A couple of minutes later, she felt
something scrape the back of her thigh. Again she changed
direction. Then it felt like something got tangled in her
boot. She managed to kick free. Two minutes later, the
other boot encountered some debris. Despite her energetic
kicks, it clung tightly. Then, suddenly, her boot was
I'll never make it across with all this debris, she
thought. Then she heard a splash behind her. Turning,
she saw a triangular fin swimming away, heading for St.
Ann Street. A shark! She let out a scream that could've
been heard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Some men waded out to get her and helped her reach
the statue's pedestal. They found teeth marks all over the
woman's leather boots. Apparently, the shark had mistaken
the woman's boots for tropical fish and had tried to eat
(2) The 'Manburger' Stand - A few days after Katrina,
two guys opened a hamburger stand at the corner of
Progress Street and Loyola Avenue. They were offering
fresh food at "special bargain-basement hurricane prices"-
-$10 for a fresh-cooked burger and $20 for a quarter-
pounder. Passersby began to wonder how these guys could
offer "fresh meat" in a city where there had been no
electricity and no refrigeration for days and where the
daytime temperature was near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So
they called the police.
Investigating officers became suspicious when the
vendor asked, "Would you like white meat or dark meat?"
and it wasn't even Thanksgiving.
(3) If It Floats, It Fries - Early one morning, just
after Katrina, people on Bourbon Street heard mysterious
explosions. They called police, who came down the flooded
street in a motorboat. The cops saw a stick of dynamite
come out of a second-story window and land in the water.
KA-BOOM! A geyser foamed upward, followed by passel of
fish floating belly-up in the choppy water. The cops went
inside to arrest the "terrorist," only to find out it was
some good-old-boy "redneck fisherman" from Tangipahoa
Parish getting his breakfast the usual way.
(4) Now That's A Fan - In Arabi, Louisiana
(population 8,093), a 300-pound (150-kilogram)
transvestite was found floating facedown in the
Mississippi River, apparently having drifted downstream
from New Orleans. What a surprise at the parish coroner's
office when they found a tattoo of Lindsay Lohan's face on
the deceased's rear end.
(5) Politics As Usual - Judge Michael Chertoff, the
USA's director of homeland security, fired Gov. Kathleen
Blanco and appointed Britney Spears as the provisional
governor of Louisiana.
There must be more. Send your Katrina "urban
legends" to UFO Roundup at this email address:
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