- THE JOHN FORD AFFAIR As you read this,
New York UFO activist John Ford is languishing in jail awaiting trial for
conspiracy. The circumstances of his arrest and past involvement with an
alleged UFO crash-retrieval incident at Moriches Bay, Long Island, are
profoundly disturbing. BACKGROUND John Ford founded the Long Island UFO
Network in 1985. He investigated UFO sightings and alleged abductions;
held public meetings and sponsored conferences; leafleted and organised
demonstrations. He also produced the Long Island UFO Newsletter, which
was regularly received and enjoyed by enthusiasts around the globe. It
was in that newsletter that he first wrote of an extraordinary incident
which alleged that a UFO had been shot down in 1989 by American military
forces over Moriches Bay in Long Island. He later claimed to have uncovered
details of a similar crash in 1992 in South Haven Park and when an unidentified
object reportedly came to grief in the Pine Barrens region of Long Island
three years later, he insisted that fires in the region had been deliberately
lit to act as a diversion. Despite consistent denials by the authorities
that there was anything untoward in any of these incidents, John persisted
in his claims, insisting that his sources were real and their stories sincere.
He spoke of having gleaned his information from officials within the New
York City Police and Fire Departments; of members of the public who claimed
to have seen a fireball descend into South Haven Park. John Ford simply
wouldn't take no for an answer and became a genuine thorn in the side of
the authorities. He repeated his allegations through public meetings and
demonstrations held outside police headquarters. THE ARREST On 12 June
1996, John Ford was arrested in what Police later described as a classic
'sting' operation. This followed the use of telephone taps and a paid police
informant who was 'wired' to monitor and record conversations. Almost a
year earlier, Ford had confided to close friends and associates that he
was convinced he was the victim of a deliberate plot to harass him. He
went so far as to claim that the plot might entail his penultimate murder.
Shortly after his arrest, Suffolk District Attorney James Catterson, told
journalists gathered for the press briefing that Ford had been charged
with conspiracy to murder and possession of radium without a license. The
intended murder victim was alleged to be none other than John Powell, leader
of the Suffolk County Republican Party. The means by which Ford intended
to carry out the act? By placing radioactive radium in Powell's toothpaste...
District Attorney Catterson held two press conferences and compared the
significance of Ford's arrest to that of the infamous Unabomber. Other
charges made at the time against Ford were subsequently dropped, but the
conspiracy to murder charge was deemed serious enough for the Judge in
the case to deem that Ford's bail would be set at half-a-million dollars.
Needless to say, neither he nor his friends could raise such an amount
and Ford remains incarcerated in jail awaiting trial. Surprisingly to some,
he has issued no statement other than to plead "not guilty" when
the charges were first put to him. Towards the end of last year, several
concerned parties invoked greater public awareness of Ford's plight by
placing supportive articles in prestigious UFO publications such as America's
MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Journal (November 1996 issue) and the Internet.
They formed the aptly named John Ford Defence Committee and began a fund
raising campaign to help with his legal defence. They also publicly appealed
for an expert psychiatrist, professional audiotape analyst and Long Island-based
private investigator to volunteer their efforts. Those on the Committee
are convinced of Ford's innocence and cite numerous incidents and strange
occurrences which led them to that conclusion. According to Committee Member
Elaine Douglas, none of the media mentioned claims of harassment by Ford
and other LIUFON members at the time of his arrest, nor she says, a higher
than average rate of auto-accidents experienced by Ford and his colleagues.
Members had their vehicles vandalised and one in particular, Joe Mazzuchelli,
is said to have been dragged out of his vehicle the previous winter and
physically beaten by four men who told him to "stay out of our business".
