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Do UFOs Really Exist?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:10:07 -0400
Archived: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:10:07 -0400
Subject: Do UFOs Really Exist?

Source:The Scotsman - Edinburgh, Scotland


Sun 29 Jul 2007

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Do UFOs Really Exist?
Marc Horne

IT'S the weird and wonderful place where the men in grey suits
from Whitehall meet the little green men from Mars.

The Ministry of Defence has for the first time opened its real-
life 'X Files', detailing how its experts have examined
photographs of UFOs hovering over the UK.

While the images range from the baffling to the risible, there
is no doubting the seriousness that officials reserve for the
issue of extraterrestrial life.

Correspondence between the MoD and members of the public who
report sightings of strange objects reveals that Whitehall
mandarins remain "totally open-minded" about the existence of

The letters - obtained by Scotland on Sunday through the Freedom
of Information Act - confirm that the MoD has a procedure of
scrambling fighter planes to confront any unidentified craft or
object that enters UK airspace.

However, there are hints that at least some strange objects
seen in the sky are of a distinctly terrestrial provenance.

In one letter, officials admit that military helicopters carry
out low-flying combat training missions across Britain, and
apologise for any alarm they may have caused.

The MoD has confirmed it receives more than 100 reports of UFO
sightings every year, many of which come from Scotland.

Last year alone, the Ministry was sent five sets of photographs
and videos purporting to show UFO activity.

One was sent by a concerned resident who last March reported
seeing silent superfast "triangular craft" and other strange
objects in the skies above the south of England.

He enclosed a picture that appears to show a ball of light
moving at speed across the sky with an illuminated trail in its

A lengthy official response from the MoD's Directorate of Air
Staff is at pains to reassure the individual.

It states: "We remain totally open-minded, but to date we know
of no evidence which substantiates the existence of these
alleged phenomena.

"The MoD examines any reports of unidentified flying objects it
receives, solely to establish whether what was seen might have
some defence significance; namely whether there is any evidence
that the UK's airspace might have been compromised by hostile or
unauthorised air activity."

The letter claims the Ministry could not justify spending public
money on being an "aerial identification service", but stresses
that every precaution is taken to protect the integrity of UK

It adds: "I should inform you that low-flying training takes
place throughout the UK.

"In the event of conflict, helicopters are vulnerable to ground
fire, and one of the vital skills that must be acquired by
pilots is flying as closely as possible to the nap of the earth
so that the aircraft is shielded and camouflaged by the features
of the terrain.

"This type of training is spread as thinly as possible
throughout the UK, so as not to concentrate activity over one
area. I am sorry if this training has caused disturbance to

The MoD also received a succession of images of objects in the
sky above Portsmouth harbour last July.

And in one decidedly eccentric letter last May, a concerned
citizen warns the MoD that she and her husband are being menaced
by invisible craft, the grey alien inhabitants of which have
already abducted her in the past to "extract her DNA".

To support her case, she enclosed a photograph of an all-too-
visible object (possibly a Frisbee or a satellite dish)
"hovering" over a church.

In an impeccably polite response, MoD officials come to the
sober conclusion that: "With regard to your particular
observations, we are satisfied that there is no corroborating
evidence to suggest that the UK's airspace has been breached by
unauthorised aircraft."

In another response to an individual who claimed to have
provided film evidence of UFO activity over the Clyde in Glasgow
last year, an official states frankly: "I have viewed your video
and I am content that it contains nothing of defence concern."

The MoD confirmed that in 2006 it received more than 100 reports
of UFO sightings, including 12 from Scotland.

The previous year around 150 sightings were reported, with again
a dozen coming from north of the Border. These included six
reported sightings on the same day (September 14, 2005) in Fife
and Perthshire of "bright white lights" in the sky.

The unidentified objects were sighted in Lochgelly, Glenrothes,
Crieff, Letham, Blairgowrie and Kinross.

Nick Pope, who headed the MoD's UFO Project between 1991 and
1994, confirmed that reported sightings were taken extremely

"The MoD wants to know everything flying in the UK's air-defence
range and investigate all sightings," he said.

Pope revealed that 95% of UFO reports turned out to either have
obvious explanations or to be so vague that any investigation
was impossible.

"The remaining 5% of cases were pretty interesting and remained
unexplained even after a very thorough explanation. It doesn't
prove that these objects were extraterrestrial, but you can't
rule any option out."

The former MoD investigator even claimed that officials tried to
copy the advanced technology of unidentified vehicles.

"A number of reports were of silent triangular aircraft
travelling at considerable speed," he said. "These and some
other reports suggested some sort of propulsion system we would
be extremely interested in.

"A lot of the serious UFO investigation was aimed at trying to
ascertain things such as the aerodynamics of some of the UFOs,
the avionics and the propulsion systems.

"We wanted to know if there was anything that we might learn
from, regardless of what the source of these UFOs is."

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