UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 35
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 35
August 31, 2005
Edtor: Joseph Trainor
ORANGE UFOs SIGHTED IN
CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO
"On Wednesday and Thursday nights," August 17 and 18,
2005, "both between 9:25 and 10 p.m., Stephanie Jeff of
Crownpoint, N.M. reported seeing bright rotating lights
appear suddenly in the sky and vanish just as
"'It was kind of scary at first,' said Jeff, who has
never seen anything like that before. 'They were bright
lights, kind of rotating.'"
"The reddish-orange lights first appeared from the
west on Wednesday, she said. After about a half hour,
"'I reported it to the Air Force,' Jeff said."
"The following night (Thursday, August 18, 2005), she
said, there were more planes than usual flying overhead.
But about 9:30 p.m., the strange lights again emerged from
the western sky. When a plane came too close, Jeff said,
the lights went out and never returned."
"To make sure she wasn't hallucinating, Jeff said she
called her brother, Tony, in Dalton Pass and asked him to
"'He said he saw two lights flying about,' Jeff said.
"Crownpoint Police Capt. Steve Nelson said no
unidentified objects have been reported to the police. He
could not remember ever hearing of a local UFO sighting,
"But Jeff knows she saw something."
"'It wasn't a star, because it just came right out of
the sky. It rotated, and was very bright when it was
pointed at us,' Jeff said. 'And we know what an airplane
looks like, we know the difference between the lights on a
"Reportings of unidentified flying objects are not
uncommon. Some UFOs have been reported by prominent
scholars. In 1949, Dr. Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of
the planet Pluto, reported seeing a UFO over Las Cruces;
four Air Force officers reported an unidentified flying
object over Taos in 1952; and several motorists reported
seeing a brightly-lit space craft land in a field near
Springer, N.M. in 1996."
"Reports of UFOs can be traced back thousands of
years, even to ancient civilizations like Egypt and
"Jeff said her husband didn't want her to tell anyone
about the unidentified lights. 'I bet a lot of people see
things but are afraid to talk about it,' Jeff said, 'It's
kind of cool, though. It's exciting. We'll definitely be
watching to see if they come back again."
Crownpoint (population 2,630) is just west of New
Mexico Highway 371, located about 80 miles (128
kilometers) northwest of Albuquerque. (See the Gallup,
N.M. Independent for August 20, 2005, "Crownpoint couple
spots UFO twice." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this
(Editor's Comment: And welcome to Fortean Explosion
Week here at UFO Roundup . We've got it all this week.
Ice chunks falling from the sky, alligators galore, out-
of-place sharks, the Elmendorf Beast and even Jennifer
Lopez. Not to mention a few new UFO sightings. At first
I couldn't understand why we had an explosion of phenomena
at this end of the month when Charles Fort's birthday is
August 6. But then I learned that today is the birthday
of actor Richard Gere, who starred in the 2002 jinx film
The Mothman Prophecies. He turns 56 today. Happy
Birthday, Richard...and watch out for falling ice chunks.)
ICE CHUNK DEMOLISHES
ROOF IN FONTANA, CALIF.
"A huge chunk of ice that crashed through the roof of
a home in Fontana," California (population 128,929) is the
center of a Federal Aviation Administration
"The ice does not appear to be of the 'blue ice'
variety that usually falls from airplane toilets. The
origin of the ice appeared to be a mystery."
"It's a mystery that homeowner Johnny Worthy would
like to solve--if only he can get some sleep."
"Worthy kept the ice ball that nearly killed him
Saturday night," August 13, 2005, "in a big plastic jug
next to the TV dinners in his freezer."
"It scared the daylights out of Worthy when it
slammed into his house while he was doing the dishes."
"'There was a loud explosion and a concussion of the
house, and it like scared me to death,' Worthy said."
"When he peeked around the corner, Worthy saw the ice
slowly melting into his living room carpet."
"'It made a loud explosion,' he said, 'It was like
nothing I'd heard in my life.'"
"All the neighbors came out in their yards, Worthy
"Worthy's daughter thinks the ice hunk is a weather
anomaly called ' megacryometeors,' with 'mega' standing
for big and 'cryo' for ice. Megacryometeors are
unexplained ice balls that fall from the sky and weigh
between 25 and 30 pounds (13 and 15 kilograms)."
"Worthy still wants more concrete answers."
"'Every time I lay down in the bed, and I look up at
the ceiling, I'm afraid somethiing's going to hit me,'
Fontana is in southern California, located between
Interstate Highways I-10 and I-15 about 50 miles (80
kilometers) east of Los Angeles. (See the Modesto, Cal.
