UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 36
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 36
September 8, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
FLOATING RED ALIEN SEEN
NEAR COQUIMBO IN CHILE
"Mysterious creatures were seen by numerous witnesses
in an area near the city of Coquimbo in Chile. According
to the reports, they resemble small humans that float
through the air without making a sound."
"Francisco Vega, a laborer at the El Pelambre mine,
was in the company of his brother, Eduardo, and two other
employees of the Argandota Ceramics Co., in the Planicie
de Panul sector, a location adjacent to La Herradura de
"At a distance of some 20 meters (66 feet), Francisco
witnessed what appeared to be a small 'monkey' that was
approaching them, walking upon the plain. Upon looking at
it more clearly, he saw that it was a humanlike creature
dark red in color."
"'It had a very bulky head, was no taller than 80
centimeters (2.8 feet), and looked like a gas bag because
it was so fat. My initial impression was that it
resembled a rugby player,' said the witness, according to
the Chilean press."
"'Only a few seconds went by, and I shouted very loud
to my son, my brother and the workers'," so that "'they
should realize what I was looking at,' he added."
"The surprise experienced by the four men was even
more complex when they watched the strange being hurtle
over the plain, remaining in the air for several minutes."
"Later, they said, the creature began heading towards
the men at slow speed, finally vanishing. The event
occurred in July of this year (2004)."
Eduardo Vega reported, "'It was around 10 a.m. when
my brother Francisco, who was around 20 meters (66 feet)
away from the three of us, shouted desperately, 'Come!
Come!' I got scared, and we ran over. He pointed toward
the spot, and that's when we saw the humanoid figure. It
stood 80 centimeters tall. Shiny, red. Its head was
large, but we couldn't make out any eyes or mouth. The
figure looked like a small person, a child perhaps wearing
a diver's suit, with its arms close to the torso and its
The alien was "'some 20 meters from us and 20 meters
off the ground. My brother Francisco says he was walking
at first and then he took off some 20 meters into the air.
Twelve to fifteen minutes went by. Out of this time, the
figure was motionless for seven minutes. It didn't move
"'The gentlemen who were with us--they noticed that
some sort of sparks or lights were coming out of the head
of the image or person. I would say that they were like
the sparks that come out of certain exhaust pipes when
they are hot.'"
"Yolanda Santibanez and Edmundo Ramirez both claim,
and startled some, by saying that during the same week of
the humanoid sighting in Coquimbo, there was an
unidentified flying object over the area."
"A pair of local residents who live on a property
serving as a repair shop at the edge of the highway told
us that they indeed have seen strange things and that they
themselves saw some sort of flying saucer."
"Yolanda Santibanez recalls that it was during the
month of July (2004) in the late afternoon that she and
the other witnesses observed a strange phenomenon in the
skies, as she describes it."
"'Yes, it was July,'" Yolanda said, "'I couldn't tell
you the exact date, but we saw an object in the sky over
La Romana. It had an elongated shape, black or grey in
color, and it slowed and expanded. It seemed to float
while it assumed a square shape and, when it remained like
this, it seemed to have things like wheels and such. At
no time did we feel afraid, because we were accompanied.'"
"Edmundo Ramirez, another one of the Panul residents,
claims that such episodes occur regularly and offered some
details about them."
"'The object that was seen in July appeared suddenly.
It made no noise, such as engine noise, for example. It
was elongated but kept getting longer and had no lights.
The time was about 5 or 6 p.m. Some other people who were
home also saw it. It arrived as if from the north,
passing slowly over the eucalyptus trees in the La Romana
sector. Then it descended along the terrain, as if
heading towards the sea, and then vanished. Luckily, it
didn't approach us, and the dogs didn't bark, either.'"
Coquimbo is a seaport city located 320 kilometers
(200 miles) north-northwest of Santiago de Chile, the
national capital. (See the Chilean newspaper La Region de
Coquimbo for September 1, 2004, "Eyewitness describes
encounter with strange creature;" and for September 2,
2004, "Yes, we saw a spacecraft at Panul." Muchas gracias
a Scott Corrales y Liliana Nunez para estos articulos de
UFO ACTIVITY INCREASES
IN COLOMBIA AND PERU
On Sunday, August 15, 2004, "a spectacular UFO flew
over the coastal city of Cartagena" in northern Colombia.
"The object was brilliant and silvery, oblong and had no
wings. It was seen by hundreds in the perfectly clear
The UFO was photographed. Readers can view it at the
Web site of the Colombian research group, Contacto OVNI.
Just go to this URL: http://www.epagos.com/contacto-ovni.
Elsewhere in South America, a UFO flap has broken out
in Peru's department (state) of Huari.
"Luminous UFOs were seen during July and August
(2004) over four communities in Huari," reported Peruvian
ufologist Monica Gaetano de Silva. "At each sighting,
there were several strange lights in the sky. The objects
appeared over Uco, Paucas, Anra and Rapayan. One large
luminous disc aimed a bright spotlight at the ground and
played it over the fields. The farmers celebrated the
arrival of the UFOs because they consider them a sign of
"The police have questioned the eyewitnesses and say
they will determine the source of the mysterious lights.
