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 mysterously."
"'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, they vanished."
"'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 look outside."
"'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, Nelson said."
"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 plane.'"
"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 Babylon."
"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 newspaper article.)
(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 investigation."
"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 said."
"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,' Worthy said."
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 newspaper article.)
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) police say."
"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 bang."
"'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 garage."
"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 L.A. suburb.
"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 Machado."
"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 Orlando, Florida."
"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 glimpse."
"'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 of August."
"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 7,064)."
"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 haystack.'"
(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 newspaper article.)
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 Pyrenees.
"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) occasions."
"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 inhibited."
"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 Report)
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 night sky.
"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 OVER TORONTO
On Friday, August 26, 2005, eyewitness K.D. spotted two UFOs flying over downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city.
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 daylight here."
"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,' Young said."
"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 worried."
"'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... SERBIA'S SUPERMAN!?
"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 mid-air."
"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.)
OUT-OF-PLACE SHARK STARTLES SCIENTISTS
"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 already died."
"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 Lake."
"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 newspaper item.)
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 partner."
"The woman said Spanky didn't mean any harm, he just plays rough."
"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 officer.")
(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 miles) apart."
"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 identified."
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 attack.
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 1878.
(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 China.)
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 weapons attack."
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 (American) states."
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 publicized."
"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 La Bamba."
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 WALLET
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- dollar bill.
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 talisman."
"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 Jerusalem.'"
"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 Egyptians.)
"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 of thirteen."
"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 make 13."
"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 in all."
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 prominent Mason.
"'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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