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CNI News 19.4

CNI News - Volume 19.4
June 13, 1996
Published by the ISCNI News Center
Editor: Michael Lindemann

The stories in this edition of CNI News are:
       Could Help Confirm Theory That Planets Are Common
       Yet Another Vision of Impending Alien Invasion

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The next edition of CNI News will appear on Thursday, June 13.



by Michael Lindemann

Information keeps coming in to CNI News on the rumored capture of two or more
"alien beings" by military authorities in Brazil. The latest article received
through internet sources (see below) said that well-known American abduction
researcher John Carpenter had recently been in Brazil to examine the case.
Carpenter is also a founding member of the ISCNI faculty. I reached him at
his office by phone this morning (June 13) and asked what he had learned.

"In short, it's a damn good case. I'd say it's equal to Roswell," Carpenter
said. He was in Brazil just last week for a conference, returning to his home
in Springfield, Missouri, on June 11. He told me he was going into a meeting
when I called and could give only brief answers to my questions, but promised
to write a detailed report for CNI News soon.

I told Carpenter I had just received an email report on the case from
well-known Brazilian UFO researcher A.J. Gevaerd. "Oh yes, he'll know all
about it," Carpenter said.

Carpenter, along with Stanton Friedman and British researcher Graham
Birdsall, attended the Brazilian UFO conference together and were seeking any
information they could get on the alleged capture of aliens. They learned
that one of the leading investigators of the case, Vitorio Pacaccini, was at
the conference and speaks perfect English.

Carpenter, Friedman and Birdsall invited Pacaccini to a private room where
they interviewed him on videotape for more than an hour. On the strength of
this interview and the evidence that Paccaccini has amassed, Carpenter says
he and the other researchers were highly impressed.

Carpenter confirmed that famed abduction researcher Dr. John Mack had been in
Brazil the previous week. Mack interviewed the three young girls who reported
seeing one of the "alien beings" later captured by the military.

"Mack told me he would stake his career and his license on those three girls
being truthful," Carpenter said.

Carpenter dropped some tantalizing hints of bigger elements of the case that
have not yet been divulged. He says there is strong suspicion that a UFO
crash-recovery is involved. He also said, "There are [or were] five or six
beings on the loose."

All published reports so far have mentioned only two beings.

The following text is edited from a press release sent out on June 9 by
Brazilian researcher A. J. Gevaerd. CNI News thanks James Sutton for
forwarding this information.


On January 20, military forces captured two extraterrestrial creatures still
alive in Brazil. The capture occurred in neighboring areas of the city of
Varginha, State of Minas Gerais, Central Brazil. The fact is to be considered
one of the most significant ever registered in this country and in the entire
world. Military authorities are keeping secret all details of the operation,
but some information has already leaked to the UFO community due to the
investigative job of Dr. Ubiraja Franco Rodrigues and Vitorio Pacaccini, who
live nearby and are recognized as serious and dedicated researchers.

On the afternoon of January 20, about 3.30 PM local time, three young girls
named Liliane, Valquiria and Katia observed a strange creature in a field of
small bushes a few blocks from where they live. It was Saturday and they were
coming back from their jobs when, crossing an empty area, their attention was
attracted by a strange being a few meters away. The [being] was kneeling and
looked like it was hurt, suffering some sort of pain. No UFO was ever seen.
The girls observed it for a few minutes and ran away,  afraid that they had
just encountered the devil....

The three girls were extensively interrogated by above mentioned researchers,
leaving no doubt whatsoever about what happened. Very simple kids, they
described the [creature] as being dark brown, with a  small body of 4 to 5
feet in height, no hair at all, big brown head, small neck. It also seemed to
have some greasy, dark oil on its skin. A strange odor was noticed by the
mother of the girls, when she went to the site. The head of the creature had
two big red eyes, no pupils, very small mouth and nose and three
protuberances in the head. The girls described such protuberances as horns.

Following the leads, researchers Rodrigues and Paccaccini started making
inquiries everywhere in the town of Varginha, in order to know if anybody
else had seen the same creature. They found several other people who  also
observed the [beings] in the same location and maybe other [beings] in
different locations. While conducting their own investigations, both
discovered that different witnesses had seen army trucks and other military
vehicles and personnel that very morning, a few blocks from the place the
girls saw the [being].

