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New York UFO News 2014: UFO Abduction of Fred Valentich case Revisited:The Unexplained Files: Abduction (Discovery Channel)
The abduction of Fred Valentich Full Documentary. Flight officer Steve Robey recalls the last conversation he had with Fred Valentich. Valentich thought he was being buzzed by a mysterious craft. On the night of October 21, 1978 Frederick Valentich radioed into air traffic control in Melborne with some strange news. An unidentified metallic craft "UFO" was toying with his Cessna as he flew over the Bass Strait en route to King's Island. No one ever saw him or his aircraft again. It all happened during the largest wave of UFO sightings Australia had ever seen. Over fifty reports were uncovered from the area of Valentich's disappearance on that day alone. Some reported classic cigar-shaped craft while others saw a "starfish-shaped" UFO object with lights that looked like "silver rain." Electronic interference was noted in a number of these reports. Some witnesses even said they saw a "green light" shadowing Valentich's aircraft on the night in question.


UFO Sightings Part 3 Investigations 122014


New York UFO News 2014: 

We’re not chasing UFOs. They’re chasing us! Joseph Burkes MD 2014 Part 3 of 3. 

Three UFO sightings occurred among individuals closely associated with a Los Angeles CSETI contact team during the first few weeks of research operations in 1992. They all took place separate from fieldwork, but under very similar conditions. Each of the witnesses was driving home alone in their personal vehicles.


As the months rolled by following the start of my contact work in 1992, I started to muse over the details of these three highly similar personal UFO sightings. I looked for possible hidden meanings within those details to figure out whether they might contain some kind of message relating to the on-going fieldwork.

Like a detective in a mystery novel, I kept mulling over the details of the sightings. If those particulars were clues, then I was going to use them to start solving the mystery. My hypothesis was that perhaps these consecutive sightings in the LA team were not random events but instead were the product of conscious decisions made by intelligent and technologically sophisticated non-human beings that I refer to now as UFO intelligence.

If this were true, they might represent a form of communication between members of our team and an extraterrestrial intelligence we had endeavored to investigate. Like many indigenous people of the Americans who I imagine embrace the philosophy of everything being connected, at the risk of appearing excessively speculative I opened my mind to the possibility that the specifics of each encounter contained a message, albeit not an explicit one.

Back in 1992 I firmly believed that the source of the message was extraterrestrial in nature. I wondered whether factors like the choice of individuals selected for the sighting, or perhaps even more minute details, like what the observers had been doing prior to the sightings might contain specific lessons for our team.


Michael Lindemann, a prominent investigator of non-human intelligence, has cautioned ufologists to never presume that you can think like an alien. I interpret his position as implying that we should never try to impose what passes as common sense or conventional wisdom on beings that may have evolved on different star systems. If extraterrestrial civilizations exist and are responsible for UFOs, then they would undoubtedly have entirely different cultures, different value systems, and different social organizations as compared to Earth. With such infinite possibilities, perhaps a technologically advanced civilization for their own purposes unknown to us might choose to communicate via outlandishly subtle means.

During five plus years of my volunteering as a Working Group Coordinator for CSETI, I shared with fellow contact team members what I perceived were patterns of interactions that possibly contained subtle messages for us from an a presumed ET intelligence. It was, and still is my judgment, that individual sightings are valuable data acquired by contact groups for understanding UFOs.


So what can be learned from this cluster of sightings? First of all, the fact that they occurred within a few weeks of our LA Working Group's christening has significance. It should be remembered that approximately 10% of the US population claims to have had a sighting of a UFO. In terms of an individual’s lifetime of experiences however, a sighting is an exceedingly rare event for most people.

The fact that these three individuals who knew each other all had a sighting within a brief period of just under a month, on face value should diminish the odds that they were mere coincidences. Also we should not forget that these witnesses were all closely associated with our contact team that had just initiated efforts to interact with the intelligence presumably responsible for this type of sighting.

