Filer’s Files #42-2002 By George Filer MUFON Eastern Region Director October 16, 2002


The purpose of these files is to report the UFO eyewitness and photo/video evidence that occurs on a daily basis around the world and in space. Features this week are: President Carter and UFOs, More evidence for artificiality on Mars. Solar System warming, Connecticut lights, Pennsylvania UFO sighting from two locations, Wisconsin bright light, Illinois flying triangle and fireball, Colorado fireballs, Arizona atomic cloud UFO, Utah V craft, California rectangles, Washington UFO photos continue, Canadian meteor like object, Puerto Rico animal deaths, England UFO bigger than a star, Italian flap just a balloon, Poland disc and crop circle, and Georgian UFOs filmed.

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THE THREAT — I spoke with Dr. David Jacobs from Temple University on Saturday, “He is more than ever convinced there is a serious threat to Earth from Space.” His book, “The Threat” is excellent and explains this potential threat. If David is correct, “We are preparing for the wrong war, and the people of the world should unite and strive for friendship and research the possible threat.”


Former President Jimmy Carter is being awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. He is a former Naval Academy graduate and naval officer who spent many nights on watch looking at the night skies before becoming the governor of Georgia. Carter was doing some politicking at the Leary Georgia’s Lion’s Club in January 1969, when suddenly from the sky a UFO “as bright as the moon” flashed before his eyes. A red and green glowing orb radiated as it hurtled across the southwestern skies. Ten minutes later, it vanished. That was Jimmy Carter’s story and he has stuck to it.

Carter became the first major politician to risk achieving “crackpot” status by claiming he had had a close encounter. “I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs,” Carter said at a Southern Governor’s Conference a few years later. “I’ve seen one myself.” Yet while he was on the campaign trail, he tried to use it to his advantage. “A light appeared and disappeared in the sky,” he told a Washington Post reporter in 1975. “It got brighter and brighter. I have no idea what it was … I think it was a light beckoning me to run in the California primary for President.”

Carter while running for President said, “What I would do is make information we have about those (UFO) sightings available to the public (three words unclear). I have never tried to identify what I saw. You know, it was a light in the western sky that was very unique. I had never seen it before. There were about twenty of us who saw it. None of us could figure out what it was. I don’t think it was anything solid. It was just like a light. It was a curious aberration, so I don’t make fun of people who say they’ve see unidentified objects in the sky. As Jimmy Carter receives his Nobel Peace Prize, it might be important to note that other important Peace Prize winners have also taken an interest in the extraterrestrial angle of world peace.

Former Prime Minister of Canada, Lester B. Pearson actually brought up the extraterrestrial possibilities during his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.

“Perhaps there is a hopeful possibility here in the conquest of outer space. Interplanetary activity may well give us planetary peace. Once we discover Martian spaceships hovering over Earth’s airspace, we will all come together.” “How dare they threaten us like this!” we shall shout, as one, at a really United Nations!” Thanks to Grant Cameron

WERNER VON BRAUN while head of Army Rocket Research commented, “We find ourselves faced by powers which are far stronger than we had hitherto assumed, and whose base is at present unknown to us. More I cannot say at present. We are now engaged in entering into closer contact with those powers, and in six or nine months time it may be possible to speak with some precision on the matter.”


Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Van Flandern at Pat Marcattilio’s UFO Conference in Bordentown, New Jersey. Tom received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Yale in 1969, and spent twenty years at the US Naval Observatory where he became the Chief of Celestrial Mechanics branch. I suggested as a former Air Force intelligence officer, “If photo interpreters were given images of Mars, but told the images were from Iraq, they would come up with a list of hundreds of possible targets and they would see archaeological sites, structures, forts and a complete transportation system.” He agreed with me that the evidence is there without question for artificiality on Mars. We both agreed the evidence clearly proves that a civilization or bases once existed on Mars. I suggested the glass like tubes were the most significant, because they indicated a subway like transportation system. There is no known natural process that can explain the glass tube like structures. He personally felt the Face on Mars was the greatest evidence for intelligence. It had two symmetrical eyes with a perfectly around iris for each eye, eye brows, a nose, lips, hair, a forehead, cheeks, a chin and all the requirements to make a face. He felt the chances in nature for a face of this kind was a billion to one.

