One man’s persistence

is probably a large part of the reason why the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to send all its documents investigating reported UFO sightings to the National Archive where they may be readily examined by the interested public. Beginning in 1999, and ramping up considerably after a change in the law to the advantage of applicants passed in 2005, David Clarke bombarded the MoD with requests under the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation for copies of various reports of events known to the UFOlogy community. ((Apparently there are more than 7,000 sightings reported over the last 30 years, and there’s paperwork on them all. ~Note))

The released reports are going to disappoint a lot of people, who will continue to believe that there is a huge cover-up of extra-terrestrial landings going on at the highest levels. Not Clarke though – he’s no conspiracy theorist with visions of Bug Eyed Monsters (BEMs), he is a scholar who is intrigued by how such reports are investigated and what the response to such reports tells us about our society.

For me these sightings are a part of social history and I’ve always been intrigued by how they were viewed by intelligence sources.

Indeed, his major area of interest appears to be what these reports tell us about the sense of urgency about possible incursions during the Cold War era.

“Clearly the MoD never believed we were visited by little green men,” says David. “However, DI55 was supposed to investigate UFO sightings in case it was evidence a foreign government was developing missiles and satellites or testing prototype aircraft.

“It’s work was shrouded in secrecy, because they knew if it came out they were spending public money tracing UFOs it would be taken out of context, but it was, or at least should have been, considered vital intelligence work. What’s interesting is just how scant most of the reports are.”

However, he doesn’t expect that the majority of reports will be relevant to his interests.

“In truth, 90 per cent of sightings can be easily explained whether it be a 9.45pm flight into Manchester or even an unusual cloud formation which is picked up on radar, but it’s that five per cent which no one can explain which is interesting.”

Of course the BEM enthusiasts are sure that Clarke is part of the cover-up. But that doesn’t surprise you, does it?

Via Remy Skeppug

Categories: history, Politics, skepticism

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  1. The UFO conspiracy is my favourite one of all and in the words of Fox Mulder – I Want to Believe (so very much).
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