It’s official: Britain has announced that it will be releasing previously classified information on UFO sightings in the United Kingdom once the general election is over this June.
According to Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell, a “news blog on frontier science and the paranormal” that received the exclusive story, the government is expected to release formerly unpublished reports on UFO activity collected over the span of 50 years by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD).
This event has been greatly anticipated, especially since the announcement in 2014 when the MoD admitted to holding back 18 documents because some content needed to be “re-examined” before the organization could officially make it accessible to the public.
This came as a surprise at the time, as the MoD had just stated that in 2013 it released all of its information on UFO sightings via the National Archives and under the Freedom of Information Act, which we now know was a lie.
What Types of Documents Will Be Released?
As explained in the Grenzwissenschaft-Aktuell article, a handful of the UFO documents are filed under the title UFO Policy and are dated from 1971-1976 and 1996-2000. Three more files are dated June-December 2000, December-March 2004, and March 2004. Lastly, the MoD stated that some of the files include subjects like “Air Traffic Control Low Flying UFOs” and “ADGE UFO Reports.”
Others are predicting that some of the files will be in relation to the “Rendlesham Forest Incident,” Britain’s most famous UFO sighting in 1980, located at military RAF-bases Bentwaters and Woodbridge. The United States Air Force was stationed in Suffolk, England, when a mystery triangle craft landed and was seen up close by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Halt and at least one other witness. Ufologist Nick Pope is famous for reopening the then-buried case in 1994, and ever since, the Rendlesham UFO case has remained another (frustrating) unexplained UFO file. You can read more about that in our CE article here.
Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, and Chairman of the NATO military committee, explained:
It seems to me that the Bentwaters incident is a classic case where an apparent intrusion into our airspace and indeed a landing in our country was witnessed by serious-minded people in the military, responsible people doing a responsible job, and Bentwaters is in a sense, a benchmark of how not to deal with these matters in the future. I know a good bit about the Bentwaters incident . . . [and] there are only two explanations for what happened that night in Suffolk. The first is that what the people concerned . . . claim [is] that something from outside the Earth’s atmosphere landed at their Air Force base, they went and stood by it, they inspected it, they photographed it, the following day they took tests on the ground where it had been and found radioactive traces. They reported this . . . and sent it to our Ministry of Defense.
Norton is one of several hundred (and more than 1,000 worldwide) military witnesses who came forward to testify to the reality of extraterrestrial visitation. He later went on to say:
There are objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy, that we have no means of stopping them coming here … [and] that there is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations. That it behooves us, in case some of these people in the future or now should turn hostile, to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.
Despite the numerous sightings, the UK MoD described the incident at Bentwaters as having “no defence significance.”
Let’s hope that the documents from the UK actually get published this time! The MoD announced it would release these same files in 2015, then it got pushed to 2016, and then it got extended to summer 2016, then March 2017, and now it’s June. The current delay is apparently tje result of the general election, but either way, it’s clear that there’s a serious lack of transparency.
“Due to the upcoming election here in the UK and the rules relating to government departments during the pre-election period, the files will not be released until after the election,” the letter reads. “We are working to ensure that the files are ready for release as soon after this period as is possible: hopefully around the middle of June.”
The documents will also apparently contain “Britain’s answer to Roswell,” the infamous UFO crash in New Mexico in 1947. You can read more about that in our CE article here.
Let’s hope that Britain’s upcoming dump of UFO files will lead to more transparency within the realm of ET/UFO disclosure!