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Welsh Police Helicopter Encounters A UFO - June 7-8, 2008, from THE SUN (UK)

Cardiff, Wales, UK - Stunned police gave chase to a UFO after it attacked their helicopter near a military base. The mystery aircraft zoomed straight at the chopper as the three-man cop crew prepared to land. The pilot banked sharply to avoid being hit, then launched into a high-speed pursuit. But he was forced to give up the chase as the helicopter’s fuel ran low – and the UFO escaped. All three crew described the object as “flying saucer-shaped” and circled by flashing lights. They reported it to senior officers, who passed on the report to Britain’s UFO investigators.

The incident happened as the helicopter was returning to the MoD’s St Athan base near Cardiff, where it is stationed. The chopper was at 500ft and waiting to land when the crew saw the UFO speeding towards them from below. A source said: “It closed in at great speed, aiming straight at the helicopter.

“The chopper had to swerve sharply to avoid being hit. The guys said if they’d stayed where they were, they’d be dead – it would’ve been a direct hit. They are convinced it was a UFO. It sounds far-fetched, but they know what they saw. These guys are hardened professionals and know people will take the mickey, but they are certain they saw a UFO.”

The source added: “After the near-collision they decided to follow it to find out what the hell it was. They belted across the Bristol Channel in pursuit, but it was too quick. They got to the North Devon coast and had to turn back because they were running low on fuel.”

The chopper is crammed with hi-tech cameras and surveillance gear, but the UFO somehow avoided being caught on film. Strangely, the crew could not see the craft with night-vision goggles – but all said it was “clearly visible” to the naked eye on the night of June 7. South Wales Police said last night: “We can confirm the Air Support Unit sighted an unusual aircraft. This was reported to the relevant authorities for their investigation.”

The MoD, which usually investigates UFO sightings, said: “We’ve heard nothing about this. But it is certainly not advisable for police helicopters to go chasing what they think are UFOs.”


Hundreds of UFO sightings over Wales were reported yesterday after a mystery craft threatened a police helicopter. The Sun was bombarded with calls from readers who also saw the UFO on the same night as the chopper drama in Cardiff. And the mystery deepened as experts revealed airline pilots have spotted hundreds of UFOs over the nearby Bristol Channel this year. We exclusively revealed yesterday how the helicopter’s three-man crew took evasive action to avoid being rammed by the UFO. They then chased it to North Devon before giving up as fuel ran low.

Dawn Williams, 45, feared an Independence Day-style alien invasion when she spotted a sinister shape in the sky above Aberdare Country Park hours earlier, on June 8.

She said: “It came over the horizon and was traveling for about a minute and a half before it disappeared.

“It was circular and had a dome on top – it looked like a planet with rings. I didn’t say anything at the time because I didn’t think anyone would believe me.”

Cabaret duo Katy Cunnion and Russell Quinn said a weird light in the sky followed them on the A5 near Shrewsbury an hour after the ’copter scare. Katy, 25, said: “It was hovering. At first I thought it was a helicopter, but every time I changed direction it was in the same place. "It disappeared, then I got a bit freaked out when the light came back close enough for us to see it was saucer-shaped with lights which flashed from one to another in a chain.

“It looked like no plane or aircraft I had ever seen.” It finally zoomed off “like a shooting star” after an hour. Katy’s description of the UFO matches the one given by the helicopter cops. Expert David Coggins, who has studied UFOs for 30 years, revealed: “I’m told that in the past three months airline pilots have been reporting at least two or three encounters a week with UFOs over the Bristol Channel. “Many of them will have rational explanations, but the probability is around 15 to 20 per cent can’t be identified.”

The Ministry of Defence, which investigates UFO sightings, said it was still awaiting the police report on the helicopter incident.

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LOS ANGELES — Scientists believe NASA's Phoenix Mars lander exposed bits of ice while recently digging a trench in the soil of the Martian arctic, the mission's principal investigator said Thursday.

Crumbs of bright material initially photographed in the trench later vanished, meaning they must have been frozen water that vaporized after being exposed, Peter Smith of the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in a statement.

