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Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: Brian Ally <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 23:39:16 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 05 May 2007 07:53:29 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public


>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 12:28:25 -0500
>Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

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

>>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.

>Rather strange illogic there.

>As demonstrated in the recent scandal about the firing U.S.
>Attorneys, a government can release vast quantities of
>documents without revealing anything of real importance.

The term for that in intelligence circles is "limited hangout"
and refers to the situation where some agency is compelled to
release some temporarily scandalous information in the hopes
that attention will be riveted to that and the much more
damaging secrets will remain unknown.

>These periodic document dumps neither support nor conflict with
>the possibility that governments don't share everything they
>know about UFOs with the public. The fact that governments are
>frequently caught in "misstatements" about the subject makes it
>somewhat easier to sustain the idea.

I'm not surprised that "the government" sometimes does wrong-
foot itself with statements on this subject. The thing is, "the
government" probably doesn't know much more than some of the
grayer beards (if you will) on this List. I imagine that many
reports are shuffled up a chain never to be seen again and the
government, as an entity, really doesn't have some double-super-
 secret archive to hide. The information simply follows a
prescribed chain - with very stringent secrecy rules, of course
- until _poof_ it disappears into who knows where. And those
secrecy rules keep anyone in that chain from speaking about what
as passed by their desk, even to "the government" itself.

I imagine that, a very long time ago, a cadre of military,
intelligence, political, and industrial folks basically split
themselves off from any possibility of regular oversight. Call
it MJ-12, if you like. It's like Phillip Corso said, "Who are
you going to ask?" if it's been designated a secret?

No, I doubt "the government" really could tell us, even if they
knew. Certainly, we might slowly pry out the the trails the
information took on its way to dreamland. We might convince
certain agencies to let its former servants to speak about wht
they've seen. But the really good stuff - the clear photos, the
"materials" - are probably gone for good.


Brian



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