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Mexican UFO Video Tape

From: Graham William Birdsall <106151.1150@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 06:39:57 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 14:32:13 -0500
Subject: Mexican UFO Video Tape

Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of yet another UFO video tape from Mexico has caused
quite a stir.

I am of course referring to the sequence which was allegedly taken in
Mexico City on 6 August 1997.

I had previously seen the still images, and in Brisbane,
Australia, saw the complete footage for the first time, courtesy
of Italian Giorgio Bongiovanni, who was sent a copy by his
friend, Mexican TV Producer Jaime Maussan.

My own copy arrived in the UK while I was in Brisbane, attending
the Australian UFO Symposium organised by the Queensland UFO
Network (an excellent and extremely well
organised event).

My copy was sent by Mexican UFO researcher Santiago Garza, who I
had telephoned in Mexico City to try and discover more about the
stories which were breaking out all over the Internet some weeks

I would like to share with you some of his written comments to me
which accompanied said video tape:


"It was presented for the first time on television here in
Mexico, on Sunday, 28 September 1997, during the TV show '3er.
Milenio' (3rd Millenium), a journalist-orientated programme that
focuses on UFOs and ecological subjects.

"The show is hosted by Jaime Maussan and Daniel Munos, good
friends of mine.

"The video presents an alleged big, disc-shaped craft with
oscillating movements, that flies very slow at low altitude
between two known buildings in the heart of Mexico City.

"Unfortunately, the film lasts just a few seconds. The quality is
poor and the voices you hear supposedly belong to the persons
making the recording.

"Daniel Munos told me that almost all the audio was censured due
to the 'hard language'.

"Now, there is a general feeling among the researchers here in
Mexico that the film is a hoax.

"However, Jaime Maussan took the original video to Jim Dilletoso
[sic] in Phoenix, Arizona, for analysis. I've seen this footage
before but didn't pay much interest since I considered it highly
suspicious and besides, these past few months there have been a
lot of fakes (some sent to our offices - Contacto OVNI), and we
are aware of a possible 'trap'.

"I interviewed Daniel Munoz, Jaime's assistant, by phone after
you contacted me and he gave me details of the story.

"On 24 September 1997, a package was received in the 3er. Milenio
production offices, sent to Jaime Maussan from an anonymous
source. It contained the video, supposedly filmed on 6 August
1997 in downtown Mexico City.

"A letter that accompanied the video tape said that two friends
made the recording from the top of a building during a lunch
brake. They wanted to remain anonymous because they didn't want
any trouble from their employer. Jaime and Daniel located the
building and claim to have found several witnesses.

"However, Daniel told me that they discovered during their
investigation that the people who made the recording, work in a
company with high quality computer software, and that these
offices are situated at the very top of the building from where
the recording was allegedly made. The whole thing is highly

"A second showing on TV was noticeable for several contradictions
- one witness said the footage was filmed at night!"

- END -

A major UFO conference is being staged in Acapulco, Mexico
between 4-7 December, an event sponsored and organised by Jaime
Maussan and Televisa (Mexico TV Network), so I'm sure that
whatever analysis has been conducted on the video tape will
receive due attention.

For our part, initial analysis suggests that the footage is
highly suspect and points to an elaborate hoax.

All video tapes carry a time signature at the top of the footage
- we suspect several such signatures might well feature on the
"poor copy" received by Jaime Maussan, although he makes no
mention of this. Nor does he state whether he received 8mm film
or a first generation copy.

The more signatures that appear, the more likely the tape has
undergone the 'treatment'.

The object is in focus throughout - an extraordinary feature when
combining manual and auto focus.

The 'spinning' effect on the object demonstrates the same
sequence over and over again.

The cameraman appears to anticipate the movement of the object -
as though he knew when and where it was going in advance.

When the object disappears behind an apartment block, one would
expect the cameraman to pan back, go left and right to see where
it might have gone - it doesn't happen.

These are basic observations arrived at in less than 30 minutes.

The object does appear to have been 'brush stroked' in part, and
our provisional analysis suggests that the skyline and apartment
blocks have been filmed in advance, and the computer generated
'UFO' then laid on top.

Given one has the right sort of computer software, and a little
money and energy to spend, all things are possible.

On first glance, I can understand the excitement of those who
consider this footage to be the most impressive ever taken of a
UFO, but I'm afraid the analysis tells a different story.

I will be showing the footage during my lecture at the Contact
International (UK) conference in Oxford this coming Sunday -
probably the first UK showing if I'm not mistaken. Those who turn
up can judge it for themselves.

The conference runs from 11.00am - 5.00pm and is being staged at
Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxford, on the main road to Banbury.
Details can be obtained by calling the organiser, Brian James, on
01235 851319 or 01865 784200.

Best regards,

Graham W. Birdsall (Editor)

UFO Magazine [UK]

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