UFO Desk: Why MoD Shut Real-Life X-Files
The mystery behind the closure of the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk and hotline in 2009 has been solved with the release of declassified files.The Government shut down its UFO operations because they served "no defence purpose" and were taking staff away from "more valuable defence-related activities", according to 25 files from the National Archives.
Documents reveal 643 sightings were reported in 2009, treble the previous year and the second highest recorded since 1978 when 750 sightings were logged.They include accounts of alleged abductions, contact with aliens - including a person who claimed they'd been living with an alien - and UFO sightings near UK landmarks like the Houses of Parliament.
Despite these, in a briefing for then defence minister Bob Ainsworth in November 2009, Carl Mantell, of the RAF's Air Command, said in more than 50 years, "no UFO sighting reported to (MoD) has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the UK".The memo said there was "no defence benefit" in the recording, collating, analysis or investigation of the sightings, adding: "The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities."
Officials predicted a backlash from "ufologists" to the decision to close the UFO desk, and also noted that they had "deliberately avoided formal approaches to other governments on the issue" amid fears of "international collaboration and conspiracy".The files also revealed campaigns by ufologists for the Government to investigate sightings more thoroughly, with letters sent to senior ministers, former prime minister Gordon Brown and even the Queen, calling for more action.
After the closure, air traffic control centres and local police forces were advised to no longer refer UFO sightings to the MoD.An official MoD statement said: "The Ministry of Defence has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life."However, in over 50 years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.
"The MoD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings. There is no defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources.
"Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MoD resources from tasks that are relevant to defence."MoD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them."Sightings recorded in the documents, which cover the years 2007 to 2009, include:
:: A letter from a school child to the MoD asking for the truth about UFOs after she had seen some strange lights, and including a drawing of an alien in a UFO waving.
:: A report received via the UFO hotline by someone who had been "living with an alien" in Carlisle for some time, and one from a man from Cardiff who claimed a UFO abducted his dog, car and tent while he was camping with friends in 2007.
:: Sightings of UFOs over the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Blackpool Pier.
Nick Pope, who previously worked on the MoD's UFO desk, said: "I hope people have as much fun reading these real-life X-Files as I had working on them.
"These documents don't resolve the UFO mystery, but they certainly show how the phenomenon was just as intriguing to the Government as it is to the public.
"These are the real-life X-Files. Most UFO sightings had conventional explanations, but a small percentage remained unexplained.
"These included cases where UFOs were seen by police officers, chased by pilots and tracked on radar.
"Whatever you think about UFOs, the release of these files shines a light on one of the most intriguing subjects ever studied by the British Government".
The files include 4,400 pages and cover the work carried out in the final two years of the MoD's UFO desk, from late 2007 until November 2009.
Also contained in the files are briefings about possible reasons for the surge of UFO sighting reports.
The files suggest that it was believed the increase could be partly a result of the craze for releasing Chinese lanterns at weddings and public holidays.
More UFO Files Released. Source BBC
Intelligence papers on a reported UFO sighting known as the "Rendlesham incident" have gone missing, files from the National Archives reveal.
The missing files relate to a report of mysterious lights from US servicemen at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk in 1980.
The disappearance came to light with the release of 8,000 previously classified documents on UFOs.
Officials found a "huge" gap where defence intelligence files relating to the case should be, the papers show.
The files reveal that key documentation relating to the Rendlesham Forest incident has disappeared.
Some UFO researchers believe the episode, which happened over two nights in 1980 is a classic example of a "close encounter".
The files reveal the MoD received a request for its own records of the incident in 2000, but when officials looked they discovered a "huge" gap where defence intelligence files relating to it should be.
The hunt generated a series of notes, with one official speculating that the files could have been taken home by someone and another remarking that "it could be interpreted to mean that a deliberate attempt had been made to eradicate the records covering this incident".
