posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 09:26 PM
G C H Q
GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS HEADQUARTERS
Over 5,000 people are employed
at the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, described
as the hub of
intelligence operations throughout the UK. Could some GCHQ operatives
be engaged in Extra-terrestrial intelligence gathering?
Robin Cole is a full time UFO investigator and researcher and was
born and raised in the shadow of GCHQ, Cheltenham.
In his capacity as head of investigations for the Gloucestershire-based
UFO group Circular Forum, Robin has helped increase media
and public awareness in the subject through a variety of personal
appearances on radio and in the regional and national press. Having
met and spoken with numerous people who have a close connection
with GCHQ, Robin is perhaps better placed than most to comment on
speculation that the intelligence and defense services continue
to express more than a passive interest in the UFO phenomena.
In a fascinating and comprehensive report entitled GCHQ and
the UFO Cover Up, Robin offers a detailed background as to the
role of GCHQ, the various intelligence agencies that operate therein,
and to whom they are ultimately accountable.
Robin was prompted to undertake an in-depth study of GCHQ following
a chance remark made to him on 16 October 1996 by an acquaintance
who he knew had a close association with the facility.
Five days beforehand and in the early hours of 5 October, a major
UFO incident occurred in an area of coastline known as the Wash,
bordering Lincolnshire and Norfolk. A Mr. Leyland of Skegness police
reportedly told Yarmouth Coastguard: "We can see a strange red and
green rotating light in the sky directly southeast from Skegness.
Looks to be high in the sky over the Wash."
Over the course of the next several hours, communications traffic
about the UFO involved not only the Skegness police, but Boston
police, the crew of the oil tanker Conocoast, civil aircraft,
RAF Neatishead, RAF Kinloss, RAF Northwood, RAF Waddington, Anglian
Radar, Claxby Radar, London Northwood Radar, the Ministry of Defense
at Whitehall, and GCHQ.
Under any other normal circumstance, Robin would have been happy
to glean information about the incident from local groups operating
in the area, but a casual remark by his acquaintance changed all
of that. Robin was asked if he still retained an interest in "all
that UFO stuff," to which he replied in the affirmative and asked
what prompted the question. The reply came like a bolt out of the
blue: "What's been going on in East Anglia then?"
Adopting a casual, almost indifferent interest, Robin was told
that during the night of the incident Senior Civil Servants had
been called into GCHQ.
Over the course of several further clandestine meetings, Robin
learned enough to gauge that the phenomenon is treated with the
utmost seriousness within the corridors of power. Robin sought and
received comment about the incident from those who had a vested
interest in the affair. In one of those replies, dated 15 January
1997 from Mr. D.B. Omand, Director of GCHQ, Robin was told that
they (GCHQ) 'are not engaged in any way whatsoever in any monitoring
for suspected UFOs, and we hold no information from our normal work
which would shed any light on the debate whether UFOs have or have
not ever been detected.'
Mr. Omand prefaces this by stating: 'I would not normally reply
to a letter of this kind, given it is our firm policy not to comment
on intelligence operations.'
Former head of Secretariat (Air Staff) 2a, the Ministry of Defense's
official UFO desk, Nick Pope, wrote to Robin and said:
'As you may know, it has been the long-standing policy of
successive governments not to comment on the operations of the intelligence
and security agencies. I intend to maintain that policy.'
Pope's successor, Miss K. Philpott wrote: 'At the time of the
incident, it was determined that there was no evidence tha the integrity
of the UK Air Defence Region had been compromised.'
She continued: 'Much of the press reports about the incident
at the time were incorrect, ill-informed and speculative.'
The same charge could have been levelled at Miss Philpott's own
speculation that the object in question was either a local landmark,
known as Boston Stump, which could have given off a false
radar return, or the planet Venus. Robin's reports deal with both
explanations and provides a powerful argument against such a proposition.
Robin states: "I have it on extremely good authority, that on
the night in question at least two Senior Civil Servants (whose
names I have been passed) received a telephone call at their homes
in the early hours of October 5th,a s the events were unfolding."
"They were requested to report to the (GCHQ) Oakley site. On arrival
they were briefed on the situation and the incursion into UK air
"A number of checks were run on different sustems and a number
of telephone calls made, all to no avail."
"Their conclusion was that the event involved an unidentified
flying object, and it was advised that the 'usual' lines of enquiry
be made, what the implications were, how best to play the incident
down and what further course of action should be taken. This included
how to brief the Government!"
Robin's highly recommended report was prepared at considerable
personal expense as a non-profit making project. While the report
is no longer being printed, you can still contact the author at
the e-mail address below:
Robin Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org