The following statement was released by the MOD on 4th December, 2009
The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life. However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.
The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings. There is no Defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources. Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MOD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence.
Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn. MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them. The ongoing programme to release Departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.
Eminent UFO researcher Nick Pope commented:
“The news was slipped out in a way designed not to attract attention, by making an amendment to an existing document in the Freedom of Information section of the MoD website, entitled "How to report a UFO sighting". The announcement states that "in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom" and goes on to say that "MoD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them":
Having worked on the UFO project from 1991 to 1994 I am sorry to see MoD disengage in this way. I believe that where evidence suggests that UK airspace has been penetrated by an unidentified object, this must automatically be of defence interest and should be investigated properly. Indeed, I am sure that as is almost certainly the case in the US, sightings from pilots and uncorrelated targets tracked on radar will continue to be looked at by someone, albeit outside of a formally constituted UFO project.
From the Fifties to the present day, MoD received around 12,000 UFO reports. While most were misidentifications of ordinary objects and phenomena, around 5% remained unexplained.”
Doctor David Clarke, highly distinguished UFO and Paranormal researcher and author of many books on these topics, added:
“Disappointing, but an inevitable victim of public spending cuts and demands for all resources to go towards providing kit for foreign wars.
Of course what the stories miss is that MoD will continue to look at reports from military sources and air defence radar, as they always have done. This just underlines the fact that they are not interested in wasting time receiving reports of lights in the sky from members of the public, which have been filed away with minimum attention (usually a standard letter response only) since at least 1974.
They can now save money on filing cabinets, stamps and time spent on dealing
with tedious "persistent correspondents.Nick Pope, of course is "horrified", and is quoted in today's Sun: "We're leaving ourselves wide open to terrorist attack."
Many thanks to “Ufology in UK UFO Discussion list” - http://www.uk-ufo.org/
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