However, among intelligence papers released in 2009, it was revealed that former Admiral of the Fleet Lord Hill-Norton wrote to the defence secretary about the incident in 1985, speculating that an unauthorised aircraft may have entered and left UK airspace at the time.
But it is not the only gap in the official record. In 2002 the MoD received a request for information from Lord Hill-Norton. He wanted to know about reports of a UFO sighting made by HMS Manchester while on exercise in the 1990s.
It emerged in the file that HMS Manchester's log for one of the periods was lost overboard after "a gust of wind" and the vessel's captain cannot remember anything unusual taking place. Really,how convienant..
UFO Cover-up by Winston Churchill in WW 11.Source various news media.
Winston Churchill ordered a cover up of a reported close encounter between an RAF aircraft and a UFO during the Second World War because it would create "mass panic", accordingly to newly-released files.The claim that the then Prime Minister ordered details of the unexplained incident over the East Coast be kept secret for 50 years was made by a scientist who said his grandfather was one of Churchill's bodyguards.The tale is told in newly declassified Ministry of Defence UFO files put online by the National Archives.
Allegations of the cover-up emerged when the man, from Leicester, wrote to the Government in 1999 trying to find out more about the incident.
He described how his grandfather, who served with the RAF in the war, was present when Churchill and US General Dwight Eisenhower discussed how to deal with the UFO encounter.
The wartime leader was in fact the first person to answer a question on the subject in Parliament when, as First Lord of the Admiralty, he was quizzed about an unusual sighting off Sheerness.It was in 1912 when everyone was getting nervous about the Germans.
"The question was about an unusual sighting off the coast and MPs wanted to know if it was a German zeppelin. The answer was 'Apparently not'. The mystery remains."
The man, who is not named in the files, said Churchill exclaimed: "This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic amongst the general population and destroy one's belief in the church."
The incident allegedly involved an RAF reconnaissance plane returning from a mission in France or Germany towards the end of the war.
In the Second World War, for instance, pilots from all sides reported unusual sightings, telling of unaccountable flashes of light and being followed by strange airborne objects.
"The Americans used to refer to them as 'fu fighters'," he says, "I think after a famous cartoon character and from where, I imagine, the rock band took their name.
"The US pilots used to talk about objects that circled them around during their flights, with flashing lights and changes of direction that did not fit in with possible enemy patterns. The British and the Germans also reported such sightings.
"It's hard not to wonder if something's out there.
Unexplained sheep attacks 'caused by aliens in UFOs', farmers claim. Source Telegraph Online
A series of bizarre incidents involving sheep in Shropshire have led to farmers’ claims that aliens are attacking their livestock.
Farmers near Shrewsbury claim to have witnessed sheep being “lasered” by unidentified light from UFOs.
They have linked the unexplained incidents, where sheep’s brains and eyes were removed, to the mysterious orange lights in the sky.
They have found sheep with “neat holes” while their brains and other internal organs were removed. Other animals have lost eyes or had their flesh “carefully stripped away”, usually on the left side.
Phil Hoyle, 53, who has spent almost a decade investigating how the livestock have died, said the UFOs were found to have roamed a 50-mile "corridor" between Shrewsbury and Powys.
Mr Hoyle and 15 members of the Animal Pathology Field Unit, claimed they witnessed UFOs at work last month while working during the night at a Welsh hill farm near Radnor Forest.
“The technology involved in these attacks is frightening,” he told The Sun.
“These lights and spheres are clearly not ours.
“They are built by technology and intelligence that's not from here.”
He added: “For a short while it looked more like a Star Wars battle.”
Next day he interviewed farmers and "all but one had some type of unusual disappearance of animals or deaths with strange injuries", he told the paper.
Mod to destroy UFO files
Britain's official UFO investigation unit and hotline were closed down at the start of December.
Since then reports of strange sights in the skies sent to the MoD have been kept for 30 days before being thrown out, the newly released policy document shows.
This stance was adopted so defence officials would not have to publish the information in response to freedom of information (FoI) requests or pass it to the National Archives.
