Friday, July 16, 2010

7-15 China UFO photo mixed with fakes in psyop to thwart disclosure

July 15, 10:19 AM Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner Michael Salla, Ph.D.

China UFO photo - July 4, 2010
UFO photo taken by local resident in Hangzhou, Photo: People's Daily

On July 9, 2010, The People’s Daily of China ran a story about a UFO witnessed by hundreds over China on July 7. The UFO closed down Xiaoshan Airport, which serves the city of Hangzhou, for an hour; and Air Traffic controllers could not identify the UFO. An official investigation was subsequently launched. A resident took a photo of the cigar shaped UFO that was cited in the People’s Daily story (image on right). Together with radar evidence, the photo has been widely circulated in the mass media as physical evidence of a UFO responsible for closing down a busy regional airport. However, shortly after the People’s Daily story, the photo was included with four others on Godlike Productions, a popular U.S. internet forum. The problem was that the four other photos were unrelated to the China incident and/or fakes. The fakes were included with the genuine UFO China photo in a Youtube video that went viral. Was it simply a mistake, or had a psychological operation begun to downplay the significance of the China UFO incident by mixing a genuine photo with fakes.

The significance of the China UFO story is all too evident by the fact that the People’s Daily is the official mouthpiece of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and is published worldwide in several languages. In putting out the story, Chinese authorities were sanctioning public discussion of a mass sighting of a UFO that closed a major airport in China. In approving the release of the story, were Chinese authorities simply displaying a remarkable degree of openness on the UFO issue? Alternatively, were they signaling to Western authorities that the People’s Republic had chosen to inform its, and the world’s, public about UFOs?

One sign of the attitude of Chinese authorities was that an anonymous source cited by the People’s Daily claimed there was a military link to the UFO. This was an apparent bid to dampen speculation and prevent too much information coming out in China about the UFO’s origins without it first being reported to authorities. Was the real significance of the UFO that it was a secret China’s military aircraft project involving national security; or was it an extraterrestrial vehicle giving a warning to Chinese authorities to disclose the truth about UFOs and alien life? In either case, Chinese authorities may have authorized the People’s Daily story to begin educating the public about UFOs. If so, then those opposed to UFO disclosure and educating the public about extraterrestrial life, began a psychological operation to dampen global speculation about the incident. To do so, the time honored method of mixing genuine data with false data was begun, and the popular internet forum Godlike Productions was the location to launch it

The People’s Daily story appeared at 7:55 AM on July 9 in China. The 12 hour time difference between US East Coast and China (Hong Kong time) meant that it appeared at 7:55 pm EDT on July 8. The photo used in the story was attributed to local resident in Xiaoshan district of Hangzhou, with the source cited as Metrolink. Later, ABC News was able to track down the resident and reported:

Resident Ma Shijun was taking a nighttime stroll with his wife when he saw the object. "I felt a beam of light over my head. Looking up, I saw a streak of bright, white light flying across the sky, so I picked up the camera and took the photo. The time was 8:26 p.m. However, whether the object was a plane, or whether it was Xiaoshan Airport's UFO, I don't have a clear answer," Ma told the Xinhua news agency.

Approximately ten hours later, at 6:25 AM EDT the photo used in the People’s Daily story was linked to, along with four others, on a post from someone allegedly in China on Godlike Productions. Here’s what the poster said: “5 photo of UFO in China. PS or not?” The poster was asking whether the 5 photos, allegedly of the UFO that closed Xiaoshan Airport were photoshopped fakes or genuine. The problem was that only the first of the five photos had anything to do with the July 7 sighting. The other four were dated between 2007 and 2009, and were identified on another popular internet forum, Open Minds, to be time lapse shots of helicopters or other unrelated UFO incidents. It appeared that someone wanted to muddy the waters over the China UFO incident by mixing a genuine photo with fakes and/or earlier unrelated photos.

The five posted photos allegedly of the China UFO were then combined in a Youtube video titled “Amazing Photos of UFO over China” which went viral on July 10. Basically, the Youtube video mixed a genuine photo of the UFO that closed Xiaoshan Airport (third photo in the video below), with four fake/unrelated photos taken between 2007-2009. A poster, allegedly from China, had just succeeded in muddying the waters by ensuring that the genuine photograph of the UFO closing Xiaoshan Airport would be comprised by fake photos. Was this simply a mistake compounded by an innocent Youtube poster, or a very clever psychological operation authorized by those opposed to China’s openness to UFOs and possible disclosure of extraterrestrial life!

In conclusion, it appears that hundreds of residents of the city of Hangzhou saw and/or photographed the UFO that closed Xiaoshan Airport. The photo that appeared in the original People’s Daily story was genuine and Chinese authorities were giving their blessing to greater openness on the UFO issue by their official news outlet. By citing a military link, the People’s Daily sought to calibrate the Chinese public response and ensure all UFOs sightings were reported through legitimate channels. Meanwhile, those alarmed by the prospect that China was becoming more open on the UFO issue and were educating their public for a possible extraterrestrial disclosure went into action through a clever psychological operation launched through a popular internet forum, Godlike Productions. The People’s Daily is to be congratulated for its report of the UFO responsible for the Xiaoshan Airport closing, and releasing a possible photo of it. Discernment is the key as different countries display greater openness on the UFO issue and the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and psychological operations are launched to thwart this.


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