From: Tim Matthews <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 10:28:01 +0100 Fwd Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 20:44:21 -0400 Subject: Some Questions For Nick Pope Dear All, As Editor of BEYOND magazine, the new and exciting bi-monthly British newsstand magazine, I received a gratis copy of Nick Pope's new "technothriller" 'Operation Thunder Child' this morning. The book doesn't read particularly well although I'm sure Nick had a problem moving into the realms of fiction writing. Importantly, there are some serious and misleading comments in the Press Release accompanying the book that warrant our attention. I'll deal with them as they emerge; 1 - "Nick Pope, the Government's official UFO expert". This is not true, he hasn't worked for Air Staff 2a since 1994. When he did his three year tour we know, through our investigations, that he was not a UFO expert of any kind, working on the subject on the most limited basis. 2 - "a novel that has made some at the MOD nervous". Yes, probably because people (taxpayers, that's us), want to know why Nick/his publishers are able to put out these quarter-truths without any comeback. The MOD is probably wondering what people think its staff get up to; 9am, arrive at the office, 10am, meeting with agent, 11am, meeting to discuss newspaper article, 12am, two hour break for dinner with TV executive..... 3 - "this novel has been written by someone with inside knowledge". You wouldn't think so! Although full of weapons details, anyone could have got this from Jane's Defence Weekly. Nick did not have that much knowledge of the UFO subject because he only spent around 30 day looking into it during his tenure. That's a fact! 4 - "From 1991-4 Nick Pope was responsible for investigating UFOs and alien abductions for the MOD". Not true. See above. In a recent letter ro researcher James Easton, the MOD made it _clear_ that it had _not_ investigated _one_ case of so called "abduction". The cases in Nick's "The Uninvited" are worse than ridiculous..... 5 - "Nick Pope has dipped into the 'real X Files' and packed the book with references to "formerly classified" UFO events investigated by the MOD". Really? These must be those same events featured in the Public Records Office files which both myself, Dave Clarke and Andy Roberts have examined in detail recently. There were no shadowy 'secret groups' of investigators, no UFO 'incidents' of merit and no policy on how to deal with cases which were routinely fobbed off onto horrified, low-ranking civil servants - like Nick! The only interesting document is the 24th June 1965 one which states that "it is our policy to play down the subject of UFOs". It is clear why, the MOD was inundated with letters/reports from cranks! 6 - The "Rendlesham Forest Incident......reflects what Nick Pope was told by USAF officers". It'll be interesting to know what they told him as it's clear that there was no 'incident' as such, just a misidentification of some lights in the woods. There is no evidence of merit to suggest an alien landing, an ET event, the existence of a 'craft'. Larry Warren may disagree, but then who takes him seriously? 7 - "The alleged downing of an RAF Lightning BY A UFO in 1970". Alleged by whom.....I think we know and again, there is _no_ evidence to suggest that a UFO downed a Lightning. It's a good a story, that's all. It'll probably fool the gullible reader for a while..... 8 - Get this; "The descriptions of the shape and capabilities of the UFOs, and the physical description and behaviour of the aliens are based on actual UFO reports and alien abduction claims investigated by Nick Pope "as part of his official MoD duties." Which, according to his employers, the MOD, is not the case!!! The official word is that he spent a tiny proportion of his official time investigating UFOs and did not investigate abductions. What he did in his spare time is certainly different - but was, by definition, _not_ official.... 9 - "Nick Pope has worked for the MoD for fourteen years. As well as a tour of duty spent researching and investigating UFOs".....this can _only_ realistically be described as a lie. Maybe it's not Nick's lie; maybe it's the spin doctors (that Nick mentions in the book) at Simon and Schuster. 10 - "They [MoD] had the book for three months - before giving final clearance to publish". The suggestion, of course, is that they were desperate to stifle the publication - or something along these lines. Nick suggested that similar blocking tactics were adopted for 'Open Skies, Closed Minds' but there was _nothing_ vaguely interesting in it, let alone material of a classified nature. So what is going on? I think it's clear. The facts are routinely obscured as part of a mass marketing campaign. I'm not of the belief that Nick is part of some conspiracy to mislead us all although I'm sure if he'd concluded that some UFOS were man-made things would be different. What I think is happening is a ruthless pursuit of money and book sales at all costs. We shouldn't be surprised. What I think is wrong is where claims that we _know_ are wild exaggerations of untruths are allowed to be presented to both press and public as truth. Simon and Schuster are said to be a reputable company and yet they insist upon putting out misleading statements. What is the world coming to? Tim Matthews.
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