from CanadianXFiles Website
Carp, Ottawa Area, Ontario,
Key Dates: November 4, 1989 & August
The Carp-Guardian case
of Eastern Ontario, is the most controversial in Canadian UFO history.
The story involves A UFO crash retrieval, aliens, Canadian and American
investigators, the RCMP, TV show producers and a handful of witnesses.
For years a battle has raged over the authenticity of some of the
claims made in the case and what exactly was recorded on the video tapes.
When the smoke clears an American Investigator would resign from the
It all started in 1989 when UFO researchers in
Canada and the USA received a package of documents from someone calling
himself "Guardian". The contents describe the crash of a UFO near Carlton
Place in the Ottawa, Ontario area and a photocopied photograph of an
1991 video tapes arrives that shows the crash retrieval. An American
researcher contacts a Canadian UFO group and they decide to get together
for a trip to the area to investigate further, and the circus starts!
The Guardian Case by Bob
The Guardian Analysis by Bruce Maccabee
The Guardian Caper, Part 1 by Mufon Ontario
Guardian Documents From
The Guardian Caper, Part 2 by Mufon Ontario
The Guardian Caper, Part 3 by Mufon Ontario
Graham Lightfoot Letter Regarding Bob
Comment On Mufon 2nd Part of Report
by Bruce Maccabee
RCMP Report by Constable De Haitre
Final Report on Carp by Bob Oechsler
The Rutkowski Summary by Chris Rutkowski
Letter of Resignation by Bob
AMERICAN TELEVISION NETWORKS INVESTIGATE
UNEXPLAINED UFO SIGHTINGS NEAR ALMONTE
The Almonte Gazette
Feb. 3, 1993
UFO researcher Bob Oechsler waved a hand over the pile
of documents and photos on the kitchen table.
"This is a landmark case in ufology (the study of UFOs)," he
pictures on the table show a blur of multi-colored lights in a disc shape
and white faces with black almond-shaped eyes. Most of them were taken off
a video sent to Oechsler anonymously almost a year age. Since then,
Oechsler has methodically and meticulously analyzed the video and the site
near the Old Almonte and Corkery Roads.
His case was convincing
enough to draw two major American television networks there to film. NBC's
Unsolved Mysteries airs its version this Wednesday on cable at 8
p.m. and this Friday on CJOH. The Fox network's story on Sightings hits
the airwaves Feb. 12. Oechsler's involvement began when he received the
videotape at his Annapolis, Maryland home last February.
Attributed only to "Guardian," the pack age bore an Ottawa
The 32 minutes of footage show a "mostly white" linear
light with red flares off to the left and a flashing light on top, said
Oechsler. The color of the lights ranges from red to blue to green from
one end to the other. Smoke billows out from under the lights and moves to
the right. As the photographer moves closer, reflections off the disk show
a rounded turret in the centre with a vertical blue strobe on top and
"fins" or slates around its edge.
Closing in even more, "Guardian" gets shaky close-ups of the upper
The sound track has sounds of barking dogs and a "ratchet"
sound. (NBC spent $115,000 to recreate this whole effect with no success,
said Oechsler.) The rest of the tape is taken up with freeze frames or
still shots of supposed aliens standing in tall grass. Some are holding
bright lights in their hands.
Hooded figures with large almond
shaped eyes have short snouts and little facial detail.
was wrapped in six pages of accompanying information, some typed on fake
Department of National Defense (DND) letterhead. The
documents showed a map of the Corkery area and a page of hand-drawn
symbols with a map of the same area. There is also a photocopy of two
Polaroid shots with grass lit by a flash in the foreground and a row of
lights in the back.
The fake DND documents have thick black
markers through several lines as if released via a Freedom of
Information Act request. The remaining text suggests aliens wish to
take over the world via the cultural arts and a liaison with the "Red
Chinese." "The earth is their entertainment" writes Guardian of the
"beautiful blonds" who are infiltrating the New York art world, Hollywood,
rock music, literature and sculpture.
A diagram shows the craft
flying under the radar curtain to avoid detection.
"It's very different from anything I'd ever received," said
"it appears "Guardian" is looking to spread the word of his
findings to as many people as possible. We're talking about someone who
is very, very knowledgeable here," said Oechsler, referring especially
to the complex symbols. "This person is obviously environmentally
said Guardian is obviously aware that in the case of alleged UFO
sightings, skeptics often attack the messenger without considering the
"Guardian wanted to focus on the events not himself", said
Oechsler. "That shows a knowledge of UFO cases."
BACKS UP VIDEO WITH
For the past year, Oechsler
has been researching every element of the video to determine if it is a
hoax. So far, he is convinced it is not. Given the complexity of the video
image, "we're not talking about a crude model here," he said. With his
colleagues in the United States, Oechsler spent 20 hours studying the
video frame by frame.
He said the strobe on top of the "craft" is
the only vertical one he has ever seen. He added it is unheard of the
pulses alternate in high and low frequencies at a "very fast" speed of 7.5
cycles per second.
Comparing the craft to the grass in the field,
Oechsler and company determined it is 25 feet in diameter and less than
five feet high. The red flares in the video left no traces of
strontium or cesium the two elements that make up most of
the content of military flares.
Instead, the site was powdered with "substantial amounts" of
titanium an element used in strong steel alloys.
"That was quite curious," said Oechsler.
Oechsler found the titanium all over plants in a 50 foot
diameter area where plants have been "dehydrated and melted" with no signs
of burning, he said. "All around that sphere the grass was waist-high," he
Information from Environment Canada confirms the direction
of the wind matches the video's interpretation of the weather that night.
Oechsler, a former NASA mission specialist, hooked up with the
Canadian UFO Network and found they had received a similar package from
Guardian after an incident Nov. 6 1989.
Through member Graham
Lightfoot of Cobden, Oechsler met Diane and Bill Labenek who
own the property being investigated.
Without letting on they had
received a tape, Lightfoot and Oechsler asked if the Labeneks had seen
anything unusual. It turns out Diane Labenek had seen an unusual set of
lights when tucking her children into bed around 11 p.m. Aug. 18 1991,
said Oechsler. She had also witnessed the November, 1989 event. (Because
of her agreement with NBC, Labenek cannot tell her story until after the
She drew pictures that were "geometrically correct" to
the video and gave details about the incident not captured on tape, like
the craft's departure. A neighbor recalls seeing "red lightning" and a
white light with a gold halo the same night, according to Oechsler.
Within a half hour of the sighting, and for months afterward, the
Labenek home became the target for unusually active helicopter
activity. The black, seamless, unmarked choppers hover over the house
sometimes low enough to see in the Labenek's windows. Twice they have
blown shingles off the house and the outside shed.
DND has given
the Labeneks pictures of its machinery to prove it is not their doing.
That element still remains a mystery.
Oechsler has also joined
forces with the National Research Council (NRC). He claimed
he is the first person to work with the council on a suspected UFO matter.
They agree, after looking at photos taken by the family, the helicopters
are not Canadian.
Oechsler is still questioning many aspects of
the video. His biggest question remains Guardian.
"How does he know when and where they land?" he
said Guardian has to have prior knowledge to arrive on site with packages
of Polaroid film and an excellent quality video camera. He said he hopes
the television exposure will generate interest and hopefully more
will be in this area until Friday.
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THE GUARDIAN CASE
by Bob Oechsler
Former NASA Mission Specialist
The Guardian Case is simply one of the most important
investigations in UFO research. My involvement in the investigation began
in February of 1992 with the receipt of a video tape and documents sent by
an anonymous individual using only the name Guardian. The video
represents a remarkable improvement in the quality of UFO photographed
images. It shows an unmistakable three dimensional image of a structured
craft with extraordinary luminosity characteristics. Further images on the
video have proved to be the first authentic images of alien beings
associated with such events.
The subsequent field investigation efforts yielded gross
physical effects at the landing site which was witnessed by several
credible individuals. A Canadian Government official who resides in the
area of the landing was taken on-board the craft and claimed to have
interacted with the occupants, one of whom was a Chinese man in a black
business suit. The witness testimony was subjected to polygraph
results proved positive.
This once case has undergone more
diversified scientific analysis than any other case in history. This due
largely to the abundance of physical evidence found at the site. The case
has been popularized with international publicity including segments on
NBC's "Unsolved Mysteries" and FOX's "Sightings".
are currently in production involving a documentary on the case to be
broadcast during ratings week in February 1994.
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The Guardian Analysis
Dr. Bruce S. Maccabee, Ph.D.
The article, "Uncovering the Guardian Caper," by Errol Bruce
Knapp and Tom Theophanous of MUFON in Ontario (MUFON J,. May
1994), is quite strange. It purports to be a refutation of the
Guardian case and the casual reader may well believe that the
authors provided some evidence that it was a hoax perpetrated by
"Guardian," whoever that is, and promoted, for money, by Bob
However, the alert reader will realize that the article presents no
convincing evidence to show that either the witness testimony or the video
constitute a hoax. Instead the article makes a number of unfavorable
allegations about Bob Oechsler and tries to make it look as if the
investigation was inept. I was a consultant and active participant in
portions of the investigation and I can state that the investigation was
not inept. Furthermore, it is my opinion that the hoax conclusion seems
unlikely to be true, considering the witness testimony, and is, at the
very least, premature.
reasons for my opinion of the Guardian case are outlined below.
One of the allegations in the article is particularly
disturbing to me, since it distorts my initial impression of the
Guardian case. According to the MUFON [Ontario] article:
Oeschler (sic) had shown the tape to Bruce Maccabee and they
agreed that what they saw was a UFO and should be investigated
further... and that's why Oeschler called Tom at CUFORN.
don't know how the author or Tom Theophanous could have known my initial
opinion of the Guardian video since neither one talked to me about
it. Psychic, perhaps?
Anyway, they are wrong.
Bob first showed me the video and the "documents" that came along with it
I most certainly did not "agree" that what I saw was a UFO. My immediate
impression was that, if it weren't a hoax, it was, at the very least
impossible to prove true since Guardian was anonymous.
To the best of my recollection, Bob did not say that he thought
it "was" a UFO. However, he did indicate that it was intriguing and could
bear some "looking into." My own reaction was one of disinterest. I
generally feel that a case without a witness is, at best, a waste of time.
The "documents" which Guardian supplied made it appear to
me to be another of the "Nazi UFO" types of paranoid UFO literature that
has circulated in the past. The video, with no commentary, was difficult
to understand. Nevertheless we did spend some time studying the video and
we arrived at some tentative conclusions. We decided that the red lights
were probably flares sending off smoke. We could see what we supposed was
the UFO with its blue flashing light on top. We could hear background
machine-like noises and we could hear dogs barking in the background.
I was particularly interested in the second part which starts off
with the image moving rapidly around the screen. The image becomes
somewhat more stable and then one sees, on a frame-by-frame basis, the
best images of the supposed UFO as it is silhouetted against light from
the background flares. (Note: the second part of the video which Bob
received in the mail was many seconds longer than what appeared in the
video sent to CUFORN.)
The way the image of the UFO appears, first
showing just the top flashing light and then further and further downward
on the UFO until finally you see all the way down to the bottom suggested
to me that the videographer was walking toward the UFO and climbing a hill
while he was videotaping. But, of course, with no witness testimony and no
other evidence, for all we knew the whole video could have been a
Bob pointed out that the map which Guardian supplied
seemed to show a real location and that there appeared to be a lot of
potentially verifiable information in some of Guardian's diagrams.
However, I was not convinced that the case was worth pursuing. I forgot
about the Guardian case soon (seconds?) after I left Oechsler's house on
that early spring night when he showed it to me.
I was surprised
to learn later that he had contacted some Canadian investigators in order
to pursue the case a bit further. I was even more surprised to learn a
month or so later on that he planned to go to Canada to try to locate
witnesses and perhaps even find Guardian.
I did not really pay any
attention to the Guardian case until after Bob returned from his May,
1992, trip and informed me that he had found a witness. According to Bob,
she (Diane Labenek) had been found as a result of a door-to-door
search along one of the roads indicated on Guardian's map. She had
recalled an event that she had seen in the field behind (east of) her
house late one August night the previous summer while putting her children
to bed. They had seen it, too.
What she recalled was basically
what is depicted in the Guardian video, including bright red
burning fires and an object with bright lights and a flashing light on
Bob told me that he videotaped her describing her sighting
and making drawings before she was shown the video. He then videotaped her
reaction to seeing the video. She said it showed what she had seen. She
also stated that the object or UFO initially landed near the fires and
subsequently departed some time after the flares went out. Shortly
afterward a helicopter flew over her house and the field. Her estimate of
the date and time of the event were consistent with the information
provided by Guardian.