But, so far, there have been no arrests." (Muchas gracias
a William Chavez de Contacto OVNI y Monica Gaetano de
Silva para estas noticias.)
(Editor's Note: Rapayan is the site of a "skyscraper," a
five-story stone building reared by an unknown pre-
Columbian civilization. It was first explored by Peruvian
archaeologist Dr. Hernan Amat Olazabal in the late 1970s.)
STUDENT VIDEOTAPES UFO
IN JACKSON, MISSOURI
"At about 7:30 p.m. on (Wednesday) August 11 (2004),
Zach Stanfield was taking his dog outside of his Jackson,
Missouri (population 11,947) when he spotted something
strange in the clouds of the evening sky. He quickly ran
inside to grab his binoculars, which revealed a more
detailed view of...well, he didn't know what. He went
back into his house for his hand-held DVC video camera and
"'I really don't know what it is,' says Zach, while
talking on the phone to his cousin, Audrey Stanfield,
"'It's black.' Pause. 'Round, it's round,' he says."
"'What is it?' he asks."
"What the video captured was about five minutes of a
35-minute episode in which a dark shape hovers in a tight
holding pattern of small circles above Stanfield's yard.
Suddenly, the subject makes its way east across the
evening sky before disappearing into the dark clouds of
"On the tape, the object makes its revolutions, the
shadowy shape shifting from a round dot to a rounded bar
resembling a penny as it rolls on its edge in circles on a
surface. But the coin-shaped object was rolling on an
invisible plane in the air a good distance above Zach
"'Sure it's not a plastic bag or something?' asks
Audrey, now standing beside the cameraman, watching the
"'Why would there be a plastic bag up in the clouds?'
shoots back Zach, 'You wouldn't be able to see it that
"'What else could it be?' Audrey asks."
"Larry Davis isn't sure, either. Davis has spent the
last 12 years looking at objects in the sky as Cape
Girardeau Regional Airport's chief air traffic controller.
Viewing the videotape, he could only guess."
"'It could be one of those Mylar discs,' he said,
referring to the popular flying toys that are actually
disc-shaped balloons made of metallic plastic and filled
"The problem is, Davis said, that the video just
shows the shape in the vast sky, so it's impossible to
gauge the distance and size of the object. Mylar discs
are usually about 50 inches (125 centimeters) in
"Difficult to explain how something as light as a
Mylar disc--which weighs little more than an ounce--could
hover in the same area and avoid being blown away.
However, Davis said it is possible that the metallic
plastic could conduct enough heat from the sun's rays to
create convection heating that would produce the effect.
Davis also said that thunderstorms can create an updraft
that could catch such an object and keep it in one area."
"But, for all the possibilities, he isn't sure of
"Jim Dufek and Fred Jones of Southeastern Missouri
State University's communications department aren't sure
what the disc was, either, but they are sure that the tape
"'Whatever it is, it's real,' Jones said, watching
the tape in the university's video room."
"'There's nothing deposited on it,' Dufek said, 'I
don't see any pixel breakup around the object. There's no
"All Zach knows for sure is that he, Audrey, his
neighbor Judy Hoffman and Hoffman's mother-in-law, Carmen
Hoffman, saw an unidentified flying object in the sky over
"'Do you think it's a saucer?' Audrey asks on the
tape as the sky darkens. 'Like a flying saucer?'"
"'If it's that high up, it's got to be big close up,'
"'It's perfectly round,' Audrey says, 'Uh, Zach,
that's weird.'" (See the Southeast Missourian for August
31, 2004, "High school student's video--UFO over Jackson?"
Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch
International, for this newspaper article.)
TRIO SPOTS A UFO IN
On Saturday, August 28, 2004, three witnesses, "a 34-
year-old man, his 36-year-old friend and his 17-year-old
son," spotted a UFO over Lancaster, Ohio (population
The trio "spotted the object before a thunderstorm
hit the area...an unusual object in the skies over
The 34-year-old male witness reported, "This may
sound nuts, but right before the storm here at around 7:30
p.m., I saw something right over the city of Lancaster, no
lights at all. It looked like a V but did not move up or
down, but it did drift from northeast to southeast,
against the wind, before coming to a stop, seeming to stay
in place. It was a very dark shape."
"At first I thought it was a parachute, but who in
their right mind would jump with a thunderstorm in their
face? The object made no sound at all, and I watched it
for seven to eight minutes."
Ohio ufologist Kenny Young reported, "The 34-year-old
witness worked as an electrical contractor for ten years,
and also added that the object 'looked at times like it
would invert, looking like a rectangle during the
rotation, and then looked like an upside-down V.'"
In an email interview with Kenny Young, the witness
"said that he was standing on West Fifth Avenue and
looking east, directly over Lancaster, when watching the
unusual object. He lost sight of it when the clouds
'overtook' it and openly inquired, if the object was a
balloon, how come it did not move with the wind?"
"The claimant also felt that if the object had been
somehow tethered, it would have been situated over the
Anchor Hocking Glass factory on about 1,000 feet (300
meters) of rope."
