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Files shed light on MoD UFO desk closure

Posted on Friday, 21 June, 2013 | Comment icon 52 comments

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Newly declassified files have provided new insight in to the reason the MoD stopped looking in to UFOs.

Originally set up to investigate UFO sightings and to establish their potential as a defense risk, the UFO desk was eventually discontinued on the basis that it was found to be serving no discernible defense purpose and was taking staff away from more important affairs. The department had investigated cases of Unidentified Flying Objects over the UK for more than 50 years until finally closing its doors in December 2009.

"The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities," RAF civil servant Carl Mantell had said during a briefing for the defense minister of the time, Bob Ainsworth. "No UFO sighting reported to [the MoD] has ever revealed anything to suggest an extra-terrestrial presence or military threat to the UK."

"The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk because it served "no defence purpose" and was taking staff away from "more valuable defence-related activities", newly released files show."

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Comment icon #43 Posted by Scudbuster on 3 July, 2013, 0:00
No problemo. I always like to see other testimonies, etc no matter what the incident is. I'll check out your blog here sometime soon.
Comment icon #44 Posted by skookum on 3 July, 2013, 5:37
There again if the above was the kind of rubbish they were looking into, you can see why the MOD pulled the plug.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 3 July, 2013, 8:44
Shame topsecretresearch isn't around any more, that'd be one for his files. Still, at least they seem to be friendly.
Comment icon #46 Posted by quillius on 3 July, 2013, 9:10
Hello Tim, I may have something confused here but I thought it was confirmed that one of the officers did report a UFO. I was sure this happened and Carlson said it was merely a prank. If we ignore the interpretation of whether it was a prank or not, does the fact that a UFO reported is 'corroboration' at least as far as the report goes? (also I appreciate that it is said the UFO was not mentioned in any following reports, supporting the prank interpretation) thanks
Comment icon #47 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh on 3 July, 2013, 9:43
How did this become another discussion on that missile business yet again?
Comment icon #48 Posted by quillius on 3 July, 2013, 9:46
its a dirty job but someones got to do it edit to add: we could move it onto ancient rocks
Comment icon #49 Posted by Tim Hebert on 4 July, 2013, 2:59
My apologies as I may have spurred this discussion by replying to another post referencing "that missile business." I need to show good manners and answer Quillius' question then I let things be for another time and place. Could you be thinking of Echo Flight? I was referring to Oscar Flight. Both Salas and Meiwald had a UFO component to two different stories at Oscar. When reading Salas' first interview with Meiwald back in the 1990s it was obvious that both gentlemen were not aware of each other's story. Both men had telephone conversations with the FSC, tho... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by psyche101 on 4 July, 2013, 4:38
Gidday Mate I assume this is the one you are thinking of. It is asTim said, Echo.
Comment icon #51 Posted by psyche101 on 4 July, 2013, 4:55
No offence intended, I'm just pointing out that Tim does indeed happen to be an expert in this area. It was his information that I feel brought the entire claim undone at the seams, with regards to how the missiles are wired. Technically, it does not work how the UFO people claimed, personally, I still believe the local power company who were working on transformers in the vicinity are very likely to have unknowingly been the cause. Or even perhaps knowingly, as reparations could have cost them quite a lot of money. I have this, regarding the "evidence" Hastings and Salas hav... [More]
Comment icon #52 Posted by quillius on 4 July, 2013, 8:14
The courtesy is both noted and appreciated Tim........... especially when one confuses the two incidents.....I was indeed talking about Echo Flight as per the previosu thread a while back when we debated it quite a bit. Anyhow, my mistake will pay more attention next time indeed, my mistake....not posted for a couple of weeks so must be ring rusty (or at least thats my excuse)

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