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From: Henny van der Pluijm <hvdp@worldonline.nl>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 1998 01:15:57 +0200 (MET DST)
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*    Scientists conclude UFO Evidence Worthy of Study 
     -   Data do not prove Alien Visitation

*    Contributors Comment On 'Sturrock' Review
     -   First official investigation since 1968

*    UFO Researcher compiles website with Russian Cases
     -   Needs help

*    Child relates Contact Experience
     -   'Tell me I'm not crazy'

*    Has Chupacabra arrived in Texas?

*    Website Shows Off Formerly Sensitive Sights
     -   Area 51 missing

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Scientists conclude UFO Evidence Worthy of Study 
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- Data do not prove Alien Visitation

From: Terry Blanton <commengr@bellsouth.net

STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE

Stanford, CA, June 29, 1998 ----

In the first independent review of UFO phenomena
since 1970, a panel of scientists has concluded
that some sightings are accompanied by physical
evidence that deserves scientific study. But the
panel was not convinced that any of this evidence
points to a violation of known natural laws or the
involvement of an extraterrestrial intelligence.

The review was organized and directed by Peter Sturrock,
professor of applied physics at Stanford University,
and supported administratively by the Society for
Scientific Exploration, which provides a forum for
research into unexplained phenomena. The international
review panel of nine physical scientists responded
to presentations by eight investigators of UFO reports,
who were asked to present their strongest data.
Von R. Eshleman, professor emeritus of electrical
engineering at Stanford, co-chaired the panel.

Although UFO reports date back 50 years, the information
gathered does not prove that either unknown physical
processes or alien technologies are implicated.
But it does include a sufficient number of intriguing
and inexplicable observations, the panel concluded.
"It may be valuable to carefully evaluate UFO reports
to extract information about unusual phenomena
currently unknown to science." To be credible to
the scientific community "such evaluations must
take place with a spirit of objectivity and a willingness
to evaluate rival hypotheses" that has so far been
lacking, it added.

This conclusion differs from that reached by Dr.
Edward U. Condon, director of the Colorado Project,
in his 1968 UFO report. He concluded that "further
extensive study of UFOs probably cannot be justified
in the expectation that science will be advanced
thereby." It is very similar, however, to the conclusion
reached by the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics' Kuettner Report issued two years
later, which advocated "a continuing, moderate-level
[research] effort with emphasis on improved data
collection by objective means and on high-quality
scientific analysis."

In the current study, the scientific panel focused
on incidents involving some form of physical evidence,
including photographic evidence, radar evidence,
vehicle interference, interference with aircraft
equipment, apparent gravitational or inertial effects,
ground traces, injuries to vegetation, physiological
effects on witnesses, and debris. Of particular
concern are reports that UFO encounters may be hazardous
to people's health. Some witnesses have reportedly
suffered radiation-type injuries. These reports
led the panel to draw the attention of the medical
community to the possible health risks involved.


The scientists found that some of the reported incidents
may have been caused by rare natural phenomena,
such as electrical activity high above thunderstorms
or radar ducting (the trapping and conducting of
radar waves by atmospheric channels). However,
the panel found that some of the phenomena related
to UFOs are not easy to explain in this fashion.


Further analysis of the evidence presented to the
panel is unlikely to shed added light on the causes
underlying the reports, the scientists said. Most
current UFO investigations lack the level of rigor
required by the scientific community, despite the
initiative and dedication of the investigators
involved. But new data, scientifically acquired
and analyzed, could yield useful information and
advance our understanding of the UFO problem, the
panel said.

The reviewers also made the following observations:

 1.The UFO problem is not a simple one, and it is
unlikely that there is any simple, universal answer.

 2.Whenever there are unexplained observations,
there is the possibility that scientists will learn
something new by studying them.

 3.Studies should concentrate on cases that include
as much independent physical evidence as possible.

 4.Continuing contact between the UFO community
and physical scientists could be productive.

 5.Institutional support for research in this area
is desirable.

