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Scientists claim to have identified 150 possible E.T. signals.

SAN FRANCISCO, California - 20th March ,2003
Using 4 million computers worldwide, scientists based at the University of California, Berkeley said that they have identified about 150 sources of possible signals from intelligent civilizations. 

The California researchers plan to head to Puerto Rico this month to use one of the world's most powerful telescopes to more closely investigate the signals that might be from extra terrestrials, a  university spokeswoman said:

"They are homing in on interesting signals," said Sarah Yang, a spokeswoman at the University of California, Berkeley where the SETI+home research project is based. "They have not said they found anything." 

The project links volunteer computer users into the researchers' efforts to search for strong or unusual signals from space that one day may lead to the proof that there really may be something else out there. The leading candidate signals compiled over more than three years of work are the ones that were particularly strong or have been observed in the same spot more than once, researchers said. While scientists involved in the project are cautious about their chances of actually discovering a signal from an intelligent being in outer space this time, they believe they are on the right track for the future. 
Dan Werthimer, chief scientist of SETI+home said in a statement:

"I believe that we will likely discover extraterrestrial civilizations in the next hundred years, even if we don't find a signal from ET this time, I'm optimistic in the long run, since our search capabilities are doubling every year." 

An anomalous object caught on video over Miami (Florida) in 1995. There is some similarity between this object and an object captured on video by the STS 80 Shuttle Mission.  

President Bush – E.T. may exist?

Washington – April 2003
Proof that life exists outside the boundaries of Earth continues to elude scientists, but President Bush's
budget suggests that "space aliens" may be out there. And it could just be a matter of time before they are discovered.
In a brief passage titled "Where Are the Real Space Aliens?"
Bush's budget document released Monday says several important scientific discoveries in the past decade indicate that "habitable worlds" in outer space may be much more prevalent  than once thought. The finds include evidence of currently or previously existing large bodies of water - a key ingredient of life as we know it - on Mars and on Jupiter's moons.

Astronomers also are finding planets outside the solar system, including about 90 stars with at least one planet orbiting them. "Perhaps the notion that 'there's something out there' is closer to reality than we have imagined," the passage concludes.

The president calls for $279 million next year and $3 billion over five years for Project Prometheus, which includes building the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter.

"This mission will conduct extensive, in-depth studies of the moons of Jupiter that may harbour subsurface oceans and thus have important implications in the search for life beyond Earth," the budget reads.

The budget is the second time in recent months that the Bush administration has addressed questions about life in space.

On Dec. 24, the White House issued a September determination by Mr. Bush in which he followed his predecessors' lead by issuing a determination exempting the Air Force facility near Groom Lake, Nevada, from environmental laws allowing the release of classified information about the area.

Groom Lake is the place that UFO buffs call Area 51.

"I find that it is in the paramount interest of the United States to exempt the United States Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake … from any applicable requirement for the disclosure to unauthorized persons of classified information concerning that operating location," the president wrote.

The following article was published in The Post-Tribune - Merrillville, Indiana January 13th, 2004

