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|Posted by George Freund on February 28, 2015 at 8:25 AM|
Politician Boris Nemtsov, 55, was one of Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics
He was shot four times in 'politically motivated' attack near Kremlin
Nemtsov was walking over bridge with Ukranian model Anna Duritskaya, 23
Russian opposition leader had been due to take part in protest tomorrow
He had been working on report about Russia's involvement in Ukraine
Hours before death he condemned Putin's 'mad and deadly' policy of war
Father-of-four's mother, 87, had a premonition that he would be killed
Putin condemned murder, saying it may have been 'contract killing'
Hundreds of mourners have lit candles and laid flowers at site of murder
World leaders including David Cameron have condemned 'callous murder'
By WILL STEWART and JENNY AWFORD and NICK ENOCH FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 GMT, 28 February 2015
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down in a 'politically motivated' attack in front of his 23-year-old Ukrainian model girlfriend, according to reports.
The former deputy Prime Minister, 55, and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin was 'under surveillance' by his killers before he was shot in the shadow of the Kremlin the day before an anti-Putin protest.
He had been out for dinner with Anna Duritskaya, 23, at a restaurant inside GUM, a department store in Moscow's Red Square in the hours before his death, and the pair then went for a walk.
The married father-of-four was shot four times by assailants in a white car as the couple walked across a bridge over the Moskva River at midnight on Friday but the 23-year-old model was unhurt.
'The murderers knew Nemtsov's route, he was spied on,' said a police source.
He had been working on a report presenting evidence he believed proved Russia's direct involvement in the separatist rebellion that erupted in eastern Ukraine last year.
Just hours before his death, Nemtsov told Ekho Moskvy radio that Putin had pushed Russia into an economic crisis through his 'mad, aggressive and deadly policy of war against Ukraine.'
Nemtsov, 55, (right) had been out for dinner with his Ukranian model girlfriend Anna Duritskaya, 23, (left) in the hours before his death. The couple had been dating for several years, according to reports
The father-of-four was shot four times by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River
Hundreds of mourners have gathered today at the site where the Russian opposition leader was killed and a protest march in memory of the politician is expected to take place later today
A distressed woman was seen crying at the site where the popular politician was assassinated
President Putin has condemned the murder and assumed 'personal control' of the investigation into the killing, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Mr Peskov, said the shooting could also be a 'provocation' as the opposition has planned a big protest in Moscow on Sunday.
The Russian leader has asked the heads of Russia's Investigative Committee, Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service to investigative and put the case under their personal supervision.
David Cameron has said he is 'shocked and sickened by the callous murder' and called for a transparent investigation.
Nemtsov was one of the organisers of the Spring March opposition protest set for Sunday, which comes amid an economic downturn in Russia caused by low oil prices and Western sanctions.
The liberal reformer, who has four children, is believed to have been dating was Ms Duritskaya for several years, despite his marriage to Raisa Akhmetovna and four-children.
The Ukrainian model spoke to police and helped them to establish the sequence of events.
Opposition activist Ilya Yashin told Ekho Moskvy radio he had no doubt that Mr Nemtsov's murder was politically motivated.
Medics carry the body of Nemtsov. The politician was highly critical of the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times
An unidentified assassin shot Mr Nemtsov (above, in 2010 at an anti-Kremlin march) four times while he was walking with a woman near the Kremlin
A man mourns as he lays flowers at the site of murder of Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow
The married father-of-four was shot four times by assailants in a white car as the couple walked across a bridge over the Moskva River
Russian opposition leaders Ilya Yashin (left) and Ksenia Sobchak (right), soon after the death of Nemtsov. Yashin told Ekho Moskvy radio that he last spoke with Nemtsov two days before the killing
He said: 'Boris Nemtsov was a stark opposition leader who criticised the most important state officials in our country, including President Vladimir Putin.
'As we have seen, such criticism in Russia is dangerous for one's life. He got lots of threats, mostly via social networks, anonymously.
'I have no doubt this was a political killing. The only threat to his life came from his political activity. He had no foes other than political ones.'
Nemtsov's death came one year after the Russian annexation of Crimea in a special operation by Russian special forces. The politician was a strong and outspoken critic of Putin's policy on Ukraine.
Just hours earlier, Putin had declared 27 February a new 'professional holiday' for special operation soldiers in his armed forces and secret services.
Political analyst Sergey Parkhomenko alluding to this new holiday said that Nemtsov's killing was carefully planned and a 'present' for someone.
'There is a war going on here. If someone thinks otherwise... we're now living in a country that is fully-fledged in a war.'
'Nemtsov's murder is a terrible tragedy for Russia,' said ex-finance minister Alexei Kudrin, a Putin ally.
Britain has said it will follow closely investigations into the killing.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, said: 'I am shocked and sickened by the callous murder of Boris Nemtsov as he walked in the heart Moscow last night.
'This despicable act must be fully, rapidly and transparently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice.
'Boris Nemtsov was a man of courage and conviction. His life was dedicated to speaking up tirelessly for the Russian people, to demanding their right to democracy and liberty under the rule of law, and to an end to corruption.
'He did so without fear, and never gave in to intimidation. He was greatly admired in Britain, not least by his friend Lady Thatcher, who visited him in Russia and who would have been appalled by today's news. The courage of Nemtsov's life contrasts with the utter cowardice of his murder.
'I extend my condolences to Boris Nemtsov's family and friends. The Russian people have been deprived of a champion of their rights. Boris Nemtsov is dead. But the values he stood for will never die.'
US President Barack Obama has also condemned the 'brutal murder', the White House National Security Council said tonight on Twitter.
The White House called on the Russian government to conduct a 'prompt, impartial and transparent investigation' and to 'ensure those responsible are brought to justice.'