Mazzuchelli was arrested with John Ford on 12 June. WHAT DID JOHN FORD
UNCOVER? Ford, like many UFO researchers the world over, could only have
dreamed of the possibility that he might one day stumble across a major
UFO incident on his 'patch', at which he could assume the role of leading
investigator. The 1989 Moriches Bay incident appeared to have afforded
him such an opportunity. His investigation of that particular affair contained
a suggestion that the technology used to bring down the purported alien
spacecraft originated at Brookhaven National Laboratory, based on Long
Island. Elaine Douglas avoids the re-telling of what Ford uncovered about
the three incidents in her campaign literature, preferring instead to concentrate
on the man, and what she perceives to be a case of injustice. She does
include a curious coincidence about Moriches Bay, which may or may not
offer food for thought. It was here that Ford alleged a UFO had been brought
down in 1989, but it is also the spot where TWA Flight 800 mysteriously
crashed in August last year. The cause of that disaster has thus far eluded
Federal Law enforcement and aviation investigators, despite twenty eye-witness
accounts from people who claim to have seen an unaccountable light streaking
towards the 747 aircraft moments before it exploded. Ford's knowledge of
the legal system, put to such good effect in his legitimate street demonstrations,
stemmed from a career as a court official working at the Suffolk County
Court. Those who knew him are adamant he was not capable of conspiring
to murder anyone - it simply wasn't in his character. "You can't believe
how many people have called me to say they can't envision John Ford killing
anyone, or even conceiving the intention," said his attorney John
Rouse. He scoffs at the suggestion that Ford could covertly enter the Powell
household of four people, select the particular toothpaste used by the
man of the house and implant radium in order to kill him. Elaine Douglas
points out that in the 1920's, radium-dial painters used to lick their
brushes out of habit and it took 40 years before anyone contracted cancer.
She asked: "Was Ford going to break in and put radium in Powell's
toothpaste every week for 40 years until he got cancer?" The prosecution's
arguments are further strained she argues by their contention that the
illegal radium was kept hidden by Ford in the back of his pick-up truck,
which was always parked at the front of his house. District Attorney Catterson
labelled Ford a "mastermind" at the press briefings, at which
he raised further serious charges where no indictments were subsequently
returned. "This," said John Rouse, "is called poisoning
the jury pool." The police arrested Ford immediately following a conversation
that took place between their informant, Ford and Mazzuchelli. The informant
was 'wired' and, it's claimed, recorded a discussion in which Ford and
Mazzuchelli both spoke about doing away with Powell and another local politician
through the use of radium in toothpaste. A copy of the tape was eventually
handed over to Ford's attorney and according to LIUFON's Preston Nichols
"is unintelligible". Nichols said, "All I can clearly hear
on that tape is the informant talking and John laughing, like whatever
they're talking about is a big joke." Attorney Rouse is hoping to
get the tape enhanced, but admits the plight of both men is serious. If
found guilty, either could be jailed for between 25 and 75 years in an
upstate New York prison. Elaine Douglas has had run-ins with the Suffolk
County Police before. In April 1993 she wrote to them complaining of police
violation of LIUFON member's civil rights. Apparently they had been prevented
from leafleting near South Haven Park by the police who told them they
must leave the area. The house to house leafleting had been organised to
seek out potential witnesses in what was described by Douglas as a "witness-constitutionally
protected activity". The John Ford Defence Committee's support for
Ford "..is based on our conviction that he did not, would not, and
could not conspire to murder anyone," said Elaine Douglas. "On
this point our support is complete and total," she added. What though
of Ford's claims that a low intense military conflict exists between the
United States and aliens? Is that possible? "Yes, it is," according
to Douglas. "I speak only for myself and not for other members of
the Defence Committee," she said. "I always found John's allegations
hard to believe but impossible to dismiss because he had evidence what
he claimed was perfectly possible. "Just because John's allegations
'fit' doesn't make them true, but the fact is John had evidence. He claimed
three events on Long Island - even if he was wrong on two of them, if he
was right on only one, John had a tiger by the tail. If so, it's no surprise
somebody would try to destroy John Ford." "He is the first UFO
investigator to be seriously persecuted by the authorities. Shall we sit
idly by while our colleague's life is destroyed? If John Ford is silenced,
who is next?" AN INDEPENDENT VIEWPOINT We invited New York resident
Alan Raven to offer his opinions about the affair and he wrote the following:
I did attend a one-day presentation in the summer of 1994 given by the
Long Island group about the 1992 (South Haven Park) incident. As I expected,
it was overly long at nine hours and was ragged, rambling and generally
unprofessional. However, the group had done a tremendous amount of work,
beginning on the evening of the incident. At the time of the presentation
the investigation was still on-going, and involved mapping, interviews,
collection of what might have been bits of wreckage, on-ground searches,
