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  • The (Annotated) Truth About Secureteam 10

    Perhaps feeling some heat as a result of recent events, UFO fraud Tyler Glockner released a video on his Secureteam 10 YouTube channel that seeks to appeal to his audience as “family” – because nothing says familial affection like lying to them for profit.

    Dripping with fake sincerity, the piece is a montage of images and video sent in by his unsuspecting fans displaying his stickers and t-shirts, and in one case a poor sod who appears to have spent the better part of an afternoon-evening setting up and knocking down a domino mosaic of the Secureteam logo.

    UFO Theater responded with an annotated version, providing a couple of examples of Secureteam’s made-up scenarios, and highlighting Glockner’s income from YouTube, as well as secrecy about income from his Patreon donation account.

    The most horrifying part of the Secureteam love-fest had to be edited out, because it was unbearable: footage of various 2 to 4 year old children wearing Secureteam gear and generally being exposed to Secureteam nonsense on phones and computer screens. It’s depressing to think of parents passing on the practice of blindly assimilating misinformation from one of the worst possible sources when there’s a wake up call just a few clicks away.

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  • Secureteam 10 Debunked and Demonetized

    The latest news on Tyler Glockner, producer of the Secureteam 10 UFO hoax channel on YouTube with over 800,000 subscribers, is not good. Glockner was recently shocked to discover that his earnings may be cut as a result of YouTube’s new monetization policies. But Tyler will not see his lavish ill-gotten income diminished, no sir! He’s now appealing directly to his subscribers for support.

    According to this article in Forbes, YouTube is demonetizing videos that are not considered “advertiser friendly,” and it appears Secureteam 10 videos fall into this category. This is not surprising, as YouTube and its advertisers are staffed with functioning adults who have some critical ability. They are in contrast to the majority of Secureteam 10 followers, as evidenced by the fans’ comments on UFO Theater’s debunking video The Wings of Fail.

    In a video message posted on April 6, 2017 (“SECURETEAM Shutting Down?”) Glockner laughably describes his channel as “alternative news” and refers to the demonetization as “censorship at its worst,” hoping his viewers don’t understand the meaning of the terms “alternative news” and “censorship.”

    Will YouTube reverse its new policy? Hopefully not anytime soon.

    Now Glockner has started a Patreon account to accept donations, but doesn’t disclose the amount of money he’s being given as others do. He probably has a sense that his YouTube subscribers don’t realize that, with the help of free publicity from the tabloid press, he makes in excess of $300,000 a year creating UFO hoaxes and spinning trending news stories into an alternate reality. The upside to the monetization shakeup is Secureteam 10’s viewership has started naively appealing to the wider UFO community for support. As a result, once outside the information vacuum surrounding the YouTube channel, they are exposed to the awful truth. Many cannot easily absorb it.

    To assist their education, here is the continually accumulating case against Tyler Glockner and Secureteam 10:

    The UFO Theater debunk playlist – demonstrates how Secureteam 10 creates UFO videos using visual effects, an receives help and publicity from tabloid news sites.

    The Dazzathecameraman debunk playlist – Highlight: Dazza, aka astronomer Dave Greg, exposes how Tyler Glockner created and impersonated an informant he called “Ken the Astronomer” and clumsily Photoshopped an image of Neptune behind Saturn, claiming it was a new planet entering the solar system.

    This tweet by ufoofinterest.org, aka Scott Brando demonstrates how Tyler misrepresented a normal feature of Mars as a “shadow of an alien satellite.”
    This tweet shows how a Hayabusa capsule re-entry from 2010 was misrepresented by Secureteam as an “alien satellite shot down by the Illuminati.”
    This thread on Metabunk.org details how Secureteam exploits data errors in Google Moon to claim there are towers on the moon.
    March 19, 2016: Secureteam misrepresents a 2010 Hayabusa capsule re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere as a “leaked clip of alien satellite being shot down.”

    May 3, 2017: Secureteam 10 misrepresents a long-ago debunked time lapse photo of a helicopter as a UFO sighting (“ALIEN Technology Tested Over France?”). Later, Tyler doubles down on the hoax with “UPDATE: Massive ‘Ship’ Over France, China & Australia!”

    May 6, 2017: Secureteam claims there are “BIZARRE Markings of Fish Caught In Phillipines” and is swiftly debunked by, well, many sources.