Even less likely to occur by chance is the fact that the circumstances of the sightings were highly congruent. The observers were all traveling home in their vehicles. Even the direction was the same; we were all traveling south when the encounters took place.


What can we say about the observers? By virtue of our training as sky watchers, maturity and/or professional standing, (two out of the three are medical doctors) it is reasonable to consider us as credible witnesses. In the case of Dotha, the non-physician witness, she had much experience observing the skies during her travels on the open sea while competing in yacht races. If the sightings are not just random events, but rather indicate a form of indirect communication by the intelligence responsible for them, what additional associations might we make?


My sighting happened as I was speeding home on the 405 Freeway. I had just left a meeting where I conducted a heated debate defending CSETI's program of human initiated interactions with what we presumed was an extraterrestrial intelligence. One can speculate that my sighting was a message of support, not only for me personally, but also for the larger contact program that I had just so passionately described.

I should mention that this sighting gave me a big personal boost and helped sustain my enthusiasm for our project during the difficult months that followed. Considering the enormous organizational and personal challenges that face any new contact group, I will gladly testify that every team leader needs all the support that she/he can get.


Concerning Dotha's close encounter with a twenty-five foot in diameter luminescent globe, she had just left a meditation workshop. I should point out for those unfamiliar with contact protocols, contactee groups employ on-site thought projection methods. This often involves a guided meditation technique. In preparation for thought projection, individuals in the team are expected to reach what has been called “an expanded state of consciousness” through meditation.

In Dotha’s report to our LA team she asserted that that there was an association between her meditation and her subsequent very impressive sighting. If a non-human intelligence responsible for the flying saucer phenomenon were attempting to send my team a message concerning the importance of advanced meditation techniques, what better way to do so than to stage a close encounter just after a prolonged meditation session by an experienced practitioner.

Thus two of the three sightings described in this extended report took place immediately after the witnesses were involved in activities integral to the CE-5 Initiative. As a Working Group Coordinator for Los Angeles, I was responsible for promoting the contact program in the Southern California area. My sighting took place after fulfilling my commitment by engaging in a debate with several skeptical UFO researchers.

Dotha's encounter I might add was the closest encounter of the three, with a structured craft hovering over her home and then flying down her driveway past her as she stared in amazement. It also involved a telepathic communication,

“You were looking for us. Well here we are!”

Her experience underscored for the entire working group the importance of a disciplined approach to meditation that includes regular personal practice.

It is my assessment that chance alone should not be evoked to explain away these synchronous characteristics. Sightings and other on-going experiences that members of contact groups are having, are consistent with their being the results of conscious decisions made by UFO intelligence.


One should not overlook the staged quality of these interactions that appear to maximize the didactic effects. In promoting this notion of a consciousness link between contact teams and so-called “aliens,” I am well aware of how controversial this is. Not only do I confront the mindset of a larger society, enmeshed in psychological denial about the high probability of an ET presence, but I also face an argumentative and divided UFO subculture that appears to be at constant war with itself.

Of course skeptics would point out that much of what I have stated here is the result of a highly speculative analysis. Debunkers might assert that these sighting reports, like all UFO experiences, are merely the result of imagination, misidentification, or even worse, deliberate deception.

Detractors within the saucer subculture would likely chime in to dismiss these accounts as the product of wild-eyed idealists, of contactees drunk on wishful thinking. Nevertheless this pattern of personal sightings that occur in association with initiating research activity is an on going phenomenon within contact networks needs to be studies and analyzed.

These types of strange experiences should not be dismissed because they just may hold the key to understanding the contact drama unfolding all around us. It is a process that someday in the distant future just might usher in a new era of human extraterrestrial relations.


A most intriguing aspect of this series was the question why was Maria apparently singled out for a sighting. Although her interest in UFOs soared after seeing the metallic disc in broad daylight, prior to the event her contact with the UFO phenomenon was indirect. It was her husband, Dr. Daniel who was the activist in the family. He had played a vital role in the search for suitable research sites when my contact team was just getting started in August of 1992.