A man cries at the spot, where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead, near Saint-Basil's Cathedral, in the centre of Moscow
Hundreds of mourners have gathered to lay flowers and light candles at the spot Nemtsov was shot dead
People light candles and lay flowers at the site where Nemtsov was shot while walking across a bridge over the Moskva River
'SHOT 4 TIMES, ONCE FOR EACH CHILD HE LEAVES'
(Very little is said of his wife. Would she be a suspect. His wiki profile doesn't even mention her name. Neither do news articles I've seen. That's rather strange and gives a solid clue to the number of rounds fired. A man is running around with a 23 year old hottie. My first question is where's the Mrs.?)
Raisa Ahmetovna Nemtsova
Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and former chess champion Garry Kasparov last night tweeted: 'Devastated to hear of the brutal murder of my long-time opposition colleague Boris Nemtsov. Shot 4 times, once for each child he leaves.
'Boris's quality no longer fit Putin's Russia. He always believed Russia could change from inside without violence; after 2012, I disagreed.
'When we argued, Boris would tell me I was too hasty, that in Russia you had to live a long time to see change. Now he'll never see it. RIP.'
Journalist Anna Politkovskaya, also a critic of Putin, was shot dead in a lift in October 2006, and former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is thought to have been poisoned by Russians in London and died a month later.
Some also believe that Boris Berezovsky, the Russian oligarch and another critic of Putin, may have been murdered after he was found hanged in the bathroom of his Ascot home in March 2013.
A woman mourns for the loss of the former deputy prime minister and vocal critic of Vladimir Putin
Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev (centre) is shown the place where Nemtsov was killed in central Moscow
Police cars blocked the street where Nemtsov was shot, and an ambulance was also nearby
Obama said he met Nemtsov in Moscow in 2009 when the Russian was willing to 'share his candid views with me'.
'We offer our sincere condolences to his family and to the Russian people, who have lost one of the most dedicated and eloquent defenders of their rights,' he said.
Police cars blocked the street where Nemtsov was shot, and an ambulance was also nearby.
'Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in the back,' an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said.
Nemtsov, 55, first gained an international profile after being spotted by former British premier Margaret Thatcher as a future leader of Russia, and she praised his market reforms after visiting Nizhny Novgorod where as governor in the early 1990s he led spearheaded reforms.
Later he rose to become deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin, but he was always opposed as too Western and liberal by hardliners.
He had angered the government two years ago when he charged that billions of dollars had been stolen from funds designated for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, his home town.
He blamed 'Putin's friends' for the alleged embezzlement, which he described as 'a real threat to Russia's national security.'
Putin's former premier Mikhail Kasyanov, now an opposition leader, said: 'The comments are very easy: the bastards.
'They killed my friend in Moscow city centre, near the Kremlin wall.'
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Boris Nemtsov with Yulia Timoshenko and Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, January 23, 2005.
Was he a lady's man or sympathetic to the Ukrainian fascists?
Either one could be motive for murder.
|Posted by George Freund on February 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM|
Shockwaves are being felt all throughout Tinseltown today as federal authorities moved to arrest several who are accused of aiding and abetting a foreign terrorist organization by producing ISIS recruitment videos. It had long been suspected that the ISIS videos were produced from an outside source due to their above average production value, but no one had imagined an American production company could somehow be involved. That changed last night, when authorities moved in and raided Final Solution Productions, a production company off the famous intersection of Sunset and Vine. Authorities did not release the names of those arrested but did say six were arrested at the studio and two more at their homes in coordinated raids.
Final Solution Productions is listed as a finishing company on their Web site, and claim to have worked on projects in the live sports commercial world, including for clients such as Pepsi Cola, Anheuser-Busch, and Apple. It is not known at the time of publishing to what extent these companies were themselves involved with Final Solutions, if at all, or what specific role it played in finishing the ads. What is known is that Final Solution Productions was operating under this front while editing and producing the terrorist videos from their Hollywood studio. “Around 2300 hours last night, in conjunction with Office of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department, officers seized the assets at 42568 Vine St., arresting six individuals,” said FBI Special Agent Kendrick D. Williams from the LA division. “Two additional suspected were apprehended at their residence at that same time. All eight are being held as suspects in distributing and creating terrorist propaganda and are awaiting formal charges.”
Agent Williams is in charge of the Los Angeles intelligence office, and said agents were tipped off when they intercepted what appeared to be raw video elements being downloaded on computers in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. When asked, Mr. Williams would not elaborate how the government intercepted this material, but sources say it was a result of interrogation that first began from captured prisoners in Iraq. One source told us that authorities learned of video elements being sent via encrypted FTP servers to a producer “somewhere in the United States.” Tech experts tell us that once a server containing this media could be intercepted, it wouldn’t take long for someone with the right resources to be able to track the IP addresses of where it was ultimately being delivered, even if that IP addressed was masked by a torrent system. “Currently the FBI is investigating all other possible connections that Final Solution Productions may have had in the Hollywood production area,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “We do not believe Final Solution Productions acted alone, and are currently investigating its partners.”