    May 13, 2017: With the help of hoaxer Streetcap1, Secureteam knowingly misrepresents a lens flare as an “alien disc caught on space station live feed,” cropping and rotating the video to make it harder to find the NASA source footage.

    May 15, 2017: Secureteam includes a crudely composited fake UFO in its video “Wave of Anti-Gravity Craft Over England.”

    May 19, 2017: Secureteam uses stolen footage from (Kaschuba Brothers) hoax channel xxxdonutzxxx as part of a video about “strange reflections detected on Earth”, which of course, have already been explained.

    June 5, 2017: Secureteam does no research, and is quick to misrepresent an RC plane with fireworks attached as a UFO in a video titled “Something ‘CIRCLING’ Over UK Skies.”

    June 23, 2017: Unconcerned with wasting his viewers’ time, Tyler creates an episode titled “WHAT Did This Photographer Snap Above Him?” that features a mylar sun-shaped balloon.


     

    Scott Brando debunks Secureteam 10 videos on a weekly basis. Follow his Twitter feed here.

    A former fan of Secureteam 10 sees the light.
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  • Terrible Web Sites Create The First “Hoaxception”

    As we predicted on March 29, the celestial event of a comet or asteroid slamming into Jupiter has led to some hoaxing activity piggybacked on the real event, as hoaxers like to do. What we couldn’t have predicted was how it happened.

    On March 30th online turd factory The Inquisitr ran with another one of their absurdly verbose headlines:

    SOMETHING JUST CRASHED INTO JUPITER: IT’S AN ALIEN UFO MOTHERSHIP, UFO HUNTERS SAY – NO, IT’S LIKE AN ASTEROID, SAYS NASA

    While quoting astronomers, “writer” JohnThomas Didymus seems to have buried the lead within the text by simply providing a hyperlink within the phrase “UFO enthusiasts believe it was caused by an alien UFO mothership.” That hyperlink points to a page on paranormal content theft site Disclose.tv.

    Jumping to the Disclose.tv page, we see the links to the same two videos featured on The Inquisitr, with the headline “MOTHERSHIP SLAMS INTO JUPITER.” However, within the story there are no quotes, references or evidence presented (fabricated or otherwise) to support the headline.

    This is possibly a first in the long history of hoaxing: a hoax headline points to another hoax headline, which itself is a hoax in the sense that no hoax exists. Like the movie Inception where the characters collectively experience a dream within a dream within a dream, The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv have created a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.

    A remarkable achievement. Remarkable, and sad.

    The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv create a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.
    The Inquisitr and Disclose.tv create a hoax within a hoax within a hoax.
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  • Section 51 Goes Section 8

    Most UFO hoax operations, when faced with indisputable evidence of their fraud, usually respond in one of two ways: ignore it (Third Phase of Moon), or respond as if it didn’t exist (Mister Enigma, WTF Flow, Secureteam 10, Fausto UFO). When debunker Scott Brando, aka ufoofinterest.org revealed professional CGI artist Jean “J. H.” Wzgarda of France as the person behind hoax channel Section 51 2.0, Wzgarda took a different approach; he pretended he had nothing to do with it. Wzgarda has enjoyed widespread support for his antics, most recently for his “UFO Over Large Hadron Collider” hoax, from British tabloid news sites. I suppose he was a bit shocked to be exposed after freely, profitably and anonymously faking it for so long. This conversation ensued over Facebook chat:

    wzgarda_tn
    Hi, I see that you and Ufo of interest published my name on your page. Who are you ? Why ? What did I do to receive your hate ? Do you know what is harassing on internet ? That’s what you’re doing with me and I want to know why you’re doing this ? Why you’re attacking me ?…

     


    terry_tnYou may think it’s ok to create fake UFO shots and claim they’re real, but people involved in real research, trying to find real answers find it offensive. You should stop immediately.

     

     


     

    wzgarda_tn
    Who are you to claim that it’s me ? Are you crazy ? It’s not me. I agree with your point of view but this is not me. Must be a kid or idiot hacker using my name as CGI artist to create his website anonymously. Stop publishing my name and my works on your page, they have nothing to do with section 51. This is harassment and defamation. I’m going to report your publications to Facebook for harassment. Do you think I have time to lose with that ?

