From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 08:16:06 -0500 Fwd Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 08:16:06 -0500 Subject: Britain's X-Files Said UFOs Were Waste Of Time Source: The Times of London - UK http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1469190,00.html 02-04-05 How Britain's X-Files Said That UFOs Were Just A Waste Of Time By David Charter Secret committee dismissed reports of flying saucers more than 50 years ago The truth is out there somewhere... but it has taken the Ministry of Defence 54 years to release secret papers ruling out the existence of UFOs. Minutes of the Government=92s Flying Saucer Working Party have finally been made public in answer to the ultimate request under the Freedom of Information Act =97 do aliens exist? In the document, marked "Secret" and "Discreet", officials rejected sightings of UFOs by RAF personnel as well as a series of reports of "luminous bodies" by members of the public. The working party concluded: "We consider that no progress will be made by attempting further investigation of uncoordinated and subjective evidence and that positive results could only be obtained by organising throughout the country, or the world, continuous observation of the skies by 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. We accordingly recommend very strongly that no further investigation of reported mysterious aerial phenomena be undertaken, unless and until some material evidence becomes available." With that, the Flying Saucer Working Party dissolved itself in June 1951, never to meet again. But in the absence of any details of its deliberations, UFO sightings have continued unabated over Britain as shown by the recent release of reams of reports from members of the public. The latest MoD document shows that 91 sightings were recorded last year in places as far afield as Peterborough in Cambridgeshire ("four dull red lights"), Paignton in Devon ("long single black cylinder") and Honley in West Yorkshire ("looked like a jellyfish flying in the sky "). Last September was a busy month for UFOs, with a "silver disc" in Glossop, Derbyshire; a "bright light at first then looked like a box kite" in Barry, South Wales; "two silvery objects pulling apart and moving together" in Holywell, Flintshire; and "a great bright light like a big ball of fire" over Iwerne Minster in Somerset. The area with the most frequent mysterious activity has been West Kilbride, on the southwest coast of Scotland. The MoD received a dozen reports during the year of increasingly dramatic visitations, from "one sphere" on April 2, "five bright spheres" on May 30 to "at least 25 yellow spheres flying in groups of five" on November 26. None of them would have passed the stringent examination of the Flying Saucer Working Party, however, which was quick to dismiss the flurry of reports in 1950 which followed early publicity surrounding an original "flying saucer" in the United States in 1947. Although the group praised a "careful and accurate" observation by a locomotive fireman of a luminous body travelling at high speed over Derby, it was "undoubtedly a meteorite". The evidence of a Flight Lieutenant Hubbard, an experienced pilot, was also discounted in trenchant terms. Hubbard reported "a flat disc, light pearl grey in colour... executing a series of S-turns and oscillating". But the working party concluded: "We conclude that Flight Lieutenant Hubbard was the victim of an optical illusion or that he observed some quite normal type of aircraft and deceived himself about its shape and speed." Britain=92s UFO spotters are as unimpressed with the Government=92s disclosures as officials were then with Flight Lieutenant Hubbard. Judith Jafar, the chair of the British UFO Research Association, said: "It is a pointless exercise because the Government is not going to release any files that are contentious in any way. The files they are releasing now are not going to take us anywhere that we have not been before." However, in a letter accompanying the release of the report, the MoD states: "The MoD does not have any expertise or role in respect of UFO/flying saucer matters or to the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial lifeforms, about which it remains totally open-minded."
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