May 30 2008

Alleged Alien Video to be Shown Today

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Jeff Peckman wants to convince the world that extraterrestrial aliens are indeed visiting the earth. He promises us proof in the form of a stunning video that he will show the press today. However, the press is not allowed to record or rebroadcast the video.

Peckman said the general public will have to wait to see it because it’s being included in a documentary by Stan Romanek.

OK, I can understand that if someone had compelling video of an ET they would want to maximize their personal profits. That would be a valuable commodity. Of course someone in possession of a fake video of an ET would also be so motivated. Remember that alien autopsy video?

The Rocky Mountain News reports:

“It shows an extraterrestrial’s head popping up outside of a window at night, looking in the window, that’s visible through an infrared camera,” he said. The alien is about 4 feet tall and can be seen blinking, Peckman said earlier this month.

Honestly, that sounds rather lame. It also prompts a number of questions. Why was this alien peeping through someone’s window? Who took the video and why did they have an infrared camera not only handy but set up to record the alien encounter? What this sounds like is a perfect setup for a faked alien video. I predict the quality of the video (distance, focus, clarity) will be just good enough to evoke the sense of an alien but not good enough to distinguish the creature in the video from some special effect (puppet, guy in a costume, CG).

In other words – scientists and skeptics will yawn, the media will treat this as a fluff piece, and UFO true believers will add this to their pile of second-rate, poor quality evidence they find so compelling.

Peckman promises to present “other related credible evidence” proving aliens exist. This, of course, prompts the question of how this one man came into possession of all this credible evidence that has eluded the scientific community for half a century. Peckman is using this publicity stunt to launch an “ET initiative.” He thinks that Denver needs an ET Affairs Commission to prepare for the eventual arrival of alien visitors. Peckman, I think, needs a new hobby.

I personally have nothing against the notion that alien civilizations exist and might want to visit the Earth one day, if they knew we were here. I simply think there is no compelling evidence to say they are already here.  An objective look at all the evidence suggests a psychocultural origin, not an ET origin. Yet many people get caught up in the UFO mythology. It truly is a modern religion, with aliens playing the roles of demons and angels. There are UFO cults, like the one that has sprung up around Swiss farmer Billy Meier – complete with holy texts revealed to the profit, who is privileged among humanity to sit with the gods.

As yet there is not a single piece of credible evidence – nothing demonstrably alien. I seriously doubt if this video will change that. But I am willing to take an objective look at any new evidence and judge it according to its own merits. What I ask of Peckman and any others who wish to be taken seriously is that their evidence be presented in a scientific manner. That means we need transparency and documentation. We need to know who made the video, when, with what equipment, and we need the original media on which it was recorded. We want to investigate the location and the individuals involved.  Peckman can protect his interests, but if he wants to be viewed as anything other than just another UFO crank, he needs to be completely forthcoming. We’ll see.

And while I am open to what he has to show, I am not holding my breath. Call me a skeptic.

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21 Responses to “Alleged Alien Video to be Shown Today”

  1. Niobeon 30 May 2008 at 9:13 am

    “holy texts revealed to the profit”.

    Intentional or unintentional, hilarious typo.

    I’m always amazed by the seemingly American centric focus of the alleged alien visits. Like they would travel lightyears and look inside a suburban home in some thirdrate town.

    Obviously there are a lot of Americans, but I think you guys have the most sightings per capita.

  2. Fifion 30 May 2008 at 11:09 am

    As far as religions/cults based around aliens, don’t forget the Big Dady of them all, Scientology. It’s got all the prerequisites…aliens, multilevel marketing setup, and it proposes an “alternative science”while having a deep seated hatred of actual science and medicine. And, of course, then there’s our “cloning” pals The Raelians. This video actually sounds quite a bit like one of their stunts.

    It’s interesting how younger people suffering from schizophrenia who come from secular cultures now tend to frame their experiences of disconnected voices and being controlled or molested by some non-human presence as being aliens rather than the more traditional demons.

  3. constantskepticon 30 May 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. He wants to make sure his documentary gets all the free press and advertising that it can. Btw, I have an infrared camera at my house just in case extra-terrestrials decide to pop in for a visit.

