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Greetings one and all from your number one source of all things weird and strange. It is time once again to put all else aside and find out what is REALLY going on in the world this week. Time once again for news and interesting stories that you may not find in your daily newspaper or on the 6 o'clock news.

This week Conspiracy Journal takes a look at such hair-raising stories as:

- Italian Scientist's Quake Prediction Ignored -
Vatican Says Templars Guarded, Worshiped Shroud of Turin -
- The Dark Darklings -
- UFO Pranksters Sentenced -
AND: Dr Who link to Rise in UK UFO Sightings

All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of

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Underground Alien Bases & The Battle For Planet Earth

This is NOT science fiction! This is a true-to-life "War of the Worlds" recently featured on UFO Hunters!

Is an alien "Fifth Column" already active on Earth preparing total conquest via implantations and mind control? In the corner of a small town in New Mexico, something very strange is going on! Did U.S. military forces perish recently in hand to hand combat with a group of hostile greys who subsequently seized control of one of our top-secret underground bases?

Controversial author and UFO researcher Branton pulls out all stops in this explosive book that reveals at last the soul-rending secret that the U.S. government has been keeping from the public for decades.  Much of this information was disclosed by one brave man who managed to escape from this hellish facility with top-secret information about genetic experiments using kidnaped people from every walk of life. Even more unbelievable, these experiments by the U.S. government are being conducted with the cooperation of alien races who control a large section of the Dulce underground base. What goes on in those sections is the stuff of nightmares!

Includes latest on animal mutilations, energy grids, secret societies, lost civilizations, abductions and missing time.

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In This Incredible Issue:


America’s Oldest Mystery: Rhode island’s Newport Tower - Newport, RI, has long been famous as the summer playground for the fabulously wealthy. But nestled amongst the luxurious mansions and the private yachts is a mysterious stone tower whose history has baffled historians for centuries. It is believed to be the oldest stone structure in America, though no  one can say precisely when it was built.
Was there a Golden Age? Historical Proof for the Garden of Eden -
Almost all of the ancient cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have myths which speak of an earlier time when life was easier and humans lived in harmony with nature and each other.  Most historians believe that these myths are little more than fairy tales, perhaps the result of our need to idealize the past. However, there is now evidence that suggests that these myths may contain a kernel of historical truth, a kind of distant folk memory of an actual historical era.
The Higgs Boson and the Large Hadron Collider: Seeking the God Particle - Tucked away in a sleepy Swiss  village lies the Center for Nuclear Experimentation and Research, the site of the recently completed Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle collider and perhaps the most complex machine ever built. The principle goal of the LHC is to reveal the so-called god particle: the Higgs Boson, which is about 120 times more massive than a proton, and gives mass to all other particles as they emerge from the primordial quantum field.

The Parapsychology Revolution: An Interview with Dr. Robert Schoch -
A geologist and paleontologist by profession, Dr. Schoch has studied some of the greatest ancient monuments around the world including the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx,and the underwater structures near Yonaguni Island, Japan. He has also written several bestselling books, including his most recent, The Parapsychology Revolution.

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Italian Scientist's Quake Prediction Ignored

Italian scientist Giampaolo Giuliani, an employee at a physics institute at Gran Sasso, near the badly-hit city of L'Aquila, predicted the earthquake which has killed at least 150 people in the Abruzzo region.  

Giuliani told locals last month to evacuate their houses and posted a video on YouTube in which he said a build-up of radon gas around the seismically active area suggested a major earthquake was imminent. Several tremors had been felt in the medieval city of L'Aquila, around 60 miles east of Rome, from mid-January onwards, and vans with loudspeakers had driven around the city spreading the warning.

But instead of heeding Giuliani's warnings, the local authorities reported him to police for "spreading alarm" and he was told to remove his findings from the internet. The predicted earthquake hit L'Aquila at 3.32am local time April 7, killing at least 90 people and leaving up to 50,000 homeless.

A New York Times blog report notes, "The Italian version of PC World has an article about Giuliani’s warning, featuring an interview with him posted on YouTube, in which he repeated the prediction just a few days before the quake struck."

