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Nick Pope has pointed out that after fifty years of accepting and investigating reports of UFOs, the British Ministry of Defence has quietly made their exit from the controversial topic via this short note on their website:

The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life. However, in over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom.

The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings. There is no Defence benefit in such investigation and it would be an inappropriate use of defence resources. Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverts MOD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence.

Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn. MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them. The ongoing programme to release Departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive will continue.

In its time, the British MoD received approximately 12,000 UFO reports, of which around five percent remained unexplained. For the past couple of years they have been releasing their files to the National Archives for the public to view.

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