During the autumn months of 1992 our team frequently convened at Maria and Daniel's house for our business meetings. Meditation is not an easy chore for all researchers, and Daniel was having considerable difficulty meditating. He and I both felt very restless, as many of are, when we first attempt to still the mind. Daniel was not able to follow the recommendation of meditating daily.

Maria on the other hand was far more open to meditation practice. It was not until several months later, in December of 1992 that she was to undergo formal training, and as a result she was officially not part of the Working Group when we first held meetings at her home in the fall of 1992.

During the months of September and October I was quite perplexed as to why she had a sighting? Dotha and I were active and official members of the team, why was Maria, a non-member, selected for such a spectacular daylight sighting of a metallic disk?


A possible explanation occurred to me one night as we conducted our business meeting at Maria and Daniel's home. We had gathered in the living room and my beeper went off. I had to call the hospital. Maria was in the family room practicing her harp. An accomplished amateur, she often gave recitals. I excused myself and asked Daniel where I could pick up an extension away from the meeting. Daniel suggested that I make the call in the family room.

"No," I replied, "I don't want to disturb Maria."

Daniel reassured me by saying, 
"Don't worry. She practices at least an hour a day. When she's playing her music she's in a total trance."

It was then that it hit me! That was the clue that I had been looking for. Maria although not yet part of the Working Group, was still able to access consciousness in its most unbounded form while she was practicing the harp. In that relaxed state of being “carried away” by the divine music that she was playing, a trance like state of deep meditation was achieved.

Her meditation equivalent probably was her music. It seemed to me this was possibly part of the message that I was supposed to learn from her sighting. If my hunch was correct, I was impressed by its subtlety.

End of part 3 and conclusion of this portion of the Contact Network History Project. 

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UFO Sightings Part-2 Investigation 121914


New York UFO News 2014: 


We’re not chasing UFOs. They’re chasing us! Joseph Burkes MD 2014 Part 2 of 3

Individual Sighting 2, September 23, 1992, 4PM

Dr. Maria...(a pseudonym) is a partner in the Southern California Permanente Group. Dr Burkes worked in that organization for thirty years. In the fall of 1992 she had no particular interest in UFOs, but that was about to change big time.

Her physician husband Daniel (pseudonym) was the UFO activist in the family. He had developed a sudden passion for the subject around the same time as Dr Burkes did in 1991. Dr Daniel was a private pilot and the married couple attended air shows on a regular basis. As a result of her husband’s aviation hobby Maria learned to easily identify all types of conventional aircraft.


One bright sunny afternoon she was driving south across the San Fernando Valley. Maria was headed towards the 101 Freeway that runs alongside the Santa Monica Mountains. As she looked through the windshield Maria suddenly saw it. Hovering above the mountains was a perfectly shaped metallic disc.

Two to three miles away and glistening in the sunlight, she estimated the object’s size to be about thirty feet in diameter. It floated perfectly still and she was headed directly towards it. In awe she struggled to keep her eyes on object while still paying attention to traffic. She wondered if the other drivers around her were seeing it. Dr. Maria drove under the branches of several large oak trees and momentarily lost sight of the flying saucer. When she emerged from under the trees she looked up and the UFO was gone!

She stated with certainty that it was not a small plane, not a balloon, nor a kite. It was a metallic saucer shaped UFO that she had witnessed in broad daylight. The sighting lasted under a minute.

Individual Sighing 3, September 3, 1992, 11:30 PM, Joseph Burkes MD

In the spring of 1992 I joined two UFO research organizations, The Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). After being trained by CSETI Director Dr Greer at an all day workshop I was appointed to be a Working Group Coordinator for the Center’s Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Initiative (CE-5 I).


Established in 1969 MUFON has over 4000 members. It collects and analyzes sighting reports from thousands of people every year. CSETI when I joined back in the 1990s was small upstart group with a contactee as its director. Dr Greer proposed what I imagined was a bold plan. Instead of interviewing people about sightings that happened in the past as MUFON does, why not go to UFO hot spots in an attempt to attract flying saucers and do real time research of the phenomenon. In that way we wouldn’t just be studying other people’s sighting reports, but rather facilitating our own encounters.


