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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.

Nick Pope responds to the MOD’s closing of their UFO hotline

Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Defense

We received a tip on our Open Minds Twitter that the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) had stopped taking UFO reports.  The tip included a link to their site.  Sure enough, this statement was posted:

“How to report a UFO sighting

The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life.  However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.

The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings.  There is no Defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources.  Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MOD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence.

Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn.  MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.  The ongoing programme to release Departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.”

I immediately contacted the internationally known expert, Nick Pope, who served with the MOD as the official point of contact and investigator of UFO reports as part of a government project between 1991 and 1994.  He has been on American TV often recently regarding British files that have been released regarding UFOs.  He wrote me back this note:

Nick Pope (image credit: www.nickpope.net)

Nick Pope (image credit: www.nickpope.net)

“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 them”:

http://tinyurl.com/btezh3

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.”

It is certainly peculiar that the Ministry of Defence began releasing UFO documents en masse last year, which have included reports from credible witnesses, such as military personnel, police officers, radar operators, University professors, and others, and then subtly cancel their investigations into a subject that should obviously be of concern.

About Alejandro Rojas

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Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

4 comments

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    Get the British UFO community to step up and take the calls! This looks like a golden opportunity to do just that with no middle man government in the way of investigations.

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    I find it very hard to belive they arent interested i think the official investigation as just shifted to the unofficial.
    Ive actually witnessed the RAF give chase to these objects and they do have concerns.

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    N. POPE ended his projects in 1994, and I blieve him when he is explaining the following :’ 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.’
    It’s not his choice ! I think he should like to change all this, but he has not the possibility.

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    You see this is no longer a defense threat because they have already identified these objects to be of no threat to them as long as they take on no threat against the U.F.Os
    You see people it works like this, these are advanced beings that have been around and in the solar system for millions of years. In fact they are millions of years advanced than what we are. They being advanced not only spiritually but technically. Why would they need to threaten the governments of the world. In fact they have never been a threat to the governments other than the lying government saying they are.
    How do you think NASA survives in space and gets away with going into space without being shot down by these advanced beings? Nasa learned a long time ago that if they don’t take a hostile stance or have weapons on board, which these advance civilizations can detect.
    As long as they remain non hostile they will not be harmed. That is the stance that is now being taken by the governments. They have long since known this tactic to remain as non threading, therefore they know they are not a threat to security. The reason we are seeing more U.F.O s is because the governments that are corrupt are ruining the planet as well as the life on the planet.

    See my videos on you tube
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Ufoevidence101

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