By Steve Hammons
As part of efforts to invigorate our country and help younger Americans find ways to contribute to society, several ideas have been floated about some kind of youth corps or programs.
I explored this idea in my two novels, both published in 2001, "Mission Into Light" and the sequel "Light’s Hand."
In the novels, a small special research and operational team called the Joint Reconnaissance Study Group (JRSG), based in San Diego, is tasked with several projects. Some are innovative, some unconventional and others quite surprising.
In my novels, a team leader and Marine colonel named Gene Voss briefs the group on a pilot project involving American youth. He responds to a question from the commanding officer of the JRSG, Air Force Col. Tom O’Brien.
“Well, sir, we’ll also continue working in the human area. We have been recruited for a project involving another federal agency that ties in with what we’ve been doing with the Marine Pups youth program.”
“The agency whose request has come to us is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA. The big earthquakes recently apparently triggered a plan that they had been considering.”
“Here’s where it ties in with the Marine Pups program we have been somewhat involved with: FEMA wants to start a youth auxiliary or reserve group across the country that can be trained in first-aid, CPR and some basic emergency procedures,” Voss explains.
“FEMA knows that in the event of catastrophic earthquakes or other national emergencies, local police and fire departments, even assisted by the National Guard, may not be adequate to handle all the casualties and problems.”
“FEMA thinks a youth corps of some kind, maybe trained by local firefighters, needs to be formed. The Marine Pups is one model of a youth program that is being looked at.”
“When all of us in the group took those trips to Camp Pendleton to observe and work out with the teenagers in the Marine Pups, I believe we saw a model for a way to provide a positive experience for these youngsters. In fact, it rubbed off on all of us when we started our own physical fitness program.”
“There are a lot of mixed-up kids out there. Adults too, for that matter. This program builds self-esteem. Gets these youngsters on the right track.”
“We get involved with these kids and put back a little into the next generation. I think it’ll help us keep our feet on the ground.”
O’Brien follows up with a question.
“Have they given this program a name yet?”
“Sir, the name we’ve heard used most frequently, as this thing has evolved, is ‘Urgent Response Group’ or something similar.”
“Urgent Response Group. I like it,” O’Brien replies. “Good bunch of kids to have around when you need them, right?”
“We hope so sir.”
TRAINING AND OPERATIONAL READINESS
Voss explained it. “The JRSG has been asked to contribute some of the training concepts for this youth corps. The branches and agencies involved, on the local, state, and federal level have agreed to get this thing operational ASAP. There’s, well, some urgency to get it going. The program has been streamlined.”
“The kit to be distributed is now for four weeks of training a few hours a week. As planned, the program can be instructed by teachers, firefighters, cops, youth leaders, churches, National Guard and reserve units, and others. The program kits are being distributed nationwide as we speak.”
“The training is fairly straightforward. It’s for ages thirteen to nineteen. There is also a plan to increase the scope and strength of that corps by expanding it to include college students, increasing the capability of this group."
"Training includes basic first-aid, CPR, assisting fire and police, basic safety, physical fitness, self-defense. In some areas, they would specialize. In California, the training would include earthquake issues. In Oklahoma, tornadoes. River country, floods. And they will be able to provide support in the event of a terrorist incident.”
“After the four weeks, they get their navy and gold ‘Urgent Response Group’ uniform shirt and a clip-on photo ID badge. We’ll issue each of them a military web belt with a canteen, a first-aid kit, and a police-type flashlight."
"They stay linked-up with their adult instructors and their training group. And we have a database and a line of communication with them. That’s about it. It’s moving right along. We hope to have the first graduates in six weeks to two months.”
O’Brien was looking at this idea in a whole new light now. Natural disasters, terrorist threats, and now possible big Earth changes. This youth network could help in a big way.
Weeks later, the Urgent Response Group is up and running across the U.S. Members of the JRSG, including Col. Voss, are present at the northwest San Diego neighborhood of Mira Mesa where a meeting of regional teams of the organization and their adult instructors are training.
At the Mira Mesa Community College football field, nearly five hundred teenagers and young college students are undergoing specific training courses under the guidance of public safety and Navy personnel.
