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Filer's Files 99-#1 MUFON Skywatch Investigations

From: George FilerMajorstar@AOL.COM
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 1999 19:08:34 EST
Fwd Date: Sat, 09 Jan 1999 22:32:20 -0500
Subject: Filer's Files 99-#1 MUFON Skywatch Investigations

Filer's Files #1-1999,  MUFON Skywatch Investigations
George A. Filer,  MUFON Eastern Director,  Happy New Year
January  8, 1998,   Majorstar@aol.com  (609) 654-0020

UFOs SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR FOR THE HOLIDAYS:

Sightings seemed to disappear in the days before Christmas and
into the New Year.  Apparently even UFO pilots like to home for
the holidays.  We can speculate they are off for the holidays or
over Iraq.  The sudden lack of reports may indicate people are
too busy to notice UFOs or report them.  UFOs may have simply
disappeared from our skies as they also seemed to do last year
at this time.  This apparent absence of UFOs may be an indicator
to understanding the UFO phenomenon.  My files indicate that
December has been a comparatively slow month over several
decades.  I feel more than fifty percent of the sightings can be
explained as aerial misidentifications, natural phenomenon,
various types of secret military aircraft and the like.  There
continues a steady stream of reports throughout most of the
year.  It seems that the reporting of these misidentifications
should continue, even if the real UFOs departed.  In the few
days before Christmas, the only UFO reports I received were an
Utah report and observations of a large V shaped craft over
Bagdad, Iraq during US and UK bombing raids.  These raids were
apparently conducted without contacting Russia resulting in the
serious cooling of international relations between Russia and
the US that could lead us back to the Cold War.  CNN television
carried live shots of the bombing and strange V- shaped craft
above the city.  These reports infer the US military may be
using holographic technology or other sophisticated hardware to
confuse Iraqi antiaircraft gunners.

In reviewing 1998, Georgia had more UFO reports than any other
state.  Early in the year the reports were centered mostly in
the La Grange area of Western Georgia.  The bulk of the sighting
reports then moved towards and north of the Atlanta area.  New
Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio followed with the most
reports in the Eastern part of the US.  California, Colorado and
Arizona sent me the second largest group of reports.

Numerous reports are sent to the National Reporting Center,
MUFON, ISUR, Skywatch, TASK, etc.  We attempt to verify these
reports as best as possible and many reports we receive are
never published.  The reader should be aware that verification
of the reports is expensive and time consuming problem. MUFON
investigators like myself are not paid or reimbursed for
numerous phone calls, travel, and time expended to verify the
reports.  I have learned from experience that the Air Force,
police and other organizations will seldom officially verify the
presence of a UFO.  Unofficially, we have received verifications
after getting to know the officials on a friendly basis.  Many
conscientious people who report UFOs do not want their real name
known and hide or refuse to respond to our attempts to contact
them.  I admit that I have occasionally been fooled by people
hoaxing UFO reports.  Fortunately the number of hoaxes is very
small.  I report the siting if it seems authentic. We attempt to
have investigators follow up the reports.  Often those people
with the best sightings are very reluctant to be interviewed.
They often do not want UFO investigators coming to their homes
or giving out their names.  I think this is understandable.
Even under the best conditions it is difficult to have a
meaningful follow up investigation.  We have MUFON investigators
driving hundreds of miles to meet with a witness who fails to
show.  Sometimes they refuse to fill out the papers or sign
their name.  I wish to thank those investigators who have driven
the miles, spent their time and written the reports.  One
investigation done correctly can take days.  MUFON and most UFO
organizations are strictly volunteer with no pay.  Expenses are
not paid, and a great deal of time and effort is spent.  The
investigators deserve a medal, a thank you, and a well done.
They are the heroes of this field.