"At 10 p.m., the witness contacted the Lancaster City
Police and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office. Neither
group could supply additional information and had received
Lancaster is on Ohio Route 22, located 30 miles (48
kilometers) southeast of Columbus. (Many thanks to Kenny
Young for this report.)
CROWD WITNESSES A UFO
OVER EUGENE, OREGON
On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 11 p.m., eyewitness
Aye reported, "My friend called me and said the news said
there was a UFO over Eugene (population 137,893). KEZI-TV
showed it with a zoom-in from the camera on the 11 p.m.
news. He (the newscaster) said it had been up there for a
couple of hours, and that the news room had been getting
calls on it since 9 p.m."
Aye and another friend hurried "to where it was
reported. There were a few people in the parking lot.
They pointed it out to me."
The UFO "initially was very dim with light pollution
and large. We brought a camera and a pair of binoculars."
"It moved a lot, then hovered, and we were able to
get a better view of it. We watched it for the next 20 to
30 minutes while more people from town streamed in. It
was too faint for our camera to pick up, but with the
binoculars there was much clarity."
"The object would move a lot, then hover in one place
for about five minutes or so, and then move in another
direction and then hover again. You could tell it was
hovering by its stationary position" with relation to "the
background stars. When it moved, sometimes it was slow
and sometimes very fast. Total movement over the 20
minutes encompassed about 90 degrees of the sky."
"Eventually it moved rapidly down and farther off and
went over the horizon. This seemed like a controlled
movement and not like it crashed. If the object (had)
moved normally, it would've been mistaken for an
"With the binoculars, it had various lights in a
triangle shape. A red one up top, and a green one on the
left and sometimes another green one or a red one on the
right. The green light would sometimes be very bright and
other times quite dim, perhaps as the light pointed in
other directions. At one time it started flashing a large
blue light in the middle, for a total of four lights."
"A family arrived right after it went over the
horizon, and they said they had been watching it in the
next city over (Springfield, Oregon--J.T.), which would
indicate that it was not a local parking lot visual hoax"
or optical illusion. (Email Form Report)
TWO UFOs SIGHTED NEAR
Eyewitness D.K. reports, "I live on the Paiute-
Shoshone Indian Reservation about four miles (six
kilometers) north of the Naval Air Station in Fallon,
Nevada (population 7,536). We are approximately 60 miles
(100 kilometers) east of Reno, 400 miles (640 kilometers)
northwest of Las Vegas and 300 miles (480 kilometers)
north of Area 51."
Last week, D.K. "was outside trying to get a picture
of the jets flying over the house when I saw two UFOs
flying in the opposite direction. The jets take off to
the north and then turn and fly east. When they fly over
my house, they are going from west to east. I heard them
and I ran outside and I just missed them. I was
contemplating waiting for more when I looked up directly
overhead and saw what looked like two round saucer-like
objects heading west. I remember thinking that they
actually looked like the logo for Japan Air Lines."
"I know this sounds crazy, but it looked like a Star
Trek Klingon vessel with a see-through ring of light
around it. That's why I originally thought they were
disks. It was actually a white glow around them."
"I've seen white triangles, black triangles, silver
orbs, glowing orbs of different colors, but I've never
seen anything like these!"
"One of them was doing loops around the other. I
called for my wife to come out, and she saw them as they
faded from view." (Many thanks to Frank Running Elk for
UFOs BUZZ MEXICAN
On Saturday, August 28, 2004, at 10:11 p.m., "an
unidentified flying object and six luminous spheres were
detected flying over the Pemex (Petroleos Mexicanos--S.C.)
facilities in Tapachula," a town in Mexico's state of
According to Pemex official Juan Carlos Zuniga
Rodriguez, "the craft, having the shape of a circular
plate the size of a commercial airliner, peformed flight
maneuvers over the Petroleos Mexicanos Storage and
Distribution Terminal at an altitude of about 1,000 meters
(3,300 feet) at abnormal speed with direction changes."
"A variety of photographs were taken. Upon
developing them, it was discovered that at least six
luminous spheres were flying over the same area at the
same altitude, although smaller in size than the
"All of the material was presented to (Mexican
ufologist) Jaime Maussan who immediately commenced the
verification of the photos' authenticity by means of
Maussan "stated that the tests yielded positive
results including a central object made of unidentified
metal and which appeared to be coated with a small amount
of radiation similar to that of the spheres. In other
words, the authenticity of the photographs was
"Zuniga Rodriguez said that UFOs have been frequent
in the region around the oil facilities and points out
that" the site is "adjacent to the Izapa archaeological
region, close to where the (Mayan) 'Tree of Life, Creation
of the Universe' stele is located."
"There are also reports of fly-overs in the vicinity
of Mount Tacana, the inactive volcano which separates
Mexico from Guatemala." (See the Mexican newspaper El
Universal de Tapachula for August 29, 2004, "Six UFOs
reported over Tapachula." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales
y Jose Martinez para esto articulo de diario.)
(Editor's Comment: There might be an underground alien
base at Mount Tacana similar to the one reputed to be
located in the volcano Mount Popocatepetl, which is
located just west of Puebla.)
