Section 1: This Introduction
As detailed below, I have been working behind the scenes to improve international cooperation regarding the sharing of digitized UFO material and, as
a bit of fun for us all, have been arranging a relevant little project for January – Project Phoenix. I detail that project below (in Section 3 to
To help give that project a little push, I have arranged for the following statement to be endorsed by numerous UFO researchers and prominent UFO
skeptics. The ones that has endorsed it so far far include Jenny Randles, Hal Puthoff, Dr Kit Green, Bruce Maccabee, Rick Hilberg, Jan Aldrich, Barry
Greenwood, Mark Rodeghier (of CUFOS), Frank Warren, Tim Printy, Jim Oberg, Robert Sheaffer, Lance Moody, Chris Rutkowski, Christopher O'Brien,
Edoardo Russo, Dick Haines, John Schuessler (formerly of MUFON), James Carrion (formerly of MUFON), Tony Eccles (of BUFORA), Dr David Clarke, Paul
Dean, Keith Basterfield, Jacques Scornaux of SCEAU-Archives OVNI and Mikhail Gershtein of Russia):
"We consider that making source materials about reports of 'UFOs' (including official documents, periodicals and relevant audio recordings) easily
and freely available online is likely to contribute to the study of relevant physical, historical, psychological and sociological issues. If you are
able to help with digitisation projects such as the one being conducted by the AFU in Sweden, we would appreciate you
But I want to begin by giving an evidence of the sort of material that I think is just lying around in various archives just waiting for someone to
scan it and share it. This example relates to scans of new British UFO files (images of which, according to the rules of the National Archives in
England as detailed below, I cannot publish on an open website but can share with others via a password-protected website).
During June 2017, the British Ministry of Defence released various further UFO files at the National Archives at Kew outside London, England. I
considered it unfortunate that (unlike other recent releases of batches of UFO files) scans of these files were not released online, particularly
because personally I found these new files more interesting than many of the previous batches. Some of this material has been seen before in earlier
releases, some of it was overlooked by many because of it being scattered through various files and/or not accompanied by some of the new documents
which put some of the earlier material in a new light.
For example, how many people knew each of the following which are documented in these files?
(a) UFO reports have been taken “seriously” by some of those in the Ministry of Defence in England, particularly by some of its “scientists and
engineers” (see Footnote 1 below);
(b) A decision was taken in 1993 to classify a UFO study for the British Ministry of Defence and its output as “SECRET UK EYES B” explicitly
“since a potential exists for political embarrassment” (see Footnote 2 below);
(c) The British Ministry of Defence in 1993 was aware from intelligence sources that “Russia believes that such phenomena exist and has a small team
studying them” (see Footnote 3 below);
(d) The British Ministry of Defence was aware in 1993 that “an informal group exists in the US intelligence community” in relation to UFOs and
that it was possible that this reflected “a more formal organization” or “more formal assessment activity” (see Footnote 4 below);
(e) In 1982, unnamed “US authorities” wished to have copies of any reports on a UFO incident which involved the launching of two USN F14 aircraft
and the diversion of a RAF Phantom to “assist” a USAF aircraft to the south of Cyprus involved in a “UFO incident”. The few documents on this
incident in the relevant file refer to various materials which are not included in the released material (see Footnote 5 below);
(f) A British Air Attache in Paris in 1977 reported in that “the French military authorities had found nothing of an aggressive nature in the
sightings although their scientists had been unable to explain the phenomena” (see Footnote 6 below);
(g) The Ministry of Defence had learnt in relation to sightings over Belgium in 1990 “informally, that the view of the Belgian Air Force is that a
craft of some sort was involved and that they maintain an open mind on the sightings, which remain unexplained” (see Footnote 7 below);
(h) A letter dated 7 June 1982 from the Italian Embassy to the Ministry of Defence requested a meeting “of approximately five days’ duration” to
“discuss salient organizational points in the UFO sector” (see Footnote 8 below);
(i) the Australian Department of Defence had stated in relation to UFO reports that “a considerable amount of effort is spent investigating each
report…” (see Footnote 9 below).
Footnote 1 : See Section 2(c)(xiii) below regarding File 13 - DEFE 24-3152, particularly extracts from the memo dated 6 February 1978 at Page 55 of
that file and paragraph 9 of the memo dated 18 June 1995, classified “SECRET UK EYES A, at pages 215-222 of that file.
Footnote 2 : See Section 2(c)(xiii) below regarding File 13 - DEFE 24-3152, particularly a memo dated 18 October 1993 (at page 17 of that file) and a
memo dated 2 December 1993 in similar terms.
Footnote 3 : See Section 2(c)(xiii) below regarding File 13 - DEFE 24-3152, particularly a memo dated 18 October 1993 (at page 17 of that file) and a
memo dated 2 December 1993 (at page 176 of that file).
Footnote 4 : See Section 2(c)(xiii) below regarding File 13 - DEFE 24-3152, particularly a memo dated 18 October 1993 (at page 171 of that file) and
paragraph 31 of a memo dated 18 June 1995 classified “SECRET UK EYES A”.
Footnote 5 : See Section 2(c)(xii) below regarding File 12 - DEFE 24-3129-1, particularly the documents at page 54 and 60 of that file.
Footnote 6 : See Section 2(c)(xiii) below regarding File 13 - DEFE 24-3152, particularly a memo dated 13 December 1977 (at pages 36-37 of that
Footnote 7 : See Section 2(c)(ii) below regarding File 2 - DEFE 24-2822-1, particularly a memo dated 8 June 1994 (at pages 176-177 of that file)
Footnote 8 : See Section 2(c)(xii) below regarding File 12 - DEFE 24-3129-1, particularly the letter dated 7 June 1982 from the Italian Embassy (at
page 152 of that file).
Footnote 9 : See Section 2(c)(vi) below regarding File 6 - DEFE 24-2879-1, particularly the documents at pages 125-126.