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BBC News: 'UFO Unit' Drew Blank

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 09:08:42 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 09:08:42 -0500
Subject: BBC News: 'UFO Unit' Drew Blank

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1740000/1740189.stm

Thursday, 3 January, 2002, 10:18 GMT

'UFO Unit' Drew Blank

There have been many sightings in the UK The Ministry of Defence
set up a unit to look at UFO sightings in the 1950s but found no
evidence of aliens, newly-released official documents have
revealed.

The joint group was formed in 1951 after a spate of sightings in
Sweden and the US sparked a "notable outbreak" of reports in the
UK.

But the experts from the Directorate of Scientific Intelligence
and the Joint Technical Intelligence Committee dismissed the
prospect of alien arrivals.

They said sightings were "optical illusions and psychological
delusions" - or just plain hoaxes.

Continuous watch

The group reported: "We consider that no progress will be made
by attempting further investigation of unco-ordinated and
subjective evidence.

"Positive results could only be obtained by organising
throughout the country, or the world, continuous observation of
the skies.

"[We would need] a co-ordinated network of visual observers,
equipped with photographic apparatus, and supplemented by a
network of radar stations and sound locators.

"We should regard this, on the evidence so far available, as a
singularly profitless enterprise.

'Flat disc'

"We accordingly recommend very strongly that no further
investigation of reported mysterious aerial phenomena be
undertaken."

One of the cases they looked at was RAF Flight Lieutenant
Hubbard who twice claimed to have seen "a flat disc, light pearl
grey in colour, about 50ft in diameter" flying low over
Farnborough at speeds to 800 to 1,000mph.

The scientists drily noted: "We find it impossible to believe
that a most unconventional aircraft, of exceptional speed, could
have travelled at no great altitude, in the middle of a fine
summer morning, over a populous and air-minded district like
Farnborough, without attracting the attention of more than one
observer."

But conspiracy theorists sticking to the idea of a transatlantic
cover-up of alien activity are likely to pick up on the fact
some parts of the dossier are still withheld.


WATCH/LISTEN ON THIS STORY

The BBC's Mark Coles
"UFO enthusiasts have
always believed there was a
secret report" -- RealAudio

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1740000/audio/_1740189_ufos8_coles.ram




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