The memo, dated November 11, 2009, sets out the MoD's reasons for shutting its UFO unit and ceasing to invite the public to send in details of sightings.
It notes that the number of reports the department received soared last year, taking up extra resources and diverting staff from ''more valuable'' defence-related activities.
The MoD recorded 634 UFO sightings in 2009, the second highest annual total after 1978, when there were 750, according to UFO expert Dr David Clarke.
This compares with an average of about 150 reports a year over the past decade.
The memo states: ''The dedicated UFO hotline answer phone service and e-mail address serve no defence purpose, and merely encourage the generation of correspondence of no defence value.
''Accordingly these facilities should be withdrawn as soon as possible.''
The official document covers what defence officials should do when they receive reports of UFOs in the future.
It says: ''Reported sightings received from other sources should be answered by a standard letter and... should be retained for 30 days and then destroyed, largely removing any future FoI liability and negating the need to release future files post-November 30 2009.''
The memo reveals that MoD chiefs made a point of not discussing their plans to close the UFO unit with other countries because of fears this could be perceived as part of a global cover-up.
It states: ''We have deliberately avoided formal approaches to other Governments on this issue.
''Such approaches would become public when the relevant UFO files are released, and would be viewed by 'ufologists' as evidence of international collaboration and conspiracy.''
But the document includes as an annex a printout from the US Department of Defence website explaining that the American government stopped collecting reports of UFO sightings in December 1969.
Dr Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, obtained the memo through an FoI request.
He said: ''This is the final rubber-stamping of the decision - they just want to totally wash their hands of the UFO business altogether.
''It's just been a millstone around their necks ever since the Cold War. They have decided that whatever they do, it reflects badly on them.''
The expert said the MoD's new policy on destroying UFO reports would make it much more difficult to uncover the truth about incidents in the future.
''It's like they're desperately trying to avoid having to answer FoI requests on this subject,'' he said.
''Even if something quite serious happened, perhaps where there was a near-miss with an airline, the MoD will say, 'we may have had a report on it, but we've destroyed it'.''
UFO alert: police officer sees aliens at crop circle.
A police officer contacted British UFO experts after seeing three aliens examining a freshly made crop circle near Avebury, Wiltshire.
The sergeant, who has not been named, was off-duty when he saw the figures standing in a field near Sudbury Hill, and stopped his car to investigate. However, as he approached the 'men' – all over 6ft tall with blond hair – he heard "the sound of static electricity" and the trio ran away ''faster than any man he had ever seen''. The officer returned to his home in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and contacted paranormal experts and told them he had spotted a UFO. Wiltshire Police has refused to comment on the incident, saying it is a ''personal matter'' for the officer involved. Crop circle researcher Andrew Russell, who is investigating the bizarre sighting on behalf of the officer, described the moment his sighting was made. He said: ''At first he thought they were forensic officers as they were dressed in white coveralls. He stopped his car and approached the field. ''The figures were all over 6ft and had blond hair. They seemed to be inspecting the crop. When he got to the edge of the field he heard what he believed to be a sound not dissimilar to static electricity.
''This crackling noise seemed to be running through the field and the crop was moving gently, close to where the noise was. ''He shouted to the figures who, at first, ignored him, not glancing at him. When he tried to enter the field they looked up and began running.
''He said; 'They ran faster than any man I have ever seen. I'm no slouch but they were moving so fast. I looked away for a second and when I looked back they were gone. ''I then got scared. The noise was still around but I got an uneasy feeling and headed for the car. For the rest of the day I had a pounding headache I couldn't shift.''
The bizarre incident occurred on the morning of July 6 this year as the police officer was driving. The officer claims the three figures were examining a crop circle, which had appeared several days earlier, when he stopped his car and began walking towards them.
However, the mysterious beings disappeared when he ''looked away for a second'' and he contacted UFO experts after witnessing other paranormal activity. A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: ''The police officer was apparently off duty when this happened so we have no comment to make because it is a personal not a police matter.''
