[dropcap]As[/dropcap] the five-year program to declassify and release the entire archive of UFO-related stories of recent years.
There were a number of reasons why the MoD decided to release these files. The main one was that once the Information Act came fully into force, the MoD found that it was receiving more FOI requests on UFOs than on any other subject. Releasing the files en masse and sending them to the UK FOI requests on a case-by-case basis, which was becoming an administrative nightmare. Other reasons for the release included the fact that the French UFO files in 2007 (creating a precedent the UK would have found difficult not to follow) and MoD’s hope that releasing these files would be a good demonstration of their commitment to open government and freedom of information.
UK Eyes Only. The files include policy papers and lights seen over an airport), the disturbing (near-misses between commercial aircraft and UFOs), the amusing (a man who asked the MoD to help him win a bet on the existence of extraterrestrial life) and the surreal (a UFO is seen over a field and the cows form a circle in the center, silently facing each other).
The release of these files has been something of a ‘blast from the past’ for me personally. Indeed, I wrote many of tNick Pope - UFO DIGEST