Britain should follow the United States’ example and set up its own UFO task force to investigate possible extraterrestrial sightings, experts have said.
They accused the UK government of not taking the issue seriously enough and warned it could have serious implications for the country’s defense capabilities.
Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the British Army in the 1990s before the unit was disbanded, said it was “outrageous” that ministers were not taking “significant action” to investigate unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP). , more commonly known as unidentified flying objects. .
“The Ministry of Defense (MoD) needs to restart investigations into UAPs, a working group of some kind needs to be created and the Defense Committee needs to start holding the MoD to account on UAPs, as the Committees are doing of Armed Services in recent years. United States Congress, both in the Senate and the House,” he told MailOnline.
Pope accused defense officials of “resorting to a lazy, closed-minded ‘it can’t be, so it isn’t’ mentality”, meaning potential foreign threats to UK shores could be overlooked.
Is there anyone out there? Britain should follow the US lead and set up its own UFO task force to investigate possible extraterrestrial sightings, experts have said (file image)
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The Ministry of Defense closed its UFO office in 2009 and nothing has ever replaced it.
Prior to this, he carried out what was at the time an extensive and highly secret UFO investigation of more than 10,000 possible sightings over several decades, many of which were made by military personnel.
Known as the Project Condign report, it concluded that 80 percent of the sightings were easily explained, 19 percent were secret military ships and only 1 percent had a mysterious origin.
However, the MoD accepted that there will always be UAP and that those that are unexplained are likely to be “an unknown type of plasma” and are no cause for concern.
“The MoD has consistently stated that no UFO/UAP sightings have ever shown a threat to the UK, therefore they are of no defense significance and as a result the MoD is not interested,” he said. Philip Mantle, the fFormer research director of the British UFO Research Association.
He told MailOnline that for this reason it would be “pointless” to create a UFO task force.
“The Ministry of Defense is not interested and science in general tends to ignore the issue,” Mr Mantle added.
“However, one thing that is clear is that the UFO phenomenon, whatever it may be, does not recognize international borders, so any such study must surely have an international rather than a national scope.”
In the United States, NASA last week released its long-awaited report on more than 800 possible extraterrestrial sightings over a three-decade period.
The space agency’s independent panel of experts stressed that there were “no reasons to conclude” that some were of extraterrestrial origin, but warned that the mysterious flying objects were an “obvious” threat to US airspace.
Pope said that if the United States was worried about this, Britain, as a NATO ally, should be too.
In the United States, NASA last week released its long-awaited report on more than 800 possible extraterrestrial sightings over a three-decade period. NASA chief Bill Nelson (pictured) announced that a new director of UFO research would help implement the panel’s recommendations.
The newly created UFO research division will continue studying UAPs, although the space agency yesterday ruled out that extraterrestrials were to blame for some 800 sightings of this type in almost three decades. Above, a weather balloon takes to the air after being released from the Cape Canaveral weather station in Florida. The NASA panel included this image in its report as an example of surprising and highly unusual objects that actually have a terrestrial explanation.
He added: ‘The UK can make a significant contribution to the wider search for the truth about UAP, harnessing the resources and image analysis capabilities of its world-class intelligence community.
‘The bottom line is that we need action.
‘Just as US lawmakers – both Republican and Democrat – are tackling this issue, UK MPs should start asking some tough questions of the MoD, not accept boilerplate answers and ensure meaningful action is taken by creating of a working group modeled on the Pentagon’s All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office.
A petition has also been created asking the UK to create a UFO/UAP investigation office but so far it has only gotten 1,500 signatures since May.
10,000 are needed for the Government to respond and 100,000 to be considered for debate in Parliament.
Interesting: Earlier this year, the Department of Defense released a document revealing “UFO hotspots in the world.” Includes a map showing where the most sightings of unidentified objects have been recorded, based on reports between 1996 and 2023.
The petition states that the office “would primarily be to investigate and investigate reports of UFOs (unidentified flying objects) and UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena) over the United Kingdom and also assist and support witnesses.”
Although they threw cold water on the extraterrestrial hypothesis, NASA experts did not deny the possibility that “a possible unknown alien technology is operating in the Earth’s atmosphere.”
Their 33-page report called on NASA to use its technological power to continue studying UFOs because many cases remain unsolved and researchers still have no idea what some of these sightings are.
NASA chief Bill Nelson announced that a new director of UFO research would help implement the panel’s recommendations.
A separate UFO investigation by the Pentagon is also underway, but with the military and intelligence communities.
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Since the first sighting more than 75 years ago, popular culture has often depicted a UFO as a flying saucer emitting a powerful halo of light.
But that could finally change after the official publication of information from the Pentagon about the mysterious aerial phenomenon.
The new Department of Defense document reveals characteristics of the typical UFO, including color and shape, speed and flight level.
Based on clues from reported sightings, the typical UFO has a round shape, usually described as spherical or orb, with a white or silver, often translucent color.
It also ranges in size from 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 meters) and generally travels through the air at an altitude just below commercial passenger airplanes.
The Pentagon has also released a hotspot map revealing the locations of reported UFO sightings, including Japan and the Middle East.
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