surveys, and even a couple of aerial searches. The group claimed there
was a collision of sorts at 90,000ft. At least two vehicles came to earth
and wreckage was spread over a wide area. One object crashed near the South
Shore in South Haven Park (which in reality is a pine forest) after passing
low over a main highway (Sunrise Highway) and was seen close-up by several
motorists. The object (described as a rod) passed out of sight. Shortly
afterwards there was an explosion followed immediately by a large fire
that lit up the night sky. A second object came to earth in the grounds
of Brookhaven National Laboratory, a few miles to the north of the South
Haven Park site. After being grounded for several hours the object exploded
as it tried to take off. The Long Island group obtained videotape from
a source which they refused to name. The first video was taken at the South
Haven Park by (they claimed) a fireman who was one of the first on the
scene. These firemen arrived before government forces came and the video
was of course confiscated. The group's copy came (they say) from a government
source. The video, which is of very poor quality and taken at night, shows
figures being moved and laid out. It also purports to show (in part close-up)
an insectoid figure. The second video clip, from the same source, shows
an explosion of some sort that appears to be associated with a building,
or object, or craft. The group claimed it was a disc or lifeboat type of
craft that came down in the grounds of Brookhaven. I have seen both video
clips several times. They were interesting but unfortunately not definitive,
even after enhancement. After sitting through the presentation I came away
having no doubt that something very important did happen that night, and
that the government came down with an iron-fist within one hour of the
event. There was in addition, a great deal of trace evidence spread over
large areas. CONSPIRACY? WHAT CONSPIRACY? All those closest to John Ford
have demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that his track record as
a UFO 'activist' is probably second to none. 'He investigated UFO sightings
and alleged abductions; held public meetings and sponsored conferences;
leafleted and organised demonstrations. He also produced the Long Island
UFO Newsletter, which was regularly received and enjoyed by enthusiasts
around the globe.' Some find it rather odd therefore, that a man who argued
so vociferously to make his point, who proclaimed he was being harassed
by the authorities, should now utter nothing more than two words following
his arrest. Other than "not guilty" he has issued no statement
which could have been used by the Defence Committee to bolster their campaign.
Of course Ford might well be acting on instructions issued by his defence
attorney to 'say nothing until the trial' - a perfectly reasonable and
common practise. Elaine Douglas raises claims of harassment, beatings,
burglaries, auto accidents and vandalism, but where is the corroboration?
Were reports filed to the police in all these instances? How much radium
did the police find? High quantities might just take slightly less than
40 years to have lethal effects. Were the police acting unconstitutionally
in preventing leafleting campaigns? Some say not - especially if a neighbourhood
had signs that prohibited such activity. If a resident complained to the
police they would be duty bound to act. Until the trial takes place, one
can only speculate as to what might emerge in terms of evidence presented
by both defence and prosecution attorneys which will hopefully answer these
and many other questions. If allegations of a conspiracy to discredit John
Ford have any foundation at all, it must mean that what he and other colleagues
stumbled across as UFO researchers was of such tremendous significance
that the authorities had to shut them up. So what exactly did happen? The
Unopened Files re-traced the events as reported by Ford and his colleagues
several years ago. Few listened to him at the time, but now you have an
opportunity to make a balanced judgement for yourselves...
- THE MORICHES BAY CRASH RETRIEVAL CASE
- The Long Island UFO Network has publicly
stated since October 1995, that a major UFO incident occurred over Moriches
Bay off the South Shore of Long Island. At the time, this body of water
and its adjoining communities were experiencing the highest volume of UFO
activity reported in Suffolk County.
- Its founder, John Ford, maintains that
the United States Government, through the actions of its armed forces and
intelligence community, intercepted and retrieved an alien spacecraft from
Moriches Bay on 28 September 1989. He also claimed the action was a carefully
planned and executed operation meticulously formulated some six months
- The purpose of this action was to bring
down an alien spacecraft, described as a triangular wedge-shaped craft
measuring some 574ft across at its widest point. This was to enable the
United States to retrieve its technology and propulsion drive system.
- A STEP BACK IN TIME
- Beginning in 1982, the counties of Orange,
Putnam, Rockland, Duchess and Westchester in this up-state region were
inundated with some 5,000 reports of large boomerang-shaped flying objects.
- Some of the early 1983 reports recorded
low altitude observations made both at night and by day. One object 'buzzed'
hundreds of witnesses over major parks and highways.
- Descriptions of these objects varied
from a large boomerang-shape illuminated by intense lights, to a large
object which displayed a circle pattern of lights on its underside followed
by a single point of light on its outermost extension.
