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by Carmen McLaren, guest contributor  [November 25, 2011]





[]  UFO sightings have been classified into many categories to allow those reading about a sighting to get a better idea of the circumstances under which the object was seen. These categories, as postulated by J. Allen Hyneck, include nocturnal lights, daylight discs, radar-visual, and Close Encounters of the I, II, III, and IV kinds.


* Nocturnal Lights


These are lights high up in the night sky made between the hours after sundown and dawn's first light. Lights in the night sky are not uncommon, as the sky is full of lights. It is home to millions of stars, comets, meteors, seven other planets, several planetoids, and one large moon.

What makes some of these sightings interesting is that varied well-trained individuals have seen lights fly across the sky at tremendous speed, stop, zigzag, reaccelerate to blistering speed and make ninety degree turns as effortlessly as a figure skater gliding across the ice.


* Daylight Discs


During the day it is easier for the human eye to discern the identify of an object. Most well-trained observers can tell when an airplane or helicopter is passing overhead. But when we see familiar things under unfamiliar circumstances, we may mistake them for UFOs, when they are actually normal identifiable objects (IFOs).

As with nocturnal lights, daylight disc reports should only be interpreted as UFO sightings when the object displays characteristics not associated with identifiable aircraft. These characteristics can include silent operation of large stationary objects, unheard of speed and maneuvers, and the ability to appear and disappear.

Daylight discs have been sighted in every nation on earth, and increasingly their images are being captured by people using handheld video recorders. This has allowed sightings to be captured and shared for analysis with experts, helping to alleviate some of the debunkers' claims that people lie about what they have seen, as the images are right there on video.

The best types of sightings in these two categories (Nocturnal Lights and Daylight Discs) are those objects that are witnessed by multiple observers. It is easy to misidentify a familiar object when viewed from only one angle, as it may be an angle from which you have never before seen the object. Thus, if the object is seen by different people from different angles, chances are, if it is a familiar object, one of the witnesses will recognize it.


* Radar-Visual


These are the best reported sightings of UFOs made by any observer. They occur when a UFO that has been sighted by some observer(s) also appears on the radar screen at the local commercial and/or military airport, or on an aircraft's onboard radar.

To me, these reports are the best proof that refutes the claims by the government and their experts that UFOs are not real, but are hallucinations, swamp gas, or the planet Venus. The proof lies in the fact that the object must be made of some type of material that reflects radar signals to appear on a radar scope -- thus they are tangible, and not the witnesses' imagination.

Returning a radar blip proves the objects are real. The only remaining mysteries: what are they, from where do they originate, and why are they here?


* Close Encounters of the First Kind


These are sightings made of an object in close proximity to the viewer, where there is no contact between the object and the surrounding environment. For instance, an object hovering over a highway, and close enough to the witness so that he or she can rule out the possibility of the object being a plane, helicopter, Venus, or swamp gas.

It also helps if the witness is reliable, or better still, technically trained (e.g., a retired Air Force officer), so as to circumvent claims made by detractors of the witness's ability and veracity.


* Close Encounters of the Second Kind


These encounters are similar to CEI's (close encounters of the first kind) in every aspect, except that in these incidents the object leaves behind a record of its visit. For instance, a scorched spot on the pavement over which a UFO was alleged to have hovered. Or perhaps the tops of nearby trees are bent, snapped, or burnt.

These type of sightings help prove that the witnesses did see something, as hallucinations don't leave a trail or burn marks.

Thus a CEII is an encounter where a UFO leaves a physical trace of its visit.


* Close Encounters of the Third Kind


These sightings are similar to CEI and II's in that an object is sighted in close proximity to the observer, it leaves physical traces of its visit, but in this scenario, the observer sees the vessel's crew. That is, the occupants, beings, aliens, UFOnauts, or whatever name you wish to assign to those creature responsible for piloting these craft.

In some CEIII sightings, one or more people witness the crews of these craft go about repairing, adjusting, or somehow interacting with their craft. In many cases, the crews are see collecting soil, plant, or animal specimens, then returning inside their craft and taking off as mysteriously as they had arrived.


* Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind


When the crew takes human witnesses into their ships, so as to look at them, the witness is said to have had a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind. These sightings form the basis of the Abduction Phenomenon.

When witnesses have reported these close encounters with unknown craft, certain similar side effects on the people, animals, and inanimate objects exposed to the craft have been recorded throughout the world. These side effects are not permanent like scorched roadways or damaged trees and vegetation, but they are proof of some interaction between people and UFOs. Planets, hallucinations, and atmospheric anomalies do not usually have side effects on people, animals, and inanimate objects.

The most common side effects that a CEIV has on people are nausea, vomiting, and skin/eye irritation. Animals and birds react with intense fear, creating a ruckus when the objects are near. Sometimes crickets and toads that usually fill the night with their musical rhythms go silent when the craft draws close.

Many times, watches and clocks cease functioning at the exact time the craft is overhead. It has frequently been reported that a UFO has interrupted television and radio reception, and the flow of electrical current through high-tension wires. Thousand of instances of cars and trucks stalling when an object is near, and returning to normal operation when the object leaves, have been reported throughout the world. Only vehicles that are powered by diesel engines are immune to the electromagnetic side effects associated with being in close proximity to a UFO.

These objects leave many non-permanent traces that prove their visit to the small blue planet we call home.


The above article is excerpted from Carmen McLaren's book, UFO Conspiracy. He has studied the UFO phenomenon for three decades.

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