Rescuers are desperately searching through the rubble for trapped survivors of the 6.3 magnitude tremor, which destroyed countless buildings in L'Aquila and neighbouring villages.

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, has declared a state of emergency.

Latest estimates suggest between 10,000 and 15,000 buildings have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair in the region. But the local authorities are already facing serious questions over why they gagged Guiliani rather than taking his findings seriously.

Italy's Civil Protection agency held a meeting of the Major Risks Committee, grouping scientists charged with assessing such risks, in L'Aquila on March 31 to reassure the townspeople.

"The tremors being felt by the population are part of a typical sequence ... (which is) absolutely normal in a seismic area like the one around L'Aquila," the civil protection agency said in a statement on the eve of that meeting.

"It is useful to underline that it is not in any way possible to predict an earthquake," it said, adding that the agency saw no reason for alarm but was nonetheless effecting "continuous monitoring and attention".

Even after the devastating earthquake, the head of Italy's National Geophysics Institute, Enzo Boschi, dismissed Giuliani's predictions.

"Every time there is an earthquake there are people who claim to have predicted it," he said. "As far as I know nobody predicted this earthquake with precision. It is not possible to predict earthquakes."

Boschi said the real problem for Italy was a long-standing failure to take proper precautions despite a history of tragic quakes.

"We have earthquakes but then we forget and do nothing. It's not in our culture to take precautions or build in an appropriate way in areas where there could be strong earthquakes," he said.

Source: The Telegraph (UK)


Vatican Says Templars Guarded, Worshiped Shroud of Turin

Medieval knights hid and secretly venerated the Holy Shroud of Turin for more than 100 years after the Crusades, the Vatican said yesterday, in an announcement that appeared to solve the mystery of the relic's missing years.

The Knights Templar, a Crusading order suppressed and disbanded for alleged heresy, took care of the linen cloth, which bears the image of a bearded man with long hair and the wounds of crucifixion, according to Vatican researchers.

The material, kept in the royal chapel of Turin Cathedral, has long been revered as Christ's burial shroud, although the image only appeared clearly in 1898 when a photographer developed a negative.

Barbara Frale, a researcher in the Vatican Secret Archives, said that the shroud had disappeared in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade, and did not surface again until the middle of the 14th century.

Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Dr Frale said that its fate during those years had always puzzled historians.

However, her study of the trial of the Knights Templar had brought to light a document in which a young Frenchman, Arnaut Sabbatier, who entered the order in 1287, testified that as part of his initiation he was taken to "a secret place to which only the brothers of the Temple had access".

There he was shown "a long linen cloth on which was impressed the figure of a man" and instructed to venerate the image by kissing its feet three times.

Dr Frale said that the Knights Templar had rescued the shroud to ensure it did not fall into the hands of heretical groups such as the Cathars, who claimed that Christ did not have a true human body, only the "appearance" of a man.

She said that her discovery vindicated a theory first put forward by Ian Wilson, a British writer, in 1978.

The Knights Templar were founded at the time of the First Crusade in the 11th century to protect Christians making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

The order was endorsed by the Pope, but when Acre fell in 1291 and the Crusaders lost their hold on the Holy Land, their support faded amid growing envy of their property and banking wealth.

Rumours about the order's corrupt and arcane secret ceremonies claimed that novices had to deny Christ three times, spit on the cross, strip naked and kiss their superior on the buttocks, navel and lips, and submit to sodomy.

King Philip IV of France, who coveted the order's wealth and owed it money, arrested its leaders and put pressure on Pope Clement V to dissolve it.

Several knights, including the Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, were burnt at the stake.

In 2003, Dr Frale, the Vatican's medieval specialist, unearthed the Chinon Parchment, the record of the trial of the Knights Templar, after realising that it had been catalogued wrongly.

It showed that Pope Clement V had accepted that the Templars were guilty of "grave sins", such as corruption and sexual immorality, but not of heresy.

Their initiation ceremony involved spitting on the cross to brace them for having to do so if captured by Muslim forces, Dr Frale said.