For some time, authorities have been worried of so called “domestic terrorists” working for ISIS, and consider this a possible lead. Final Solution is believed to have worked with other studios and producers in Hollywood, some who, while not terrorists specifically, saw a profitable business and sought to gain from it. “It wouldn’t be the first time Hollywood has sold itself out for a price,” said Hollywood insider Hanna Strong. Strong has started the #shameonhollywood tag in part to raise awareness against those in Hollywood willing to sell out America for their own profits. The tag is seen as a public reminder to executives that Americans won’t stand for this behavior, and is currently trending. “Americans need to react to this story so that we don’t let a few money hungry people taint Hollywood,” continued Strong. “It’s up to us as consumers to let the executives know where we stand on terrorism.” Those arrested include the president of Final Solution Productions, his executive producer, editor, and coordinator.
|Posted by George Freund on February 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM|
TV host interrupts interview so cameras can focus on 'UFO' hovering over city
Television crew captured purple disc-shaped UFO hovering over Lima
Eyewitnesses said object was above the Peruvian city for two hours
Thousands have taken to social media to discuss what it could be
Some believe it is proof of aliens, others think it's a drone or plastic bag
Raelian movement claims the UFO is somehow linked to their initiative to persuade the Peruvian government to build an extraterrestrial embassy
By KEILIGH BAKER FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:25 GMT, 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:58 GMT, 25 February 2015
A television crew captured this astonishing footage which appears to show a purple disc-shaped UFO hovering about a city construction site.
The production crew in Lima, Peru, were filming a programme when they interrupted it in order to focus on what appears to be a 'UFO' hovering over the city.
The purple-colored disc-shaped object can be seen hovering in the sky near a construction site, but so far, there has been no official explanation for the object.
The purple-colored disc-shaped object (pictured) was spotted hovering in the sky in the city of Lima, in Peru
The unidentified purple object was seen above this construction site - it can be seen just under the crane
According to Peru This Week, television show 'Alto al Crimen' - an investigative program aimed at preventing high level crime - was shooting an episode in the upscale Miraflores district of Lima on February 10 when they spotted the unusual object.
The show's host, Lima Congressman Renzo Reggiardo, halted an interview in order to allow his camera operator to focus on the strange-looking purple object in the sky.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the object hovering over the city for up to two hours.
Thousands of people have taken to social media to discuss what they think the mysterious purple object is and the video has already been viewed more than 100,000 times.
The production crew in Lima, Peru, were filming a programme when they spotted what appears to be a 'UFO'
The Raelian movement, a UFO religion, are delighted by the spotting and claim the UFO is somehow linked to their initiative to persuade the Peruvian government to build an extraterrestrial embassy in the country
Some suggest it is a drone or kite or a hologram projected into the sky.
Other people believe it could be proof of extraterrestrial life, while one person said that they think it is a 'plastic bag'.
Adding more mystery to the UFO sighting are claims that the UFO is somehow linked to an initiative currently underway by the Raelian movement - a UFO religion - to persuade the Peruvian government to build an extraterrestrial embassy, reports The Examiner.
Erich Rever of the Peruvian Raelian Movement said: 'This UFO appeared right when we held a press conference to present our embassy project plan, which we have submitted to the Peruvian government.
'Peru must be dear to our extraterrestrial creators, who lived here in ancient times and left many traces, so we're asking the government for permission to build the embassy here.
'It's a wonderful opportunity for Peruvians to understand their past and, more importantly, to consider receiving our creators, the Elohim, who were taken for gods by our ancestors and now ask to be welcomed back.
'We're hoping the Peruvian government will receive their request loud and clear!'
The Peru chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) is investigating and says it is seeking more eyewitnesses who may have videotaped the purple aerial object from different vantage points.
Raëlism: The UFO religion
Raëlism, also known as Raelianism or the Raëlian movement, is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974.
The Raëlian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim.
Members of this species appeared human and when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans they made, they previously misinformed (on purpose) early humanity that they were angels, cherubim or gods.
Raëlians believe messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha,Jesus, and others who informed humans of each era.
|Posted by George Freund on February 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM|
By VIRGINIA HEFFERNAN FEB. 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the character Spock in the Star Trek television shows and films, died at 83. Video by Robin Lindsay on
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
For Leonard Nimoy, Spock’s Hold Made Reaching Escape Velocity Futile FEB. 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy at his 2010 one-person photography exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass.Leonard Nimoy Was Not (Only) SpockFEB. 27, 2015
His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”
Nimoy Explains Origin of Vulcan Greeting
As part of the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project, Leonard Nimoy explains the origin of the Vulcan hand signal used by Spock, his character in the Star Trek series. Video by Yiddish Book Center on Publish Date February 27, 2015. Photo by Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.
Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.
Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.
In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”
“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.
His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following — the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) — coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.
The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including — besides Mr. Nimoy — William Shatner (as Capt. James T. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).
When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast — including Zachary Quinto as Spock — he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.
He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. And he made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances — to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.
But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew, who was both one of the gang and a creature apart engaged at times in a lonely struggle with his warring racial halves.
In one of his most memorable “Star Trek” performances, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character — Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster — who is transformed by love.
In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed. Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth. In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock’s metamorphosis not only warmth, compassion and playfulness, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.
“I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declares after the spores’ effect has worn off and his emotions are again in check. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.”
Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. His father worked as a barber.
From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years. In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn’t until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, “Queen for a Day” and “Rhubarb.”
Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83 CreditJerry Mosey/Associated Press
He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” His first starring movie role came in 1952 with “Kid Monk Baroni,” in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.
Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.
He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cabdriver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Then came “Star Trek.”
Mr. Nimoy returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin, an affiliate of Antioch College in Ohio, in 1978. Antioch College later awarded Mr. Nimoy an honorary doctorate.
Mr. Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movies, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write. In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies. He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman. It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career — the other three were for his “Star Trek” work — although he never won.
Mr. Nimoy’s marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.
Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying. Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like “If I Had a Hammer.” (His first album was called “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”
From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Nimoy narrated the “Ancient Mysteries” series on the History Channel. He also appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for Priceline.com. He provided the voice for animated characters in “Transformers: The Movie,” in 1986, and “The Pagemaster,” in 1994.
In 2001 he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV. More recently, he had a recurring role on the science-fiction series “Fringe” and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well. The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.
