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Volume 9
Number 39
September 29, 2004

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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SAUCER CRASHES IN TIERRA DEL FUEGO

A large saucer crashed on the island of Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost part of Argentina, leaving evidence of its impact but no traces of any wreckage.

"Several residents of Ushuaia," Argentina's southernmost city, "saw a fireball fall from the sky last night (Tuesday, September 14, 2004) after 8 p.m., resulting in an incessant number of phone calls to emergency services centers."

"One of the witnesses happened to be Dr. Rogelio Acevedo, a geologist who is a scientific researcher at CADIC, who at the time was taking his son to School No. 13 and saw the 'bolide' at the level of Le Martial Glacier but behind it."

"The scientist said it was a mass of white, green and yellow hues, although this is the least important aspect. Regarding the possibility that it could be a flare, he dismissed this because of its size."

"But this man, an expert in his field, was not the only one to witness the space phenomenon. Although many people contacted Municipal Civil Defense to ask questions, they said the colors were of different shades."

"A resident of the outskirts of Ushuaia maintains that he can determine the area where the object fell, since he has cattle in the area. The man claimed having heard an explosion after seeing the object fall."

"The possibility that it could have been a meteorite has not been dismissed."

The newspaper La Otra Realidad reported, "The strange object that fell from the sky a few days ago behind the mountain range of Le Martial Glacier, and which was seen by dozens of residents of the Ushuaia area, caused damage to at least 150 square meters of forested area within the National Park, but no physical remains were found on the ground following the impact."

"A 5-kilometer (3-mile) long expedition on foot conducted by Fernando Garcia and Roberto Ceballos, authors of the photographs published today (Monday, September 20, 2004) in the newspaper Botella al Mar, confirmed the existence of '30 to 40 uprooted trees, some shattered in half and other exploded, all of them lying on the ground in a south-north direction.'"

"Unlikely objects were found in the forested area located behind the Le Martial Glacier, where the luminous objects reported last Tuesday and Wednesday (September 15, 2004) allegedly fell."

"The objects were recovered by the Special Services Division of (Argentina's) provincial police, who scoured the area. The objects and some photos taken in the area shall be submitted for analysis by experts of the Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas, or CADIC (Translated: Southern Center for Scientific Investigations--J.T.)."

"The survey in Vale Andorra and the Le Martial Glacier--indicated as the sites of the fireball's impact-- will continue today, weather permitting. The new project expedition may include scientists from CADIC interested in discovering in situ the conditions where these strange elements were found and which drew the attention of police researchers. It is worth noting that Dr. Acevedo, a member of the research center, was one of the witnesses to the fall of the strange luminous bodies from the skies over Ushuaia."

"On Tuesday night, between 8:30 and 9 p.m., over a hundred residents of Ushuaia alerted the Civil Defense and the police about 'fireballs' falling behind the Le Martial Glacier."

"The phenomenon was also seen on Wednesday by residents of the city of Rio Grande," located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Ushuaia on the other side of the mountains. There was even a report yesterday (Thursday, September 16, 2004) of a new luminous object falling from the sky around 9 o'clock at night."

"The most curious detail, which was made known yesterday (Saturday, September 18, 2004), was that the damage was caused in the upper part of the trees--some 8 meters (24 feet) above the ground--and that no parts were found on the ground that could serve as evidence of the collision of some strange object."

"It is reported that the pasture grass appears as though having been cut by a lawnmower, and that the imprint of a long trail was left behind, as if the object had been dragged along several meters."

Eyewitness Fernando Garcia reported, "Like everyone else in the city, I heard the story of lights falling from the sky last Tuesday and Wednesday. The fact is that I didn't give it much importance. On Saturday, I heard a journalist explaining that the police officers who had visited the site didn't find anything strange but had indeed found flattened trees. And this was strange to me. Then I phoned my friend Roberto (Ceballos), a backwoodsman who knows the area well, and asked him to come with me."

Garcia and Ceballos hiked for "two-and-a-half to three hours" to reach the impact site, located at Canadon Negra creek in the Vale de Andorra, north of Le Martial Glacier. They found, Garcia said, "150 square meters of toppled woods. Imagine four walls and, in the middle, all of the trees are overturned, fallen, and then piled exactly from north to south. All of them turned toward the same place. In the north, where the object presumably fell, the tree trunks were sheared off at a height of 6 to 8 meters (20 to 24 feet), from greater to lesser, as though the object came in at a slant." (See the Argentinian newspapers El Sureno for September 15, 2004, "Fireball crashes behind Argentine glacier;" for September 17, 2004, "Unlikely 'objects' found in area where 'fireballs' fell;" and for September 19, 2004, "Behind Le Martial Glacier." Also Botella al Mar for September 22, 2004, "Fireball crash site." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Guillermo Gimenez, Christian Quintero y Jose Martinez para estos articulos de diario.)

UFO PHOTOGRAPHED IN SANTA FE, ARGENTINA

On Monday, September 20, 2004, at 9:20 p.m., "a UFO was photographed by sheer chance" by a resident of Santa Fe, Argentina. The object was spotted "over the northern part of Santa Fe, as he was taking photos of the movements and effects in the sky" caused by "the searchlight employed during the Sixth Biennial Youth Art Festival held at UNL. That was when a light crossed his path."

