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Triangular UFO Footage Mystery Solved

In a recent forum discussion (Triangle ufo at Rigorous Intuition forums) someone brought to my attention video of an alleged triangular UFO that shoots a red beam of light. The video is posted online at several websites: Zwamneus Report, YouTube, LiveLeaks and others.

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(“weird black triangle UFO with red lights” – YouTube)

The information posted at these video links alleges that the footage is connected to the recent article posted at the Irish Independent News website headlined We’re not alone . . . politician and pilot spot UFO that states:

“Footage, filmed on a camera phone at 10.35pm on August 3 near Dunboyne was also played and replayed to over 70 delegates who attended the fifth Irish International UFO conference in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The triangular shaped image, with lights at each point, which appeared to send a red laser-type light towards earth, drew gasps of amazement from the 70 or so delegates who attended the world premiere of the footage.”

The above quote does sound a lot like the footage in the video at the cited video sites. But the text at the YouTube link (recently updated) makes the claim that the footage was “found along a trail near the North Carolina / Tennessee border. It was found before the Irish video was announced. I only put it up when I heard about that one because it sounded like the same thing.” The poster goes on to say that he has given the camera and footage to a “UFO / Paranormal” researcher and that they will be posting the full, higher quality video online this weekend. [As of this weekend, it has indeed been updated to confirm our suspicions.]

Somehow I serendipitously came across the website for the Hoax Research Center and when I clicked through the headline UFOs: Phoenix Lights Effect Reproduced I (re)discovered the Annual Speaking of Strange UFO Experience and Fake UFO Contest organized by paranormal author, researcher and radio personality, Joshua P. Warren. And what should I see on that page but a picture of Jeff Wilson’s First-Place Winning UFO from last year’s 3rd Annual Speaking of Strange UFO Experience, which looks strikingly similar to the video in question:

(Photo by Sarah Harrison of the AshevilleParanormalSociety.com)

So, is this footage video of “Jeff Wilson’s First-Place Winning UFO”? I suspected so and posted the information immediately back where I’d first come across it at Rigorous Intuition forums. I then contacted Joshua Warren asking about all of this. He replied quickly saying that he was going to be discussing this story that night on Coast to Coast AM with host George Noory.

I didn’t get to tune-in but was pleased to receive a follow-up email from Joshua early the next morning in which he confirmed that, yes, I was correct and that the video was indeed of Jeff Wilson’s winning fake UFO, though it turns out to be footage from Jeff Wilson’s 2006 entry. It has been misrepresented as the recent footage of the Irish UFO sighting video that has yet to be shown online. You can hear all about it in the podcast of the First Hour of Joshua’s Saturday night radio show, Speaking of Strange.

[Go to 3:25 counter mark on video for the Jeff Wilson 2006 craft footage.]

It’s unclear how deep and wide this hoax goes; who was in on it, was it planned in advance, was the recent Ireland sighting coverage simply the first best opportunity to link the footage to a “real sighting”? It certainly could have been easily accomplished by one person. But why? Qui bono; who benefits? Whatever the original intent of the perpetrators, for better or worse, the footage is already morphing into new memes including being repackaged as Rapture Propaganda mashups and God knows what else.

But none of this answers the questions surrounding the Irish pilot sighting and its video footage which has yet to be seen online. Stay tuned.

- SMiles Lewis

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