He also found his voice as a writer. Besides his autobiographies, he published “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life” in 2002. Typical of Mr. Nimoy’s simple free verse are these lines: “In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me.”
In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in “Never Forget,” a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.
In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.
His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.
“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.
But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”
|Posted by George Freund on February 25, 2015 at 1:55 PM|
Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas
Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad, leaked spy cables show
Seumas Milne, Ewen MacAskill and Clayton Swisher
Monday 23 February 2015 18.06 GMT
Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a nuclear bomb was contradicted by his own secret service, according to a top-secret Mossad document.
It is part of a cache of hundreds of dossiers, files and cables from the world’s major intelligence services – one of the biggest spy leaks in recent times.
Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process.
But in a secret report shared with South Africa a few weeks later, Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The report highlights the gulf between the public claims and rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.
An extract from the document
An extract from the document Photograph: The Guardian
The disclosure comes as tensions between Israel and its staunchest ally, the US, have dramatically increased ahead of Netanyahu’s planned address to the US Congress on 3 March.
The White House fears the Israeli leader’s anticipated inflammatory rhetoric could damage sensitive negotiations between Tehran and the world’s six big powers over Iran’s nuclear programme. The deadline to agree on a framework is in late March, with the final settlement to come on 30 June. Netanyahu has vowed to block an agreement he claims would give Iran access to a nuclear weapons capability.
The US president, Barack Obama, will not meet Netanyahu during his visit, saying protocol precludes a meeting so close to next month’s general election in Israel.
The documents, almost all marked as confidential or top secret, span almost a decade of global intelligence traffic, from 2006 to December last year. It has been leaked to the al-Jazeera investigative unit and shared with the Guardian.
The papers include details of operations against al-Qaida, Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, but also the targeting of environmental activists.
The files reveal that:
• The CIA attempted to establish contact with Hamas in spite of a US ban.
• South Korean intelligence targeted the leader of Greenpeace.
• Barack Obama “threatened” the Palestinian president to withdraw a bid for recognition of Palestine at the UN.
• South African intelligence spied on Russia over a controversial $100m joint satellite deal.
The cache, which has been independently authenticated by the Guardian, mainly involves exchanges between South Africa’s intelligence agency and its counterparts around the world. It is not the entire volume of traffic but a selective leak.
One of the biggest hauls is from Mossad. But there are also documents from Russia’s FSB, which is responsible for counter-terrorism. Such leaks of Russian material are extremely rare.
Other spy agencies caught up in the trawl include those of the US, Britain, France, Jordan, the UAE, Oman and several African nations.
The scale of the leak, coming 20 months after US whistleblower Edward Snowden handed over tens of thousands of NSA and GCHQ documents to the Guardian, highlights the increasing inability of intelligence agencies to keep their secrets secure.
While the Snowden trove revealed the scale of technological surveillance, the latest spy cables deal with espionage at street level – known to the intelligence agencies as human intelligence, or “humint”. They include surveillance reports, inter-agency information trading, disinformation and backbiting, as well as evidence of infiltration, theft and blackmail.
The leaks show how Africa is becoming increasingly important for global espionage, with the US and other western states building up their presence on the continent and China expanding its economic influence. One serving intelligence officer told the Guardian: “South Africa is the El Dorado of espionage.”
Africa has also become caught up in the US, Israeli and British covert global campaigns to stem the spread of Iranian influence, tighten sanctions and block its nuclear programme.
The Mossad briefing about Iran’s nuclear programme in 2012 was in stark contrast to the alarmist tone set by Netanyahu, who has long presented the Iranian nuclear programme as an existential threat to Israel and a huge risk to world security. The Israeli prime minister told the UN: “By next spring, at most by next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move[d] on to the final stage. From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.”
He said his information was not based on secret information or military intelligence but International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports.
Behind the scenes, Mossad took a different view. In a report shared with South African spies on 22 October 2012 – but likely written earlier – it conceded that Iran was “working to close gaps in areas that appear legitimate, such as enrichment reactors, which will reduce the time required to produce weapons from the time the instruction is actually given”.
But the report also states that Iran “does not appear to be ready” to enrich uranium to the higher levels necessary for nuclear weapons. To build a bomb requires enrichment to 90%. Mossad estimated that Iran then had “about 100kg of material enriched to 20%” (which was later diluted or converted under the terms of the 2013 Geneva agreement). Iran has always said it is developing a nuclear programme for civilian energy purposes.
Last week, Netanyahu’s office repeated the claim that “Iran is closer than ever today to obtaining enriched material for a nuclear bomb” in a statement in response to an IAEA report.
A senior Israeli government official said there was no contradiction between Netanyahu’s statements on the Iranian nuclear threat and “the quotes in your story – allegedly from Israeli intelligence”. Both the prime minister and Mossad said Iran was enriching uranium in order to produce weapons, he added.
“Israel believes the proposed nuclear deal with Iran is a bad deal, for it enables the world’s foremost terror state to create capabilities to produce the elements necessary for a nuclear bomb,” he said.
However, Mossad had been at odds with Netanyahu on Iran before. The former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who left office in December 2010, let it be known that he had opposed an order from Netanyahu to prepare a military attack on Iran.
Other members of Israel’s security establishment were riled by Netanyahu’s rhetoric on the Iranian nuclear threat and his advocacy of military confrontation. In April 2012, a former head of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, accused Netanyahu of “messianic” political leadership for pressing for military action, saying he and the then defence minister, Ehud Barak, were misleading the public on the Iran issue. Benny Gantz, the Israeli military chief of staff, said decisions on tackling Iran “must be made carefully, out of historic responsibility but without hysteria”.
There were also suspicions in Washington that Netanyahu was seeking to bounce Obama into taking a more hawkish line on Iran.