After the sack of Constantinople the shroud was next seen at Lirey in France in 1353, when it was displayed in a church by descendants of Geoffroy de Charney, a Templar Knight burnt at the stake.

It was moved to various European cities until it was acquired by the Savoy dynasty in Turin in the 16th century.

The shroud, Holy See property since 1983, was last exhibited publicly in 2000, and is to go on show again next year.

The self-proclaimed heirs of the Knights Templar in Spain and Britain have asked the Vatican to "restore the reputation" of the order and acknowledge the confiscation of its assets when it was dissolved by Clement in 1307.

Source: The Australian,25197,25295389-2703,00.html


Near-Death Experiences: Heaven Can Wait

Tunnels, bright lights, visions of the deceased. Do near-death experiences really offer a glimpse of the afterlife – or is there a more rational explanation?

When doctors returned to check on the patient who had almost died and been in a deep coma before being resuscitated, he thanked them for all the work they had done. He had, he told the surprised team of medics, been very impressed and had watched everything they had done. He had heard all that had been said, too, and, at one point, had been concerned when resuscitation was about to be abandoned. He then went on to describe in detail the room where he had been treated – although he had never been conscious in there.

That near-death experience is one of a number recorded by Dutch doctors and one of thousands of similar cases that have now been documented in a major worldwide study.

New research shows that many critically ill kidney dialysis patients have similar experiences, and that almost one in 10 heart-arrest survivors also report near-death experiences whose features include out of body sensations, bright lights, dark tunnels, and images of life events and spiritual entities.

But there's no consensus on what lies behind near-death experiences, even though they are being increasingly reported. Are they, as some people are convinced, signs of the soul leaving the body? Or are they, as others suggest, the last, dreamlike act put on by a dying brain?

Near-death experiences are surprisingly common. In the latest study, researchers quizzed 710 kidney dialysis patients and found that, out of 70 patients who had suffered a life-threatening event, 45 had gone though a near-death experience. And research by Virginia University shows that 10 per cent of heart-arrest patients, and 1 per cent of other cardiac patients, had reported having a near-death experience.

Near-death experiences occur in both sexes, in every culture, and at all ages. Researchers at the University Hospital of Geneva recently reported what they describe as the first case in a child of 12 who had undergone elective, uncomplicated surgery that had run into difficulties. But, in spite of considerable differences in ages, cultures and diseases, many features of near-death experiences are remarkably similar.

The spiritual theorists have it that this is the immediate prelude to death itself, and that it establishes that there is life after death. These theories take what the individual sees, hears and feels as being a report of exactly what happened. One suggestion is that, at the time of death, the body and soul separate and near-death experiences are a glimpse of the first part of that process.

A range of psychological theories have been put forward to explain the phenomenon. One suggests that it is a defence mechanism in the face of impending death. Another floats the idea that the working of the brain is somehow altered by changes in chemicals that occur shortly before death. Other explanations include false memories, a reaction to acute stress, and anoxia, or lack of oxygen, resulting in sensory disturbances.

A newer theory suggests the arousal system is implicated, and that the near-death experience is triggered by the crisis. The idea is that rapid eye movement (or REM sleep, where most dreaming occurs, and where the sleeper is paralysed, with only the heart, diaphragm, eye muscles and the smooth muscles active) is involved. At the root of the theory is the notion that some people are more prone to a condition called REM intrusion, where sleep paralysis occurs when they are awake. It is found in people with narcolepsy, or excessive sleepiness, and it can be accompanied by hallucinations or delusional experiences that are unusually vivid and often frightening.

Research led by Dr Kevin Nelson, clinical neurophysiologist and Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky shows that, out of 55 people who have had near-death experiences, 60 per cent had at least one prior occasion where REM sleep state intruded into wakefulness, compared to only 24 per cent in a control group. "Instead of passing directly between the REM state and wakefulness, the brain switch in those with a near-death experience is more likely to blend the REM state and wakefulness into one another," he says.