"He didn't know what it was until he saw the 17 photos taken. Upon enlarging them, he realized that it was a solid object with a metallic center. Even though" the outline of the UFO "sort of lacked definition and sharpness."

"In other photos of the searchlight, a ray of light could be seen coming down from above. This appeared to the right of" the UFO, and "the enlarged photo shows the details. Was it a UFO investigating the searchlight or just a quirk of nature?"

Santa Fe, capital of the province of the same name, is located 385 kilometers (240 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esta historia.)

WEIRD SERPENT SPOTTED IN NORTHERN ARGENTINA

"A 'huge serpent with a hairy head and reddish eyes' was intensely searched for last night (Tuesday, September 21, 2004) by members of the Provincial Police Fire Brigade after three individuals in charge of the Las Acacias hatchery in Rosario de Lerma," in Salta province in northern Argentina "reported seeing the creature in one of the site's nets, located between Cerrilos and Rosario de Lerma on Route 26."

"Modesto Gonzalez, 60; Jose Venticola, 53; and Ana Maria Quipildor, 48, reported the appearance of the enormous animal on Monday (September 20, 2004) to the Rosario de Lerma's sheriff's office and requested protection due to the terror inspired by their sighting of the beast."

"'We were baking bread when my wife saw the head of the veritable monster emerging from between the holes in the wall of a brick shack,' said Venticola, who added, 'I was paralyzed. It had a snake's head, but hairy, with red eyes and a piercing gaze.'"

"Firefighters combed the area but found nothing."

"'I told my husband and Modesto, who were chopping wood, to kill it. It was a large snake,' said the woman. 'They were going to cut off its head, which was the size of a hog, with their machetes, but it went back in when it saw them approach. I've never seen anything so strange. What I do know is that it wasn't a lampalagua (3-meter or 10-foot-long river snake found in the jungles of northern Argentina--J.T. and S.C.) because I know what they are. I'd never come across a hairy reptile.'"

"Moreover, Martin Lorbalan of the Rosario de Lerma sheriff's office, stated that, 'we will continue searching for the reptile, if that's what it is, to ensure the protection of the people of the neighborhood. If we can't find it in the next few hours, we will appeal to animal protection agencies for their assistance.'"

"'We are not dismissing the possibility that it is a boa constrictor that reached the hatchery for some reason,' he added." (See the Argentinian newspaper El Tribuno of Salta for September 22, 2004, "Strange reptile causes terror." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Mercedes Casas para esto articulo de diario.)

UNDERWATER ALIEN BASE OFF PORTUGAL'S COAST?

A Portuguese ufologist has raised speculations about a mysterious underwater structure on the Atlantic Ocean floor about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Lisboa, the capital of Portugal.

According to Gregorio Sao Xavier, "Portugal's famous ufologist, Jose Garrido, said spy satellites have found anomalous 'geologic faults' on the sea floor just off shore from Oeiras," a suburb of Lisboa.

"Oeiras is the place where NATO has the RHQ SOUTHLANT (Regional Headquarters, Allied Forces South Atlantic-- J.T.), a major subordinate command under the Supreme Allied Commander (SACLANT) in Norfolk, Virginia," Gregorio reported, "The importance of this NATO base (since 1982, the head base of IBERLAND or regional defense--G.S.X.) was displayed in the coordination of operations involving 30,000 (NATO) troops from May to May 15, 2000. The startling importance of this base for Portugal is public knowledge, even if it is low profile in the media."

"In March 2003, the eve of the war in Iraq, Portugal supported President (George W.) Bush in order to keep" away "Spanish proposals to relocate the base to Spain," he added.

"As the story goes, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) had noticed a large abnormal geological formation just off the Portuguese coast near Lisboa. Then the imaging satellites scanned the area several more times to get more detailed images. What was found was a huge and apparently artificial depression on the ocean's bottom and near natural geologic faults. The form of the depression resembles a definite triangle with just over a 1,000-square-kilometer area. The contour of the image is very similar to a B-2 Stealth bomber."

According to Gregorio, "this formation is geologically recent, not matching the glacial profiles" of western Europe during the Pleistocene Period "when the ocean receded and therefore excludes the possibility of human construction. Besides being too big to be an artifact of human technology at the time." (That is, the end of the Pleistocene Period around 10,000 B.C.--J.T.)

The undersea depression has generated a keen debate in ufological circles in Portugal. (Email Report)

(Editor's Comment: There's a possibility that this undersea formation was constructed before the end of the Pleistocene ice ages, at a time when that stretch of ocean floor was dry land. It then would have been flooded by the Atlantic as seas rose worldwide during the meltdown of the Pleistocene glaciers. Alien base or heretofore unknown civilization? You decide.)

OCCULT HURRICANES HIT TEXAS AND FLORIDA

An "unexpected storm threatened the east coast of Texas" Friday, September 24, 2004, "the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, which blasted through 10 states" of the USA "last weekend only to resurrect itself in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm."

Although much weaker the second time around, Ivan still managed to dump 10 inches of rain on the area around Beaumont, Texas.

But the big threat was Hurricane Jeanne.

"One of the strangest, most relentless hurricane seasons on record reached bizarre new heights on Friday as the plodding approach of Hurricane Jeanne prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of Floridians and high-wind warnings that stretched 350 miles (580 kilometers) from the swamp towns south of Miami to the historic city of St. Augustine, Fla."