Bee for August 19, 2005, "Ice ball strikes house in
Fontana." Many thanks to Tiffany Burton for this
CHUNK OF METAL DESTROYS
A ROOF IN NEW ZEALAND
"A mysterious metal object which blasted through a
Christchurch family's roof at the weekend was likely to
have been launched from a home-made bomb, (New Zealand)
"Sergeant Stephen McDaniel said the object had to
have come from 'a phenomenal height' to have pierced the
thick iron roof of the Allsopp family home in New
Brighton," South Island, New Zealand.
"McDaniel said the most likely explanation was the
object had been fired from a home-made rocket launcher."
"Police had received three reports of sightings of
flares (UFOs?--J.T.) in the New Brighton night sky on
Saturday," August 20, 2005.
"Craig Allsopp and his partner, Aileen Costin, were
watching" a rugby league match "when they heard a loud
"'We heard this huge thump which sounded like it had
come from our house,' Allsopp said."
"After searching the house, Allsopp found the noice
had been caused by a metal object about 30 centimeters (12
inches) long which had come through the roof and landed in
"The piece of pipe was hot and burnt a groove into
the washing machine it landed on, Allsopp said."
"'It had some real force to come through our roof.
Imagine if it had hit someone,' he said."
"McDaniel said launching a metal object was an
extremely stupid and dangerous thing to do."
"The object would be taken to the Department of
Science and Research for examination. Police would try to
find its source, he said."
New Brighton is on the South Island, located about 8
kilometers (5 miles) north of Christchurch. (See the
Timaru Herald of New Zealand for August 25, 2005, "Mystery
pipe crashes into Christchurch house." Many thanks to
Kirsty McLaren for this newspaper article.)
LAKE MACHADO ALLIGATOR
STILL ON THE LOOSE
"Los Angeles Police announced today (Wednesday,
August 24, 2005) they have solved part of the riddle of
the wayward 7-foot (2.1-meter) alligator, which continues
to elude searchers at Lake Machado" in Harbor City, an
"Police said the gator, which has befuddled high-
priced, self-styled gator wranglers from Colorado and
Florida, was a pet whose owner, Anthony Brewer, 36, of San
Pedro, was arrested Tuesday," August 23, 2005.
"Authorities said they siezed a mini-zoo from
Brewer's home on Moray Street, including three alligators,
piranha fish, one rattlesnake, desert tortoise eggs, a
scorpion and six marijuana plants."
"'It was a concerned citizen who was aware that the
man had an alligator in his backyard for some period of
time,' said Lt. George Angelos, 'And it is our belief that
some of the neighbors were aware of this.'"
According to the LAPD, the defendant allegedly had a
former LAPD officer drop off the alligator, which has been
named "Carlito" and "Harbor Park Harry" at Lake Machado
"two months ago."
"'It's frightening. It's scary. These people put a
lot of people at risk,' said Janice Hahn, a member of the
Los Angeles City Council."
"The development came as a crew of wranglers tried
again to nab the elusive gator that has for weeks played
cat-and-mouse with pursuers at Harbor City's Lake
"The hunt resumed Tuesday," August 23, 2005, "as Los
Angeles Park officials turned to Tim Williams, a Florida
gator wrangler to replace a Colorado expert who had been
hired at $800 per day but failed to produce."
"Williams, the self-taught dean of gator wrestling,
said he had been handling gators for 30 years. He came
Monday night," August 22, 2005, "from Gatorland in
"The gator had been dubbed 'Harbor Park Harry' and
dozens of spectators gathered last week to share the
spectacle of the hunt, with several rooting for the gator.
Office workers, amateur herpetologists, retirees and dog
walkers have camped out beside the lake to get a look" at
the elusive alligator.
On Friday night, August 26, 2005, "reptile wranglers
searching for an alligator let loose in a southern
California lake have given up the hunt--at least for now."
"The alligator was spotted (Friday) August 12 in
Harbor City's Lake Machado, and since then hundreds of
visitors have flocked to the South Los Angeles park for a
"'We are considering this halftime,' Tim Williams, a
30-year gator handler from Florida said Friday when the
search was called off. 'He's won the first half.'"
"Williams said the gator has plenty of food--frogs
and crayfish inhabiting the lake, and tortillas and
chicken legs left by visitors and park officials." (See
the Los Angeles Times for August 25, 2005, "LAPD arrests
suspect in gator dumping," and the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for August 28, 2005, "Alligator search called
off," page 2A. Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown, UFO
Roundup's "crazy crocs" expert, for the Times article.)
CROCODILES STAGE MASS
ESCAPE IN CHINA
"A Chinese wildlife farm has set up a hotline for
people to report sightings of 13 runaway crocodiles who
are likely to suffer as the weather cools."
