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Re: UFO Picture Causes Controversy In UK - Pope

From: Nick Pope <nick@popemod.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 01:17:10 +0100
Fwd Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2002 07:22:24 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Picture Causes Controversy In UK - Pope

 >From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 08:21:48 +0200
 >Subject: UFO Picture Causes Controversy In UK

 >This is the photograph which has caused Britain's latest
 >UFO inquiry.

 >UFO believers say it is proof of a close encounter with

Stig and List,

This is indeed causing quite a stir here in the UK. Graham
Birdsall's UFO Magazine ran the story in the October 2002 issue,
on pages 18-21. Two national newspapers, the Daily Mail and the
Daily Star, featured it on Friday October 4. That same day
Georgina Bruni and I appeared on Sky News to discuss the

In my Ministry of Defence job I used to receive a lot of photos
and videos of UFOs. Most of them had been taken at night, and
the vast majority showed little more than a vague light or
shape. Most images showed just the object in the sky, with no
ground features visible. Even with various in-house enhancement
and analysis techniques available, there was little that could
be done with such material. Even with the better material, it
could never be viewed in isolation; the image, the witness, the
witness's story, and information about the camera had to be
considered together.

The photo is certainly intriguing. And the story is, to use a
phrase often used in data evaluation, "interesting, if true".
But when all is said and done, all we really have is a photo and
letter, which were sent to the offices of a local newspaper. The
name on the letter did not check out, and while many genuine
witnesses are reluctant to come forward, we must be cautious in
such cases.

There are things that can be done here. Outside of government
and military circles, there are plenty of commercial firms that
do very good enhancement and analysis work. The police often use
such companies to clean up CCTV images. But until and unless we
have further information on the witness, no meaningful
investigation can take place.

Best wishes,

Nick Pope

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