During an investigation of the area where
Mrs. Labenek indicated that she had seen the red fires Bob located what
appeared to be evidence of some "landing traces. These were found at the
back (east) end of the Labenek's field, about 2,000 ft from the house.
There were crushed bushes, mashed to the ground, that had not
grown back by the time of his visit, even though the event had occurred
the previous August. (These bushes were still mashed down in November,
1992, when I visited the site.) He also found black material on the
Bob found that the Labenek's have an outdoor kennel near
their house. This fact is important inasmuch as a dog or dogs are heard
barking in the Guardian videotape. He also found a path or route, starting
at the fence on the north side and running eastward, through the field
that the videographer might have taken.
Mrs. Labenek's view of the
portion of this route closest to the house (still hundreds of feet away,
however) was blocked by a large storage building on the Labenek's
property. This blockage, and the darkness, could explain why Mrs. Labenek
didn't notice anyone walking in the field. Bob discovered that while he
was walking along this route he went through an area that gave the
impression of walking up a hill, similar to what we had deduced that the
videographer had done during the second section of the video.
of this information made the first four segments of the Guardian video,
but not the accompanying "documents," more interesting to me. (The later
segments of the video showing an "alien face" in various poses is still
enigmatic and, at the present time, of little value in establishing the
validity of the Guardian case.)
The video raised lots of
questions, of course, about Guardian and how he (she?) managed to get the
video. These questions were unanswerable at the time (and many are still
not answered). However, the existence of the questions did not prevent a
more careful study of the video to determine what it actually showed and
whether or not it was consistent with the witness testimony.
course, when Bob returned he had an accurate map of the area and a drawing
of the field with dimensions. In the following months, Bob and I explored
other possible routes through the field for the videographer.
Although Bob had found a route through the field that seemed to
involve walking up a slight hill, it was his impression that this path was
too far from the UFO and flares. We therefore tried to think of other
possible areas in and around the field where the videographer could have
walked. Bob had not found a "real" hill, but something more like a
depression in the field. It was my impression that he should look for a
real hill somewhere near the back of the field. He did look for a hill in
his July and September visits but he found none. The problem of
determining the most likely route was not solved until his October trip,
which is discussed below.
In June, Bob and I visited Dr. John
Conkling, President of the American Pyrotechnic Association and
professor of chemistry at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. By this
time Bob had received the results of scanning microscope and X-ray tests
of plant material from a laboratory at the University of Maryland. The
laboratory had done analyses to determine the chemical elements present in
plants that had been partially coated with black material that was found
on some of the plants at the supposed landing site.
failed to show the presence of strontium, although they did show excess
titanium, as compared to control plants that did not have the black
material. Dr. Conkling viewed the video and agreed that the fires look
like flares, but he was puzzled at the lack of strontium. He pointed out
that in military red flare mixtures the color is imparted by strontium
(nitrate or carbonate). Although there were two other materials to create
red fire (calcium and lithium), for various reasons these are not used in
He suggested that Bob get more plant samples to
look for strontium residue, which should persist in the environment for
years. (He also supplied us with a spectrum of red flare light which I
used in the analysis of diffraction camera photos of one of the Gulf
Breeze "red lights." The Gulf Breeze red light was found to have a
spectrum different from that of a military or road flare.)
subsequent analyses of the video I discovered that not all of the faint
images above the bright red flares were smoke. Initially I had thought
that all of these faint images were puffs of smoke being blown upward and
to the right. But after watching a number of times I realized that some of
these images stayed in fixed positions above the flares.
concluded that these images must have been caused by light reflected from
trees behind the flares. When I visited the site in November I found that
there is a dense row of pine trees behind the location where Bob estimated
that the flares were. Thus these faint images of trees provided another
element of consistency between the video and the landing site identified
by Oechsler. Incidentally, the images that are puffs of smoke move to the
right in the Guardian video.
From the reconstruction of the
videographer's route through the field it is clear that he was facing
roughly east. A check with the weather for the date of the sighting given
by Guardian showed a gentle north or northeast wind, which would blow
smoke southward or to the right in the video, thus establishing a measure
of consistency between the video and the known conditions on the date of
Before Bob's fourth trip in October, 1992, we tried
to estimate the size of the UFO in order to obtain an even better estimate
of the videographers path through the Labenek's field.
time I had realized that any reasonable path for the videographer would
have to be consistent with the image sizes on the video. By combining the
size of the landing trace area with the estimated camera distance, the
focal length and the estimated zoom ratio (6:1) of a typical video camera
I "guessed" that the diameter of the UFO was 20 to 30 ft. Therefore I
proposed that Bob carry out an experiment using a 25 ft diameter "model
UFO" consisting of tall stakes driven into the ground to form a circle.
I then suggested that Bob use his own video camera, restricting
the zoom ratio to 6:1, in the following test: walk away from the circle of
stakes while filming until the size of the "UFO" image in his camera is
comparable to that in the Guardian video. I expected that Bob would find
himself quite a distance from the "UFO, although he thought that he would
be relatively close (he was of the opinion that the videographer had
gotten really close to the UFO).
As it turned out, this was quite
an important experiment because it proved that the videographer was
farther from the UFO than Bob had previously guessed. Bob found that he
had to be about fifteen to seventeen hundred feet away to get the same
image size for the first part of the video which shows the red fires and
the UFO side by side. Because of the shape of the field and the because of
the trees around the field the only route which was compatible with both
the relative orientation of the flares and the UFO and also with such a
large distance was the route that Bob had found initially.
route started at the northwest side of the field near the Labenek's large
storage building, and continued in a direction slightly south of eastward
for a distance of about 700 feet. All other alternate routes were
rejected. To get into the field the videographer could have either entered
from the empty field to the north or by walking up the Labenek's driveway,
past the house and past the dog kennels. (I thought it unlikely that he
would have walked up the driveway.) In order to enter the Labenek's field
from the north the videographer would have had to cross a barbed wire
fence. Bob found two places in the fence where the wires had been pushed
apart indicating the passage of someone. (I confirmed that these existed
during my visit in November.)
When I visited the area I
investigated the route through the field which Bob had determined during
the October tests. Although I had earlier considered the possibility that
the videographer had walked partway around the UFO and found a hill in
some other direction to walk up while videotaping, I realized that the
simplest path for the videographer was straight toward the UFO from the
location of the initial point which was 1,500 to 1,700 ft from the UFO and
Therefore, to carry out my test I started at the estimated
initial position and walked in a straight line toward the supposed landing
location. In so doing I rediscovered what Bob had found during his May
trip: this route led me through a depression in the field which caused my
view of the estimated landing location to be obscured temporarily. As I
continued to walk, however, my view was restored in the same manner as
shown on the Guardian video. At the point where my view of the ground
level was restored I was about 1,000 ft from the supposed landing area.
I should point out that I had no problem walking through the field
and did so while looking through the video camera lens. I found no big
rocks or potholes to trip over. (Of course, in the summer it would have
been more difficult because of the tall grasses and plants that grow in
I made yet another check when I was at the site. In
September, 1992, Bob learned that the Labenek's next door neighbor, Dr.
A. J. Quarrington had also seen some strange things that night.
He was watching TV when suddenly there was some interference with
the signal. At this time he looked away from the TV and noticed red light
coming through his window. His first thought was that he had seen red
lightning. He looked through the window to see the red lightning and,
instead, he saw red looking fires at the back of the Labenek's field.
He also claims he saw a yellow glowing object pass over and drop
down behind trees. He did not say he saw an object on the ground with a
flashing blue light. Yet the flashing blue light is a prominent feature in
the video and was recalled by Diane Labenek.
why didn't he see it if he could see the flares? While I was in the field
I looked toward Quarrington's house, which is about 500 ft south of the
Labenek's house and about 2,000 ft west-southwest of the supposed landing
site. I discovered that I could see his house from the estimated location
of the flares (about 50 - 100 north-northeast of the landing site, ) but a
line of dense pine trees cut off my view of his house when I was standing
at the estimated the landing site itself.
Hence his failure to see the UFO on the ground is consistent with
the nature of the Labenek's back field and the estimated landing site area
discovered by Bob in May, 1992.
One result of this case having
been presented on Unsolved Mysteries in February, 1993 was that another
witness came forward. This lady, called "Sarah" claims that she saw the
UFO take off from the Labenek's field and then land on the road in front
of her house where she saw aliens coming out.
"Sarah" has recently
told a portion of her story on the "Encounter's" TV show (she wishes to
remain anonymous and uses a pseudonym). I tend to believe her because she
has passed a lie detector test. It was administered by a rather skeptical
polygrapher who tested her twice.
"In my opinion 'Sarah' was truthful on all issues examined,"
which included the following subjects:
seeing bright lights over the trees at the Labenek's farm
seeing two aliens exit a craft on the road in front of her
hearing a helicopter pass over the Lebanek farm after the event
knowing whether or not the video of the aliens was a hoax (no
knowledge of a hoax)
far as I am concerned the case stands or falls on the testimony of the
witnesses, not on the video (and certainly not on the Guardian documents).
However, since the video seems to be largely consistent with the witness
testimony it becomes a valuable resource for details of the imagery that
the witnesses could not recall.
One such detail of particular
interest is the flash rate of the "blue beacon" on the top. It is a brief
flash occurring in one frame of every four frames, which corresponds to
about 7.5 flashes per second (at 30 frames per second).
released document from the Canadian government states that three experts
from the Department of Transportation concluded that what landed in the
Labenek's field was "likely" either a Sikorsky S-76 commercial helicopter
or else a UH60 U.S. military helicopter (yes, U.S. helicopters do cross
the border). These helicopters have a white "masthead light" at the center
of rotation of the control rods. The control rods are small diameter (ca.
1") vertical bars which run between the top of the helicopter body and the
blades. They control the aerodynamics of the blades.
this document the masthead light was turned on and the helicopter blades
were rotating at 360 - 400 RPM. According to the document, the repeated
rotation of the control rods around the masthead light caused the light to
pulse at "7 cycles per second as stated in the television video" each time
a rod passed between the light and the camera. To some people this
"authoritative explanation" may seem convincing.
However, it fails
in several ways:
The supposed UFO does not at all resemble a helicopter.
Rotating helicopter blades would create a wind that would stir
up the smoke from the red fires.
Although the videotape picked up the noise of a dog hundreds of
feet away, there is no engine noise that would be expected if the
videographer were as close as 1,000 ft from a helicopter.
The masthead light is white, but the flashing "UFO beacon" is
This explanation contradicts the characteristics of the
flashing light recorded on the video, a fact that should have been
obvious to the Canadian "experts." The passage of small diameter
control rods between the camera and the masthead light would cause
periodic decreases in brightness of the light which would be at full
brightness most of the time (e.g., three frames bright, one dark).
This is the opposite of the Guardian video flashing light which is
dark most of the time and bright for only a short time (i.e., dark for
three frames, bright for one frame).
Another aspect of the flashing light is of interest. Each time the
light flashes at the top of the UFO a light appears a short distance below
it. This lower light is less bright and is extended in the left-right
Analysis of the shape of the UFO and the location of this light
indicates that it is the reflection of the top light from the curved
surface of the UFO, thereby indicating that the UFO is a 3 dimensional
structure and this reduces the likelihood that the "UFO" was a two
dimensional model, such as might be used in a hoax.
Regarding the hoax hypothesis, without any information on
Guardian or how the video was obtained we must allow for the possibility
that the video is a hoax because virtually any photo or video could be
created given enough desire (or a reason for doing so) and the necessary
time, money, technical capability and equipment.
If we accept as a
"given" that the video could be a hoax, then the real question is can we
prove it was a hoax? Without information about Guardian or the manner in
which the video was obtained we certainly cannot directly prove it was a
hoax. We can reverse the question and ask, can we prove it was not a hoax?
Again we must answer no, we cannot prove it was not a hoax. Since we can't
prove it was not a hoax we might decide to err on the side of caution and
"conventional wisdom" and say that it probably is a hoax.
other hand, a person who accepts the hoax hypothesis for the Guardian
video must explain the testimony of three witnesses. The testimony points
to some very unusual UFO-type event that occurred on one night in August,
1991, at the east end of the Labenek's field. Are we to assume that the
video is a hoax but the Labenek/ Quarrington/"Sarah" sighting is real?