DUCKS FOUND MUTILATED
IN PONCE, PUERTO RICO
"During the early morning hours of Saturday, August
28, 2004, the Marin family of barrio Brisas del Caribe
(sector) of Ponce," a large city in southern Puerto Rico,
"were shocked to find the ducks they raised in their
backyard slain by an unknown assailant."
"The family's youngest son, in charge of feeding the
animals, made the sad discovery."
"'When asked if any noise had been heard,'"
investigators Jose A. Martinez and Reinaldo Rios "'were
told that neighbors' dogs had been restless, including the
marin family's own dog. The Marins believe that perhaps
all of the animals were attacked, since they had gone off
to the San Juan (International) Airport at the time and,
upon their return, were faced with their son's sad news
about the animals.'"
The ducks "presented a number of puncture marks near
the tail, where the genitalia is located. One of the
ducks was decapitated. Another had its head and bill
shattered. A third survived the massacre but was wounded
in one of its thighs; the puncture mark was barely
"The most significant find, that it was the night of
the full moon. This is an important factor in Puerto
Rican mutilation cases."
The investigators "asked Mr. Bruno Marin if he had
seen strange lights in the area. He told us that, a few
years ago, lights and saucer-shaped objects were seen over
the area. Apparently, from what Mr. Marin tells us, this
is a real UFO hot spot," Martinez reported, "We checked
out the animals with our own equipment, and they were
found to be free of any hazardous, radioactive or toxic
substances." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para esta
SIX CROP CIRCLES FOUND
NEAR WAUSAU, WISCONSIN
"One dairy farmer" in Wausau Township, Wisconsin
"thinks there may be a paranormal explanation to the crop
circles in his barley field."
"Scott Worden, 37, had two paranormal investigators
inspect six crop circles Saturday," August 28, 2004, "that
were found (Monday) August 23 (2004) by a farmhand."
"He won't say whether he believes in the paranormal,
but he doesn't dismiss the idea."
"'Everybody thinks I'm nuts, but I just want to know
what caused it. I know cows more than I know circles,'
"He runs the farm with his brother, Tim, and dad,
"Crop circles, most of which are found to be
explainable hoaxes, can be formed with a rope, a board and
a couple of people." (See the Country Journal of Hayward,
Wisconsin for Monday, August 30, 2004.)
ANCIENT TOMB DISCOVERED
NEAR EGYPT'S PYRAMIDS
"Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday," August 26,
2004, "revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the
shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing
400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized
niches carved into granite rock."
"Dr. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme
Council of Antiquities, said archaeologists had been
working for three months to clear sand from a granite
shaft found between the pyramid of Khafre--also known by
his Greek name of Chephren--Giza's second-largest tomb of
a pharoah, and the Sphinx."
"Under blaring sun Thursday, Dr. Hawass said Giza's
latest ancient discovery came to light after
archaeologists detected what appeared to be a four-sided
shaft. The antiquities chief verified it by climbing a
pyramid to get a bird's eye look."
"Excavators later removed several tons of fine sand
to descend 33 feet (10 meters) below ground level to where
they found the niches."
"Dr. Hawass said a wooden coffin and a pile of
turquoise-colored figurines made of faience, a non-clay
ceramic material used by ancient Egyptians, were also
"'The statues, called shawabtis, depict servants.
Their task was to answer questions for the deceased in the
afterlife and to serve the dead people,' Dr. Hawass said."
"Dr. Hawass said workers will continue clearing sand
from the shaft for another 33 feet (10 meters), where he
believes more antiquities, including a granite
sarcophagus, could be unearthed."
"The shaft was built in the 26th Pharaonic Dynasty
during a period of cultural revival when 'remarkable, huge
tombs' were constructed, Dr. Hawass said." (See the
Taunton, Mass. Daily Gazette for September 3, 2004,
"Ancient tomb discovered near Giza pyramids." Many thanks
to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this news story.)
CANAANITE CITY DISCOVERED
NEAR SHOHAM, ISRAEL
"Israeli archaeologists have uncovered a 5,000-year-
old Canaanite city and a 2,000-year-old Jewish village
from the Second Temple period alongside each other in the
Modin area. The adjacent ancient sites, which were known
to exist but were previously left untouched, lie on a
barren, wind-whipped hilltop spanning 120 dunams (Israeli
hectares--J.T.) near the present-day Israeli town of
"The area of the sites was to be converted into an
industrial zone, but the finds--which include remnants of
ancient streets in each city--are now being excavated by
archaeologists from the (Israeli) Antiquities Authority
and will be exhibited in an archaeological park."
"Adjacent to the Jewish village lies a 5,000-year-old
Canaanite city from the Early Bronze Age, dating to
approximately 3,000 B.C.E. (similar to B.C.). The 70-to-
80-dunam city, which was divided into a smaller upper and
a larger lower level and was surrounded by a wall and
watch towers, existed for up to 400 years, said Tel Aviv
archaeologist Sarit Paz, who is heading the excavations at
(Editor's Note: The lost civilization of Kinanhi, which
the Bible calls Canaan, was destroyed by Joshua and the
Hebrews in the second millenium B.C. See Joshua 8:1-35.)
"The well-planned city, which dates back to the time
between Noah and Abraham, is thought to have been home to
several hundred people. The builders of the nearby Jewish
village used some of the original stones from the
Canaanite city in building their own town, Paz said."
