Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. So how can we win in a world where faking a UFO sighting has never been easier?
It has become nearly impossible to discern UFO hoaxes from potentially real ones.
This is an issue people are not considering now that the UFO subject has gone from fringe theory and a tinfoil hat conspiracy to the study of agencies such as NASA and even the military.
It is imperative for the study of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena that hoaxsters are prevented from sharing harmful material that will hamper the study of UFOs.
Government agencies, scientists, and investigators must consider the severe amount of hoaxed UFO data online.
An example of how potentially hoaxed data can impede an investigation into a potentially severe UFO sighting is a case made public in 2015.
Images supposedly taken in March 1971 from a United States Navy submarine show “striking” evidence of UFO activity. The images were said to have been taken by someone aboard the USS Trepang as the submarine was not far from the coast of the island of Jan Mayen. The photographs clearly show unidentified objects that seem to be hovering in the air and emerging or entering the ocean. The images were first made available by a french magazine called “the Top Secret.”
Updated information about the enigmatic sighting was made available at The Black Vault.
The UFO Phenomenon
There are millions of people around the world who claim to have seen something in the sky that they cannot explain or explain at least once in their lives. There have been at least five times in my life when I’ve personally seen strange lights in the sky that are beyond explanation with technology or weather.
The same strange lights that I have seen disappear and reappear in seconds, and move at speeds that no vehicle can reach, have also been seen by other people around the world.
As we move forward in our world, it has become evident that there are things that are beyond our ability to understand. Whether you call them UFOs, Alien Crafts, or Top-Secret Military Vehicles doesn’t matter. These things are real and have become part of our everyday lives.
The world seems hooked on UFOs, and rightfully so. The subject is no longer a conspiracy theory reserved for tinfoil hat-wearing people. No, the UFO subject is one that is being rigorously followed by government agencies, the military, and even scientists who only a few years ago would laugh when someone would mention UFOs.
No one laughs today at UFOs.
The Pentagon recently updated its UFO Office, which is now called the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, or AARO, instead of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group.
NASA has suddenly admitted it will study UFOs up close, even creating a dedicated UFO study group that will try and get to the bottom of mysterious sightings.
NASA’s Russian counterpart Roscmos has done the same, except for the fact that they have openly admitted that they have been studying these objects for a long time.
The fact that agencies worldwide are turning to the UFO phenomena with curiosity and open minds is surprising, even though members of the military, intelligence, and governments expressed their opinion on UFOs a long, long time ago.
Here are just a few examples.
Roscoe Hillenkoetter, former director of the CIA, stated in 1960 that high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. Due to official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.
“…As the F-4 approached a range of 25 nautical miles, it lost all instrumentation and communications. When the F-4 turned away from the object and apparently was no longer a threat to it, the aircraft regained all instrumentation and communications.”
The above quote comes from a declassified United States defense agency report detailing a UFO encounter that occurred over Iran in 1976.
As we can see, the UFO subject is a serious field that requires studying. Unfortunately, however, it is being destroyed by an ample amount of hoaxed and fake data.
The USS Trepang
The photographs released by the French magazine quickly made headlines around the world.
Despite their claims of authenticity, the images were never really analyzed in detail nor connected to a specific photographer.
The Black Vault did a breakdown between facts and myths, and you can check their story by clicking here.
So, what is the story behind the Navy and the UFOs?
The images were first investigated by Alex Mistretta, a paranormal investigator and author, after they appeared in Top Secret, a French paranormal magazine.
According to reports, the images of the UFOs were taken by sailors on board the submarine, which at the time was participating in military and scientific events in the area.
As revealed by the Black Vault, it is confirmed that the USS Trepang was in the said location and under the command of Rear Admiral Dean Reynolds Sacket.
The initial story that made headlines ran back in 2015. After it became popular and some crewmembers were tracked down, a few updates came.
The most interesting part of the entire story is the comment by Rear Admiral Sacket, who decided to speak to Mistretta about the incident.
“Admiral Sackett was gracious enough to take the call but steered away from the UFO question. Admiral Dean R Sackett said, “I only saw Ice,” Mistretta wrote.
Obviously, this would point us in the direction that the alleged photographs were hoaxed. But maybe the denial by the Admiral was on purpose, and he was prohibited from speaking out.
Mistretta also tracked down John Klika, the officer in the original story who identified the UFO through the submarine’s periscope.
“Both men were indeed on the Trepang SSN 674, in March of 1971 in the Arctic. Admiral Sackett denied seen anything unusual while onboard the Trepang. He gracefully took two phone calls from Steve and checked out the pictures that we sent him privately. He could not identify what was in the pictures. John Klika also confirmed that he was also on the Trepang in March of 1971, but told me that neither himself or anyone else saw anything unusual while in the Arctic. He found the investigation interesting reading, and doesn’t know what the pictures represent.”
As it turns out, neither the Admiral nor the officer knew anything about the photographs.
What the objects seen in the photographs remain a mystery. One theory is that they were some sort of military target balloons. However, the subs in the area, and the USS Trepang, did participate in military and scientific missions.
“From 22 February to 22 March , the nuclear attack submarine operated beneath the northern ice cap, conducting extensive tests to provide data for her weapons systems, as well as carrying out scientific experiments concerning the movement, composition, and geological history of the cap itself,” as revealed by the Black Vault.
The problem with Hoaxsters
If the UFO subject is to be taken seriously by the masses, hoaxsters must be stopped. Unfortunately, thousands of videos and images are circulating on the internet where hoax material tries to convince people that aliens are real and that otherworldly technology is common on Earth.
Hoaxers create video content or images for more reasons than one. They do it for fun, and they do it for money.
On many occasions, their material goes viral, and they profit.
But they are unaware of the damage they cause to the actual study of UFOs, and most do not care. But in today’s world, where the UFO phenomenon is finally no longer considered crazy talk, hoaxsters are a real problem many serious UFO investigators are not considering in the equation. With so much software available to them, it is nearly impossible to discern fact from fiction, which is the issue behind the USS Trepang case.
Although the images seem of excellent quality and depict objects that fit the description of many UFO sightings, the shady origin of the images and the inaccurate information behind them make it impossible to conclude that they are legit or a hoax.
Some of the objects the USS Trepang allegedly came across can be perhaps explained as target balloons, Fata Morganas of ice/icebergs.
This website’s analysis of the images wants to prove the material to be a hoax. However, in some of its explanations, it really forces it, trying to oversimplify the material.
Although some of the images were likely altered, it is impossible to know the entire story behind them.
If they are indeed the product of photoshop and are computer-generated images, then it only shows how good some hoaxsters are at what they do.
If, on the contrary, these images are actual photographs taken by the Navy and show an unidentified flying object, then we can see how much damage hoaxsters can do when it comes down to investigating UFO sightings.
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