The young women and men were all in their uniform of blue jeans and the navy blue T-shirts with “Urgent Response Group” emblazoned in bold yellow letters on the front and back. They all wore military web belts with a canteen, first-aid kit and large police-type flashlights attached.
Some were being instructed by San Diego area firefighter-paramedics and Navy corpsmen in first-aid, CPR, and rescue procedures. The firefighters also were giving a short class on various urban survival skills. How to turn off residential natural gas lines. And how to deal with fires before firefighters show up.
Other groups were learning self-defense from local peace officers as well as how to safely subdue and restrain a criminal suspect or out-of-control person. The cops also taught them how to direct traffic if power to traffic lights went out.
Col. Voss was thoroughly impressed. He and Air Force Major Karen Valdez knew that training just like this was now taking place all over the country. The Urgent Response Group was up and running in a big way nationwide.
These trained young people had proved to be a tremendous national and international asset. URG members in northern California had recently been deployed to help public safety personnel after a serious earthquake there.
The group’s readiness for many situations had contributed to peace of mind across the country, as well as bringing America’s youth firmly into a new way of looking at themselves.
When Voss briefed the JRSG members, he noted that there could be more to the URG organization than just emergency preparedness and conventional human development training.
“The other part of this is more of the bigger picture. Some of the things we’ve done here at the JRSG point to our evolution as individuals and as a ready operational group.”
“Some of Team One’s work with the Navy dolphins has ramifications of species evolution, and how the human species has evolved and is continuing to evolve,” Voss pointed out.
“As you remember, one of the speakers up at the Four Corners meeting, the doctor, talked about the continuing evolution of the human brain and neurological system. And, I think we’re also operating under the premise that there is a fundamental spiritual evolution going on that is somewhat concrete.”
Voss addressed the whole JRSG team. “Let me ask you, how are we helping Americans, American human beings, our citizens, make the most of themselves and grow to be the best, healthiest and most advanced beings they can be? In the Marine Corps this is a fundamental mission.”
“For our own group, the five-mile runs we were taking, the gym work with resistance weight training, and the different kinds of physical therapies and mental work all have helped our readiness and personal intelligence, helped us deal with our duties.”
“We have fine-tuned our bodies and minds as crucial instruments in our mission. I would venture to say this has helped us in our operations and our successes thus far.”
“I think the FEMA proposal is a vehicle to get some of our youth on a similar track of self-betterment, and being part of a team that is competent to pitch in and help if needed.”
“Major Valdez and our intelligence analyst Jennifer here have some real good ideas for coaching and building up the girls and young women out there. We want to integrate the female population fully in this project.”
As the JRSG members sat around the conference table, they knew that Voss was right about how people can benefit and grow at all levels from the right training.
On the physical fitness level, all of them had lost fat, gained muscle and improved their jogging intensity and distances from their physical workout efforts. And their fitness had affected their internal consciousness too. Their physical fitness had affected their minds and spirits. They were more confident in what they could achieve.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
By Steve Hammons
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
By Steve Hammons
Ever since an energy-generating wind turbine near Conisholme, England, was damaged on Jan. 4, 2009, and witnesses reported glowing objects with "tentacles" there at the same time, interest by the international public and news media has been significant.
One of three 20-meter blades torn off and another was severely damaged. Ecotricity, the operator of the 213-foot-high wind turbines, and the manufacturer, German firm Enercon, are trying to determine the cause of the damage.
Around the world, newspapers, TV stations, Web sites, blogs and other communication platforms have been talking about the "UFO" that may have collided with, or otherwise damaged the wind turbine somehow.
Some journalists in the UK and internationally have reported on this incident in a professional and straightforward manner. Other writers and broadcasters have poked fun at the idea of a UFO as the cause of the damage.
In all news coverage though, a link between the idea of UFOs and the wind turbine has been established. Some headlines have had fun with this connection:
"Do Space Aliens Dislike Wind Power, or Are They Just Clumsy?" asked a New York Times Web site headline.
"Aliens hate green energy," the Discovery Magazine online headline said.
"We tried to be green but the aliens wouldn't let us," an Asian-based Web site headline stated.
An Australian Web site headline asked, "UFO damages wind turbine – Aliens not alternative energy fans?"
