Tell someone you saw a UFO and the most common reaction – whether in person, on social media or at the police station – is that you must have seen a drone. Sadly, that’s true more often than not these days as drones become more intelligent and aerobatic. However, that wasn’t the case back in 2014 when a UFO expert claims he stopped a major false flag UFO Invasion involving the use of drones – an allegedly well-coordinated event involving drone groups around the world.
“At the time, it was publicly accessible, but now you have to be a member.”
The claim was made to The Daily Star by Nigel Watson, a UFO historian, investigator and author of numerous books on early and modern UFO sightings and alien abductions. You can tell by his comment the times were different – he refers to first encountering talk about this fake UFO project on a public Internet ‘forum’ for remote-controlled drone hobbyists. Watson claims the unnamed forum had messages from at least 30 groups in the US, the UK, France, South Africa and the Netherlands. What did he determine they were trying to do?
Would this cause a panic?
“I don’t agree with hoaxing. Nonetheless, some people have secretly conducted hoaxes to ‘scientifically’ test the reactions of UFO investigators and the public.”
What the forum messages indicated to Watson was a plan to equip drones with lights (still new technology in 2014) and fly them over major world cities on the same day and time to create a War of the Worlds-style hoax that appeared to be a coordinated invasion by extraterrestrials. Watson noticed one flaw in the plan which would have killed it immediately – it was planned for April 1, 2014 … April Fool’s Day.
“(It was changed to April 5) so that it will not seem like an obvious prank.”
Duh. Watson was still concerned that the hoax could indeed cause a real panic – just as Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of f H. G. Wells’s novel The War of the Worlds did on Halloween night in 1938 – so he decided to expose it by writing about the plan. Unfortunately, the Daily Star interview does not reveal where he published this exposé – it only says that Watson was actually suspected of being part of the plot, but the publicity stopped the hoax nonetheless.
If it looks like a drone and flies like a drone and acts like a drone …
“Security cameras do capture meteors streaking across the sky but none seem to capture images of flying saucers lurking in the sky. Perhaps, they are just too clever for our technology!”
Watson calls himself an “optimistic skeptic” and laments the fact that almost all UFO photos and videos are poor quality or blurred. He thinks computer editing of images has replaced lighted drones as the preferred modus operandi for modern UFO hoaxers, but posits that renewed interest in UFO caused by the Tic Tac videos could stimulate a renaissance in drone-caused fake UFO videos. ‘Optimistically skeptical’ is probably a good attitude to take on his UFO hoax story, considering so little corroborating evidence was provided.
Rule of thumb – if you see a UFO invasion … first check the date.