I suggested the glass tubes that marked the planet’s surface and could be spotted for hundreds of miles were the real key. I had called the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and argued for their validity. Tom explained if JPL agreed with our analysis, NASA would soon be given funds to mount a manned flight to Mars. As long as JPL maintained that only natural features exist they will continue to be funded to launch rather mundane satellite research. It is actually to NASA’s advantage, but to JPL’s disadvantage to find evidence of life on Mars. An announcement of evidence of a civilization would likely give NASA funds for a manned mission to the Red Planet. Tom felt the multispectral images by the THEMIS satellite are likely to find significant evidence for life on Mars. The new images will be in color rather than in grays. What appear to be trees and giant plants will likely be shown to be green in color. It is further likely that the infra-red will provided more proof for the Face on Mars and the amazingly rectangular slab that it stands on. The latest data is said to contain indisputable evidence of a subterranean cityscape on Mars.

Several other clearly outlined faces exist on Mars and colors can add new dimension to the images. Some of the faces, images of dolphins, fish and various animals are likely to be outlined. I explained I do not pretend to be a scientist, but there are viable structures, forts, plant life, possible digging operations, and above all a system of tubes. The tubes are arranged like a railroad system with switching, terminals at structure like stations near city like rubble. There are no tube like structures any where in nature to match these subway like structures that are at least 60 feet in diameter. Each Spring much of Mars turns green as the poles melt. Later, in the fall the plant life turns brown. Plant or tree like structures cast shadows 50 to 80 meters high. We agreed Mars looks like a great place to visit to obtain some important answers. Thanks to Tom Van Flandern


Astronomers have noticed warming of Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, Mercury, Mars and the Earth. Massachusetts Institute of Technology News says that Pluto is undergoing global warming of about 2 degrees Celsius over the past 14 years, as evidenced by a threefold increase in the planet’s atmospheric pressure. A team led by James Elliot, director of MIT’s Wallace Observatory, made this finding by watching the dimming of a star when Pluto passed in front of it. Astronomer Jay Pasachoff, said that, Pluto’s global warming was “likely not connected with that of the Earth. The major way they could be connected is if they were caused by a large increase in sunlight. But the solar constant — the amount of sunlight received each second — is carefully monitored by spacecraft, and we know the sun’s output is much too steady to be changing the temperature of Pluto.”

The Hubble Space Telescope has found evidence that Neptune’s Largest Moon is Triton is also warming up significantly. Triton is undergoing global warming — percentage-wise, it’s a very large increase,” said James L. Elliot, an astronomer at MIT. The warming trend is causing part of Triton’s frozen nitrogen surface to turn into gas, thus making its thin atmosphere denser. Thanks to Massachusetts Institute of Technology News


SIMSBURY — MUFON reports that a witness around midnight of October 8, 2002, saw three lights that were not moving toward the Simsbury Airport. The lights just seemed to float about the same speed as my car and seemed to be flying pretty low. Maybe a helicopter but it didn’t look like one? Matt was wondering if anyone had reported strange lights over the area? Thanks to Matt and John Schuessler Director of MUFON


HARRISBURG — The witness reports, A yellow/white light in the northeast sky over Interstate 81, north of Harrisburg on September 18, 2002, at 8:20 PM. It was golf ball size at arm’s length. The light turned off like an over head light and then reappeared farther north, became stationary and went out again. The light appeared again to the east and hovering. Twice two other lights appeared as though they were dropping to the left and right diagonally forming a triangle. The second and third objects disappeared into the night. My wife and I thought it bizarre because no other marker lights were on the objects and there was no sound. Being prior military I was amazed by the angles at which these objects moved. The activity lasted for 15 minutes, when the light turn off.

