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….At first, I must admit, my new job was rather disappointing. There were no flying saucers, no aliens, and there was no dark and mysterious government involvement. Try as I might, I couldn’t see a Man in Black anywhere ……
A cursory reading of the files that were now at my disposal revealed nothing more than a handful of reports of vague lights or shapes in the sky which were likely to have been terrestrial aircraft. It was easy to ridicule, easy to dismiss. I became, I suppose, caught up in it all as I thoroughly immersed myself in the background. I was, after all, in a unique and oddly lonely position; the only official in the country specifically tasked with studying the UFO phenomenon….
“…concerning Mr Pope, I should point out that he was a junior desk officer in the Secretariat(Air Staff)2a section from 1991-1994 and was not in charge of, or the head of any part of Secretariat (Air Staff)2.
Mr Pope was an executive officer and shared the support of one administrative officer. Although Sec(AS)2a was, and still is, the focal point for handling queries directed at the MOD in connection with “unexplained” aerial sightings, during Mr Pope’s time such work represented a small part of his overall duties. There were no staff working on this subject on a full-time basis and this remains the case.”
– MoD File DEFE24/2000 page 43.
…The main duties of the post concern non-operational RAF activities overseas and diplomatic clearance policy for military flights abroad.
A small percentage of time is spent dealing with reports from the public about alleged 'UFO' sightings and associated public correspondence. The Ministry of Defence has not investigated a case of alien abduction, crop circle formations, or animal mutilation.
This statement describes the current situation in Sec(AS)2a, and I couldn't possibly comment on that. What I can say is that during my tour of duty the situation was somewhat different. A considerable percentage of my time was spent investigating UFO sightings from both public and military sources. I also prepared
material for media enquiries, and drafted replies for defence ministers….
■ We know that a UFO landed next to one of the most sensitive military installations in the NATO alliance......
■ We know that light beams from the UFO struck the ground just feet in front of the Deputy Base Commander and ....onto the base in particular, into the Weapons Storage Area....
■ We know that the UFO was tracked on radar...."
…A subsequent analysis of the landing site showed indentations in the ground forming the shape of a triangle, scorch marks on the sides of the trees, and radiation levels which scientific staff at the UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) assessed as being “significantly higher than the average background”…
Nick Pope's Website
"In my original discussions with Mr Pope I did indeed state that the readings were around 10 times normal background levels, provided that the instrument was appropriate for measuring background radiation (at the time of our discussions he could not state what the instrument was), calibrated and being used/interpreted correctly.
I share the NRPB view that the use of a high-range survey instruments to measure (accurately) environmental levels of radiation is somewhat questionable and this must throw some doubt on the validity of the data reported.”
...It seems that an unidentified object of unknown origin was operating in the UK Air Defence Region without being detected on radar; this would appear to be of considerable defence significance, and I recommend that we investigate further, within MOD or with the US authorities…
..meteorological officer Wayne Elliott, whose evidence at Shawbury was central, has pointed out that his sighting was an hour after the one at Cosford – and he now believes what he saw was a police helicopter…
Source : Shropshire Star - Mar 13 2013
..In relation to the Cosford incident, the MoD was well aware of the re-entry into the atmosphere that night of a Russian rocket, and we duly took account of that in the official investigation. In relation to a police helicopter, we checked all aerial activity (civil and military) at the times in question. We were actually in touch with the local police force and no police helicopter was flying….
One of the key witnesses that night did subsequently agree with a leading question that he might have misidentified a police helicopter. But this is because he became a press officer, and there's an old saying that a press officer - like a journalist - must never become the story! But whatever he might have suggested to ufologists, in order to kill the story, I was the one who interviewed him the morning after his sighting.
To cut a long story short, personnel with 8 years service in the air force tend not to misreport police helicopters as vast, triangular-shaped craft capable of accelerating from a slow speed to a speed many times faster than a military jet aircraft in a matter of seconds!
Nick Pope – Aug 26th 2013 on ATS
“I think it is clear that most of the UFO sightings that occurred on the night in question can be attributed to this event”
Source : MoD - DEFE 24/1967/1
From 1991 to 1994 my job was to investigate UFO sightings for the British government I work at the Ministry of Defence, I'm the equivalent of an Army major.
In 1991 1 was asked to do the 'UFO job'. Officially it's called Secretariat Air Staff, Department 2A - but more commonly referred to as 'the UFO desk". The brief was to look at the reports as they came in and decide whether they constituted a threat to the UK's defences. I think it's a fair assumption that the intruding technology is more advanced than the defences we have…
After The X-Files was first aired on British TV, I acquired the nickname 'Spooky Pope'.
I had no real interest before I took the job. I reasoned that if I was being paid I should do it to the best of my ability, but I didn't join with any preconceived knowledge or enthusiasm. I went in a sceptic and came out a believer.
There are craft operating in our atmosphere. Extra-terrestrials are visiting this planet for purposes unknown. It's difficult to guess alien motives by applying simply human logic. But the evidence is utterly convincing - they are definitely here.....
I think there is a hybridisation programme between aliens and humans being conducted. It may be that they are trying to construct a new race with a little bit from ourselves and a bit from them…
…In relation to the UFO phenomenon, I classify myself neither as a believer nor as a skeptic.
Nick Pope ATS AMA - 2013
…. I'm convinced that the 'Roswell incident' did occur. The US army base there gave out a press release, saying that they'd recovered a flying saucer, then later the same day they changed their story and said it was a weather balloon. Hmm. It would have been the occasion when certain elements of the American government and military knew for sure that we were not alone in the universe. It would also have been the time when a deal was done between our- selves and the visitors.
…..Perhaps trading 'freedom to operate' against technology. Maybe it was put to the Americans, "Yes, we're here, we’re visiting you, but mean you no harm. We'd like to do certain things. .." Cattle mutilations and abductions, possibly; and perhaps they said, "In return well give you some technology." What general would refuse?...
…The turning point - when he actually started to believe in the existence of intelligent life "out there' -came in 1993. "There" he says, a glint appearing in his eyes, "we were besieged with calls & detailed investigation….. After weeks of exhaustive research, Pope, in his capacity as the Government's UFO expert, reached his carefully considered conclusion.
"We checked for aircraft movements, but there was absolutely nothing up at the time. I think it was an extra-terrestrial craft," he declares…
MoD File - DEFE 24/1985/1
Sunday Times [UK] - February 7, 1999
THE Ministry of Defence official who once headed investigations into unidentified flying objects believes he was abducted by aliens. Nick Pope, who ran the ministry's top secret Airstaff Secretariat office during the early 1990s, believes that he, his girlfriend and their car were abducted from a deserted toll road in Florida.
He has described how he was lifted aboard an alien spacecraft and then wandered around its corridors - without, however, meeting any aliens.
It was following this incident that he applied for the job heading the defence ministry department which collects all reported sightings of UFOs and related phenomena. He did not, however, enter details of his experience on the files since he was uncertain exactly what had happened to him and because he was worried he would be labelled a crank.
He has alluded to the incident in his bestselling book The Uninvited, which claimed to expose the phenomenon of alien abductions. But only now has it emerged that one of the detailed descriptions of the several abductions was based on his own experience rather than on that of someone called Peter…
Archived Sunday Times Text
Nick Pope now lives in America….available to present (or contribute to) shows on UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories, sci-fi, space, fringe science and defense/military/intelligence issues. Nick Pope is also available as a paid spokesperson for PR campaigns/movie launches on these themes….
Nick Pope Website
But by carefully tiptoeing around the topic he can perpetuate mystery and keep himself in a cushy job talking on TV.