- On 24 July 1984, a man and his wife videotaped
a large object outside their home in New York which showed a circular light
formation from an unknown object. Subsequent analysis of the footage revealed
a dark mass behind the formation. On 14 June 1986, a cross-shaped UFO was
videotaped by a New York resident and declared genuine by the Long Island
- On reading reports of the UFO 'wave'
in the popular press and the book Night Siege, co-authored by Dr. J. Allen
Hynek, John Ford decided to launch the Long Island UFO Network with his
friend and associate Richard Stout. Both men were familiar with the UFO
situation at that time and spent a year trying to discover the cause of
mysterious sky-flashes and sky-quakes effecting the up-state region.
- In October 1987, Stout, in his capacity
as a Road Site Inspector for the town of Brookhaven, came across the mutilated
remains of a young heifer on Long Island. The precise, almost surgical
wounds matched those of other animals whose deaths had been widely reported
elsewhere in the United States, predominantly by TV journalist Linda Moulton
Howe, who has done more than anyone to bring the strange 'animal mutilation'
enigma to the forefront of public and media attention.
- Confirmation that this was of the same
ilk came from an investigator of the Suffolk County District Attorney's
office who stopped to question Stout at the scene and ask why he should
be there. The man confirmed that his office were looking into the matter.
- Through late January and early February
of 1988, Suffolk's South Shore witnessed strange mutilations of dogs, cat,
sheep, deer, goats and cows. Reports flooded in of mutilated animals that
had been drained of blood.
- John Ford discovered that the Federal
Government, with the assistance of government scientists, the FBI and local
police officers, were acting as one with the District Attorney's office
in determining the likely cause of the mutilations. Shortly after, the
42nd Aviation Battalion, New York State National Guard, began holding night
exercises in areas where mutilations and UFO activity had been reported.
- In the summer of 1982, a well-known psychiatrist
and his wife were followed in their car by a luminous oval-shaped object.
On 26 December 1982, a woman reported observing a large object over her
house. It was so big she couldn't see the end of it. She claimed to have
seen metal plates and rivets. Around that time, Stout and family member
observed a large oval-shaped object over Moriches Bay illuminated by three
amber lights. He alleged it was chased into a cloud by an USAF C-130 aircraft.
- Throughout 1983-84, numerous UFO reports
were made of an object seen near Shoreham Nuclear Power Station. On 13
August 1995, a large circular object 'buzzed' Port Washington displaying
multi-faceted light patterns. The "domed saucer" was estimated
to be some 2,000ft in diameter and caused a minor panic as it floated away
over Main Street and out over the bay.
- Some of the incidents led to electric
generating system disturbances. In September 1986, a dark object hovered
over a pick-up truck, completely immobilizing the vehicles electrics. Homes
in central Moriches experienced total power failures.
- On 27 December 1987, a large oval-shaped
object with six amber lights zig-zagged down a main highway. Motorists
were able to keep pace with the object because of its slow speed and low
- On 13 September 1987, a 36ft diameter
oval-shaped object was seen to land adjacent to a farmhouse by the owners
son. Then, on 24 January 1989, LIUFON researchers received reports of further
landings. A team spent some time at a farm where circular trace marks had
been left in the ground. In the inner part of the circle, grass chlorophyll
had been destroyed and tests offered no natural explanation as to the cause.
Chemicals were also ruled out.
- Soil in the immediate vicinity revealed
very low levels of nutrients and once again no explanation was forthcoming
after tests. The investigating team suspected that members of the farming
family might have experienced some form of abduction experience - if that
were true, the 'visitors' would be back.
- The team positioned photo-electric cells
around the family's living quarters. Sometime later a 32ft diameter oval-shaped
object attempted to land in the grounds of the farm. Somehow this triggered
the alarms and awoke the family who saw the craft. This incident was independently
witnessed by a person across the road from the farmers property.
- During 1988, John Ford and his colleagues
responded to countless reports from worried parents whose children kept
seeing 'monsters' in their bedroom late at night. Tests in some of the
homes revealed unusual levels of low intensity radiation and magnetic anomalies.
When questioned, children described and drew some of the 'monsters' - in
every case they were grey-skinned creatures with big, black eyes.
- As abduction reports increased beyond
the average, so too did sightings of military helicopter activity in Long
- "THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MINDS"
- That's how John Ford prepared his colleagues
before relating what took place at a meeting he claimed to have had with
a scientist from Brookhaven Laboratory during the height of the UFO 'wave'.
- According to Ford, the scientist confided
that he and his colleagues at Brookhaven were aware that 'we' (the Earth)
were being watched from the sky.
