Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to investigate UFOs for the British Government, leading the media to call him the real Fox Mulder. He’s now recognized as one the world’s leading experts on UFOs and the scientific search for extraterrestrial life, and is a leading commentator on the societal consequences of Disclosure and First Contact. Having looked at these issues from within government, and as the public face of an official program to release the British Government’s UFO files, Nick Pope is in huge demand with the film and TV industry, and has consulted on many of Hollywood’s best known alien-themed movies and TV shows.
The UK Ministry of Defence’s UFO project ran for over 50 years – more than twice as long as the better-known US government research program, Project Blue Book. Nick Pope headed the MoD’s UFO project for much of the early Nineties, and in this presentation he lifts the lid on what it was like researching and investigating the UFO phenomenon from within the ultra-secretive MoD. For years the government downplayed the true extent of this work, with the British Parliament, the media and the public. It was only when documents began to be released as a result of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act that a very different story began to emerge. Far from being of “no defence significance”, as the MoD had always claimed, the subject had generated around 60,000 pages of documents, some of which had been classified Secret UK Eyes Only. Nick Pope’s presentation explains UK government policy on the subject, highlights some of the most intriguing cases in these real-life X-Files, and explains why and how the public were misled.