If the governments of, say, the USA and/or the United Kingdom knew about Extraterrestrial visitors, could they really manage to that knowledge a
This is a question that has provoked debate in UFO circles for many years.
I thought I'd just add a few matters I've come across in government files which may suggest a negative answer to the above question. In short, the
governments of the USA and UK have been fairly inept in censoring/redacting UFO documents - in many cases uncensored/unredacted copies of the relevant
documents have been made available apparently accidentally.
In the USA, before the censored/redacted US Air Force's Project Blue Book files
made available on microfilms by the National Archives in the mid-1970s with black marks obscuring witness names and other details, it had been
possible for researchers to access the files (without the black marks...) and make extensive notes. Ufologist Don Berliner did exactly that, as
detailed in his article "The Bluebook 'unknowns'"
Furthermore, the censorship/redactions of witness names and other details was pretty, um, imperfect - in many of the files the relevant names were not
fully redacted on each page of each document, so it was possible to find relevant names even in the censored/redacted microfilm.
Then, in a development which for some reason remains pretty well unknown to UFO researchers, the National Archives appears to have accidently allowed
private researcher Bill Weitzel access to redacted 18mm reels of the UNCENSORED/UNRDACTED copies of the Project Blue Book files rather than the
censored 35mm reels. The Fund for UFO Research ("FUROR") promptly ordered a full set of the 16mm unrdacted/uncensored reels and received them from
the National Archives. Only some of those unredacted files are available online on the Bluebookarchive.org website...
As a taster (and, hopefully, a resource that will also be useful to some of you) of the difference between these files, I have temporarily uploaded
the Project Blue Book index pages for each year from 1947 to 1969 to the link below:
That link includes both of the two sets of documents at the longer-term links below.
The first link contains relatively high resolution redacted versions (sourced from Fold3 website, following a considerable amount of work by "Xtraeme"
of ATS to enable that huge collection of Project Blue Book documents to be stored on a local hard-drive).
The second link contains lower quality unredacted copies of index pages (showing relevant names) sourced from the bluebookarchive.org website and
enhanced/resized following valuable assistance from Russian researcher Mikhail Gershtein.
Each set of index pages can either be downloaded individually or (by clicking on the download button on the top right of the relevant screen) you can
download each entire collection.
Redacted high resolution :
Unredacted low resolution:
For example (the same page as above, but without those annoying black bits in the copies in the National Archives scans on the Fold3 website...):
Due to the quality of microfilm images/scans being used, the images are far from perfect and the searchable nature of the PDFs is limited - but I
nonetheless find the results useful.
Over here in the UK, it seems that the government has similarly been less than perfect in censoring/redacting UFO documents. In the 1980s, for
example, UFO researcher Jenny Randles was originally provided with UFO documents with the names of departments that received copies of the documents
censored/redacted. However, in
Jenny has written about this in several of her books and in the email at this
The files that did emerge during the rest of the 1980s were sporadic but useful. They included, for example, in 1987 files with the distribution list
included. These had not been on the 1983 releases made to me - possibly even now they were included in error during a release without proper
censorship applied as when I asked Nick Pope to tell me what the acronyms on this distribution list stood for he declined an ability to answer no
doubt reasonably given the Official Secrets Act; although I actually already knew what the letters stood for by then thanks to a superior of his in
the MoD who had told me!.
The existence of these files with a distribution list revealed the involvement in UFO investigation of locations other than the Air Ministry
Secretariat that had long fielded all public enquiries over UFOs, The Air Staff unit that Nick Pope headed in the early 1990s. The other locations
included the defence intelligence unit DI 55 and the DSTI, which was important later when files were being sought.
Rather more basic and amusing is the fact (which I've been rather hesitant to mention online) is the fact that in one of my rare requests for
documents to the British Ministry of Defence I was emailed with documents as Microsoft Word which had been censored/redacted merely by highlighting
offending sections in black. It was a fairly trivial and amusing task to turn off that black highlighting...
Incidentally, this problem is not limited to UFO documents. The Grand Jury indictment of UFO hacker Gary McKinnon similarly was censored/redacted
simply with black highlighting in November 2002 Grand Jury Indictment. Researchers found it fairly simple to turn off that highlighting and read the
Here is the PDF of the Grand Jury indictment as released (with redactions)
Here is a sample page:
The unredacted version of that PDF can be found here
. Here is a sample page:
In the light of errors like that, is it really credible to think that, if the governments of the USA and/or the United Kingdom knew about
Extraterrestrial visitors, they could really manage to that knowledge a secret? Well, it depends on how thorough UFO researchers were in following up
gaps and inconsistencies in the documents disclosed by those governments and the extent to which UFO researchers exploited apparent mistakes in
disclosing uncensored documents. The fact that the above example of the uncensored Project Blue Book documents obtained by FUFOR nearly 15 years ago
is little known (and still only partly available online), and numerous other issues, indicate to me that UFO research is so disorganised that it would
even a very imperfect job of censorship would suffice to hide significant matters from UFO researchers...
So far, I have deliberately (generally...) refrained from making Freedom of Information Act requests to the governments of the UK and USA for UFO
documents. Until the UFO community becomes more organised and better at sharing material which it has already obtained from various governments, I
feel that imposing on governments by sending further requests is an unwarranted waste of the time and efforts of government officials.
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