(Editor's Comment: Note the magic number thirteen.)
"Altogether 29 crocodiles escaped from the farm near
the city of Benxi, located about 800 kilometers (500
miles) east of Beijing in Liaoning province, in the middle
"Fifteen had been found and one killed, leaving 13 at
the mercy of the elements."
"'They are doomed if we don't find them as soon as
possible, because the autumn cold is drawing near,' Mai
Yingpei, owner of the park, was quoted as saying."
"The ideal temperature for the Siamese (Thailand)
crocodiles is 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit--
J.T.). The temperature at this time in the Taizi River
near the farm is 12 degrees Celsius (44 degrees
Fahrenheit--J.T.)--and the water is going to get colder."
"To make matters worse, the crocodiles might become
more aggressive as they cannot find enough food in the
wild,' a keeper at the farm was quoted as saying." (See
the newspaper China Daily for August 25, 2005, "Officials
hunt for 13 runaway crocodiles." Many thanks to Chen
Jilin for this newspaper article.)
ALLIGATOR BUSTS OUT IN
OAK GROVE, KENTUCKY
"An escaped four-and-a-half foot (1.4 meter)
alligator is still on the loose after fleeing Wednesday,"
August 24, 2005, "from the back of a moving pickup (truck)
on Pembroke Road in Oak Grove, Kentucky (population
"The search for the gator was suspended Wednesday
night, and officials at Kentucky's Fish and Wildlife
Resources decided not to resume the hunt yesterday
(Thursday, August 25, 2005)."
"'I'm not aware of any other search for it,' said
James Mason of Fish and Wildlife. 'It would be very
difficult to find in this (cornfield)--like a needle in a
(Editor's Comment: I might have known the lexilink word
Mason would turn up in this crazy croc flap.)
"The alligator was discovered Wednesday afternoon in
the basement of a vacant doubledecker mobile home in Oak
Grove and was taken to a Clarksville (Tennessee) pet
store, then escaped while being taken back to Kentucky."
"Employees at Montgomery County Animal Control spent
several hours yesterday spreading the word of the fugitive
reptile in the area, where it was last seen heading
towards a cornfield."
Oak Grove, Ky. is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north
of the Tennessee state line, located about 16 miles (28
kilometers) south-southeast of Hopkinsville, Ky., the site
of the famous alien encounter in 1955. (See the
Clarksville, Tenn. Leaf-Chronicle for August 26, 2005,
"Alligator on loose after escaping from a pickup truck in
Oak Grove." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this
COUPLE SEES A UFO IN
THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
On Monday, August 15, 2005, at 11 p.m., Barry Weitz
and his wife were strolling through Bages, a small town 10
kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Narbonne in southern
France when they saw a strange light approaching from the
"Walking from the village square approximately 100
meters (330 feet), I was with my wife and colleagues,"
Barry reported, "I had not been drinking as I was driving
to and from a restaurant. I saw a moving object in the
sky I had been surveying, as I was fascinated by the
clarity of the stars, as there is very little light
pollution in the area."
"I was so excited I told my wife to look and said to
her, 'Look! A shooting star!'"
"However, the object flew in a straight line down the
path of the road, completely silent."
"After it had passed, which took about 4 or 5
seconds, I reflected on what I had seen and realised that
it could not have been a shooting star. It was not a
streak of light, which I had seen on many (previous)
"I wrote a contemporaneous description when I
returned to our home in France."
In his description, Barry wrote that it "was an
object not excessively high, (altitude) estimated at
between 3,000 and 8,000 feet (900 and 2,400 meters),
however, difficult to judge without reference points in
the sky. It was not illuminated but clearly visible.
Travelling fast, smoothly, silently and shaped more oval
than round or any other shape that comes to mind."
"I thought perhaps I was seeing a satellite but,
again, I have seen satellites in the sky, and they look
much higher and are just moving spots of light."
"My wife merely saw it and thought it was what I told
her, that it was a shooting star. However, she cannot
tell me exactly what she saw, as she had been drinking
some wine, and her concentration and recall were somewhat
"The object was too dark to identify colour or shape.
From my vantage on the ground, if I put a 2-inch (5-
centimeter) finger about 2 feet (60 centimeters) from my
face, the object would have been in this order of relative
size in the sky."
Narbonne is in France's department of Aude, about 150
kilometers (90 miles) west of Marseille. (Email Form
SIX ORANGE UFOs SEEN
OVER HOBART, TASMANIA
On Saturday, August 27, 2005, at 8:45 p.m., Dennis
Speed was outdoors at his home in Lenah Valley, a suburb
of Hobart, the capital of Australia's southernmost island
state of Tasmania, when he saw a strange formation in the
"They approached from the north," Dennis reported,
"There were six of them. Six orange lights, the size of
bright stars below cloud height in a scattered formation,
moving slowly across the sky. There was no noise.