- "But," said the scientists,
"the US Government was watching 'them'."
- The man claimed to Ford that the United
States had the ability through its array of orbiting satellites to 'read'
the propulsion system of these unknown craft and track them.
- LEAD-UP TO THE EVENT
- On Sunday, 24 September 1989, Bruce and
Martha Richardson were in their privately owned cabin cruiser moored in
the Moriches Bay Yacht Centre when they saw a flight of dark green 'Huey'
US Army helicopters approach from the east.
- As they roared over the bay they formed
a single line formation and then began to fly in a counter-clockwise flight
rotation around the bay and over the dune area of Smiths Point Beach. This
lasted for approximately one hour before the helicopters left the area
in a westerly heading.
- The local Government of Suffolk County,
New York, through the office of the County Executive, announced in late
August 1989 that the Smiths Point Beach County Camp grounds would be closed
- They explained their reasons for the
closure, the first of its kind in 18 years, was due to purely financial
considerations in what had been a crisis Budgetary year for the County.
Campers and surfers who would normally have kept the beaches open until
late October in what was a cheap Autumn break, were not amused. Their anger
was reflected in local newspapers throughout Suffolk County - to no avail.
There would be no campers or surfers present on the night of 28 September
1989 to witness events unfold in Moriches Bay.
- THE WEST HAMPTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD FACILITY
- That year, NASA was set to resume launches
of the Space Shuttle in the wake of the ill-fated Challenger disaster.
All of the United States news media had reported on the unique training
undertaken at West Hampton by the New York National Guard Air/Sea Rescue
Unit based at West Hampton.
- A major contract had been awarded by
NASA to this unit to perform the function of rescuing Shuttle astronauts
in the event their craft went down off the East Coast (Moriches Bay) area.
It was major news for Long Island residents and television pictures of
the unit training at sea were screened across the country.
- Richard Stout, co-founder of the Long
Island UFO Network, lived in Centre Moriches, some twelve blocks from the
bay. When the organisation was formed, members invested in several thousand
dollars of research tools. They acquired low-light photographic and video
equipment, along with telephoto lenses. Early that September, his home
was burglarized and all the equipment was stolen. The thief has never been
- A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
- On the evening of 28 September 1989,
residents within a twelve block radius of Moriches Bay reported that cable
TV and electricity supplies were periodically failing. No satisfactory
explanation has ever been provided to explain the power loss.
- Some residents then saw strange lights
over the bay which at first they took to be parachute flares dropped by
the military on some sort of exercise. Only when the flares continued to
hover and refused to descend into the waters below did they realise they
belonged to something else.
- Kings Park - Long Island - 5.30pm
- Mrs. McLaughlin was a young housewife
with two young boys and with her husband lived in the Kings Park area of
- That afternoon the boys had returned
from school and were watching TV in the den. Mrs. McLaughlin was preparing
dinner and cleaning up around the house when she suddenly heard the boys
call out and ask her to come to the back window.
- Seemingly, one of the youngsters had
seen two large objects hovering in the sky outside and had called his brother
to come and look. They watched the objects for some time before shouting
for their mother to join them. Mrs. McLaughlin joined her sons at the window
and was amazed by the sight of two large objects that appeared to just
hang motionless in the sky.
- She later told LIUFON investigators that
she remained baffled by what she saw. The objects were approximately one-and-a-half
miles away, very large and triangular in shape. She couldn't see any engines,
wings, lights or windows, but their surface appeared jet black and smooth.
- Interestingly, she said that during the
observation, one of the objects had moved closer to the other craft, but
achieved this at "staggering" speed - in no more than a second.
- Interstate Highway - Long Island - 7.10pm
- At exactly 7.10pm a young aerospace engineer
in Long Island reported seeing a half-circle of very bright amber lights
some distance away. Watching through binoculars, he was convinced he saw
a large structure connected to the lights. After watching it hover for
several minutes, it later moved off slowly in a northerly direction.
- Shortly after and some thirty miles to
the north, motorists driving on the Interstate Highway watched a "large
dark mass with six to eight very bright amber lights" moving overhead.
Witnesses said later that the object made no sound and was larger than
a football field.
- Calverton - Long Island - 8.00pm
- Mrs. 'P.G.' and her fifteen-year-old
son were driving home on the Long Island Expressway after visiting friends
in the Calverton area. This adjoins farmland and woods that stretch out
among the urban sprawl.