An article on the Web site of the UK newspaper The Mail took a different view – that the UFO beings were smart to damage the wind turbines because the devices interfere with the scenic beauty of the countryside. "Proof at last... aliens in UFOs are far more intelligent than we are," claimed the headline.
Of course, the entire topic of UFOs and visitors to Earth from other planets and/or dimensions is a subject that often results in ridicule and disbelief. So, linking this common ridicule with wind energy technology would seem inevitable.
ADVOCATES FOR CLEAN ENERGY
Some writers, publications and Web sites who cover alternative energy and technology are also noting the incident as a way to capitalize on the publicity.
They are using the incident in order to inform the public, media and policy makers about wind turbine technology and other forms and benefits of clean, sustainable energy sources.
They point out that though it is understandable for people to poke fun at the idea of UFOs and extraterrestrials, alternative and clean energy is no laughing matter.
Some international tension is directly linked to dependence on, and supplies of oil and natural gas.
Our economies are stressed by the costs and inefficiencies of conventional fuels.
Massive amounts of greenhouse gases from petroleum and coal use are causing significant pollution in our atmosphere and may be contributing to some kinds of climate change.
As a result, human and wildlife habitats around the planet could be altered in very problematic ways, including devastating impacts on human agriculture and food supplies.
Melting ice caps and glaciers could raise sea levels to disastrous proportions. Meanwhile, supplies of freshwater could be in danger.
So, although the wind turbine UFO case may be puzzling, frightening or humorous, it is bringing attention to alternative clean energy ideas and technology.
Many witnesses near the site of the wind turbine, and witnesses elsewhere in the UK and United States, report a glowing object that looked like a pulsing "jellyfish" or "octopus" with "tentacles."
Interestingly, one researcher says this visual effect is related to a form of energy and the tentacles are "constantly changing, torque-generating plasma beams," associated with a propulsion system and a "magnetoplasmadynamic" or "magnetohydrodynamic(MHD)" field. This field can be visible when a craft is slowing down or moving very slowly over an uneven surface, he said.
The idea that advanced energy technology is associated with UFOs is not new. Some investigators, and common sense, tell us that if some UFOs are advanced craft that are not human-made, they are probably not burning coal or using a petroleum-fueled engine.
However, for UFOs that might actually be advanced secret human-made aircraft – and some undoubtedly are – it is possible that jet fuel and more conventional engines are being used.
There are people in the field of UFO research who suspect that our governments may have secret knowledge of advanced methods of propulsion and energy-generating technology. And some people advocate releasing this technology to the public so that humanity can benefit.
If our governments secretly have understanding of relatively clean, efficient and low-cost energy technology related to extraterrestrial craft, then we should use it more widely, they say.
Another connection between UFO lore and clean energy that some people allege has to do with visions, predictions or information about an ecological disaster on Earth.
There have been repeated references to this among various people who claim to have had very close encounters with extraterrestrials. Some say that an ecological disaster on this planet is something to be very concerned about, and is something the "visitors" are concerned about.
For those who wonder about these topics, another question might come to mind: Could the damage to the wind turbine, and the public appearance of UFOs for witnesses to observe have been intentional?
Like some other UFO sightings and phenomena like crop circles, it seems clear that someone or something actually wants these things to be seen by us.
And, they may be communicating messages – messages that may be unclear or indirect, but ones that steer us in a direction of greater progress, prosperity, intelligence and understanding.
Monday, January 12, 2009
By Steve Hammons
The “tentacle” appearance of an unidentified flying object (UFO), such as one reported over a wind turbine farm near Conisholme, England, on Jan. 4, 2009, may have been “constantly changing, torque-generating plasma beams” related to an exotic propulsion system.
An experienced American scientific researcher has proposed that the “jellyfish” or “octopus” visual effect that some witnesses have reported in the UK and United States could actually be what is called a “magnetoplasmadynamic” or "magnetohydrodynamic (MHD)" field.
Ray Stanford, a pioneer in studies of UFOs by use of optical and electronic instrument systems said that, “Although some UFO-generated physical phenomena may, through human mind's ever-interpreting 'lens,' look 'organic' (as though what was observed is something alive), that absolutely is not the case.”
According to Stanford, this tentacle-like effect is “most often and readily visible when a craft is either slowing down or moving very slowly over an uneven surface.”
