MOD UFO Department Closes

MOD UFO Department Closes

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  1. Mauro says:

    Re: MOD UFO Department Closes
    Somebody please tell me how shutting up a UFO department leaves Britain "wide open to terrorists attacks".
    All in all we won’t feel the difference. The MoD hasn’t been the most helpful agency in the field of UFO investigation and most of their conclusions seem sloppy at the very best (for example following up cases any private group would file under "insufficient information" just to have one more solved case).

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  2. Mauro says:

    Re: MOD UFO Department Closes
    In the last months I’ve heard a different story about this case.
    Starting around 2007 the so called "UFO Desk" at the MoD saw a massive increase in reports filed by ordinary citizens, to the point staff had to be increased just to fill the paperwork.
    This huge mass of reports was mostly made up of useless cases: part of them had totally insufficient data, other were filled by obviously insane persons, others still were perfectly explainable.
    The MoD hence took the decision to cut off this "source of distraction". Following the pattern set by Latin American countries like Brazil and Chile only "high quality" reports will be investigated. "High quality" means sightings by pilots (both civilian and military) either backed by radar data or by other independent and equally qualified witnesses (control tower crew or other pilots for example).
    Under present laws civilian pilots must report anything unusual they observe in flight to the CAA. The forms are available in any airport in Britain and her dependencies and pilots are actively encouraged to fill them after witnessing anything out of the ordinary. Forms are then forwarded to the CAA which will then investigate all of them. Air safety is not an option.
    If cases are deemed especially interesting, they are passed off to the MoD.
    Military pilots have their own reporting system and rest assured they have at least as much interest as their civilian colleagues in reporting anything out of the ordinary. They may be ready to take risks in combat and training but air safety is as important to them as to anybody else.
    The MoD will discreetely analyze the cases "behind closed doors": the given reason is to determine whatever the sightings are a "threat to national safety". RAF fighters will still investigate "bogeys" (unidentified radar contacts) if they appear to be an immediate threat.
    In short the closure of the "UFO Desk" doesn’t appear to be as bad as originally believed but just a reaction to an enormous mass of "junk data" being fed into the system.

    On a related note I recently saw a document released through a FOI request in 2008. It was authored by the Defense Intelligence Staff in 1993 and it concerned the activity of UFO investigation programs in foreign countries. Apart from the "in the open" programs in places like France, Brazil, Belgium and Chile two countries were mentioned as having "teams studying them [UFO sightings]" covertly. The names were blackened out and hence open to speculation. One of the two countries is said to "believe that such phenomena exist": this country is believed to be either Russia or China, and either name would fit the blackened space perfectly. The other country is still open to speculation.

  3. BaronIveagh says:

    Re: MOD UFO Department Closes
    My money would be China. 

    I was talking online to someone from South Korea a few months back who mentioned he had supposedly seen a UFO, and had told some people about it.  A few days later, a reporter shows up supposedly from some chinese paper that was going to run a story.  He told him what a he saw, and asked they send him a copy of the artical, since he collects that sort of thing.  A month or two went by, and he started to wonder about it since no artical ever came in the mail. 

    Seems there’s no such paper.

    I can’t verify any of it, though, so take with salt.

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