By William Saunderson-Meyer
This is a big month for UFO fans. No, not the metalhead followers of the English hard rock group of the same acronym. One’s talking here about the airheads who believe in Unidentified Flying Objects.
First, July 2 was International UFO day. Then Google released a doodle to mark the 66th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, in which aliens were supposedly killed in a spacecraft crash outside the New Mexico town of Roswell. Finally, the British National Archives has released the final tranche of all Ministry of Defence (MOD) documents dealing with UFOs.
There are now some 52 000 pages accessible online, running from 1967 when ‘defence’ reasons the military’s UFO Desk was established, through to 2009 when it was shut down. The final tranche is free for download until the end of the month.
The reason for the release of the policy documents, sightings reports, official investigations, and public correspondence is simply that while not every UFO sighting can be disproved, the MOD had concluded after almost 50 years that there was not a shred of evidence of close encounters of the alien kind. The UFO Desk was simply a waste of manpower and money.
As an MOD official in 2008 wrote in reply to yet another conspiracy theorist: ‘There has been speculation that the decision to release the [MOD’s] UFO files is part of an international agreement to prepare the world’s population for the news that aliens are amongst us. I am afraid [this] is pure fantasy.’
The picture that emerges from the reams of documents is certainly not of a secretive government desperately hushing up the arrival ot ET. Rather, it’s of a military bureaucracy at great pains to be punctiliously correct towards inquirers who are gullible and nutty in equal measure.. . .
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