UK closed UFO desk after 50yrs and no 'potential threat'

Jun 21, 2013
A mock UFO with a sign reading "Smile, you are being abducted" is pictured north of Brasilia, in December last year. The British government finally shut down a special unit investigating UFO sightings after more than 50 years as it was a drain on resources and not a single report ever revealed "a potential threat to the United Kingdom," newly released government files showed Friday.

The British government finally shut down a special unit investigating UFO sightings after more than 50 years as it was a drain on resources and not a single report ever revealed " a potential threat to the United Kingdom," newly released government files showed Friday.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a hotline and an email address to which sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) could be reported in 2009, saying at the time that "no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom".

The newly released files show that Carl Mantell briefed then defence minister, Bob Ainsworth, that the desk was "consuming increasing resource".

"The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities," he remarked.

An MoD employee whose job was to investigate UFO reports was moved to another post.

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Egleton
1.8 / 5 (10) Jun 21, 2013
Too many sightings so we are shutting this thing down?
Sounds about right.
alfie_null
4.3 / 5 (4) Jun 21, 2013
Too many sightings so we are shutting this thing down?
Sounds about right.

Note which sector of the government ran this operation. The focus is on if there is a threat. After 50 years, a bunch of sightings (largely of poor reliability, I'd guess) and _nothing_ else. Nope, not a threat. If you want someone else in the government to gather this data for other reasons, go bug your MP.
axemaster
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 21, 2013
"The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities," he remarked.

You gotta love the hypocrisy inherent in the notion that resources devoted to killing humans are being put to better use than resources devoted to protecting humans.
Egleton
1.8 / 5 (5) Jun 21, 2013
Science should be about what is not known.
Poor quality information should excite a scientist's curiosity.
An example of good quality information is that if you drop an apple it falls to the ground. So what?
If the quality of the information is crystal clear, why bother? Anone who clings to what is known is just a seat warmer.
It is the anomolies that are interesting.
Neinsense99
4 / 5 (12) Jun 24, 2013
"The level of resources diverted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable defence-related activities," he remarked.

You gotta love the hypocrisy inherent in the notion that resources devoted to killing humans are being put to better use than resources devoted to protecting humans.

As you put your simplistic notion about military purpose into text form, members of the Canadian Armed Forces were rescuing civilians from flash floods, helping to protect emergency facilities, etc. So sorry for the nuance...
antigoracle
1 / 5 (3) Jun 27, 2013
Aliens to Brits, no one is interested in you nor your country.