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'Sorry I could not be of any help' -Why the British military shut down public UFO desk

By Ted Bonnitt on June 22nd, 2013
'Sorry I could not be of any help' -Why the British military shut down public UFO desk
Photograph apparently showing a UFO captured by a photographer in the vicinity of Stonehenge, Wiltshire. The sender says nothing was seen until the pictures were uploaded to his computer. Credit: MOD
Photograph apparently showing a UFO captured by a photographer in the vicinity of Stonehenge, Wiltshire. The sender says nothing was seen until the pictures were uploaded to his computer. Credit: MOD

The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) yesterday released the tenth and final collection of declassified documents relating to UFO phenomena over the UK skies. This last release covers correspondence and reports during a two year period before the MOD shut down their UFO desk in 2009, ending a nearly 60 year effort of public transparency on the subject. 

The information sheds light on why the MOD shut down the bureau during their second busiest year of reported sightings, when over 600 UFO and related sightings were reported by citizens, three times as many as just the year before.

A memo to then Defense Minister Bob Ainsworth rationalized that their UFO information reception desk was "consuming increasing resources, but produces no valuable defense output," adding that not one UFO report, "has ever revealed anything to suggest an extraterrestrial presence or military threat to the UK."

On the face of it, one could make a determination that no specific evidence indicated "extraterrestrial origins" of unidentified flying objects, or that the strange activity presented a direct "military threat to the UK."  Such a narrow definition would give authorities justification to stop listing to their public. However, that in no way discounts or eliminates the obvious abundance of evidence and credible witness accounts of UFOs spotted over the UK, one of the most active UFO sighting regions in the world.

This spring, the UK civil aviation authority (Airprox) released an official report about a near miss between a UFO and a commercial passenger airliner on final approach to Glasgow airport, concluding that the unknown craft was an unidentified flying object.

And as far as whether UFOs pose a military threat, the MOD was clearly interested in the famous Bentwaters case, where hundreds of military personal saw a UFO land near the base over three nights during the 1980 Christmas holiday. This year, two retired US military sergeants testified to the Citizen Disclosure Hearings about how they approached the UFO as it sat in the woods, knocking them to the ground with intense light energy, and that one of the men ran his hands along the surface of the mysterious craft.  Both men have suffered serious life long health ailments ever since their close encounter.

The MOD may have closed their public UFO desk for other reasons. The letters they received from the general public ran the gamut from mentally unbalanced claims to repeated mistaken identification of Chinese lanterns. The plethora of reports during 2009 were mostly explainable, and following up every one of them exhausted the desk's resources.

Another challenge was that most of the photos submitted by reporting witnesses were of objects noticed only after the photo was taken and reviewed, which amounted to many false flag photo errors.

Even the compelling, sober witness accounts left the MOD with their hands tied. They rarely conducted public investigations of UFOs. Many of the MOD's replies to the witnesses who contacted them for answers signed off with only an apology, "Sorry I could not be of any help."

The memo to Ainsworth concluded the same. "The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defense-related activities," adding that the exercise "merely encourages the generation of correspondence."

Yet, interest came from all quarters, including the very top. Queen Elizabeth II was concerned that her government was ignoring the threat of the unknown craft and according to one released memo, the Monarch even suggested ways to shoot down UFOs.

The MOD decision to shut down their public UFO bureau was clearly not due to a lack of interest or sightings, rather more likely because of its inability or unwillingness to publicly address the UFO phenomenon in any meaningful way. No doubt the MOD is keeping an eye on the very real UFO phenomena in their skies, but unfortunately they're doing it secretly, and denying the public's right to know.


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