Suddenly, they scattered about 500 metres (1,650 feet)
apart. A white aura appeared in the sky around them as
they moved through the clouds to the south. I estimated
that they were at about 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). I
observed them for a quarter of an hour (15 minutes),
travelling, say, 30 kilometers (18 miles) in that time."
Elsewhere in Hobart, up to nine orange UFOs were
sighted. Phones were ringing off the hook at Hobart's UFO
Investigation Centre. "Spokesman Keith Roberts said he
received several calls last night but could not explain
the phenomenon, which he did not see." (See the Sunday
Tasmanian for August 28, 2005, "Phones ran hot at UFO
Centre." Many thanks to Dennis Speed for his eyewitness
report and the newspaper item.)
TWO UFOs SPOTTED
On Friday, August 26, 2005, eyewitness K.D. spotted
two UFOs flying over downtown Toronto, Canada's largest
He reported, "I saw two objects, one after the other
with coloured lights that beamed illumination every few
seconds as though the craft was changing its angle of
attack. But they seemed to maintain a continuous height
and speed. They were surrounded in a light haze (an aura
similar to the one in Tasmania?--J.T.). Their estimated
height (altitude) was over 7,000 feet (2,100 meters)."
"The entire sighting lasted 2 to 3 minutes till the
second craft disappeared from my line of sight flying over
my building in the middle of downtown Toronto on Yonge
Street. I was on my balcony, which faces south."
"I have always been a sceptic of UFO sightings, but I
know for sure that what I saw was two unidentified craft."
(Email Form Report)
WOMAN SEES TWO UFOs
OVER DANVILLE, KENTUCKY
On Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at 8:45 p.m., Crystal
Elam reported, "I had just arrived home" in Danville,
Kentucky (population 15,477) "and, being an avid sky
watcher, I looked to the west. There were two star-like
bright lights, the only ones out since it was still
"I went into the house for 30 minutes and came out
again as it was turning dark. The two objects were still
in the same location. I told my husband they looked like
cat's eyes, and he agreed."
"As I watched, one of the objects turned bright
orange while the other stayed very bright white. My son
came out, and I pointed it out to him and was looking
myself as the orange one faded away and was gone. My
first thought was that it went through a cloud cover, but
the sky was clear."
"A few seconds later, it came back brighter than
before and still moving a little to the left, then to the
right, and then up. It finally settled behind the same
place it had started from. I had the feeling it was
searching for something."
"As I watched it, it repeated the fading, coming back
and movement for one hour. In the pasture area where this
was taking place, I could see a light way off in the
trees. Around 10:45 p.m., the orange light just
disappeared, as did the one on the ground. The white one
disappeared at 10:50 p.m., and I saw neither one again, as
I waited outside until 11:32 p.m."
Danville, Ky. is on Highways 33 and 127, located
about 35 miles (58 kilometers) south-southwest of
Lexington. (Email Form Report)
WEIRD ENTITY'S SCREAMS
HAUNT LIBERTY, OHIO
"An unusual and eerie mystery has people in Liberty,
a small town north of Middletown," Ohio (population
51,605), "worried and asking questions."
"Liberty, Ohio is a quiet little community, except
for one thing--the scream."
"Jamie Young told" Cincinnati's TV station Channel
5's "News5's Brian Hamrick she heard it while she and her
husband were walking one evening."
"'It scared me. I didn't want to finish my walk,'
"But instead of running into her house, she recorded
the noise and sent a tape to the local newspaper."
"With a sensitive microphone and some special ghost-
hunting goggles, Hamrick went hunting for the back-country
roads, traipsing boldly into the most likely spots-- from
a graveyard to an old church where flea market dealer Walt
Wilson sells some truly frightening things. But he's not
"'I don't think that it's going to end up grabbing
any of us and running off with us,' Wilson said."
"Residents have no clue as to what's making the
sound, from cats to something even scarier."
"Townspeople say they called in an expert, who told
them that the noise didn't come from any animal."
"So, for now, the scream remains a mystery." (See
the Channel 5 of Cincinnati news broadcast for August 27,
2005, "Screams baffle Ohio town." Many thanks to Mary
Drown for the broadcast transcript.)
LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT'S...
"Serbian authorities are investigating reports of a
real-life 'Superman' after people claimed to have seen a
cloaked figure flying over their homes."
