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Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 00:56:55 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 08:25:43 -0400
Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide -


>From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 17:21:20 EDT
>Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 17:27:40 +0100
>>Subject: British National Archives UFO Research Guide

>>An updated and improved research guide is now available at the
>>TNA [The National Archives] web site - paper copies are also
>>available at TNA. It is viewable at the following link:

>http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/rdleaflet.asp?sLeafletID=394

>The history has some odd discrepancies. It describes a major
>media campaign in October 1950 that supposedly gave prominence
>to flying saucers in the UK for the first time. The campaign was
>said to be based on major newspapers serializing the Heard,
>Scully and Keyhoe books. The history next relates:

>"The media campaign of 1950 led some very senior establishment
>figures to ask questions and others began to press the
>Government for action."

>Examples were then given including Sir Henry Tizard who because
>of this media campaign supposedly then requested the creation of
>the Flying Saucer Working Party in the DSI/JTIC in August 1950.

>But August 1950 is 2 months _before_ the big "media camapaign"
>of October 1950. Clearly Tizard's Working Party had nothing to
>do with any "media camapign." I thought the Working Party had
>been set up because of disturbing RAF UFO sightings.

Brad,

The "history" does indeed have some odd discrepancies.

It's been adapted - without my permission - from an article that
I wrote in the April 2002 issue of UFO Magazine:

http://www.nickpope.net/official_history.htm

As you can see, large chunks of The National Archives Research
Note 6 (most notably paragraphs 2 - 5) have been taken,
verbatim, from this article.

I make no accusation of plagiarism, because all material on my
website may be freely used, for non-commercial purposes,
provided the source is quoted and it's not taken out of context.

Notwithstanding the above, I think my article gives a more
balanced view of the British Government's UFO Project -
although, having run it, perhaps I'm biased.


Best wishes,

Nick Pope



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