Crop circle expert Colin Andrews, who investigated the incident alongside Andrew Russell, said he is ''convinced'' by the police officer's story. He said: ''I am quite convinced the officer had an experience that day and one that we have not fully explored. ''I think with the unusual movement of the being and the poltergeist experiences there is too much additional information to say that is something in nothing.''
1300+ Pages Of Secret UFO
Docs Surface In Brazil
By A. J. Gevaerd
Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine
Over 1,300 pages of former secret UFO documents surface in Brazil and was given to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers Hundreds of papers from the Brazilian Air Force's official System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon have surfaced and demonstrate how Nation's military authorities dealt with the UFO Phenomena in the 60s and 70s. The Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU) has just received a massive lot of new UFO-related documents from the Brazilian government, which disclose in detail the inner workings of the official body created by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in 1969, during the dictatorship years, to investigate the presence and activity of aliens in the country: the System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (SIOANI). This time, however, the newly disclosed documents have not come from the government, as a result of the campaign "UFOs: Freedom of Information Now!", which has so far produced three official disclosures, the largest and most important of which was on May 4th, largely announced worldwidely. The new former secret material was handed over to CBU by civilian researcher Edison Boaventura, from Grupo Ufo gico do Guaruj (GUG), who has kept such material away from the Brazilian UFO community for over 10 years. Boaventura was given the referred documents by a retired Brazilian Air Force military source in the 90s and has kept it secret since then. At the recent III World UFO Forum, held in June 2009 in Curitiba (PR), Brazil, however, he was formally requested by the members of CBU and decided to hand over the whole lot of documents on behalf of the freedom of information campaign. "I decided to contribute to this endeavor, so I'm sending these documents to be published by the Brazilian UFO Magazine", he declared. Last week, Boaventura gave to the Brazilian UFO Magazine editor A. J. Gevaerd, coordinator of the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers (CBU), over 1,300 pages of previously unseen documents from SIOANI, besides 28 colored sketches and 64 photos taken by the Air Force in the 1960's. Along with them, there came 137 pages of color files with 3 sketches and 17 photos, all official. He has been asked by many other Brazilian UFO researchers why he had kept all such material far from the UFO Community for so long. Previously unreleased material This vastly important and significant material was not part of the official Brazilian UFO disclosure. The Brazilian UFO Magazine website [www.ufo.com.br] has already made available in the last months over 1,200 pages of documents, besides 200 photos of SIOANI's activities as well as Operation Saucer, carried out in the Amazonian region in 1977. But none of the documents received by CBU from the Brazilian Government contained anything such as the colored drawings of UFOs made by the military personnel who used to work for SIOANI, nor pictures of witnesses, such as that of nurse Maria Cintra, who had a close encounter with an extraterrestrial being on the early hours of August 25th 1968, in Lins (SP), one of the classical UFO incidents in Brazilian Ufology that was secretly investigated by the militaries. Included in the newly revealed documents are the detailed research proceedings carried out in dozens of UFO-related incidents, which had not been made public so far.
All the material handed over to the Brazilian Committee of UFO Researchers CBU) was additionally sent to the Nation`s National Archives in the Federal Capital, Brasilia, whose reception was officially communicated to the Nation presidentZs Civil Office, and now became an integral part of the process headed by CBU. "This will no doubt add to the pressure exerted upon the Government for the release of new folders containing data pertaining to UFOs and the military activity in the ongoing Brazilian UFO research", said geographer Fernando Ramalho, one of CBUZs members. This material now made public through the Brazilian UFO Magazine should be released just whenit was given to a civilian researcher, over 10 years ago.
