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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: ufoinfo@yahoogroups.com Original Subject: [UFOinfo] Digest Number 542 Original Date: 5
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2002
      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
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      Original Subject: [UFOinfo] Digest Number 542
      Original Date: 5 Jan 2002 08:36:54 -0000

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      Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 21:59:46 -0000
      From: "Anthony T Chippendale" <anthonyc@...>
      Subject: British MOD UFO Study

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      From: UFO UpDates - Toronto [mailto:ufoupdates@...]
      Subject: UFO UpDate: British MOD UFO Study

      From: Dave Clarke <cd292@...>
      To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>
      Subject: British MOD UFO Study
      Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 18:29:06 -0000

      Source: Yorkshire Post (Leeds, U.K.)


      4 January 2002


      The British Government had its own version of the X-Files, and
      for decades denied the fact. Only through the dogged
      perseverance of a Yorkshire researcher did they eventually come
      to light, as STEPHEN BISCOE reports.

      AT the height of the Cold War, UFO fever was so rampant in the
      UK that the Ministry of Defence set up a secret working party to
      try to establish if Earth really was under observation by
      visiting aliens.

      It involved experts from the Directorate of Scientific
      Intelligence and the Joint Technical Intelligence Committee, and
      eventually they produced a report. Then the MoD spent the next
      49 years denying it ever existed.

      Yesterday, the Public Record Office (PRO) made the papers
      public, but only after their existence had been admitted to a
      local government Press officer.

      Had it not been for Dr David Clarke,it is unlikely that they
      would have come to light.

      Clarke combines his local government job with an academic career
      which has made him one of the country's leading folklore

      A researcher at the National Centre for English Cultural
      Tradition at Sheffield University, he is the author of several
      books on a range of folkloric traditions.

      His latest book Out of the Shadows, to be published in May by
      Piatkus, draws on the two years of research he has been carrying
      out for a post-doctoral study.

      In the course of it, he came across references in official
      government documents to the report of the secret working party
      set up on Churchill's orders in 1950 to investigate reports of
      UFO sightings.

      In 1980, the 30-year rule ended its term of confidentiality -
      but the rule was ignored and it remained secret. Clarke says, in
      fact, that he was repeatedly told by the MoD that no such report
      existed; it even denied the existence of the working party. Yet
      the Sheffield researcher was still coming across references to

      He was being lied to - and so was Parliament. In 1955 and again
      in 1962, the Yorkshire Conservative MP Major Sir Patrick Wall
      asked questions in the House about the report, and each time was
      told that there had been no formal study.

      Those who knew otherwise might have thought it contained such
      startling data that the Government dared not risk causing panic
      by making it public.

      Clarke was certainly so intrigued that he kept up his pesterings
      until eventually, in May last year, the MoD actually admitted
      that the report did exist - and furthermore, allowed him see it.

      What he read astounded him because nothing in it even hinted
      thatthe researchers believed in an extra-terrestrial invasion.
      Indeed, the authors dismissed the claims of UFO sightings as
      "optical illusions and psychological delusions" - or just plain

      They wrote: "We consider that no progress will be made by
      attempting further investigation of unco-ordinated and
      subjective evidence, and that positive results could only be
      obtained by organising throughout the country, or the world,
      continuous observation of the skies by a co-ordinated network of
      visual observers, equipped with photographic apparatus, and
      supplemented by a network of radar stations and sound locators."

      They concluded: "We should regard this, on the evidence so far
      available, as a singularly profitless enterprise. We accordingly
      recommend very strongly that no further investigation of
      reported mysterious aerial phenomena be undertaken, unless and
      until some material evidence becomes available."

      One of the cases they examined involved Flight Lieutenant Stan
      Hubbard from York who, in 1950, described having seen, on two
      different occasions, "a flat disc, light pearl grey in colour,
      about 50 feet in diameter" flying low over the Royal Aircraft
      Establishment at Farnborough at speeds of 800mph to 1,000mph.

      The authors of the report said: "We find it impossible to
      believe that a most unconventional aircraft, of exceptional
      speed, could have travelled at no great altitude, in the middle
      of a fine summer morning, over a populous and air-minded
      district like Farnborough, without attracting the attention of
      more than one observer."

      Hubbard did not know about this conclusion until Dave Clarke
      tracked him down to his home in Virginia and sent him a copy of
      the report. He reacted angrily to its dismissive tone. Hubbard
      said that at the second sighting, a few weeks later, he was with
      five other test pilots on the roof of the control tower waiting
      for one of their colleagues to make a landing - and all of them
      saw it.

      One of the five was Wing Commander Frank Jolliffe, and Clarke
      has spoken to him, too. Jolliffe said he was interviewed by MoD
      agents who appeared to be taking his account seriously - and
      until he saw the report, he had gone on assuming that that had
      been the case.

      After the MoD allowed Clarke to see the report last May, it was
      sent to the Public Record Office which released it on Wednesday
      along with the 1901 Census and other once-confidential

      Clarke says: "The fact that it has taken half a century for
      these papers to come to light shows how keen the MoD have been
      to conceal their interest in the subject of UFOs.

      "Rather than coming clean at the time, they decided to keep the
      contents of this report secret, which has given rise to all the
      claims of Government cover-ups and conspiracies that lie behind
      the X-Files mythology.

      "What they were covering up was not knowledge of alien visitors,
      but simply the fact that they did not have any real answers.

      "At that time, at the height of the Cold War, flying saucers
      could have been Russian aircraft or missiles and so a policy of
      silence was thought to be the safest policy.

      "These papers show there was a cover-up, but it was a cover-up
      of ignorance not of any secret knowledge."

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