A second witness on September 18th, reports, “I live on a fairly high floor of an apartment building, facing the city of Harrisburg. I was eating dinner and looking out my widow and a bright yellow light appeared, and then just as suddenly disappeared at 9:00 PM.” My sister and I both saw a similar light appear a few inches away from the one I saw initially. There were three other lights that did essentially the same thing — blink on, stay in plain sight for 5 to 10 seconds and then disappeared. About 15 minutes later, a red light appeared to the lower right of the yellow ones. It then proceeded to split into a triangle of three identical red lights, and then all simultaneously disappear. The red formation occurred a few times so I called a friend who lives two miles closer and he was also able to see the show. While the red and yellow lights were blinking in and out, there was a white light, that streaked from right to diagonal lower left (2 inches in length). The streak occurred in a split second. While all of these fairly steady, planet-looking lights were appearing, and then disappearing, there were much smaller star-like lights which were zigzagging across the sky. Initially, they looked like very distant airplanes, until they started erratically bouncing up and down, back and forth. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC.


WISCONSIN RAPIDS — Carmen K. says, “My husband called me outside around 8:30 PM to observe strange lights in the sky on October 9, 2002, and I saw what appeared to be a falling star, and told him that’s what I thought it was.” At that point two objects became apparent and began flashing like strobe lights. At first they were white in color as they moved west, they then looped around and within seconds were back in the same spot I had first seen them. We called out my son and our parents and we all observed them for around 30 more minutes. At one point we saw five lights ranging in color from white to red. When they were red the light was steady and not flashing like the rest of them. A plane then flew overhead and the lights seemed to follow and come up on the plane very quickly like they were observing the plane, they then disappeared for a few minutes and reappeared in the same spot, I had first seen them. Thanks to John Hoppe


DECATUR — On September 24, 2002, at about 12:36 AM, my good friend and I went out in our small town and saw what we thought was an airplane. My friend said, “Man that thing is not a plane look at how big it is!” So, I looked at it again and this time it was a lot closer and lower. It was a flying triangular shaped thing with big red lights on the three corners that had a haze like glow to them. It was moving very slowly to the southeast. I looked a little to the south and I saw what appeared to be another one following. It looked exactly the same but was moving a little faster and in the same direction. The second triangle then sped up to pass the first and went over the tree’s and we could no longer see it. About ten seconds later the first one sped up and was out of sight. We hurried to the car and tried to chase but nothing was to be seen. They seemed massive and made very small “sonar” sounding noises every so often. We’ve never seen anything fly so low and be this big. It scared us both. Thanks to NUFORC

CHICAGO — Bill Putney reports, “I saw a fireball of some type in the western sky at 6:20 PM on October 14, 2002. It was bright orange with a tail. I live in Chicago two miles north of downtown and three miles west of Lake Michigan. Thanks to Bill Putney


DENVER POST — Will Ryan reports that on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 – For the second night in a row – and at almost the exact same time – people across Colorado saw a streaking fireball shoot across the sky. Experts said the brilliant object was probably another meteor burning up in the atmosphere. Eyewitnesses described the Monday fireball as having similar brightness and size as the object seen across the Western United States on Sunday. However, reports said Monday night’s fireball was moving in the opposite direction – west to east – compared with the one Sunday. “It was white in front with orange around it, with little pieces coming off it.”


SCOTTSDALE — Three witnesses observed a peculiar circular, maneuvering object on September 28, 2002, with sparks below it. They were driving north when they witnessed a peculiar object directly ahead of them at an angle of elevation of 75 degrees. The object, when first observed, was drifting from west to east in front of the witnesses, and then it suddenly turned to the south. Its apparent size was equal to one tenth of the diameter of a full Moon. There was a second object below the larger one, and it suddenly began releasing a “ribbon of sparkles,” as it moved across the sky. Thanks to Peter Davenport

FLAGSTAFF — Lima Bean writes, “My partner and I saw what we can only think was a UFO on Thursday evening, September 19, near the entrance of Wupatki Monument off Highway 89, heading north out of town at 7:30 in the evening. It was a mild, clear evening with a full moon, and we saw a very bright light about 15 miles west of us, near a grouping of old small volcanoes. At first the bright light looked like a helicopter spotlight– but it was not. There was no sound. The nature of the light was a creamy off-white phosphorescent color, illuminated from within, and it kept expanding. It shined down upon the ground, without any determinable shape that we could tell. The “object” disappeared, but the “light cloud” continued to grow brighter, and bigger. It kept doing this for ten minutes or more and looked like a miniature atomic bomb blast.

