Fwd = UFO UpDate: Dave & Andy's Not So Weird World!
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Originally from: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...> (by way of UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>)
Original Subject: UFO UpDate: Dave & Andy's Not So Weird World!
Original Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 04:45:36 -0400
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From: Andy Roberts <aj.roberts@...>
To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>
Subject: Dave & Andy's Not So Weird World!
Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 18:58:15 +0100
People may be interested in the following article which is the
lead story in the Ministry of Defence's in house Journal, Focus.
It features details of the Flying Saucer Working Party and is
written up by Tony Matthews, of D News, the MoDs press agency.
We are surprised that Nick Pope didn't mention it in his recent
Nick Pope's Weed World, as the MOD are still Nick's employer.
Has Nick been covering this up? And if so why? The public should
NO ALIENS, NO FILES
By Tony Matthews
If ET ever wants to phone home from MOD he will have a problem.
After half a century of investigations, the department decided a
couple of years ago that - on balance - he didn't exist.
At least that was when the Defence Intelligence Staff told the
Air Staff to stop sending them reports on unexplained aerial
phenomena - unidentified flying objects to you and me. For the
previous 30 years not a single one of thousands of reports from
both military and civilian sources had yielded any valuable
information whatsoever. No extra-terrestrials or bug-eyed
monsters looking to take over the planet. Not even any Earth -
based enemies keen to penetrate UK air space. Just nothing!
But hold on, little green men never die; they only fade into the
cosmos until the next time they are needed. Hence widespread
interest in the latest revelations on UFOs with a BBC Radio 4
programme, a new book being published on May 9, and a
forthcoming TV documentary covering the work of "ufologists"
David Clarke and Andy Roberts who claim to have exposed an
official cover-up dating back to the 1940s.
There's not much secrecy about it these days but a high point of
their painstaking research in the Public Records Office and the
British Library was locating a once classified report to MOD's
Joint Technical Intelligence Committee by the short -lived
Flying Saucer Working Party which existed 1950-51. Mysterious
high speed, cigar-shaped missiles, sometimes emitting bright
lights, had been spotted over Scandinavia in 1946 and "saucer-
like discs" over Britain itself and the US from 1947-50. Were
the Martians coming or the Soviets trying to frighten the free
With the Cold War at its height, Ministry officials were
relieved to report mundane explanations for all the Scandinavian
sightings while the Americans were said to have put the blame on
misinterpretation of aircraft, balloons, meteors, stars or
fireballs as well as mass hysteria and deliberate hoaxes. As for
UFOs over Britain, these were largely put down to meteorites.
Three particular sightings by RAF officers at Tangmere and
Farnborough were explained as a weather balloon whose speed had
been over-estimated and ordinary aircraft whose flying positions
against the light had probably produced optical illusions. The
Flying Saucer Working Party, recommending no further
investigations, was promptly wound up.
But the story was far from over. The Working Party had been
based at what was then the Air Ministry's Metropole Building and
Clarke and Roberts have found reports that years later,
technical intelligence officers were continuing to monitor UFOs
there from a former attic room on the ninth floor. The pair
unearthed a Sunday newspaper reporting in 1957 that, while "at
airfields all over Britain fighter planes are kept ready to
intercept and if necessary engage any unidentified flying object
within combat range" (hardly surprising during the Cold War),
the Air Ministry also had "a special department" in the
Metropole Building which had accumulated 10,000 UFO reports over
10 years. Though most had been "cleared up", some remained
unexplained. Defence chiefs were "taking the Flying Saucer
SERIOUSLY" the paper proclaimed.
Clarke and Roberts claim to have pinpointed the exact location
where this UFO department operated in the Metropole Building -
Room 800 in Dome D, now empty. They visited it recently along
with a TV camera crew for the forthcoming Discovery Channel
programme. But in keeping with their claim of an official cover-
up of UFO investigations, they point to the lack of any
available files revealing what the department found.
A big mystery? Well maybe - until you remember the DIS decision
a couple of years ago. Are valueless files really worth keeping?
With no prior background information now available about him, it
looks like ET will simply have to join the ordinary queue for
his MOD security pass.
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