Pentagon UFO Video Debunked as Hoax by Expert
Last month, a series of reports amounted to what seemed like a watershed moment when the curtain was pulled back on a secret program focused solely on the search for UFOs. The program's leader, David Elizondo, said with certainty that "We are not alone."
While later making the news rounds to further explain himself, Elizondo further explained himself. " In my opinion, if this was a court of law, we have reached the point of 'beyond reasonable doubt,' " he said.
The video footage that was released, showing a UFO that completes maneuvers seemingly impossible by any terrestrial technology we currently possess, seem to further support Elizondo's admission.
Not everyone was convinced, though. Noted astrophysicist and cosmic personality Neil deGrasse Tyson said that the "O" in UFO is a "highly non-specific term. It is so non-specfic, it admits you don't know what you're looking at."
Since the story made waves in mainstream outelets, the chorus of naysayers in the skeptic community has grown considerably. Now Mick West, the administrator of Metabunk.org, has focused on the video and what he considers to be incomplete, highly specious proof of that pilot's encounter with alien life.
"I'm thinking the black shape around the object is some kind of IR flare/glare," he wrote in the site's forum."We know that the shape of a very bright IR source, like the engine of a plane, can be much bigger than the object itself."
West points to a seemingly visible 'cold glow' around the sources emitting heat in the video, and says this phenomenon indicates that what looks spectacular in the video is actually just a function of the camera not capturing everything clearly. "If people try to describe this as some kind of 'aura' or 'field'," he adds, "then they obviously have not done their homework."
In fact, West says the camera trickery of the video says much more about the way it was captured than the purported prescence of any alien craft.
He notes that the plane is turning left while the camera is turning right, claiming this change in the camera's angle is fairly constant. This leads him to conclude that the object is a distant aircraft because when the camera moves, "the position of the object moves in sync with the far clouds, which tends to indicate it's part of the environment."
Reddit users told West to slow his skeptic roll a bit, though. They say that to assume trained pilots are not capable of using their equipment properly, or distinguishing a plane from something else, is skeptical in of itself.
They note that the events captured in this footage were also corroborated by at least six other pilots, and that the source claims the videos were captured from two different jets at two different times of days. "Until you can explain multiple interacting lines of evidence," one Redditor wrote, "you've got no business attempting to debunk the account."