The hurricane "bestowed on Florida the unwanted distinction as the first state since Texas in 1886 to endure four hurricanes in a single year."

"'It's weird,' said Cary Mock, a hurricane historian at the University of South Carolina. 'It could be the most costly hurricane season ever.'"

"Jeanne came ashore at midnight Saturday," September 25, 2004, at Hutchinson Island, about 35 miles (58 kilometers) north of West Palm Beach. It was virtually the same spot Hurricane Frances made landfall (Sunday) September 5 (2004)."

"Jeanne sheared off rooftops. flung debris, smashed boats, swamped waterfront subdivisions and cut power to almost 2 million homes and businesses. At least six deaths in Florida were blamed on Jeanne, which last week caused floods in Haiti that killed more than 1,500."

"Jeanne's high winds stretched for almost 400 miles (640 kilometers) from north to south, at one time covering most of Florida's peninsula. Five to 10 inches of rain drenched some areas of the already saturated state."

"More than 50,000 Floridians were in shelters, 1.5 million homes and businesses were without power, orange groves were ruined, and a constellation of blue tarps covered holes in countless roofs."

"'I'm 80 years old and I don't know that I could do this too much more,' said Norval Mathie, a retired dentist from Ohio, as he stood in the squalor that was once a lovely apartment on Hutchinson Island off Stuart, Fla. 'I've never seen anything like it in my life.'"

"Frances damaged about a quarter of the mobile homes at the Ridgeway Park in Hobe Sound, Fla., resident Pat Charoustie, 71, said. Driving around Sunday, he said the devastation was complete."

"'There isn't one trailer there that was spared damage,' he said, 'It's getting kind of old. People are getting sick of it. Nerves are getting frayed.'"

"But Charoustie, a year-round resident, won't leave. 'A few hurricanes don't scare me,' he said."

"Gov. Jeb Bush (the USA president's brother--J.T.) sought to reassure weary Floridians."

"'This will become a memory,' he said, 'This will come to an end, and when it does, we can probably use the term 'normal' again.'"

"Utility crews from Florida Power & Light, already stretched thin from three previous storms, will have less help from outside this time. The out-of-state repair people who poured into the state during the three previous storms to hit Florida are now coming to a trickle."

"A spokeswoman for the power company said they've lined up 2,700 out-of-state repair people for Jeanne, compared with 8,000 who helped out after Frances."

"More than 3,000 National Guard troops were also deployed to aid relief efforts."

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), still engaged in relief work for the previous hurricanes, launched what director Michael Brown called the largest disaster relief effort in its history."

"Convoys of trucks bearing water and ice surged north from staging grounds south of Miami. They had been placed there after the hard lessons of Frances, when relief supplies north of the storm's biggest impact were held up for days by flooded roads."

"Almost as vexing as the complications of finding food and shelter for storm-weary residents are millions of tons of debris from the four hurricanes that have yet to be removed."

"Still, Jeanne's winds and rains were making life miserable over hundreds of miles of Florida, cutting a triangle of destruction that stretched from Cape Canaveral to the north, Palm Beach to the south and into towns across the interior of the state."

"Florida Power & Light officials said some areas would not have electricity for three weeks, and there are still 700,000 people on the Panhandle (northwest Florida, around Pensacola--J.T.) because of Ivan, which hit (Thursday) September 16 (2004)."

Meanwhile, theories about this year's unique "hurricane flap" continued to fly around the Internet. Reader Chang Manora Naree took issue with UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor's theory that Shambhala, the hidden city of mystics in Afghanistan, was aiming hurricanes at the USA on the suggestion of Osama Bin Laden: "Don't jump to conclusions, Joseph. The Lords of Shambhala have no reason whatsoever to attack the USA."

Manora Naree forwarded an email from "Misty" and a Christian group called Watch Unto Prayer, which alleged that Hurricane Jeanne was "being steered" by a mystical pan-European group called the Priory of Sion.

"I would like to call attention to the fact that many of these hurricanes have occult signatures, which indicates that Masonic occultists in high places are manufacturing them or at least manipulating weather patterns to produce conditions favorable for hurricanes," the Watch Unto Prayer email stated.

"We could not help but notice that the names of many hurricanes have specifically Merovingian connotations. Take, for example, the next hurricane, Jeanne. The masculine form of the name, Jean, is the French name adopted by all Grand Masters of the Priory of Sion, the secret society in Paris which oversees all other secret societies worldwide."

(Editor's Comment: Really? Well, that clears up a minor mystery of World War II. On June 5, 1944, the night before the Allied invasion of Normandy, the BBC broadcasted the code message, "Jean has a large moustache," a signal to the French resistance to begin large-scale guerrilla operations. I had no idea it was a Masonic signal--until now.)

"Then there was Frances--France being the headquarters of the Priory of Sion."

"(Hurricane) Charley could have been named for 'Bonnie Prince Charlie,' the Merovingian descendant of the Stuart kings whose living descendants maintain their legitimate right to the thrones of England and Jerusalem."

