OK, so the British MOD won't be (officially) investigating UFOs any
more. But it never has done any honest and serious public investigation of
UFOs anyway! Not even when it was employing Nick Pope to do its official
investigating! Genuine UFO-witnesses soon learn never to turn any of their
evidence over to the MOD for investigation, as it is most likely to
disappear without trace into the black hole at the heart of the MOD.
UK MOD Ends UFO Investigations
By Nick Pope
With effect from December 1, 2009, the UK Ministry of Defense
terminated its UFO project, ending over 50 years of research and
investigation into the phenomenon.
The news was slipped out in a way designed not to attract attention,
by making an amendment to an existing document in the Freedom of Information
section of the MoD website, entitled "How to report a UFO sighting". The
announcement states that "in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed
any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom" and goes on to say
that "MoD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate
Having worked on the UFO project from 1991 to 1994 I am sorry to see
MoD disengage in this way. I believe that where evidence suggests that UK
airspace has been penetrated by an unidentified object, this must
automatically be of defense interest and should be investigated properly.
Indeed, I am sure that as is almost certainly the case in the US, sightings
from pilots and uncorrelated targets tracked on radar will continue to be
looked at by someone, albeit outside of a formally constituted UFO project.
From the Fifties to the present day, MoD received around 12,000 UFO
reports. While most were misidentifications of ordinary objects and
phenomena, around 5% remained unexplained.