In the summer of 1992 as a newly designated MUFON consultant in medicine, I was eager to meet with other researchers. Dr Daniel invited me to the prestigious LA UFO Study Group. Dr Campbell (pseudonym) was an OB-Gyn specialist who had done a preliminary investigation into what was called “the missing fetus” syndrome.

There had been a rare number of reports by abductees who claimed that they had suddenly lost a pregnancy without the telltale symptoms of miscarriage. Some alien abduction theorists speculated that the so-called ETs had taken the human offspring. Dr Daniel told me that Dr. Campbell was having trouble finding solid evidence to support such claims. The MUFON OB-Gyn specialist was going to attend the next meeting of the study group and Daniel urged me to attend.


I arrived at the meeting eager to talk about the ambitious CSETI project that I was involved in. Ann Druffel was at the meeting. A well-known UFO researcher, she published several important books on the phenomenon. She was leading the get-together. I guessed that she was in her late fifties and I quickly realized she had a great deal of knowledge of the field.

Instead of listening quietly to the more experienced investigators I gave a passionate discourse on the merits of the proactive CSETI approach. At that time my belief in the ET hypothesis to explain UFOs approached certainty. I made it clear that we were on the verge of “a new era in UFO research” and the CE-5 Initiative was “going to lead the way.”

Ann Druffel patiently attempted to explain the MUFON position that a more sober approach would be to designate anomalous lights or even bizarre structured flying objects “as unknowns.” In order to assert that UFOs were extraterrestrial in origin, more scientific evidence would be required to support such a claim. I countered with the argument that by building a working relationship with “ET intelligence” perhaps over time higher and higher levels of interaction might be achieved. If say teams of investigators would someday be permitted to board ET craft with video cameras rolling, then we would have all the “proof” anyone could ever need.

With just a few UFO fieldwork outings under my belt, you might say I was a bit “wet behind the ears” to preach to more experienced investigators. In a rather unbecoming display of hubris I may have even “thanked” the senior researchers present for their “years of service.” It is now somewhat embarrassing for me to recall that I might have suggested that the “next generation of UFO investigators” using the CE-5 Initiative protocols were ready to take over from the old guard.


As I left the meeting I got the distinct impression that I would not be permitted to join the prestigious study group. After a very unusual ride home on the 405 Freeway, I charged up the stairs of our house in West LA. I called out to my wife Yael who was getting ready for bed,

“Hey baby, there’s good news and bad news.” I told her, “The bad news is that I won’t ever be invited back to the UFO study group. The good news is that I just saw a UFO!” 

Just a half an hour before, when leaving the meeting in the San Fernando Valley, I experienced a wave of enthusiasm rolling over me. During my youth as a peace and social justice activist I had participated in many idealistic political campaigns, demonstrating against nuclear atmospheric testing and the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

As a young physician in the 1980s I was a leader in American affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). We educated the public about the dangers of the nuclear arms race. In 1985 the IPPNW won the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing Soviet and Western physicians together in a campaign to end the most dangerous aspects of the Cold War. In my idealistic zeal I imagined that the CSETI group was working to achieve peace and solidarity on a cosmic scale with its slogan, “One universe, one people!”


The 405 freeway cuts through the Santa Monica Mountains via the Sepulveda Pass. Ten lanes of traffic flow into a narrow ravine formed by cliffs of ancient sandstone. I was driving at sixty miles per hour. It was after 11PM as I approached the end of the pass connecting the San Fernando Valley with LA. The vista revealed a spectacularly illuminated Los Angeles Basin with a myriad of lights stretching out to the horizon. Above the freeway I saw a strange glowing blue-green light about a mile away that silently headed north into the ravine. It was flying directly towards me and it looked beautiful!