Three hurricanes remain at large out in the Atlantic- -Karl, Lisa and Matthew. Meteorolgists say Florida's hurricane season could last well into November. (See USA Today for September 24, 2004, "Jeanne aiming for battered Florida," page 1A; and for September 27, 2004, "Disbelief: Florida hit 4th time," page 1A, and "Soggy encore in Florida after 4th hurricane," page 4A. Also the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 25, 2004, "Hurricane Jeanne predicted to hit Florida on Sunday," page 10A, and for September 27, 2004, "Jeanne: Disaster relief flows north from Miami," page 4A. Also "The Occult Signature of Hurricanes," Watch Unto Prayer for September 25, 2004. Many thanks to Chang Manora Naree for the forwarded email.)

UFOs SIGHTED NEAR LISMORE, N.S.W.

On Monday, September 20, 2004, "at 11 p.m., a UFO sighting was made," eyewitness C.B. reported. "The sighting took place around 6 kilometers (4 miles) southeast of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. An unidentified bright light was seen hovering in fixed position about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away but above the sky line. The object changed frequently in colour from red, orange, yellow and finally to white. It would then just disappear from sight, lasting between two to five seconds, and then reappeared."

"This event went on for half an hour before the light in the night sky vanished." For witnesses, "there was only myself, my father and my sister, that I know of so far." (Email Form Report)

V-SHAPED UFO SPOTTED IN TOWYN, NORTH WALES

On Sunday, September 19, 2004, at 12:45 a.m., eyewitness Beverly Heron was "on the beach and sea at Towyn, North Wales," UK, when "a small light was seen to speed across the sky at great speed. Then a V-shape of light followed at great speed. There was no sound. We watched the V-shape for about 15 seconds; then it disappeared. But we knew that it wasn't any kind of plane we were seeing."

"The sighting was witnessed by myself and my husband. It left me stunned."

Beverly described the UFO as "a V-shape outlined in white lights. Very high speed and on approach was moving in the sky faster than a normal plane and without any sound." (Email Form Report)

NEW CROP CIRCLE FOUND IN SASKATCHEWAN

On Wednesday, September 22, 2004, "a large circle in barley, approximately 35 metres (114 feet) in diameter" was found in Humboldt, Saskatchewan province, Canada (population 5,074) "by a farmer out harvesting. It was slightly elliptical with an offset center and a counterclockwise lay. Many plants are recovering due to phototropism."

"The case is being investigated by Canadian Crop Circle Research Network-Sakatchewan. This is the 13th reported crop circle formation in Canada discovered during 2004," said Canadian cerealogist Paul Anderson.

Humboldt, Sask. is on Provincial Highway 5 approximately 110 kilometers (60 miles) east of Saskatoon. (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN for this report.)

FAYETTE FACTOR IS BACK IN ACTION

Following a quiet month, the mysterious Fayette Factor is operational once again. Three strange incidents occurred in the USA last week at places named for the Marquis de Lafayette.

In El Cajon, California (population 94,869), "a man who fatally shot himself yesterday (Wednesday, September 22, 2004) inadvertently wounded his wife with the same bullet in their Fayette Street shop."

"The incident occurred inside A & R Industrial Supply near Bradley Avenue around 4:30 p.m."

"The names of the couple were not released."

"The shop owner, who had threatened suicide, took out a handgun and started to raise it to his head, and his wife came up behind to stop him, said acting Lt. Mike Hook."

"Hook said the man pulled the trigger, and the bullet went through his head and into his wife's shoulder. She went to a neighboring home for help."

"The man, lying in a back office, was declared dead after police and paramedics arrived. The woman was taken to a hospital."

"Investigators did not know what prompted the man to suicide, Hook said."

In Lafayette, Louisiana (population 110,257), on Monday, September 20, 2004, "a legendary Cajun restaurant closed for several days after an electrical fire."

"Prejean's Restaurant sustained smoke damage but not fire damage, officials said. No one was injured. Prejean's, a popular spot for tourists and visiting celebrities, hopes to reopen on Wednesday."

In Baltimore, Maryland, "a fire broke out in a building on Fayette Street. The cause was not immediately known." (See the San Diego Union-Tribune for September 23, 2004, "Wife is injured by bullet husband fired to kill self;" USA Today for September 21, 2004, "Across the USA-- Louisiana," page 12A; and the Baltimore Sun for September 21, 2004. Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these newspaper articles.)

(Editor's Comment: For those who keep track of such things, Fayette Street in Baltimore is right around the corner from 123 North Amity Street--the Edgar Allen Poe House--the most haunted site in Maryland.)

ARE YOU READY FOR..."WAYNE WEIRDNESS?"

Columnist Chuck Shepherd, author of News of the Weird, has noted an intriguing anomaly in the USA's summer crime news. Several suspects in murder cases all have the same middle name--Wayne.

Shepherd wrote, "Arrested and charged with murder:"

"David Wayne Mears (Ludington, Michigan, June 2004)"
"Edward Wayne Bryant (Ardmore, Oklahoma, arrested in Houston, Texas in August 2004)"
"Kenith Wayne Sherrill (Yakima, Washington state, July 2004)"
"Chadwick Wayne Wallace (Alton, Illinois, August 2004)"
"Timothy Wayne Johnson (Raleigh, North Carolina, September 2004)"

"Already serving a life sentence for murder and charged again: Alexander Wayne Watson Jr. (Maryland, convicted of a 1994 murder, but, based on DNA evidence, charged in July 2004 with murders in 1986, 1988 and 1993.)" (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 23, 2004, "No Way, Wayne," The Wave, page 2.)