During 1998, we had a series of hoaxers who claimed to have
inside government information and secrets concerning UFOs.  They
seldom are long time researchers or investigators.  They
suddenly appear making wild claims and erroneous reports.
Unfortunately, it is expensive and very time consuming to weed
out hoaxers.  They cause serious harm to the field and I often
wonder if they are hired or compelled to cause trouble and
confusion.  I fail to understand their motivation.  Little if
any of their information has been proved to be valid.  They
create confusion and hurt serious researchers. Often they have
information that seems accurate at first, but later is
determined to be false.  Often they will later admit lying
despite their previous claims of being a NASA contractor, on the
National Security Council, working inside NORAD and the like.
Anyone who claims to possess startling UFO information should be
able to provide at a minimum there military or government
records, ID cards, college transcripts and similar evidence to
prove their backgrounds and employment.  Those people who
possess insider documents and information should be willing to
produce these documents to respected organizations such as
MUFON, CUFOS, or the Fund for UFO Research. Ufology cannot
expect to gain trust, if people without credentials are
acknowledged without question.  I strongly advise the reader to
seriously question any claims of alien data, inside government
knowledge, classifications above Top Secret and similar
unsubstantiated UFO data.

I have not reported on the release of new MJ-12 documents in
these files, because I am not convinced they are genuine.  How
would one person be able to steal these highly classified
documents from the government?  There are guards, safes and
controls to prevent this from happening.  In many little ways
the documents are vague and seem to contain errors.  For
example, the documents infer they were written in 1951.  The
documents then refer to the Chief of Chaplains as a Major
General Luther Miller who retired in 1949.  This is a small, but
significant error.  Government documents generally contain more
specific and detailed information.  They are written by a team
of people representing various offices.  These documents seem to
be written by one or only a few persons.  The new MJ-12
documents simply do not feel right to me, so I withhold judgment
on their legitimacy.

Later, in these files there is further analysis of photographs
taken by Dr. J. Bond Johnson in General Ramey’s office of the
Roswell crash debris.  This is old news but we now have new
technology that may help prove what happened. There is a
legitimate record of the film kept in storage at the University
of Texas and Dr. Johnson.  The analysis may lead to an
unsatisfactory conclusion, but at least we know the photographs
are authentic.  Many abductees and military personnel have
reported seeing similar strange symbols on board alien craft.
In fact, some of the latest technology is similar to certain
aspects of the debris.  You are invited to help and judge for
yourself.  Therefore, I will continue to cover this story.

To those who desire to learn the truth about UFOs, I encourage
you to read information from the respected leaders in the field
such as Richard H. Hall's "Perspectives" column.  It's published
monthly in the "MUFON UFO Journal" For example Richard states:


The Art Bell piece [published in the November 1998, issue of the "MUFON
UFO Journal"] makes me think about how the sociological aspects of the UFO
movement distract from the physical science aspects.  News media gleefully
report on the colorful personalities, the more paranoid the better, but where
is their reporting on the potentially important airline pilot sightings of the
past few years?  Obviously, Bell is viewed by the media as representative of
the UFO field, even as guru for ufologists.  Well, count me out.  Let's stick
to facts, logic, and science.  Thanks to Bob Soetebier and the December ’98
MUFON Journal page 18.

Last week I credited Victor Kean with an Edmonton, UK sighting,
it apparently originated with Tony Spurrier, Project FT's web
page to whom we wish to thank.

UTAH

PARK CITY: Manny Fernandez writes and asks ?  Did anyone see 3
UFOs on December 23, 1998, in Utah?  It was a clear night, at
9:15 PM, when my wife and I saw three bright white lights, in a
triangular formation, silently streak across the sky at a
tremendous speed over the Wasatch Mountain range, at first in a
straight line and then make a left turn and recede until they
disappeared, over the span of about 5 seconds.  Did anyone else
see this? Thanks to Manny Fernandez at manny1@ix.netcom.com

NEW DATA ON GENERAL RAMEY’S ROSWELL DEBRIS PHOTOGRAPHS:

Neil Morris and J. Bond Johnson and the Roswell Photo
Interpretation Team (RPIT) continue to update their findings.
RPIT using state of the art enhancement techniques, have taken a
close up look at the photographs that J. Bond Johnson shot on
July 8, 1947.  The following is: A discussion of what the debris
in these photos shows or doesn't show, links to these enhanced
photos and related Web pages.  What in my opinion is the MOST
promising in all of this, is a discussion of the analysis of a
MESSAGE General Ramey is holding in his hand in EACH OF THE FOUR
PHOTOS JOHNSON TOOK OF GENERAL RAMEY some of these photos.  This
could REALLY provide the answers everyone's been looking for.
NOTE THAT IN THE FIRST TWO PICTURES TAKEN OF GENERAL RAMEY ALONE
AND THE FIRST ONE TAKEN WITH COLONEL DUBOSE.  THE MESSAGE IS
FOLDED AND RAMEY COULD NOT BE READING THE MESSAGE.  HOWEVER, IN
THE LAST PICTURE TAKEN BY JOHNSON RAMEY HAS FOLDED THE PAGE INTO
THIRDS AND APPEARS TO BE READING THE LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE
MESSAGE EVEN WHILE THE PHOTO SHOOT IS IN PROGRESS. AN ARGUMENT
CAN BE MADE THAT THIS MESSAGE WAS THE GENERAL'S "MARCHING
ORDERS" FROM HIS SUPERIORS IN THE AAF SINCE IT  INCLUDED MENTION
OF "VICTIMS OF THE CRASH"  BEING TAKEN TO FORT WORTH, TEX --  A
HIGHLY UNUSUAL PROCEDURE FOR VICTIMS OF AN AIRCRAFT CRASH -- AND
ALSO  "WEATHER BALLOONS" -- WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN ORDERING HIM
TO ISSUE THE "WEATHER  BALLOON COVER-UP" STORY TO "KILL" THE
PRESS' GROWING INTEREST IN THIS BREAKING  STORY.  Some of these
photos, now housed at the University of Texas at Arlington, show
debris spread out on the floor of GENERAL RAMEY'S office at the
headquarters of the 8th Army Air Force, Fort Worth, Texas, now
known as Carswell AFB.  A spirited debate has been going on for
some time now regarding exactly what the debris in these photos
actually is.  At the time, and AFTER Dr.Johnson took his photos,
Brigadier General Roger Ramey, Commanding General of the 8th
Army Air Force, held a press briefing (THERE IS NO EVIDENCE
ANYWHERE THAT THERE WAS ANY PRESS BRIEFING OTHER THAN THE BRIEF
CONTACT BETWEEN RAMEY AND JOHNSON IN RAMEY'S OFFICE AND RAMEY'S
PERSONAL RADIO BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE "WBAP" STUDIOS. NO KNOWN
MEMBER OF THE PRESS EVER FILED A STORY AND NO OTHER PHOTOGRAPHER
EVER PRODUCED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DEBRIS DISPLAYED IN RAMEY'S
OFFICE -- OTHER THAN THE SINGLE PHOTO OF WEATHER OFFICER NEWTON
WHICH WAS TAKEN AFTER JOHNSON DEPARTED THE OFFICE AND WHICH WAS
DISTRIBUTED TO THE MEDIA BY RAMEY'S STAFF TOO LATE TO RUN IN
MORNING PAPERS ON JULY 9, 1947.)  General Ramey went on WBAP
radio announcing the debris in the office was nothing more than
the remains of a Rawin Radar Reflector that had been carried
aloft by a weather balloon, and crashed on a ranch outside of
Roswell.  This, he claimed, was the debris brought to him by
Major Jesse Marcel, which earlier that day had been mistakenly
reported as debris from a crashed "Flying Disc" WHICH HAD BEEN
"CAPTURED" BY THE AAF.