UFO sighting might make Huntington next Roswell

I know a few people from Huntington, the town that gave us Dan Quayle. The Huntingtonian I know best is my fishing buddy, Rex, who has farmed near Huntington all his life.
Of all the people I know, Rex may the most level-headed. The ups and downs of farming - which are controlled by such imponderables as temperature, rainfall and grain prices - would drive me crazy, but Rex takes as it comes, accepting both the good and the bad with a shrug and a smile.
So when Huntington was in the news recently for an event that most would find difficult to swallow, I used Rex as my yardstick for the sensibility of those who witnessed something odd in the sky above the city of 2,000.
On Jan. 4, The Herald-Press of Huntington reported the three Huntington police officers saw an object they couldn't identify hovering over SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 26. It was flying low enough that one thought it might strike the church steeple, but it shot away north after hovering for 30 to 45 seconds.
The officers described the object as big, circular and dome-shaped, but without the "hump" in the middle typical of 1950s flying saucer descriptions.They kept the story of what they'd seen to themselves, fearing people would think them daft, until curiosity got the better of them. They went public with the story, wondering if anyone else had seen the same thing.
When I read the story off The Associated Press wire, I called Rex to see if he'd had a close encounter. Nope, he said, he hadn't seen a thing, nor had anyone else he knew.
He told me that there the folks in town weren't unduly distressed about the event. Maybe they figure that if whatever it was doesn't start carving circles in their crops, it's not worth much discussion.
Cindy Klepper, the newspaper's city editor, wrote a follow-up to the original story after three investigators from the Mutual UFO Network came to town. They discounted one suggested explanation, that what the officers saw was a "Hoverdisc," a table-sized toy that is filled with helium and set adrift.
"It's not a balloon of any kind," MUFON representative Roger Sugden told Klepper. "Whichever way the wind was blowing, it wouldn't have stopped, tumbled and moved off."
An Internet search turned up a couple of interesting side notes.
An Indianapolis man reported to Whitley Streiber's Unknown Country Web site that he and two other people spotted six red and white objects pass over downtown Indianapolis about seven hours after the Huntington object was seen.
Stranger still, a Google search using the terms "Huntington Indiana UFO" turned up a game called "UFO Attack" on the Web site.
I contacted the Bill Holden, a Web designer who built and maintains the site, who said UFO Attack and other games had been on his site for some time. A few hours later he reported that his site had received 80 hits for UFO searches over two days.
Spotting an opportunity, he put the headline "SAVE HUNTINGTON" on the game and put a note that "The out-of-town newspapers" had been contacting him for information on the sighting. I've been called many things in my life, but "out-of-town newspapers" is a new one.

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UFO Ignorance

By Frank Warren 

It's not often one sees an article about UFOs in the mainstream print press or on television, these days; when one does, it's usually filled with terms like believers, pseudo-science, fringe, paranormal, cult, hoax, etc. On television the reporting of UFO events is generally done in a light comical manner, complete with the "winks, nods and guffaws included."

That said, it's no surprise how ignorant the American public "of today" is on the subject of UFOs. Moreover, when attempts are made by independent sources, via television, the bulk of these productions come complete with organ music, smoke machines and are narrated by an eerie character with a British accent.

Occasionally when a reporter from the mainstream press does gather the courage to broach the subject of UFOs, more often then not we see an individual who approaches the subject from the afore mentioned education received by his fellow colleagues; that's not to say there haven't been some reporters/newsmen etc., who have done some good publicized research; but those individuals, and instances are far and in-between!

The "all to common" term, or phrase used by the mainstream reporters, is "UFO believers." Most Americans are familiar with the term, "UFO", and most incorrectly associate the term with extraterrestrial spacecraft and or beings. The term, "UFO'' was borne by the Air Force back in 1952, specifically Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt, Chief of the Air Force's Project Blue Book, the government's "public investigating agency" of the UFO phenomenon. In the verbatim it is an acronym for, "Unidentified Flying Objects"; the "key word" being "UNIDENTIFIED."

To associate the verb, "believer" with a "factual thing" i.e., "UFO," is an oxymoron. Say to yourself, "I believe in the Empire State Building," or use the term "The Mount Rushmore believers"--just doesn't make sense does it? Yet the layman who is ignorant of the subject of UFO's, or who's only knowledge on the subject is from the comedic side of the mainstream press might assume there is a debate about the existence of such things, particularly if the individual has never seen one--henceforth we breed more ignorance!

The public as a whole, I'm sure would be quite surprised to learn that the media in the early years of UFOlogy ( late '40's and early '50's)did not turn a "blind eye" to this phenomenon--quite the opposite in fact! "Flying Saucer" stories (the term created by a reporter from Oregon in response to Kenneth Arnold's report of his sighting of 9 UFOs in June of '47, describing their flight characteristics) permeated the press--it was headline news in most states across the country. The press was eager to learn and report what these "strange objects" were, flying in our skies.

Ironically it was the press that provoked the "powers-that-be" to become very aggressive in a public anti-UFO campaign. Initially, when the "newly independent branch of the military, i.e., the Air Force, established "Project Sign," aka, "Project Saucer" (one of the predecessor's to "Blue Book") who's function was "to collect, collate, evaluate and distribute to interested government agencies and contractors all information concerning sightings and phenomena in the atmosphere which can be construed to be of concern to the national security"; there seemed to be a genuine desire to get to the bottom of the UFO phenomenon; however the evidence towards the end of 1948 was leading to an apparent extraterrestrial explanation, which didn't sit well with the higher-ups, namely "Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt S. Vandenburg."

