British military 'may launch new UFO hunter unit' as US prepares to reveal secrets of strange UAP encounters next month
BRITAIN may relaunch its UFO hunter unit as the US prepares to release a report on the phenomena, it has been claimed.
The Ministry of Defence currently insists it has no UFO programme and claims its unit to probe the strange encounters was disbanded in 2009.
However, the department could be revived depending on the findings of a hotly anticipated Pentagon report on UFOs which is due to be released next month, reports The Telegraph.
US intelligence officials were ordered to compile a dossier for Congress after a flurry of videos filmed by US Navy and Air Force personnel were leaked.
Strange videos show encounters with objects which appear to defy all conventional understanding of how aircraft move – with the most recent showing 14 UFOS swarming the USS Omaha.
Britain however has remained coy on the matter – but now a source has claimed the MoD is considering their options.
"I think that if there was enough evidence to suggest that there was something, and that we needed to do it as well as the US, then of course we'd think about it," the source said.
"We'd look at it. There's all sorts of things that we wouldn't rule out, and this would certainly be one of them."
The source added "whole new universes" can be opened up by emerging science and technology, and the UK must not lose sight of the need to "identify and track objects in space and in our airspace".
UFOs – now more commonly referred to in scientific and intelligence circles as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) – have stepped from being fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine security concern.
And so far there are no public answers as to what appears to be happening in our skies.
However, US officials have started taking the unprecedented step of confirming the authenticity of strange videos filmed by warships and warplanes.
And they have admitted they do not know the origin of the unusual objects as calls grow in the US for widespread disclosure to figure out what – if anything – the world's governments are hiding on UFOs.
Defence minister Baroness Goldie earlier this month insisted the UK "does not have a role" in the US's so-called UAP Task Force, which was set up by the US Senate.
She added that the department "would be unable to provide any comments on the report ahead of its official release".
The UAP Task Force and other intelligence services are preparing an unclassified report which will released in June, a moment some are hailing as a historic moment for disclosure.
Despite the MoD insistence however it does not investigate UFOs, there are some suspicions it continues to do so quietly and alongside the US.
Nick Pope, one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, who used to work in the MoD's disbanded investigation team, previously told The Sun Online the UFO probe likely continues behind closed doors.
Mr Pope said the difference in policy between the US and UK is striking as the two are normally "joined at the hip" on intelligence matters through the so-called Special Relationship and the Five Eyes alliance.
It appears there has been some information sharing, as the expert said US officials involved in UFO research are aware of infamous UK incidents such as Rendlesham Forest and mysterious "Calvine Photograph" from 1990.
He also notes that the US's new favourite term – "UAP"- was originally popularised by British investigators within the MoD – saying they used it tactically to help break down the stigma around discussing UFOs.
"Nowadays if people see something strange, they'll report to a variety of different places, including military bases, airports, police stations, the media, and civilian UFO groups and researchers," Mr Pope explained.
"But with nobody pulling all these different strands together, everyone's got a few pieces of the puzzle, but nobody's seeing the whole picture.
"I call on the MoD to reopen the real-life X-Files and treat the issue in the way that it should be treated – as a serious defence and national security issue."
Mr Pope however did say "well placed sources" have told him that behind closed doors efforts are continuing, but he urged the UK to be more transparent – just as officials are currently being in the US.
It is understood UFO incidents in the UK are looked at in the same category as flight safety incidents and near misses, he claims.
MoD staff allegedly will refer to sightings using terms in coded language such as "'unusual aircraft", "unconventional helicopter" and "unidentified drone" – sometimes in an apparent effort to dodge any threat from requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
He added he believes it likely the MoD also has in its possession videos similar to those filmed by US pilots showing encounters with unidentified objects.
What is going on with UFOs in the US?
UFOS have stepped from fringe conspiracy theories to a genuine national security debate in the US.
Pentagon officials last year took the unprecedented step to release of trio of remarkable videos which showed US encounters with UFOs.
The debate is still open as to what the phenomena caught on film were – but it made clear to everyone, something is in the skies.
Perhaps the most striking was a video known as the “Tic Tac” – which showed an unidentified object being pursued by fighter planes.
The US also confirmed the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) – a Pentagon programme set up to study UFOs before being disbanded in 2017.
However, it was replaced by the UAP Task Force in June 2020 after a vote by the US Senate Intelligence Committee.
Defence chiefs have since confirmed a number of leaked UFO videos and photos which were submitted to the Task Force for investigation.
Why this sudden rush for transparency?
No outside the secretive wings of the US government currently knows for sure.
And as a tacked on addendum to a 5,500 page Covid relief bill passed in December, the the Director of National Intelligence’s office was ordered to compile a report on UFOs within 180 days.
Former intelligence director John Ratcliffe has hinted the report will be a big deal – and we now just over a month away from its release.
The five month deadline elapses on in June, with some UFO lobbyists claiming it could be the “most profound moment in human history“.
US intelligence services officially closed the book on the phenomena in 1969 at the conclusion Project Blue Book – which stated there was nothing to see regarding UFOs.
However, in the last three years there has been an abrupt turnaround as the Pentagon took the unprecedented step of releasing three stunning UFO videos filmed by the US Navy.
Competing theories on the strange videos continue to rage – with some grounded on Earth claiming the videos capture never-before-seen military aircraft or drones, while others claim it shows otherworldly craft possibly piloted by aliens.
Others however are more skeptical and sometimes even dismissive, claiming the bizarre videos may just be camera tricks, natural phenomena or even outright hoaxes.
Perhaps one of the most extraordinary interventions on UFOs came from former US President Barack Obama who sensationally addressed the topic on CBS.
He said: "What is true, and I’m actually being serious here, is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies, that we don’t know exactly what they are, we can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory
"They did not have an easily explainable pattern. And so, you know I think that people still take seriously trying to investigate and figure out what that is.
"But I have nothing to report to you today."
His comments have only fueled the new desire for openness on the topic of UFOs, with one expert telling The Sun Online he believes "powerful forces" are at work behind the scenes.
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