All of the noted Roswell researchers and authors over the years
have presented evidence supporting the theory that acting on
orders from Major General Clements McMullen in Washington, D.
C., General Ramey had the real debris Marcel brought with him
switched with the Rawin debris.  (THIS IS INACCURATE. ACTUALLY
ONLY A FEW AUTHORS EVER MENTIONED ANY DEBRIS "SWITCH."  THIS
CLAIM WAS BASED ENTIRELY ON AN AMBIGUOUS STATEMENT MADE BY MAJOR
JESSE MARCEL, SR. TO AUTHOR WILLIAM MOORE MORE THAN 40 YEARS
AFTER THE INCIDENT THAT THE PHOTOS OF MARCEL WERE MADE WITH THE
REAL WRECKAGE BUT THAT LATER PHOTOS WERE OF SUBSTITUTED DEBRIS.
WITH THE DETAILED PHOTO INTERPRETATION BY RPIT IT IS GENERALLY
AGREED THAT THE DISPLAYED DEBRIS IS THE SAME IN THE RAMEY,
DUBOSE AND MARCEL PHOTOS.  HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT SOME OF THE
BEAMS WHICH INCLUDE RAISED SYMBOLS AND OTHER ANOMALOUS OBJECTS
WHICH WOULD NOT BE FOUND IN A WEATHER BALLOON OR RAWIN RADAR
DEVICE AND WHICH ARE SEEN IN THE RAMEY, DUBOSE AND MARCEL SHOTS
ARE NOT SEEN IN THE SINGLE NEWTON SHOT MADE LATER.  General
DuBose, shortly before his death, in a video interview makes no
mention of a "switch" of debris.  He confirms General McMullen’s
orders to put out the "cover story" of the weather balloon to
get the press off the AF's back.  This was a deliberate effort
to get the press off the AF's back, and apparently cover up the
fact they had indeed recovered a crashed "Flying Disc" near
Roswell.  In other words the press release that initiated from
the Roswell AAF got out before the Pentagon had a chance to
react.  Thus, this was damage control.  At least this is one
commonly held theory.  RPIT (Roswell Photo Interpretation Team),
believe their photo enhancements show AT LEAST some of the
debris material is not part of the Rawin target material.  In
other words original crash debris, or at least SOMETHING else is
mixed in.  Therefore, they proclaim General Ramey is not guilty
of having switched the debris material.  Neil Morris writes, At
first I had to agree that there could be a mixture of debris to
be seen in the photographs, but I now have to say that I am
moving more towards the thought that little if any of the debris
seen in the images is from a radar target or that, due to items
such as "buttons" being found on the "balloon envelope"!, a
balloon.  The large foil panels are said to be the foil-backed
cardboard of the radar reflectors, in the images of Major Marcel
look VERY closely at his fingers as he holds the foil, look how
incredibly THIN the foil sheets are.  In my eyes far thinner
than a foil- cardboard sandwich.  Also notice how the sheet is
flexed, again this doesn't seem to be how I would imagine, or
have seen, a cardboard sheet flex, bend and RIPPLE as these
sheets have. 1.  It is accepted as fact that Major Marcel
brought with him on the flight from Roswell to Ft. Worth actual
material from the Brazel debris field.  IT IS UNCONTROVERTED
THAT MARCEL UNWRAPPED AT LEAST SOME OF THIS DEBRIS AND DISPLAYED
IT ON THE FLOOR OF GENERAL RAMEY'S OFFICE. (SOME ACCOUNTS STATE
THAT THAT MUCH OF THE DEBRIS REMAINED ON THE B-29 AND WAS TAKEN
ON TO WRIGHT FIELD IN OHIO.)  THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO UNOPENED
PACKAGES SHOWN ON THE FLOOR NEAR THE DEBRIS DISPLAY SEEN IN THE
PHOTOS TAKEN IN RAMEY'S OFFICE.  At least 1 "plant stem" can be
seen with the debris indicating the debris was most likely
gathered "outdoors." 2.  It is accepted as fact that Rawin Radar
reflector material IS the predominant material in the photos.
THIS IS INCORRECT.  A REVIEW OF THE RESULTS OF RPIT MEMBERS'
PHOTO INTERPRETATION OF THE RAMEY OFFICE PHOTOS AS POSTED ON THE
WEB INDICATES THAT THERE IS NOTHING SEEN IN THE PHOTOS WHICH IS
FOUND IN EITHER A WEATHER BALLOON OR RAWIN RADAR DEVICE.  THE
STRANGEST FINDINGS ARE THE VARIOUS SYMBOLS -- WHICH APPEAR TO BE
BOTH "PRINTED" AND CARVED IN BAS RELIEF -- DISPLAYED THROUGHOUT
ALL THE PHOTOS.  THE FOUR EXISTING ORIGINAL NEGATIVES AS EXPOSED
BY JOHNSON ON JULY 8, 1947, HAVE BEEN IN CONTINUOUS CUSTODY
EITHER OF THE STAR- TELEGRAM OR THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SINCE
THAT TIME.