(Editor's Comment: Off the top of my head I added the Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy to the list. Then there's the mystery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. What's going on in Fort Wayne? Glad you asked. Keep reading.)

FBI HOLDS FLIGHTS AT FORT WAYNE AIRPORT

"Three flights from the Fort Wayne, Indiana International Airport were grounded for almost three hours Saturday," September 25, 2004, "while the FBI investigated a possible threat unrelated to terrorism, the FBI said."

"Spokeswoman Wendy Osborne said agents were confident no real threat existed."

"Airport spokeswoman Sandra Lux said the delay lasted from about 6 to 8:45 p.m. but declined to give specifics. An ATA flight to Chicago, Northwest Airlink to Detroit and Comair to Cincinnati were held at the gate during the probe, Lux said." (See USA Today for September 27, 2004, "Perceived threat grounds flights in Indiana," page 3A.)

(Editor's Comment: I'm afraid we're not finished with Fort Wayne yet. Read on.)

FBI'S "OCTOBER PLAN" IS IT A PRELUDE TO OPERATION ABACUS?

"Convinced that Al-Qaeda is still determined to disrupt the U.S. fall elections by an attack on the homeland, FBI officials" in Washington D.C. "are preparing a massive counter-offensive of interrogations, surveillance and possible detentions they hope will disrupt the terrorist plans, reports CBS News correspondent Jim Stewart."

"FBI Field Offices and Homeland Security agencies will be advised of 'extraordinary measures' that will go into place 'beginning the first week of October and through the (November 2, 2004) elections.'"

"One internal (FBI) email advisory to supervisory agents this week from the 04 Threat Task Force said the purpose of the counter-offensive is 'to foster the impression that law enforcement is focused on individuals who may be a threat.'"

"Specifically, the plan calls for 'aggressive--even obvious--surveillance' techniques to be used on a short list of people suspected of being terrorist sympathizers, but who have not committed a crime. Other 'persons of interest,' including their family members, may also be brought in for questioning, one source said."

"All recent truck thefts, chemical thefts and suspicious cargo truck rentals will also be reviewed as part of the plan. Mosques will be revisited and members asked whether they've observed any suspicious behavior."

"Throwing hundreds of (FBI) agents on the street and conducting invasive surveillance has become a standard post-9/11 tactic for the Bureau, which hopes at a minimum to force terrorists to go back into hiding and re-think their plan. Some officials believe it was just such tactics that foiled the remainder of Al-Qaeda's New Year bomb plot in January 2000 after agents arrested one operative, Ahmed Ressam in Port Angeles," Washington state, "with a car trunk full of explosive material."

"The Bureau also knows it can be expected to be criticized" for the operation "if it goes too far. One element of the plan calls for addressing what some officials fear could be waves of protest from Arab- Americans and civil libertarians once the so-called 'October Plan' kicks off."

Some observers are wondering if the "October Plan" is the kickoff for Operation Abacus, a planned nationwide roundup of evangelical Christians and what author Jim Keith described as "unbending patriots, random dissidents, anti-New World Order loudmouths and the politically incorrect."

Born on September 22, 1949, James Patrick Keith, better known as Jim Keith, was the author of several books on the New World Order, including Black Helicopters Over America: Strikeforce for the New World Order and Black Helicopters II: The Endgame Scenario. He died on September 7, 1999 following a mishap at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

"Operation Abacus first surfaced five years ago, around the first of October 1999, during the run-up to Y2K," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "The FBI issued a report on 'Millenial Mayhem' predicting widespread domestic chaos if the computers all stopped running on January 1, 2000. This did not happen, and, until recently, nothing more was heard of Operation Abacus."

A few weeks ago, in a speech in Los Angeles, Attorney General John Ashcroft mentioned the possible activation of a system of nationwide detention camps operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"Jim Keith, who died in a Nevada hospital under very suspicious circumstances, mentioned a possible scenario for Operation Abacus. I am presenting it briefly below, changing the locale to a community I'm very familiar with," Trainor added, "Here it is."

"At 5 a.m. on Tuesday, approximately three dozen unmarked black helicopters appeared on the horizon of Attleboro, Mass. in a surprise raid on terrorists. Armored personnel carriers, tanks and supply vehicles descended upon the city from the highways--Interstate I- 95, Route 123 and Route 152. Tanks and armored vehicles were used to set up checkpoints on major thoroughfares, including Park Street, County Street, North Main Street, Pleasant Street and Pike Avenue."

"At 5:39 a.m., radio and television broadcasts were replaced with a pre-taped program from the Department of Homeland Security, which repeated the following message:"

"This is your government keeping you informed for your own protection. The community of Attleboro is cooperating in a search operation for terrorists, as authorized by Presidential Decision Directive 66-6. Rest assured that these are completely legal measures being undertaken, and law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear. Repeat, law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear. During the next few hours, helicopters will be hovering over your city, using advanced electronic sensors to locate terrorists. Any dwelling found to be containing firearms will be secured by agents of the FEMA task force and all firearms will be confiscated. All inhabitants of the dwellings where firearms are found will be considered to be in violation of Presidential Decision Directive 66-6 and will be placed under arrest. All citizens are to remain in their homes until the search has been completed. Thank you for your cooperation in the war against terror."