"These little clumps completely disappearing over the course of a few days, that is perfect evidence that it's ice," Smith said. "There had been some question whether the bright material was salt. Salt can't do that."

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Gary McKinnon: Hacker or UFO Hero?

by Bill Knell - June 20, 2008

The tale of Gary McKinnon began in 2001 when the forty-something Scottish born UK Citizen hacked his way into over ninety computers that belonged to the United States Government. His targets were machines used by the U.S. Military, Department of Defense and NASA. He claims that his goal was to prove that agencies of the United States Government were keeping information about Extraterrestrials hidden from the world. To hear McKinnon’s side of it, he succeeded.

According to McKinnon, he viewed actual photos of alien spaceships secretly stored on NASA computers. Gary says that there were “unfiltered and filtered photos” available and that the filtered photos had been airbrushed to hide the alien spacecrafts. Others say that he managed to obtain more information than he has taken credit for and this has made him America’s most wanted. That information may include the identities of ‘off world’ military officers assigned to other planets.

After being identified as the hacker that gained access to the top secret computers in the USA, Gary McKinnon was arrested by the British National Hi Tech Crime Unit in March of 2002. He was held for just under eight hours while all the computers he owned or were repairing for others were confiscated. Gary was eventually released and his machines returned, except for a Hard Drive sent to United States. U.S. Authorities used that and other evidence to indict McKinnon and request that he be extradited to America.

McKinnon’s legal team have managed to keep him in the UK so far, but the results of a hearing that was held on May 16, 2008 might change that. Although complicated, the House of Lords process may ultimately decide whether McKinnon is sent to the USA, allowed to stay in the UK or given the opportunity to serve a predetermined sentence in the UK based on a conviction under American Law. The problem is that U.S. and UK Laws differ in many ways and trying to match up the processes involved is no easy task no matter what side of this issue you are on.

Many believe that Britain’s lack of enthusiasm to prosecute McKinnon may be motivated by their own secrecy or even revenge. Some people say that McKinnon was secretly and unknowingly being used as a pawn by one or more British Intelligence Services. They believe that these services wanted to know what the U.S. Military did and does about ETs and their agenda. Others say that failure of the USA to turn over IRA supporters, sympathizers, fund-raisers and members to the UK during the 1960s and 1970s has resulted in the current stalemate with McKinnon.

Personally, I believe that the McKinnon situation has been a catalyst for change in the position held for so many years by the U.S. Government regarding Extraterrestrials. Once they became aware that the UK was not going to prosecute, muzzle or harass McKinnon, U.S. Authorities lost their trump card. If they cannot control their allies and complete access to what the U.S. Government knows about UFOs and Aliens, what choices remain? Disclosure becomes a necessity, rather than just an ultimate goal.

Perhaps that’s why we have heard about secret UN briefings on ETs, Catholic leaders telling their clergy and church members that it’s no sin to believe in Aliens and even providing training for future missionaries to the stars. Despite self-serving U.S. Government statements that still try to hide the truth about UFOs from the public whenever a major sighting or encounter occurs, the path has clearly been laid out. Disclosure is inevitable and will likely occur very soon depending on the ebb and flow of political tides within the USA.

Gary McKinnon may be a hacker, but I think that history may also judge him as a kind of hero. If he was a cyber spy for hire, he was a reluctant and somewhat inept one and there is absolutely no evidence to connect him with any terrorist or fanatically religious organizations of any kind. Even if he just did what he did as a lark, he did the USA a favor exposing technical weaknesses no one detected. More importantly, he did the UFO research community a favor by providing a technical trail of evidence to follow that proves the USA is hiding information about UFOs and Extraterrestrials. For more, visit

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The Haunting Story of Alexandra Holzer

By Bill Knell

Alexandra Holzer had anything but a normal childhood. One of two sisters, she is the youngest born to Ghost Hunter Hans Holzer and Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden. She explained some of the funny, offbeat and frightening moments of her youth in Growing Up Haunted: A Ghostly Memoir (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2008). To understand Alexandra, you really have to know a bit about her parents, so we’ll begin there.