And, he prefers the term “anomalous aerial objects (AAOs)” to the more common term “UFO.”
Stanford says there is often a “pulsing” visual effect associated with some anomalous objects in our skies, but the “jellyfish” appearance is not the object itself.
He has even seen this effect himself and filmed it on several occasions.
Stanford stated, “The 'jellyfish' phenomenon (contracting and expanding at a rate highly reminiscent of a jellyfish pulsating in water) was first filmed (8 mm daylight movie) by me at 12:55 in the noon hour of Sept. 18, 1956.”
He recalled, “Three of us there about ½ mile from 'Giant Rock' [in southern California’s Mohave Desert] each saw the phenomenon surrounding the descending craft, until two jets from Edwards Air Force Base chased it away. And even as we watched, we compared it to each other as looking like a jellyfish pulsing in water.”
However, Stanford and his associates felt they knew what it was. “Fortunately, we had enough background in science that we realized it was really a pulsating magnetoplasmadynamic (some use the term ‘magnetohydrodynamic’) field, visible due to light-emitting plasma (and/or, simply ions) contouring the object’s magnetic field.”
ANOTHER EXPERT’S VIEWS
He explained, “The pulses, per se, occurred mostly during the aborted descent. How so? I asked Dr. Jean-Pierre Petit about that during the 1976 CUFOS [Center for UFO Studies] conference in Chicago. I spoke there about my project's studies of UFOs using optical and electronic instruments at Dr. J. Allen Hynek's request.”
Stanford also noted, “Petit was taking questions during his very important presentation titled ‘Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) Aerodynes’ (See pages 201-233, Proceedings of the 1976 CUFOS Conference). Had UFOlogers at-large studied Petit's paper, they could be much farther along in understanding UFO propulsive physics.”
Stanford said that Petit “explained that in steady flight, conditions are such that MHD flow is stabile and shock-free, but in, for example, descent, this must be constantly altered for several reasons. Resultant instabilities of the MHD flow create shock disturbances which must be constantly damped, so we see the pulsed interplay between increasing instabilities and decreasing instabilities in the MHD flow around the craft.”
Stanford added, “It looks as though a craft is breathing, but that is only an interpretation the human mind makes in searching for analogs. In such case, it is a big misinterpretation. Likewise for the 'tentacles,’ which are really only constantly-changing, torque-generating plasma beams. But, they can bend under the ‘Lorentz force’ and other forces – see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_force – which are most often and readily visible when a craft is either slowing down or moving very slowly over an uneven surface.”
The explanations provided by Stanford and other scientific researchers go a long way to increase understanding about some aspects of unusual or unconventional objects or craft observed and reported by witnesses.
Other elements of the phenomena continue to be somewhat unclear and possibly subject to national and global security considerations.
For average people, legitimate researchers, the news media, public safety officials and others, available information that seems credible continues to help us understand the phenomena of UFOs.
The history, current ongoing activities and future developments involving UFOs seem to be interesting and thought-provoking for many people around the world. And, more thorough and responsible reporting by the international news media is helping clarify the factors involved.
No matter what the levels of knowledge and information available about this subject, there seem to be indications that the topic of UFOs will be with us for the foreseeable future.
As more developments occur, and more understanding is achieved, the meanings of the UFO phenomena may become more evident.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
By Steve Hammons
Citizens in the UK and United States have reported similar large, glowing objects in the sky that have been described as looking like an “octopus,” “jellyfish,” “amoeba,” “cocoon” and having “a biological shape.”
The most recent case involves an investigation into damage to a wind turbine near Conisholme, England.
Around the time of the damage to the 213-foot-high wind turbine, a UFO was spotted that witnesses said had “tentacles of light,” the Guardian newspaper reported.
Local resident John Harrison said he witnessed a "massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground" above a nearby wind turbine farm on Jan. 4, 2009. "It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus," he was quoted as saying by the UK newspaper The Sun.
This description is similar to that of a local law enforcement and public safety officer in the Stephenville, Texas, region who described a UFO he saw on police video in January 2008 as being like a “jellyfish.”