    Don’t play that game with me. I took screen capture of your facebook page. You published pictures of me and my work without my authorization with the aim to discredit me and my name. I saw Ufo of Interest too and all sites which seem to be in your network. All that for why ? Because you think that you have found some guy you can hate without limits, because of your frustrations about ufos and section 514. You’ve got the wrong guy. It’s not me and stop publishing false informations about me. It’s YOU the faker !


    terry_tn
    section_51_domain_record


     

    wzgarda_tn
    Sorry, that’s not me. What does proof me that you didn’t trick the data on this site ? My company is known on internet, anybody could have taken our informations to create an account knowing that we do production and visual effects. I will investigate too. And that doesn’t change the fact that you or anybody else hasn’t the right to make freely harassment against a person on internet or facebook or twitter. Even to publish images and names without authorization. What is your name ? Who are you ? That’s not fair, you pretend you know me and I know nothing about you. That’s completely silly !


    terry_tn
    I’m not interested in playing games with you, Jean. Obviously you don’t intend to stop creating hoax videos, so you’re just going to have to become accustomed to people knowing who you are and what you’re doing. If that bothers you, then find another hobby that doesn’t involve being a liar and a fraud.

     


     

    wzgarda_tn
    You must be joking. Are you serious ?!! Who are you ? Are you scared to give me your name ? What does allow you to attack me personnally like that ? That’s sure that it’s easier to put the name of somebody in the dirt when you stay in the shadow.

     

     


     

    If you believe this may possibly be a case of mistaken identity, conisder that Mr. Wzgarda maintains his personal web site on the same server as section51-ufo.com. He is a CGI artist with a fetish for American military imagery, significant because the first incarnation of his web channel, Section 51, was focused on military footage as background for his UFO hoaxes. He got a lot of play with his “UFO Attacks Taliban Base” hoax among others. That channel was removed from YouTube because (best guess) Google decided that exploiting combat footage of real soldiers really risking their real lives wasn’t so cool. And there’s this, from his web site:

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    Also around this time, Mr. Brando discovered that Mr. Wzgarda (@JhWzgarda) was following Section 51 (@section_51) on Twitter.

    I’m no psychologist, but it seems to me that in the face of overwhelming evidence, Wzgarda’s claim that he has nothing to do with Section 51 is absolutely nuts. Unlike other hoaxers, at least he acknowledges what’s being done under the Section 51 brand is wrong. Perhaps compared to the blanket denial offered by others in his profession, that’s a little nuts as well.

    To be continued, we’re sure.

    Keep an eye out for this logo. It’s your guarantee of fakery.section51_logo1

    If you’re not familiar with the term “Section 8.”

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  • On The Wings of Fail: Secureteam 10

    In August of 2014 when I created the original Secureteam 10 Speedebunking episode, it was an attempt to prevent a laughably simplistic hoax channel from becoming a huge waste of time. However, with the help of some high profile web sites trying to ride the Fake Train to Viraltown, it has become exactly that.

    While Tyler Glockner doesn’t have technical chops, he seemed to put a lot of work into window dressing: titles, logos, little audio effects, a gear store. In fact, the stylistic effort probably took more time than the videos themselves, poorly Photoshopping UFOs into backgrounds or simply fading them into view in a video. It seems Tyler’s style appealed to worst-of-the-worst tabloid “journalist” Jon Austin of the Express UK, who decided to become an honorary member of the Secureteam. This, along with the hoax channel’s burgeoning subscriber numbers, warranted a more robust response. Hope you enjoy and share.

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  • WTF Flow: Somebody Didn’t Get The Memo

    wtf_flow Hey UFOTheater,

    I’m WTFflow, the “hoaxer” you love so much. I recently watched your debunk video, and I have to admit that the work on your channel is awesome. Still, your debunk video about me is really nonsense. Your assumptions are false, and honestly, your’re missing the point. The videos I shot are 100% true, and no “tracking” has been made. I admit these are plausible explantations if you consider the videos are fake. I still have the original video files of these sightings.

    Anyway, you CAN criticize my work and have your own opinions, it’s your right, but re-uploading my videos is forbidden. I could fill a copyright complaint to YouTube and take your video down. The thing is, if you have 3 strikes from other channels, your account will be terminated.

    I’m not gonna do that. I sincerely don’t want that to happen to you, as you seem to work hard making these videos, and that would be too rude. If the other channels don’t mind about your re-uploads of their videos, well keep making new vids! But my videos are copyrighted and it’s always written in ALL my descriptions.

