Shame on the UFO fraudsters

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LAST week’s story about the curious canine-like critter in someone’s back garden brought some interesting responses, one of which– and it had some merit – was that the creature could have been an otter.

It was certainly tempting, but I doubt it, because although the feet fitted the bill the creature was simply too big.

Anyway, on to this week’s tale, which has less to do with cryptozoological creatures and more to do with strange airborne vehicles.

A well-meaning soul sent me a link to some footage of an alleged firefight between US Special Forces in Afghanistan and, well, some “special forces” from somewhere a lot farther away than even Uncle Sam’s military might has exercised its presence.

The scene is dramatic. In spectacularly eerie night-vision, troopers from the good ol’ US of A can be seen shooting it up with what are presumed to be aliens from somewhere else. {You can view the footage here|}

Now please write in and correct me if I’m wrong, readers, but I don’t think I’ll be the only one who’s reached the conclusion that this piece of film has all the authenticity of a Hollywood 1950s B-movie, which contains some authentic action cut with what looks like a distinctly wobbly mock-up of a UFO whizzing through the ether. I laughed ‘til I cried.

And that’s the trouble with the internet, these days; in amongst the genuine footage there’s a lot of bunkum. Fortunately, much of it can be identified for what it is by a toddler let alone a grown-up.

But wait! There’s more! A dead alien has also been found by Special Forces in Afghanistan! Not only that, but two UFOs are buzzed by a helicopter at the same time! {Settle down, take a deep breath and watch it for yourself, folks!|}

Give me strength. No wonder the sceptics have a field day when it comes to pondering over the possibility that we’re being visited by unearthly creatures from the fifth dimension, or whatever.

There’s a war going on in Afghanistan. People are being killed, including innocent civilians.

Kids are being blown to bits, for goodness’ sake, and someone thinks it’s funny to take footage of people’s doors being kicked in during the middle of the night and make a spoof UFO movie out of it? Amaz-

These short clips come a dime a dozen, and I find them nauseating, to be honest. The words cheap and tawdry come to mind. It almost makes the run-of-the-mill UFO hoaxers who use fishing line and an old hub cap look saintly in comparison.

Now, to be fair, there are a lot of people out there who post this material in the knowledge that people will realise it’s faked, and so they aren’t really trying to deceive anyone. But some people post it thinking it’s genuine. They themselves have been suckered. And that’s a 

And why do you think all these spectacular pieces of footage are coming out of Afghanistan? Because that’s where it’s easiest to get real, live action shots of soldiers doing ever-so-exciting things to use as a template for your dodgy UFO footage.

For £50 you can get software that will turn it into a Close Encounter of the Stupid Kind, and the next thing you know it’ll be plastered all over the internet.

I asked someone I know who has created and posted several pieces of faked UFO footage on the internet if he had no shame. He didn’t care, he said: “I get a laugh out of thinking people are duped by it.”

Some people will do anything for 15 minutes of fame.

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