The last batch of reports from the UK Ministry of Defence's UFO desk have been rejected for declassification by state auditors. The documents, dubbed the "British X-Files", have been long anticipated by UFO researchers. It's been speculated that they might contain the smoking gun when it comes to the Rendlesham Forest Incident of 1980. The MoD has been releasing its UFO records in a series of phases since 2008 and this process is almost complete. For personal reasons I'm particularly interested to read the files pending publication at the moment because somewhere within them is my own sightings report, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/my-ufo-sighting.html. There is not necessarily anything sinister involved in file auditing and the censorship of some material. The reason for a lot of it might be due to the 1998 Data Projection Act because it includes personal details about the witness; their home addresses etc. Nick explained this at a live lecture of his I once attended, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/now-thats-weird-conference-2008.html. However in this case the government has given a specific reason why: "Unfortunately, following the transfer of files to the National Archives in June, additional information which is covered by FOI exemption was identified, resulting in the files being returned to MoD in August." "FOI" means the Freedom of Information Act. This could be almost anything from an old lady's mobile phone number to major evidence of UFO presence whose secrecy is deemed essential to national security. Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/722373/UK-UFO-X-files-sent-back-MoD-CENSORSHIP. The most interesting part of this news story is the comment by Nick Pope: "For the MoD to send these UFO files to The National Archives, only for them to be sent back to the MoD, is unprecedented. I worked on the MoD's UFO project, wrote many of the documents that have already been released, and made the official announcement that started the entire release project, and yet even I don't know what's going on here. Bear in mind that for years the MoD told Parliament, the media and the public that this subject was of very limited interest and of no defence significance, yet suddenly these files are being treated with the same sort of sensitivity that you'd expect to see if they contained Britain's nuclear secrets. All this is taking place in the run-up to the
Presidential election, with WikiLeaks
revelations showing that discussions about UFOs have taken place at the highest
political level in US . This whole situation is like something out of The X-Files." For
Nick Pope to make a statement like this is frankly out of character. His
attitude towards this matter is only slightly milder than my own (I would have
used the word suspicious as well as unprecedented). He has always been very
defensive of his former employers in the past. Could this be because he now
lives in the America United States of America
where they can no longer "get at him"? I agree that the halting of
the file release process comes at a very ground-breaking time period in
UFOlogy, at least on the surface. We have the WikiLeaks revelations as well as
the continuing drive by Stephen Bassett and the Paradigm Research Group for
full UFO Disclosure, see here for details: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/ufo-disclosure-2016-wikileaks.html.
Could this be a coincidence? If so then when... or if... the withdrawn files are ultimately released there will be no
clues in them at all. It'll simply be more of the same,
man-walking-dog-on-Cannock-Chase-sees-ball-of-light-in-sky, kind of thing.
Either that or when you read them out loud they will sound something like this:
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/ufos-back-in-news.html.