Brain regions involved in the REM state are part of the arousal system that regulates different states of consciousness, and are also part of the brain's fight-or-flight survival instinct. The theory, which is gaining support, is that people who have experienced a previous REM-intrusion are more likely to have a near-death experience under circumstances of peril. It has also been shown that stimulating the heart and lung nerve, as occurs during resuscitation, can trigger REM-intrusion.

The theory also has explanations for the common characteristics of near-death experience. The impression of being dead, for example, could be a reaction to the paralysis of REM, while the tunnel of light may be linked to changes in blood flow in the retina and visual activation by the REM system.

The paranormal and spiritual images may result from the fact that the limbic system, which is older than other parts of the brain and which is involved in behaviour, emotion and long-term memory, is strongly active during REM sleep. Out of body experiences – often reported by people under extreme stress – have also been linked to the arousal system.

While it offers explanations for many features of near-death experience, the researchers behind the arousal theory say that it is still work in progress. The problem for them and other researchers looking for more down-to-earth explanations is that they have to find a rationale for their theories, unlike the spiritual theorists who accept everything as reported as evidence of paranormal activity.

Little fieldwork has been carried out to prove or disprove the spiritual theory as a whole, although out-of-body experiences have been examined. These experiences often involve the individual looking down from ceiling height at themselves on the operating table, or in a bed. To test whether these are real, some experimenters have placed labels and objects on the top of equipment that could only been seen from the ceiling. So far, no one has been able to spot them.

Floating away: An out-of-body experience

Thirty-five-year-old Pam Reynolds was being operated on for a potentially fatal rupture when she had a near-death experience. The surgical technique involved stopping her heartbeat and breathing, flattening brainwaves, and draining the blood from her head to remove the aneurysm.

"When she was once again able to speak, she reported that she awoke during the early stages of the operation to the sound of the small pneumatic saw that was being used to open her skull," says Dr Christopher French of Goldsmiths, University of London, who recounts the case in a report.

"She then felt as if she was being pulled out through the top of her head and, during the subsequent out-of-body experience, she was able to watch the proceedings from above the neurosurgeon's shoulder. Her account accords very well with those of the medical staff present at the time, including her description of the pneumatic saw and the fact that the cardiac surgeon expressed surprise that the blood vessels in her right groin were too small to handle the large flow of blood needed to feed the cardiopulmonary bypass machine.

"She reported that, after her heart was stopped and the blood drained from her body, she passed through a black vortex and into a realm of light where she met with deceased relatives. These relatives looked after her, provided her with nourishment, and eventually helped her to return to her physical body. She was able to report the music that was being played in the operating theatre at the point of her return."

Although the case is often presented as one that defies all conventional explanations, there are non-spiritual explanations. It is not uncommon, for example, for patients to awaken during operations and be able to recount what was going on, and a low level of brain activity is difficult to detect in an operating theatre.

Frequency of features experienced by people who have a near-death experience

Preternaturally vivid sensations 86.3%

Tunnel experience 5.9%

Feeling of joy 58.8%

Awareness of being dead 3.9%

Sense of sudden understanding 35.3%

Life review 19.6%

Sense of a mystical entity 33.3%

Feeling of peace 74.5%

Altered sense of time 41.2%

Out-of-body experience 51%

Source: The Independent (UK)


The Dark Darklings

I have heard many things in my life and probably you have also. Strange sounds like crashes in the attic, to sound of plates and dishes crashing in the darkness. But in my extensive search through out my home that night and the next day nothing is found damaged or destroyed.

Was it a Darkling come to call?

I often think it's a small earth quake rattling the dishes in the closet. We cannot predict earthquakes in the sense of being able to tell exactly where, exactly when and how big. Even a tiny one that we can't feel will vibrate or knock something over. When it happens too many blame it on a real ghost not understanding that the earth moved.