- As they travelled east both noticed six
very bright amber lights, much bigger than car headlights, close to a nearby
field but suspended in the sky. As the road took them closer she saw the
lights belonged to a very large triangular-shaped craft that was silhouetted
against the night sky. She said the craft was as big as two football fields
but assumed it was some sort of experimental aircraft from the nearby Calverton
- Hartford International Airport - 8.10pm
- UFO reports then began to emanate from
the Hartford area and at 8.10pm, workers at Hartford International Airport
observed a large boomerang-shaped object hovering above an unused tarmac
area of the airfield.
- As they watched in disbelief, they saw
a blue beam of light come from the object and strike the ground beneath
where it maintained its position and brilliance. All were then stunned
to see "five creatures" glide down the beam to the ground. Reportedly,
some of the airport workers chased the creatures but the beam lifted them
back to safety.
- One of the eye-witnesses later spoke
with Phil Imbrogno of LIUFON about the incident, but only on the strict
understanding that his identity would remain totally confidential. He said
that he and the rest of those workers who had seen everything had been
warned by officials from the Federal Aviation Authority to keep totally
silent. The man said that the object was "boomerang-shaped",
larger than a football field and had six amber lights.
- Moriches Bay - 8.45pm
- Paul Peterson was watching television
when he suddenly noticed some strange amber lights through his French windows
overlooking Moriches Bay. They gradually appeared in sequence, from one
to six, and were unnaturally brilliant as they illuminated the night sky.
- He then heard a loud noise above his
home so went outdoors to see a number of large, dark green Sikorsky helicopters
in formation flying low over some trees in an arc before heading out over
the bay in the direction of the lights.
- Paul was quickly joined by his wife to
watch the spectacle. They estimated each of the six amber lights to be
approximately 60 - 80ft across. After a couple of minutes, Paul dashed
indoors to grab his camcorder to record the event. However, because of
the brilliance of the lights he had difficulty in focusing, but needed
to be sure he was recording something. He rushed back inside once again
and routed the camcorder through his VCR to 'play-back' mode. He was stunned
when the TV flickered into life and the strange amber lights were totally
absent from the screen - the only thing that had been recorded was the
sound of helicopters.
- Not to be outdone, Paul dug out his instamatic
camera and a spare roll of film and with his son, drove to the dock side
a short distance away. His wife was too nervous to accompany them.
- When they reached the dock side, father
and son saw a pair of amber lights hovering 50 - 100ft above the water
some 300 yards away from the shore. Before long, the lights became six
in number, their brilliance illuminating the whole bay. A searchlight from
a Suffolk County Police helicopter then appeared and it was quickly joined
by the Sikorsky's.
- Then the stunned witnesses saw an intense
bluish/white light that lit up the beach and sand dunes near the Moriches
Inlet. The circling helicopters moved towards this area and seemed to paying
particular attention to what appeared to be some kind of structure behind
the light source. At one stage, this light became so intense that Paul
and his son had to look away. Throughout this period of time, Moriches
Bay was rocked by a strange and powerful wind.
- From 11.15pm everything suddenly went
quiet and the lights disappeared. Ten minutes later though the lights and
helicopters reappeared over the bay. They remained visible until midnight,
when everything went quiet again.
- Unknown to Paul, another family nearby
had watched the event in its entirety, but with one important difference.
Because of their vantage point, they had made out two huge triangular-shaped
objects hovering over the bay. They said each was the size of an airliner,
but performed aerial manoeuvres beyond the capability of any aircraft known
- Paul is a former Vietnam Airborne Ranger
with combat experience. He told investigators that the lights were not
flares and remains convinced that he and his son were witnesses to a UFO
- Drug Enforcement Administration Nassau
/ Suffolk County Line - 9.00pm
- The West Hampton Air Guard facility alerted
the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) they had a large unidentified aircraft
on their scope over Moriches Bay. Fearing the unregistered flight pointed
to a drug smuggling operation, they requested a special DEA intercept team
of agents be dispatched from Manhattan to investigate.
- A helicopter took off carrying a heavily
armed team of agents with instructions that once located, the suspicious
aircraft should be ordered to land at Brookhaven Airport for inspection.
- As the helicopter approached the Nassau
/ Suffolk County border, the pilot was informed that the DEA's authority
to operate over Moriches Bay had been suspended due to an on-going USAF
operation in the area.
