Inevitably, the Ministry of Defence has released thousands of records to the National Archives since October of 2008 for public examination, that have often been referred to as Britain's X-Files. The October 2008 release alone provided hundreds of documents regarding UFOs for the period of 1978 through 1987, with the first group of eight files, containing more than 450 pages on the UK National Archive Web page. Although many of the incidents are truly bizarre, some UFO sightings remain unexplained, with no evidence within the files verifying alien contact. "There simply is no saucer-in-a-hangar smoking gun," said Nick Pope, a former civil servant who worked at the MoD for 21 years, with three years on its UFO desk. The MoD finally decided to release these files because of the deluge of requests received from UFO buffs and conspiracy theorists under the Freedom of Information Act. "They are sinking in a sea of FOI requests on UFOs," said Pope. "The administrative burden in dealing with them on a case by case basis is horrendous." The National Archives has received huge interest in the release of these documents. "This is a subject that interests a vast number of people, believers, skeptics and agnostics. My understanding is that this is possibly the largest launch event they have done since the census," Pope said. A similar release of UFO files by France's national space agency in 2007 attracted more than 220,000 users on its first day, causing their to crash. To avoid such problems, the National Archives is using an external hosting company which is able to add extra capacity as required to handle the amount of web traffic expected as new files are released. The files consist of a variety of documents, including numerous individual sightings, accounts of investigations and briefings prepared by the MoD staff for the British Ministry on the UFO phenomenon. "There are a lot of conspiracy theories that have grown up about the military interest in UFOs. What we are getting to see in these papers are the actual facts," said Dr David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, in a podcast prepared for the National Archives on the release. "The vast majority of them are just ordinary people who have seen something unusual and thought that they ought to tell someone about it." In the great majority of cases, the MOD did very little if anything to follow them up, concluded Pope. At the more colorful end of the spectrum is a letter dated January 1985 from someone who claimed to have been in contact with aliens since he was seven. He said he had visited alien bases in Wirral and Cheshire and had observed a UFO being shot down next to Wallasey town hall. "As I was watching, the front end of the UFO hit the water, then the whole UFO disappeared leaving the water to splash, as if done by an invisible entity." He later tried to arrange a meeting between an alien called Algar and the British government, but said Algar had been killed by other aliens before the meeting could take place. Other reports are more credible. At quarter past midnight on Christmas Day 1985, three police officers in Woking were surprised by a white light descending on the Horsell area. The officers were worried their report would not be taken seriously, because Horsell Common features in HG Wells's War of the Worlds as the place where the first Martians land. The account reads: "Genuine report. Two competent officers slightly embarrassed." In another credible sighting, from September 5 1986, a civil pilot described a UFO that shot past his aircraft 1.5 nautical miles to its left. He speculated about whether it might have been a meteorite or a missile and then wrote: "If it's a missile, myself and my crew are not impressed." The files include a damning verdict on the so-called Rendlesham Forest incident, an apparent UFO contact near an RAF base in Suffolk in 1980 that has often been referred to as "Britain's Roswell", a reference to a America’s mos famous UFO. In a briefing document, an MoD official wrote: "We believe the fact that Colonel Holt [the RAF base commander] did not report these occurrences to the MoD for almost two weeks after the event, together with the low-key manner in which he handled the matter, are indicative of the degree of importance in defense terms that should be attached to the incident." Clarke said releasing the files was a good move. "The very fact that these documents are being released shows that there isn't a cover-up. It's a good move on the part of the Ministry of Defence to demonstrate what they know, which doesn't amount to much, on this subject," he said. But Pope said that conspiracy theorists are unlikely to be satisfied. "If that's what people believe, absolutely nothing will dissuade them," he said. "If 100% of the UFO material from every nation on Earth was disclosed and there were no aliens, those that believe there are aliens would cry foul." August 12 1983 – Early in the morning, a 77-year-old Aldershot man who was out fishing said he was contacted by the inhabitants of a flying saucer. Four feet high and wearing pale green overalls with helmets and black visors, they gave him a tour of their craft and told him: "You can go. You are too old and too infirm for our purpose."   August 5 1985 – Crop circles appeared in a wheat field near Andover. An officer in the Army Air Corps investigated and reported his findings to the MoD. The officer said there were no tracks in the wheat: "To have set the holes in such a precise pattern manually would have required a tape measure or string, and the users would have been bound to leave tracks ... none of us could offer any reasonable explanation."   April 26 1984 – Two police officers n Edgware, North London, investigated a call from a 29- year-old woman who had seen lights in the sky. They watched the object for an hour with binoculars, describing it as circular with blue lights around the middle. "During that time it moved erratically from side to side, up and down and to and fro, not venturing far from the original position." Dr. David Clarke, author of 'The UFO Files' and senior lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, reveals the importance of the latest batch (March 2011) of UFO files to ever be released by British The National Archives. The 35 files cover the years 2000-2005 and contain over 8,500 pages of UFO sightings and reports, color photographs and drawings, RAF investigations, unusual radar detections, parliamentary briefings, Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and – for the first time – documents on the government's policy on UFOs. Dr Clarke highlights some of the files' most interesting revelations, including how the UFO phenomenon was discussed at the highest level of government and Security Services worldwide including at the United Nations, and how the introduction of the FOI Act led to the MoD opening the UFO files up to the public for the first time in history. Nick Pope discusses the seventh batch of UFO files released in March of 2011from the MoD to the UK National Archives. The largest batch ever released, 35 in all, with over 8,500 pages of information. To listen Dr. Clarke discuss the March 2011 release from the MoD, Click Here –
Dr. David Clarke reviews his findings of the MoD files released in February 2010 to the British National Archives. There are 24 files in this collection, in all over 6,000 pages of information. Dr. David Clarke reviews the fourth installment of MoD files released October 2009 to the British National Archives. There are 14 files with over 4,000 pages. Dr. David Clarke reviews the third  installment transfered by the MoD files in June 2009 to the British National Archives. There are 7 files in all, containing over 12 UFO sightings reported to the MoD between 1987- 1993. The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011