The truth is out there locked away in secret government vaults somewhere. This statement need not apply to Great Britain any longer. Last week, Great Britain became the envy of many UFO researchers in the United States. Why? Because the British government released the last batch of its previously classified UFO files. The information is now available at the British government’s national archives web site.
Back in 2009, the Ministry of Defense announced that it would be closing its UFO desk and hotline after years detailing the accounts from ordinary citizens about UFO sightings, alien abductions, and the like. Speaking on the UFO department, Carl Mantell of the Royal Air Force’s Air Command said that, in more than 50 years of reports, “no UFO sighting reported … has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the U.K.” Officially, the UFO hotline was closed because detracting from “more valuable defense-related activities.”
Now, is the honest truth or government misinformation? Your call there.
Before getting too excited, it is important to realize that many of the UFO reports can be easily explained in a down to Earth manner. Misidentified aircraft can account for a large number of the night sightings. Other common explanations for UFO sightings include meteors, satellites, and planets. However, according to the BBC report, 5-10% of the sightings remain unexplained.
When it comes to governmental openness about UFOs, Great Britain is not alone as New Zealand and Russia, among others, have released records of UFO encounters. In South America, some governments are actually working with UFO investigators to try and solve the mystery of what the strange objects flying through our skies really are.
As for the United States, things are not so clear. In the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Barak Obama promised a new era of open government should he be elected. Well, candidate Obama is now President Obama but nothing has been done about unveiling the truth about UFOs. Jimmy Cater failed to keep his UFO promise over 30 years ago. A complicating factor in the goal of releasing UFO files to the public is that many may have been transferred away from the military and to private corporations in order to take the information out of the public domain and into the realm of corporate secrecy where Freedom of Information Act requests cannot touch them.
Sound crazy? Consider this: this theory does explain why so many document requests under FOIA come back with the government saying that the files do not exist in their records. Either the government is lying or the records have indeed been moved.
While some hail the release of the documents as hopefully the beginning of a new era of government openness, others see it only as a few tantalizing tidbits to keep the public occupied. Names and addresses of the reporters have been omitted to protect identities, which leaves legitimate researchers at a dead end. Besides this, the tendency of governments all over the world to downplay, not investigate, and even ridicule the idea of UFOs and alien contact lends more fuel to the conspiracy fire. If UFOs/aliens are not real, why are governments so secretive about the topic?
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