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But a British X-Files expert told the Daily Express the incident was an SAS practical joke after the Americans took one of theirs squads hostage.
It said: “A great deal of nocturnal Christmas fun was had at the expense of the USAF – and the matter should have ended there.
“Unfortunately, a senior US officer (Lt Col Halt) led the US contingent out into the forest on the second night and took along his tape recorder."
Alien fanatic Dr. David Clarke said: "After their release, the troopers made no complaint at their rough treatment but were determined to get their own back on the USAF.
originally posted by: mirageman
a reply to: Uberdoubter
The Scum is the trashiest of all trash tabloids and all they have done is lifted Dr. David Clarke's story.
TextReported in detail by ranking military personnel, the 1980 UFO sightings in Suffolk's Rendlesham Forest, spawned their own cottage industry of speculation. But now a leading ufologist says it was all just a vengeful prank. Thirty-eight years ago, on three nights between December 26 and 28, different sets of US Air Force personnel stationed at the RAF Woodbridge base, which reportedly housed nuclear warheads, witnessed bright orange, red, blue and white lights in the sky. Sent out to further investigate, one serviceman on patrol reported a “smooth, opaque, black glass” craft on the forest floor, covered in incomprehensible hieroglyphs, while on another night a different team encountered an object the size of a basketball turn into a spaceship, and had a “silent standoff” with what appeared to be a humanoid alien. The team, some of whom have since been diagnosed with PTSD, said that indentations in the ground, damage to the forest, and abnormal radiation readings proved that these were not mass hallucinations.
MoD insider Nick Pope, who ran the UK's official UFO project, also weighed in on the SAS prank claims.
He told Sun Online: "I'm skeptical of this latest theory and in evidential terms it's worthless: a ufologist claims someone contacted him, claiming to be in the SAS, and claiming the events were attributable to a prank...
It's a classic friend of a friend story. Ironically it's ufologists like Clarke who get pranked all the time, by people making unverifiable claims about UFOs that play to the belief system of the particular ufologist concerned, whether they are a believer or a skeptic.
"The problem is that ufologists don't have the specialist military or intelligence knowledge to assess such claims or to vet the identity of the people making them.
"Having run the Ministry of Defence's UFO project and having undertaken a cold case review of the incident I can categorically confirm that no explanation for the Rendlesham Forest incident was ever found.
"We looked at all the theories - and the claim that this was a prank isn't new - and none of them fit the facts. My cold case review was the last of the various official investigations into these events, so while the MoD terminated its UFO project in 2009, this means that the official verdict is that the case remains unexplained...