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UK MoD File On Crop Circles

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 18:38:43 +0100
Archived: Thu, 09 Aug 2007 14:04:27 -0400
Subject: UK MoD File On Crop Circles

Some time ago I was contacted by a ufologist who had made a
Freedom of Information Act request for the MoD file on crop
circles. When he was told it couldn't be located I wrote to the
MoD to try and help them locate it, by suggesting what the
file's reference number might have been and describing the sorts
of documents that I believed the file contained. Despite this
additional information, no such file was located. The MoD's
confirmation of this has now been published, as a .pdf, on their


The ufologist concerned subsequently refined his FOI request to
cover all documentation on crop circles for the year 1991. He
was sent around 20 documents, comprising press cuttings,
correspondence between me and the Centre for Crop Circle Studies
and internal correspondence in which I discuss with colleagues
whether taking photographs of crop circles from military
helicopters might undermine the MoD's "no defence significance"
line on UFOs. There is also a note about events in 1985 when an
Army Air Corps (AAC) Lieutenant Colonel was approached by a
farmer and asked what the AAC had done to his crops. The
document describes the subsequent investigation and a
demonstration (filmed for a TV show) that showed that the
downwash from helicopter rotor blades wouldn't cause the sorts
of patterns being reported in cornfields.

Having now seen these documents, I can confirm that I had placed
them on the 12/3 (UFOs - public correspondence) files as opposed
to a separate file on crop circles, as I had originally thought.
Crop circle documents for subsequent years will similarly have
been placed on files in the 12/3 (subsequently renumbered 64/3)

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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