Britain's Churchill demanded UFO briefing: secret files

Feb 18, 2010

Hundreds of UFO sightings by Britons, including one who developed a skin condition after a supernatural encounter, emerged in files out Thursday which also show Winston Churchill's interest in the issue.

The most unusual of the newly declassified Ministry of Defence files tells how a man in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, claimed his car was surrounded for five minutes by a "tube of light" in 1997.

The man, who reported the incident to police, was sick the next day and also developed a mysterious skin condition.

"First sighting seemed like a massive star moving towards the car," the previously top secret police report said.

"Having stopped the car and switched the lights off, the light encircled the car, remaining for perhaps five minutes.

"(The man) was able to walk through the light which was very bright. There was no sound, no aircraft or helicopter noise, and besides feeling ill (he) was very frightened."

The newly released files span 6,000 pages and cover the period 1994 to 2000.

They were released alongside another file dating back to 1952 which showed then British prime minister Winston Churchill requesting a briefing on UFOs from his secretary of state for air.

"What does all this stuff about flying saucers amount to? What can it mean? What is the truth? Let me have a report at your convenience," he wrote.

In the reply, Churchill was told that alleged sightings could be explained by earthly phenomena such as optical illusions, mistaken identification of planes, birds and balloons and deliberate hoaxes.

The more recent files detailed reams of other UFO spottings.

A policeman said he saw one flying over Chelsea Football Club's Stamford Bridge ground in southwest London in 1999, while a man in Birmingham, central England, saw a blue triangle hovering over his garden late one night in 1997.

That alleged alien craft flew off quickly, leaving behind a "silky-white" substance on nearby treetops which the man collected in a jam jar.

One UFOlogist, David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University in northern England, said the latest files showed how the shape of reported flying saucers had changed in recent decades.

This could be linked to sci-fi television shows and films like "The X Files" and "Independence Day", he said.

"One interpretation could be that the latest advances in technology may be influencing what people see in the sky," he said.

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DMHarvey
not rated yet Feb 18, 2010
I can tell you with complete certainty what I saw was nothing influenced by the x-files or independence day or any other for that matter,I never believed in this sort of stuff. well that is until I saw one, then another,then another,most relativly close up one as close as 20 feet above me. Im not saying it was alien but a human would not have fit in it,it was intelligently controlled. but dont take my word for it,simply look up once in awhile.
patnclaire
1 / 5 (1) Feb 18, 2010
According to the Fortean Society and the Skeptic society...whatever they call themselves...Psycops? All these people's encounters could be explained away and their cognitive dissonance evaporated by knowing that it was Swamp Gas or the planet Venus (it still is a planet, unlike Pluto, isn't it?) that they encountered.
The Prime Minister got the standard, "feel-good" briefing...not the truth. Not everything has to be the Alien Hypothesis but the sightings are not all mass hysteria or mistaken identity, either.
otto1923
not rated yet Feb 18, 2010
I can tell you with complete certainty what I saw was nothing influenced by the x-files or independence day or any other for that matter,I never believed in this sort of stuff. well that is until I saw one, then another,then another,most relativly close up one as close as 20 feet above me. Im not saying it was alien but a human would not have fit in it,it was intelligently controlled. but dont take my word for it,simply look up once in awhile.
More details please: when, where, what time, your age, other witnesses, etc
baudrunner
not rated yet Feb 18, 2010
Of course UFO's exist. Anything that flies and cannot be identified is an Unidentified Flying Object. Just wait till 2012 when a rash of UFO sightings wil occur. They come are from the "asteroid" Toutatis, collecting their kindred, before creating a nova with the anti-matter pod half of it, and which will generate the shockwave that they intend to surf out of here to the next evolving inhabited world, ripe for the exploiting. And yes, you will all perish. Be afraid - be very afraid..
Fionn_MacTool
not rated yet Feb 22, 2010
Even when it was the terrorists I knew it was the aliens.
COCO
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
these clowns with 'first hand' experinces turn out to be attention seekers and mental mutants hoping to be listened to - like the first loonie. These people should be placed in FEMA camps and made to bunk with 911 truthers!!
DHarvey
not rated yet Mar 03, 2010
these clowns with 'first hand' experinces turn out to be attention seekers and mental mutants hoping to be listened to - like the first loonie. These people should be placed in FEMA camps and made to bunk with 911 truthers!!


somebody wishing they would see something? sure was an awful lot of trouble to create an account just to talk about somebody.I'm begining to wonder if theres intelligent life anywhere!

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