On first "impressions" just "glancing" at the photographs the
debris MAY LOOK LIKE weather balloon debris, if you look deeper
into the images this impression quickly disperses.  Some of the
group do go with the idea of a mixture, as I have explained
above I personally now think there may be very little if any
balloon/reflector debris in the pictures.  It's not a black and
white point more a sliding scale, and towards which end of the
scale you stand.  Unless and until it can be proven beyond any
doubt Non-Rawin material is mixed in the debris, in my opinion
the entire debate is moot.  THE RPIT MEMBERS HAVE MADE NO CLAIMS
AS TO THE ETIOLOGY OF THEIR FINDINGS BUT HAVE INVITED THE WORLD
TO SPECULATE AS TO WHAT COULD BE THE ORIGIN OF THESE STRANGE
SYMBOLS.  SO FAR NO ONE HAS OFFERED ANY SERIOUS SUGGESTION.  No
one can prove absolutely the photos are of the very same
material Marcel brought with him from Roswell.  BUT THERE IS NO
EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS NOT THE MATERIAL THAT MARCEL COLLECTED ON
THE ROSWELL RANCH.  Bill Moore claims Major Marcel told him he
was photographed with "some of the less interesting debris" or
words to that effect.  Dubose maintained there was no switch of
debris.

Neil Morris mentions there are the supporting fact of "plant
stems" in the debris photographs.  Without this proof on when
the Rawin material may or may not have been substituted for the
real crash material, everything else is speculation, conjecture,
and opinion.  It doesn't matter if Ramey ordered the switch on
his own, or acted on orders of General McMullen.  What's
important is what's shown in the photos!  The photo's tell the
same story, "unchanged", as they did 50 years ago on the day
they were taken, they are in effect a little time machine
allowing us to peek in through a window in Ramey's office just
at that moment when Bond's flash went off.  HERE IS WHAT IS
CLAIMED TO BE IN THE MEMO IN RAMEY’S HAND SO FAR: The Crest in
the Upper Left Hand corner of the message appears to be a cradle
phone circa 1947 which could indicate that this was an official
phone message.  Niel Morris says his interpretation of this
differs, He has outlined what he thinks this feature is on his
web site, an insignia of some type.

The time of receipt appears to be 1533 (which coincides with the
RPIT time  line precisely).  He only "suggested" these hand
written numbers "might" be a time, but it would fit the proposed
time-line if they were.   There is agreement among two local
RPIT members (Ron Regehr and Debbie Stock)  as to the following
words:   AS THE ... 4HRS THE VICTIMS OF THE ... YOU FORWARDED TO
THE ... AT FORT  WORTH, TEX. ... THE "CRASH" "STORY" .... FOR
0984 ACKNOWLEDGES ... EMERGENCY  POWERS ARE NEEDED SITE TWO SW
MAGDALENA, NMEX ... SAFE TALK ... FOR MEANING OF  STORY AND
MISSION ... WEATHER BALLOONS SENT ON THE . AND LAND . ROVER
CREWS... (SIGNED) TEMPLE.   OTHER RPIT MEMBERS CONFIRM AT LEAST
SOME OF THE KEY WORDS AS SET FORTH ABOVE.

I have listed below the Web sites where you can view the
enhancements and decide for yourself.  If, as most people who
have taken the trouble to view the "message" agree the text on
the message IS typewritten and therefore on a "fixed grid"
layout of characters, some of this EARLY interpretation cannot
be correct, the letter count of the words just don't fit in the
grid, but on a number of "key" words all are agreed, i.e.
"VICTIMS" and "STORY".

Just these 2 words suggest both an event involving deaths, and
possibly of the requirement for a "STORY". But it is still early
days in the task of recovering the text from the "message" and I
don't think the task is going to be as simple and easy as some
people have thought.  The characters in the "message" are at the
very limit of the image resolving capabilities the original
negatives and as some of the text areas have sustained damage.
It is quite likely some of the words may never be resolved
conclusively, of course the carbon copy might still be lurking
somewhere in the great Government machine.

(http://www.ufomind.com/people/j/johnsonj/ (about J. Bond Johnson)
http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ (Main Link to Debris and Memo)
http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ftw-pics/index.htm (Ramey Office Photos)
http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ftw-pics/new-1/index.htm (Memo)
http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ftw-pics/new-1/rmysignl.htm (Memo)
http://adm2.ph.man.ac.uk/ftw-pics/download/index.htm
(2.5 meg image scan a BIGfile)
http://www.abduct.com/aaer/n52.htm (Symbols In Debris)
http://www.abduct.com/aaer/n53.htm (Symbols In Debris)
http://www.artbell.com/jbjohnson.html (Ramey Photos & Symbols)
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Hollow/8827/ramey.html (Memo)
http://www.abcfield.force9.co.uk/rpit/letter.html.  (Thanks to RPIT and Dr.
Bond Johnson)

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