(Editor's Note: Such "recycling" is common in history.
In 1540, the Spanish conquistadores literally built the
Church of Santo Domingo around the Inca temple of
Coricancha in Cuzco, Peru. In Nineteenth Century India,
the British built the Allahabad Railway's trackbed with
stone blocks from a certain pyramid which, in deference to
the Sages of Shambhala, shall remain nameless.)
"The impressive remnants of a 5,000-year-old street,
an assortment of pottery and cutting vessels, flint
Canaanite blades, stone beads and a variety of colored
juglets, have been uncovered by Paz and her team. The
Antiquities Authority says that the quality and extent of
the finds uncovered during the three-month excavation at
both sites is 'unprecedented.'" (See the Jerusalem Post
for August 27, 2004, "Second Temple village uncovered."
Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi for this newspaper
(Editor's Comment: Ever wonder what might be underneath
that Canaanite city? Perhaps a colony of ancient Atlantis
or the legendary temple of Gol-goroth, whose cult was
destroyed by Baal and Asherah way, way back when they were
still human heroes and not the chief deities of the
TYPHOON AND EARTHQUAKES
WREAK HAVOC IN JAPAN
"At least 23 people were injured and an estimated
63,000 left without power when a typhoon hit southern
Japan on Monday," September 6, 2004.
"In the western part of the country, strong
aftershocks rattled a region hours after two earthquakes
injured 43 people."
"Two strong earthquakes, one magnitude 6.9" on the
Richter scale "and the second magnitude 7.3, rattled
western Japan within hours of each other Sunday night,"
September 5, 2004, "injuring 14 people, shaking buildings
in Tokyo and triggering tsunamis (tidal waves--J.T.)."
"In Tokyo, the 'Ladies of Shinjuku' (skyscrapers--
J.T.) were swaying like the palm trees of Florida during
your hurricane," reported Angela Tarohachi, UFO Roundup
correspondent in Japan.
"Damage and injuries appeared to be limited because
both quakes were far off Japan's coast, and the region
most strongly shaken by them was a sparsely populated
rural area, Wakayama, 450 kilometers (280 miles) west of
"Typhoon Songda packed winds of up to 90 miles per
hour (145 kilometers per hour) as it headed northeast
toward Kyushu island, the (Japan) Meteorological Agency
said late Monday."
"Late Monday, the typhoon was about 225 kilometers
(140 miles) southwest of Nagasaki or 1,144 kilometers (715
miles) southwest of Tokyo. Okinawa (island) and Kagoshima
prefecture" on Kyushu "got an estimated 20 centimeters (8
inches) of rain in 24 hours, the agency said, and expected
up to 60 centimeters (24 inches) by Tuesday."
Typhoon Songda "forced the cancellation of more than
200 flights and ferry and train services, the Kyodo news
"Last week, Typhoon Chaba killed at least nine,
injured 204 and flooded about 9,000 homes." (See USA
Today for September 7, 2004, "Japan pummeled by typhoon,
two quakes," page 9A. Also Asahi Shimbun for September 6,
2004, "Earthquakes jolt Wakayama prefecture." Many thanks
to Angela Tarohachi for the Japanese newspaper article.)
SIGNS OF WINTER FLOURISH
IN THE USA AND CANADA
Last week, UFO Roundup ran an article about the early
onset of autumn in the USA's states of Wisconsin and
Minnesota. Editor Joseph Trainor invited other readers to
share any information they might have about signs of an
early winter elsewhere in North America.
The response was heavy. Readers across the USA and
Canada have noticed that the usual signs of autumn--leaf-
color change, waterfowl migration, etc.--are at least a
month to six weeks ahead of schedule. Here are some of
Eric N. writes, "I read your article every week, and
I thought I was the only one who thought it a bit odd that
maple trees were turning this early in the year."
"I live in southwestern Virginia, and we too have had
some cool weather over the summer. I was going down the
road from our house last week and noticed that a maple
tree in our neighbor's yard had already started to turn.
I told my wife that it looked like someone had spray-
painted the bottom leaves of the tree orange. My
curiosity got the best of me, so I actually stopped the
car and had a look for myself. The leaves had turned! I
have lived in the area for 29 years, and this is the first
time I can recall leaves turning color in early August."
Ronald Freeman of southern Ontario writes: "Strangely
enough, I heard geese flocking south last week and thought
the same thoughts. Hmmmmm!"
Louise M. of Rifle, Colorado writes: "It is the
earliest color change I've ever seen around these parts,
and I've lived in this area--the western slope of
Colorado--for over 20 years now. I started seeing (leaf)
color in late July. And I suspect, as you do, that there
might be an early winter."
Mary Drown of Muskegon, Michigan writes: "We started
seeing the maples change color around August 20. That's
the earliest ever."
Ed W. of Midway, Kentucky writes: "I was just
commenting today that the usual robins that raid my
vineyard are all gone. The grapes are getting ripe, and
usually I have a real problem with the robins. They come
here every year by the dozens. We had many here all
summer, but now they are gone. Our black walnut trees
have already lost their leaves and the nuts are falling.