Hans Holzer is generally considered to be the father of modern spirit investigation. The author of over one hundred and forty-five books and novels, Hans wrote Ghost Hunter in 1963 and established the methodology that many within the field of paranormal investigation use today. He received his Ph.D from the London College of Applied Science and has made appearances on popular television programs such as In Search Of and Murder in Amityville.

Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden, also known as The Haunted Countess, is a direct descendent of Catherine The Great of Russia. Born at Castle Rovina in Merano, Italy, she grew up and eventually married Hans Holzer. Catherine helped research many of the topics for his books and added her own intuitive, imaginative and inspired artwork to those projects. The Countess lives on Long Island and often shows her art work in The Hamptons.

After reading almost all of her father’s books, I was thrilled to speak with Alexandra over the phone. She instantly communicates a sincere interest in spirit investigation. However, it would be wrong to believe that she is just some chip off the old block. Alexandra makes it clear that she and her father do not see eye to eye on a number of issues. One of them happens to be the subject of demons.

“My father doesn’t believe in demons…he says spirits are beings of light” she told me matter-of-factly. Hans is not alone in his assessment of evil spirits, however, it does cut a swath across research by others that do believe in them including Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known ghost hunters and authors in their own right, and his own daughter. He also seems to find fault with some of her conclusions as evidenced by a recent debate over a photo she showed to him and her mother. Alexandra describes the situation:

“After rediscovering my ability of sight and tapping into my sixth sense, I began taking photo's around my home. The results showed anomalies which I concluded were not manmade from the environment of my home such as dirt, dust or in-door rain. I became excited and had my mother take some of her own photos. I explained to her that the objects were probably the physical manifestations of spirit guides, family members that passed over and so on. She was just as excited and in her low-key mellow way, just as astonished to see what appeared on her bedroom curtains and floors. Shapes taking form, an arm here, a leg there… That began the topic of our orb conversations. Sounds like a bucket of chicken: You get the wing, oh look here's the breast!”

“ I took it another step forward by taking some photos during a function at my sisters house in Riverdale, New York. I wasn’t just interested in preserving family moments, but was searching for evidence of life after life on film. What I believe to be a face appeared in one of the photos. It was just behind my sister and seemed to come out of her curio. After looking at the photo a couple of times, she agreed that the anomaly was a face. That’s when the orb fight began.”

“My mother, sister and I went to show the photo to my father. Well, Mr. Ghost Hunter didn’t exactly see eye to eye with us. He emphatically stated, ‘That's not an orb! I can't see what it is, BUT it's not a person!’ That's all it took to start a ten minute verbal battle over the photo and its contents. I said, ‘Look there is the head,’ and he'd reply, ‘That's not a head, it's the light coming from the room!’ I'd say, ‘It's shaping here like a person,’ he'd reply, ‘That's not a person, it's a bug of some sort perhaps, but it's not a person!’ We ended the argument by agreeing to disagree, but I was still red-faced angry over the whole thing and the argument was far from over as far as I was concerned.”

That’s what is so terrific about Alexandra. She has a passion that rivals her father’s when it comes to spirit investigation. That passion came through during own phone conversation and in her description of her relationship, agreements, disagreements, admirations and frustrations with her dad. She says, “Life with my father is difficult, confusing and inspiring all rolled into one.” Alexandra continued:

“As a child, he was there for me to hold my hand crossing the busy New York City streets. He was there to take me to the pediatrician when I was sick, but always felt uncomfortable sitting in the waiting room. He complained about the germs in those places. Despite that eccentricity, he was entertaining and very considerate of my likes and dislikes. He once made the mistake of bringing me toast with orange marmalade when clearly, strawberry was my favorite. I bellowed at him at the ripe old age of seven and said, ‘Father, that's NOT the right jam!’ Laughing, he just smiled, left the room and returned with a new batch of toast and strawberry jam.”

“I long for those days and wish for more, but my father never allowed me into the paranormal side of his life with the exception of telling me stories from the past. As old age set in, it was too late to get involved with that. The man I once knew had become more difficult and less forthcoming of his business. Today, all I can do is develop my own path and try to carry on what little he'll let me until he passes. When he does, I will be able to continue without walking on eggshells or being fearful of insulting his ego. He'll be in a better place, smiling again, and devising a plan to haunt me I am sure!”