The light cloud glowed brighter and expanded in every dimension. At some point, this light cloud started to dissipate, and then we noticed to its south, another smaller light cloud similar to what we had been watching. After the two light clouds disappeared, we noticed a plume of smoke or haze in a strange shape at least a half-mile in diameter above the first cinder hill. We called the local observatory (Lowell) and asked about any rocket launches and they knew nothing and said nothing. The whole observation was about 45 minutes. It was quite startling, as we wracked our brains and could think of no natural or man made phenomenon that would have created what we had witnessed. Our mutual impression was that this was some sort of extraterrestrial sighting. Thanks to


TAYLORSVILLE — The witness reports, ” On September 26, 2002,we were traveling home when several objects in a ‘V’ formation were seen. The lights were slowly moving and hovering into straight lines. At 9:15 PM, a triangle shaped object flew over our heads, making a low humming sound. Then, one shot straight up like something going into space, but it didn’t. One flew right over our heads at 300 feet and looked like a triangle and immediately changed directions moving at 1000 to 3000 mph. Nothing that I know of can go at that speed and move from right to left so quickly. The other lights were still there, they had an orange glow to them. We stayed for an hour and watched these strange objects. It was not of this world, or maybe it was the government testing something, very large and strange. There wasn’t a logical explanation of what I saw.Now there is no doubt in my mind that we are not alone in the universe. Thanks to Dave Rosenfeld Utah UFO Hunters,


WHEELER SPRINGS — I am an amateur astronomer, and had set up an AVA Stellacam Ex, sense up to 126, to observe the Trifid Nebula on a 20-inch Vitek monitor with a field of view of 3 by 4 degrees on September 26, 2002. The object, consisting of four or five rectangles connected with what might be described as a rigid filament (the filament extended out past the line of rectangles on both ends, as well) drifted across the field of view rather slowly, moving roughly toward the zenith at 8:21 PM. It was approximately one degree in apparent length and did not appear to be outside the atmosphere. Detail of some kind was clearly visible on all the rectangles, but I have no opinion as to what it was. The object moved at about the rate an aircraft crossing the field of view would have moved, rather than a satellite, so I ruled out space debris. There was no weather balloon at either end of the series of rectangles visible, and its slow speed would, of course, rules that out. The sunset was recent enough to have provided illumination to the object, so I cannot conclude it had any illumination of its own.

One technical point about the equipment that might not be immediately obvious (the Stellacam EX is relatively new) is that the setting of the camera at the time (sense up to 128, which means that 128 1/60 second exposures are cumulated on board the camera and output to the monitor every two seconds as one image) means that the object had to be quite dim. At 128 a planet or aircraft would bleed badly into adjacent pixels, but this object did not bleed at all. (128, for example, is so sensitive that stars within a globular cluster bleed into each other and the cluster appears to be one star.) Since the object did not appear burned out in any way, it might actually have been too dim for, say, an 8″ SCT to observe at all and I don’t see any way that binoculars could have picked it up. But I still remain astonished at its apparent large size and slow speed. I cannot really account for its apparent direction of movement. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


SPOKANE — Judge Ed, writes “I just wanted to update you on the recurrent sightings of unexplained craft in the Spokane area. I listened to George Filer and Peter Davenport on recent Jeff Rense Radio Shows, and both of their sites contain independent reports from the Spokane area confirming that something strange is indeed going on here. I continue to observe anomalous craft nearly every night. I have received mail from people all over the world who have viewed my photos, and they have been asking to see more. The other night on your radio program, your guest noted that you perform a very important public service by disseminating information of this type. I have a number of recent photos which I am sending to you, and hope that you will post them to your site. Thanks to Ed at


VANCOUVER — About 8:06 PM, on September 18, 2002, I got a call from a friend telling me to go outside, she was kind of frantic. She said, “There was something in the sky to the northwest!” I looked up and saw a 4 inch long at arm’s length lighted craft and our phone’s began to buzz and break up. I then called 911, and they gave me the number to the UFO hotline. I explained, “It was oblong from my view and had a line of flashing red lights, and it was moving up and down in an odd manner and not like a conventional aircraft. My daughter and I watched for five minutes as it moved northwest and disappeared.

