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UK MOD blamed for 'pussy footing' on UFO probe


August 12, 2011 - London

The Ministry of Defence did not carry out a thorough study of thousands of British Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) sightings since World War II because of a lack of resources and "higher priorities", the latest released batch of the UK's X-Files have claimed.

The author of the 1995 note, a wing commander in the top secret DI55, the branch of the intelligence staff responsible for assessing UFO reports, said that there was an intelligence interest in extra-terrestrials. However, he said that the public perception of the unit as a "defender of the Earth from the alien menace" was "light years from the truth", The Sun reports.

He also revealed that a lack of funds and higher priorities had prevented a full-scale study of sightings.

Following the memo, a limited investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) was commissioned by the MoD, the paper said.

The secret report had concluded in 2000 that UFOs did not pose a threat, eventually leading to the closure of the MoD's UFO desk in 2009.

The report's conclusions are summarised as "sightings that can be explained as mis-reporting of man-made vehicles, natural but not unusual phenomena and natural but relatively rare and not completely understood phenomena".

"The famous catchphrase from The X Files was 'the truth is out there'. Many people continue to believe the governments of the world know 'the truth' about UFOs and are concealing the fact that we are not alone in the universe," Dr David Clarke, author of the book "The UFO files" and senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University said.

"But I believe the truth is in these files. The files suggest that the UK government knows as much as we do about alien visitors and has no evidence to suggest we have ever been visited, despite the interest it has taken in sightings over the years. This is the truth, but will people believe it?" he added.

ANI

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