Well after the bun fight has now calmed down slightly I think this needs further expansion. Because despite others claims that it is all about the rise in sightings, and this must be true because there is a piece of paper that says it, if we look a little closer it’s not what it all seems…
The document states: a) In more than fifty years no UFO sighting reported to the Department has indicated the existence of any military threat to the UK – I’ll tackle this one in another posting, but its crap, do a google search on Captain William Schafer and read about his death tracking what was evidently a UFO. https://thetruthhides.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/lightning-xs894-still-a-ufo-mystery/
But the document contradicts itself: It states that “The level of resources devoted to this task is increasing in response to a recent upsurge in reported sightings, diverting staff from more valuable Defence-related activities” That, to me at least, doesn’t say onlybecause of the recent upsurge in sightings we are closing this. Then the contradiction happens: “That reported sightings received from other sources should be answered by a standard letter…”
Other sources? OK, so I assume these “other sources”, are Police, MoD, etc So basically a UFO reporting systems exists in a basic form for other Government bodies but not the public. So, the MoD will pay for the function of receiving reports from other sources, and pay for a standard letter in response to other sources but not from the public? So that contradicts the reasons stated for closing it down.
But then the document states: “b) There is no Defence benefit in Air Command secretariat recording, collating, analysing or investigating UFO sightings” – so why bother doing these very things for “other sources”. Because other than investigate the UFO sightings – it will record and collate them – but not for the public reports. Oh, and despite there being no “defence benefit” they will still send a nice standard letter. Which will cost them money. So the savings will be next to minimal, because if one casually glances through the UFO reports the MoD releases, a fair amount of those are from the Police, pilots – namely these “other sources” etc not just the public.