About the only ways I can imagine to establish consistency between
the video hoax hypothesis and the testimony is to either assume that
someone set up an elaborate hoax in the Labenek's field without them being
aware of it or to assume that the Labeneks and the others were part of the
At present I am aware of no convincing evidence which
supports the idea that the Labeneks or anyone else were part of a hoax
conspiracy and it is difficult to imagine that anyone could have set up a
hoax in their field without their permission.
Hence I conclude
that the hoax hypothesis is unlikely to be correct, and is, at the very
least, premature. (Note: Diane Lebanek at first offered to take a lie
detector test. Then someone told her that if she passed she would be
killed. She then refused to take a test.)
In this letter I have
briefly summarized some of the important information in the Guardian case.
I have presented more factual details here than there are in the MUFON
article. The MUFON article seems to be more of an ad hominem attack on
Bob Oechsler than an analysis of the Guardian case. If the
author of the article or any of his sources can convincingly refute the
testimony of the witnesses then, indeed, this case can be consigned to the
However, until then, it must be treated seriously.
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The Carp Case
(The Guardian Caper)
- The MUFON
Ontario Version: Part 1 -
This case has had much coverage in the media. Tabloid
television shows like 'Unsolved Mysteries', 'Sightings' and 'Encounters'
have given it much air-time, as have cable-TV stations all over North
Internationally, magazines newspapers and news-letters have
devoted hundreds of pages to it and UFO conferences around the planet have
intrigued many thousands of attendees with it's seemingly startling
'Carp' has achieved 'One Of The Most Significant Cases
In UFO History' status. You've probably heard, seen and read about it
In this and succeeding issues we'll deal with the FACTS
of the case. We'll describe the events, as told by the media and as we've
experienced them - and we'll try not appear too judgemental.
Beginnings - 1989
Tom Theofanous, working with The Canadian
UFO Research Network (CUFORN), received a package from someone calling
themselves 'Guardian'. It had no return address.
"The package contained a story about a UFO crash that supposedly
happened close to Carlton Place, which is about a half-hour drive from
Ottawa", Tom said. "There was also a photo-copied picture of an Alien."
"For the most part, we thought it was a joke. But, CUFORN
director Harry Tokarz decided to call Arthur Bray, a well-respected UFO
author and researcher who lives in Ottawa, and ask him if he had someone
in the Carlton area who could check out the story for us. As luck would
have it, Arthur knew a fellow who was fascinated by the field of
ufology, Graham Lightfoot."
Graham, with what was to become typical thoroughness, used the
somewhat sketchy co-ordinates he got from Arthur Bray to not only pinpoint
the 'UFO crash-site' near Manion Corners, but also locate a number of
One of those witnesses, Diane Labanek, claimed
that on the night of November 4th 1989, she saw an intense, bright light
pass overhead, heading towards a swamp at the far end of the field behind
and south of her home. She said she also saw several helicopters earlier
that evening using bright lights to scan the area.
Carlton resident recalled that that was the weekend when some cattle
escaped from a nearby pasture and that it took till late Sunday to round
A couple told Graham about the wife being scared by a
very bright light shone through their south-facing bathroom window. "It
reached right down our hallway!". The wife also mentioned that she vaguely
remembered hearing the sound of helicopters at the time.
talked of "dogs and cattle being disturbed".
Many people could
think of absolutely nothing unusual happening during the course of the
weekend, including a couple who had a telescope set-up.
reported those findings to CUFORN, along with results of his examination
of the field and swamp behind Labanek's home - there were no signs on the
ground, anywhere, of the heavy equipment that would be needed to recover a
His report closed with,
"although I could find nothing conclusive to support or disprove
any of the witnesses claims. I shall check back around the area later
same Guardian material had been sent to several other investigators,
researchers and UFO groups and as the story spread, both the former
Provincial Director of MUFON Ontario Clive Nadin, and the current
Quebec Director Christian Page, visited the area on separate
occasions, and spoke to the 'witnesses'.
confirmed Graham Lightfoot's initial findings and agreed with Tom &
Harry at CUFORN that someone was "trying to put us on - a hoax!"
Guardian Re-Surfaces -
In the middle of October 1991
CUFORN began receiving more Guardian 'information' via the mail and
all postmarked 'Ottawa'.
An envelope with some documents that mention a 'conspiracy'
between the Chinese and 'Grey Aliens that are planning to take over the
world', arrived first. Then came a Polaroid photograph of a 'UFO' flying
across an unidentified road. A while later came a black & white
picture of a grey-type 'Alien'.
The fourth delivery in the series
was a package. It contained the now infamous VHS video tape with a green
label on the cassette, with a thumb print and the word GUARDIAN printed on
There were also three playing cards in the package, all
with hand written notes on them - an Ace, King and Joker.
photo-copied map showed the 'Grey's landing area', along with notes
explaining that the flares in the video were used to help the UFO, which
can out maneuver anything on the planet, fly under the radar and know
where to land!
There were also 'Canadian Department of National
Defense documents' enclosed - which, upon later investigation, proved to
be forgeries. These 'documents', it is thought, were designed to look like
the official documents on UFOs that Canadian UFO author/researcher Stanton
Friedman acquired, via 'The Freedom of Information Act', from the United
The video - a few minutes long - showed two
different angles of what Guardian alleges was an 'alien craft', on the
First, a long shot of bright lights clumped together to
the right of the scene and what looked like four red emergency road flares
or fires in barrels on the left side of the screen. The second scene
showed the same clump of bright lights from approximately the same
distance but more to the centre without any flares and the sound of a
single dog barking in the distance. The third scene was only three frames
long and was a close-up of a a pair of wipers half-way across a very
CUFORN pondered what to do with all the
Guardian information that arrived in October of '91 and decided, that in
view of the season - winter, that they would hold off visiting Carlton
until after the spring run-off.
At the beginning of March '92, Bob Oechsler
(pronounced Bob Ex-ler) an American MUFON investigator - who
describes himself a 'former NASA mission specialist' - called CUFORN from
his home in Maryland.
Apparently, he too had received a video and
documents from Guardian, although when comparisons of the two
videos were discussed, his had an additional scene - a somewhat closer one
minute shot of the 'alien craft'.
His version also had a couple of
minutes worth of the windshield, plus several still shots of the 'Grey
Aliens'. The most important difference, however, was that his version of
the tape had no audio-track at all - "it seems it was intentionally
removed", says Tom Theofanous.
Oechsler had shown the tape to
Bruce Maccabee and they
agreed that what they saw was a UFO and should be investigated further -
and that's why Oechsler called Tom at CUFORN. They agreed they would meet
in Carlton, Ontario on May 10th 1992. Tom then called and spoke with
Graham Lightfoot, for the first time, and Graham agreed to act as guide
for the May meeting.
It transpired that Graham worked for The O.F.A - The
Ontario Federation of Agriculture - and knew the Carlton area and its
The First Visit
On May 10th, Mother's Day, 1991, Torontonians, Tom
& Lise Theofanous, Victor Lourenco, Vaughn [LAST NAME?], Drew
Williamson, Harry Tokarz and Wayne St. John met with Oechsler, his son and
Graham Lightfoot at the motel the Oechslers were staying at in West
Carlton, near Ottawa, Ontario.
They all had breakfast together as
Oechsler told many, many fascinating stories. Eventually they ended up in
Oechsler's motel room to compare their copies of the Guardian video.
"Oechsler, despite being an expert in video analysis, had a great
deal of difficulty connecting my video camera up to the TV set in his
room so that we could play back the Guardian videos. In retrospect, his
combination of technical ineptness and more story telling seemed to be a
stalling tactic", said Tom.
stopped at a spot off Highway 7 near Manion Corners and Graham pointed out
the direction from which the 1989 'UFO' had come when it 'crashed', and
where the Labanek's house was in relation to where the group was standing.
Oechsler seemed to be stalling once more, shooting video of
Finally, they set off again.
"This time Oechsler took the lead, with me following him and
Graham who's supposed to be our guide following me!" Tom says. "I
thought at the time that this was pretty odd. How did Oechsler, who
supposedly had never been to Canada, let alone this area before, know
his way, using side-roads and making the correct turns toward our
Earlier, Oechsler had asked the Toronto group to check for
anomalies on their compasses while they were driving, because the Guardian
papers described magnetic changes in certain parts of the area the group
was traveling in.
"So, we're driving down a small hill when Oechsler braked
suddenly up ahead of us, stopped and came back to our car to tell me
that he had found an anomaly on his two compasses", Tom recounts, "now,
he had both of his laying in the back of his pick-up on the metal floor
where they were bouncing around. His son was keeping an eye on them from
the cab. I told him that the three compasses, we were holding in the
palms of our hands, in our car didn't waver at all. But, he insisted
that he'd go back up the hill, by himself, and check again."
While the rest of the group stood around waiting for Oechsler, Drew
Williamson noticed a Stop-sign at the end of a long driveway leading to an
abandoned farmhouse with a For-Sale sign on it.
looked through my binoculars at the Stop-sign and saw that it was
propped up by rocks. There were other signs around it that read 'Do Not
Enter' and 'DND Killing Fields'. The last one had pictographs of tanks,
helicopters and weapons on it and appeared to be riddled with
"So, out of curiosity, we went over to the signs
and looked more closely."
"We found tracks left by cars and what
might have been four- wheeled vehicles, leading into the property. We
felt that perhaps the field around the old farm house was being used for
'War Games' - or maybe even was the location used for the Guardian
"Why? Because the terrain was perfect - lots (200 acres)
of open field. I also noticed a dog barking up at the house at the top
of the hill." said Tom.
would become significant later in identifying the possible location of the
Guardian video shoot.
"Eventually, we continued along Corkery Road. But, when I
mentioned to Oechsler that we should be interviewing the people in the
neighborhood we were passing, who were out sitting in their front
gardens or working on their lawns, he insisted that we look for the
'crash' or 'landing' sites."
Guardian's map described an area about one and a quarter miles
square, which consisted of dense, knee-high scrub, and wet, swampland.
The group headed toward it, using a path beneath high-tension
power transmission lines that cut across below the southern end of the
Most of them had great difficulty with the
rough conditions and became very tired, annoyed by biting mosquitoes and
soaked by the swampy ground. They gave about a half way into the swamp and
headed back to the back to the parking lot.
Tom picks up the story
"Bob and his son continued to look for the landing site as the
rest of us left the swamp in a couple of different groups. Lise, Drew,
Wayne and I left first and drove off looking for a drink of cold pop."
"When we got back to the parking lot twenty minutes later, the
second group out had left a note on our windshield saying they'd meet us
at a restaurant twenty minutes away in Carp. We left a note on the
Oechsler's truck windshield telling them where we'd be.
first of our group to arrive at the restaurant ordered their food and
twenty minutes later the rest of us arrived and placed our orders."
"Thirty minutes later, as Oechsler and his son were walking
through the door, I jokingly said: I bet he'll say he found the spot!"
"As he sat down, I asked him what had happened. He smiled and
said he'd found the spot."
"I asked how he'd managed to do that
when we'd left him a about a mile from his car in a dense swamp halfway
to the alleged site and it was getting dark. There simply hadn't been
enough time to get there examine the 'site' and get back out to his
truck and drive to the restaurant. He just smiled, but didn't answer."
After they finished their dinner, Drew, Victor and Vaughn decided
to leave for Toronto.
Graham suggested that the remainder should
go talk to the Labanek, and he and Harry left ahead of Tom & Lise and
the Oechslers, since Oechsler senior was still eating. The seven of them
would meet at the corner by the Labaneks.
"Lise, Wayne and I confronted Oechsler out in the parking lot,
where the three of us had gone to discuss the days events privately."
"I asked him what he was trying to pull here. He responded by
asking "what's wrong with trying to make a buck?", I answered that there
was nothing wrong with making money as long as we didn't compromise our
"Oechsler came back with: "No matter what or how good
the story is, 50% of the people will believe you, 50% wont. All you have
to care about is the 50% that will".
"It was at that point",
recalls Tom, "that I decided to back away from the investigation for a
while to see what Oechsler would do."
joined the others at Manion Corner by the Labaneks house - Graham had
knocked on their door but there was no one home. So, they waited, enjoying
a pleasant early summer evening, talking.
The Labaneks didn't get
home till after 10 p.m, which the group felt was late to do an interview.