What was the SIOANI The System for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (SIOANI) was unprecedented in Brazil and in the world. It was created in 1969, under the inspiration and guidance of Air Force major-brigadier JosÃ© Vaz da Silva, head of the Committee for the Investigation of Flying Saucers. In its early stages, SIOANI had high-ranked propositions and it operated exemplarily. Its conceptualization demonstrates so: "SIOANI is the collective resources of personnel and materiel dedicated to the investigation and research of the so-called Unidentified Aerial Objects (UAO) phenomenon". The closure of the USAF's Project Blue Book in 1969 may have contributed for the shutting down of SIOANI in 1972.
Unfortunately, over 90% of FAB personnel nowadays have absolutely no knowledge of this amazing endeavor. However, as far as we know, the percentage of laypeople involved in the issue tends to increase quickly. The SIOANI was organically constituted by:
(a) Center for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Objects (CIOANI) A central body of the System.
(b) Investigation Zone of Unidentified Aerial (ZIOANI) - A geographical area which comprised the Offices for the Investigations of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI). There were six of those offices. (c) Office for the Investigation of Unidentified Aerial Objects (NIOANI)
- A bureau that was in charge of observing, investigating and collecting materials for research into the Unidentified Aerial Objects (UAO). Its function could be executed by a military agency, a public institution or individuals. The NIOANI was attached to its corresponding ZIOANI.
(d) Research and Analysis Laboratories (LIOANI) Â Supporting agencies for the accomplishment of research tasks and material analysis related to UAO.
(e) Personnel and materiel transport (TIOANI) Â Means of transportation that was first provided by official agencies, military or civilian, upon request by CIOANI, ZIOANI or NIOANI. When official transport was not available, the commercial transportation could be used. The transport had to be appropriate, efficient and fast.
A quick arrival to the spot where a UFO incident had occurred was basic, so that there would be no alteration of traces or distortion of facts. For that purpose there were five small-sized aircraft, two twin-engine craft and three single-engine craft, based on the Park for Aeronautical Materiel in SÃ£o Paulo, and were run by the 4th Air Zone. Those aircraft were used for the Organization's normal services, as well by those demanded by SIOANI.
(f) Communication network (RIOANI) Â Comprised of a web that involved the now-extinct FAB's communication networks, and further Singular Forces (Brazilian Army and Navy), Police Forces and the amateur-radio network, aiming at rapid transmission of phenomenological occurrences or the information flow between the several links in the system. SIOANI reported to the Ministry of the Aeronautics, but the results of its work was forwarded to the Air Force's Chiefs-of-Staff.
Within the 4th Air Zone, it was outside the frame of its Chiefs-of-Staff, but its chief was also responsible for the 2nd Section (Information), encompassing CIOANI, which confirmed that the UFO issue was handled by an Information (nowadays Intelligence) officer. Considering that SIOANI wasn't a top secret agency and that even civilian researchers took part of its procedures, all this structure proves that Brazil was the first country in the world ever to officially and publicly admit the reality of the UFO Phenomena, and the first one to investigate it openly, in a not secret manner.
A former head of the Armed Forces wrote to the Defence Secretary urging him to “demonstrate a more serious concern” over a now famous UFO sighting, files released by the Ministry of Defence reveal.
The incident is just one among the hundreds of reports of UFO close encounters, from aliens with lemon-shaped heads to laser beams being shot to earth, contained in the files.
Other episodes include when two “sober” Glastonbury festival goers saw a flying saucer hover overhead and dozens of sightings which turned out to be a Virgin Airship and two boys who claimed an alien told them: "We want you, come with us".
Lord Hill-Norton, a former Chief of Defence Staff, wrote to Michael Heseltine some years after a mysterious incident in which several US Air Force personnel reported seeing a strange metallic object hovering in Rendlesham Forest near RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk.
The incident, in the early morning of December 27, 1980, has become known as “Britain’s own Roswell”, and has never been fully explained.
The late Lord Hill-Norton, a member of what he described as the “rather ineffective” House of Lords UFO Group, wrote to Mr Heseltine in May 1985 to express his concern over the “puzzling and disquieting features” of the case.
He referred to the USAF report submitted by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt in which the deputy base commander details the account of three patrolmen.