That should be next month. Strange."
"I don't know what the meteorologists are saying,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented. "But Mother
Nature appears to be sending us a message. Get set for a
long, cold, snowy winter in the USA and Canada. I'm going
to buy any needed winter clothes now--while they're still
ASHCROFT CALLS FOR
AN AMERICAN GULAG
"Attorney General John Ashcroft's announced desire
for camps for U.S. citizens he deems to be 'enemy
combatants' has moved him from being a political
embarrasment to being a constitutional menace."
"Ashcroft's plan, disclosed last week but little
publicized, would allow him to order the indefinite
incarceration of U.S. citizens and summarily strip them of
their constitutional rights and access to the courts by
declaring them 'enemy combatants.'"
"The proposed camp plan should trigger immediate
congressional hearings and reconsideration of Ashcroft's
fitness for this significant office. Whereas Al-Qaeda is
a threat to the lives of our citizens, Ashcroft has become
a clear and present threat to our liberties."
"The camp plan was forged at an opportunistic time
for Ashcroft's small inner circle, which has been
carefully watching two test cases to see whether their
vision could become a reality. The cases of Jose Padilla
and Yasser Esam Hamdi will determine whether U.S. citizens
can be held without charges and subject to the arbitrary
and unchecked authority of the government."
(Editor's Note: At stake here is the 1866 Supreme Court
decision of Ex Parte Milligan. During the American Civil
War, Dr. Milligan, the leader of a secret society called
the Knights of the Golden Circle, tried to foment
uprisings against President Abraham Lincoln in the USA's
Upper Midwest. Lincoln and his successor, President
Andrew Johnson, wanted Dr. Milligan tried for sedition by
a military commission. But the Supreme Court in 1866
ruled that U.S. citizens could not be tried by a military
commission so long as federal courts were still in session
and that their cases must be tried in federal court.)
"Hamdi has been held without charge even though the
facts in his case are virtually identical to those in the
case of John Walker Lindh. Both Hamdi and Lindh were
captured in Afghanistan as foot soldiers in Taliban units.
Yet Lindh was given a lawyer and a trial, while Hamdi rots
in a floating Navy brig in Norfolk, Virginia."
"This week, the government refused to comply with a
federal judge who ordered that he be given the underlying
evidence justifying Hamdi's treatment. The Justice
Department has insisted that the judge must simply accept
its declaration and cannot interfere with the president's
absolute authority 'in time of war.'"
"Ashcroft hopes to use his self-made 'enemy
combatant' stamp for any citizen whom he deems to be part
of a wider terrorist conspiracy."
(Editor's Comment: Since we apparently no longer play by
strict rules of admissible evidence, just how will Mr.
Ashcroft make that determination? By direct telepathic
communication with "The Lord?")
"Perhaps because of his discredited claim of
preventing radiological terrorism," Ashcroft's "aides have
indicated that a 'high-level committee' will recommend
which citizens are to be stripped of their constitutional
rights and sent to Ashcroft's new camps."
But the camps are not new. Nor are they Mr.
Ashcroft's creation. The USA's federal government has
maintained a detention camp system since the passage of
the Internal Security Act of 1950. According to
researcher Fred Smart, "There are over 800 prison camps in
the United States, all fully operational and ready to
receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even
maintained by full-time guards, but they are all empty.
These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency
Management Agency--J.T.) should martial law be implemented
in the U.S. All it would take is a presidential signature
on a proclamation and the Attorney General's (Ashcroft's)
signature on a warrant to which a list of names has been
At the same time Ashcroft made his little-reported
speech in Los Angeles, there were reports of increased
"New World Order" activity in Colorado.
"The old World War II P.O.W. camp at Trinidad
(population 9,078) is being renovated. FEMA trucks have
been seen at the camp in Granada (population 640) in
Prowers County. Another World War II camp along Route 115
near the (state) women's prison in Canon City (population
15,431) is being renovated, too," reported one Colorado
Researcher Rose King reported strange military
maneuvers in the Flat Top Wilderness Area 25 miles (40
kilometers) north of Glenwood Springs, Colo. (population
According to the Denver Post, "At sunrise, a bearded
(U.S.) Army Special Forces' soldier's worried cry rang
across a high mountain meadow. 'Where's Coco?'"
"Trained in all manner of combat, the sergeant
nicknamed 'Bones' had temporarily lost his frisky black
"And this week, with the military launching a new
effort to hone cavalry skills for Twenty-first Century
warfare, his wayward steed posed a slight problem."
"The idea is to help Americans hunt down enemies
worldwide. Army leaders see horses and mules--combined
with elite troops and the finest weapons--as ideal for
operations in roadless parts of Afghanistan, the
Philippines, Colombia and elsewhere."
"So Bones and a dozen other members of the 19th
Special Forces Group were sent camping in the northwestern
Colorado wilderness for a new 10-day training program."
"They rode in formation across windswept ridges
12,000 feet (3,600 meters) and higher, talking into radio
mouthpieces that left their hands free. They packed and
unpacked heavy weapons, including a grenade launcher and a
.50-caliber machine gun onto and off of mules. And they
learned to control livestock--coaxing horses into bridles,
begging mules to move along cliffside trails when some
"The Army initiative grew out of improvised
equestrian efforts in Afghanistan. Special Forces troops
dropped in from Uzbekistan and met bearded Afghan warlords
who immediately gave them horses for transport."
