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Re: MoD File Release

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 13:08:49 +0100
Archived: Tue, 20 May 2008 12:37:56 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD File Release

By now, most people should have had the opportunity to conduct at
least a cursory look through all of the released files. Has
no-one spotted anything of interest?

I think a lot of people are disappointed because quite apart
from the lack of a 'smoking gun', there is ample evidence the
the MoD hardly carried out _any_ investigation at all. This is
what I have been saying for years, but people preferred to
believe Nick Pope, commander-in-chief of the enormous 'UFO
Project'. He led people by the nose, claiming that there are all
sorts of wonderfully investigated cases in the files, which
served to convince him that UFOs represent a real threat to
national security.

So why has Nick been keeping his head down on this List? well,
there are 3 reasons;

1) He is too busy trying to 'cash in' on the current publicity.
Well, that seems to have died down a little, so he should have
some more time available.

2) His nose is out of joint - if he directs people to The
National Archives, who he claims to have 'helped' identify
interesting reports for media consumption, he can't avoid
highlighting Dave Clarke's activities, who _really_ helped them.
He spent in the order of 2 weeks at TNA full time, produced the
National Archives briefing document covering the files held at
TNA, and was provided with private office facilities at TNA for
the week of the release. Once again, Pope is hanging on to
Clarke's coat-tails and not giving him any credit, just as with
the FSWP, Rendlesham, and Condign releases.

3) He's trying to work out how to spin this so that his previous
exaggerations are less obvious and to cover his embarrassment.

The rest of ufology appears to be at a loss as to what to do
with disclosure now that it has arrived (at least in the UK).
Some claim that there must be another, super-secret section
dealing with the _really_ interesting stuff. If that is so, how
do witnesses, the CAA, the Police, and the military know when
and how to make a report to them? Where do the secret squirrels
get their radar data from - have they got their own independent
radar network?

Others grudgingly acknowledge that the MoD don't know any more
- in fact they know less - about UFOs than ufologists do. Many
fail to see the potential value in the files in terms of
statistical analysis as well.

There are a lot more files to come, and there will be more
interesting reports amongst them, and in a few cases, the MoD
will have carried out superficial investigations (the Cosford
case is a good example). There is no 'secret squirrel' section,
no smoking gun, no positive evidence of ET visitation. Get used
to it, and decide what you want to do to make the best use out
of 'disclosure' -  it's arrived.



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