A few days before Netanyahu’s speech to the UN, the then US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, accused the Israeli prime minister of trying to force the US into a corner. “The fact is … presidents of the United States, prime ministers of Israel or any other country … don’t have, you know, a bunch of little red lines that determine their decisions,” he said.
“What they have are facts that are presented to them about what a country is up to, and then they weigh what kind of action is needed in order to deal with that situation. I mean, that’s the real world. Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner.”
|Posted by George Freund on February 24, 2015 at 8:50 AM|
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/23/2015 22:25 -0500
Submitted by Ethan Rosen via BellingCat.com,
The South China Sea contains some of the planet’s most disputed territory. Six countries - China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Brunei - are squaring off as they compete over the rights to the sea.
The dispute centers on the contested Spratly Island Chain, a hodgepodge of small islands and submerged reefs which lie near the center of the South China Sea. All but Brunei have built military outposts in the Spratlys, and all of these countries minus China have built military airstrips on the islands. China, which arrived late to the Spratly land-grab, was left to occupy eight fully and semi-submerged reefs. With such little land to build upon, China has been playing catch up ever since.
Over the past year, China’s Spratly outposts have been systematically undergoing a process known as “land reclamation,” where dedicated dredging vessels dig up sediment from the sea and dump it on top of submerged reefs to make islands. China has already built five islands through reclamation, and at least two additional islands are in the early stages of development. China is not the first claimant to reclaim land – Malaysia’s Swallow Reef and several Vietnamese islands have been artificially built or extended – but China’s reclamation efforts are operating at a larger scale than any previous project. Already, the artificial island built on Fiery Cross Reef has eclipsed Taiwan’s Taiping Island as the largest in the Spratly Chain, and buildings are under development on several other Chinese reefs. As their new military outposts become operational, it is imperative that we understand just what China is building in the South China Sea.
Fiery Cross Reef
Fiery Cross Reef (also known as Yongshu Island) was completely underwater until August 2014, when Chinese dredgers began to dig up the surrounding sediment. Before construction began, the Chinese presence consisted of a single concrete bunker on the reef’s southwest end, but this island has since become the largest in the Spratly chain, measuring nearly 2.3 km². The new island includes a nearly two-mile long strip of land that appears to be the future site of an airfield.
Between November 2014 and January 2015, the southwest of the reef was reclaimed, connecting the airfield with the original concrete structure and enlarging the total land mass of the reef. Dredging activity has not ceased, and land is still being reclaimed. Recent photographs released by Philippine media show that foundations in development for a large scale construction project on the northeast of the island.
Johnson South Reef
Johnson South Reef has undergone one of the most extraordinary transformations of any Spratly feature. Photographs released by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs show that land reclamation began in early 2014, and new photographs indicate that reclamation is still ongoing.
In early September 2014, nearly simultaneous reports released by IHS Janes and the BBC revealed the beginnings of a large construction project. It is unclear exactly when this construction began, but photographs taken in early December of 2014 clearly show a sizable building, possibly as high as ten stories, under construction on the newly developed island.
The photographs taken and released by Vietnam’s Thanh Nien News agency show a number of construction sites under development, including what may be an air traffic control center. Philippine media has claimed that Johnson South Reef will one day contain an airstrip, but current photographs fail to backup this claim.The reef’s area is roughly 6 km², and the island itself is approximately .16 km², which leaves ample room for further reclamation.
Cuarteron Reef is both China’s southernmost and westernmost outpost in the Spratly chain. Land reclamation on the reef appears to have started in March 2014. As of January 2015, China has built between .3 and .4 km² of new land. The newly built island is home to a seawall, a small military outpost, a helicopter pad, an artificial harbor, and a dock. Satellite photographs show ongoing construction projects, however photographs are not clear enough to make out what is being built.
The Gaven Reefs are home to a mid-scale land reclamation project that has produced an artificial island approximately .08 km². Between June and August 2014, this island expanded from one small outpost into the buttressed island that exists today. Photos show that the new island contains barracks for construction workers and military personnel, shipping containers used as temporary shelters, an artificial harbor, and anti-aircraft weaponry. A report from IHS Janes indicates that this island contains both radar equipment and anti-ship missiles.
Land reclamation on Hughes Reef appears to have begun in March 2014. Satellite photographs suggest that construction is ongoing on the newly built island. Reports indicate that the new island is home to a lighthouse and a military outpost.
Subi Reef, China’s northernmost outpost in the South China Sea, is the most recent subject of land reclamation. Satellite photographs from early February, 2015 show a significant presence of dredgers working two separate points on the southeast and the southwest of the reef. Dredging at Subi Reef first appeared in satellite photographs taken on January 26, 2015, which showed that two dredging ships had begun work on Subi Reef’s southwest end. Prior to the start of land reclamation, Subi reef contained a helicopter pad and a small concrete outpost used to house visiting troops.
Mischief Reef is China’s easternmost outpost in the Spratly chain. Satellite photographs from the end of January indicate that land reclamation has just begun. These photographs show a presence of dredging vessels on the southern end of the island, as well as the addition of new land separate from an existing concrete structure. Mischief Reef is less than 200 miles from the Philippine island of Palawan (less than 150 miles from some points), thus putting the reef well within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone. Predictably, the start of reclamation at Mischief Reef has been met with significant protest from the Philippines.
Eldad Reef is home to a naturally occurring teardrop-shaped sandbar on its north end. The sandbar’s size and shape remained consistent in photographs taken between January 2012 and November 2013. More recent photographs, show a slight increase in size of the sandbar, indicating that there may be a low-level reclamation project underway on Eldad reef. These photographs fail to capture dredging vessels and may simply be showing naturally occurring changes, however Philippine intelligence and media claimthat Eldad Reef is in fact a current target of Chinese land reclamation. The situation on Eldad is ambiguous, and we should continue to watch the reef for signs of reclamation.