The review panel consisted of Von Eshleman; Thomas
Holzer, High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colo.;
Randy Jokipii, professor of planetary science, University
of Arizona, Tucson; Francois Louange, managing director
of Fleximage, Paris, France; H. J. Melosh, professor
of planetary science, University of Arizona, Tucson;
James J. Papike, professor of earth and planetary
sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque;
Guenther Reitz, German Aerospace Center, Institute
for Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Germany; Charles
Tolbert, professor of astronomy, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville; and Bernard Veyret, Bioelectromagnetics
Laboratory, University of Bordeaux, France. Eshleman
and Holzer served as co-chairs of the panel.
The UFO investigators who presented evidence were
Richard Haines, Los Altos, Calif.; Illobrand von
Ludwiger, Germany; Mark Rodeghier, Center for UFO
Studies, Chicago; John Schuessler, Houston; Erling
Strand, Ostfold College, Skjeberg, Norway; Michael
Swords, professor of natural science, Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo; Jacques Vallee, San Francisco;
and Jean-Jacques Velasco, CNES, Toulouse, France.

The study was initiated by Laurance S. Rockefeller
and supported financially by the LSR Fund.


Complete Report and Supporting Documents On Line:
http://www.jse.com/PR_UFO_98.html

The Journal of Scientific Exploration is the quarterly
peer-reviewed research journal of the Society for
Scientific Exploration, an interdisciplinary organization
of scholars formed to support unbiased investigation
of claimed anomalous phenomena.

STANFORD CONTACT:

David Salisbury, Science Writer, Stanford University
News Service, phone: 650-725-1944
SOCIETY FOR SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION CONTACT:
Marsha Sims, Executive Editor, Journal of Scientific
Exploration, phone: 650-593-8581, fax: 650-595-4466

FOR COMMENT CONTACT:
Prof. Peter Sturrock, workshop director, phone:
650-723-1438
Prof. Von R. Eshleman, panel co-chair, phone: 650-723-3531

Dr. Thomas Holzer, panel co-chair, phone: 303-397-1567



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Contributors Comment On 'Sturrock' Review
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- First official investigation since 1968

Via Stig Agermose

>From the San Jose Mercury News

Science panel says it's worth evaluating UFO reports

BY MICHELLE LEVANDER
Mercury News Staff Writer

For more than 50 years, UFO investigators have scoured
the skies for signs of alien life -- completely
snubbed by the scientific community as cranks.

But today, in the first independent scientific review
of UFO evidence in nearly 30 years, scientists gave
a faint nod in their direction by concluding that
it might be worthwhile to evaluate UFO reports,
marking a major and important shift in the eyes
of some UFO investigators.

"What we need are more scientists looking at this
area if we are going to get answers," said Peter
Sturrock, the Stanford University physicist who
convened the international panel of "skeptical"
scientists. Sturrock assembled the group after being
approached by New York philanthropist Laurance S.
Rockefeller, the grandson of John D. Rockefeller
and someone who reportedly has a longstanding interest
in UFOs and psychic phenomena.

Sturrock, whose Society for Scientific Exploration
promotes the examination of ideas outside the scientific
mainstream, hopes thepanel's review of UFO reports,
to be published today in the alternative Journal
of Scientific Exploration, spurs more solid research
in the arena.

To be sure, after a rare meeting between scientists
and UFO investigators, the scientific panel remained
skeptical. Nevertheless, they said the scientific
community's refusal to even entertain the analysis
of such information has been counterproductive.

"The history of Earth science includes several examples
of the final acceptance of phenomena originally
dismissed as folk tales," such as meteorites and
sprites, the report says. "It may therefore be valuable
to carefully evaluate UFO reports to extract information
about unusual phenomena currently unknown to science."

One UFO investigator was pleased with the findings.

Openness, evidence

Mark Rodeghier, of the Center for UFO Study in Chicago,
interprets the panel's greater openness as an important
step to bring the world of science -- which demands
empirical evidence -- closer to that of UFO observers,
some of whom believe they now know what aliens do
during human abductions.

Taking a break from the national Mutual UFO Network
conference, Rodeghier said, "It would be extremely
important for us to know if aliens are visiting
the Earth surreptitiously. I didn't expect in five
days that they would change their mind completely.
I think it's sufficient that they say the subject
deserves study."

