The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011 As the British National Archives continues to release UFO-related documents, the former Ministry of Defense (MoD) UFO Project chief is openly admitting to being part of what he claims was a U.K. policy of ridiculing UFO reports and the people who reported them. The U.K. made public 34 previously-classified files, totaling about 9,000 pages of documents covering the years 1985 to 2007. For three of those years, 1991 to 1994, Nick Pope was in charge of the official MoD office. "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," Pope told The Huffington Post. "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," he added.
One file reveals how officials were afraid to be embarrassed if the public learned that UFO research was hindered by a lack of funds and higher priorities. Another case, from 2007, took place in the vicinity of the Channel Islands and involved a small commercial aircraft. "The pilot and several of his passengers saw a UFO, which they said was essentially a mile long," Pope recounted. "And several other pilots saw it, but said, 'We're not going to report this.' And here's the great little get-out-of-jail-free-card for the MoD: Just by a matter of maybe a few hundred meters, it turned out that this was in French air space, so MoD was given this little get out to say, 'Well, it happened in French air space, so it's not an issue for us.' Clearly, that was an absolutely outrageous abrogation of responsibility." A file from 1993 (while Pope was chief of the UFO Project) describes how European Union funds had been wasted on a report that included a theory that aliens had established a base in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Of which, it turns out that Pope may have been directly involved with this case. "I'm a little bit apologetic about this because obviously, when I was in MoD, I had to play this game myself. To really achieve our policy of downplaying the UFO phenomenon, we would use a combination of 'spin and dirty tricks.' "We used terms like UFO buffs and UFO spotters -- terms that mean these people are nut jobs. In other words, we were implying that this is just a very somewhat quaint hobby that people have as opposed to a serious research interest." However, Pope said the ridicule policy went much deeper than that. "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." Pope further admits that he may have been the one who drafted actual MoD statements that contributed to the ridicule policy. "If it was my words, then I apologize, I'm very sorry for that. I believe in open government and freedom of information. I believe that the UFO phenomenon does raise important defense, national security and air safety issues, and if I helped kill any initiative on that, I'm deeply sorry." Some U.K. cases were apparently easier than others in trying to make them seem non-credible. Like the file that describes UFOs reported at the June 2003 Glastonbury Music Festival. "It was very easy to find an incident where something is seen at an event like a rock concert," Pope noted. "You don't even need to say a thing without the public or media perception being that drugs and alcohol might have played a part. It was all part of the way in which we spun the subject, to try and discredit it." Despite the thousands of pages of documents released – with one final batch of files yet to come, sometime early next year – Pope concedes there's still no written evidence confirming alien visits to Earth. "Not just yet – there's no spaceship-in-a-hangar smoking gun. However, there are plenty of sightings that I think show that we're dealing with more than just aircraft lights and weather balloons." Highlights Guide   August 2011 details of how to navigate through these newly released files. David Clarke’s Research Notes   Download David’s briefing document of the August 2011 files. DEFE 24/1958 UFO policy; with redactions DEFE 24/2019 UFO policy; with redactions DEFE 24/2031 UFO correspondence with Dr D Clarke DEFE 24/2034 UFO Parliamentary questions and correspondence; with redactions DEFE 24/2047 UFO press coverage; with redactions DEFE 24/2057  Requests for information on UFOs under DEFE 24/2064 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2066 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2068 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2070 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2072 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2076 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2082 UFO reports; with redactions DEFE 24/2094 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 31/183 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 31/185 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 31/187 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 24/2006 UFO policy; with redactions DEFE 24/2020 UFO reports; with redactions DEFE 24/2033 UFO Parliamentary questions and correspondence; with redactions DEFE 24/2035 UFO reports; with redactions DEFE 24/2056 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2060 UFO correspondence; with redactions DEFE 24/2065 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2067 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2069 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2071 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2075 Requests for information on UFOs under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; with redactions DEFE 24/2081 UFO reports; with redactions DEFE 24/2091 UFO correspondence; with redactions DEFE 31/182 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 31/184 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 31/186 UFO incidents; with redactions DEFE 31/188 UFO incidents; with redactions The files contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions covering the years 1985-2007. Within the files you can read eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings, including one that displays the picture of a ‘flying saucer’ sent to the MoD for analysis by defence experts. Withing the release you can also discover the bizarre story of ‘Mork and Mindy's' visit to East Dulwich. Start by reading the National Archive highlights guide (PDF, 397kb) to help navigate your way through these files (August 2011). It should also be noted that seven (7) files in this tranche ((DEFE 31/182-188) contain copies of numerous UFO reports made by members of the public and submitted to MoD between April 1993 and July 1996. These reports are duplicates of papers from tranche #4 of the UFO files, releases by The National Archives in August 2009 (DEFE 24/1959-1961 and DEFE 24/1974-76). This is because all UFO reports submitted to the MoD were copied to three separate branches. Papers in DEFE 24 were received by the „UFO desk. (Secretariat Air Staff) and copied to the Defence Intelligence branch DI55 whose papers, filed in DEFE 31, are part of the current release. The latest 34 U.K. UFO files can ALL be downloaded FREE, right here on the Dimension Zone: