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News and observation reports, March 2007:

Some of the UFO observations and ufology news in March 2007 are listed on this page. Please note that these are not studies, but second hand observation reports, although mostly obtained from reliable and well known sources.

DECLASSIFICATION OF FRENCH UFO DOCUMENTS AT THE CNES: IT STARTED!

CNES, the French space agency, started to display on their website on March 22, 2007, their documents about UFOs. The announcement of this publication effort had been made several times, most recent largely reported in the media as being scheduled for January 2007.

The initiative was announced as a "first in the world" according to a statement to the Reuters news agency by Jacques Patenet, the person in charge of the group of studies and information on the unidentified aerospace phenomena (GEIPAN) within the National Center of Space Studies (CNES), but this is not entirely accurate: government agencies of other countries, for example the FBI, the CIA and the DIA in the United States, had published their UFO documents on the Internet since years. Those of the US Air Force, were readable at the National Archive since the Seventies, and are also free for reading on the Internet albeit thanks to the work of private ufologists (under the aegis of the Fund For UFO Research).

The web site of the GEIPAN is said to now display approximately 400 case files; which would be essentially police records of UFO witnesses statements, which can be selected by categories such as "explained and closed case" to "unexplained case." GEIPAN announced that by the end of 2007, the totality of their files, that is 1.600 case files, should be available online.

The website, either submerged by too many visitors, or running on an insufficient web server, or combination of both, is practically inaccessible since its opening. The majority of the visitors report that with a lot of patience, they only managed to get to see this welcome screen:

These difficulties should be probably be solved in the next days; the same sort of problems occurred when recently the IGN French Geography Institute had opened their "GeoPortail" or when the French audio/video archive Institute INA their "Archive for all" websites.

The news had a rather broad echo on the French media of general information of the Internet, the French Press, and certain French television news, sometimes on a scoffing note ("science-fiction buffs will be delighted.")

The initiative represents in any case a first in France, the situation up to now having been rather far from transparent.

Myself then other ufologists had awaited this since the UFO service of the time, SEPRA, had closed in 2004, and I am happy that this has now received a positive response.

STUDENT SEES UFO ABOVE SWINDON, U-K.:

In their "Today's most viewed" section, at
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/mostpopular.var.1070757.mostviewed.student_spots_ufo_over_swindon.php
This is Wiltshire reports that the 17 years old student Chris Moran "spots UFO over Swindon".

He apparently spotted lights in the sky on two occasions on Monday night over Swindon, the first at 08:55 p.m., for just a few seconds from the corner of the eye, while walking out the back of Cricklade Road near some open ground. He said it was oval-shaped object, quite bright, hanging in the sky, really odd, and zoomed away when he turned his head to look at it.

He saw it again in town near Eastcott Hill, as well as other people, and it looked like it was just a few hundred feet up. He said it was oval again, a bit like a rugby ball, completely silent, and then travelled off so fast that it would have been impossible to estimate its speed.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said they had not received any reports about UFO sightings over Swindon on Monday evening, and that they examine any UFO sighting reports they receives "solely to establish whether there is any evidence to suggest that UK airspace has been compromised by hostile or unauthorized air activity" and in a twist of circular logic, that "unless there is such evidence the MoD does not attempt to positively identify what was seen."

A SEARCH ENGINE TO FIND UFOs, ALIENS AND GHOSTS ON THE WEB:

The giant of data processing IBM, in Armonk, USA, in common with Yahoo!, create an engine of search for web pages dedicated to the rechrche of UFOS is the extraterrestrial ones on Internet. The engine seeks also the pages treating of the paranormal and the fantomes.

www.ufocrawler.com

SIGHTING IN LONDON, U-K.:

The Tottenham Journal, of London, reports that on March 2, 2007, at 10:40, a woman observed in amazement from the district of Tottenham a red flying object, unidentified, carrying shining lights.

The woman made a point of remaining anonymous, saying only that she lives on High Road in Tottenham and that she made the observation from a window of her housing.

She stated that she had never seen anything similar, describing a line of small lights which, she then realized, were on a larger aerial object of oval shape with a red external coating of folded metallic aspect which made her thought of aluminum foil. She added that it did not resemble anything like a plane or helicopter and that she thinks that it was extraterrestrial; however, she does not specify that it could not have been a blimp.

After a time of observation not specified by the newspaper, during which the object was hovering, it drifted in the direction of the Tottenham Hotspur Football club where she lost sight of it.


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