"Hundreds of residents in Ljubovija described seeing
a cloaked figure flying above buildings 'as if he had an
invisible engine on his back' and changing direction in
"One local resident said, 'It was like something out
of Superman or Batman. No one has any rational
explanation for what we all saw.'"
"Police in the town have refused to comment." (See
the Serbian newspaper Blid for August 24, 2005, "Superman
spotted in Serbia." Many thanks to Aimee Kokotovic for
this newspaper item.)
"A Texas fisherman caught a shark instead of catfish
at a local lake, and now he and scentists are wondering
how the shark survived in fresh water."
"Jet Smith found the 36-inch (90-centimeter) Atlantic
sharpnose shark Sunday morning," August 21, 2005. "It had
"Scott Nunez, a physiologist and assistant professor
of marine science at the University of Texas Marine
Science Institute in Port Aransas, Tex., said he can't
understand how the shark could have made it to Muslin
"The shark, he said, would be dead within minutes of
entering fresh water." (See the San Antonio Express-News
for August 25, 2005, "Saltwater shark found in fresh Texas
lake." Many thanks to Dolores Echevarria for this
CRAZED SQUIRREL ATTACKS
COP IN LEOMINSTER, MASS.
"A police officer got a rude welcome from a pet
squirrel when he went to serve a warrant on a
Massachusetts woman. The incident happened last week in
Leominster, Mass. (populaton 41,303)."
(Editor's Note: Located 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of
Fitchburg, the "UFO capital of Massachusetts," and a UFO
hotspot in its own right, Leominster has seen some
pretty strange phenomena over the years, from automobiles
being drawn backward uphill by "a mysterious force" in
1934 to the "Situation Red" UFO flap of October 1973.
That month, as a reporter for the old Fitchburg Sentinel,
I interviewed five people who claimed to have seen big-
headed aliens on the roof of Leominster High School line-
dancing like the Rockettes.)
"Once police were inside the house, the squirrel
named 'Spanky,' attacked Officer Dwayne Flowers."
"Flowers suffered some scratches and was treated and
released at a local hospital."
"Flowers said he had been attacked before but never
by a pet squirrel."
"'He had a good chuckle,' Flowers said of his
"The woman said Spanky didn't mean any harm, he just
"Spanky is now in the custody of animal control
officers, who said they weren't sure what they should do
with the animal."
"Police said they were serving the 42-year-old woman
with a warrant to get her help for an illegal drug
dependency." (See the Sentinel & Enterprise of Fitchburg,
Mass. for August 22, 2005, "Pet squirrel attacks police
(Editor's Comment: What will happen to Spanky at the end
of 30 days? Will he be "put to sleep" at the animal
shelter? Or will he find a new home? I can see it
now...right after the Labor Day holiday...at the U.S.
Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., when "Uncle Dick"
opens the FedEx package and wonders aloud, "Now, who could
have sent me a pet squirrel?")
CROP CIRCLES APPEAR IN
CANADA AND SWITZERLAND
A crop circle measuring "5.2 metres (17 feet) in
diameter" appeared in a soybean field in Dresden, Ontario,
Canada (population 2,589). The circle's "plants appeared
dead, not flattened or smashed. There was a V-shape
inside the circle of unaffected plants. All other plants
in the 100-acre field appeared normal. The circle was
found by the farmer on Saturday, August 20, 2005."
Dresden, Ont. is on Provincial Highway 78, located
about 35 miles (58 kilometers) southwest of London, Ont.
On Monday, August 15, 2005, "a circle 7.6 to 9 metres
(25 to 30 feet) in diameter was found in a field of cattle
corn in Lynden, Ontario, Canada," with some unusual
features about the nodes. "Some stalks 'sheared off' or
snapped at the second node. Some stalks were still
standing; others were felled on the ground."
The case is being investigated by Canadian
cerealogist Joanne Emery.
On Sunday, August 14, 2005, "two circles were found
in pea fields by a local farmer in Swift Current,
Saskatchewan, Canada (population 14,890). The two circles
were 12 metres (40 feet) in diameter and were found in two
separate pea fields approximately 0.6 kilometers (0.3
"These crop circles are also 29 kilometers (18 miles)
from the site of a bull calf mutilation, found by the same
farmer during the same time period. The mutilation case
is being investigated by researcher Linda Moulton Howe."
Swift Current, Sask. is on Provincial Highway 1
approximately 152 miles (254 kilometers) west of Regina.
On Friday, August 19, 2005, "an astounding crop
circle formation was discovered in front of the entrance
building of Mystery Park" in Interlaken, Switzerland, on
the shores of Lake Geneva. An exposition on crop circles
was planned for the park, but "because of the mysterious
appearance of a crop circle overnight, the event was
cancelled." (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of Canadian
Crop Circle Research Network and French ufologist Robert
Fischer for these news stories.)
