Government officials believe aliens may visit Earth and suggest harnessing UFO technology for UK defences, files say.
Documents from the Ministry of Defence classified archives show staff believed aliens could visit for “military reconnaissance”, “scientific” research or “tourism”.
In a 1995 briefing now published by the National Archives, a desk officer said the purpose of reported alien craft sightings “needs to be established as a matter of priority”, adding there did not appear to be “hostile intent”.
The unnamed official said it was “essential that we start with open minds”, explaining “what is scientific ‘fact’ today may not be true tomorrow”.
Clarifying he did not “talk to little green men every night”, he said: “We have a remit that we have never satisfied. That is, we do not now (sic) if UFOs exist. If they do exist, we do not know what they are, their purpose or if they pose a threat to the UK. If the sightings are of devices not of the earth then their purpose needs to be established as a matter of priority. There has been no apparent hostile intent and other possibilities are: 1) Military reconnaissance; 2) Scientific; 3) Tourism.”
He added that “if reports are taken at face value” they showed extraterrestrial vehicles had “a very wide range of speeds and are stealthy.”
Thus, he suggested, “we could use this technology, if it exists”.
Papers also show the existence of a "Flying Saucer Working Party" within government during 1950-52.
In 1998, one worried member of staff annotated the file to say: “Oh dear! This makes our 'no interest' in [flying saucers] look suspect. I know not now but maybe then."
UK Ministry of Defence Government Officials, The Telegraph 13 Comments
[7/18/2012 7:49:40 AM]
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Submitted By: shykid
Surely these people don't need to steal alien technology? Everyone knows that the Doctor is more than capable of protecting the UK.
7/18/2012 8:14:39 AM
Don't know what to say to this except that it's going to give the UFO crowd even more ammo to suggest that governments know that aliens are visiting us and are covering it up.
7/18/2012 8:46:00 AM
If. (Says a low-grade, un-named civil servant. Earth-shattering. Not).
7/18/2012 9:12:08 AM
Of course we would use aliens the same exact way we used everyone else in the world, depleted their natural resources, and hunted animals to extinction.
7/18/2012 10:14:59 AM
It's not exactly like these people are insisting that flying saucers are real and that we have been visited by aliens. If you think about it, governments should be prepared, just in case. Meh.
7/18/2012 11:30:14 AM
Of course the conspiracy nuts are going to go ballistic over this weaksauce nonsense.
7/18/2012 1:03:34 PM
I thought flying saucers were actually time machines?
7/18/2012 2:10:04 PM
Imagine the Daily Hate's headlines if aliens did land...
"Could Immigrant Aliens Lower House Prices"
"Ban This Vile Alien Filth"
"Now The Government Extends Human Rights Act To Aliens - How Long Will We Let Eurocrats Ride Roughshod Over Us"
"Will Alien Invasion Affect Your Pension"
"Diana: What Would She Think Of Aliens"
7/18/2012 3:21:35 PM
Thus, Torchwood was born.
7/18/2012 5:38:35 PM
Well, that's a huge load of ambiguous pieces of quotes from unidentified people, mixed with a good portion of paranoid musings. What's that make? I'm a nutter cake.
7/18/2012 7:14:20 PM
Meh, UNIT will handle them.
7/19/2012 8:14:00 AM
Of course the MOD was interested in UFOs over British airspace during the cold war. Those that were not drunken hallucination or desperate attention seeking tended to be Soviet spy-planes.
7/20/2012 4:12:29 AM
The government has contingency plans in place for everything. It's the perfect way for ministers to give cushy, irrelevant-but-very-highly-paid jobs to their old school chums- just stick them on a QUANGO producing a report into what would happen if, say, neutrinos mutated and started heating up the planet.
7/23/2012 2:19:05 PM