The following uncut interview was filmed for the feature film – “UFOs: 50 Years of Denial.” In memory of Col. Philip J. Corso – May 22, 1915 – July 16, 1998, and his contribution to UFO and ET Disclosure.
Britain’s Ministry of Defence ceased to collect UFO reports as of December 2009, because, as they put it, “…in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.” However, the UFO files being released by the British National Archives contain cases that clearly should be of concern, and I am not alone in this opinion. In fact, the last batch of files includes correspondence between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and two high level military officials who were adamant that UFO cases should be taken more seriously.
The highest ranking among those hounding the MOD about UFOs was Baron Hill-Norton, former Admiral of the Fleet (1970-71), Chief of the Defence Staff (1971-73), and head of NATO’s military committee (1974-77). Two years after his retirement in 1977, Peter Hill-Norton was made Baron and a member of the House of Lords. As you can see, Lord Hill-Norton was quite an impressive chap and known as a tough and aggressive leader. In other words, he didn’t take no crap.
At some point Lord Hill-Norton took an interest in UFOs, and was unsatisfied with the MOD claiming that they were of no concern. He badgered the MOD with questions, trying to get them to actively investigate important cases. There are over 300 pages of correspondence between Lord Hill-Norton and the MOD in the latest batch of UK UFO files.
Lord Hill-Norton took a particular interest in the Rendlesham forest case. In late December of 1980, several US servicemen witnessed UFO activity over a two day period near the bases of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, both on lease by the US from the UK. The Rendlesham forest surrounds the bases. One of the witnesses included Deputy Base Commander, Charles Halt, who was ordered to forwarded a memo on the incident to the MOD.
In a response dated October 22, 1997 to Minister of State for Defence, Lord Gilbert, who claimed the Rendlesham sightings were not of interest, Lord Hill-Norton wrote:
My position both privately and publicly expressed over the last dozen years or more, is that there are only two possibilities, either:
a. An intrusion into our Air Space and a landing by unidentified craft took place at Rendlesham, as described.
b. The Deputy Commander of an operational, nuclear armed, US Air Force Base in England, and a large number of his enlisted men, were either hallucinating or lying.
Either of these simply must be ‘of interest to the Ministry of Defence’, which has been repeatedly denied, in precisely those terms. They, or words very like them, are used again in your letter and I believe, in the light of the above, you would not feel inclined to sign your name to them again.
Further, Lord Hill-Norton pushed Lord Gilbert on the sensitive question of whether there were nuclear arms on the base, which would have been against their agreement with US. Lord Hill-Norton asked Lord Gilbert, “Whether they are aware of reports from the United States Air Force personnel that nuclear weapons stored in the Weapons Storage Area at RAF Woodbridge were struck by light beams fired from an unidentified craft seen over the base in the period 25-30 December 1980, and if so, what action was subsequently taken.”
Lord Gilbert responded, “There is no evidence to suggest that the Ministry of Defence received any such reports.” He continued that he intended “neither to confirm nor to deny where nuclear weapons are located either in the UK or elsewhere, in the past or at the present time.”
One of the reasons there is no “official” disclosure is undoubtedly because so few UFO sightings are reported–and when they are, they are not documented by the mainstream media. In the Columbia Daily Tribune, Bill Wickersham writes: “For more than 60 years, innumerable well-documented reports have been made of sightings, landings and crashes of unidentified flying craft, commonly referred to as unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
“They undoubtedly are under intelligent control and travel at speeds and with aeronautical capabilities far exceeding those of today’s known military and commercial aircraft. Testimony of reliable witnesses, including astronauts, generals, admirals, law enforcement officials, airline pilots, scientists and many other highly credentialed officials attests to the physical reality and uniqueness of these craft. Additionally, there is evidence some craft have been retrieved by military personnel of the United States and other countries. Furthermore, research has verified that several witnesses have viewed and handled the bodies of visitors that can only be described as extraterrestrial in nature.”
It’s not just a problem in the US: In the UK, Nick Pope, the former Ministry of Defense (MOD) UFO Project chief from 1985-2007, openly admits to being part of what he claims was a British policy of ridiculing UFO reports and the people who reported them. In the Huffington Post, Lee Speigel quotes Pope as saying, “What’s abundantly clear from these files is that, while in public we were desperately pushing the line that this was of no defense interest. We couldn’t say ‘There’s something in our air space; pilots see them, they’re tracked on radar; sometimes we scramble jets to chase these things, but we can’t catch them.’ This would be an admission that we’d lost control of our own air space, and such a position would be untenable.
