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Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 18:12:14 +0100
Fwd Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 08:18:25 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public


>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 16:48:07 +0100
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>In spite of speculative and misleading remarks elsewhere, the
>true facts behind the decision to release the DI55 files are
>now available in all their glory. For more information, please
>visit the _real_ UK UFO project at:

>http://www.uk-ufo.org/condign/di55docs.html

Thanks Joe, the history of this affair seems very clear from
these documents.

I'm struck by what you say here:

"What concerns me most about this message is the intention to
destroy the unedited original material after the redacted
version is on-line. This is, I am sure, in contravention of the
Public Records Act as it effectively removes accountability and
prevents access to the unredacted records in 30 years as would
otherwise have been the case. This would make post-mortem
examination of reports largely impossible, since it would be
impossible to tell in most cases if the people involved were
related, if they made multiple reports, and if they observed
them from their home address, the location of their observation
position would be lost forever. I have already raised this issue
with the Department for Constitutional Affairs, copying DI55
in."

This is concerning. The author of the memo mentioning
destruction is effectively asking someone "can we do this?",
rather than stating an intention. So one can hope that the
answer was a loud "no!" But it's important that you've raised
the matter explicitly. I wonder why they should want to destroy
the files anyway - it isn't pressure on storage space that's the
issue after all, but pressure on office time, which the online
archiving would presumably relieve.


Martin Shough



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