- In fact, all airspace over Moriches Bay
was closed to civilian air traffic. The helicopter pilot, possibly urged
on by his hastily assembled passengers, sought further clarification. However,
he was told that if he attempted to enter the area, they would be prevented
from doing so. The pilot had no alternative but to turn around and head
back to Manhattan.
- * This information came from two very
confidential sources. Disclosure of their identities would, according to
John Ford, do their future career prospects no good at all. One source
overheard a conversation and the other was involved in logging flight plans
with the Federal Aviation Authority.
- Kathy O'Donnelly works as a secretary
for a real estate and insurance office and on 28 September had been working
late until 9.00pm. Thirty minutes into her southerly drive home on the
Sunrise Highway, she saw six to eight very bright amber-coloured lights
above and behind her car.
- She continued to watch the light as they
gradually appeared to descend in altitude to almost tree-top height. They
appeared to be keeping pace with her vehicle but were so bright they illuminated
its interior. Frightened and confused, she accelerated and eventually came
to the turn-off which took her closer to home.
- Kathy arrived in her drive and before
drawing to a stop sounded her car horn repeatedly. Her husband and a friend,
hurried outside to see what the commotion was about. All three were soon
staring at the sky across the street beyond a nearby potato farm - there
were the strange amber lights which had described moments before. Only
a minute had passed before the lights disappeared in the distance, heading
out toward Moriches Bay.
- Frank 'D' - Moriches Bay - Midnight
- Frank 'D' lives near the shoreline of
Moriches Bay. He is a New York State officer employed by the Nassau County
District Court. He claimed that around midnight, he had driven to the shoreline
to numerous parachute flares he had observed being dropped by helicopters
and C-130 aircraft.
- In subsequent statements released by
the USAF and Coastguard, no reference is made to the dropping of flares.
- Anonymous Witness - Moriches Bay 12.30am
- 29 September
- A person who wished to remain anonymous
told LIUFON investigators that he had a heard a loud splash over Moriches
Bay at approximately 12.30am while out walking near the shore. At 12.45
am he saw helicopters hovering in the middle of the bay. They appeared
to be interested in something which was in the water.
- John "D' - Quoque 2.30am - 29 September
- John 'D' is a commodities broker on Wall
Street. He too sought confidentiality before revealing anything with LIUFON
- Although he resides in Bay Bridge, Brooklyn,
every weekend, during spring to late Autumn, he spent time with his sister
and her family who live in Quoque. Their home is less than a quarter-of-a-mile
from south of the main runway at West Hampton Air Guard facility.
- At approximately 2.30am, the noise of
helicopter engines forced him from his bed to stare out of the second floor
bedroom window. At tree-top level, two large military helicopters were
headed for the runway.
- Cables were slung underneath, but the
trees obscured his view of precisely what they were carrying. In the distance
he saw the helicopters hover over the runway while men below saw their
cargo safely lowered to the ground. The whole operation took some 45 minutes.
- George Dickson's Story 4 October
- George Dickson is an amateur anthropologist
and independent UFO investigator in his own right. On 4 October 1989, George
contacted John Ford and the LIUFON to inform them that he had been given
information about a UFO incident which had taken place over Moriches Bay
just a few days before.
- George said the information came from
an "impeccable" source - an Air Force Colonel attached to Air
Force Intelligence at the Pentagon. It was the Colonel who confided in
George that a UFO had been intercepted and brought down on 28 September
over Moriches Bay by a 'Star Wars' weapon.
- George was told that the UFO had crashed
into sand dunes where it was subsequently retrieved. The Colonel also claimed
to have told him that eighteen US personnel had been killed during the
operation when those on board the craft retaliated.
- The means by which they retaliated? George
said the Colonel spoke of some form of low-frequency sound wave which destroys
the molecular cohesiveness of known matter. He also revealed that some
of the fatalities included people who had proven psychic abilities to communicate
with the occupants and any survivors, if required.
- George refused to reveal the name of
his source and has stuck by this, and the story, to this day.
- Meeting with the Scientist April / August
- John Ford was approached by a man who
claimed to be a friend and close confidant of a scientist who was involved
in the Moriches Bay incident. He was told that the scientist was prepared
to discuss the matter with him, but only on his terms and only when things
had "cooled down". Ford and his colleagues agreed that this would
be the basis for any interviews and a continuation of dialogue.