For its review, the panel examined evidence such
as a 1981 photograph of "a silvery oval-shaped object
set against the blue sky," taken in British Columbia
-- the photographer swears it was not a trick photo
of a frisbee -- and a 1965 report by two French
submarine crews in Martinique of "a large luminous
object that arrived slowly and silently from the
west, flew to the south and vanished like a rapidly
extinguished light bulb."

The last time scientists took a serious look at
UFOs was in 1968, when Dr. Edward U. Condon, director
of the Colorado Project, undertook a two-year study
sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency and
the U.S. Air Force. His dismissive conclusion: "Nothing
has come of the study of UFOs in the past 21 years
and "further extensive study of UFOs probably cannot
be justified"

Already some of this panel's scientists are steeling
themselves for ridicule from peers.

"I haven't gone around and advertised I've done
this. I thought I'd wait until our report came out
and then let them take their jabs then," said Thomas
Holzer, senior scientist at the National Center
for Atmospheric Research.

Still, he adds, he shares the panel's view that
more openness is needed.

Natural phenomena

Some UFO reports, the scientists concluded, could
be explained by rare natural events such as sprites,
or what appear to be huge sheets of light moving
upward from cloud decks caused by electrical activity
high above thunderclouds.

Unusual radar patterns that UFO investigators interpret
as flight patterns of alien craft are likely radar
echoes caused by refraction in the atmosphere, said
panel member and Stanford professor Von Eshleman,
who studies the structure of the atmosphere through
experiments on U.S. space missions.

And, the scientists said, some in their community
may be more interested in UFOs than they are willing
to admit.

Sturrock said his own surveys of astronomers show
that many privately admit to interest in UFOs. Asked
for his own views, Sturrock was coy.
"I don't believe in UFOs, but they may exist whether
I believe in them or not," he said. "That's saying
I don't have an opinion I wish to share."

When pressed, panel member Eshleman said he thinks
it would be surprising if there weren't life forms
on other planets. Asked about the likelihood of
complex alien societies, he said, "It's less probable,
but there's no reason to limit it anywhere."

Gregory Benford, a solar physicist at the University
of California-Irvine who has reviewed the UFO report,
said that when Condon, now deceased, wrote his initial
1968 findings on UFO evidence, he wrote the conclusion
first. Even though a scientific panel urged more
open-mindedness two years later, it didn't carry
much weight.

"He had an automatic aversion to the cranks who
had surrounded the UFO phenomenon", Benford said.
In '68, he just wanted to squash this like a bug.
So he said you won't learn anything if you study
this any further.


Looking in new places

"I think that's unwarranted. If you don't look in
new places,
you won't see new things."

Still, he added, while many astronomers believe
that life exists elsewhere in the galaxy, that's
a far cry from believing that UFOs are passing over
your neighborhood.
"Even if some intelligent being was visiting us
from a distant star, why would they fly around and
never make any contact?" hesaid. "If they are hostile,
why not do the obvious and wipe us out? It would
be dead easy to get in touch with us.

"Just because you are open-minded doesn't mean your
brains have fallen out."

1997 - 1998 Mercury Center.


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UFO Researcher compiles website with Russian Cases
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- Needs help

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)

Forwarded from "alt.ufo.reports".

From: Vladimir Gerasimov <vladg@ix.netcom.com>

As the communist-regime fell in the late 80's, a
great deal of the Russian UFO-files has been given
light (along with the rest of the Soviet allies
files). We now been told that the entire Soviet
armed forces, a total of 15 million people over
ten years (1979-1989), was involved in a UFO study
that turned up forty major incidents, including
one that prompted fears of starting an accidental
nuclear war. As a result of the study hundreds of
UFOs were recorded and some were photographed. Some
of the reports and some of the photos are clearly
faked. But in other cases there were multiple witnesses...


Unfortunately, until late 80-s, the UFO subject
was forbidden to discuss in our country. Any talks
on this matter might get you in trouble. As local
residents say, they have been noticing strange flying
objects for a long time. Those objects were shaped
as spheres, black "boats", domes, plates and so
on. Also, there have been weird places, where people
felt like being observed or were afraid of presence
of something odd. When the ban of ufological information
was removed, the explorers attention was drawn to
abnormal events near Mobelka village. The results
of the first expeditions (Perm's Bachurin's group,
Muhortov's group) were a sensation. In 1989, this
information got out to the Mass Media. Since then,
the members of our group have been studying this
place.

