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After the giant declassification of the British so-called UFO files, many are pointing out that what isn’t in the files is more telling than what is in there. The British National Archives recently released a series of 8,500 previously classified documents that discuss sightings of unidentified flying objects dating back to the 1950’s. The 35 large files, available online , primarily cover the time period between 1997-2005.
The public and UFO buffs noticed that the files on Rendlesham Forest incident, also known as Britain’s Roswell, were nowhere to be found. In late December of 1980, there were a series of sightings of unexplained lights and the alleged landing of a craft or multiple crafts in Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, England. The reported sightings occurred near two Royal Air Force bases, one that was being used at the time by U.S. Air Force. Dozens of USAF personnel were eyewitnesses to various events over a two- or three-day period.
Officials reviewing the files noticed a large gap where defense intelligence files relating to the case should be. Conspiracy theorists and others are now suggesting that Britain’s government may be hiding something about those sightings. But, apparently destroyed and missing documents is not so weird. Ninety five percent of all UFO files in the U.K. are destroyed at first review, according David Clarke, the author of “The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings” who has been working with Britain’s National Archives since 2008 to release the information.
Clark also elaborated about the Rendlesham files. “It is not the case that files on Rendlesham have been destroyed. What has been lost or destroyed are a series of Defense Intelligence UFO files covering the years 1980 through 1982,” he told Life’s Little Mysteries. While this would include information on the Rendlesham case, Clarke noted, the Ministry of Defense’s files on the topic had already been released. “There is no evidence those files contained anything different to the contents of the actual ‘Rendlesham file’ released some years ago.”
Why would a government choose to destroy perhaps the biggest report of a UFO sighting, but keep a report about someone who thought he was visited by aliens because he saw a light and then gained an hour of time, unaware that it was daylight savings time? That doesn’t seem to make much sense. The documents may have been destroyed, but likely there was something of importance in them.