Graham and Oechsler would come back the next morning and talk to them
Tom finishes up this part of the story:
told Graham about the conversation that I had in the parking lot of the
restaurant with Oechsler, after he left the restaurant. Then Lise,
Harry, Wayne and I left for Toronto, shaking our
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Documents Received from
Guardian in 1989
Canadian and American Security Agencies are engaged in a conspiracy
of silence, to withhold from the world the alien vessel seized in the
swamps of Corkery Road, Carp, in 1989.
UFO sightings in the Ontario region had intensified in the
1980’s, specifically, around nuclear power generating stations. On Nov. 4,
1989 at 20:00 hrs Canadian Defense Dept. radars picked up a globe shaped
object traveling at phenomenal speed over Carp, Ontario. The UFO abruptly
stopped, and dropped like a stone.
Canadian and American Security
Agencies were immediately notified of the landing. Monitoring satellites
traced the movements of the aliens to a triangular area. (see aerial map)
off Almonte and Corkery Roads.
The ship had landed in deep swamp near Corkery Road. Two AH-64
Apaches and a UH-60 Blackhawk headed for the area the following night. The
helicopters carried full weapon loads. They were part of a covert American
unit that specialized in the recovery of alien craft.
Flying low over Ontario pine trees the Apache attack choppers
soon spotted a glowing, blue, 20 meter in diameter sphere. As targeting
lasers locked-on, both gun-ships unleashed their full weapon loads of 8
missiles each. All 16 were exploded in proximity bursts 10 meters downwind
from the ship.
The missiles were carrying VEXXON, a deadly neuro-active gas
which kills on contact. Exposed to air the gas breaks down quickly into
inert components. Immediately after having completed their mission the
gun-ships turned around, and headed back across the border.
Now the Blackhawk landed, as men exploded from its open doors.
In seconds the six man strike team had entered the UFO through a 7 meter
hatchless, oval portal. No resistance was encountered. At the controls, 3
dead crewman were found.
With the ship captured, the US Air force, Pentagon, and Office
of Naval Intelligence were notified. Through the night a special team of
technicians had shut-down and disassembled the sphere. Early the next
morning Nov. 6, 1989 construction equipment and trucks were brought into
the swamp. The UFO parts were transported to a secret facility in Kanata,
As a cover story the locals were informed that a road was being
built through the swamp. No smokescreen was needed for the military
activity as Canadian forces regularly train in the Carp region. Officially
nothing unusual was reported in the area. Although someone anonymously
turned in a 35mm roll of film. It was received by the National Research
Council of Canada, in Ottawa. The film contained several clear shots
of an entity holding a light. (see photo) At this time the photographer is
The humanoids were packed in ice and sent to an isolation
chamber at the Univ. of Ottawa. CIA physiologists performed the
reptilian, fetus-headed beings, were listed as CLASS 1
NTE’s. (Non Terrestrial Entities) Like others recovered in
previous operations, they were muscular, grey-white skinned,
The ship was partially reassembled at the underground facility
in Kanata. Unlike previous recoveries this one is pure military. Built as
a “Starfighter” it is heavily armed and armored. In design no rivets,
bolts, or welds were used in fastening, yet when reconstructed there are
no seams. The UFO itself is made up of a matrixed dielectric magnesium
alloy. It is driven by pulsed electromagnetic fields generated by a
cold fusion reactor. All offensive capabilities utilize independently
targeting electronic beam weapons. In the cargo hold were found
ordnance racks containing fifty Soviet nuclear warheads. Their purpose
was revealed by advanced tactical/combat computers located in the flight
Threatened by recent East-West relations, and the revolutionary
movements within itself, Red China is preparing for the final ideological
war. The aliens have agreed to defend China from the free world’s
combined military and nuclear forces.
At this time China is arming the Middle East with their own
nuclear arsenals, in order that they can successfully take on Israel.
Unifying the Arabs under one Chinese command was simple, especially with
Israel’s recent “iron fist” attitude toward occupied
The Soviet warheads found in the UFO were destined for
Syria. CIA operatives in the Middle East have noticed huge
movements of Chinese “technicians” and “advisors”. China is also supplying
the Arabs with bacteriological agents, Migs, Hind gunships, tanks, and
missile launchers. The use of “Soviet” instead of “Chinese” nukes is part
of a disinformation campaign to break up East-West relations after the
annihilation of Israel. The Warheads were hijacked from Soviet subs in the
section of alien controlled Pacific once frequented by Russian
subs. After losing some 900 high yield warheads and 13 vessels, commanders
were ordered to steer clear of the area.
The most important alien-tech find were the 2 millimeter,
spheroid, brain implants. Surgically inserted through the nasal orifice
the individual can be fully monitored and controlled. The CIA and Canadian
Govt have actively supported mind-slave experiments for years. Currently
the Univ. of Ottawa is involved in ELF wave mind control programs. A
continuation of the CIA psychological warfare project known as MKULTRA, started at the
Allen Memorial Institute in Montreal.
Using ELF signals transmitted at the same wavelength the human
brain uses, the researchers could subliminally control the test subject.
The alien implants utilize the same principles except that the whole unit
is sub miniaturized and contained in the brain. Fortunately the implants
can be detected by magnetic resolution scanning technology. All
individuals implanted by the aliens are classified as ZOMBIES.
The ZOMBIES have been programmed to help overthrow Mankind in
the near future. When China finishes with Israel it will invade Europe. At
the same time Chinese space based bacteriological weapons will be launched
at the Arctic. The winds will carry the diseases into Russia and North
America. In days 100’s of millions will be dead, survivors will have to
deal with Chinese, aliens, and the ZOMBIES.
The aliens want all out war so that human resistance would be
minimal, when they invade. They tried this same tactic once before with
Nazi Germany. Most of the scientific advances we have today came from
German science which was based on alien technology. Had Hitler won
the war, the earth would have become a concentration camp in order to
depopulate the continents for the aliens.
Data aboard the sphere explained why the aliens are so
comfortable on our world. They preceded man on the evolutionary scale by
millions of years; created with the dinosaurs. Some 675 million years ago
an interdimensional war destroyed most of their civilization, and forced
them to leave the earth. Now they have chosen to reclaim what was once
The alien forces with their Chinese and Arab
allies will attack within the next 5 years.
Waiting longer than that would make it impossible even for the
aliens to reverse the ecological damage inflicted on the Earth by
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The Carp Case
- The MUFON
Ontario Version: Part 2 -
The following morning, Graham Lightfoot, Oechsler and his son
met and drove to the Labanek's home at Manion Corners near Carp, Ontario.
Graham reintroduced himself and asked Diane Labanek if she remembered him.
"Vaguely" she said, and then remembered their conversation about a bright
light that had headed towards the swamp at the bottom of her field back in
When asked if she had seen anything strange since then, she
described an event that happened in their field. It seems she was putting
her children to bed one night in August 1991 and something caught here eye
from the second floor bedroom.
Labanek described seeing what she
thought was a fire, or perhaps flares burning at the far end of the field
behind the house and as she watched, a 'craft' landed next to the
"After a few minutes, maybe five or eight, the very bright lights
on the craft went out - just like you turn off a light-bulb. And soon
after, the flares went out. Then some minutes later, a helicopter came
and hovered over the area - like they were looking for something" she
she was asked later why she hadn't called the fire department about a
'fire' burning in her field, which was tinder dry in the August heat, she
didn't think that anyone would believe and I thought I'd get into
Oechsler's next visit to the Labanek's, she was asked to draw what she had
seen. She drew a craft that she described as being silver/grey, with a
zigzag design around it, sitting on three blocks which, coincidently,
matched a drawing that was in one of the Guardian packages - a drawing
that she maintained she'd never seen.
Labanek was able to see an
object and details that were over 2200 feet away in the dark and brightly
lit from the bottom up. Guardian's video camera, which was closer,
couldn't see the 'thunderbolt insignia' around the 'craft' or the three
'blocks' beneath the craft.
video clearly shows the 'craft' to be red and not silver/grey.
MORE ON GUARDIAN'S
In the version of Guardians
video that was sent to CUFORN, the Canadian UFO Research Network,
the last three frames show a windshield with the wiper blades in an
Why would Guardian put those frames that appear to have been
shot at night with artificial light, on the tape?
Were those frames designed to give a clue as to what the craft
the course of one of many discussions between the investigators, Tom
Theofanous asked Oechsler what he thought about the windshield footage
on Guardian's video. Oechsler replied that it wasn't a windshield but
rather the design on the side of the 'craft'. Tom asked how he'd come to
that conclusion? Oechsler replied,
"Well there's Diane's evidence together with my expertise in
analysis - that's how."
Oechsler had once again brought up his 'qualifications and
expertise', which he seemingly did and still does at the drop of a hat.
Unfortunately, Oechsler's qualifications on the subject of windshields
were definitely non-existent when compared to Tom's - he's been running a
windshield repair company for the past seven years!
Oechsler and Graham went
out to the field after their first talk with Diane Labanek.
previous night, at a restaurant, Oechsler had claimed that he had found
the 'landing site' and now insisted that they look for 'evidence'. He
spotted an area of grass that had been "dug up during the landing".
Graham, who works for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, patiently
explained that skunks caused that kind of damage while looking for grubs.
Oechsler's biography touts his experience in dealing with the UFO
phenomenon and his expertise in 'field work', an expertise not on display
that day. "He seemed not to know what he was looking for or anything much
about country nature" Graham observed later.
inexperience continued to make to show as he pointed to vegetation that
had "been treated with microwave radiation"! How did he come to that
conclusion without using any instruments?
"It's very dry and brittle, so it's obviously been irradiated"
'irradiated' plants were Juniper bushes that always look that way after a
Canadian winter - bleached, dried and flattened by heavy snow, probably in
much the same way as in Maryland, Oechsler's home-state.
Oechsler continued to examine what Oechsler was convinced was the landing
site. He then asked Graham if he had anything to put samples in. Graham
thought that it was extremely odd that an investigator of Oechsler's
'calibre' would show up with no sample containers and handed over some
empty film canisters for Oechsler's samples.
On returning to
Labanek's house later that day, Labanek told them that her husband Bill
had "gone for milk" at around 10:00pm on the evening of the 'landing' and
had missed it. Bill Labanek had been doing a 'milk-run' on the
night in 1989 when there had been a 'crash' in their swamp.
didn't seem to be at all concerned about what had transpired on his
property on either occasion. He didn't bother to take the time to go look
at the spot which his wife said had been a 'UFO landing site'.
Diane Labanek claims to have gone only part way into the field the
day after the 'landing', looked briefly in the direction of the 'landing
site', didn't see anything, and walked back to the house. She had told no
one about what she saw that night until Graham and Oechsler asked her
Why didn't she walk the remaining couple of hundred
yards to where this 'amazing event' took place? She says that it was a
beautiful summer evening too.
That evening Graham called Tom in
Toronto and recounted the days events. They discussed Oechsler and his
amateurish approach to the investigation and observed that a pattern
seemed to be emerging.
seemed that Oechsler was incompetent, egocentric and attempting to steer
the case and its facts to fit in with his own agenda.
follow-up to Diane Labanek's assertions about helicopter activity
following the 'landing', Investigator Drew Williamson called the
Department of National Defence (DND) on May 12, 1992. He was
told that the military held exercises every August using helicopters and
that they had to get permission from landowners for the choppers to land
in their fields. If an emergency were to arise and a helicopter had to
land DND would pay compensation for any damage caused.
On July 12,
1992, Graham made a number of calls to various military establishments to
get information on helicopter activity. He was told that they don't use
flares during landings at night, but do use Chem-Sticks that glow in the
dark. Captain Mark Bigoutte said that although choppers were on exercise
on August 19, 1991, they were many miles to the west of Manion Corners.
On July 14, 1992 Oechsler arrived back at Graham's place and the
next day they went to Uplands Royal Canadian Airforce base and
showed Colonel Cajo Brando and Major Norm Patterson the
Guardian video - over and over.
Colonel Brando didn't think it was
a helicopter and when shown a photograph taken by one of the Labanek
children of a Huey Helicopter that Diane Labanek maintained had 'buzzed'
their home after the 'landing', he said, "It's not one ours, they were
decommissioned (taken out of active-service) two years ago."
Brando suggested that it may have been an American chopper that
had come across the border without notifying Canadian authorities -
something which, apparently, happens often.
Later that day, Graham
and Oechsler returned to the Labanek's and collected some fifteen soil and
plant samples from the supposed 'landing' site. On a radio call-in show,
March 30th '93, Oechsler claimed to have collected "over a hundred samples
from all over the area"!