In the beginning of 1949 "Project Sign" was no more, and "Project Grudge" was in it's stead. "Grudge" like it's name took to a dim view of UFO reports, and indicated the Air Forces "public shift" in policy to "explain away" reports as natural phenomenon, e.g., planets, meteors or stars; more drastic explanations would include: hallucinations, reflections, birds and even "particles that float in the fluid of the eye that cast shadows on the retina."

When the Air Force couldn't explain away the evidence they inturn would ridicule the witnesses. UFO observers were called hoaxers, fearsome freaks, or people just trying to get media attention.

Capt. Edward Ruppelt in his book, "The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects" referred to the beginning of the "Project Grudge era" as the "Dark Ages," or "as a period of "intellectual stagnation.'" What he didn't realize is that "stagnation" would evolve and continue for decades.

In the beginning of the Air Force's "debunking policy" it used big names like Vandenburg, and LeMay to substantiate and solidify the "natural explanation" of UFO reports; but it didn't stop internally; the Air Weather Service was asked to verify "balloon flights" that must have been confused with UFO's. In regards to astronomical answers, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, head of Ohio State University's Astronomy Department sorted out reports that could be associated with stars, planets, etc.

Although the public and the media didn't swallow the Air Force's policy shift at once, it did sow the seed of doubt. Magazines like "True and Life" from 1949 through 1952 published some ground-shaking revelations on UFOs based on Air Force reports and files ; however that rich source of "official unbiased information" was soon to dry up. 

During 1952 the Air Force was in "full debunking mode," and that summer would offer a grandiose example of how far the Air Force would go to explain away the Flying Saucer (UFO) Phenomenon.

Common folk (those "mildly" knowledgeable about UFOs) have often said, "If they are from another planet, why don't they just land on the Whitehouse lawn?" Ironically, in July of 1952 they came very close to doing just that!

The headline of the Washington Post's Final Edition of July 28th, 1952 declared, "'Saucer' Out Ran Jet, Pilot Reveals." The article went on to reveal a "secret military investigation" of what were described as "glowing aerial objects" that were appearing on radar screens in the Washington area for the second consecutive week. Pilots sent up by the ADC (Air Defense Command) reported that they were unable to overtake the UFOs that were near Andrews Air Force Base.

The Air Force's official response was that they were investigating the incidents and that it was classified as "secret." They further stated, "we have no evidence they are "flying saucers"; conversely we have no evidence they are not "flying saucers." We don't know what they are."

To be clear, the UFOs were not just "blips on a screen" they were simultaneously witnessed from the ground as well as from the air (radar/visual sightings) by the pilots pursuing them in addition to civilian airline pilots.

In an interview with "The Alexandria Gazette," James Ritchy, an "air traffic controller and radar specialist" for The Washington Air Traffic Control Center said, "These objects were about 30 miles from the airport when we first made contact with them. We spotted 12 objects, and judged that they were moving in a southeasterly direction at a speed of about 40 mph . . .. The Air Force sent some jet planes up to investigate, and we would help 'vector' the pilots toward the objects . . ..

When we 'vector' a plane onto an object, we are in radar contact with both the object and the plane, and also in radio contact with the pilot of the plane. We keep telling the pilot how to turn to approach the object until he makes a sighting. The first jet pilot to go out Saturday night reported that he sighted a steady white light that appeared to be about 10 miles distant. When we tried to draw closer, it just disappeared . . ..

A commercial pilot got much closer to one of the objects, and reported to us that he sighted a yellow light that appeared to turn red and then yellow again. He reported to us that the object appeared to be about two miles away and the flying parallel with him.

Radar confirmed that he was between two and three miles from the object.

A third pilot sighted two bluish lights and later five more white lights. Our radar continued to show unidentified objects through the night, until 6 a.m. the next morning, but the pilots did not get closer to them."