If anyone has any kind of information or links to
web sites about Russian Sightings please email me
at:

dmitryg@mailcity.com

I'm currently working on a big web site which will
include a huge library of Russian Sightings including
the now famous Russian UFO Crash in Tunguska and
other sites..... yes there were UFO Crashes in Russian
..... Roswell Incident was not the only one UFO
Crash in History....there were many more.... " The
Truth is There...."
 Vlad G.


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Child relates Contact Experience
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- 'Tell me I'm not crazy'

Posted by : <UFOLAWYER1@aol.com>

Dear CAUS Subscribers:

This week's PCE is from wjbert@yahoo.com (wj vandiepen):

"I had an experience a few years ago. I can't remember
if it was '91 or '92, but I do remember it was winter,
around January, and it was sometime between 8:00
and 9:00 p.m. I was either 10 or 11 but remember
it as if it happened yesterday. I was in the bathroom
looking out the window when I saw what I thought
at first was the moon. I did not have my glasses
on, and I thought "wow, the moon is pretty low tonight."
Then I realized that if the moon was that low it
would be blocked out by trees on the other side
of highway #2 in Delaware, Ontario. My friends think

I'm insane, my family I think, believes me. I ran
to get my glasses, ran back and saw something which
I will never forget, and something which I have
yet to explain. It could not have been from this
Earth. It was no longer than a car, no higher than
10 feet over highway #2 and Victoria Street. It
was about 5 ft high, and glowed a magnificent yellow.

It also had what I would describe as wings, but
too small for that purpose. They were more, maybe,
like the outer disk (although it wasn't a 'flying
saucer', it was almost perfectly round, a sphere),
and these wings moved in a wave motion, the wave
coming from the 'cockpit' and out to the ends, one
wing one step behind the other. I don't know how
long I stared at it, but finally I started screaming
for my sister to come and see it. She would not
answer so, after a minute or two, I ran as fast
as I could into the living room, said "Shannon quick!
Come see this!" and with that I turned and ran back
into the bathroom. In the 2-3 seconds it took me
to do that the UFO flew away. It could not have
been the moon because it still would have been visible.
The weird thing is the highway is usually pretty
busy, but there were no cars whatsoever. No noise
except for our tv, which was very faint from the
bathroom. I would like this published and for anyone
who has seen this craft to <A HREF=3D"MAILTO:wjbert@yahoo.com"e-mail
me</A> and tell me I'm not crazy.
I have never had another experience that I know
of, but since that day I have been a firm believer."

Share your personal contact experiences with CAUS.
We will keep your name confidential if so desired.
Have a fantastic Friday and of CAUS...watch the
skies!!!

Peter A. Gersten Executive Director

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Has Chupacabra arrived in Texas?
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From: mario <mario@farshore.force9.co.uk>

Source: Midland Reporter-Telegraph Date: May 29
1998
Header: Has legendary Chupacabra made its way to
West Texas?

A recent report of sheep taken from a Midland County
ranch makes me wonder if the ever-popular Chupacabra
has made its way to West Texas. For some of you
who are unfamiliar with the legendary Chupacabra
(pronounced chew-pah-khab-rah), it's a scaled, winged
and fanged alien/beast that reportedly sucks the
blood out of livestock.

Its name translated in English means "the goat sucker."
Its origin has been traced to South American farmers,
who blame the creature for sabotaging their livestock.
The lore made its way to Puerto Rico, Florida and
even the Rio Grande Valley.
I figured it'd only be a matter of time before this
nuisance followed me to Midland.

When I was in South Texas, the Chupacabra would
make his way into the police reports at least once
a month. The scenario always involved a rural farmer
who'd call authorities after finding dead animals
on his property - all of which sustained two puncture
wounds to the neck.

