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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: Alfred webre Original Subject: [UASR] Britain s UFO secrets revealed Original Date:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 4, 2000
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      Originally from: Alfred webre <ecotoday@...>
      Original Subject: [UASR]> Britain's UFO secrets revealed
      Original Date: Sun, 04 Jun 2000 16:05:16 -0700

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      UK Observer - June 4, 2000:

      On 15 February 1999 an air traffic controller in Scotland noticed
      something strange on his radar screen. A bright blip on his screen
      suggested there was a very large object travelling at 3,000mph over
      the Scottish coastline heading south-west to Belfast.

      The size of the blip suggested the object was 10 miles long and
      two miles wide. Two minutes later the object disappeared from the
      radar screen.

      Three months earlier, MoD documents record that a commercial
      pilot flying over the Midlands reported an unusual object travelling
      at 'very high speed' with a very bright strobe light flashing once
      every 20 seconds.

      Although the two incidents were unrelated, both were reported to a
      little-known department in the Ministry of Defence, known as
      Secretariat (Air Staff) 2a. This is the secretive section in Whitehall
      which collates reports of unidentified flying objects that cross
      British airspace.

      Whitehall has traditionally treated reports of UFO sightings as
      highly classified and only released information to the public after 30
      years. But the parliamentary Ombudsman insisted that the MoD
      hand this information to Colin Ridyard, a research chemist from

      Dr Ridyard had been seeking information relating to UFO sightings
      by pilots or radar operators between July 1998 and July 1999.
      Initially the MoD refused on the ground it would be too expensive.
      But after the intervention of the ombudsman, Michael Buckley, the
      MoD agreed to release the information as a one-off exercise for
      �75. The Ministry handed two reports to Ridyard, yet official
      information from the Civil Aviation Authority suggests there had
      been additional sightings. During the same period the CAA said it
      reported two more UFO sightings to the MoD, neither of which the
      Ministry disclosed.

      According to official CAA reports, in the same month that a radar
      picked up an enormous object flying across Scotland, a pilot flying
      over the North Sea became startled when his aircraft became
      illuminated by an 'incandescent' light. Three other aircraft in the
      area reported seeing a ball of light moving at high speed. Air traffic
      controllers reported there were no strange aircraft in the area, but
      five minutes later an operator at a weather station picked up a fast-
      moving object on his radar.

      The other incident which CAA reported to the MoD occurred in
      June 1999 when the pilot of a B757 flying over the North Sea
      reported an unidentified military-looking aircraft passing close by in
      the opposite direction. Nothing was seen on the plane's radar or by
      air traffic controllers. The MoD told the Authority that there were no
      military aircraft known to be in that area at the time.

      Although an MoD spokeswoman would not discuss individual
      sightings, she said all these events had perfectly normal
      explanations. 'Some-times radars have spurious readings caused
      by military aircraft in the vicinity, and radar-jamming facilities and
      bright lights on the underside of aircraft can be caused by events
      on the ground.'

      In a letter to one of Ridyard's local MPs, Defence Minister John
      Spellar said: 'My department has no interest or role with respect to
      UFO/flying saucer matters or to the question of the existence or
      otherwise of extraterrestrial life forms - about which we remain open-

      However, declassified government documents in the Public
      Records Office from June 1965 reveal that 'it was official MoD
      policy to play down the subject of unidentified flying objects and to
      avoid attaching undue public attention or publicity to the subject...
      as a result we have never had any political pressure to mount a
      large-scale investigation'. Other documents from that time state:
      'The press are never to be given information about unusual radar
      sightings_ and [unusual visual] sightings are in no circumstances
      to be disclosed to the press.'

      But Ridyard said: 'This is not about little green men, but about
      freedom of information. It is clear there are many strange incidents
      that happen in the British skies that are kept secret. There may be
      issues of aircraft safety or natural phenomena, but by keeping this
      information secret these incidents cannot be scrutinised by the
      public or the scientific community.'

      One of the most infamous incidents relating to a UFO sighting in
      Britain only came to light through US freedom of information
      legislation. This revealed that in December 1980 three security
      patrolmen investigating a potential air crash near the US Air Force
      base in Suffolk saw a strange glowing triangular object hovering in
      the forest near the base which had a 'pulsing red light on top and
      blue lights underneath'.

      An official report by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Halt , the deputy
      base commander, included a description of the events and stated
      that the next day three depressions were found in the forest where
      the object was discovered which showed radiation readings. Later
      that night three star-like objects were seen in the sky moving
      'rapidly in sharp angular movements'.

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