- Late one Sunday evening in April 1990,
Ford finally met with the scientist alone, known only as Dr. 'Nick'. A
second meeting took place in August of that year. The man insisted that
none of the interviews be tape recorded and his true identity never revealed
under any circumstances.
- Ford was allowed to make written notes
however, a task later undertaken in August by Kay Ford, secretary and treasurer
to the LIUFON organisation, who was permitted to sit on the second interview.
- At both meetings, Dr. 'Nick' stated that
the United States had intercepted and brought down a wedged or boomerang-shaped
UFO over Moriches Bay on the night of 28 September 1989.
- His 'revelations' are listed thus:
- ¥ He was present along with other
members of his engineering team at the incident itself. The crash occurred
around midnight or a little afterwards.
- ¥ He had been involved in the study
of crashed UFOs on behalf of the US Government since the 1970's.
- ¥ He was first employed to study
the electrics of recovered UFOs at S-3, an underground facility housed
at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. It was here, he alleged, that
retrieved UFOs are stored.
- ¥ His study of one such craft had
convinced him 'their' technology was far in advance of anything known on
- ¥ That technology was crystalline-based,
from which came focusing elements used in 'their' propulsion drive mechanism.
The crystals helped 'tune' frequencies which enabled the anti-gravity drive
system to work. Those crystals performed a similar function to our micro-chips.
- ¥ Aliens were visiting our planet
to discover all that they could about our electronics and how we use and
apply the electron in everyday use. Their goal appeared to be to learn
how to 'fuse' both technologies into one.
- ¥ The weapon used to bring down the
craft was developed and built at A.I.L. Electronics on Long Island with
funds allocated by the S.D.I. (Strategic Defence Initiative).
- ¥ He and his engineering colleagues
developed circuits used in the Doppler Radar System while he was personally
responsible for constructing the transmitter.
- According to John Ford, Dr. 'Nick' took
great pride in talking about the transmitter. He told Ford it was "..his
baby that did the job".
- ¥ The Doppler Radar System had been
used because it could bend at 90 degrees in order to penetrate the craft's
plasma field which surrounded its frame.
- ¥ A weapons test had been conducted
five weeks before the Moriches Bay incident at Fort Meade, Maryland. A
previously recovered craft some 60ft across had been suspended in a secure
hangar. The test proved successful as the craft fell in an instant onto
huge inflatable cushions laid on the ground below to absorb its impact.
- ¥ The craft brought down in Moriches
Bay had been tracked for months because of its repeated sorties over the
Long Island area.
- ¥ This was only part of a confrontation
which had been on-going for the past five years after a fall-out between
the US Government and the aliens when an existing treaty had been terminated.
Hostilities had not begun in earnest, but this was now an 'adversary condition'.
- ¥ He did not know what had happened
to the wreckage or how it was removed from the scene. He did not know of
any fatalities, but when told there had been a report that eighteen people
had been killed, he thought the figure remarkably low in the circumstances.
- ¥ A number of alien bodies had been
recovered and sent to Brookhaven Laboratories. He was certain of this because
a number of his colleagues had seen them. He said, "This was a grey's
ship, it is they who are our adversaries".
- A CREDIBLE ACCOUNT OR CERTIFIED NONSENSE?
- What credence one can attach to these
fairly elaborate claims imparted by Dr. 'Nick' is totally dependent on
the reliability factor afforded him by John and Kay Ford. They, and only
they, claim to have met the man.
- Presumably, they made their own checks
to discover that he really is who he say's he is, and worked where he said
he worked. Unfortunately, that crucial element, which dictates the integrity
of their reported dealings with this gentleman, is markedly absent.
- However, Dr. 'Nick' did reveal the location
where he and his team had parked and operated the weapons system on the
night of 28 September. Unknown to him, when LIUFON members had visited
the Moriches Bay area for on-site investigation, they came across a depressed
circle of vegetation measuring some 75ft in diameter. They had never disclosed
this 'find' to the public.
- The location revealed by Dr. 'Nick' and
the site discovered by the LIUFON team were one and the same. Either it
was an extraordinary coincidence, or Dr. 'Nick' did indeed have first-hand
knowledge of the incident.
- DESCRIBING 'THE EVENT'
- Dr. 'Nick' claimed that on the night
of 28 September 1989, he and two other members of his engineering team
had been whisked away from his office by two military officers. They had
previously been instructed to make themselves available for a possible
demonstration test of their device and have a transmitter ready for use.