- Has the British Government ever employed
the use of the Official Secrets Act to silence those implicated in the
UFO subject? To those armchair researchers who proclaim that such an idea
is absurd, I say: 'Think again.'
- In my first book, A Covert Agenda, I
presented clear evidence via officially-released documents now available
at the Public Record Office at Kew, that in both 1953 and 1956 orders were
circulated throughout the RAF warning personnel not to talk about the UFO
issue outside of official channels; however, the records which had been
declassified at the time I wrote the book did not directly reference the
OSA or its potential use from a ufological perspective. Nevertheless, I
was also able to present the testimony of a number of individuals (some
with media ties) who asserted that the OSA had been used to keep the truth
surrounding UFOs under wraps.
- Via a file that I secured only days ago
from the PRO, however, I am now able to prove conclusively that UFOs and
the Official Secrets Act go hand in hand. Exactly why the Government has
chosen to release this file is a mystery in itself, given that it sharply
contradicts past assertions.
- The file in question (titled 'UFO Policy')
covers the period 1958 to 1963 and revolves around UFO investigations undertaken
by various Air Ministry departments during that time frame. Contained within
the file is a 6-page document dating from December 1960 and circulated
at 'Secret' level throughout the Royal Air Force. Like earlier papers,
it details the procedures to be followed in the event that military radar
operators, RAF pilots, civil pilots or members of the public should report
- Interestingly, however, the paper in
question contains two eye- opening revelations. First, it states that in
situations where UFOs were tracked on radar, any military aircraft in the
vicinity were to be diverted from their normal flight to 'investigate the
phenomena'. Second, and far more significant, is the Air Ministry's overwhelming
desire to prevent the media and the public learning about such intrusions,
trackings and interceptions. I quote from the paper in question:
- 'The Press are never to be given information
about unusual radar sightings. Unauthorised disclosures of this type will
be viewed as offences under the Official Secrets Act.
- Although brief in nature, this document
(which remained in use until the formation of the MoD on 1 April 1964 -
how appropriate) makes it abundantly clear that the UFO issue was indeed
covered by the OSA.
- On another - but equally important -
matter, the file in question also makes a very brief reference to a pre-1959
study of the UFO mystery carried out by none other than the British Government's
Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC)! Certainly, it has long been recognised
that at various times since the late 1940s investigations into UFO encounters
have been undertaken by the Royal Air Force, the Air Ministry and the Ministry
of Defence. However, the revelation that the JIC also carried out an investigation
more than 40 years ago is of great significance. Why so?
- First, the membership of the JIC includes
not just elite personnel from the MoD, the Treasury and the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, but also the heads of MI5, MI6 and the Government
Communications Headquarters at Cheltenham - GCHQ!
- Second, the fact that (to my knowledge)
no rumours have ever circulated to the effect that the JIC undertook its
own UFO investigation programme in the late 1940s or 1950s, is an indication
of the level of secrecy that surrounded the project.
- The files at the Public Record Office
concerning the JIC make no reference to a 1940s/50s UFO investigation;
however, I am now actively looking to resolve this issue via several methods
and hope ultimately to reveal further findings at a later date. At this
stage, the extent to which any of this may have a bearing on the allegations
of direct UFO studies undertaken by GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 both decades ago
and in the present day, can only be guessed at.
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