posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 05:15 PM
by Michael Salla, Ph.D., Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
Capt. Thomas Mantell Intercepting UFO: Photo:WikimediaThe existence of UFOs has long been denied to be a national security concern by spokespersons of
the U.S. military and its major allies. For example, a U.S. Air Force fact sheet updated in 2003 says: “No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated
by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security.” Such a claim lacks credibility as evidence continues to emerge of
secret shoot down orders issued to Air Force pilots who engage with UFOs.
The latest evidence comes from Nick Pope, a retired 22 years civil servant for Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) who for three years headed its
UFO desk. Pope has for the first time revealed that in the early 1980s, a highly classified directive had been issued for shooting down UFOs:
We know of cases where the order has been given to shoot down -- with little effect to the UFO.
Pope further revealed that the rules of engagement had been drawn up after dozens of encounters, and the attacks on UFOs were “not automatic but
happen when something in our airspace is deemed to be a threat.”
Video: Nick Pope on RAF Shoot Down Orders
Pope’s revelation is consistent with the testimony of Milton Torres, a former USAF pilot, who was given shoot down orders by his superiors when he
engaged with a UFO over British airspace on May 20, 1957. In October 2008, the British National Archives released his report which had been sent to
British Military authorities at the time of the incident. Torres revealed how he was instructed by radio to intercept the UFO, “I then received the
order to fire a full salvo of rockets at the UFO!” He revealed that the UFO “had the proportions of a flying aircraft carrier!” Just before he
released his full salvo of 24 rockets, the UFO broke his radar lock and rapidly moved away.
British researcher Timothy Good, in Need to Know, revealed more cases where UFOs were actively targeted by different national Air Forces. He revealed
that such orders were highly classified and U.S. military personnel were warned with the sternest consequences terms not to reveal what had
Pope’s and Torres testimonies point to secret coordination between the U.S. and its major allies in developing military responses to UFOs flying
over national air space. Their testimonies reveal that UFOs are considered a national security threat by the U.S. and U.K. Air Forces whose pilots
have received secret rules of engagement to shoot down UFOs. Given the USAF’s public position that UFOs are not a national security threat, then
classified shoot down orders point to a major inconsistency between their actual and stated public position on UFOs.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has publicly questioned the merits of movie depictions of UFOs with an extraterrestrial origin as a national
security threat. Her private efforts to learn about UFOs and subsequent public statements suggest that Clinton is interested in promoting diplomatic
relations with extraterrestrial life. Furthermore, President Obama during his first full day of office on January 21announced that his administration
“is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”
If President Obama and Secretary Clinton follow through on their respective public statements, then a first step to more Open Government would be to
follow the British lead and declassify UFO documents. These will clearly reveal how U.S. and allied military forces have considered UFOs to be a
national security threat. An informed public debate can then occur over whether a military or diplomatic response to UFOs violating national airspace
is a proper response by national security authorities.