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MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 08:38:27 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 08:38:27 -0400
Subject: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

Source: The Guardian - London, UK


Thursday May 3, 2007

MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

James Randerson

The Ministry of Defence plans to open its "X-Files" on UFO
sightings to the public for the first time. Officials have not
yet decided on a date for the release of the reports, which date
back to 1967, but it is hoped to be within weeks.

The move follows the decision by the French national space
agency to release its UFO files in March, the first official
body in the world to do so.

UFO buffs will be keen to find out what officials knew about
some of the UK's most famous sightings and whether any action
was taken. One celebrated event - at Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk,
in 1980 - has been dubbed "Britain's Roswell" after the UFO
incident in the US in 1947. At Rendlesham there were several
witness reports of a UFO apparently landing. The released files
should support or discount claims that radiation was detected at
the site after the event.

David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam
University and author of Flying Saucerers: A Social History of
UFOlogy, said opening the MoD's files would make it harder to
sustain the idea that evidence for the existence of aliens has
been suppressed. "The more of this stuff that they put on their
website or put in the national archives, the less it will cost
the taxpayer, because at the moment people are writing in about
individual incidents and they are having respond," said Dr
Clarke, referring to requests under the Freedom of Information

The documents due for release are witness reports of apparent
UFO sightings, many by civil pilots and military personnel. Most
were simply collected and filed by a small, secret unit within
defence intelligence called DI55. A few are thought to have been
investigated further by the military, but the details have never
been made public. There are 24 files due for release, each
containing 200-300 reports of sightings, plus internal MoD
briefings and correspondence.

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