At night Los Angeles often has a low cloud cover that reflects surface lights back towards the ground. Thus the brightly illuminated nighttime sky makes the silhouettes of aircraft readily visible. But the blue green light had no darkened silhouette associated with it. It was not part of a conventional craft whose silhouette should have been visible. Moving at only about 15 miles per hour, its flight pattern was totally weird.

It had a kind of oscillating movement, slowly bobbing up and down as it approached my vehicle that was racing towards it. No conventional lighting was present on the object, no red or green wing lights and no rotating beacon. At its closest point the intriguing aquamarine light was just 500 feet away from me. It moved less than fifty feet above the cliffs that formed the canyon’s western wall. At such close range the roar of aircraft engines should have been quite apparent, but as the UFO passed over me it was totally silent. The sighting lasted for about a half minute.

What can we say about these three sightings? The staged quality can’t be explained away by evoking the notion of mere “coincidence.” Dotha’s, Dr. Maria’s and my encounters were highly congruent. Each of driving home alone and all within a few weeks of our initiating a protocol driven contact program in “the city of the angels.” Even the direction of travel was the same. We were all driving south when the sightings took place.


The implications of these sightings are sobering. The so-called “extraterrestrials” can co-create with us visual displays that we call “sightings,” anywhere and at any time of their choosing. And they demonstrated this extraordinary capacity in a most theatrical fashion by reproducing the circumstances of the encounters three times in a row to make certain that we get the point the “exercise.”

What an extraordinary technology they must have to enable them to do such feats! In my opinion it involves the ability to be aware of where each of us was and what we were doing over an extended period of time in order to stage the sightings in the way that they occurred. I strongly doubt that UFO intelligence covertly placed tracking devices on our cars to engineer our sightings. Given the tremendous psychic powers of the non-human force responsible for UFOs, it is likely that we were tracked by some kind of telepathy.

My ER nurses had laughingly asked if I was going out to “chase UFOs,” but UFO intelligence was chasing us!

For those of us who are frightened by UFOs I suspect that this assessment is rather disturbing. These sightings strongly suggest that UFOs can track us down at will and appear before us at the time of their choice. For contact network activists and the millions of people who long to see a UFO for themselves, it can be a source of hope and perhaps even be interpreted as an expression of solidarity. Who and whatever the so-called “visitors” turn out to be, we are reassured that we are not alone in the universe. Given the historic record of “wonders in the sky” I suppose one can state that we have never been alone. In my opinion they will probably be with us forever.

In part 3 of this series I continue to discuss the implications of the impressive display of UFO technology that allowed them to stage these highly congruent sightings. Teaching points for contact activists are reviewed.

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New York UFO Sightings News 2014: UFO Sightings Encounter with John Lennon: On August 23rd, 1974 John Lennon walked out on to the balcony of his New York apartment, and witnessed what he later described as a "Flying Saucer" hovering closely, just above his window. This article includes an interview with Lennon's assistant/girlfriend May Pang, who also witnessed the event, which completely describes the encounter. "It looked like a flattened cone with a brilliant light on top." -May Pang, assistant to John Lennon, describing the object they allegedly saw from Lennon's balcony in NY City. Lennon became so completely fascinated by the event, that he talked incessantly about the incident, and even included the encounter within two different songs on different albums. "Like a UFO you came to me, and blew away life's misery..." - Out of the Blue, from the album Mind Games. Also, "There's UFO's over New York, and I aint too surprised..." - Nobody Told Me, from the album Milk and Honey May Pang was more than willing to give me the scoop on John's Big Apple UFO encounter because - as it turned out - she was right there at his side during the incident. We had just ordered up some pizza and since it was such a warm evening, we decided to step out on the terrace. There were no windows directly facing us from across the street, so John just stepped outside with nothing on in order to catch a cool breeze that was coming in right off the East River. I remember I was just inside the bedroom getting dressed when John started shouting for me to come out onto the terrace. I yelled back that I would be right there, but he kept screaming for me to join him that instant. As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. May says she and John stood there mesmerized, unable to believe what they were in the process of observing. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind. Spellbound, the couple watched the UFO move directly over the building next to where they resided. It was, I would estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, we probably would have hit it quite easily. During the time that it was almost directly overhead, May says that she didn't hear any noise. We often had helicopters flying above us, but this was as silent as the night, seventeen stories up above street level. Finally the object passed from view, leaving John and May feeling that the excitement was over for the evening. But as it turned out, the UFO returned and they managed to set up a telescope and view it that way. The light was so brilliant coming from the craft, May recalls, that no additional details could be seen' We did take a couple of pictures but they turned up overexposed. Immediately John and May telephoned the Daily News, and were told that at least 7 other reports had been received. We even called the police - that's how excited we were -and they told us to keep calm, that others had seen it too. According to May, all night long, John kept saying I couldn't believe it! I can't believe it...I've seen a flying saucer! As confirmation of his sighting, John wrote down what he saw and used it as part of the cover art on his Walls and Bridges album. John had always had an interest in UFOs, May Pang points out. He even used to subscribe to a British UFO Magazine, the Flying Saucer Review. But after seeing what we saw that night, he became even more fanatical, bringing up the subject all the time."  


