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Ministry of Defence to destroy UFO reports?

Updated on September 15, 2014

In 2010, it was widely reported that the UK Ministry of Defence intended to destroy all future reports of UFOs after 30 days.

Image by Bryan Tong Minh
Image by Bryan Tong Minh


One possible reason for this could be so the information does not have to be released under future FOI (Freedom Of Information) requests, or passed to national archives.

The reports cite that the information came to light after a memo, dated November 11, 2009, was obtained in response to an FoI request made by Dr David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University.

According to Dr. Clarke, the MoD (Ministry of Defence) recorded 634 UFO sightings in 2009, the second highest ever annual total. The record was set in 1978, when there were 750.

The MoD has already released many files relating to UFOs.

Not all sightings are found to have rational explanations

There are undoubtedly many sightings for which there are rational explanations such as weather phenomena, meteorites, satellites etc as well as deliberate hoaxes,

However, there are a relatively small number for which no satisfactory explanation seems to be put forward. Experienced pilots and astronauts have made such reports.

"Conventional" science may give the impression that space travel between planets is not possible because of the huge distances involved, and yet several ways in which this could happen, with advanced technology, have been suggested. Space / time could be curved, anti-gravity techniques could conceivably be used etc. etc.

UFOs are simply Unidentified Flying Objects, so they certainly do exist! As for what they are...that is the mystery!

Nick Pope, who formerly ran the British government's UFO project: Photo courtesy of
Nick Pope, who formerly ran the British government's UFO project: Photo courtesy of

So has the MOD lost interest in the subject?

Most likely not, but the Ministry of defence reportedly had such a high workload because of the number of sightings - many of which were found to be sightings of Chinese lanterns - that they terminated the UFO project. Also, it was said that on many occasions the MOD was getting more Freedom of Information Act requests about UFOs than on any other subject.

However, it is quite possible that such work could be contracted out to a private company! Allegedly, such contractors often have staff with security clearances higher than many people in the MOD, and private companies do not have to report under the Freedom of Information Act.

Nick Pope, who formerly ran the British government's UFO project, wrote

"So in response to the question of whether the MoD is secretly investigating UFOs, I damn well hope so. Because if they’re not, we’re leaving the UK vulnerable to terrorist attack and espionage … and maybe, just maybe, missing out on making a discovery that could change the world forever."


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