ELMENDORF BEAST SEEN
IN COLEMAN, TEXAS
The "Elmendorf Beast," a strange quadruped with
bluish-gray fur, was first shot by a rancher in Elmendorf,
Texas (population 664) in 2004.
Now it's been sighted again.
"It's happened again. Now a farmer in Coleman, Texas
(population 5,127) may have found a creature some would
call a Chupacabra."
"Reggie Lagow set a trap last week after a number of
his chickens and turkeys were killed. What he found in
his trap was an odd-looking animal."
"It looks like a mix between a hairless dog, a rat
and a kangaroo. It looks very similar to an animal killed
by a rancher in Elmendorf last year."
"Some believe the beasts are Chupacabras of Mexican
folklore. Others say that they're just dogs with mange."
"The one found this week in Coleman is now headed to
the Texas Park and Wildlife lab where it may be
Coleman, Tex. is on Highway 84 approximately 62 miles
(103 kilometers) southeast of Abilene. It's also about
250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of Elmendorf, where
the Beast was first sighted.
Commenting on this case, Fortean researcher Loren
Coleman said, "But, of course, what really freaked me out
about this story is that the body was found in Coleman,
Texas. 'Chupacabras in Coleman' is just too weird a
headline to imagine. Where is Jennifer Lopez when I need
her?" (See the WOAI-TV of San Antonio, Texas news
broadcast for August 25, 2005. Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for a copy of the transcript.)
(Editor's Comment: To answer your question, Loren, she's
in the Southwest, first in Houston for husband Marc
Anthony's concert and then at the Bordertown set in
Albuquerque, N.M. But somebody needs to tell Jenny that
Albuquerque isn't "the Block." You don't have the same
degree of anonymity as you do in New York City. Tongues
are wagging from Paradise Hills to Singing Arrow Avenue
about her dinner with co-star Antonio Banderas. And every
motel housekeeper in town has her cell phone camera handy,
ready to snap the million-dollar photo that's going to put
her kids through college. If you think there's fireworks
on the Border now, just wait till next week when Marc and
Melanie Griffith show up in Nogales unannounced.)
PENTAGON DRAWS UP NEW
MARTIAL LAW PLANS
For the first time since the run-up to Y2K back in
1999, the Pentagon is drafting new operational plans to
cope with chaos in the USA resulting from a terrorist
In its August 8, 2005 edition, the Washington Post
ran a story on the new Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado
Springs, Colorado. "The plans themselves are classified,
but 'officers who drafted the plans' gave details to Post
reporter Bradley Graham," who toured the NORTHCOM base as
a guest of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Graham wrote, "The new plans provide for what several
senior officers acknowledged is the likelihood that the
military will have to take charge in some situations,
especially when dealing with mass-casualty attacks that
could quickly overwhelm civilian resources."
"The war plans represent a historic shift for the
Pentagon, which has been reluctant to become involved in
domestic operations and is legally constrained from
engaging in law enforcement" by the Posse Comitatus Act of
(Editor's Note: That's not exactly true. A new book
on the Bonus Army march of 1932 reveals that the War
Department--the predecessor of today's Defense Department-
-had a secret operational plan called War Plan White. The
plan's mission statement said it was designed to defend
the city of Washington D.C. against a civilian
insurrection. Gen. Douglas MacArthur implemented whole
sections of War Plan White when he attacked the Bonus
marchers in the Anacostia section of the city. A similar
plan of the period, War Plan Orange, was designed to
defend the Philippines against an attack from Japan or
Fifteen "potential crisis scenarios are outlined,
ranging from 'low-end,' which Graham describes as
'relatively modest crowd-control missions' to 'high-end,'
after as many as three simultaneous catastrophic mass-
casualty attacks, such as nuclear, biological or chemical
According to the Washington Post, Admiral Timothy J.
Keating, commander of NORTHCOM, stated, "In my estimation,
in the event of a biological, a chemical or a nuclear
attack in any of the fifty states, the Department of
Defense is best positioned--of the various eight federal
agencies that would be involved--to take the lead."
The Post "also describes an unresolved ebate among
the military planners on how to integrate the new domestic
mission with ongoing U.S. deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan
and other foreign conflicts."
"One major document of over 1,000 pages, designated
CONPLAN 2002, provides a general overview of air, sea and
land operations in both a post-attack situation and for
'prevention and deterrence actions aimed at intercepting
threats before they reach the United States."
"A second document, CONPLAN 0500, details the 15
scenarios and actions associated with them."