In trying to find out what the military were doing, Rodrigues and  Pacaccini
came to meet a few soldiers and sergeants. One of them decided to talk
secretly about their mission, in a confidential taped interview. This
Sergeant confirmed that, about 9:00 AM, January 20, the Fire Department of
Varginha was required to capture a strange animal in the area. When four
firemen arrived in a truck in the place, they noticed that it was not a
strange animal at all, and reported the fact to the Army Sergeant School
Commander in the neighboring city of Tres Coracoes (about 10 miles east of

An army truck was sent to the place and both forces captured the creature
using nets and equipment regularly used to capture wild animals. The
[creature] was placed still alive in a box that was then covered by resistant
fabric.  The box was placed on top of the truck, the vehicle headed to the
Army Sergeant School and all personnel involved were ordered not to talk
about it with anyone else. "It was a secret operation," [they were told by]
Lieutenant Colonel Wanderley, who commanded the operation.

After [this] unusual confidential report, a few other military decided to
come forward and speak about the captures as long as their identities were
totally kept secret. They all confirmed, on taped interviews, that a second
creature (possibly the same one seen by the girls that afternoon) was
captured on the night of January 20, by personnel from the Army and the Fire

Details of [this] operation are fully known. This creature, identical to the
first one, was taken to the Regional General Hospital of Varginha that same
night, stayed there for a few hours and then was transferred to a better
equipped facility, the Humanitas Hospital.

A few nurses and personnel from Regional General Hospital had confirmed some
facts and they were all suppressed. Individuals who had contacts with the
second creature were advised to avoid press and UFO researchers and not to
talk about it with anyone, not even their families or relations. At the
Humanities Hospital, the second creature was kept at least for 2 days, and on
the second night, January 22nd, a huge military operation took place to
remove the creature, [then] already dead.

Interviews with some of the military who participated in this new operation,
removing the creature from the Humanitas Hospital, declared that three Army
trucks were used, each one driven by two different soldiers. It is believed
that three trucks were used to remove only one body in order to [prevent] the
soldiers from knowing in which truck it would be transported. The drivers and
their [escorts] couldn't see the details of the operations, as they  were
kept outside the hospital area. Military personnel from the Army Internal
Intelligence (called "S-2" in Brazil and extremely violent and repressive)
were responsible for getting the corpse from the interior of the  hospital,
placing it in a box and then in one of the trucks.

All three trucks then were taken to a military facility in Campinas, State of
Sao Paulo, about 200 miles from Varginha, in the middle of the night. There,
the corpse was removed to the University of Campinas, one of the best
institutions in the country. It is believed -- and we already have detailed
information to be soon released -- that the body was autopsied by Dr. Badan
Palhares, world-acclaimed as one of the best professionals in that area alive
(he was the one who autopsied German Nazi Mengele, about ten years ago).
Palhares, as well as any other authority involved, denied he was involved in
any such operations.

UFO researchers from all over the country have been helping Rodrigues and
Pacaccini, in order to discover each and every detail of the capture of the
two [beings]. Media in Brazil has never been so active, and a great majority
of the population believes that the case is real and that the military and
civil authorities involved are keeping the facts secret. Many strange facts
are happening simultaneously, such as [imprisonment] of soldiers, Sergeants
being transferred at short notice etc. The phones of many UFO  researchers
involved in the case are confirmed to be tapped and a few threats have been
made anonymously.

Every day new pieces of this fantastic puzzle are being received by
researchers in many cities, and more and more military personnel have agreed
to talk. In a matter of weeks, all information will be fully disclosed by the
UFO researchers involved.

Meanwhile, the region where Varginha is located, in the South of State of
Minas Gerais, is subject to one of the biggest UFO waves ever registered, the
huge UFO's in close range observations, landings and contact.

A.J. GEVAERD, Editor & Director


    Could Help Confirm Theory That Planets Are Common

[CNI News thanks Paul Anderson for sending this article, which appeared on
June 12 in the Vancouver Sun.]

MADISON, Wis. -- Astronomers report they have discovered a solar system far
closer to our sun than any of the previous half-dozen planet discoveries.