Based on satellite photographs and intelligence reports, it is clear that China is currently reclaiming land on at least seven of its eight reefs — Fiery Cross, Johnson South, Gaven, Hughes, Cuarteron, Subi, and Mischief — and that reclamation may have also begun on Eldad Reef. Reclamation on Johnson South, Gaven, Hughes, and Cuarteron Reefs started in early 2014, reclamation of Fiery Cross Reef began in August 2014, and reclamation on Subi and Mischief Reefs started in late January 2015. Land reclamation on Eldad reef may have started in December 2014.
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Photographs indicate that massive construction projects are underway on the newly build islands at Fiery Cross and Johnson South Reefs, while less extensive but still serious construction is ondoing at Hughes, Gaven, and Cuarteron Reefs. Given the extent to which future control over the shipping lanes of the South China Sea will impact the global balance of power, China’s island construction is worthy of our attention.
|Posted by George Freund on February 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM|
Digging tools and generator found at tunnel near Rexall Centre and York University campus
By Sarah Bridge, John Lancaster, CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2015 5:02 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 23, 2015 11:04 PM ET
National security officials have been notified that an underground tunnel was discovered near a venue for this summer's Pan Am Games in Toronto, CBC News has learned.
The tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto's Rexall Centre and York University's Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2½ metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced.
The reinforced tunnel was found near York University and the Rexall Centre, a venue for the Pan Am Games. (CBC)
Sources told CBC News that the tunnel was filled in by authorities.
A Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee reportedly found the tunnel while walking near the TRCA headquarters at 5 Shoreham Dr. in mid-January. The employee, who was carrying out day-to-day activities, noticed a piece of corrugated steel in the woods, and when it was lifted, the tunnel could be seen about three metres down.
The TRCA told CBC News on Monday that it is aware of a police investigation.
Authorities have essentially ruled out the possibility that the tunnel was going to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow-op, according to sources. It likely took weeks if not longer to dig, and the earth excavated from the tunnel appears to have been removed from the site to help avoid detection.
Toronto police have refused to comment on the mystery tunnel, but are expected to hold a press conference about it Tuesday.
Tennis Canada, which operates in the Rexall Centre, is co-operating with the police investigation, a spokesperson said.
The Rexall Centre, Canada's national tennis facility, is set to be a tennis venue for this summer's Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games.
CBC News has learned that investigators visited the Tennis Canada site a few weeks ago and spoke with grounds crew at that time. While investigators were on site, there was also a police presence in the woods nearby.
The tunnel, marked above with a red circle, is adjacent to the Rexall Centre, Canada's national tennis facility. (CBC)
The former assistant director of intelligence at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said the discovery raises some important questions.
"First and foremost is the question around the context of the tunnel — where it is positioned? How deep was it? How accessible was it? And what sort of things could be sent through that tunnel, being people or material," Ray Boisvert said.
A hole in this fence, which has since been fixed, led to the mystery tunnel. (John Lancaster/CBC)
Boisvert said that the tunnel's proximity to the Rexall Centre could be a concern for those involved in security for the Games.
"I would think that they would want to have some level of assurance that this was not targeting the Games or targeting any other facility around there," he said.
"I would want to be able to have some sense that we know what the purpose of that particular tunnel was and who was likely — if not who, precisely — was behind it."
The Ontario Provincial Police, which is leading the Integrated Security Unit for the games, told CBC News that it was unable to comment on the tunnel, as it was "a matter for York
University and the Toronto Police Service."
On Monday, the university referred questions about the tunnel to the Toronto police.
No one has come forward to claim the digging tools and generator found at the tunnel or offer any explanation for its existence.
CBC News has confirmed employees at several area gas stations were asked if anyone had been filling up gas cans recently, in order to refuel the generator.
So far, no suspects have been identified.
If I was to hazard an opinion, I'd say this has nothing to do with the Pan American Games. The police were thinking it could be a storage area for explosives. There is significant construction going on in the area in recent years. Due to the proximity to the old Downsview air base, my speculation is our convicted sex offender Air Force killer Russell Williams may have been looking to store another asset from the York University area - WOMEN! I'm sure he wasn't the only one.
|Posted by George Freund on February 23, 2015 at 12:35 PM|
February 23, 2015
by Nick Rose
Somali terrorist group Al-Shabaab is calling on jihadis in the West to target North America's largest shopping center, the West Edmonton Mall.
The call to arms comes towards the end of a 76-minute video posted on YouTube that shows a masked man boasting about the group's 2013 machine gun and grenade attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which left 67 dead and 175 wounded. The massacre's perpetrators said it was retaliation for Kenyan and Western intervention in Somalia.
"We call upon our Muslim brothers, particularly those in the West, to answer the call of Allah and target the disbelievers wherever they are," the man in the video says in accented English.
"If just a handful of Mujahadeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated Mujaheddin in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world. What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada?"
West Edmonton Mall food court, photo via Wikimedia Commons.
The Edmonton mall, which attracts over 30 million visitors every year and, like the Mall of America, is owned by Canada's Ghermezian family who are of Iranian-Jewish origin, issued a press statement Sunday saying that it was "aware of the video" and would continue to "monitor events with the help of federal and local law enforcement agencies." The mall says it has also beefed up security and implemented "extra security precautions; some may be noticeable to guests, and others won't be."
Edmonton Police Services also issued a press release Sunday saying that they are working in concert with the RCMP and "other policing agencies and federal authorities" to investigate the video.
