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UFOs And UK National Security

From: Frank Fields <fields.nul>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:10:22 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 13:42:15 -0400
Subject: UFOs And UK National Security


List,

My original e-mail is below and followed by the British Ministry
of Defence's response.


Best,

Frank

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From: Frank Fields <fields.nul>
To: das-ufo-office.nul
Date: Tue, July 22, 2008 5:28 pm
Subject: Clarification on D/DAS/64/3 - Memo Dated 11 July 2008


Dear MOD Official,

I am writing to clarify your statements within the subject
memorandum. Pasted at the bottom is the relevant excerpt from the
memo.

Specifically, please clarify what “evidence of a potential
threat” means. It would seem that anything that violates UK air
space would be a potential threat. An unknown object would demand
a threat definition by its very nature, unknown.

Technological advances are producing new aerial surveillance
objects at an ever increasing rate. A foreign government or
cooperation may be flying some type of unknown and unidentified
intelligence gathering object or implementing a type of
psychological warfare against the UK.

Per your memo you “do not attempt to identify the precise nature
of each sighting reported.” If that is the case, how can you know
if it is a
threat?

Respectfully,


Franklin D. Fields, Jr.
Attorney at Law



Relevant parts of statement follow:

"Firstly, it may be helpful if I explain that the Ministry of
Defence (MOD) examines any reports of ‘unidentified flying
objects’ it receives solely to establish whether what was seen
might have some defence significance; namely, whether there is
any evidence that the United Kingdom’s airspace might have been
compromised by hostile or unauthorised air activity"

"Unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United
Kingdom from an external source, and to date no ‘UFO’ report has
revealed such evidence, we do not attempt to identify the precise
nature of each sighting reported to us. We believe that rational
explanations, such as aircraft lights or natural phenomena, could
be found for them if resources were diverted for this purpose,
but it is not the function of the MOD to provide this kind of
aerial identification service. It would be an inappropriate use
of defence resources if we were to do so. The MOD does not have
any expertise or role in respect of ‘UFO/flying saucer’ matters
or the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial
life forms, about which it remains totally open-minded. I should
add that to date, the MOD knows of no evidence which
substantiates the existence of these alleged phenomena.”


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Subject: UFOs AND NATIONAL SECURITY
From: Webb, Paul Mr" <Paul.Webb546.nul>
Date: Mon, August 4, 2008 8:24 am
To: fields.nul


Dear Mr Fields,

Thank you for your e-mail of 22 July 2008 regarding UFOs and the
potential threat to UK national security.

It is not possible to provide you with a firm definition of what
constitutes a threat to national security, nor one that
encompasses every possible event or incident. However, any action
or activity that endangers or intends to endanger the sovereignty
of the UK or its territory overseas, the general population or UK
interests, could be reasonably be termed as a threat to national
security.

Evidence as to whether a potential threat is deemed to exist would be
decided on a case-by-case basis, on the judgement of those responsible
for the air defence of the UK. Essentially, they would look to see
whether there was any dependable evidence that required investigation -
e.g. a radar trace - before deciding what course of action to pursue.


Yours sincerely,

Paul Webb

DAS-FOI
05-H-13
MoD main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HB

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