by Michael Salla, Ph.D

Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
December 5, 2009

from Examiner Website

In an apparent set back for secret official efforts to announce the existence of extraterrestrial life, the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) has just closed its UFO desk.

U.S. Army & U.K. MOD Multinational Experiment 3.0

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After 50 years of having an official reporting mechanism in place for public sightings of UFOs, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense stated that the funds could be better used for the Afghanistan war.

  • What is the impact of the British MOD decision to close its UFO desk?

  • Why was such an announcement made now given that only a trivial amount of public funds (44,000 pounds/US$73,000 a year) will be saved on an issue that generates strong public passion?

  • Is this a simple administrative decision on an issue that genuinely involves no national security factor; or a cynical move by a powerful British based national security faction to influence and/or impede coordinated international efforts to disclose the existence of extraterrestrial life?

In a November 1 update to its UFO reporting page, the British MOD laid out the grounds for its decision:

The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life. However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom. The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings. There is no Defense benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defense resources.


Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defense resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the… MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.

Put most simply, the MOD decision was claiming that after a 50 year investigation, there is no legitimate national security reason to continue collecting UFO data.


The MOD decision was saying that it could safely ignore UFO sightings given that nothing has been found to confirm that they are extraterrestrial in origin or form a threat of any nature.


The MOD decision has sent shock waves through the British UFO community given that official releases of UFO files that point to the reality of UFOs, and their serious national security implications.


For example, the British files contain reference to a 1957 incident where a US Air Force pilot received orders to fire 24 missiles at an aircraft carrier sized UFO.


He was later debriefed to remain silent.



The MOD decision is apparently related to President Obama’s announcement on the same day (November 1) to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, and to request NATO members to contribute up to 10,000 more troops.


Britain announced it will increase its troop levels by 1200 and justified the closure of the UFO desk as a cost cutting mechanism. Given the paltry sum to be saved (44,000 pounds/US$73,000 a year) it should be asked if that is the real reason for the closure?

Recent public revelations by a number of sources have commented on a powerful behind the scenes official effort to disclose the existence of extraterrestrial life. The effort has been traced to February 2008 with secret UFO discussions held at the United Nations that was leaked in an authorized disclosure by a U.S. Navy officer. Investigators, including this writer, have been able to interview the officer and confirm his credentials and high security clearance.


The officer claims that he was ordered to disclose the information by an admiral who was part of a covert U.S. Navy working group run by a number of admirals. In addition, a French civilian, with ties to the French military intelligence, also leaked information about the U.N. meetings, and an important agreement reached at them concerning a new policy of UFO openness beginning in 2009.


With the election of President Obama, and the appointment of a number of former Clinton administration officials involved in an unsuccessful earlier UFO disclosure effort, and former Navy/Marine officers with information about extraterrestrial life and/or technology, the ground work had been set for a powerful pro-disclosure alliance. U.S. and U.N. Disclosure efforts were considerably boosted by a Vatican based astrobiology conference at the beginning of November that legitimated scientific and religious dialogue about the implications of extraterrestrial life.

If, as written earlier in this Examiner column, official behind the scenes efforts are underway to disclose the reality of extraterrestrial life, the MOD announcement throws up a significant road block. It greatly influences how such announcement will be made and its content. Any announcement that UFOs were intelligently guided extraterrestrial vehicles would now greatly embarrass the MOD.


It is therefore not likely that an impending announcement of extraterrestrial life would be in any way linked with the UFO phenomenon. This means that extraterrestrial disclosure is more likely to take the route of an official announcement of primitive microbe life discovered in meteorites, on the moon or Mars, or other planetary body by NASA.


Less likely, though still possible, is a possible impending NASA announcement of ancient ruins found on the moon in conjunction with the October LCROSS mission as suggested by long time investigator of NASA missions, Richard Hoagland.

Britain’s MOD announcement appears to be a cynical effort to influence public opinion about the relevance of UFOs and possible extraterrestrial life at a time when such a possibility is being seriously considered by many for the first time. The MOD announcement places a significant road block to any coordinated international effort to disclose that intelligent extraterrestrial life is real and may be visiting earth.


What is now more likely, is an announcement that extraterrestrial life has been discovered in a primitive form, and the increased possibility that intelligent extraterrestrial life may be found elsewhere in the universe. Such an announcement would continue to marginalize the UFO movement, and launch astrobiology as an important scientific field.


It has been anticipated that when extraterrestrial life would be officially disclosed, that it would be spun in a way that hid much of the truth behind UFOs. The MOD decision greatly influences how disclosure will be framed, and ensures that a minimalist approach will be taken.

In conclusion, the MOD announcement to close its UFO office represents the efforts of a minimalist disclosure faction within official circles, seeking to counter a more maximalist pro-disclosure faction working through the Obama administration and the U.N. to reveal the truth about intelligent extraterrestrial life associated with the UFO phenomenon.


A compromise between the minimalist and maximalist disclosure factions, given the MOD decision, would ensure that any impending official announcement of extraterrestrial life would be minimal in scope.


Such an announcement would likely be firmly framed as a scientific discussion over proof of primitive extraterrestrial life forms ‘recently discovered’ by NASA or other national space agencies. While such a minimalist announcement will be a disappointment to many in the UFO movement, it will open the door to further scientific debate over the implications of extraterrestrial life.


This will legitimize emerging scientific disciplines such as astrobiology/exobiology, and exopolitics/astropolitics whereby the truth eventually emerges about extraterrestrial life.