A woman in central-eastern Ohio saw a large orange glowing thing in the sky near her home in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, 2008. She described it as looking like an “amoeba.” It changed shape as it moved at a low altitude above the trees, she said.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 23, 2008, an Ohio truck driver with a background in military aviation reported seeing a glowing yellow and white object that “seemed like a biological shape” and “organic” above the tree line in eastern Ohio near the Ohio River. He also said it resembled a “cocoon.”
Early this month, a UK resident in Wimbleton posted feedback on a local-version Web site of The Guardian newspaper for the Wandsworth and Putney region. The reader, identified as “jonobb” wrote that he saw “a large bright pink jelly-fish looking object surrounded by a pink haze.”
The resident wrote the following: “Until this morning I was skeptical about UFO sightings. I looked out my flat window (in wimbledon) this morning over towards Merton way and to my surprise notice a large bright pink jelly-fish looking object surrounded by a pink haze. it appeared to be hovering over or above the pylons in the distance.”
His feedback post continued: “It hovered for about 5 minutes while I frantically searched for my camera still not quite understanding what it could possibly be? I finally found my camera and took a couple of pics, unfortunately it had moved further away and was a lot smaller than when i first noticed it. within 15 seconds it shot from site. Id love to post the picture but dont see an option here for attachments. did anyone else in wimbledon see it at approx. 0805hrs thurs 9 jan 2009? any explanations?”
The accounts by the Texas peace officer, the Ohio woman and the Ohio truck driver were all reported by Emmy Award-winning TV producer, investigative reporter and author Linda Moulton Howe on her Web site Earthfiles.com. Photos from the truck driver of the glowing “cocoon” and a huge object above it are also posted on the site.
MECHANICAL, BIOLOGICAL, METAPHYSICAL
Those who are interested in or conduct research on UFOs have noted various sizes, shapes and materials that seem to be associated with them.
The classic disc and cigar shapes have been reported. Triangle or boomerang shapes have also been allegedly spotted.
Sizes of these kinds of objects or craft seem to vary. Some may be the size of a large truck or aircraft, while others are reported to be massive, such as the 1997 “Phoenix lights” case, the recent Empire, Ohio, craft sighted by a truck driver above the “cocoon” and in many other incidents.
Normally, people may think that some kind of metallic, composite or similar material might be part of the construction of these objects, which many speculate could be some kind of spacecraft or secret man-made military aircraft. We can imagine exotic propulsion and navigation systems and other capabilities.
However, many UFOs are reported to appear simply as light or energy of some kind. Whether this is the nature of the UFO itself, an energy field around it, a phenomena occurring as a UFO passes into or out of our space or dimension, a natural phenomena or something else seems unclear.
Of course, biological elements of UFOs are not new. Some people have reported encounters with beings who may look very human, may be somewhat like humans or, in some cases, are clearly living creatures but do not appear very similar to humans.
The accounts in the UK, Texas and Ohio of large glowing things that witnesses immediately and instinctively correlate with a jellyfish, octopus, amoeba or cocoon might indicate that these could be living organisms of some kind.
Of course, this is only speculation. The UFOs described in these cases could be totally unrelated and a reasonable and conventional explanation may be available for them.
If, however, these actually are some type of visiting beings from outside our known conventional environment, they could take forms and shapes that seem very puzzling to us.
It seems to be our responsibility to keep open minds, consider all reasonable explanations and prepare for the possibility that we could be encountering unconventional and unusual phenomena that we do not fully understand at this time.
At the same time, it may be helpful to understand that our national defense, military, intelligence and scientific communities may be trying to handle very sensitive and complex situations of this nature. If this is the case, then their reluctance to be completely open may be based on legitimate and important considerations.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
By Steve Hammons
Similar descriptions of a glowing, orange object in the sky have been reported this year in Texas, Ohio and now in England.
A county law enforcement constable in Stephenville, Texas, who watched a UFO recorded on another officer’s “dashcam” police videotape camera in January 2008 said, “And then this thing, right in front of my eyes, changes and it looks almost like a jellyfish. I compare it maybe even to a parachute – and now a very bright white."
In November 2008, an Ohio woman says she saw a "very large, orange-yellow-white-colored orb” just over the tree line near her house. She said it reminded her of an amoeba under a microscope that changed shape and moved.
Near the Ohio River in eastern Ohio in October, witnesses say they saw an orange glowing object at a low altitude. One man said it had “a biological shape.” “It didn't look like anything mechanical by any means.” He said his impression was “that it was organic. That's the feeling that I got. I didn't think it could be anything else. It just came across as something organic."