I was nine years old when I became aware that my father’s military career and the friends he knew from those days provided proof positive that Extraterrestrials were visiting our planet. That awareness became the catalyst which launched my interest in the paranormal. It caused me to read books on the subject (including Ghost Hunter) and watch people like her dad on television. I wondered when Alexandra first became aware that her father was a famous Ghost Hunter? She provided the following answer:

“I was around the age of nine or ten years old. It was Christmas Time and my mother began wrapping up some of my father's books as gifts for the school teachers. I attended prep school in Manhattan, so the environment was quiet, proper and subtle. One day before Christmas break, my class sat watching our History teacher as he opened up his gifts. I hadn't a clue what we got him, but was excited to watch him open the present. I picked out the silver, shiny paper that apparently left glitter all over any hands that touched it. As he looked at his hands, I felt very bad and sunk into my chair. He laughed it off and with a smirk continued to open the package.”

“When the paper fell to the floor, a bunch of books appeared and the look on his face went from a smirk to a serious grin. ‘What could it be?’ I wondered. ‘What the heck did mother buy this poor man?’ As the other kids and I crowded around him to find out, the teacher showed us the covers of the books that emerged from the wrapping. They were titles like ‘The Ghost Hunter‘, ‘ESP and You, ‘Witches’ and ‘The Lively Ghosts of Ireland’ by Dr. Hans Holzer! Oh no...that is MY father! I couldn't believe it. He wrote those? What the heck does he do for a living? I sank to the lowest point in my chair at that moment. As if to add insult to injury, I fell off that chair to the ground with a thunderous thud! It was at that moment that I wondered if I should switch schools right away or maybe just leave the planet!”

As a Paranormal Researcher with more years of experience than I care to admit and children of my own, I can understand how strange it must have been for Alexandra to face her father’s unusual claim to fame. My own kids always enjoy listening to my radio and television interviews, but it can confuse them at times. After all, I am not exactly dealing with conventional topics. With that in mind, I wondered what Alexandra’s earliest memory of her father’s ghost hunting might be? She told me:

“I was around the age of eleven when my father came bursting into my room announcing he would be on television that evening. He gave me the time, channel and show's name. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Yeah, okay whatever." But when the time came for the show to air, I was not going to get off that easily. He stormed back into my room and announced it was on. My mother, sister and I (and the cat) went into the living room to watch my father on television. He sat there smiling, commenting and folding his arms. Although it seemed really funny at the time, I can now understand his sense of accomplishment as I am now trying to accomplish the same thing. I might have been bored when I watched those shows, but I was also impressed and sensed his fame.”

My paranormal ‘awakening’ occurred at the age of nine. I wondered how and when Alexandra became interested in spirit investigation. Now thirty seven years of age, she says that a ghostly experience of her own at the age of thirty two was what propelled her into the world her father had dominated for so long:

“I was folding laundry and I heard my late aunt's whisper of a voice in my ear. She passed from a rare form of Lymphoma two years before. I had experiences as a child and never felt alone, but this was something foreign to me that suddenly became familiar. As I began to open up and allow her in, the dreams came, then the messages and soon, I was able to read people naturally. I didn't ask for this second sight or to be a medium to help others. My aunt allowed me to get back to my roots and chose the right time for me. I could have picked a better moment, like before I had four children, but that is not how it works.”

Alexandra Holzer has partnered with Carly-Rose Singer and Shira Etzionis to form a kind of Charlie’s Angels threesome of east coast ghost researchers called New York’s Pretty Paranormals. Each one of them brings something to the table of spirit investigations including Alexandra’s vision of what Ghost Hunting should be. “I want to help people,” she tells me. I can understand her vision and admire the fact that she and her partners want to do more than just show up at someone’s house with a bunch of gadgets and an emotional detachment that is unhealthy for all involved.

With as many goals as she has talents, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Alexandra Holzer. She hopes to create and host a television show about the paranormal and I cannot think of anyone better suited to do that. She’s also a prolific author with several books currently available and more on the way. For more, visit


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