Lt Col Halt wrote: “The individuals reported seeing a strange glowing object in the forest. The object was described as being metallic in appearance and triangular in shape, approximately two to three metres across the base and approximately two metres high. It illuminated the entire forest with a white light.
“The object itself had a pulsing red light on top and a bank of blue lights underneath. The object was hovering or on legs. As the patrolmen approached the object, it manoeuvred through the trees and disappeared.”
The commander himself described witnessing three depressions in the ground the next day where the object had been sighted.
And later that night he was among several men who saw a “red sun-like light” through the trees which “moved about and pulsed”.
Lord Hill-Norton also wrote: “Your officials should be ready to demonstrate a more serious concern with its implications than they have so far manifested. There seems to be a head of steam building up on this matter, and I can see a potential ‘banana-skin’ looming.”
An MoD briefing was handed to the Defence Secretary following Lord Hill-Norton’s letter for use in a House of Lords Defence debate.
The note states the MoD’s final position on the incident, saying the USAF report was “carefully examined” and the conclusion was that there was “no Defence interest” and “no evidence of anything having intruded into British airspace”.
It noted: “Indeed the high visibility of the phenomenon reported – multicoloured bright lights – is totally inconsistent with a covert entry into the UK.”
The briefing note said UFO sightings were “not a matter the MoD take lightly” and continued: “I can accept that people do from time to time see things in the sky which they find difficult to explain.
"I am sure your Lordships will agree that in many cases normal explanations come to light, such as falling meteorites or satellite debris, unusual cloud formations or aircraft lights... What the true explanation is, I do not know.”
The incident is just one of countless mysterious reports released as part of a three-year project between the Ministry of Defence and The National Archives, aimed at opening up the records to a worldwide audience.
This fourth instalment consists of 14 files of sightings, letters and Parliamentary Questions – 4,000 pages in total.
Other reports in the files include
Two “sober” revellers saw a flying saucer hover over the Glastonbury music festival but claimed others failed to “tune into” it because they were too interested in the music. The pair said they were “standing soberly” in a field when the craft appeared from nowhere over the Jazz field and seemed to “communicate” with them in 1994. One, a metaphysics student, said: “It appeared to be coming towards us and quite suddenly it changed colours. “It went from red and orange to yellow and green. This really had an amazing impact on me because I was wearing yellow and green.”
Dozens of people across London reported the sighting of a brilliant white flying saucer with flashing lights floating across the night sky during 1993 and 1994. But an investigation by the MOD concluded that the craft responsible for the phenomenon was much more mundane – a Virgin Airship advertising the Ford Mondeo, a new car. Despite everyone from students revising in Tottenham to dog walkers in Richmond insisting it was real – even producing detailed sketches – the sightings were dismissed as mistaken by the authorities.
Two youths on their way home just before midnight claimed they were accosted by a lemon-shaped headed alien who said “We want you, come with us”. One of the boys said they were drawn to a field in Chasetown, Staffordshire on May 4 1955 by an intense heat. There was a flash of light then some sort of spaceship allegedly appeared that sent his friend’s face “the colour of beetroot”. The officer’s report reads the boys, who insisted they were “not drunk or on drugs”, arrived “agitated and distressed” after gazing at the UFO which emitted an intense heat before zigzagging off east to west.
Between November 1989 and April 1990 the Belgian Air Force scrambled fighter jets to investigate potential UFOs in its airspace. Despite reports from police, radar contact and other eyewitness accounts, the authorities never solved what was repeatedly hovering unannounced in their skies. The first wave of observations began on November 29 and three days later on the evening of December 2, two F-16s were sent to the Liege area to investigate a sighting, although they found nothing. But according to an air force ground controller, the “echo” on the radar vanished when the planes arrived but returned when the F-16s left. The mystery resulted in correspondence between the Belgians and Britain’s Ministry of Defence, who were told none of Belgium’s neighbours were informed of the air breach.