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Re: MoD File Release

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 00:57:24 +0100
Archived: Sat, 24 May 2008 08:27:00 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD File Release 


>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 13:10:04 -0600
>Subject: Re: MoD File Release

Hello Mike, List,

<snip>

>Certainly in the case of the US government, any incident or data
>that reveals, or even suggests, a vulnerability in some
>component of our strategic infrastructure is going to be
>withheld from the public domain indefinitely, and countered with
>active disinformation as necessary, whether it relates to UFOs
>or not. Don't bother with the FOIA request.

The situation seems to be somewhat different over here. I was
concerned that one of the documents we obtained in relation to
the Condign report dated May 1997 contained the following
paragraph:


"There is considerable difficulty, therefore, in assessing and
prioritising these reports sufficiently quickly to provide,
where warranted, an active response.  Moreover, when
interceptions may be needed, we are constrained by reduced
readiness following drawdowns at the end of the Cold War and the
considerable time lag in responding from northern bases in the
event of incidents in the south, especially if access is needed
to intensively used civil airspace.  Inevitably, interceptions
are infrequently attempted against knowledge that, in the
present benign environment, most sightings are unlikely to be
associated with threatening activity."


Viewed in the context of 9/11, I was concerned that this
information might be useful to a terrorist, so much so that I
queried it's release with the MoD. The response was as follows:


"...the relevant desk officer confirmed that there was no need
to withhold this information."


>The proposition that the government is concealing critical UFO-
>related material is non-falsifiable (a la Iraq and WMD), and
>hence rather pointless to discuss, but proclamations that there
>is "no smoking gun", "no positive evidence", that "disclosure
>has arrived", etc., do not by any means follow from this purge
>of MoD filespace.

My question to anyone who thinks otherwise is where else is
there to look? Yes, there may be an odd mis-filed investigation
summary, files thought to have been destroyed may be found,
redactions may be removed, but the enduring message in all of
the documents released so far is that the MoD doesn't know and
doesn't want to know what UFOs are.

It would be amazing if the outstanding records, alluded to
above, completely contradicted all of the other available
documents, which bracket and in some cases overlap the otherwise
missing records.


Regards,

Joe



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