Staying out of the CGI argument for the moment - and yes, the probability it's fake is approaching 100%, but I'm curious about something:
Why is it that everyone keeps referring to the lightning bolt as "an attack!" or a "strike" on the FBI building? Even if the hoaxer was
attempting to weave a little mischief, including a barely plausible background story (theater manager, parking lot vandals, FBI bldng., etc.) how is
that the vast majority of posters here interpret the lightning effect (whether real or part of a hoax) as an "attack"?
Where is there the slightest hint of hostile intent here?
Many long-term ATS readers are familiar with the many types of UFO craft and their peculiar idiosyncrasies. One of which is the notion that some
UFO's have been reported to fly over power lines and electric generating and substation facilities, seemingly to draw power or extract electrical
current from the facility.
Just a thought-experiment here (being open-minded and all; wanting to examine - and perhaps discard - every possibility), but what if the UFO is not
'attacking' the FBI building at all? What if it is conducting some sort of energy transfer, ion exchange, or who-knows-what-else?
The 2-3 small globular light features rising up to the craft in the early segment of the video may have a correlation with the electrical discharge
that follows a few moments later. I'm merely postulating that there is no way (at least from my limited perspective) to determine if the discharge
is going down to the ground (or building) from the craft, heading upward to the craft, or, as someone suggested, started in the middle and moved
through to its extremities.
In any case, even if this were some not-so-elaborate CGI hoax, the answers to these questions may give us a clue to the mindset of the creator. Is
there a message in there? Whether we are believers, debunkers, disinformation agents, perpetrators or merely observers, I see no harm in trying to
gain a fuller understanding of the individual components and nuances of all facets of the case - even if it is just to comprehend "the Why?" of this
video coming before us.
Thank you, once again, my fellow ATS sharp-eyed observers and analyzers! CGI (likely) or not, you've given us all another pathway to examine this
fascinating subject. If nothing else, it keeps us talking about it.
And who knows - if we are able to successfully identify and understand videos that are NOT of a UFO, then one day we may also, finally, collectively,
rejoice in the identification and understanding of a real one.
For this reason alone, the task of doing so are profoundly worth it.
Thanks again for posting, OP123 - and let's all just keep looking up!