In light of statistics showing that 90 to 98 percent of all UFO sightings can readily be identified as scientific phenomena, there’s a growing urgency by local UFO groups – such as the Oregon “watchers” group -- to put their personal stories on the record in hopes that, perhaps, it’s not just “scientific phenomena” that people are seeing; but actual UFOs. In turn, there’s a Christmas week “phenomena” that can’t be explained away with science. Errol lit a cigarette; inhaled deeply, hoping the “lingering red light” would simply fly away as have other strange phenomena that seem to plague this coastal location at Bray’s Point. After all, this is a place that’s attracted ancient Native Americans and, more recently, since the late 1940s, it’s become a popular UFO sighting location. In turn, Errol’s who body tightened, and then he took a breath saying “you never quite known for sure if aliens are walking among us. Just think about all the UFO sighting reports about alien encounters that have been destroyed. We’re making sure that our stories are not put in a secret file somewhere. That’s our Christmas present to each other.”
Oregon UFO “watchers” making plans for their oral histories
Errol’s smile jelled into an expression of shock when a fellow Oregon UFO “watcher” told him that more than a dozen boxes of cassette tapes featuring “oral histories” of fellow watchers from the 1970s “may be missing.” In turn, Errol points to the national and international concern with ufologiests when it comes to the question: "Where’s the interview records?”
“We’ve lost so much information from regular citizens such as ourselves who tried to put our experiences down on record about these ‘alleged extraterrestrial species’ that we’ve encountered. It just seems strange that whenever you hear about a UFO sighting, you later hear that the police interviews have disappeared,” explains Errol, an Oregon "watcher" leader, who recently announced plans to send four decades worth of “watcher” oral history to the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has just added “UFO history” as part of its research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution that “promotes the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and around the world.”
“What we’re sending the Smithsonian right have the Christmas holiday is cases and cases of cassette tapes and CDs with our group’s oral history of UFO sightings here at Bray’s and nearby Stonefield Beach. We also have plenty of scientific documents – including an original copy of the COMETA Report.”
COMETA has become must reading for UFO “watchers”
In turn, the COMETA report from 1999 is viewed by ufologists as an important document that reveals proof of UFOs. For instance, Errol states that “much of what’s in COMETA is the universal truth that’s been suppressed or destroyed when similar information has come under government control both in the U.S. and overseas where we still have a bureaucracy that aims to suppress the ‘science’ of what COMETA reveals about UFOs visiting Earth.”
It was published in France under the titled “UFOs and Defense: What must we be prepared for? ("Les Ovni Et La Defense: A quoi doit-on se préparer?")
According to the French government, “this ninety-page report is the result of an in-depth study of UFOs, covering many aspects of the subject, especially questions of national defense. The study was carried out over several years by an independent group of former ‘auditors’ at the Institute of Advanced Studies for National Defense, or IHEDN, and by qualified experts from various fields. Before its public release, it has been sent to French President Jacques Chirac and to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. The report is prefaced by General Bernard Norlain of the Air Force, former Director of IHEDN, and it begins with a preamble by André Lebeau, former President of the National Center for Space Studies (Centre National D’études Spatiales), or CNES, the French equivalent of NASA. The group itself, collective author of the report, is an association of experts, many of whom are or have been auditors of IHEDN, and it is presided over by General Denis Letty of the Air Force, former auditor (FA) of IHEDN.”
Watcher notes on alien life
“One of the more interesting parts of our group’s collective oral history at Bray’s and Stonefield Beach, from our group beginnings in 1971, is our sharing of notes about various alleged extraterrestrial species,” explains Errol.
For instance, Errol notes that many ufologists view aliens as either humanoid, animal, robotic or exotic. The term ‘humanoid being’ is a being that looks like a human in body shape. Robots are more ‘artificial beings’ that are reported after a UFO sighting, while an exotic or animal alien life form is one with a body shape that does not fit into a shape that can be explained.
In turn, Errol points to a “watcher” oral history log from 1977 that documents “a flurry of UFO sightings at both Bray’s and Stonefield” that mirrored the UFOs spotted by former President Jimmy Carter.
According to the December 1978 edition of OMNI magazine, “a widely publicized UFO sighting in Georgia by Jimmy Carter (before he was governor and later president) was something that our ‘watchers’ hoped would spur on more UFO sightings,” said Errol while sharing the history of the watcher group with other UFO fans on a cold and windy Dec. 18 during interviews for Huliq.
Watcher notes on Jimmy Carter sighting
“Today hundreds of UFO writers and lecturers refer glowingly to the ‘Jimmy Carter UFO,’ though not a single one of them appears to have actually investigated the report. In light of statistics showing that 90 to 98 percent of all such instance can readily be identified as scientific phenomena (at least a quarter of these cases turn out to be bright planets), one suspect that UFO buffs are afraid that just such a solution would explain away the Carter sighting and thus deprive them of real proof,” stated the OMNI report.
“In mid-1977, UFO investigator Robert Sheaffer, generally regarded as a skeptical but highly competent analysts, published results of his own research on the Jimmy Carter sighting. Sheaffer was able to determine the date of the event through oral history and other records (along the lines of what the Oregon ‘watchers’ are releasing to the Smithsonian later this month) of Carter’s; including the October 1969 record of when Cater first mentioned the UFO sighting.”
In turn, the British hoard of once top secret UFO documents – that number 8.500 with links to tens of thousands of other once secret UFO files – confirms that Jimmy Carter said he saw a UFO on January 6, 1969, after a speech he gave at a Lions Club in Leary, Georgia.
“Carter had described a red light “as bright as the moon “that seemed to approach and recede repeatedly.”
In turn, OMNI reported that “Sheaffer compared the elevation and bearing of the UFO Carter described to a sky chart he discovered. The brightest object in the sky that night was the planet Venus.”
President Carter convinced he saw a UFO
“The future president had reported that ten other witnesses had been present, but when Sheaffer checked with many Lions Club members, they generally remembered the speech but not any UFO,” OMNI reported, while noting that all police report records from that evening when Carter spoke were destroyed.
“In the months following Sheaffer’s announcement, UFO experts generally avoided comment. In fact, the UFO community continued to act as if there had been no inquiry or plausible explanation at all,” added the OMNI report, while stating that “future references to the ‘Jimmy Carter UFO’ continue unabated to this day, with Carter being asked in a 2011 interview about ‘his UFO’ with no comment.
For more information on consulting UFO materials at the Smithsonian’s Folklife and Cultural Heritage Archives, or submitting UFO documents to the Smithsonian, go to http://www.folklife.si.edu/index.aspx.