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld hailed the
improvisation as a model for modern combat."
"Also, there is a major presence of military in the
streets of many cities in Colorado," Rose King reported,
"Places like Durango, Pagosa Springs and Cortez are filled
with plainclothes military. Many of them are foreign,
As always, the most alarming "New World Order" rumors
come from Texas. Here's the latest:
"An undercover military operative--who was told by
his superiors not to tell the public or media about this--
confirmed that preparations for martial law will be
operative in Texas on November 1 (2004)," the day before
the USA's national election. "The same operative said in
the interview that he overheard a soldier say during
training, 'When do we get to shoot Democrats?'" (See the
Los Angeles Times for August 30, 2004, "Camps for citizens
is Ashcroft's hellish vision," by Jonathan Turley,
professor of constitutional law at George Washington
University. And the Denver Post for August 26, 2004,
"U.S. soldiers tap an old ally for new battles." Many
thanks to Rose King, Fred Smart, Jim Danvers and others
for these newspaper articles and reports.)
(Editor's Comment: Normally, Ashcroft and the FEMA camp
system would be of little or no interest to ufologists.
The situation changed, however, in January 2004, when, in
one of his daffier moments, Israeli prime minister Ariel
Sharon proclaimed, "Ufology is Holocaust denial!" Also,
Ashcroft did order the FBI to investigate a Nevada
ufologist as a "terrorist" because he wrote a book about
From the UFO Files...
653: STRANGE DOINGS
Islam first appeared in Iraq in 637 A.D., when Caliph
Omar, the third to lead the new sect following the death
of the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him--J.T.), sent a
party of armed missionaries to build a military base at
Iraq, then called Mesopotamia (Greek for the land
between the rivers --J.T.), had fallen to a number of
foreign conquerors--Alexander the Great, the Romans, the
Sassanids of Persia (now Iran--J.T.). But since the end
of the Roman Empire in 410 A.D., the country had had no
truly organized government. It was a patchwork quilt of
many ethnic groups and cultures--Arabs, Christians, Jews,
Marsh Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Lakhmids and Mithraites.
But from the moment the muzzein first called the
faithful to Friday prayers in Basra, Islam swept like
wildfire across the land between the rivers Tigris and
In 638 A.D., the man Caliph Omar had appointed
governor, Saad Bin Abi Waqqas, built himself a palace, Dar
el-Imareh, two miles (3 kilometers) north of the town and
oasis of El-Hira, where the Lakhmid princes had held
court. A short distance away was the incredibly ancient
city of Nippur. According to the Sumerian King List,
Nippur existed thousands of years before "the Great Flood
of Ut-napishtim." (Better known to our culture as the
Deluge of Noah's Ark--J.T.)
In no time at all, a brand-new town sprang up around
Saad's palace, and the governor himself dedicated its
mosque. The town was called Kufa, and here it was that a
baby boy was born to a humble Arab couple on April 20 in
640 A.D. His name? Abdul Majid al-Hazrad.
Abdul's childhood was unremarkable, save for one
curious incident in 644. A tall, gaunt man visited the
souk (marketplace--J.T.) in Kufa. A man who was rarely
seen and usually only around the E-Kur, the ancient
ziqqurat (pyramid) of Nippur.
Probably the most feared man in the region--the sorcerer
Yaqoob Hamzi al-Khafaji.
Abdul saw him in the souk and afterward he ran home to
tell his mother.
"Mama! You'll never guess who was in the souk
today," the youngster said breathlessly. "Yaqoob Hamzi!
He was here! Here in Kufa! He stopped and looked right
"Did he indeed?" Soraya replied, washing vegetables
for their evening meal.
"Abu Daud said he's only seen Yaqoob Hamzi once
before in his life. And he has a long white beard down to
his knees. Abu Daud said he saw Yaqoob Hamzi at the oasis
"When was this?"
"A long, long time ago, Abu Daud says. He was
younger than me, he says, and still in diapers. But
Yaqoob Hamzi looked exactly the same then as he does now."
Abdul aimed a sidelong glance at his mother. "How can
"When men get as old as Abu Daud, they sometimes
remember things that never were," Soraya said, touching
her son's face. "Pay him no mind."
"People in the souk say Yaqoob Hamzi is a wizard."
"People in the souk say many foolish things," Soraya
replied, glancing at her goatskin bucket. "We are in need
of water. Fetch some from the well, and then you can go
Watching him gallop out into the yard, Soraya wished
for the thousandth time that he was not so enthralled with
tales of ghosts and djinn.
Two years later, when Abdul was six, tragedy struck.
While working on a new house, Abdul's father was carrying
a load of mud bricks when the ground opened beneath his
sandaled feet. He plunged into a long-forgotten granary,
now home to a legion of poisonous spiders. Shouting
fellow workmen used torches to drive the spiders away, but
he was already dead when he was dragged from the pit.
