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Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 13:24:07 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 10:56:06 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public


>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 00:17:00 -0400
>Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>>Source: The Guardian - London, UK

>>http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329804654-117780,00.html

>>Thursday May 3, 2007

>>MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>>James Randerson
>>Guardian

>>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.

>People seem to have forgotten that the Air Force released the
>Project Blue Book (and Grudge and Sign) files in 1975 or '76,
>the FBI released its files in 1977 and the CIA in 1978. In the
>following years files were released by other US government
>agencies.

>Of course, this is not to say the the US government has released
>_all_ of its files. But then, how do we know that the French
>have released all of their files and that the British will
>release all of theirs?

People who believe that governments lie about UFOs are unlikely
to believe that all the files _have_ been released, unless the
files tell them what they want to hear. Even if such people
believe that the officials handling the release are sincere,
they'll claim that those officials are 'out of the loop', and
that the 'real' files are elsewhere.

>Are formerly Top Secret British files to be released? (Only a
>few TS documents have been released by the US government.)

The classification given at the time the files were being used
is not the key factor here. Material will be considered for
release according to the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act (and the Data Protection Act, in the case of
personal information). Material covered by the exemptions will
not be released. While highly classified documents may still
need to be withheld in whole or in part (mainly because of the
exemptions covered by Sections 23, 24, 26 and 27), sensitivities
may have changed over the years. See here for further details of
the exemptions:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/yourRights/exemptions.htm

There's been a lot of misunderstanding about the forthcoming
release of MoD UFO files. I recently posted a short note about
this on the Latest News section of my website:

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

I've circulated a more detailed clarification of the situation
off-List, to a few people who have asked me about this, and will
try to post it on the List later today.


Best wishes,

Nick Pope

http://www.nickpope.net




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