  4. Chris Hylandon 30 May 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Good post. I heard about this from the Bad Astronomer also, and I look forward to the news tomorrow morning that tells me “scientists are baffled” 😉


  5. DevilsAdvocateon 30 May 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Niobe – I suspect it’s the combination of a strongly religious population coupled with a exploitive media that makes the US lead in all things UFO and alien. I guess seeing the face of Mary in a Dorito chip or of Jesus in the woodgrain of a door just isn’t enough anymore.

    I once had a neighbor who explained – in all seriousness – that these magical images *must* be divine in origin because if they were merely the result of coincidence and pattern-seeking, there’d be reports of images of regular ol’ people, not just divines like Jesus, Mary, and assorted saints and saintes. We’d be hearing reports about the images of Uncle Larry, the mailman, and that guy who works the meat counter at the grocery if it were just coincidence, she explained. She had no comment when I asked about Elvis images.

    So, if you Brits would be so kind, please start looking for the images of, oh…. Margaret Thatcher, Keith Richards, or Lord Nelson in your daily vittles and report them to your local media. Then we can reinvoke coincidence and pattern-seeking as causation.

  6. Paul Ganssleon 30 May 2008 at 7:55 pm

    There’s a still image purportedly from the video on that story.

  7. DevilsAdvocateon 30 May 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Odd how these things always go straight to media (for publicity) rather than a science lab (for investigation). It’s almost like the video is some sort of investment property rather than the most important video ever taken, a wondrous discovery.

  8. sarbruison 30 May 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Link to the video:

    More info:

    Looks like a guy in a mask to me.

  9. sarbruison 30 May 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Oh wait, never mind; that’s a different video that someone else created that’s similar:

    “A Denver man Thursday night spent five hours and $90 creating a hoax video of a space-alien-looking creature peering through a window (click here to watch).

    It looks eerily like the space alien video shown to the media today by a man who wants the city of Denver to create an extraterrestrial commission to welcome visitors from distant galaxies.”

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  13. hugerobotson 31 May 2008 at 10:27 am

    “Shapiro: But still I’m sure you know that these types of things are made in Hollywood all the time.

    Peckman: We don’t want to give too much emphasis on the footage itself because outside the context of all the other evidence – testimony from government experts, from military contractors, defense intelligence – about this reality, with out that then it’s, you know, much more subject to debate.”

    So, we should discount the footage as evidence and move on to something else? Then why are we watching this footage in the first place?

    Of course he knows that the footage is a fraud. Of course he finds someone of credibility in the film industry to say “Yes. That is a movie. Certainly of the visual nature”.

    I love how the reporter picks away at his story with one-liners. Totally destroying any notion that this ridiculous piece of “evidence” is something worthy of hysteria. Then again, the man with the video can probably see through his white washing of the article because after all, journalists are all in the pocket of the government to hide the truth!

    My favorite parts are where he describes an ‘elaborate mechanism’ that will demonstrate that it was certainly an alien in the movie and that machine will “probably cost tens of thousands of dollars”. Well here’s a little snippet of trivia for you guys whom are not in the television industry. ANY piece of worthwhile equipment used to manipulate high quality media is going to be “tens of thousands of dollars”. So unless this was recorded onto actual cellulose and the ‘film expert’ saw that there were no physical cuts to the film, wow that really is some amazingly credible evidence towards proving that it is in actuality, shot on film. My guess is he waved a tape in front of Mr. Hoffman with a label that read “Here Be Aliuns”.

    Zero credibility can be given towards it being an ET. Then again, we’re all preaching to the converted here aren’t we.

  14. Potter1000on 31 May 2008 at 12:33 pm

    constantskeptic, you’re not alone. It’s becoming standard procedure for ordinary people to leave infrared cameras fixed toward their windows at night. In fact, I heard ABC is gonna start a new spinoff show “America’s Funniest Infrared Videos.”

  15. Tom Nielsenon 31 May 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Man what an obviously fake video (No I’m not surprised). There’s even a distinct pixel change from one frame to another, both a bit before it blinks and a bit after, which clearly suggests video manipulation.