And now, witnesses near Conisholme, England, have used the term “octopus” and “tentacles” to describe something they saw in the sky Jan. 4, 2009, that may have had something to do with damage to a wind turbine.
Witness John Harrison is reported as saying he saw a "massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground" above the wind turbine farm. "It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus," according to the UK newspaper “The Sun.”
The newspaper “The Telegraph” reported, “One woman said she saw an object fly towards the wind farm, while others described the lights as being linked by ‘tentacles,’ leading locals to dub it the octopus UFO.”
Other reliable citizens in the region have reported multiple sightings of unusual lights.
Media accounts in the UK are also noting that secret unmanned stealth bombers are possibly being tested in the area and this could account for some UFO sightings.
However, the damage caused to the wind turbine near Conisholme seems to correspond with sightings of the glowing object that resembled an octopus or something with tentacles-like shape.
Erath County Constable Gaitan told Emmy Award-winning TV producer, investigative reporter and author Linda Moulton Howe that another local peace officer had captured one of the UFOs on a patrol car video camera.
As reported on Howe’s Web site, Earthfiles.com, Gaitan told her, "As a matter of fact, it was that Saturday (Jan. 12, 2008). I had the privilege to see this video. I saw what the officer saw on video and this aerial object changed forms three different times."
Howe reported that Gaitan told her, "The first time, I believe he said it was about 2 a.m. when he first saw it. It's a white glow moving very slowly in the sky."
He said, "Then it changes from white to green to blue and red lights. It looks almost like a strobe. I watch this thing in the police video and it appears to be some type of aerial object that is round. It changes from white to these different colors," Gaitan said.
Gaitan continued, "The police officer says, 'Keep watching,' and I watched for approximately another eight minutes. And then this thing, right in front of my eyes, changes and it looks almost like a jellyfish. I compare it maybe even to a parachute – and now a very bright white."
He said to Howe, "The green and blue and red is no longer flashing. It holds that shape for probably two minutes. And then to my surprise, it changes vertically like a line straight up and down. It appears to be solid. And it's just white, no longer flashing. Just a bright, white line of light. It stays in that shape for probably a couple more minutes and then it changes back to its original white – and then goes back to the green, red and blue flashing."
Gaitan added, "This thing is moving slowly. The officer is having to come into his vehicle and adjust his in-dash camera because the aerial object is moving. The police officer tells me he and another officer see another object just like it about a mile behind the one he's been watching. No videotape on the second one, but you can hear them (on in-dash video) talking about it."
The constable also stated, "While they are videotaping the first object, they are having to zoom in. This camera, I believe, zooms in 600 times, but you are still not able to see any type of craft. I believe I watched the videotape for about 16 minutes, and then it's out of sight. I later find out I have a call from another law enforcement agency. He called me on a Saturday morning – I believe it was January 19, 2008."
Another witness contacted Howe with a sighting that had similarities. A resident of Midvale, in eastern Ohio’s Tuscarawas County, who Howe called “Joy,” described a "very large, orange-yellow-white-colored orb."
This incident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2008.
Joy told Howe that she glanced out her window and saw a glowing orange object. "The orb didn’t seem to keep one shape. I saw it at the edge of the tree line behind my house."
She said the brightly-lit object reminded her of an amoeba under a microscope. Joy told Howe that it changed its shape rapidly.
She said, “Even though it was changing shape, it appeared there was a front and a back to it because whenever it stopped and backed up, it started to tilt as if it were turning like toward one direction or the other. Then it went back horizontally and instead of turning around, it just backed up like reverse and then went forward.”
Joy also said, “It was a little lighter than pumpkin orange with yellow and white softly mixed in. Those colors weren't coming from the center of it, but it looked like they were bouncing around inside of it. It did not seem to be a manmade object or anything mechanical or a spotlight or a flashlight beam or anything. It was different than anything I’d ever seen.”
She also stated she saw three lights in a triangular pattern above the orb. This account of another nearby object of a different kind matches reports from other witnesses near Empire, Ohio.
