I thought we had heard the last of the "dragonfly drone" UFO sightings.
I was wrong. So terribly wrong.
What am I talking about? Well, it goes something like this but Linda Moulton Howe actually does a pretty good job of recapitulating the story at Earthfiles.
I believe it was at Whitley Strieber's website in 2008 that I first heard about these "drones." Several photographs, such as the one pictured above, made the rounds at that time. Each one depicted a similar if not identical flying device that resembles a ceiling fan (again, see the pic above). It turns out that a man calling himself "Isaac" leaked a document to the Internet in 2007 related to the flying drones, linking them to a project called "CARET." That apparently stands for “Commercial Applications Research for Extraterrestrial Technology" located in Palo Alto, California.
That's right. The drones are derived from alien technology taken from UFO crashes or the like. The document detailed devices such as antigravity propulsion, 3D holographic recorders and projectors, and invisibility cloaks. Unfortunately, the public consensus on the dragonfly drones rapidly became one of "hoax." Photoshop devotees weighed in, citing what was claimed as signs of manipulation. While at first blush the photos seemed believable to me, I soon realized that was part of the problem. In the age of Photoshop, I'm afraid one must automatically assume any UFO photo to be a hoax until it is proven otherwise. Might not be the most open-minded approach, but with the ubiquity of photo and video editing software, I find it to be the safest one.
But here's what really got me. If you look at the pic above, you'll note that the "blades" of the drone have markings on them. Look closely and you'll see that they are a symbol language of sorts. "Isaac" claimed that this was an alien language. Others noted the similarities of the symbols to Klingon from Star Trek and Aurek Besh from Star Wars. While not exact matches for those fictional languages, the symbols on the drone and in the CARET document are pretty close. That was enough for me to dismiss the case but you can find several other reasons to do just that at Iron Skeptic. Anyhow, the whole thing seemed to go away after a while.
Then May 1st 2014 rolled around. A new witness came forward to Craig Brown of Truthfall, claiming that she saw this very variety of drone back in 1981. That would mean that this drone technology has been around for over 30 years. But what does Brown have to say to the allegations that the original photos and the "Isaac" documents were hoaxed? Well...
"After the sightings came to prevalence in 2007, a series of badly thrown together CGI YouTube movies and photographs then emerged — some produced by fame-seeking photoshop junkies desperate to showcase their ‘talents’, some by copycats and those desperate for viral video status — but none of the CGI hoxers [sic] came even remotely close to resembling the original images. [emphasis his] Nor could they explain the ever growing number of witnesses, from all ages and walks of life and geographically separate locations in the United States.
Some websites and forums claim that the drones are a hoax, but most of these sites are run by pseudosceptics who have an interest in keeping the status quo. None of them address the incredible amount of witness testimony that has been gathered from real people from diverse backgrounds."
Sorry. I remain respectfully unconvinced. Additionally, if you go to any of the links provided, you can find photos of the supposed alien technology in the leaked CARET document. To the casual eye, both they and the drone seem to be composed of matter not that much more advanced than things you could find at Home Depot or Radio Shack. Maybe I'm being too judgmental or have seen too much science fiction, but it just doesn't look like the technology of a race able to traverse light years. Unless it's our version of it. So in that case, why paint the alien symbols on it? Oh wait, I guess there's a reason for that. From Iron Skeptic:
"All translation attempts [of the language] failed. Isaac however, has a much more awesome explanation. In fact, I’ll just quote him: "...is a system of symbols… along with geometric forms and patterns that fit together to form diagrams that are themselves functional. Once they are drawn, so to speak, on a suitable surface made of a suitable material and in the presence of a certain type of field, they immediately begin performing the desired tasks.”
What he’s saying, is that were you to write “make the table dance” using this alien language, on an appropriate type of paper, and then you put the paper on a table, the table would dance. He makes it very clear, though, that there’s no way we can test this claim: we’d need a special ink, a special paper, a special field, and it doesn’t matter anyway because the language is so complex that the human brain can’t understand. Except Issac, because he’s the mayor of Geniustown, but more on that later."
Yes do click the link and read the "later."