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New York UFO News 2014: CSETI Team UFO Sightings Investigators: 

We’re not chasing UFOs. They’re chasing us! Joseph Burkes MD 2014 Part 1 of 3

Back in the 1990s I served as a Kaiser Permanente ER physician in Panorama City California. I also was doing regular contact work with a CSETI team of UFO investigators. We went out at night into high desert locations near Los Angeles

Some of the emergency room nurses knew of my UFO hobby. They delighted teasing me with good-natured taunts like,” Hey Dr Burkes are you going out to chase UFOs this weekend?"

Being born and raised in Manhattan I teased them back with my best New York City accent,

"Yous tink I'm a goin out to chase UFOs? Well let meez tell yous someting. I’m not chasing dem. Der chasin me! 
You think I’m going out to chase UFOs? Well let me tell you something. I’m not chasing them. They’re chasing me!

We all had a good laugh, but I was trying to express in a funny way the importance of the consciousness link between UFO intelligence and those who have UFO sightings.

The strong connection between our team and UFO intelligence became immediately apparent during the very first month of our contact work, September of 1992. Three people associated with my team had sightings of UFOs under highly congruent circumstances. Each of us was driving home alone, in our personal vehicle, when the sightings occurred. Even our direction of our travel when the UFOs appeared separately to us was the same. We were all heading south. Was it all one big coincidence? Perhaps, but I don’t think so!

These three strangely congruous sightings are described in this document. In my analysis I explore their significance as possibly teaching points for contact activists. The implication of these sightings is that UFO intelligence can track UFO witnesses and stage sightings in a deliberate and coordinated fashion.

Individual UFO Sighting 1, September 24, 1992, 9:30 PM

In her mid-sixties Dotha Weybourn was the oldest member of our contact team. She was married to a wealthy lawyer and they lived on the luxurious Palos Verdes Peninsula. Their beautiful home was located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


Dotha was an experienced yachtswoman and had sailed the seven seas in racing competitions. As a result of her extensive sky-watching experience while at sea, her astronomy knowledge was excellent. She also was experienced in deep meditation. These skills we put to good use during our initial field investigations in the Santa Susana Pass.

On the night of her sighting she was driving home after attending a two-hour meditation class. She turned on to the two hundred foot long palatial driveway leading up to her home. Looking up she immediately noticed a light over her roof that she had never seen before.

As she slowly drove up the driveway to her utter surprise the light started slowly flying down towards her. As it approached she saw that it was a mother of pearl luminescent globe about twenty-five feet in diameter. The object made no sound. As the UFO passed overhead she received the mental message.

“You were looking for us. Well here we are!”

The glowing ball then made a sharp turn and headed out over the Pacific.

In Part two I describe two additional sightings staged for individuals closely associated with our UFO "Sightings" investigative team.

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