The 'Real X-Files' - why UFO's still generate huge interest
Global UFO interest
Global interest in the subject of the possible existence of UFOs shows no sign of diminishing - and with the internet is growing stronger.
There are numerous websites out on the web examining in minute detail some of the 'evidence' they have come across such as extraterrestrials,
One - The UFO Bureau - even updates its website several times a day with online reports of UFO sightings, news and happenings.
Steve Jones is part of The UFO Bureau team and he says: "We set out to create a site that was a one-stop-shop for all Ufologists - and I think we have done that.
"We have news updates several times a day and we are planning on starting a UFO forum. There's a lot to read and discuss as it is but we think a forum would encourage open debate.
"The site isn't just for those interested in the subject but for sceptics too.
"The bottom line is that a lot of people think we are being visited by aliens on a regular basis - and they've either seen something they can't explain or have read up on the subject and are intrigued about the possibilities."
Aliens - do they exist?
Ufologists and the Internet
One of the reasons that Ufologists have embraced the internet is that it's so easy to disseminate material - UFO videos, photographs and eye-witness accounts are posted every day.
The subject has also been boosted by the French and British Governments, among others, opening of their 'X-files' - official records of all their sightings.
In Britain the records are being published by the National Archives under the supervision of Dr David Clarke, a journalism professor whose many requests for information led to him being put in charge of releasing all of the information.
He says that many people want to believe in UFOs and, even when the Government discloses what it knows about them, the chances are someone will be crying "conspiracy theory".
He said: "We want to believe in them and that's why people remain fascinated.
"And, while undoubtedly, most strange sightings can be explained, there are still strange events that cannot be accounted for. It's hard not to wonder if something's out there."
Governments reveal their 'X-Files'
The most recent batch to be released by the National Archives included 18 files containing 5,000 pages of correspondence and Parliamentary briefings created by the Ministry of Defence between 1995 and 2000.
The documents provide a unique historical snapshot of the extraordinary beliefs, legends and rumours that were held and spread by Ufologists around the time of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the subject in 1997.These files contain hundreds of letters addressed to the MoD and politicians that cover every conceivable rumour circulating just before the millennium: UFO crashes, alien abductions, animal mutilations, demonic entities, crop circles, remote viewing, mind-control and government conspiracies.
Dr Clarke has also published a book on the subject - and there are numerous UFO magazines and ezines.
The popularity in traditional media isn't lost on The UFO Bureau's Steve Jones who said: "People still like to read books and magazines - I think it will be a long time before they lose popularity.
"We have put together a well-received UFO ezine and have plans to publish it on a regular basis. At some point we will put a call out asking for Ufologists to submit articles."
One of the better – and largest - websites is UFO Evidence which presents in-depth and quality research, resources and information on the UFO phenomenon.
Dr Steven Greer, director of CSETI (Center for the Study of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), said: “The evidence that the earth is being visited by at least one extraterrestrial civilization is extensive both in scope and detail.
“In its totality, it comprises a body of evidence which at the very least supports the general assessment that extraterrestrial life has been detected, and that a vigorous programme of research and serious diplomatic initiatives is warranted."
There's a lot of interest out there - and with so many web sites covering the subject there's bound to be someone come forward to post 'proof' of UFOs.
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