Al-Shabaab, which is Arabic for "The Youth," has close ties with Al-Qaeda and has already been labelled a terrorist organization and a "serious security threat to Canada" by CSIS. The intelligence agency cites a growing number of young Canadians being lured to Somalia for "terrorist training and to engage in violent jihad."
This isn't the first time that Al-Shabaab has called for attacks on Canadian soil. In 2011, the National Post reported the release of an audiotape recorded by an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber urging young Muslims to "do jihad in Canada" and not "just sit around and be a couch potato and just chill all day."
Edmonton Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson insists that despite threatening tone of the Al-Shabaab video and the specific mention of the West Edmonton Mall, "there is no imminent threat to Edmonton, Canada, or its citizens."
U.S. officials are using slightly stronger language to describe the terror threat.
Homeland Security official Jeh C. Johnson told CNN on Sunday that those going to the Mall of America should be "particularly careful."
|Posted by George Freund on February 23, 2015 at 12:20 PM|
(Your News Wire) Hidden in plain sight. Hitler fled to Argentina and all of the details are available to view on the FBI’s own website: fbi.gov
Red Flag News reports:
Newly declassified FBI documents prove that the government knew Hitler was alive and well, and living in the Andes Mountains long after World War II.
On April 30 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker. His body was later discovered and identified by the Soviets before being rushed back to Russia. Is it really possible that the Soviets have been lying all this time, and that history has purposely been rewritten?
No one thought so until the release of the FBI documents. It seems that it is possible that the most hated man in history escaped war torn Germany and lived a bucolic and peaceful life in the beautiful foothills of the Andes Mountains.
The Intelligence Community Knew.
Recently released FBI documents are beginning to show that not only was Hitler and Eva Braun’s suicide faked, the infamous pair might have had help from the director of the OSS himself, Allen Dulles.
In one FBI document from Los Angles, it is revealed that the agency was well aware of a mysterious submarine making its way up the Argentinian coast dropping off high level Nazi officials. What is even more astonishing is the fact that the FBI knew he was in fact living in the foothills of the Andes.
Who is the Mysterious Informant?
In a Los Angeles letter to the Bureau in August of 1945, an unidentified informant agreed to exchange information for political asylum. What he told agents was stunning.
The informant not only knew Hitler was in Argentina, he was one of the confirmed four men who had met the German submarine. Apparently, two submarines had landed on the Argentinian coast, and Hitler with Eva Braun was on board the second.
The Argentinian government not only welcomed the former German dictator, but also aided in his hiding. The informant went on to not only give detailed directions to the villages that Hitler and his party had passed through, but also credible physical details concerning Hitler.
While for obvious reasons the informant is never named in the FBI papers, he was credible enough to be believed by some agents.
The FBI Tried to Hide Hitler’s Whereabouts.
Even with a detailed physical description and directions the FBI still did not follow up on these new leads. Even with evidence placing the German sub U-530 on the Argentinian coast shortly before finally surrounding, and plenty of eye witness accounts of German official being dropped off, no one investigated.
Even More Evidence is Found:
Along with the FBI documents detailing an eye witness account of Hitler’s whereabouts in Argentina, more evidence is coming to light to help prove that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun did not die in that bunker.
In 1945, the Naval Attaché in Buenos Aires informed Washington there was a high probability that Hitler and Eva Braun had just arrived in Argentina. This coincides with the sightings of the submarine U-530. Added proof comes in the form of newspaper articles detailing the construction of a Bavarian styled mansion in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Further proof comes in the form of architect Alejandro Bustillo who wrote about his design and construction of Hitler’s new home which was financed by earlier wealthy German immigrants.
Irrefutable Evidence that Hitler Escaped:
Perhaps the most damming evidence that Hitler did survive the fall of Germany lies in Russia. With the Soviet occupation of Germany, Hitler’s supposed remains were quickly hidden and sent off to Russia, never to be seen again. That is until 2009, when an archeologist from Connecticut State, Nicholas Bellatoni was allowed to perform DNA testing on one of the skull fragments recovered.
What he discovered set off a reaction through the intelligence and scholarly communities. Not only did the DNA not match any recorded samples thought to be Hitler’s, they did not match Eva Braun’s familiar DNA either. So the question is, what did the Soviets discover in the bunker, and where is Hitler?
Even former general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote to Washington.
It was not only General Eisenhower who was concerned over Hitler’s compete disappearance, Stalin also expressed his concerns. In 1945, the Stars and Stripes newspaper quoted then General Eisenhower as believing that the real possibility existed of Hitler living safely and comfortably in Argentina.
Is it Possible?
With all of the new found evidence coming to light, it is possible and even likely that not only did Hitler escape from Germany; he had the help of the international intelligence community. Released FBI documents prove that they were not only aware of Hitler’s presence in Argentina; they were also helping to cover it up.
It would not be the first time the OSS helped a high ranking Nazi official to escape punishment and capture. Look at the story of Adolf Eichmann who was located in Argentina in the 1960’s.
Did Hitler escape to Argentina? The answer is yes.
Source: Your News Wire
|Posted by George Freund on February 23, 2015 at 9:45 AM|
I feel this is too large for a 'seagull' drone. The triangle shape resembles the Manitoba crash item.
The mystery 'triangular' object (top right) was caught on camera hovering above Summerleaze Beach in Bude, Cornwall, and many believe it could have been a UFO, drone, RAF fighter jet or remote-controlled plane
Mystery 'triangular' object spotted above popular beach in Bude, Cornwall
Photo shows three-pointed object hovering above beach in seaside resort
Many suggested UFO could be drone or fighter jet sent to intercept planes
It has been claimed that it could have been a giant radio-controlled seagull
By EMMA GLANFIELD FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 14:20 GMT, 22 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:12 GMT, 22 February 2015
A UFO spotted hovering above a popular beach has sparked mystery in a seaside resort.