SAYWARD, BC — . Brian Vike reports “We have 15 witnesses who told me they thought the object was under some kind of control. They report a meteor like object climbed up over a large mountain range, made loops, changing direction in mid flight and headed the opposite way it came from. The July 29, 2002, object looked like a plane blowing up! (A huge fireball of flame). She also told me that the object was very low to the ground, but it was hard to estimate the exact altitude. It was traveling straight along, not falling at an angle. This witness said she heard no sound coming from it. She described the color as being orange/yellow. It also had a short tail following behind. In her estimation she figured the total time of the sighting lasted between 5 to 8 seconds. So far I have received just a hair over 100 sighting reports for 2002. Thanks to Brian Vike HBCC UFO Research


PONCE — The story of the so-called Chupacabra, the shadowy character that attacks and slays animals, emerged once again in Ponce, a city on the southern coast, when 19 roosters, rabbits, ducks and chickens turned up dead on September 22, 2002. “The animal responsible for this is short in stature because it broke the cages from below.”


TICKHILL, YORKSHIRE — Donna wrote, “On October12, 2002, my fiance and I were walking home, when he noticed a strange light in the sky at 7:45 PM. He pointed it out to me and we both observed an object bigger and brighter than a star for about two minutes. The movement it made was strange, it swayed from side to side and seemed to bob up and down. The light faded and got brighter whilst we watched it for about two minutes until it eventually just disappeared, but it did not move away, it just faded away. We both observed strange white beams of light coming off it that resembled a sparkler. Thanks to Kenny Young ufo@FUSE.NET


The Italian Center for UFO Studies reports, “We had a new “flap” of sightings taking place over Northern Italy, on the evening of September 20th and 21st. Numerous testimonies describe a roughly triangular object with the point facing down, or otherwise oblong in shape, which reflected the sun’s light and appeared to be stationary or move very slowly. CISU investigations identified the object as a huge stratospheric balloon (350,000 cu. m.) launched for scientific purposes from France, by the European Space Agency.


Wylatowa Tomasz Wiersza³owicz reports he has been told about the observation of a UFO in Mogilnie five kilometers from Wylatowa. It was September 24; 2002, about 19.00 hours when a very brightly shining disc in light inclination moved slowly surrounded by a reddish faint light. The UFO was so amazing, that cars stopped on the road! We also have pictures of a crop circle from the same village at: Thanks to Tomasz Wiersza³owicz


TBILISI — – According to Georgian media reports, residents from Rustavi spotted six or seven unidentified flying objects (UFO) over their town late on October 3, 2002. Georgy Chelishvili from Rustavi told Georgia’s Prime-News agency that he recorded the UFOs on a digital video camera for about ten minutes. He said that six or seven shining objects resembling turtles appeared over Rustavi. All the UFOs, each of them about 50 meters in diameter, were moving rather swiftly, sometimes hovering in the air. Then they disappeared, he said. Chelishvili noted that other residents also saw the UFOs. [GG EUROPE EEU EMRG ODD] tm rm. Thanks to Frank Richards and Interfax Oct 7


DAILY EXPRESS NEWSPAPER reports that on October 4, 2002, a surveillance camera (CCTV) mounted atop the Kota Kinabalu International Airport terminal captured a rather strange sight resembling a “flying coffin” hovering over Terminal Two. A senior Malaysia Airports Berhad (MAB) officer said the revolving camera was focusing on the Terminal Two area at about 7.06 pm when an object “flying” across the scene within seconds before disappearing from the screen. It was not picked up on radar. A security guard on duty in the area claimed to have seen the object flying in a great speed over Terminal Two, initially seen rising from the direction of the sea before disappearing over the hills adjacent to the KKIA terminal. “There was no sound at all,” he said. Source URL =


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