MAY 8th 2006
I have until now resisted the impulse to publish the results of my investigation into UFOs (which started in the 1950s and reached conclusions by 1970) but the Ministry of Defence report now released 
UFO study finds no sign of aliens  07/05/2006  | presents the opportunity to clarify the debate.

I agree there is no proof of alien life forms associated with UFOs, but there is more to be said if we are to make sense of UFOLOGY. I suggest you read the BBC summary of the report via the link above before proceeding here.

In the 1950s and 60s I met and corresponded with a few individuals who had seen aerial phenomena which they described as seemingly controlled but not subject to usual aerodynamic or inertial limits and in one case had exerted a curious influence on the observer. I read all the well-known books as they appeared. Those which dealt with aliens did not make scientific sense in places. The dilemma I was faced with can be summed up as follows. Many, indeed most of the individuals I interrogated were honest in their convictions. It was undeniable that strange things had been seen, some by technically trained and experienced observers, some on radar screens. The explanations by official sources did not satisfy. The opinion of the Astronomer Royal at the time was, surprisingly, more or less worthless.The probability of extra-terrestrial life was, as far as I was concerned, an inevitability, but advanced intelligent life was likely to be,
in its origin, far from the solar system unless it had somehow previously flourished and then somehow survived on Mars. It was possible that remote alien life had advanced beyond our technological level of development. It was not impossible that it had travelled or sent automated probes that had traveled for millennia, but the alien product as related by witnesses appeared to be an artifact of the terrestrial human imagination. There was a contradiction between the capability and the outcome. To take an analogy from another more recent controversy: if you can control matter with your mind, why bend spoons and stop watches?

I found myself in disagreement with everyone who was against the possibility of alien life, yet completely dissatisfied with the reports and ideas of those who claimed to have witnessed it, and no nearer discovering the explanation for, or nature of, the aerial phenomena. In the mid '50s I had written to George Adamski posing him a few simple questions which had to be answered before he could be taken seriously. But I had also told him I was impressed by the design and proportions of the 'Flying Saucer' shown in photographs in his book written with Desmond Leslie (a spinner of delightful mystical blarney relating mystical ancient powers over gravity to the building of the pyramids and to legends of space-craft over the millennia). I was impressed with the photographs because a geometrical analysis revealed Golden Ratio (Phi) proportions and other rational characteristics. These were not revealed in his book or noted by either critics or enthusiasts.

I was not surprised when I got no reply. I was very surprised when a few years later (1959) I got 5 large pages of typed reply from a very apologetic George Adamski explaining he had only just got to my letter, to which he would have replied immediately if he had found it earlier. He had no knowledge of the geometrical qualities of the 'saucer' and was very grateful for my comments. He then spent pages explaining how the scientific inconsistencies I had pointed out in his relation of his experiences, particularly in his second book, could only be explained by the advanced control by the aliens over the whole environment in which he met them.

After reading Adamski's letter I decided that his experiences had been psychic, not physical, but that they stemmed out of physical experience and waking consciousness. He was genuinely not able to distinguish as one took the place of the other. Adamski had spent a lifetime scanning the skies and considering possibilities of alien life. Alternative explanation: he was just a bankrupt amateur astronomer who wished to provide for his family. However....

Over the years I learned that many people have the same condition as Adamski may have had. They can be hypnotised, self-hypnotised and collectively hypnotised.. Some people can also experience many types of cross connection in the brain. They can smell colours, hear numbers, whatever. Sometimes the product of these phenomena may be apparently meaningless. Other times it may be creative. Yet another category can be prescient and through the synthesis of information coming from multiple sources and many periods of time appear as a paranormal access to the truth, though it is still in fact the creation of a human imagination. For this reason, the interpretation of phenomena, particularly of phenomena which are still beyond our scientific understanding, must be treated with respect. Science can analyse, but interpretation is for humans and their opinion. Amongst those who share an opinion on the interpretation of phenomena, the MEANING, can be called objective only by agreement.