    Here’s what I write each time I upload a video :

    ** Warning **

    All non-allowed re-uploads of my video will be reported! Thanks!
    © WTFflow, all rights reserved.

    So, as I said, I will not report you, but please consider removing this video, which is infringing my copyrights. Thanks a lot for your understanding.

    Cheers,

    WTFflow

     


     

    +WTFflow I appreciate the gesture, but it’s not necessary. I’ve already had three previous copyright challenges dismissed, and YouTube has given UFO Theater special recognition that debunking work is Fair Use.

    If you’re not familiar with the concept of Fair Use, this should help.

    My advice to you is to stop hoaxing immediately. You may make a couple hundred bucks a month off your channel, but as others in your business will find, a career as a professional liar is a dead end. Is this the legacy you want to leave to the world? Once hoaxing is no longer a viable business model, you’re left with a body of work that is worthless. You would be better served to focus on developing your visual effects skills to the point where you can do real work in film and television. That would be something you can be proud of.

    I hope you make better decisions in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Constantine

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  • Hoaxplosion! Thirdphaseofmoon Blows Up

    Thirdphaseofmoon steadily craps out crimes against common sense and integrity in the form of YouTube videos. They may occasionally get shared by third-rate news sites looking to boost numbers, but they can’t escape their own mediocrity. We watch, analyze, and turn crap into gold- with FIRE. Enjoy.

     

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  • Speedebunking: Swiss Alps UFO

    In addition to debunking, this details a bit of the process for discovering the source of a video, and some interesting things you can find along the way. This hoax happened to pop up at the right time for me to be able to respond quickly. The fact that it was picked up by a few news sites is part of a sad trend: us UFO freaks are not really taken seriously for the subject we’re interested in, yet we’re seen as a target market and a way to draw more attention. Web sites have picked up on the fact that we’ll watch just about anything UFO-related on a larger news site because the association with the larger entity, makes it seem legit. Unfortunately these sites have chosen the absolute worst material to put on display, hoaxes from Secureteam 10, Third Phase of Moon and Mister Enigma.

    There really is no excuse or purpose to this except to generate traffic. Some of the comments from the 07TV YouTube page for this hoax include:

    “Fake, fake, fake.”

    “THIS IS GROUP IS LIKE THIRD PHASE OF THE MOON IT’S ALL FAKE…”

    “Stop wasting everyone’s time. You’ve made these stupid hoax videos before, and they get debunked every time. FUCK OFF.”

    News sites are certainly not making their UFO video choices based on credibility or reputation. I’ll cover this more in another episode.

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  • Mister Enigma Hoax Dupes News Sites Worldwide

    A UFO hoax created by Mister Enigma, aka Robert Simmons of Wisconsin, was posted to YouTube on June 21, 2015 and subsequently featured by some larger news sites beginning June 25.

    How this happened is difficult to understand; it featured nothing remarkable. It’s the type of thing you’ve seen from hoaxers before: footage from the ISS with a few tiny specks added in to make it look as if objects were exiting the Earth’s atmosphere. This was followed by the typical NASA “loss of signal” title card, suggesting we were seeing something forbidden. It’s a scenario so old, I’m surprised hoaxers still use it. In this case, it worked to spectacular effect from Mister Enigma’s point of view, as it’s been taken up by news sites worldwide.

    As best I can determine, patient zero is Huffingtonpost.co.uk, who ran with the story on the 25th. Other news sites followed suit without doing the simplest bit of research, such as Googling “Mister Enigma hoax.” I guess it’s one of those oddball stories that’s too good to check.

    This episode is a good illustration of what an echo chamber online news has become. If one of the larger news sites makes an error, that mistake will be repeated ad nauseam, possibly in perpetuity. I have been posting comments on every site pointing out this particular error, even tweeting directly to the articles’ authors, but I’ve not seen a correction yet.

    Also repeated ad nauseam: my advice to check your sources. Not the source of the news story, but of the video it’s based on. Five minutes of effort by Huffingtonpost.co.uk could have averted this nonsense. Viral mistakes of this kind are an insult and a disservice to people who invest the time and equipment into recording real sightings, but even worse, the media attention directly supports the creation of more hoaxes.

    If you need any background on Mister Enigma, check these links:

    Speedebunking: Mister UFO/Mister Enigma

    Bipolar Hoaxer: Mister Enigma Responds

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