"Movement disorders are complex phenomena that frequently create confusion among mental health clinicians working in the field of dual diagnosis. Some of the confusion arises from uncertainty about whether movements are voluntary or involuntary. Because abnormal movements are exacerbated by stress or other anxiety provoking situations, wax and wane in severity and are associated with other disruptive behaviors, they are frequently confused with other repetitive behaviors as well as primary psychiatric disorders. This first segment of a series of Ask the Doctor provides a basic overview of the neuropsychiatry and behavioral pharmacology of abnormal movements."
Ment Health Aspects Dev Disabil 2008;11(4):133-137

I tell myself after I read things like that. Hey, that could be the truth, but what if it was really a ghost? Or something actually worse?

Like, the ...DARK!

We fear the dark because we never know what lurks in the blackness. The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and to a varying degree is observed for adults. The pathological fear of the dark is sometimes called nyctophobia, scotophobia, or lygophobia.

Some researchers, beginning with Sigmund Freud, consider the fear of the dark as a manifestation of separation anxiety. In the 1960s scientists conducted experiments to discover molecules responsible for memory. In one experiment rats, normally nocturnal animals, were conditioned to fear the dark and a substance, called scotophobin that was apparently responsible for remembering this fear was extracted from rats' brains. Subsequently these findings were debunked.

The fear of the dark is heightened by imagination: a stuffed toy may appear a monster with many teeth and bulging eyes in the dark. Nightmares contribute to the fear of the dark as well: after waking up because of a nightmare the child may refuse to go to bed without lights on. Fear of dark is a phase of child development. Most observers report that fear of the dark seldom appears before the age of 2 years. Fear of the dark is not fear of the absence of light, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by the darkness.

The dark, in the mind of some is actually a creature a monster of unlimited proportions. It has the power to scare us, unnerve us, set us on edge. The dark can scare you, it will drive you to madness and take away any hope of tomorrow.

Darkness (also called lightlessness) is the absence of light. Scientifically it is only possible to have a reduced amount of light. The emotional response to an absence of light has inspired metaphor in literature, symbolism in art, and emphasis.

Today many in the world enjoy researching and exploring Dark tourism - travel to sites associated with death and suffering, ghost and the paranormal.
As a poetic term, darkness can also mean the presence of shadows, evil, or depression.

Darkness can have a strong psychological impact. It can cause depression in people with seasonal affective disorder, fear in nyctophobics, comfort in lygophilics, or attraction as in gothic fashion. These emotions are used to add power to literary imagery.

Religious texts often use darkness to make a visual point. In the Bible, darkness was the second to last plague (Exodus 10:21) and the location of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12) The Qur’an has been interpreted to say that those who transgress the bounds of what is right are doomed to “burning despair and ice-cold darkness.” (Nab 78.25) In Greek Mythology, three layers of night surround Tartarus, a place for the worst sinners as far beneath Hades as heaven is high above earth.

The Hindu goddess Kalí (black, dark colored) is also closely associated with darkness and violence, though she is equally associated with motherhood and benevolence.

In Chinese philosophy Yin is the feminine part of the Taijitu and is represented by a dark lobe.

The use of darkness as a rhetorical device has a long standing tradition. Shakespeare, working in the 16th and 17th centuries, made a character called Satan, the “prince of darkness” (King Lear: III, iv) and gave darkness jaws with which to devour love. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream: I, i)[8] Chaucer, a 14th century Middle English writer, wrote that knights must cast away the “workes of darkness.” Dante described hell as “solid darkness stain’d.”

Even in Old English there were three words that could mean darkness; heolstor, genip, and sceadu. Heolstor also meant “hiding-place” and became holster, genip meant “mist” and fell out of use like many strong verbs, it is however still used in the Dutch saying "in het geniep" which means secretly, sceadu meant “shadow” and remained in use. The word darkness eventually evolved from the word deorc, which meant “dark”.

"The Dead's Great Inconsolable Grief": In many cultures, wearing of dark colors shows grief and attracts it.

In the dark objects that are familiar to us take on different shapes and sizes. They also reveal the qualities in them that are truly paranormal, and actually supernaturally in their nature.

Call it evil, or the work of the devil but the inanimate becomes the black of night. The darkling's, the shadows, the dead sneak near to you as you breath evenly and sound asleep.

