The U.K. Ministry of Defence also revealed in a memo dated Nov. 11, 2009, and released Feb. 28, 2010 by freedom of information (FOI) release to Dr. David Clarke, a U.K. UFO expert, that
"Reported sightings received from other sources should be answered by a standard letter and... should be retained for 30 days and then destroyed, largely removing any future FOI liability and negating the need to release future files post-November 30 2009."Exhibiting an embattled mentality regarding the communications with other governments on extraterrestrial and UFO issues and the exopolitical research community, the U.K. Ministry of Defence memo states,"We have deliberately avoided formal approaches to other Governments on this issue. Such approaches would become public when the relevant UFO files are released, and would be viewed by 'ufologists' as evidence of international collaboration and conspiracy."
According a U.K. news report (The Independent) on a 11/11/2009 U.K. ministry of defence (“MoD”) memo, released by Freedom of Information request to Dr. David Clarke;
“the memo sets out the MoD's reasons for shutting its UFO unit and ceasing to invite the public to send in details of sightings. It notes that the number of reports the department received soared last year, taking up extra resources and diverting staff from ‘more valuable’ defence-related activities. The MoD recorded 634 UFO sightings in 2009, the second highest annual total after 1978, when there were 750, according to UFO expert Dr David Clarke. This compares with an average of about 150 reports a year over the past decade.”
"The dedicated UFO hotline answer phone service and e-mail address serve no defence purpose, and merely encourage the generation of correspondence of no defence value. Accordingly these facilities should be withdrawn as soon as possible."
"Reported sightings received from other sources should be answered by a standard letter and... should be retained for 30 days and then destroyed, largely removing any future FOI liability and negating the need to release future files post-November 30 2009."
“The memo reveals that MoD chiefs made a point of not discussing their plans to close the UFO unit with other countries because of fears this could be perceived as part of a global cover-up.”
"We have deliberately avoided formal approaches to other Governments on this issue. Such approaches would become public when the relevant UFO files are released, and would be viewed by 'ufologists' as evidence of international collaboration and conspiracy.
According to a U.K. news report (The Independent) about the secret 11/11/2009 MoD memo,
“But the document includes as an annex a printout from the US Department of Defence website explaining that the American government stopped collecting reports of UFO sightings in December 1969.”Thus it would appear that the U.K. Ministry of Defence might now be adopting the U.S. Department of Defense strategy of shutting down all channels for public extraterrestrial and UFO reports, while maintaining secret extraterrestrial and UFO compartmentalized programs.
“He said: ‘This is the final rubber-stamping of the decision - they just want to totally wash their hands of the UFO business altogether. ’It's just been a millstone around their necks ever since the Cold War. They have decided that whatever they do, it reflects badly on them.The expert said the MoD's new policy on destroying UFO reports would make it much more difficult to uncover the truth about incidents in the future.
"’It's like they're desperately trying to avoid having to answer FOI requests on this subject,’ he said."’Even if something quite serious happened, perhaps where there was a near-miss with an airline, the MoD will say, 'we may have had a report on it, but we've destroyed it'.’
Each of these five serial UFO data dumps has been of data without any accompanying scientific, cosmological or exopolitical narrative.
Dr. David Clarke has released a 14 page guide to the U.K. MoD UFO files released to date, offered on the U.K. National Archives website.
What is preventing the U.K. MoD from providing a public commentary on the extraterrestrial presence and releasing these reports from the public with that context?[continue -ExoPolitics]
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