UFO cover up by FBI and CIA?

Has there been a mega cover up by the CIA and FBI regarding UFO sightings and alien encounters since the 1950s? This is a long-debated question that both UFO seekers have no doubt about – there is a conspiracy – and skeptics too – there is no conspiracy.

Sheffield UK. 1962. This photo from recently released files is listed as 'unexplainable'

Sheffield UK. 1962. This photo from recently released files is listed as ‘unexplainable’

Conspiracy theorists are convinced that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) have been deceiving everybody, and are even responsible for controlling the legendary Men in Black. The FBI is responsible for events that occur within the USA, while the CIA is tasked with things that happen abroad.

The Men in Black are said belong to a group of secretive government officials who wear dark-coloured suits and sunglasses and go about putting the lid on UFO sightings or alien encounters by telling the witnesses that the episodes simply ‘didn’t happen’. They even made a tongue-in-cheek film (and sequels) about them.

Last month, in what the CIA called a move to appear more open, it released thousands of former classified X-Files type documents with stories of witnesses seeing or meeting UFOs or aliens.

Jon Austin writes in the Express, a British tabloid, that up to 26% of reported UFO sightings in the 1950s could not be explained, and potentially could be alien-related.

One report, dated 1st August, 1952, was signed by Edward Tauss, who at the time was the Deputy Assistant Director/Acting Chief of the Weapons and Equipment Division of the CIA. The document was about the ‘overall evaluation’ of ‘flying saucer sightings’.

Mr. Tauss wrote that of the 1,000 to 2,000 reported UFO sightings, the vast majority were either ‘phoney’, US aircraft that were known to exist at the time, or natural phenomena including clouds, meteorites, reflections, or tricks of light.

However, he stated that there were nearly 100 reports that remained ‘unexplainable’ – he described them as ‘reasonably credible reports’.

Mr. Tauss wrote:

“It is recommended that CIA surveillance of subject matter, in accordance with proper authorities of primary operational concern at Air Technical Intelligence Centre, be continued.”

“It is strongly urged, however, that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public, in view of their probable alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as ‘confirmatory’ of the soundness of the ‘unpublished facts’ in the hands of the US Government.”

Nick Pope, a former UFO sightings investigator for the Ministry of Defense, said regarding UFO files:

“The interesting thing is that most of the UFO files from that period have been destroyed. But what happened is that a scientist whose grandfather was one of his [Churchill’s] bodyguards, said ‘look, Churchill and Eisenhower got together to cover up this phenomenal UFO sighting, that was witnessed by an RAF crew on their way back from a bombing raid’.”

“The reason apparently was because Churchill believed it would cause mass panic and it would shatter people’s religious views.”

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