July 15, 2012 - UK‚Äôs National Archives published 6,785 pages on Thursday, July 12 from Ministry of Defence documents related to UFOs and extraterrestrials. This latest release is the ninth batch of UFO files
to be released by the archives since 2008. Former Ministry of Defence (MoD) official UFO investigator Nick Pope
told the Telegraph that this latest batch of released files is ‚Äúabsolutely fascinating‚ÄĚ and it ‚Äúcontains a huge mixture of material that will be of great interest to anyone fascinated with UFOs.‚ÄĚ
Twenty-five files make up these 6,785 pages, and the National Archives explains, ‚ÄúTopics include UFO policy, Parliamentary Questions, media issues, public correspondence, and UFO sighting reports.‚ÄĚ The files include many interesting UFO sightings submitted to the MoD‚Äďsome by pilots, police, and military officials. In case you don‚Äôt have the time or desire to read through 6,785 pages of documents, here are five highlights from the latest release:
MoD‚Äôs UFO Desk.
This latest release of files includes information about the Ministry of Defence‚Äôs ‚ÄúUFO desk.‚ÄĚ Although many media outlets are reacting like this is the first mention of this post within the MoD, the UFO desk has been public knowledge for quite some time. Nick Pope, who is quoted in nearly every article related to UFOs in the UK, ran the MoD‚Äôs UFO desk from 1991 to 1994. However, the recently released information related to the UFO desk is mildly interesting. Documents
detail the duties of the UFO desk officer, and the actual internal job posting for the position is in the files as well.
The need for a full UFO study.
A document contains a 1995 briefing by a UFO desk officer who cited the need for a ‚Äúfull study of UFO data as national security implications have never been properly assessed.‚ÄĚ The officer states in the briefing, ‚ÄúThe national security implications are considerable. We have many reports of strange objects in the skies and we have never investigated them.‚ÄĚ
MoD officer suggests capturing a UFO to gain its technology.
In the briefing document mentioned above, this same UFO desk officer suggests capturing UFO technology for UK use. The officer states, ‚ÄúIf reports are taken at face value then devices exist that do not use
conventional reaction propulsion systems, they have a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy. I suggest that we could use this technology, if it exists.‚ÄĚ
Keeping tabs on ufologists.
The files contain a copy of a 1996 Parliamentary Question from Martin Redmond
MP asking if MI6 and GCHQ monitors UFO investigations, or keeps tabs on ufologists. The National Archives summarizes the response contained in the files, explaining that a background briefing says ‚Äúneither agency in fact undertakes such activity, though GCHQ cannot rule out the possibility‚ÄĚ they had monitored ‚Äúin other contexts individuals who have made a study of UFOs.‚ÄĚ
Tony Blair‚Äôs UFO briefing.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair
was briefed on UFO documents. As the Metro explains, the MoD documents show ‚Äúthe former Labour leader was apparently concerned about information on the unidentified objects being released to the public, as a result of the impending Freedom of Information Act, so decided to find out what facts existed.‚ÄĚ This came after author and researcher Nick Redfern urged him to ‚Äúconsider making available for public scrutiny all of the many and varied UFO reports compiled by the government.‚ÄĚ
The MoD UFO files will be available on the National Archives website soon, but for now, you can access them on the Telegraph‚Äės website.