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Files shed light on MoD UFO desk closure

By T.K. Randall
June 21, 2013 · Comment icon 47 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."[!gad]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.


Source: BBC News | Comments (47)


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Comment icon #38 Posted by Tim Hebert 10 years ago
Haha....funny chit mon - my "fantasy". Gawd. And no, I do not buy all the crap that's out there. How many times do I have to state in here that 95% of the stuff that is floated around about this topic is garbage? Send me a link so i can see these other people you are talking about......if you really have it. Alright, let's start off fresh here and my apologies for sounding abrasive. First off there is no link concerning "these other people" because "they" have never come forward to provide any form of substance to Salas' claim. Salas had been asked about this problem, but never had a coherent ... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by skookum 10 years ago
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 #40 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh 10 years ago
There again if the above was the kind of rubbish they were looking into, you can see why the MOD pulled the plug. Shame topsecretresearch isn't around any more, that'd be one for his files. Still, at least they seem to be friendly.
Comment icon #41 Posted by quillius 10 years ago
Alright, let's start off fresh here and my apologies for sounding abrasive. First off there is no link concerning "these other people" because "they" have never come forward to provide any form of substance to Salas' claim. Salas had been asked about this problem, but never had a coherent answer why these individuals never came forward. Why do I know that there were other people? At each topside alert facility (Launch Control Facility, now days, Missile Alert Facility) there would be 8 individuals on site ( 2 Flight Security Controllers, 4 Armed Response personnel, Facility Manager, and site c... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Colonel Rhuairidh 10 years ago
How did this become another discussion on that missile business yet again?
Comment icon #43 Posted by quillius 10 years ago
How did this become another discussion on that missile business yet again? its a dirty job but someones got to do it edit to add: we could move it onto ancient rocks
Comment icon #44 Posted by Tim Hebert 10 years ago
How did this become another discussion on that missile business yet again? 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. 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... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
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 Gidday Mate I assume this is the one you are thinking of. It is asTim said, Echo.
Comment icon #46 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
C'mon Psyche, you know me better than that. If you have something different, send it along or post it. 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 th... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by quillius 10 years ago
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. The courtesy is both noted and appreciated Tim........... 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 convers... [More]


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