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Re: BBC News: 'UFO Unit' Drew Blank - Ledger

From: Don Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 12:51:58 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 23:47:26 -0500
Subject: Re: BBC News: 'UFO Unit' Drew Blank - Ledger

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

 >Source: BBC News


 >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

 >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

 >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

 >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

 >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.

The BBC of course would think nothing odd about parts of a
dossier being withheld - unless of course it had to do with
their annual budget being cut and the reasons for same
were withheld. And they are babes in the woods to be sure if
they don't think that people and governments conspire.

Notice how that word gets tossed about these days - one of those
politically incorrect words. I see it bandied about even in our
provincial legislature, particularly whenever a cabinet minister
doesn't want to answer a question. "That honourable member sees
conspiracies everywhere, Mr. Speaker."

Note though that the BBC did pick up on the fact that parts of
the dossier were withheld. Why wouldn't they ask why?

Don Ledger

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