In far eastern Ohio, at the nexus of the borders with West Virginia and Pennsylvania on the Ohio River, truck driver Tim Comstock was on Route 7 north of the town of Empire, Ohio, at 3:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.
Comstock was also interviewed by Howe and her detailed report on his sighting is on Earthfiles.com.
As he drove through the early morning hours, Comstock stopped his truck when he saw other drivers pulled over to the side of the road. They were looking at something. He soon discovered what it was.
He said, "It was a white light with a little bit of orange inside of it. It had a little bit of red and the shape just seemed so strange to me because it seemed like a biological shape.”
Comstock told Howe, "It didn't look like anything mechanical by any means. To me, it looked like a cocoon. When I saw it, I was trying to take everything in and that's immediately what I thought when I saw it – that it was organic. That's the feeling that I got. I didn't think it could be anything else. It just came across as something organic."
But then he saw something else. “As the large white-orange object was rising up, it looked like it was going into the center of the triangle of blue lights. At first glance when I saw the triangle of lights and rising, glowing object, I could not process what was going on.”
Comstock said, “As the white-orange object got closer to the triangle of lights, I could see from reflected light that the underside of the inside of the triangle pattern of blue lights was one object – one very, very large object. When I saw it with my naked eye, I saw the bottom of the craft and it looked like it was very flat.”
The military veteran who worked in the helicopter aviation field while in the service said the craft above was “about the size of a large shopping mall and parking lot."
His photos, taken with a cell phone camera, captured both the glowing object and the three lights of the larger object above. The photos are posted on Earthfiles.com.
By Steve Hammons
Questions are increasing about damage to a wind turbine in the UK on Jan. 4, 2009, that reportedly occurred at the same time witnesses reported a large glowing orange unidentified flying object (UFO) nearby.
International mainstream media are now reporting on the unusual case.
Witnesses, who are reported to be reliable according to news accounts, said the object appeared to have “tentacles” and an octopus-like appearance.
The UK newspaper “The Sun” quoted witness John Harrison as saying he saw a "massive ball of light with tentacles going right down to the ground" above the wind turbine farm. "It was huge. With the tentacles it looked just like an octopus," he said.
Other witnesses claim to have seen the same thing, according to news reports.
BLADE TORN OFF
The wind turbine is located near Conisholme, England. The 213-foot-high turbine had one of three 20-meter blades torn off.
The turbine is owned by the company Ecotricity and manufactured by the German company Enercon, which is reportedly examining some of the damaged parts.
Speculation about the cause includes the possibilities mechanical failure or impact from some kind of flying object, man-made or otherwise.
A representative of manufacturer Enercon was quoted in the media as saying he does not think it was a mechanical defect related to the wind turbine’s construction.
According to news reports in the UK, unmanned stealth aircraft called “Taranis” are being tested in the region by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The black delta-wing craft are being developed to carry bombs, according to UK news reports.
UK press reports say that the MoD does not plan an investigation because there was no evidence of a potential threat in British airspace.
UFO EXPERT’S VIEWS
However, Nick Pope, a UFO expert who formerly worked for the MoD’s UFO office, told the “Louth Leader” newspaper that he feels the MoD should investigate.
Pope stated, "My view is something big must have hit the wind turbine to cause that damage and it appears in this case that the UFO witnesses are very respectable, and clearly not people who are making this up."
He speculated that the aircraft could be of foreign origin. "Looking at the geography of the Louth area, taking in the coast, it is always possible some people could be seeing secret Russian reconnaissance aircraft, perhaps even unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)."
Pope said, “The Russians could have a new secret craft which they are using to probe at our defenses so I think we should be looking into this, and the MoD should be involved."
Pope also told the paper, "This case is particularly exciting as we usually just get eyewitness reports or a few grainy images of lights in the sky, but here we can physically see the effects, which gives us a tremendous opportunity to do forensic analysis of the turbine blades."
He continued, "This of course, raises another question – are the right people doing the investigation into this? I think the police should be involved and cordon off the site and launch a detailed search and sweep of the area. They could bring in metal detectors to search for debris from the blades.
Pope added, "Areas of the country can suddenly become hotspots although there is no logical reason for this. Often it is because people don't report what they have seen for fear of ridicule and disbelief, but once somebody gets the ball rolling and the media pick up on it, this makes other people less afraid to come forward."