Then, the complainant would come to our newspaper
with Polaroid pictures of his decaying animals.
My assignment would come soon after: I'd have to
ask a serious lawman to explain how the alien killed
an entire herd of cows and if charges were to be
filed. I could just see the docket: Case No. 0001,
the People vs. Goat sucker; charges: criminal mischief,
cruelty to animals and unlawful flight to avoid
prosecution.

Instead of making him laugh, the officer would throw
me out of his office, telling me that I wasted his
time with such absurd tales. Here in the basin,
the closest thing I've seen to the goat sucker is
a news reporter who did a live shot from a pet cemetery

in west Odessa. At prime time, this person poked
at bloated animal carcasses with a branch , warning
citizens not to make other people's property a final
resting place for Barky or Fluffy.

However, I doubt the beast is lingering in this
neck of the woods (or desert for that matter). The
creature's not as dumb as we think he is. Obviously,
he likes to roam the tropical climate, but probably
made a detour to the southern United States to stir
up a little scandal - or get a prescription for
Viagra.

Or, El Nino's wrath could have scared the little
guy over here. The impenetrable haze wafting from
zillion-acre fires in Mexico could have forced Chupacabra
to seek refuge in Midland, where hemakes his home
near a prairie dog town or at Wadley-Barron Park.

Either way, he won't be here long. There's way too
little livestock for him to survive here. I'd imagine
that he could move to Hawaii or the Virgin Islands,
but maybe he hasn't acquired enough frequent flyer
miles to make that voyage.

If I could meet him, I'd chide him for eluding me
for appearances on the "X-Files," National Enquirer
and "Unsolved Mysteries." Heck, I even looked for
him at the Chupacabras Festival in Zapata, Texas,
but all I found there was a 25-foot papier mch replica.
At this point, I'd be happy if he could bring a
little vigor into my life again, but I'm not counting
on it. The smoky haze has probably chased him away
to greener pastures, where there probably lives
more goats fearing his arrival.


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Website Shows Off Formerly Sensitive Sights
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From: Mark LeCuyer <randydan@wavetech.net
From: Alien Astronomer http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6583


By Alan Boyle, MSNBC

A free Internet archive of aerial images includes
hard-to-get photographs of U.S. spy installations,
intelligence experts say. On Wednesday, they were
hard to get on the Web as well: Due to high traffic,
lots of users found it difficult to connect with
the site.

The Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) TerraServer project,
offering almost 180 million overhead images taken
from airplanes and satellites, was formally unveiled
Wednesday at a computer trade event for governmental
agencies in Washington.

But the Web site was active even before its official
debut, and John Pike of the Federation of American
Scientists cruised around the site looking for overhead
pictures of sensitive areas. Aerial intelligence
imagery is one of Pike's specialties, and he was
amazed at what he found.


He said there were aerial photos of Raven Rock,
Md., the Pentagon bunker north of the Camp David
presidential retreat; and Mount Weather, Va., the
underground complex operated by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. Those two facilities are thought
to be designed to house government leaders in the
event of an emergency.

Another photographic subject was Camp Perry, Va.,
which houses a training complex for the CIA's Directorate
of Operations.

"I was able to find each of those in about 10 minutes
or so," he said. Pike said the photos are publicly
accessible by other means - after all, they originally
came from the U.S. Geological Survey. But in the
past, the red tape was a formidable hurdle for image-hunters.
"You're putting in one place the one-stop accessto
a large chunk of what's available instead of having
to go through all these channels," said Jeffrey
Richelson, author of "The U.S. Intelligence Community."

- Area 51 missing
NBC producer Robert Windrem, an expert on U.S. intelligence,
said the database also includes photos of sensitive
communications facilities near Sugar Grove, W.Va.;
Remington, Va.; and Warren Grove, N.J. Images of
Nevada's Area 51, the focus of UFO lore, are not
included in the database ... yet. The current database
covers an estimated 45 percent of the contiguous
United States plus a smattering of areas around
the rest of the world. But the partners behind TerraServer
say more images will be added to the database, with
the entire United States likely to be covered next
year.

The partners behind TerraServer say they came under
no government pressure to block out the images,
which come from a USGS aerial survey as well as
Russian satellite photos.

For the rest of the article visit:
http://www.developer.com/news/stories/062698_terraserver.html


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