"At 12:03 p.m., a violent confrontation took place not far from City Hall. A routine helicopter scan showed 37 alleged cult members of the right-wing Good News Gospel Church of Jesus Christ illegally congregated in a cult- owned building on Pine Street. The head of the cult was Rick Armstrong, a person well-known in the Attleboro area for his extremist religious views and radio broadcasts warning of the 'Last Days' and the 'Mark of the Beast.'"

"By 1:15 p.m., the cult compound was surrounded by approximately 200 members of the FEMA task force. All four entrances to the building were breached simultaneously and the cult members were taken into custody."

"There were only five fatalities in the raid--Rick Armstrong, the cult leader; Charlene Armstrong, his wife; and three of Armstrong's children, who attempted to resist arrest."

"The remaining 32 cult members were marched to waiting trucks, where they were taken to the federal reserve detention center in Ayer, Mass. for further processing."

"Sporadic gunfire was heard at several other locations in the city during the course of the day, but so far we have no information on these incidents."

"Life for the average citizen of Attleboro, Mass. appeared to continue undisturbed following the FEMA operation. Local newspaper and network TV affiliates experienced no disruption of service except for the Homeland Security public service announcement. Authorities are dismissing as 'hysteria' tales of radio stations being taken off the air and businesses being shut down."

"Fergilia Fernandes, spokeswoman for Massachusetts Electric, issued a statement that service outages were entirely due to a workman accidentally cutting a fiber- optic cable and were in no way connected to any sort of blackout or coverup of events in the region."

"The company apologized for the temporary loss of service."

UFO Roundup received four copies of the October Plan news story. One contributor, Pam Schuffert, added, "Can you read the writing on the wall? We were warned that immediately prior to their triggering of martial law, they would come after people on the FEMA Red Lists, the Justice Department's Potential Terrorist lists and so on. (Former U.S. Attorney General) Janet Reno defined 'potential terrorists' in her memo to the Justice Department" as "rightwing fundamentalist Christians and related groups," who could be picked up as "'potential terrorists' under a state of national emergency/martial law."

Another report UFO Roundup received described a new FEMA federal detention center, which is reportedly located on the grounds of the Depot Defense National Stockpile Center in New Haven, Indiana (population 12,406), located 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Fort Wayne, Ind.

The FEMA camp is allegedly tucked away on the 268- acre federal property on the north side of Dawkins Road (Indiana Highway 14--J.T.), approximately 3 miles (4 kilometers) east of New Haven, Ind., "surrounded by 3- strand, inward-facing barbed wire."

Schuffert explained that pre-emptive detention of "potential terrorists" was also part of the 1976 Operation Garden Plot plan. "Annex A of Section B of Operation Garden Plot defines tax protesters, militia groups, religious cults and general anti-government dissenters as 'Disruptive Elements.' This calls for deadly force to be used against any extremist or dissident perpetrating any and all forms of civil disorder. Under Section D, a Presidential executive order will authorize and direct the Secretary Defense to use the Armed Forces of the United States to restore order." (See CBS News for September 17, 2004, "FBI's anti-terror 'October Plan.' Many thanks to Larry Lawson, Pam Schuffert, Al Cuppett, Rev. Cheryl Thomson and Jim Danvers for this news story. For the Operation Abacus scenario, see Black Helicopters Over America by Jim Keith, IllumiNet Press, Lilburn, Georgia, 1994, pages 11 to 16. For more on the new FEMA facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., see the following story.)

MYSTERY BOOMS HEARD IN FORT WAYNE, INDIANA

"Hundreds of people have called the Fort Wayne (Indiana, population 205,727) Mayor's Office with reports of loud booms, primarily in the northeastern part of the city."

"Officials have been able to establish a pattern and possible source, so residents no longer need call. However, at this time, no one has admitted responsibility for the local blasts, so an exact source has yet to be determined. The city will be keeping tabs on the possible source until it determines who is responsible."

"The Mayor's Office says the loud booms pose no threat to public safety."

"Justin Brugger, the Northeast Neighborhood Specialist at the Mayor's Office, said he took over 100 calls on Wednesday," September 1, 2004.

"'All we know is that there's a large concentration of people's houses shaking, violently, along Lake Avenue,' Brugger said. He said that one resident says the sounds started four months ago (May 2004)."

"The complaints appear to be confined to neighborhoods between State Boulevard and Lake Avenue-- from Anthony Boulevard to Maysville Road."

"A lot of theories are floating around out there-- nearby construction, railroads, cars being crushed at the Omnisource recycling facility, but long-time residents say the sound is new."

"'It just sounded like a plane crash or dynamite explosion or something--I jumped out of bed when I heard it,' said Al Poffenberger, who lives on the corner of Lake and Kensington. 'I've lived here for 35 years, and I've never heard anything like it.'"