The pursuit planes used were F-94s with a top speed of 600 mph. The targets (UFOs) were tracked at speeds as slow as 90 mph and faster then that of their pursuers. (Substantially faster, as when planes approached in some instances, the UFOs would simply disappear from radar-presumably retreating faster then it took the "radar antenna" to make a full sweep).

As one might imagine, since this was an ongoing phenomenon (for two weeks) and it was taking place near the nation's capitol, it created quite a hubbub! With telegrams, phone calls and letters by the thousands pouring into the Pentagon, as well as pressure from the constituents of local Congressman, and topping it off with a lot of noise from the media; the powers-that-be needed to do something, and quickly! That something ended up initiating "the largest press conference held since the end of the Second World War."

On July 29th at 4:00 pm in the conference room at the Pentagon, Major General John A. Samford, Director of Intelligence of the Air Force proceeded to engage in the one of the largest cover-ups ever perpetrated on the American public! With him in this machination was Major General Roger M. Ramey, Director of Operations, a veteran in confabulating UFO events (a la Roswell), Colonel Donald L. Bower, Technical Analysis Division, ATIC (Air Technical Intelligence Center), Captain Roy L. James, Electronic Branch, ATIC, Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, Aerial Phenomena Branch, (head of Project Blue and future author of "The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects) ATIC, and Mr. Burgoyne L. Griffing, Electronics Branch, ATIC.

On the other side of the table were the media's elite, top correspondents from all the major newspapers and national magazines were in attendance; heavy hitters from radio and the new medium, "TV" were also there; in the midst of that crowd was one "Major Donald E. Keyhoe," who had penned, "The Flying Saucers Are Real" and was a considerable thorn in the Air Force's side.

Samford's opening statement recapped the Air Force's investigation of the UFO phenomenon since 1947; he mentioned the Air Force's concern of possible air born menaces to the United States, talked about Project Saucer (Project Sign) and it's current "more improved" organization. He noted the mass amount of reports that have been analyzed, and quickly put them to rest as some easily explainable phenomenon, e.g., our own aircraft, weather aberrations, hoaxes etc.

His oratory was mild mannered and done in an academic fashion; Keyhoe later commented that the "tension in the crowd was eased" by his simple explanations of the UFOs. Samford didn't shy away from the "20%" of the reports that couldn't be "identified," either, and gave the impression that with more data those could be laid to rest as well.

In concluding he made a point that the Air Force's role was to ensure that UFO sightings didn't pose a threat to the United States; he said there was no pattern to indicate there was one.

At this point the rest of the conference would proceed as a Q & A session with the reporters. As would be expected, the reporters began a barrage of some very poignant questions, but Samford held his ground, and calmly gave rational explanations for the previous weeks UFO sightings and consequent "radar tracks."

When asked about "solid returns" Samford talked about "birds and temperature inversions"; when asked about multiple radar units tracking the same objects, "simultaneously" he mentioned the same phenomenon can pass from scope to scope, and indicated that the timing can be off. (I.e., it wasn't simultaneous). When asked about the "expertise" of the radar operators he politely indicated that even the "best can be fooled."

As you can see, no matter the question Samford and or one of his panel had a very "logical explanation" for the recent UFO phenomenon; even when he left room for further investigation he firmly stated, "there is nothing in them that is associated with materials or vehicles or missiles that are directed against the United States."

The conference lasted an hour and twenty minutes, at it's finale the members of the media had a mixed response, some thought that Samford and his group were on the level, others didn't buy it for a moment, but by and large they would "accept the more feasible explanations" and that is what would "go to print."

The following day the "New York Times" published an article entitled, "Air Force Debunks 'Saucers' As Just 'Natural Phenomena.'" The "Herald Tribune" published the same article, and the "Post" headlined an article, "Saucer Blips Over Capitol Laid To Heat." The "AP" ran with "those stories" and premise was spread across the country.

Some might wonder how the press could be so naïve . . . but those were different times, and we were much more trustful of the powers-that-be. Still, after taking in Samford's explanations, it must have given people pause if they had to board airplane, since their very lives depend upon the air traffic controllers who apparently couldn't tell a plane, or another solid object from a flock of birds and or heat inversions.