Fact check: Image shows underground cloning facilities disclosed by a Dulce base security officer.

The context:

An image showing human-like bodies in transparent capsules has been shared on Facebook with the claim that human clones are being made in an underground cloning facility. The post points out that a Dulce base security officer named Thomas Costello leaked this image to the public. This claim has been making the rounds on various social media platforms for over a decade. However, there is no supporting evidence.

In reality:

Dulce is a U.S. Census Designated Place (CDP) in New Mexico. The Dulce Base is a conspiracy theory known since the 1930s that claims an underground facility is involved in activities jointly controlled by humans and extraterrestrials.

Using reverse image search, we traced the image in question to a video on the “WatchMeWork202” YouTube channel, posted July 26, 2021. The video is captioned “Talila’s Cloning ~ The 6th Day (2000) “. YouTube channel “Movieclips” has a similar video with the caption “The 6th Day (2000) – Cloning Tank Fight Scene (8/10)”, posted September 30, 2021. The description box reads: “Gibson ( Arnold Schwarzenegger) is hiding in a cloning tank. In both videos we can see similar images of humanoid shapes in transparent chambers.

The 6th Day is a 2000 English-language science fiction action film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport and Robert Duvall. The description of the film on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) reads: “A man encounters a clone of himself and falls into a great conspiracy about the clones taking over the world.” The film’s script description reads, “In the near future, cloning is now technically advanced, but human cloning is still illegal. Adam Gibson (Schwarzenegger) returns home after working with his friend Hank Morgan (Rapaport ), to find a clone of himself with his family.

In 2019, the Discovery Channel did a report on the Dulce base theory, which described it as a secret underground alien base. Conspiracy theorists believe there is a seven-story complex beneath Dulce that “houses human-animal hybrids, human-alien hybrids, and extremely advanced technology.” They also imply that it is an “alien wars site”. He adds that in the late 1990s, UFO activity was reportedly observed at the base.

The Facebook post claims that Thomas Costello and his family are missing and declared dead to the public. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not record Thomas Costello in its disappearance/abduction files. No search results for this story appear on the US Department of Defense website. Additionally, there is no information in the public domain or any official reference to the alleged security guard who issued the alert.

The verdict:

The widely shared image is from the movie The 6th Day. There is no evidence that an underground human-alien base exists in Dulce. The story of Dulce’s base cloning is a well-established conspiracy theory. We have therefore marked this claim as false.

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