According to the Post, "CONPLAN 2002 has passed a
review by the Pentagon's Joint Staff and is due to go soon
to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and top aides for
further study and approval, the officers said."
"CONPLAN 0500 is still undergoing final drafting."
"About 1,400 National Guard troops have been formed
into a dozen regional response units, while smaller quick-
reaction forces have been set up in each of the 50
NORTHCOM has also earmarked "four active-duty U.S.
Army battalions, as well as Navy and Coast Guard ships and
air defense fighter jets" for post-attack emergency duty.
Apparently, the Defense Department has been carrying
out clandestine military exercises within "the Zone of the
Interior" (internal USA--J.T.), in particular a "security
operation" under the code name Operation Vital Archer.
Graham wrote, "Military exercises code-named Vital
Archer, which involve troops in lead roles, are shrouded
in secrecy. By contrast, other homeland exercises," like
the one in New London, Connecticut three months ago,
"featuring troops in supporting roles are widely
"Military lawyers have studied the legal implications
of such deployments, which risk coming into conflict with
a longstanding congressional prohibition on the use of the
military for domestic policing known as posse comitatus."
"Involving the National Guard, which is exempt from
posse comitatus, could be one solution."
In October 1999, two months before Y2K, there was the
first public mention of Operation Abacus, a planned
nationwide roundup of rightwingers, militia people,
members of the John Birch Society and evangelical
Christians who might pose a threat to the New World Order.
It is not known if Operation Abacus has been "rolled into"
the new CONPLAN 2002, and if responsibility for
authorizing the operation has passed from the Department
of Homeland Security to the Defense Department.
However, in his interview with reporter Bradley
Graham, Admiral Keating "cited a potential situation in
which (National) Guard units might begin rounding up
people while regular forces could not."
(Editor's Comment: Circumventing the Posse Comitatus
Act is the only way Operation Abacus could be carried out.
The targets of the proposed roundup would be American
citizens born in the USA, who are currently protected by
the Posse Comitatus Act.)
Graham wrote, "When it comes to ground forces
possibly taking a lead role in homeland operations, senior
NORTHCOM officers remain reluctant to discuss specifics.
Keating said such situations, if they arise, probably
would be temporary, with lead responsibility passing back
to civilian authorities."
NORTHCOM was established in October 2002 and now has
a headquarters staff of 640, which is "already larger than
that of the Southern Command, which oversees U.S. military
operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean."
"One impediment to bringing about one-world
government under the New World Order has always been the
presence of a sizable population of born-again Christians
in the USA," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented,
"Not all evangelicals are believers in the Illuminati.
But there are quite a few born-again Christians who
understand that the United Nations and the New World Order
originated with practicing diabolists such as Adam
Weishaupt and Anacharsis Clootz. This is a thorny problem
for the Bush family, who count evangelicals among their
staunchest supporters. How to seperate the Illuminati-
aware evangelicals from those who genuinely like the
president? The answer is obvious-- Operation Abacus. If
Dubya is serious about implementing a 'Great Merger' of
the USA, Canada and Mexico by 2010, he has to deal with
the anti-NWO crowd sooner or later. Then again, maybe
he'll just leave it to Hillary."
"I sometimes think the Illuminati have already
selected the next few presidents. Next we'll see Hillary
Rodham Clinton, for a historic two terms as the USA's
first woman president. Then it'll be Arnold
Schwarzenegger, followed by Ben Affleck, and then by
somebody from below the Rio Grande with a name like Ho Chi
A recent article in the Journal of Clinical
Psychiatry raised speculations about Operation Abacus with
its assertion that "Anti-Government Phobia" or AGP was a
certifiable mental illness. The article was supposedly
written by "Dr. Ivor E. Tower."
But some Fortean researchers think the article may be
either disinformation or a deliberate hoax.
Longtime Fortean researcher Michael Strainic
commented, "Ivor E. Tower, as in 'Ivory Tower?' Something
smells fishy here."
"I read the Roundup today and just had to comment on
the 'author' of the article from the Journal of Clinical
Psychiatry," researcher Keith Stevenson commented, "Ivor
E. Tower. I know academicians are often accused of
living/working in 'ivory towers.' Perhaps 'Dr. Tower'
does as well." (See the Washington Post for August 8,
2005. Also the World Socialist Web Site for August 9,
2005, "Pentagon devising scenarios for martial law in
U.S." Thanks also to Michael Strainic and Keith Stevenson
for their comments.)
>From the UFO Files...1776: THE DEVIL IN YOUR
Links between the origins of the United States of
America and the esoteric doctrines of Freemasonry were the
subject of last year's hit movie National Treasure.