Accounts of "THE DARK" as a being typically describe them as being deep non reflective black humanoid or creature like silhouettes. Some times with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, though at times those features might be all that you actually see in the darkness.

Many lurid accounts also exist of these entities being child-sized humanoids or shapeless masses that sometimes change to a more human like forms or animals. The eyes are usually not described as being discernible but in some reports glowing red, white or blue eyes are mentioned. The color of the eyes, if any, is typically given as red. Their specific form is described variously as two-dimensional shadow to a vaporous or distorted three-dimensional body (as though made out of smoke, fabric, water like or steam).

Movement is often described as being very quick and disjointed. Some witnesses describe this movement as though the shadow entities they have seen "danced" from one wall to the next, or as moving around the room "as if they were on a specific track".

Rarely, they are seen "standing" in the middle of doorways or off the wall. Often they are described as being seen staring at the floor. Some accounts describe what appears to be the outline of a cloak, and in some instances the outline of a 1930s style fedora hat. This last type is referred as the " Dark hat-man" or "The Darkling King".

The Dark has also been called "The Wight", from Old English word wiht, is a Middle English word used to describe a creature or a living being. It is akin to Old High German wiht, meaning a creature or thing.

The evil of the darkling's over the centuries are based on Shadow people, (also known as shadow men, shadow folk, or shadow beings) are supernatural shadow-like creatures of both modern folklore and traditional native American beliefs. These creatures are known to pull you room your bed at night violently. Strangle you rape you.

The Darkling's can also bite you, hit you, hurt you, and are known to poke your eyes out as you sleep. They have been known to kill infants as they sleep in their mothers arms or suckle at their breast.

The can scratch you to the boone, and tales of them even stealing kidneys, (thought to be what they love to eat) from sleeping victims. A darkling is best known to take the shape of cats, especially large black cats. They can roam highways, and slip into to your home and kill all that live their.

In the darkness they are the strongest paranormal entity you can encounter. They can change shape and even talk to you in the thick black night.

According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision as they begin to haunt them. If they find no reason to haunt you then they seem to disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.

Reports of shadow darkling people occupy a similar position in the popular consciousness to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features, wearing modern/period clothing, or attempting to communicate.

Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human' is what a shadow person entails. a darkling has never walked the earth as a human.Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or in some rare instances, attacked by shadow darkling's. There have also been reports of huge menacing darkling's appearing in front of witnesses and lingering for several seconds before disappearing. Witnesses report that encounters are typically accompanied by a feeling of dread.

Darklings have been known to hide at the sign of any type of light. their favorite spots to hide or in dark cracks, or inside a child's toys (bears. dolls, stuffed animals) or closets.

Robert The haunted Doll is thought to be a Darkling trapped in a stuffed body by a voodoo hoodoo spell.

In New Orleans Voodoo Darkling's are creatures that prowl the city looking for innocents to possess. They will take a person and make them act and turn into someone they are not. They who are possessed by a Darkling have been known to kill or hurt their family members during daylight hours. They are aptly called since the late 1800's "The Dark Darklings".

The great voodoo Queen Marie Laveau described them as the evil thoughts that good church people have that they don't act upon, come to life. They carry out evil deeds no sane man would do!

The actual belief is that the darkling enters a person through their mouths as they sleep, and are trapped inside them until they fall asleep again.

The person is like a zombified demon acting only on it's primal instincts. Kill or be killed. Marie Laveau is said to have used ground up monkey and cock statue powder, red brick and a secret ingrediant to chase them off.

Small children between the ages of 3- 9 are more apt to encounter these beings and see them clearly. Though those who have psychic powers have been known to see them as sparkling dark shapes in the blackness.

Source: Haunted American Tours/Mason Felinity


UFO Pranksters Sentenced

Two tricksters who created a UFO hoax in the skies over the Morristown, New Jersey area were sentenced by a municipal judge to pay $250 in fines each and work off 50 hours of community service for their antics.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Carlucci told Chris Russo, 29, of Morris Plains, and Joe Rudy, 28, of Chester Township the hoax could have had tragic consequences. The pair’s “UFOs” were made with road flares tied to helium balloons.