Oechsler, in a conversation with Graham and Tom
expressed interest in getting the case on the 'Unsolved Mysteries' TV
show, feeling that it might flush Guardian out. Tom countered that it
might be better to further investigate the claims of the 'witnesses'
before giving the case national TV exposure.
What neither Tom nor
Graham knew at the time, was that Oechsler had already gone ahead and made
a deal with Unsolved Mysteries to shoot a segment on the Carp Case in the
the following three months preparations were made for the shooting of the
'Unsolved' segment with Graham received many calls from and eventually met
the TV show's Bob Kiviat and Bob Wise. Oechsler flew into Ottawa in mid
October 1992 with the 'Unsolved' crew and interviewed Major Patterson
about the Guardian 'Documents'. Graham, feeling as he did about Oechsler's
'slant' on the case was very reluctant to appear on the show and it took
many calls from various production people to eventually talk him into
On November 15, 1992 participants in the Carp segment
gathered at General Assembly for the taping. Graham met Bruce
Maccabee for the first time and, to use his words, "was not very
put his contribution 'in the can' the next day at the Labanek's.
In the course of a meeting on November 19, 1992
Graham learned that a man named Andy Williams claimed that he knew who
Guardian was. Graham and Oechsler arranged to meet with Williams the next
day in Ottawa. Andy Williams explained that a friend of many years,
Bobby Charlebois, had an on-going interest in UFOs and had called
himself 'Guardian' over the course of those years. He went on to give
details about Bobby Charlebois and his 'interests'.
Oechsler, inexplicably, gave Andy Williams much material regarding
the Carp case.
On November 22nd, Graham discovered that a
co-worker knew Bobby Charlebois well - his sister, Meg had dated the
Guardian 'suspect'. Graham talked with Meg and she confirmed that
Charlebois was an avid UFO buff and had discussed the phenomenon on many
occasions in the past.
Despite having signed an 'exclusive' with
Unsolved Mysteries to not do another show until 30 days after their
'airing' of the Carp Case, Oechsler records a segment for 'Sightings' in
January of 1993 without telling Graham until after the fact.
Interestingly, Dr. A.J. Quarington a 'witness' participates
in 'Sightings' after refusing meet or even discuss the case with Graham
and Clive Nadin (the former Director of MUFON Ontario) in the early stages
of the investigation.
On February 1, 1993 Oechsler and Graham meet with
reporter Lois Tuffin, who also knows Bobby Charlebois well.
Oechsler asked her to deliver a large package of UFO material to
Charlebois in the hopes of getting his fingerprints. She did so, but the
package was returned to her an hour later.
The following day
Oechsler collected the package from Lois and took it to the OPP
(Ontario Provincial Police) to have it checked for fingerprints.
There were none and the feeling was that Charlebois had out-smarted them,
wiping the package clean. It seems that Charlebois has something to hide.
Diane Labanek, on hearing Bobby Charlebois name said
that she had known him "for a while" and that he was a good friend who
Oechsler asked her to try and get Charlebois'
fingerprints from any drinking glasses that he might use. Labanek claimed
that Charlebois always wiped them clean.
- End of Part Two, MUFON
Ontario Version -
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The Carp Case
- The MUFON
Ontario Version: Part 3 -
On February 4, 1993 Graham and Oechsler went to the Labanek's
where Leanne Cuzak interviewed Bob Oechsler and Diane
Labanek for CJOH-TV, Ottawa.
During this interview Labanek claimed
that "a lot of others had seen the event that had transpired in my field".
She didn't, however, seem to recall any names and in talking to many
residents in the Manion Corner area, MUFON Ontario has not been able to
find any other witnesses to the 'UFO Landing'.
During the CJOH-TV
interview that day Oechsler also claimed that he too had received a large
number of calls from 'witnesses'. Graham wasn't aware of any calls to the
Labanek's or anywhere else other than a few to Oechsler's hotel.
Later that day, Graham Lightfoot and Oechsler met with a couple of
high school girls in Almonte, a short drive from the Labanek's. They had
called the Unsolved Mysteries Hotline, which again Graham wasn't aware of,
to report that they knew who Guardian was. The name they gave wasn't
Charlebois'. Oechsler told them who Guardian was. Oechsler, despite
avowing not to, was blowing Guardian's cover'.
On February 24,
1993, Labanek told Graham and Oechsler about a sighting that her mother
had the previous week. Her mother had seen a 'craft' hovering "not fifty
feet from the house" but was too scared at the time to call out to
Later Labanek claimed that her husband saw a 'craft'
around the same spot as the August '91 sighting. There were no
explanations as to when or if there were any traces of this second
Apparently, neither of these 'incidents' were of
interest to Oechsler and he has only mentioned them very briefly since and
only in passing!
If these two events were 'real' why wouldn't he
have investigated them too, instead of making such a fuss about the
'evidence' that he'd found nine months after the August '91 'landing'?
Labanek's mother's and husband's 'experiences' would have surely produced
more witnesses and ground effects?!
Labanek has constantly
complained about being harassed by 'low-flying' helicopters that blew
shingles off her roof. When close neighbours were questioned by MUFON
Ontario investigators about any low-flying choppers they might have
observed, they only mentioned the regular Air Ambulance flights that
passed overhead and the occasional military or Mountie aircraft. Not one
mentioned choppers flying at unusually low altitudes - below the
regulation five-hundred feet.
At the time of describing her
mother's 'sighting' to Graham and Oechsler, Labanek told of a white
helicopter that passed over the house the following day. Subsequent
investigation showed that it was a NATO aircraft on a training-exercise
and that it too would not have been flying below the standard five-hundred
Due to the proximity of the Labanek's neighbors it
would be impossible for a helicopter to fly low enough to blow the
shingles off one house and not be noticed by the residents of neighboring
Labanek had told Graham that she knew nothing about UFOs,
nor did she care about them or talk about them with anyone. And yet, when
the Unsolved Mysteries show was being taped at her home, one of the
'grips' on the crew setting up a scene (in which Guardian was mailing a
video) in Labanek's basement recreation room, found "cupboards containing
many UFO books".
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Letter Regarding Bob Oechsler
On February 28, 1993 Graham wrote the following to Bob
Kiviat, producer of the Unexplained Mysteries segment on
Bob Kiviat, Producer
Cosgrove/ Meurer Productions
No doubt you’ve heard from Oechsler that there has been
another sighting at Labanek’s... on Feb 17th ‘93. It was Diane’s mother
who saw the event at 11:10 pm, very close to the house. She was so
frightened that she didn’t call to Diane and no one else saw it. She
said the craft was right over the garden which means it was within 50
feet of the house. It hovered there for a short while and moved south
over the swamp, in the direction that the 1989 ‘crash’ light was seen.
It came back beside the house and then moved off out of sight over the
swamp. She described it as having a flashing light on top and lots of
light all around it. She pulled the curtains from the window, but didn’t
wake anyone else in the house. The next day a white helicopter arrived
and flew over the same course.
Oechsler may or may not have told you he is working with the
RCMP in trying to get Guardian’s (Bobby Charlesbois) fingerprints. He
tells me he is trying to get the RCMP to charge Bobby with a minor
charge of forging DND documents to scare him into an admission. This is
contrary to Oechsler’s stated intent to Bobby, of not disclosing Bobby’s
identity if he wished to remain anonymous.
I am trusting you to keep my comments to you in confidence
from Oechsler as I will no doubt be working with him again on this case.
I have no problem working with him at arms length, but his methods and
rather chaotic behavior bothers me. He has told me that he wants to set
up a 24-hours a day, two week watch at the Labanek’s since he feels the
sightings will re-occur in the near future. He has no funding for this
operation and told me he will seek help from your company in this
This may all be a good idea, but my feeling is that these
things will run their course, with or without 24-hour surveillance. In
fact I’d hazard a guess that the event is less likely to occur with
I’ve heard through the grapevine that the ‘expert’ on the
Sightings show claims he doesn’t know who Oechsler is, never met him. It
seems Sightings showed the tape to this ‘expert’ and he said he didn’t
know what it was. Also MUFON is distancing itself from Oechsler after
their credibility suffered with the Gulf Breeze story. It seems Oechsler
wants to speak at their annual meeting and they don’t want him
Oechsler has a lot of background information and he certainly
has a lot of contacts that are invaluable in doing research of this
nature. He is persistent in looking for evidence, yet at the same time
he often tries to build a case to fit his preconceived story
This bothers me.
We have talked about his ego and wanting credit for
everything he learns. That’s OK by me. In the Labanek case he used a lot
of material that I got for him. The show implied that he found Labanek’s
place from the Guardian map. He could have spent weeks looking for the
location on his own.
But what bothers me the most is his tunnel
vision, that only he can find the answers.
March 4, '93, Oechsler phoned Graham to boast that he had asked the RCMP
to apply pressure the Guardian suspect, Bobby Charlebois, by charging him
with forging Department of National Defense documents. In actual fact, the
only way the RCMP would have paid any attention would have been if a
formal complaint was filed by a Canadian Citizen.
didn't tell Graham was that a complaint was lodged by the Labaneks who
told the RCMP that they were being 'harassed' by helicopters flying over
their property, below the 500 feet minimum set by the Federal Government.
March 8, brought a call from Labanek to Graham. She complained
about being 'harassed' by the RCMP. She said that they tried to get her to
sign a 'confession' ( her word ) that craft she saw landing in her field
on the night of August 18, 1991 was a helicopter! She also claimed that
Bobby 'Guardian' Charlebois was also being 'harassed' by the Mounties and
had hired a lawyer.
Graham, at the time, was convinced that
Labanek was telling the truth and felt that something should be done about
her complaints. He called Charlie Greenwell at CJOH-TV in Ottawa and
suggested that perhaps the station could cover the story on their local
news. A report aired three days later on the 6 O'clock News.
CJOH-TV's news item infuriated Oechsler. On March 29, he blasted
Graham for giving the story to a TV station. This puzzled Graham - why
would Oechsler take exception to him helping Labanek expose RCMP
What Graham didn't know was that the complaint to the
Mounties was lodged by the Labaneks, apparently at the urging of Oechsler,
to increase the credibility of the Carp Case. p A censored copy of the
RCMP report on the case, obtained by Christian Page of The
Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Quebec, told a different story.
The Labanek's complaint was actually filed with the RCMP on
February 10, 1993! The purpose of the investigation was to:
[Quote from RCMP Report ]
ascertain if sufficient
evidence was available to support a prosecution under the Aeronautics
Act, Section 534 (2) (b) for flying below 500 feet
ascertain if in
fact the object observed was an aircraft
ascertain if the craft
observed (by complainant) is a UFO (as per complainant).
investigation by RCMP Constable De Haitre, started on February 15,
1993 with interviews of the Labanek's neighbors.
De Haitre found
that signs bearing the words 'Defense Canada', 'Killing Fields', and a
'Test Area' sign with a hand-painted tank and 'Air-Wolf' helicopter on it
had been seen in a field that later proved to be owned by the Labanek's.
Const. De Haitre observed in his report that the lettering-style on the
signs was similar to those in the Guardian documents.
Haitre was told by one of the Labaneks neighbors that another sign had the
word 'Nuclear' mis-spelled as 'Nucleear'.
Oechsler then directed
his energies toward De Haitre and Canadian Airforce Major Patterson -
which created more confusion. Oechsler told Constable De Haitre about
finding Titanium at the 'landing site' in the Labanek's field and showed
him some of the photographs that he had taken. He also told De Haitre that
there were no traces of Strontium, which there would have been had the
flares at the 'site' been of the military 'high-heat', type.
Later, in the February/March issue of UFO Library Magazine,
Oechsler wrote that he "had the smoking-gun in the pyrotechnical mystery".
He now claimed that there was evidence of Lithium Carbonate which is not
used in military flares, but rather in "expensive fireworks displays" (or
perhaps in roadside emergency flares?). Fireworks that, of course, can be
purchased at any 7-11 Store.
Isn't it strange that he would wait a
whole year to tell the world the results of his 'tests'?
had results of a test that refuted his completely baseless theory about
military flares being used at the Carp 'landing site' and didn't publish
them for over a year?
And what did he do during that time? He
traveled the lecture circuit making money telling people that the flares
were definitely military in origin because of the strontium residue that
he didn't find at the 'landing site'!