Nowhere are these links more apparent than on the one-
In her recent article "The Magic and Mystery of
America's Money," author Tracy R. Twyman makes a
compelling case "that the dollar is a unit of magical
energy and the American dollar bill is a magical
"The United States of America was founded largely by
men with a philosophy grounded in the occult," Ms. Twyman
writes, "Members of Freemasonry and other secret societies
who saw America as a potential 'New Atlantis' or 'New
"Since Freemasons were responsible for both the
foundations of America's institutions and the design of
its national symbols, it is tempting to ascribe a Masonic
significance to the use of this number (the occult number
13--J.T.) But there is no special mention of the number
13 in any known Masonic ritual, except perhaps in the
rites of the Noble Order of the Shrine, where this number
seems to be mentioned often."
"At any rate, Masonic or not, the number 13 is
undeniably the most omnipresent, most repeated symbol on
the one-dollar bill, although its use isn't always
explicit. Most are featured on the back of the bill."
"The pyramid on the left has 13 layers, not including
the eye at the top."
"Above the head of the eagle, on the right, there is
a constellation of 13 pentagonal stars, arranged in the
shape of a Seal of Solomon."
(Editor's Note: In Masonry, the pentagonal or five-
pointed star stands for the star Sirius, also known as
"the Blazing Star," which was sacred to the ancient
"There are thirteen leaves on the olive branch in the
eagle's right talon, and thirteen 'Jonathan's arrows,' as
they're called, in his left."
"There are thirteen horizontal divisions on the
eagle's shield and thirteen vertical ones."
"The motto 'E Pluribus Unum' (Bastard Latin for Out
of the Many, One, the E should be written Ex--J.T.),
written on the banner in his beak, contains thirteen
letters. So too does the motto 'Annuit Ceoptis' (Latin
for He favors our undertaking--J.T.) written above the
pyramid on the left."
"Furthermore, if you add the number of letters in
'Novus Ordo Seclorum' (Latin for New Order of the Ages--
J.T.) and (the date) MDCCLXXVI (1776 in Roman numerals--
T.T.) written below the pyramid, you get 26, or two sets
"On the front of the bill, at the base of the
portrait of George Washington, on each side there are
eight leaves and five berries (8 plus 5 equals 13--J.T.),
indicating another two sets of thirteen."
"There are also thirteen stars on the chevron on the
seal of the Treasury Department, which is featured to the
right of Washington, overlaying the word 'One.'"
"Clearly these allusions to the number thirteen are
no accident. The truth is compounded by the letters in
permanently featured words on the front of the dollar bill
(that is, words not contingent upon any changing
circumstance, such as the name of the U.S. Treasurer--
T.T.) These words include 'Federal Reserve Note,' 'The
United States of America,' 'This Note is Legal Tender for
All Debts Public and Private,' 'Washington D.C.,' 'One
Dollar' and 'Washington."
"The total number of letters in these words is 169,
or 13 squared (13 times 13--J.T.)."
"On the back of the bill, there would appear to be
exactly 13 examples of the use of the number 13, but in
order for this to be correct, you have to count "In God We
Trust.' Of course, there are only twelve letters in this
phrase, but occupying the same space in the center is the
word 'One,' implying that we should add 1 to this sum to
"This leads to the thirteenth example of the use 13
on the back of the bill. There are 12 occurrences of the
number 1 or the written word 'one,' unless you count the
Latin word unum, meaning 'one,' used once, which makes 13
Ms. Twyman also reveals that the phrase 'In God We
Trust,' long thought to refer to Christianity, is actually
a Masonic motto.
"The words 'In God We Trust' have been engraved on
all American coins since 1863 and were made at the
suggestion of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase," a
"'In God We Trust' is indeed a Masonic motto, used in
Masonic rituals in which the participants must pledge to
always put their 'Trust in God.'"
"Its appearance on the dollar bill in 1957 may have
been meant to bolster a currency increasingly dependent on
faith due to changes in American monetary policy."
(Editor's Comment: Or it may have had an as-yet-
unexplained occult purpose.)
The recurrent appearance of the number 13 and related
symbolism on the USA's one-dollar bill is clearly far
beyond the realm of coincidence. The occult purpose of
this symbolism, however, is just another of the many
mysteries of American Freemasonry. (See Paranoia No. 39
for Fall 2005, "The Magic and Mystery of America's Money"
by Tracy R. Twyman, pages 54 to 61.)
(Editor's Note: I just found another one. Tracy's
article appeared in issue number 39 of Paranoia. 39 is
the product of 3 times 13. Triskadeiphobics, please
remain calm and remember to take your heart medicine.)
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