As highlighted on this Blog several times (amongst many other sites) the Sun newspaper (UK) has constantly exploited UFO reports, sacrificing common-sense and facts in an effort to establish themselves as the ‘go to' people for UFO reports in the UK. With the recent announcement by the MoD that they weren't intending to collect any further UFO reports from the general public it seems that the Sun have now decided to ramp up their campaign by recently (22nd January 2010) announcing that:
“AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland…..
The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files"
The Sun will pick up the baton,
and release a rundown of your sightings, like the MoD used to.
EXPERT Nick Pope says it's vital for our security to log sightings
and he will review yours.
Here's an excerpt from the article:
Liffey on Mars
AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files.
A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed".
Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.
Nick Pope, who probed mystery sightings for the MoD for three years, said:
"The video seems to have been taken through a night scope and presumably shows things not visible to the naked eye…..It appears to show a structured craft moving at incredible speed. The configuration of the lights is unlike any aircraft I've ever seen….It's either some secret prototype aircraft or drone, or something considerably more exotic."
Dublin ... UFO was spotted near the River Liffey
Source: The Sun
“Liffey on Mars” But Sun (Still) Devoid Of Intelligent Life
A couple of points worth noting is the limited information made available, i.e.:
AMAZING footage of a UFO has been taken in Ireland - as The Sun re-launches the nation's X-Files…..A triangular formation of lights was filmed flying at night at "incredible speed…..Experts reckon the sighting near the River Liffey in Dublin could be a secret aircraft - or spacecraft.
Or more importantly when was this footage taken and who filmed it?
The reason I ask is that the footage has been around for well over a year and actually orignated from the US!!
Here's a screen-shot of the footage posted to YouTube in December 2008:
Now compare and contrast to the recent Sun video:
And to further demonstrate the extent of the rigorous research they are prepared to undertake in their search for the truth they have reposted a low quality video that first appeared on YouTube in December 2008, but as it was (allegedly) filmed in Fremont California it's obviously not much use for this particular self-promotion, well, unless of course they just ignore this and claim it was actually filmed in Dublin, Ireland (Liffey to be exact).
Never one to let facts get in the way of a story this is exactly what they decided to do!!
Anyway, here's the original footage as posted to YouTube:
No doubt a major influential fact in this decision was solely so they could run with the pathetic (even by their standards) headline of, “Liffey On Mars”. And their ‘alliance' with Nick Pope is a long-standing agreement and it appears this was before he was established as the official in-house expert last year because as far back as late 2007 they published what was obviously a gull (Blurfo) with a direct quote from Nick Pope saying it was the best UFO photograph he had personally seen:
Nick Pope, one of Britain 's foremost UFO experts, said the photo was one of the best he had seen, Nick, formerly the official Ministry of Defence UFO analyst, said: “If I was still there I'd be looking at this very closely. The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic. This man has caught something very interesting indeed."
And as I wrote at the time:
To be honest, I find its strange that this image is being touted as, “One of the best” as even if you squint and tilt your head slightly it appears to show a gull, and regarding, “The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic” perhaps this was a quick glance that the former MOD, “Analyst” Nick Pope cast over the image as I personally fail to see any of the features described.
Then a couple of months later in February 2008 the Sun recently ran another, “Exclusive” story of what was again (in my opinion) obviously not a UFO but rather a reflection on the windscreen of something inside the vehicle. I noted at the time that:
The Sun also likes to quote, “UFO experts” that further advance their suppositions that the photographs they print actually depict an intelligently controlled alien spacecraft.
I partly agree in that they haven't been, “Digitally manipulated or hoaxed” indeed it's very likely that the photographer was as puzzled by the anomaly as the head-scratching UFO expert was. I do however differ from the opinion that it's a real (as in physically in the sky) object and as for how any control can be ascertained from two still images, let alone control of an intelligent nature.....
Of course all of this is common knowledge and has long been known by the core of UK researchers as well as inevitably the general public which can be evidenced by the readers comments on practically all of the UFO related articles posted online. I feel it's fair to say that the Sun is obstinate to the point of ignorance towards any theory that doesn't agree with one of their ten-a-penny experts who regularly & proudly proclaim that yet again the Sun has absolute proof, in fact to such an extent that not only do they NOT print testimony from any of the true UK UFO experts who they approach but they fail to even acknowledge the existence of any opposing theory that they themselves originally requested!!
This is even common knowledge amongst other mainstream media outlets as can be witnessed in the following More4 report in which it is mentioned that the Sun sought out a respected UFO expert and asked for her assistance. But after the expert told them it was Jupiter that the witness had seen they promptly ignored it and told her that they would mislead their readers and the reason for this?
Apparently they were just having a little fun with them!!!
The Sun & The UK UFO Wave (Summer 2008)
More4 takes a look at the recent UK UFO reports and also at *The Sun* newspapers role in the making of a myth.
"Experts are divided over how to explain the more...recent surge in sightings of unidentified flying objects in the night sky over Britain, as More4 News reports. But some allege that when it comes to UFO-mania, tabloid editors are reluctant to let the truth get in the way of a good story."
And I noticed that they are STILL banging on about the UFO/turbine incident touting it as unexplained:
Among the most mysterious include a UFO over Parliament in 2008 and fast-moving lights before a wind turbine blade was sheared off last January at Conisholme, Lincs.
And this is despite the best efforts of Jenny Randles who followed, reported and conclusively explained this event within the context of the several witness reports, writing the following:
THE ANSWER: Finally, on Monday 9 February, Enercon – the turbine manufacturer – released the results of their month-long “forensic analysis” of the Fen Farm debris. The results (to which I was given early access) are conclusive and vindicate the stance we have taken at FT rather than that of the tabloid press or more excitable researchers.
The bottom line – as stated – is that “It wasn't E.T.,”
and Enercon could categorically state:
“UFOs [are] ruled out.”
In fact, they add, after “several weeks of forensic examination of the turbine components, Enercon has ruled out collision as a possible cause.” What they did find was that: “Bolts securing the blade to the hub of the turbine fractured due to material fatigue.” There were “classic signs” in the debris of this “fatigue failure”. The bolts themselves were not found to be defective, but supporting components are suspected as a factor in the problem and further tests are being carried out to find exactly why this failure occurred. However, all concerned, including the Health and Safety Executive and local council, were satisfied with the continuing investigation. They also believe that the remaining turbines onsite and similar ones elsewhere pose “no concerns with ongoing safety”.
Source: Jenny Randles/FT
I guess what I'm really trying to say is does this strike you as the type of organisation that should be in charge of collecting and publishing UFO reports of ANY description?
No, me neither.....