So, having delved a little into UFOLOGY, let us go back to the Aerial Phenomena. What is missing from the MOD report on the cause of what appears in the sky to observers and radar? I would suggest 'projection'. We take Television for granted. But terrestrial TV is very basic compared to the ultimate possibilities in our universe for the projection of image or more elaborated energy. The UFO phenomena could be natural projections, they could be accidental projections of remote natural phenomena or of remote phenomena of intelligent devising, or they could be intentional projections but with limited knowledge at the source, of their effect.

The burden of the MOD report is that no intelligence has ever been detected in the movement or activity of any of the undisputed sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. That sounds definitive, but then would we expect anyone to detect intelligence behind some of the projections that emanate from earth?

Over the years, I have answered when asked of my opinion on Flying Saucers, that they are the Ghosts of the Future. I have never seen a ghost of the past and am unlikely ever to do so. For me they do not exist. But for some, they do.

JUNE 10th 2006
Nick Cook's UFOs : The Secret Evidence on UK's Channel 4 TV today was excellent. He correctly analysed the approach of the US military to the phenomenon and their careful use of it to disguise their own aeronautical developments, while at the same time handily covering up the fact that they could not explain some phenomena themselves.  This was really good reporting, analysis and a public service. No mistakes. 10 out of 10.

NOVEMBER 10th 2006
Since writing the above I have noted that a particular unexplained series of sightings that had apparently been satisfactorily explained by a combination of re-entering Soviet rockets and revolutionary American spy planes was in fact not satisfactorily explained at all. Nick Pope has gone back over the evidence now available to the public. It joins the ranks of the unexplainable UFOs and also gave indications of intelligent control. The headline below is sensationalist of course, but ironically it may be true that although our skies are being observed more than ever, alien UFOs as such are indeed not the subject of such observation. It would be ironic indeed if homeland security efforts agains our fellow terrestrials failed to include a department that kept current the skills developed in the days of UFOlogy .

Earth Is 'Wide Open' To Alien Attack

Sky News Friday November 10, 10:32 AM

The Earth is wide open to alien attack, a former Government advisor has warned. Nick Pope said the department that formally investigated UFO sightings had closed down, meaning unexplained phenomena were not being probed. Mr Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO project from 1991 to 1994, said there had been a series of "highly credible" alien sightings and landings in the UK.

OCTOBER 20th 2008
Airliner had near miss with UFO

A passenger jet bound for Heathrow Airport had a near miss with a UFO, Ministry of Defence files reveal.

The captain of the Alitalia airliner shouted "Look out" to his co-pilot at the sight of a brown missile-shaped object shooting past them overhead.

Civil Aviation Authority and military investigations could not explain the 1991 incident near Lydd in Kent.

The unsolved close encounter features in UFO-related military documents made available by the National Archives.

After ruling out the object flying past the Alitalia jet being a missile, weather balloon or space rocket, the MoD closed the inquiry.

Nineteen files covering sightings between 1986 and 1992 are being made available online.

Now you can look at the actual primary material - the stuff coming into the MoD every day - and make your own mind up
Dr David Clarke, UFO expert

Almost 200 such files will be made available by the MoD over the next four years.

The current batch also include a US Air Force pilot's account of being ordered to shoot down a UFO that appeared on his radar while he flew over East Anglia.

There is also an MoD request that army and navy helicopters not take photographs of crop circles, because of concerns about undermining the official line that the military did not investigate unexplained phenomena.

And the files also contain a letter from a woman claiming to be from the Sirius system who said her spacecraft - also containing two "Spectrans" with "Mr Spock ears" - crashed in Britain during World War II.

UFO expert and journalism lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Dr David Clarke, said the documents would shed new light on relatively little-known sightings.

He said some conspiracy theorists would already have decided that the release of the papers was a "whitewash".

He added: "Because the subject is bedevilled by charlatans and lunatics, it is career suicide to have your name associated with UFOs, which is a real pity.

"The National Archives are doing a fantastic job here. Everyone brings their own interpretation.

"Now you can look at the actual primary material - the stuff coming into the MoD every day - and make your own mind up."