“Every time we got a report from a pilot, we were checking the radar tapes. So it was an interesting sleight of hand. We were telling the public we’re not interested, this is all nonsense, but in reality, we were desperately chasing our tails and following this up in great detail. Another trick would be deliberately using phrases like ‘little green men.’ We were trying to do two things: either to kill any media story on the subject, or if a media story ran, insure that it ran in such a way that it would make the subject seem ridiculous and that it would make people who were interested in this seem ridiculous.”
But some of them ARE reported: In the August 3rd edition of The Sun, Alex Peake and Anthony France report that BBC journalist Mike Sewell has told how he was left “totally freaked out” after seeing a UFO hovering above a field as he drove to work in the early hours of the morning. He reported the sighting live by phone as he drove along. The Sun quotes his broadcast: “I was driving east across country about 15 to 20 miles from Stansted Airport at 4.15 in the morning and I saw this big bright light in the sky descending towards the road and as it got closer it banked to the left. As it banked to the left it went cross-country, I could see underneath and it wasn’t an airplane and it wasn’t a helicopter. I dread saying this, disc-shaped. It had several lights flashing all around it and underneath there were at least two large panel lights, soft white lights underneath.”
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A lack of resources and “higher priorities” at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) prevented a full-scale study of the thousands of UFO reports that have been made since the Second World War, according to official documents.
The observation is contained in a 1995 internal memo from a wing commander in DI55, the branch of the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) which was responsible for assessing UFO reports.
The author concludes that there was no longer any reason to continue denying intelligence interest in UFOs, although the public perception of the unit as a “defender of the Earth from the alien menace” was “light years from the truth”.
But he thought few people would believe the truth and that lack of funds and higher priorities had prevented a full study of UFO sightings.
Following the memo, a limited investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) was commissioned by the MoD.
The secret four-volume report concluded in 2000 that UFOs did not pose a threat, eventually leading to the closure of the UFO desk in 2009.
The UAP report was released to the public following a Freedom of Information request in 2006.
The report’s conclusions are summarised as “sightings can be explained as mis-reporting of man-made vehicles, natural but not unusual phenomena and natural but relatively rare and not completely understood phenomena”.
The sightings are contained in the eighth batch of files to be released to The National Archives and contains 34 files covering 1985 to 2007.
The files include almost 9,000 pages of UFO sightings and incidents, photographs and drawings, RAF investigations, Freedom of Information requests, parliamentary briefings and government UFO policy documents.
Dr David Clarke, author of the book “The UFO files” and senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University said: “The famous catchphrase from The X Files was ‘the truth is out there’.
“Many people continue to believe the governments of the world know ‘the truth’ about UFOs and are concealing the fact that we are not alone in the universe.
The files are available to download for free for a month from the website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos
THE TRUTH really is out there, according to newly released UFO files.
The National Archives has released the Ministry of Defence’s official records of unidentified flying objects.
The records contain hundreds of sightings across the UK.
Out of this world reports
SIGHTINGS of UFOs in South Cumbria released in the Ministry of Defence’s official records from 1985 to 2007.
…On February 13, 1996, a silver-white circular object was spotted being followed perfectly by a smaller object of identical colour in Kendal…
…In 1993, an upright tube with green, red and blue flashing lights was seen travelling over Broughton moving towards Coniston…
…On March 12, 2001, three small lights protruding around a single very bright light were seen lying still over Carnforth before disappearing over the bay at high speed…
Sightings in south Cumbria include a mysterious circular object, a flashing tube of lights and an object that sped off across Morecambe Bay.
On February 13, 1996, an informant filed a report of a silver-white circular object being followed perfectly by a smaller object of identical colour in Kendal.
In 1993, an upright tube with green, red and blue flashing lights was seen travelling over Broughton moving towards Coniston.
And most recently, on March 12, 2001, three small lights protruding around a single very bright light were seen lying still over Carnforth before disappearing over the bay at tremendous speed.
UFO expert and lecturer, Tony Topping, believes that despite the extensive nature of the archives, they lack transparency.
He said: “I’d like to see actual scientific information which the government does know.
“Actual military reports of them liasing with people.
“I’m slightly cynical about the archives.
“It’s nothing I can get excited about but it’s a step in the right direction.”
But Dr David Clarke of the National Archives said: “The MoD’s position is that there is nothing to hide.
“The fact that there is a conspiracy is a general view among enthusiasts, unless what is released is what they want to hear.”
There was a huge increase in sightings around the 1950s but the MoD report state this is “in line with the beginning of unmanned flight, the advent of laser displays, space flight, weather balloons and so on.”
The archives from the Ministry of Defence span more than 8,000 pages and contain letters corresponding with both military personnel and civilians, press clippings, pictures, drawings and official reports submitted to the MoD regarding alleged sightings.
Commenting on the continuing interest in extra-terrestrial activity, Dr Clarke added: “It’s still got that question mark – people will always find it interesting.”
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