UFO X Files Revealed
Secret Study of UFOs - Code-named Project Condign

UFO X Files Revealed
Secret Study of UFOs - Code-named Project Condign

A spaceship, load of stories, close encounters and mysterious incidents. The UK National Archives have released another batch of the Governments X Files.

Thousands of pages listing more then 800 UFO sightings reported between 1993 and 1996.

Project Condign was the name given to a top-secret UFO study undertaken by the British Government's Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) between 1997 and 2000.

The results of Project Condign were compiled into a 400-page document titled Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK that drew on approximately 10,000 sightings and reports that had been gathered by Defence Intelligence (DI55).

It was released into the public domain on May 1th, 2006 after a September 2005 Freedom of Information Act request by UFO researchers Dr. David Clarke, a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, and Gary Anthony, a former BUFORA astronomical consultant.

The identity of the report's author/s was not made public.

The report concluded that UFOs had an observable presence that was “indisputable”, but also that they did not represent crafts under intelligent control.

According to its author/s most UFO sightings were likely the result the misidentification of common object such as aircraft and balloons, or were the result of known/ little-understood astronomical or meteorological phenomena (such as meteorites and atmospheric magnetic disturbances) which would not be recognized by most observers.

The report described people who believed themselves to have had close encounters as being convinced of what they said that they had seen/experience, but also as not representing proof that such encounters were real.

It attributed a number of cases to the “close proximity of plasma related fields” which it said could “adversely affect a vehicle or person".

According to Dr. David Clarke, the release of the documents did not shed any new light on UFOs or the UFO phenomenon, but did show that the DIS had been conducting a far larger investigation of the topic than it had previously let on.

British Government Releases UFO Files

The UK conducted various investigations into UFO sightings and related stories. The contents of some of these investigations have since been released to the public.

Eight file collections on UFO sightings, dating from 1978 to 1987, were first released on May 14th, 2008, to the UK National Archives by the Ministry of Defence.

Although kept secret from the public for many years, most of the files have low levels of classification and none are classified Top Secret. 200 files are set to be made public by 2012. The files are correspondence from the public sent to government officials, such as the MoD and Margaret Thatcher.

The MoD released the files under the Freedom of Information Act due to requests from researchers. These files include, but are not limited to, UFOs over Liverpool and the Waterloo Bridge in London.

On October 20th, 2008 more UFO files were released. One case released detailed that in 1991 an Alitalia passenger aircraft was approaching Heathrow Airport when the pilots saw what they described as a "cruise missile" flew extremely close to the cockpit. The pilots believed that a collision was imminent. UFO expert David Clarke says that this is one of the most convincing cases for a UFO he has come across.

British investigations include the UK's Flying Saucer Working Party. Its final report, published in 1951, remained secret for over 50 years. The Working Party concluded that all UFO sightings could be explained as misidentifications of ordinary objects or phenomena, optical illusions, psychological delusions or hoaxes.

The report stated: "We accordingly recommend very strongly that no further investigation of reported mysterious aerial phenomena be undertaken, unless and until some material evidence becomes available."

A secret study of UFOs was undertaken for the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) between 1996 and 2000 and was code-named Project Condign.

The resulting report, titled "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Defence Region", was publicly released in 2006, but the identity and credentials of whomever constituted Project Condign remains classified.

The report confirmed earlier findings that the main causes of UFO sightings are misidentification of man-made and natural objects.

The report noted: "No artefacts of unknown or unexplained origin have been reported or handed to the UK authorities, despite thousands of UAP reports. There are no SIGINT, ELINT or radiation measurements and little useful video or still IMINT."

It concluded: "There is no evidence that any UAP, seen in the UKADR [UK Air Defence Region], are incursions by air-objects of any intelligent (extraterrestrial or foreign) origin, or that they represent any hostile intent."