Over a five-day stretch in January and February, in a stated “mission to help people think rationally and question the credibility of so-called UFO professionals,” the New Jersey residents dispatched trains of balloons and flares into the night sky near Morristown.

They shot their own footage, then sat back as local TV stations reported the sightings. Local 911 dispatchers got a handful of calls and another family videotaped it, too. In an effort to keep the hoax going, Russo lied to a News 12 TV crew in rejecting police suspicions that it was flares: “From what we saw? No way — the way they were moving around. I mean, they zipped over our car.”

So proud of their work, the two men posted a star log of their activities on April Fool’s Day on a Web site called

Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said, “Throughout we were concerned that what was now a joke could turn into a tragic situation. It was a tremendous waste of police resources and posed a serious fire threat to homes, wooded areas, posed a significant danger to air traffic and tied up valuable 911 resources.

“In mitigation, however, since these defendants stopped their actions once authorities asked them to, have led otherwise law abiding lives, did not contemplate that their actions would cause harm, and since they were cooperative with investigators, I believe that the plea to a municipal ordinance violation with a fine and community service and no criminal record, serves the deterrent effect in this matter to punish this conduct in a measured way. I also take into consideration that these young men should not have to suffer a criminal conviction in their young lives for what can otherwise be deemed a youthful indiscretion.

Bianchi added, “A municipal ordinance is not a criminal conviction, and does not appear on their record.”

Source: The Daily Record


Dr Who link to Rise in UK UFO Sightings

Science fiction and fantasy dramas like Doctor Who and Torchwood may be behind a rise in UFO sightings in built up areas of Wales, an expert has said.

Nick Pope, the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) former UFO project head, was commenting on figures released by the MoD which show sightings have gone up.

He said other sightings reflected the growing popularity of Chinese lanterns.

In 2006, 97 UFOs were reported across the UK. This rose to 135 in 2007 and 285 in 2008, with 18 Wales sightings.

These sightings in Wales included bright white objects over Anglesey, black disc shaped objects in the skies over Neath Port Talbot, objects moving like a football over Pontypridd and a UFO in Old Colwyn, Conwy, which was "bigger than a helicopter".

Mr Pope, who continues his research into the phenomena of UFOs on a private basis, said he believed the revitalisation of the Doctor Who franchise had made people more open to seeing UFOs.

"If I am being cynical, maybe Doctor Who and Torchwood being filmed in Cardiff and the surrounding area might make people look to the skies more than they would previously," he said.

"There have been quite a few sightings in Cardiff, Barry, Swansea and other built up areas in the south of the country.

"Traditionally people think of UFO sightings as taking place in a deserted and dark part of the countryside but many of the Wales sightings are from cities and towns."

Across the UK as a whole, the number of sightings have doubled from 2007 to 2008.

Mr Pope said he believed the reasons for this included the growing popularity of Chinese lanterns, which float off and glow brightly in the sky after being lit, and are well known for being mistaken as UFOs.

Last year, lanterns lit and set off at the wedding of Lucy and Lyn Thomas from Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, made headlines around the world when police officers in a helicopter admitted they could have mistaken them for UFOs.

Mr Pope also said the very fact that the MoD were releasing its files on the sightings was generating interest in the UFO phenomena.

"It is being covered on Newsnight and on the front page of the Sun," he said.

"You have to go back to 1985 before I can recall another UFO story on the front page of a newspaper.

"UFOs are a subject that almost everyone has an opinion on. It is one of those great subjects which if you mention it down the pub, someone will claim to have seen one, and another person will claim it's all a big government cover up and another will say it's all a load of rubbish."

But while it was an interesting and fun subject to debate, there was also a serious side, said Mr Pope.

"The UFO debate does raise important defence and air safety issues," he said.

"One case that springs to mind is the recent incident at RAF St Athan when a police helicopter was apparently nearly hit by a UFO.

"Another near collision happened last year over Birmingham when the pilot had to take evasive action to avoid hitting a UFO.

"This is why their investigation is important."

Source: BBC

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