On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, a college student spotted a triangular UFO in the area of the mysterious booms. In a report to the National UFO Reporting Center, he stated, "Well, I go to school in Fort Wayne, Ind. Anyways, I drive about an hour to school, so I was going home on State Road 30 towards Warsaw, Indiana (population 12,415). About 9:15 p.m., I saw an object while driving. At first, I didn't really pay any attention to it, but then I noticed it looked funny. It was hovering over some trees off to the right of the highway. Then, as I came up on it, it darted over the highway off into the field at my left."

The student described the UFO as "triangular in shape, a white-blue light at each end of the triangle, and, in the middle, it had a red light that flashed white around it, almost like a strobe light. I had pulled off the road like an idiot, but I wanted to know exactly what I was looking at. Not too much traffic on either side of the highway that night, so it was pretty quiet outside. Very strange, to say the least." (See the WANE-TV news broadcast of September 2, 2004. Many thanks to Daniel Wilson for this news story.)

(Editor's Comment: It appears that the "mystery booms" were dynamite explosions related to underground construction at the FEMA facility east of Fort Wayne. Then the UFO came to have a look. But why?)

FEMA WEBSITE CALLS CHRISTIANS "WACKOS"

Evangelical Christians were shocked Thursday, September 23, 2004, when they learned that a Web site operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had linked "homeschoolers" with terrorists.

According to WorldNet Daily, "in a federally-funded exercise to prepare emergency responders for a terrorist attack, a Michigan county concocted a scenario in which public-school children were threatened by a fictitious radical group that believes everybody should be homeschooled."

"The made-up group was called Wackos Against Schools and Education."

Many evangelical and fundamentalist Christian churches prefer to educate their children at home rather than send them to the USA's public schools. These people feel that the public schools are hostile to their religious beliefs and are trying to brainwash their children into rejecting Jesus Christ.

"Dan Stoudt, director of the Muskegon County (Michigan) Emergency Services, told WorldNet Daily the choice of the fictitious group certainly was not meant to offend homeschoolers."

"'I don't think there was any particular objective other than to just have a name,' he said."

"A WorldNet Daily reader who saw a story of the exercise in the Muskegon Chronicle, however, said he was 'outraged' with the characterization of the terrorists."

"Stoudt said the general idea for the type of group comes from a website of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, which suggest group names such as 'Wackos Against Recreation' and other such 'causes.'"

"'If somebody is offended, I feel bad about that and sorry about that,' he said, 'There wasn't any offense meant to anybody who homeschools.'"

"Kevin Galvin, a FEMA spokesman in Washington, D.C., told WorldNet Daily he could not address the issue but would find someone familiar with the homeland security simulations who could respond."

"The exercise was funded by homeland security grants to area school districts and Muskegon County."

"Stoudt said about $5,000 of federal funds went into yesterday's (Tuesday, September 21, 2004) event, but its cost was much higher and was borne mostly by the volunteer efforts of the agencies and institutions involved, such as hospitals."

"The emergency manager said that during the exercise there was no acting-out of the 'terrorist group.' The storyline was used only to explain how the bus ended up on its side."

Stoudt's assertion was borne out by the Muskegon Chronicle, which described the exercise in detail.

"Terrorists will strike a busload of students in the Whitehall area Tuesday, killing more than a half dozen and sending dozens more to hospitals," the Muskegon Chronicle reported in its September 20, 2004 edition. "It's not a crystal ball that shows such a disaster to be foreseen. It's all in the plans--disaster preparedness plans, that is."

"The disaster won't be real, but it will look real, and the participants involved--students, emergency room personnel and firefighters--will act as if it's real."

"The exercise, which will include the aftermath of a supposed explosion on a school bus at 9:30 a.m. at Durham and Holton-Whitehall Roads in Whitehall Township (Michigan, population 2,684) is being funded by homeland security grants awarded to several area school districts and Muskegon County."

"The exercise will simulate an attack by a fictitious radical group called Wackos Against Schools and Education, who believe everybody should be homeschooled. Under the scenario, a bomb is placed on the bus and detonates while the bus is traveling on Durham, causing the bus to land on the side of the road and fill with smoke."

"The exercise will begin with the bus--an out-of- service vehicle donated by Ravenna public schools--on its side, having been placed there by Dale's 24-Hour Towing Service, which is donating its time and resources. Firefighters will respond to test their abilities to get at victims inside a mangled bus."

(Editor's Comment: The big mystery here is--with Al-Qaeda and several dozen Islamic terrorist groups from Iraq available, why did FEMA select homeschoolers, most of whom are evangelical Christian, as "the enemy" on its Web site?)

Following the exercise, "a school district that participated in a terrorist-response drill apologized for using a scenario in which children are threatened by a fictitious radical group that believes everyone should be homeschooled."

"The made-up group, called Wackos Against Schools and Education, was invented by a local government emergency services director."

"The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, or MAISD, in Muskegon said it 'shared the disappointment of others' when it heard Tuesday's preparedness drill referenced homeschoolers as the fictitious group responsible for a mock disaster."

"'We apologize,' the district said in a statement, 'The MAISD and local districts were not aware of the scenario and it was not shared with students or parents who took part in the exercise.'"

"'As educators, we believe that the first and foremost teacher is the parent, whether in home schools, public schools or non-public schools,' the district said, 'We all work together to ensure a safe and secure environment for our children to learn and grow.' The statement concluded, 'We sincerely regret offending homeschool educators. We believe that all parents are educators and do important work at home with their children.'" (See WorldNet Daily for September 22, 2004, "Government pictures homeschoolers as terrorists" and for September 23, 2004, "District sorry for homeschooler- terrorist link." Also the Muskegon, Michigan Chronicle for September 20, 2004, "Mock attack will test terrorist response.")