Moreover, the new planetary system has features strikingly similar to our

Evidence presented Tuesday (June 11) at the American Astronomical Society
meeting in Madison suggests that the fourth nearest star to our sun has a
Jupiter-sized companion orbiting at about the distance of Saturn -- and
possibly a second, smaller companion at the distance of the asteroid belt.

If confirmed, the new planet -- just more than eight light-years from Earth
-- adds another piece of evidence confirming centuries of speculation that
planets are common and that astronomers don't have to look much beyond their
own back yards to find them.

Some of these, astronomers hope, might harbor the potential for life.

"It's the beginning of a whole new field," said George Gatewood of the
Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh, who discovered the planet orbiting a
fast-moving star called Lelande 21185. "We've just lifted up the corners of
the first page of the book."

After decades of false hopes and dashed promises, astronomers have discovered
a string of oddball planetary systems since the fall of 1995.

However, up until now, all have had bizarre features. One planet orbited its
parent star in just four days; others were much larger than Jupiter -- the
giant of our solar system -- and orbited much faster (and therefore much
closer) to their suns. The closest of the previously discovered planets is at
least 40 light-years away.

Gatewood's planetary system, in contrast, looks much more like our own. The
planet weighs in with Jupiter's mass and appears to circle its star at a
similar distance.

Both possible planets also orbit in the same pancake-flat plane favored by
Earth's planetary companions.

Prospects for life are dim, however, because all large planets previously
discovered are mostly gas, lacking any terra firma. In addition, the star
Lelande 21185 is too faint to generate enough heat to support life.

The Pittsburgh observatory had been keeping track of Lelande 21185 for more
than six decades with a telescope that is small by modern standards. By
plotting the star's course through the heavens, they were able to discern a
small wobble in its motion.

Only recently, however, did the telescope get new optics that allowed
Gatewood to see the star with ten times the previous precision. "That's what
gave us the nerve to announce this," he said.

Gatewood has a reputation for careful observing. Charles Beichman, an
astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, vouched for Gatewood's
caution. "He's a very careful worker."

Others were more cautious. "It's an interesting report that requires
confirmation," said Stephen Maran of the American Astronomical Society. "This
is one where many astronomers are being particularly careful."


    Yet Another Vision of Impending Alien Invasion

"Dark Skies," premiering this fall on the NBC network in Saturday evening
prime time (8-9 p.m. ET), is the latest entry in a growing field of programs
that paint a picture of alien invasion. Unlike such programs as "Babylon 5"
or "Space: Above and Beyond," where the action is far from earth and clearly
imaginary, the scenario of "Dark Skies" stays very close to home and mirrors
the bleakest images of the UFO conspiracy mind-set.

NBC clearly has high ambitions for this show -- they're already hinting at
episodes all the way out to the turn of the century.

NBC promo describes the show as follows:

In 1961, two idealistic college graduates, John Loengard and girlfriend
Kimberly Sayers, went to Washington to be part of John F. Kennedy's New
Frontier. They set off to change the world. They never imagined they would
lead the battle to save it.

The adventure begins when Loengard studies the Air Force investigation into
UFOs. He soon stumbles into Project Majestic, the government's ultrasecret
program to fight a covert invasion of the planet by a mysterious
extraterrestrial intelligence. Loengard finds himself both a victim and a
warrior at the front-lines of a secret war that will shape the course of
human history.

Hunted by both Project Majestic and the aliens, John and Kimberly go
underground in a desperate struggle to warn humanity, a fight that will
ultimately involve them, their children and millions more in a resistance
movement known as "Dark Skies." It's a battle that involves them with many of
the historical events of the late 20th century, including John F. Kennedy's
assassination, the New York blackout of 1965 and the destruction of the Space
Shuttle Challenger.

"Dark Skies" is an epic science fiction-adventure series, combining 40 years
of history and a world of speculative fiction into its first five seasons.
John and Kimberly will lead humanity to victories, large and small, on the
way to a final showdown between humans and aliens on the eve of the
millennium, a struggle the likes of which television audiences have never

"Dark Skies" stars Eric Close, Megan Ward, J. T. Walsh. Executive Producer
and writer Bryce Zabel's previous credits include M.A.N.T.I.S, Lois & Clark,
Life Goes On, and L.A. Law.

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