  16. deciuson 01 Jun 2008 at 7:39 am

    In a perverse sort of way, these people are right to cash in on the credulity of the corporate media, provided that they revealed the hoax at the later stage.

    If implemented on a large scale by competent artists, this could become a powerful strategy to systematically undermine the credibility of said media, by exposing first-hand the cavalier way in which they handle preposterous claims ranging from the paranormal to the miraculous, passing through dubious alien visitations.
    To the point in which very few would even pay any attention to such nonsense.

    If I had the blessing of the sceptical community, I would gladly put out the first “genuine”, scrutiny-proof footage of an UFO landing, to begin with.

  17. Fifion 01 Jun 2008 at 2:40 pm

    decius – The Yes Men. Not that they bother with stuff like aliens, they tend to tackle real world issues.

  18. DevilsAdvocateon 01 Jun 2008 at 5:37 pm

    “the credulity of the corporate media”

    They are less cedulous than just willing participants in what they almost certainly believe is a hoax. Many of the talking heads covering this on cable news are making jokes about it. Early on tough, these stories are real buzzilicious.. generating increased viewership and readership on blogs and online news outlets. That means increased hits or air ratings. That means more ad revenues.

    You watch… this thing will get exposed as a hoax, but not by any media person. The media’ll claim they’re just reporting on what’s happening, and will report the hoax if that’s what it turns out to be, but in reality they hope it’s a long time before it is demonstrated to be a hoax, if ever – keep the story buzzing and producing $$$ as long as possible. The Patterson-Gimlin BG film has been a schlockumentary cash cow, a virtual pseudoscientific franchise of its own, kept alive by the absence of a debunking the public will accept. Ideally (to the hoaxers) it will remain ‘unexplained’, Stan Romanek gets his own little video franchise, Peckman gets his political needs met, and both become new icons, rising princes, in the circus called ufology.

    On serious news issues the media investigate like mad dogs, all wanting to be the next Woodward & Bernstein, but on cult-pop trash like this non-story they jump right in and milk it for all it’s worth.

    What is needed is a true scientist to step in and clear this thing up, perhaps a Nuclear Physicist, perhaps Stanton Friedman his-damn-self. The current crop of ufoology stars will hang back and see if this video claim proves to be a hoax. But, if this thing moves into the magical zone of ‘unfalsifiable’ (because the franchise owner won’t allow it to be studied by independent experts, only ufool insiders- you watch), the current court jesters of ufology will be all over it, trying to horn in one way or another.

  19. DevilsAdvocateon 03 Jun 2008 at 12:43 pm

    From Romanek’s Mahalo page we learn he is a long time UFO/alien “repeater”, that is, a perpetual UFO & alien witness:

    Guide Note

    Stan Romanek is said to have had the most scientifically documented human/extraterrestrial encounters case in the world.

    Romanek’s encounters date back to December 27, 2000. He has had over 100 individual experiences.

    Romanek has, in the past, produced photographs of marks on his body, purportedly inflicted by aliens during abduction. He has also released photographs of burn marks in his yard and of a UFO leaving Earth.

    He has also produced strange equations and predictions, the authenticity of which have caused considerable controversy.

    In 2003, while living in Nebraska, Romanek set up a video camera to catch, what he suspected, was a peeping tom. The resulting video allegedly shows the head of an extraterrestrial looking through the house window.

  20. DevilsAdvocateon 03 Jun 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Typo Correction: “witness” is an error and should have read witless.

  21. deciuson 05 Jun 2008 at 10:57 am

    Fifi, great stuff.
    I didn’t follow the Yes Men much, after their superb performance in Finland, where I live. Thanks for reminding me of them.

    DevilsAdvocate, I generally agree with your assessment. However, I’ve often noticed a widespread personal credulity in many a journalist, even here in Europe. Such credulity usually translates in a benevolent reporting of alleged supernatural events, and it oozes through, easily detectable.

    To give you an example: I don’t watch TV at all, but I caught on Youtube a few glimpses of an icon of American journalism – Larry King- clearly endorsing a lot of New-Age nonsense. Correct me if I am wrong.

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