From the UFO Files...

1898: MYSTERY OF THE RUNESTONE

"The descendants of the Swedish farmer who claimed to have found the Kensington Runestone in 1898 have broken their silence to say Olof Ohman wasn't the sort of man who would put on an elaborate hoax."

"The debate has raged for decades over whether the rock was indeed carved by Norsemen and left in western Minnesota in the 1300s--100 years before Columbus sailed-- or if it instead was an elaborate prank."

"The Kensington Runestone is a 202-pound graywacke measuring 31 by 16 by 6 inches (77 by 40 by 15 centimeters). Some have said it resembles a standard Viking ballast stone. It was found 18 miles southwest" of Alexandria, Minnesota "on a farm in Solem Township, outside Kensington."

"Farmer Olof Ohman discovered it entangled in the roots of a 40-year-old aspen tree on November 8, 1898. Since the area was only then being pioneered, the clear implication is that the stone had been carved before whites settled the area."

"The first complete translation of the runes was made by Hjalmar Holand, a student at the University of Wisconsin, in 1907. According to him, it is the longest runic inscription on stone that has ever been found."

Here is the Holand translation:

     "Eight Goths and 22 Norwegians on an
     exploration journey from Vinland round
     about the West. We camped by a lake
     with two skerries (Lake Osakis--J.T.)
     a day's journey north of this stone. We
     were out and fished one day. After we
     came home, we found 10 red with blood
     and dead. Ave Maria! Save us from evil!"

     "Along the edge of the stone is the following:"

     "Have 10 of our party by the sea to look after
     our ships (which are on Hudson's Bay) 14 days'
     journey from this island. Year 1362."

"No one has ever successfully contested Holand's translation. He proved a formidable adversary in a decades-long series of scholarly forays against his beloved stone "

"Ohman's family has mostly stayed out of the fray-- until now."

"'For the family and the people of Kensington, there's never been a doubt that my grandfather was telling the truth,' Darwin Ohman of New Brighton," Minnesota (population 22,206), "who at age 61 is the oldest living descendant told the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis. 'So much information is coming out now to confirm that he didn't carve the rock.'"

"New revelations about Olof Ohman, as well as research into the famous stone's inscription and weathering, are exciting the proponents of its authenticity and giving the family courage to talk and dig into family history."

"Ohman, a Swedish immigrant, was clearing his farmland near Kensington 106 years ago when he found a 202-pound inscribed stone tablet wrapped in the roots of a poplar tree. In the ancient Scandinavian language known as runes, it describes a massacre of 10 members of an exploration party of Swedes and Norwegians in 1362 in what's now (west) central Minnesota."

"Ever since, Minnesotans have been intrigued by, and feuding about, the stone. Scholars tend to dismiss it as an elaborate hoax by Ohman and his neighbors."

"In 1910, he emphatically denied making the inscription, and he also insisted that he didn't have the ability to carve it if he had wanted."

"More than 100 people who knew the Ohman family, or who were simply intrigued by the saga, recently gathered at the community center in Kensington (population 280) to record their memories of the runestone and to hear what proponents call new evidence."

"The recent revival in the controversy is led by Scott Wolter, a St. Paul, Minn. geologist. He was hired four years ago by the Kensington Runestone Museum in Alexandria to study the stone. He says he began his research as an impartial scientist and since has become certain that weathering of mica on the stone's inscription proves that it is more than 200 years old. Therefore, Wolter insists, Ohman and his friends didn't do it."

"Scientists and historians who call the inscription a hoax have shown little interest in renewing study of something they say has been proved over and over to be fraudulent."

"Wolter contacted the Ohman family about six months ago (March 2004), asking for help in finding information. The family turned over five bins of Ohman memoribilia squirreled away. There were photographs, legal documents, books, newspaper articles and personal letters."

"Wolter said that within the records there was not even a hint that the runestone was a hoax. Rather, he said, the material adds support to his case."

"One letter from Olof Ohman Jr. (who was 12 when the runestone was found in 1898--J.T.) to two of his brothers in 1957 tells what he remembers about that day. It's a straightforward account. 'This is sincerity,' Wolter said, 'Nothing suspicious was going on.'"

"About six runic characters on the rock hadn't been seen anywhere in Scandinavia or anywhere else in recent times--until this year, proponents said. Critics assumed they were made up by Ohman."

"However, Richard Nielsen, 70, of Texas has been studying the runestone for 20 years and said he has found proof that some of them were used in the 1360s, when the stone was supposedly carved."

"Nielsen has been criticized for delving into the runes when his training is in engineering, not old languages. 'I am not a linguist,' he said, 'But I am a tenacious investigator.'"

Nielsen is "of Danish descent, has lived in Scandinavia for eight years and considers himself an expert on 1360s Old Swedish."

"People who have known the Ohmans insisted at the Kensington meeting that Olof Ohman was not the carver." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 7, 2004, "Family defends farmer who found runestone," page 4D. See also Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Publishing, New York, N.Y., 1978, pages 116 and 117.)

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