Oechsler tried to cement his
relationship with the RCMP. He told Constable De Haitre about his
'witnesses' and his 'analysis' of the Guardian video and suggested that
Bobby 'Guardian' Charlebois be charged under the 'Fraudulent Cheque Act'
for distributing forged Government documents (the 'Canadian Department of
National Defence' documents). De Haitre concluded that no charges could be
De Haitre investigated Oechsler's claims about
Titanium and Strontium flare-residue and included the
results about the circumstances under which they could and could not be
found and where, in the final RCMP report on the case.
conversations and correspondence occurred between Oechsler and Constable
De Haitre, all of which the Mountie, naturally, recorded in his notes on
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on the Second Installment of The Carp Case by MUFON
Dr. Bruce S.
In the second installment of their critique of the Carp case
the MUFON Ontario authors have published the names of people who said they
wished to remain anonymous, including that of the "Guardian Suspect" who
claims that he is not Guardian. This is bad form if not just unethical.
MUFON International should consider disciplinary action.
(Note: the witness known as "Sarah" has a quite a sensitive
Canadian government job, which could be "on the line" if her involvement
becomes general knowledge.)
(Note 2: no disciplinary action was taken.)
The MUFON Ontario version supports Mr. Oechsler's claim that
the primary witness, Diane Labenek was "discovered" in a search of
the neighborhood for witnesses to a strange event the previous summer. (It
is important to note that she was found in a search of the area. There had
been no publicity about the Guardian case and the people who were living
in the area were simply asked about any strange event they could recall
the previous summer.)
She told of seeing red fires at the back end
of her field, of seeing a flying craft land near the fires, of seeing the
craft "turn off" and the fires go out, all late one night in August, 1991.
The article fails to point out that she recalled all of this before she
was shown the video (as documented by Oechsler in his video of the initial
The article claims that there is a contradiction
between Mrs. Labenek's testimony and the video. According to the article
she said the craft appeared to be silver grey with a zig-zag pattern
around it and appeared to be sitting on three blocks, but the video
doesn't show the,
"thunderbolt design around the craft or the three blocks" and
"the video clearly shows the craft to be red, not silver/grey."
Taking the last statement first, the video shows the fires to be
red and it shows white, red and green bright areas (not point lights, but
areas) around the lower edge of the craft.
However, the main
surface of the craft is seen only in the "close up" portions of the video
as a silhouette against the flares/smoke. The surface appears totally dark
in the video except where the flashing top light reflects off the upper
surface. At that point one sees blue/white light. Thus all one can really
say about the main body of the craft, as seen in the video, is that it is
reflective. This does not refute her claim that it was "silver/grey."
Regarding the other statements about what the video camera did not
see ("thunderbolt insignia" or blocks under the craft), it should be noted
that the typical home video camera is nowhere near as sensitive to light
as the human eye. Bright lights cause over exposure and dimly lit surfaces
are not detected at all. Unfortunately we don't know what the
characteristics of the Guardian video camera are, but based on typical
available video cameras in 1991 and earlier, it likely had a sensitivity
of 5 lux or more. This is enough to create barely useable videos in a dim
If the surface of the craft were unlighted or had very dim
lighting, and if the blocks were unlighted or very dimly lit, the video
camera might not detect them. Consider, again, that the surface of the
craft itself made no impression on the video; it was seen only as a
silhouette against the flares and flare-illuminated smoke. If we knew for
a fact that the Guardian camera was a very sensitive, expensive camera,
then we might have a good reason to question the lack of complete
agreement with her description.
However, we don't know its
sensitivity (and I suspect that the camera was not very good one because
the video is quite poor) so we cannot state, as if it were a fact, that
there is a contradiction between the video an Mrs. Labenek's testimony.
The article makes reference to "three frames" of the video (taking
1/10 of a second) which, it is claimed, show a windshield wiper "in the
article then asks, as if the windshield wiper identification were proven,
"Why would Guardian put those frames that appear to have been
shot at night with artificial light, on the tape? Were those frames
designed to give a clue as to what the craft really was?"
These questions appear to he rhetorical questions, not designed to
be answered, but designed to make the reader think..."aha, a hoax." They
make sense only if those three frames do show a windshield wiper.
I have examined the frames in question and also the approximately
500 which follow in the video that Mr. Oechsler received (apparently Tom
did not have these frames). The imagery in those 17 seconds shows nearly
straight or zig-zag lines of varying brightness and orientation including
a bright one which slants upward and to the right from near the bottom of
the frame. This, I presume, is the "windshield wiper" (as confirmed by
Tom's expertise as a windshield wiper repairman!).
How he would
arrive at that identification is a mystery to me. The only similarity is
that the slant of the bright line in the video is comparable to the
orientation of a windshield wiper blade at rest.
windshield wiper blades don't glow in the dark, in order to videotape one
in the dark it would be necessary to illuminate it, and the illumination
would make apparent other things around the blade, such as the hood of the
car/truck, scattered light from the windshield itself, etc.
recorded image is, in fact, much closer to something that might be
described as a "thunderbolt" insignia which, according to the article,
Diane recalled but did not appear on the video (?)!
did not occur to the Ontario analysts that, perhaps, this portion of the
video shows a portion of what Diane called a zig-zag design.
Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing just what this shows, since
there is no verbal description on the videotape.
However, I can
see no justification for stating, as if it were a fact, that this portion
of the video shows a windshield wiper blade (illuminated in some unknown
way that manages to hide all the other things that would be around such a
blade!). And then, what about the numerous other thin, dimmer zig-zag
lines in the images? Are they other wiper blades?
refers to juniper bushes which were flattened in the area of the craft
itself. The article claims that this sort of flattening is what happens in
a normal winter as a result of the weight of snow. I saw some of those
bushes myself after they had had a whole summer to "rejuvenate." Other
such bushes were standing up nicely, but these were crushed and dead. If
normal snow did this to juniper bushes... there wouldn't be many such
bushes in Canada.
if this were a result of snow, then why weren't all (or most) the bushes
in the field crushed in a similar way... why just in the area of the
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Information Access Directorate
OTTAWA, Ontario K1A 0R2
RCMP GRC -
Security classification : PROTECTED
RCMP File References : 93A-0735
Division : A
Sub-division : Federal Policing Section
Reference : Unsolved Mysteries
1.0 INDIVIDUALS & ORGANIZATIONS SUBJECT OF
5. (N.J. PATTERSON) Mjr.
Forces Base Ottawa
Base Information Officer
7. (P. FRASER), Sgt.
Add: R.C.M.P. H-Q,
Audio Visual Enhancement
1. TOWNSHIP of WEST
Huisson Aviation Ltd.
Add: Carp Ont.
3. Department of Transport (D.O.T.)
4. National Research
Ottawa Weather Office
OF THE COMPLAINT
2.1 On February 02nd 1993, a
television broadcast entitled
“Unsolved Mysteries” was aired.
In this broadcast Diane LABENEK alleges that on August 18th 1991,
at approximately 22:00 hrs, she observed a UFO (Unidentified
Flying Object), approaching, landing then departing from the back
fields of her residence.
2.2 Ten minutes after the departure an unidentified
helicopter passed over her residence at an altitude close enough
to cause some damage to a few roof shingles.
2.3 At the time Mr. LABENEK was reported to be on an
errand and as a result he did not witness the incidents. The
broadcast also indicated that the UFO incident had been captured
on video tape by an unknown individual identified only as, “THE
GUARDIAN”. The video and correspondence was then sent [-CENSORED-]
some six months after the incident.
2.4 On February 10th 1993, “A” Division F.I.U. received
information from a source stating that the incident
3.0 PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATION
3.1 A: To ascertain if sufficient evidence is available
to support a prosecution under the Aeronautics Act, Section
534(2)(b), for flying below 500 feet.
B: To ascertain if in
fact the object observed is an aircraft
C: To ascertain if the
craft observed is a UFO.
4.1 On FEB. 15th 1993, Cst. DE HAITRE
conducted a enquiry with the following results.
4,2 One source interviewed (A) had not observed the
reported occurrence, however on February 14th 1993, he did video
tape a sign [-CENSORED-] of where the incident had occurred. This
sign was approximately five feet square, made of steel, painted in
yellow with the phrases; “DEFENCE CANADA” “KILLING TECHNOLOGY”
“TEST AREA”, in black paint with a hand drawn picture of a tank
and an airwolf type helicopter at the bottom of the sign. A copy
of the video was made for the writer.
4.3 One observation made of the sign, is that the
general characteristics of the lettering closely resembled that of
the correspondence sent by “THE GUARDIAN” [-CENSORED-], along with
the video taping of the UFO.
4.4 The source had in 1991 and 1992 observed several
more such signs in that area, one even had the word “NUCLEAR”
spelt as “NUCLEEAR”, with two “E”s. It appears that at the present
time these signs are either gone or buried under the
4.5 The source [-CENSORED-] further stated that low
flying helicopters with no observed identifiable markings have
been in the area at different times of the day and night. As a
result it was agreed that the source would keep a daily diary
until further notice. An attempt to photograph and or video tape
future helicopters flying over would be made, as an assistance to
4.6 At approximately 10:00 hrs Cst. DE HAITRE attended
at the location where the video of the sign was made. Four more
signs were located and photographed for the file. These signs were
similar to signs previously mentioned in 4.4 but smaller in size,
with only the word “WARNING” on one and the word “ONE” on the
other. Nothing of further value was found. These signs had been
severely damaged by gun shots likely as a result of hunters using
them as target practice.
4.7 At approximately 11:00 hrs a red and white
helicopter was observed and photographed by the investigator who
was at the intersection of Corkery Rd., and Old Almonte Rd. The
helicopter was traveling in a north to south direction
crisscrossing [-CENSORED-] well above the 500 feet limit required
4.8 Another source interviewed (B) did not observe any
UFO sighting as mentioned on the broadcast. This individual has
lived in the area [-CENSORED-] and has had occasion to observe
helicopters flying in a south-west direction. He stated that a
military base exists in Carp, and that there is also a training
school at the Carp airport about seven miles away.
4.9 This source further stated that around 1988/1989 a
helicopter was sighted in the field behind [-CENSORED-]. A few
months later it was rumored that a farmer in that area had been
missing a few cows. No comments was made regarding the Unsolved
4.10 Another source interviewed © did not observe the
UFO sighting, however did say that helicopters do fly low in the
area, further, that there is a medical helicopter described as
being white and orange-red in color that does the Carp to Kingston
run. The helicopter’s flight path is directly over their
residence. It was not mentioned if the medical helicopter was the
suspected low flyer.
4.11 Another source interviewed (D) who has resided in
[-CENSORED-] did not see the program in question
[-CENSORED-]. This person [-CENSORED-] indicates that there are
many helicopters flying usually out of the Carp Airport, but not
at low altitudes.
4.12 Another source interviewed (E) has resided in the
[-CENSORED-], (same area visited by the first source and
the investigator). He further stated that almost every night at
approximately 21:00 hrs, for the last couple of years, helicopters
have been flying over the residence.
4.13 Another source interviewed (F) has lived in the
[-CENSORED-] has seen several helicopters fly over,
noticed nothing out of the ordinary and added that this is a quiet
area. The source did view the Unsolved Mysteries program
4.14 Another source interviewed (G) has lived
in the area many years [-CENSORED-] same area visited by the
investigator). He is aware of the signs erected saying, “NUCLEAR
TESTING” etc. [much deleted]
4.16 When questioned about the red and white
helicopters the source indicated that this was the new emergency
helicopter which for the last two years has been flying over the
house when making its runs to and from Barrys Bay. At times it
even flies three times a night.
4.17 As a final piece of information the source
indicated that a person living in the area,
4.18 Another source interviewed (H) has lived in the
area many years and indicates that for as long as he can remember
their (sic) have been odd grass formations, approximately ten feet
in diameter. They could be found [-CENSORED-].
4.19 Another source interviewed (I) has lived in the
area [-CENSORED-] and could only say that [much
4.21 Attendance made at the West Carleton township
clerks office where it was learnt that a similar letter much like
the one aired on Unsolved Mysteries had been received about a year
ago. Since it made reference to the military it was subsequently
handed over to the Military Police at the Carp military base. It
was also learnt that pictures had been taken of various signs on
the previously mentioned property, by a by-laws officer who
subsequently handed them to the military. To date this information
has not been made available to the writer.
4.22 On February 17th 1993, another source interviewed
[-CENSORED-] advised that the air ambulance has been in
operation for the last two years, it covers all of Eastern Ontario
and the flight path from Carp to Cornwall takes it directly
[-CENSORED-]. The helicopter has a white strobe light which at
night can look blue and can flash several cycles per second much
like the one seen on Unsolved Mysteries.
