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Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 20:13:31 +0100
Fwd Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 07:40:38 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>From: Nicholas Redfern <nick_redfern.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 09:17:11 -0700 (PDT)
>Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public


>New data on the proposed release of the British MoD's UFO files
>has surfaced, including the fact that some people within the MoD
>want the original copies of the files destroyed after they are
>scanned and posted on-line.

This is an interesting and important point. If a document is
scanned onto the MoD website in entirety, I don't believe
there's a problem with destroying the original, though
historians would doubtless disagree. But if what's scanned on is
a redacted version (e.g. with the name of a witness blacked out,
or with information such as the capability of a military radar
system struck through) then that's another matter, because at
some stage in the future the personal privacy and classification
issues will cease to be relevant. And if the original documents
are destroyed, the redacted information will be lost forever.

>The new material also provides background on the "how and why"
>of the MoD's decision to release its files.

With respect, it provides one ufologist's _interpretation_ of
the MoD's decision to release its files. Not quite the same

Best wishes,

Nick Pope


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