The unidentified object was caught on camera flying over Summerleaze Beach in Bude, Cornwall, and has prompted people to take to social media in their droves in an attempt to decipher its origin.
The three-pointed object has been touted as an alien UFO, a drone and even a Russian bomber plane after it was photographed last week.
The object has caused confusion among Cornish residents, with many unsure as to what the object could be. The photo was sent to the Cornwall UFO Research Group, which receives about 40 to 45 sightings every year
However, it has now been claimed the mystery object was a radio-controlled seagull, which was fitted with a camera before being flown through the skies.
The great UFO mystery began on Thursday when David Gillham, of Cornwall UFO Research Group, posted a photo on his Facebook page of the object.
He accompanied the picture with the caption: 'Just received this photo 2 of 2 from a person in Bude. Any ideas what this object could be?
'Taken at Summerleaze Beach, Bude, N Cornwall 17th February 2015. Looks triangular....but I have no idea what it is? The second sighting I have witnessed around N Cornwall in two weeks.'
In a post just days earlier, he uploaded an image of a snowy field with a dark, unusual-looking object hovering in the sky above.
He captioned the photograph: 'Just received this photo 1 of 2 from a person in Bude. Taken at Davidstow, N Cornwall 3 February 2015.'
He said both of the photographs were sent to him by a resident of Bude, who didn't notice the objects when he took the photos and only realised they were in the frame when he downloaded them to his computer.
The posts were greeted with dozens of responses who claimed the objects could be a drone or one of the RAF fighter jet's which were sent to intercept two Russian Bear bombers off the coast of Cornwall last week.
Mr Gillham also received this photo via his Cornwall UFO Research Group, which was taken by a resident of Bude. He said he could not decipher what the dark object was situated in the top right hand-side of the frame
He said he had tried to zoom in on the object but had only managed to see a dark object due to the resolution
The bizarre object sparked mystery for days until Van Johnive claimed the object was in fact his uncle's remote-controlled seagull.
He told the Cornish Guardian: 'I can confirm that the "UFO" in the photo was my great uncle's Seagull RC Plane with a camera.
'The photos are of before and during flight of the Seagull before we crashed it upon landing on the cliff.
'Please apologise for the confusion for us. Thanks.'
The lightweight model 'aircraft' is inspired by a seagull – complete with lifelike features and colourings – and is operated with an aerial and radio.
It is not known whether it was being used for fun or as a deterrent to other birds of prey in the area.
It has also not been confirmed by any experts whether it was in fact the 'seagull' which was the UFO in the photographs.
The supposed revelation sparked surprise online, with many finding it rather amusing.
Jade Louise Ullrich wrote: 'So funny. The councils should get a load of these and use them outside food establishments to stop us getting attacked.'
While Lesley Hands added: 'Brilliant! If only all of life's mysteries were solved so easily.'
However, Mr Gillham said he was still rather dubious that the object was the remote-controlled seagull and not something more sinister, such as aliens.
He told MailOnline: 'I don't know whether it is that. One of the problems with the photo is that it was taken on a low resolution phone. I've tried to zoom in but all I get is a pixelated image.
'I did notice that in the top left-hand side there was a very bright area, a white light.
'One of things you've got to try and work out is the distance from the camera, where the object was seen.
'It's hard to judge because it's over the sea and the camera is quite far away but it seems a bit big to me to be a model seagull.'
Mr Gillham said he had never come across remote or radio-controlled seagulls before.
He said: 'It's the first time I've ever seen one, it seems he has some pretty hefty gear to fly it with.
'If the resolution was a lot better, I could've zoomed in and actually seen what it was but when I zoomed in you could just see black.'
In 2011, this 'UFO' was caught on camera flying through the sky at Trenarren near St Austell, Cornwall. The image was taken by a walker who only noticed the mystery object upon downloading his photos to his laptop
This photo by Michael Potter last year appeared to show a mysterious flash of light (left) above the seaside resort of Mount's Bay. It was never determined what the UFO actually was, but it may have been a meteor
It is not the first time mysterious objects have been spotted above the county and the Cornwall UFO Research Group claims the region has more paranormal activity than anywhere else in Britain.
Mr Gillham said he gets about 40 to 45 sightings every year and said they often 'come in waves'.
Last year, amateur photographer Michael Potter captured a 'mysterious object' flashing across the sky as he photographed cloud formations above the seaside resort of Mount's Bay.
The grandfather's erie photograph showed an unexplained flash of light streaking across the sky and he spent weeks puzzling over the identity of the UFO, which he initially thought was the result of a problem with his camera.
The object, which appeared to have a triangular shape, appeared in the so-called 'UFO Triangle', an area off the Cornwall coast where spooky sightings are common.
However, while its exact existence was never determined, sceptics suggested that it was likely to be a meteor burning up in the sky as it shot towards Earth.
And in 2011, a 'UFO' was caught on camera flying through the sky at Trenarren near St Austell, Cornwall.
The image was captured by a walker who didn't notice it in his photograph until he downloaded it to his computer hours later.
Mr Gillham, who founded Cornwall UFO Research Group in 1995, said at the time: 'The person who took the photo never saw anything in the area while taking the photo.
'It was only when he got home and downloaded it onto his computer that he saw an object - a disc shaped craft, hovering just above the sea.
'There appear to be two trails of water beneath the object which looks as though they are falling from it in to the sea.
'It could be that the object has just emerged from the sea.'
Mr Gillham could not shed any further light on the origins of the object, which left many scratching their heads for an explanation.
However, some people pointed out that it could have been a seagull during mid-flight and Mr Gillham himself also said that RNAS Culdrose confirmed to him that it was a seagull.