4.23 The air ambulance helicopter was in operation from
20:35 hrs on the 18th of August 1991, till 00:22hrs on the 19th.
At the time of the sighting the helicopter was on route from
Cornwall to N.D.M.C. (National Defense Medical Center) in Ottawa
and therefore eliminated as a subject.
4.24 The writer heard rumors that the military, the
S.E.R.T. teams and the N.R.C. (National Research Council)
had each been conducting helicopter exercises and training
sessions during the same period of time. This information was
later denied by the Military and RCMP. The NRC flight research lab
with facilities in Carp have been experimenting with different
means of commanding a helicopter, a Bell 205 Red and Yellow. Such
tests are usually during the day and originate from Uplands
Airport, furthermore no such flights were recorded on the 18th of
4.25 On February 18th information was received from the
D.O.T., revealing that Military helicopters have in fact been
conducting exercises at Connaught Ranges, [-CENSORED-] and that
often helicopters land in farmers fields. The exercises consists
of night vision goggles (NVG) flight training, in which the pilot
flies the helicopter without lights in total darkness using only
special night vision equipment, the purpose is to fly as close to
the ground as possible. It is conceivable that the pilot may by
design or by error stray from the designated area. When such
activities are to take place a Notice to Airmen should be sent out
advising of same and that red flares will be used as markers, in a
4.26 The D.O.T. also advises that it is not uncommon to
see the U.S. military making unscheduled or unspecified flights
into Canadian Air Space, without alerting Canadian authorities.
Such patrols would never be admitted by U.S. authorities. These
flights are likely out of Fort DRUM, N.Y. They will often
participate in Cnd. Armed Forces maneuvers, for an exchange of
experience and information during training sessions, and
some-times although rarely, “just for a ride”. It has also been
learnt that the Canadian military’s actions are not governed by
the Civil Aeronautics Act but rather by parallel military air
regulations. Should the military be found flying in a manner
dangerous to the public safety, the D.O.T. procedure is to advise
the Ministry of Defence who will then investigate the matter. In
the source’s opinion it is an accepted practice that until
something happens the infractions are ignored.
PATTERSON admits that helicopters do fly in the area but not at
tree top level. That N.V.G. flights are made but in designated
areas. He further admits that he may not be aware of all
unscheduled or unspecified flights. He further stated that it is
not uncommon to have U.S. helicopters in the area for reasons such
as refueling etc.
4.28 Mjr. PATTERSON who had received a copy of the
video tape and a letter relating to the incident [-CENSORED-]
provided same to the writer for investigational purposes.
[-CENSORED-] PATTERSON has viewed the video and in his opinion,
the event appears to be real but the location where it occurred is
not certain. [-CENSORED-]
4.29 On February 18th three experts from the D.O.T.
viewed the video and as a result a letter expressing a personal
opinion was provided to the writer, indicating the
Note that the letter has been condensed
main rotor, the tail bottom assembly, the bright white light under
the object is consistent with helicopter high intensity hover
lights, the red and green lights which could be navigation lights
that are low and close to the body again consistent with a
The flickering light could be a “masthead light”, which
is a white light shining on the rotor mast of a helicopter for
inspection purposes. This light shines on the rotating portion of
the flight control rods of the main rotor and gives the impression
that the light is pulsing. The frequency of the flicker, 7 cycles
per second as stated in the television video, would be consistent
with the rotation speed of a helicopter rotor (360-400 RPM). As a
result the helicopter is likely a SIKORSKEY S-76 commercial or a
SIKORSKEY UH60 U.S. Military helicopter.
4.30 On February 19th at approx. 10:00 hrs Cst. DE
HAITRE spoke [-CENSORED-] made reference to several individuals he
had apparently inter-viewed regarding the incident and who the
GUARDIAN might be.
4.32 Fraudulent Cheque Section at H-Q was provided a
copy of the correspondence as seen on the broadcast, to compare
with any similar material. This resulted with a negative
4.33 On February 22nd the writer obtained the weather
conditions for the 18th AUGUST 1991, for the general area
High 23.5 C Low 15.8 C Precipitation
At 20:00hrs: 18.7 C - wind East 11Km - mild
17.3 C - wind East North East 11Km - mild
At 22:00hrs: 16.9 C -
wind North North East 9Km - mild
At 23:00hrs: 16.1 C - wind
East North East 11Km - mild
At 24:00hrs: 15.9 C - wind North
East 11Km - mild
No clouds from 20:00hrs to 24:00hrs clear
visibility 15 miles+
4.34 On February 25th at approx.
15H00hrs [-CENSORED-] scaled photograph of the fingerprint found
on the “GUARDIAN’s” video cassette. However without a suspect
print to compare to, A-Div. Ident. was not able to provide any
4.35 On February 26th at approx. 09:30hrs Cst. DE
HAITRE contacted the complainant and was advised that low flying
helicopters had been recorded in a diary and video taped. On the
02nd of March attendance was made to view the diary and the video.
Unfortunately the quality was so poor that the helicopter could
not be identified. However the daily diary has no less than six
separate sightings of a low flying white helicopter between
February 15th and 25th.
4.36 At approximately 13:15 hrs Mjr. PATTERSON was
informed of this new development and provided a response for only
two of the sightings. He states that they are UN helicopters,
white in color, on maneuvers and should be no lower than 500
4.37 D.O.T. advised that the helicopters referred to
here are likely RCMP S.E.R.T. TEAMS doing scenarios, flown by the
military. The bottom line is that the civil air regulations does
not apply in this case, but these flights may be bordering on
4.38 The Ottawa Intl. airport could not provide
information regarding the UFO and would not ordinarily know of any
incident in the Carp area unless advised. As for the Carp airport
it is a limited operation, operated by the township. Basically one
can come and go at will without anyone knowing.
4.39 On March 02 at approx. 10:30 hrs the writer
HUISSON Aviation in Carp where pictures were taken of
the air ambulance and the Bell 205 helicopter. [-CENSORED-] the
maintenance crew and pilots were allowed to view the video. Their
conclusion is that the aircraft in question is likely a SIKORSKY
UH-60, Black Hawk. One person mentioning that it sounded like one.
Their opinions mirror that of the Dept. of Transport. These
helicopters including the Bell 205 all resemble each other with
very minor differences.
4.40 Attendance was made at the
[-CENSORED-] residence at approx.
12:30hrs. In conversation
with [-CENSORED-] it was learnt that on the date in question he
remembered that at approx. 14:00hrs he saw a dark colored possibly
green helicopter in the third field, and observed people jumping
out. He stated “they don’t bother me I don’t bother them”. He
admits it may be that they were doing the same thing later that
evening. His concern is that helicopters fly so close to his house
that they damage the shingles.
4.41 On March 03 at approx. 13:30 hrs
In the conversation he indicated that there was no
STRONTIUM residue in the area and that there should have been
since it is a component of red flares. This residue remains in the
ground for years and years and should therefore have been present.
[-CENSORED-] also made mention to the writer and to Mjr.
PATTERSON, that TITANIUM had been found in some of the soil
samples he had taken from the area. He did not ex-plain how the
samples were taken and if any precautions were made against
4.42 On March 03rd at approx. 14:45hrs Cst. DE HAITRE
was advised by H-Q chemistry section that time and knowing where
to look is an important factor when attempting to find strontium.
All traces of the material would disappear in a very short time
especially when exposed to the elements. This information
contradicts [-CENSORED-] theory that because strontium was not
found, that the red flares were from a U.F.O.
4.43 At approx. 10:30 hrs [-CENSORED-] contacted the
investigator by phone. He refused to be interviewed in person
stating that he had no time. [-CENSORED-] and further does not
wish to be involved with the investigation. When asked about the
alien pictures in the video [-CENSORED-] immediate response was
that it was a picture of a mask taken in the dark. “It’s that
simple to do”.
4.44 On March 8th a voluntary statement was obtained
from a source (K) who said that, after hearing of the Unsolved
Mysteries crew being in the Carp area filming a UFO incident, he
provided the name [-CENSORED-] as a possible reference, simply
because of his knowledge on the subject. The source also advised
that [much deleted] also claims that the GUARDIAN tape has been
poorly edited. That it has several of what is called “jump cuts”,
poor edits throughout. In his opinion there is nothing in the
video to suggest it was filmed in Corkery and he also suspects
that the Alien pictures were from another video tape.
4.45 On March 05th at approx. 09:30hrs Sgt FRASER RCMP
Analysis viewed the video in question. The video provided
appeared to be a third of fourth generation and there is an
attendant decrease in the quality of the video recording with each
successive generation. As a result of this viewing certain
characteristics of a helicopter were noted, ie:
B: Lights at front
C: Two sets of windows
Prints of the above were
provided to the writer. The following two observations were
equally as interesting.
D: The flares appear at the beginning of the video with
the UFO then they disappear not to be seen again. This is contrary
to [-CENSORED-] the Unsolved Mysteries program which show the UFO
leaving then the flares extinguish.
E: The UFO shown on Unsolved Mysteries was seen
approaching, landing then departing the scene as the flares went
out. This is contrary to the actual GUARDIAN video which shows the
UFO stationary throughout the filming and the red flares
disappearing at the beginning.
4.46 On March 30th 1993 at approx. 08:00 hrs Cst. DE
HAITRE interviewed [much deleted].
5.1 It is worth noting that to this date there
have been no further reported incidents of low flying white
helicopters, as indicated in 4.35.
6.0 IN CONCLUSION
6.1 The purpose of the
investigation is stated in paragraph 3.1. In reviewing the facts
pertaining to the incident
[-CENSORED-] it has been determined
A: Not enough evidence has been brought forward to
support a prosecution under Section 534(2)(b) of the Aeronautics
B: The object observed was a helicopter but could not
be identified due to a lack of sufficient details ie;
C: See B above.
Unless further information
regarding this incident comes to light this file will be as here
(JRD DE HAITRE),
Reg. #: 34529
(JCP BISSON), Sgt.
Federal Investigation Unit
original to General Enforcement Branch HQ
- copy to the
Oechsler, Investigations Analyst
RE: CARP: FINAL WORD, O4 APR/AVR 94, Leblanc:
In order to qualify
my response to the rather authoritative commentary published recently by
Benjamin Leblanc (Co-director of O.C.I.P.E. near Montreal), it will
be necessary to provide some insight into my philosophy on analysis and
reporting of UFO case investigations.
First let me establish some basis for authority regarding my
qualifications in submitting this report, I have no idea what Mr.
Leblanc's qualifications may be as he failed to report any such
information in his submittal - CARP: FINAL WORD.
involvement in the research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon
dates back fourteen years, five years in which I served as the host of
what became a nationwide radio broadcast called: UFOs Today. Anyone who
spends 250 hours a year chatting over the telephone with UFO specialists
and witnesses is bound to get an incredible education.
to that another 1,000 hours a year looking at UFO photos and videos in the
company of Ph.D. level technologists and you've got a good basis for
fundamental analysis training. When you couple those credits with several
weeks a year of field investigations, diplomatic and intelligence agency
contacts, former NASA engineering credentials, and acclaim as a robotic
innovator, you have Bob Oechsler, Investigations Analyst.
Biographical Information sheet available via fax
With regard to
the CARP / Guardian Case Investigation, I have a particular level
of expertise that warrants elucidation under these specific circumstances.
My involvement commenced with the receipt of a video tape of a landed
craft and some crude, but elaborate, manufactured documents detailing what
is on the video and expressing ideological concerns arising out of the
history of alien events reported locally over two decades.
package arrived postmarked from Ottawa with no return address and only the
designation Guardian on the videotape accompanied by a fingerprint. I
researched the history of previous claims by the same source which
detailed events in the West Carleton township area just 30 miles west of
Ottawa, Ontario. The town of Carp is located several miles to the north of
the area where the landing reportedly occurred on August 18, 1991.
Since beginning the Guardian video analyses process in
February of 1992, I have visited the Ottawa area conducting field
investigations and research on at least nine occasions. I have invested
almost three months time on location and thousands of dollars in expenses
which include costly electron scanning microscope and x-ray analyses of
contamination and control field samples collected at the landing site.
Over the course of my two years of investigation into the
mysterious Guardian Case, I have consulted on no less than three major
network television broadcasts on the case in question and have included in
my investigation three top Canadian Government Agencies, RCMP Federal
Investigations Unit included. My investigation has involved more Ph.D..
level scientists in varied disciplines that any other case in civilian
history to my knowledge.