While Abdul mourned his dead father, Soraya worried
about their desperate situation. Here she was, a young
mother newly widowed, far from her home in Tikrit, with no
relatives, not even in-laws, and no dowry and no way to
pay off her husband's debts. She feared that she might
have to sell herself and Abdul into slavery.
Then one sunny day, a long, gaunt shadow fell across
her doorway. Yaqoob Hamzi al-Khafaji had a proposition
"I wish to make your son my chela," he said. "For
five years, you will send him to the madrassa (Islamic
school--J.T.), where he will learn to read and write. I
shall give you the gold for that, plus a modest sum to
maintain yourself in this house. But when the five years
are up--when the boy turns eleven--I will come for him,
and you must give him to me. Do you concur?"
Soraya's features twisted in anguish. "I-I cannot.
We are Muslim."
"So are all of my relatives," said the sorcerer with
a wry smile. "That is irrelevant. Your son has a unique
gift, Soraya. I can help him develop it." His dark eyes
seemed to peer into her soul. "Or would you rather
condemn Abdul Majid to a lifetime of slavery?"
So, in the end, Abdul went off to the madrassa, where
he astounded Shiekh Hazem Mudafar with his eagerness and
ability to learn. By the age of eight, he had memorized
al-Quran (the Koran--J.T.). At nine, he had a working
knowledge of the Christian Gospels, the Talmud and the
Kabbalah. At ten, he could hold his own with the most
learned mullahs in Kufa. He seemed destined for a career
as a Muslim cleric, perhaps as an aide to the new Caliph,
Ali Bin Abi Talib, nephew of the Prophet Mohammed, who had
But, on the boy's eleventh birthday--as promised--
Yaqoob Hamzi arrived to claim his prize, and Abdul Majid
al-Hazrad was seen no more in the madrassa. He went to
live with Yaqoob Hamzi in a cave in the desert beyond
moldering Nippur. By day, young Abdul labored as a
shepherd, tending the goats and sheep and doing a thousand
and one farm chores. But when dusk fell, and Yaqoob lit
the lamps, the boy's education began.
First there was language study--Latin, Greek,
Sanskrit, Farsi, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian
cuneiform. And then the reading--the Classics of Greece
and Rome, the teachings of Gautama and Lao-tse, the
chronicles of Korath wa-Khasis. There seemed to be no
bottom to the sorcerer's well of ancient texts.
And, finally, there was the one-on-one instruction...
"It has been many millenia since the Year of the Red
Moon, whereupon the high priests of Shub-Niggurath sought
to bind the unutterable Ghatanothoa with chains of psychic
force and came to such an end that not even the dark
chronicles of Gimil-ishbi dare hint of it. Verily, young
Abdul, there was quaking aplenty in the Onyx Citadel atop
Mount Yaddith and in sunken R'lyeh, too, where Great
Cthulu slumbers in unending repose," said the sorcerer,
sitting cross-legged on his Kurdish carpet. "Such is the
power of the sigils that not even the dreadful Dholes of
eons-forgotten Aklo dare trifle with them."
"Then, Guru-ji, one needs merely to draw the sigil to
unleash the power--"
"No, no, no! One does not draw the sigil, chela."
Yaqoob threw up his wiry hands in exasperation. "A monkey
pawing the ground can accidentally write a verse from al-
Quran. But does the monkey understand the words of the
Prophet? Of course not! One must understand the forces
behind the sigil. One must feel the sigil as it forms.
Knowledge, feeling and intuition--these are the keys,
young Abdul, to unlocking the power."
"Tell me more of Shambhala," Abdul pleaded.
"What is there to tell?" the sorcerer replied,
"Shambhala exists. It is there. Someday you may receive
the Call. Or you may not. Why do you fret about the
distant future when the goats' hooves require trimming in
"But you've been there. Many times." Abdul rose
quickly to his knees. "It's not fair. Why can't I go?"
"Because you have not received the Call." Yaqoob
gave his chela a shrewd look. "Why do you want to go,
Abdul? Do you think Shambhala is a bright, colorful souk
where you can have a good time? Do you long for a life of
ease and pleasure like so many of the fools out there? If
that is true, then Shambhala is the last place you'd want
to go. It is a place of study and hard work. The arts
are a trade like any other. Only we deal in forces, not
in wood and stone and clay."
"I'm almost ready. I know I am." Again the boy
assumed the lotus position. "I want to show the Masters
what I can do."
"Ready, are you?" The sorcerer's dark eyes gleamed.
"Pray tell me, then, what is the first prerequisite for
the Ablution of Zoth-Ommog?"
Abdul rattled it off with ease. "Invoking the Silver
Key of lost Kadath."
"And what is the sign of its coming?"
"The rising of Ibt al-Janzah." (The star Betelgeuse--
"And the Shield of Protection?"
"The runes of Malygris--Akikluvak, Djilgarm, K'naath,
Vordavoth. The Adept must make the signs first with the
left hand, then the right, then the left, then the right.
And then the reverse."
"Not bad." The sorcerer let out a deep-throated
chuckle. "Not bad at all. May the goats' hooves be
trimmed with equal skill on the morrow."
And he blew out the brass lamp.
Next Week: Midnight at the Oasis
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