While I feel confident in certain findings and assessments derived
from these efforts, it would be premature and inappropriate for me to
offer a 'Final' conclusion.
cannot even eliminate with 100% certainty that the whole thing was an
elaborate fabrication, although I believe it would be an extremely remote
RCMP GRC - INVESTIGATION
investigation conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP), Federal Investigations Unit was the basis of the report
recently filed by Mr. Leblanc of O.C.I.P.E (Organizations de
Compilation et d'information sur les Phenonomenes Etranges).
Since the Guardian investigation is a significantly compelling one,
I'll confine this rebuttal to the issues raised in Mr. Leblanc's report
with specific attention to the RCMP investigation cited. Readers can write
to the referenced address for more detailed information on my
investigation regarding the Guardian Case.
Although I was
intimately involved in the RCMP Investigation following a complaint filed
by a resident concerned about the low level helicopter flights in the area
and perplexed about the reports of a UFO landing nearby, the RCMP refused
my written request for a copy of their final report citing internal
regulations. Therefore in spite of Mr. Leblanc's arrogant perplexity at my
failure to publish the RCMP report, this was the first time I've actually
seen it. Nonetheless, I was familiar with much of the contents and am
aware of the identities of most of those interviewed along with their
comments. Consequently, I am fully prepared to respond to the arguments
The primary issues raised in the RCMP Investigation
centered on the reports of potentially illegal helicopter air traffic
operations in West Carleton township. As a result of my investigation on
the same issue with the Department of National Defense
(DND), the RCMP contacted me regarding my investigation into the
videotape of a reported landing of an unusual aircraft on private
property. That's how the UFO issue got pulled into the investigation.
When I was contacted by RCMP Constable Dennis De Haitre, he was
interested in what information I might have to help in his investigation.
I agreed to participate on an information exchange basis which was honored
in principle. Cst. De Haitre made it clear to me that his investigation
was on thin ice due to adverse public relations concerns regarding the
investigation of a reported UFO incident. I indicated to him that my
investigation was initiated with the conviction that the event most
probably was some sort of military operation.
There appeared to be enough evidence in the video to detect
military pyrotechnic flare residue at the landing site. The laboratory
results proved negative on required detectable elements and most likely
eliminated military involvement. Thus began the scramble at RCMP HQ to
come up with a viable explanation for the craft in the Guardian video,
namely a helicopter. It seemed to be the optimum solution for them since
there were so many reports of helicopters in the area, yet the DND report
concluded the object in the video and the helicopters unidentified.
When it became evident to Cst. De Haitre and his superiors that I
was prepared to put my technical experts with impeccable credentials up
against his experts for a meeting at RCMP HQ, they declined my invitation
and terminated the case investigation. Cst. De Haitre scheduled one final
meeting with me at RCMP HQ in Ottawa to return some investigation exhibits
which were loaned to him for his investigation. During that meeting I was
permitted to review a letter in the file from an individual at another
Canadian Government Agency.
letter detailed the author's expertise and indicated that based on several
points (which will be addressed in this report) he concluded that the
object in the Guardian video was a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
specifics cited from the Guardian video suggesting a helicopter include a
presumed relationship between the rapidly strobing blue light on top of
the craft which reflects off a curved surface and the masthead light which
is a white light shinning "up" through the control rods at the rotor
assembly on a helicopter. This is a ludicrous assumption that is easily
refuted as the premise for the explanation of the object depicted in the
video. The first problem with the hypothesis exists in the RCMP concession
that the rotor assembly is operating at 360 to 400 RPM. Any rotation of
the rotor assembly would visibly affect the pyrotechnics smoke which is
drifting toward the object at 7 to 11 knots, which incidentally matches
the meteorological report for the date and time period. No such effect is
visible on the video tape.
Another issue associated with the
helicopter hypothesis and the rotation of the rotor assembly involves the
analysis of the audio track from the Guardian videotape. The RCMP
investigation revealed that a sound could be heard on the tape that is
consistent with the sound of rotating chopper blades. I retained the
services of an acoustical physicist to conduct an audio analysis.
of several steps involved in the analysis required dubbing the audio track
from the Guardian videotape onto a digital audio tape recording (DAT). The
sound attributed to the helicopter hypothesis was not on the DAT and
therefore it could only be attributed to video noise associated with the
bright burst of light coming from the blue strobe. The video noise need
not be a product of the audio track in order to be audible.
by from analysis of the Guardian videotape refutes another factor in the
masthead light issue in the helicopter scenario. In order to account for
the 7-8 Hz oscillation frequency of the flashing "blue" (white shows up
white on video, never blue) strobe light in the video, RCMP analysts
concluded that the rotor assembly would need to operate at 360-400 RPM.
the masthead light turned on, the control rods might give the impression
of a strobe effect. There are several problems inherent with this theory.
The masthead light would have to be of tremendous luminosity in order to
match the video image and the control rods not matter how thick could not
totally blank out the scatter effect of the constantly burning light. And
there is nothing to account for the reflection of the strobe on the lower
surface are of the craft. RCMP declined a suggested demonstration with a
Sikorsky S-76 helicopter.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation reviewed the Guardian video materials and
could find no one who could agree with the RCMP interpretation.
Clearly RCMP would have been better off concluding that the
object in the Guardian video was a model constructed for an AT&T
Corporation advertising campaign. At least that hypothesis had some
eyebrow raising coincidences that proved difficult to accept.
Perhaps they were on the right track in looking in the direction of
Sikorsky. After all, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation was named as a U.S.
defense contractor researching electro-gravitics disc programs in the
1950's according to Wright-Patterson AFB Technical Library documents.
Maybe the object in the Guardian video was in a new kind of helicopter,
without the rotor and blade assembly.
Perhaps a touch of professional protocol might be advisedly
exercised by Mr. Leblanc regarding his commentary following his publishing
of the RCMP report. He evidently has not done enough research on this case
to offer academic conclusions. He certainly did not bother to contact me
for comment upon receiving the RCMP report, in fact he didn't bother to
send me a copy of his submittal nor alert me to its posting. Every single
assertion made by Leblanc is wrong. Comments in the RCMP report that he
attributes to me were actually made by the Guardian suspect who has
refused even simple methods of proof that he is not Guardian.
it possible that O.C.I.P.E. is really an organization whose objectives are
to debunk UFO cases? Consider the following factual scenario. O.C.I.P.E.
collaborated on an investigation involving a report from Guardian
regarding a 1989 event which he called a UFO landing in the swamp. The
investigation correspondence was published as a crash and probably a
"hoax" in Leonard Stringfield's July 1991 Status Report VI.
problem with the assessment is that their investigation located three
independent witnesses who triangulated a UFO sighting and other details
that matched precisely with the Guardian report. To my knowledge they
didn't even bother to spend $12.00 Canadian to obtain dated before and
after aerial photos of the area available from Energy and Mines. I have
great difficulty giving credence to any individual or organization
publishing articles with the title: FINAL WORD.
investigations report does have some merit in retrospect. They provided a
resident with a video camera who recorded a helicopter dive bombing the
residence of one of the eye witnesses to the UFO landing reported and
videotaped by Guardian. I personally inspected the roof area where
shingles were clearly blown off. The fact that the helicopter was
attempting to intimidate the witnesses was overshadowed by the fact that
DND declined to confirm identification to RCMP.
the revelation by one resident that odd grass formations, ten feet in
diameter, have been observed for years is an interesting oddity that seems
common in areas of UFO activity.
The Guardian videotaped UFO
landing investigation has proven to be a very complex endeavor.
Confirmation of the landing site with gross physical effects and elemental
deposit anomalies, multiple independent eye witness accounts, and
meteorological and topographical consistencies all tend to support the
analyses and authenticity of the Guardian video.
we ever know for sure what landed in the fields of West Carleton? Perhaps
the answer will never be proven to everyone's satisfaction, but many will
go away dazed by the testimony of a Canadian Government Official who
claims to have been taken aboard a craft that night in August of 1991 at
the site where Guardian filmed his video. The witness passed two lie
detector tests administered by a Canadian polygrapher trained by the U.S.
military. The story is one of intrigue that involves telepathic dialogue
with nonhuman entities and extraordinary identification details of the
entities depicted in the Guardian video.
Anyone wishing more
detailed information on the Guardian Investigation can write to me at the
address below. If you would like a videotaped report of the summary of my
findings including a complete copy of the Guardian video, send a postal
money order in U.S. funds in the amount of $35 to [-CENSORED-].
Examine the evidence, review the findings and evaluate the analyses
before drawing your own conclusions; that is, if one can be reached within
our self imposed limits of reality.
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THE RUTKOWSKI SUMMARY
Here's the REAL info about
the Guardian case.
A few years ago, several UFO researchers including myself
received a package of info from an anonymous sender. Included were several
supposedly authentic documents, map and diagrams concerning a crashed
saucer near Carp, Ontario, which is near Ottawa. The documents alleged
that both the Canadian and US military covered up the crash, which
included recovery of alien bodies, saucer, etc.
Clive Nadin, Christian Page, Leonard Stringfield and
myself showed that this was in all likelihood a hoax, and a pretty poor
one at that. The docs were badly contrived amateur jobs with numerous
spelling mistakes. In one long, tedious section, the docs warned mankind
about a threat by Red China to Jews and how the White
Brotherhood was working somehow to keep the military in line, etc.
Clive and another researcher went to the site indicated on the map
and found NO indication of anything. Local residents knew nothing about
the movements of "heavy equipment", as the docs alleged, and there had
been only a few minor NL sightings during the past number of years. Later,
blurry Polaroid photos were received by several researchers. These showed
nothing but patches of color, and were accompanied by more ramblings about
the White Brotherhood.
I notified the RCMP about the packages. It was determined that the
sender mailed the items from somewhere in Ottawa/Hull, specifically the
downtown Ottawa post office. The RCMP were interested in the items because
of their similarity to hate literature. The video came later. Oechsler was
only one of several people to get it. He obviously thinks it's real.
Okay, the video LOOKS good, and he somehow found a witness, whose
story matches exactly the video image, who saw something during the year
in about the same area. But putting it into the context of all the other
stuff, the case looks very bad.
Now, of course, if someone fingers
the Guardian, then the UM segment will have been worthwhile. But as
a UFO case, forget it!
The docs have been reprinted in a few
ufozines, including my "Swamp Gas Journal" and, I think, the Cambridge
UFO newsletter. Len Stringfield has copies, and so does Christian
both have written about the case as an obvious hoax.
Royal Astronomical Society of
University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, Canada
As of September 1st 1994, I will be retiring from UFO research
My tenure in UFO research has in some ways
been very rewarding, especially the many close friendships that I've
developed and enjoyed over the years. In many other ways the effects of my
involvement have been quite debilitating, especially to my family.
I don't like what I've seen this phenomenon do to otherwise
concerned rational people, including myself. The malicious libel, slander,
distortion and unchecked fabrication that runs rampant in the UFO field is
destructive and counterproductive. My belief is that UFOs are indeed real
and that the management and spokespersons for ufology suffer greatly from
egocentricity and self-importance when the evidence is clear that few
really care much beyond the novelty.
Therefore, I've decided to extricate myself from this eternal abyss
and return to the family life that I've sorely neglected.
effort over the course of the summer will be dedicated to writing and
publishing the truth of the matter regarding the guardian UFO Landing
investigation in the Carp area of Ontario, Canada. My archives and
research will be turned over to a private research institute where my work
will continue. The institute is dedicated solely to unmitigated academic
discourse and scientific research. The institute wishes to remain
anonymous at this time.
After September 1st, I will not accept any
orders for UFO materials which I have made available to assist in my
research costs. For those of you who have maintained an interest in my
research efforts, I thank you sincerely for your support and
encouragement. It is because of you that I regret that this decision has
My final opinion is that there is no mystery to
the UFO phenomenon, the real mystery involves the sociology of how it
affects and polarizes those drawn to it. This may be the best reason for
government secrecy. There is a great need for comprehensive change in the
attitude and management of the current UFO organizational approach to UFO
study if the subject matter is ever to receive and retain the attention of
serious scientific professionals.
My final recommendation for
those seriously interested in the potential scope and possible origins of
the UFO Phenomenon is to read "Hyperspace" by Michio Kaku (1994).
Farewell all of my friends, colleagues and antagonists, good luck
in all your endeavors.
Bob Oechlar (sic)
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