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British military ends its UFO hot line: Ex-Files

The truth and the UFOs may be out there, but nobody in the British military is listening anymore.

world Updated: Dec 05, 2009 16:45 IST

The truth and the UFOs may be out there, but nobody in the British military is listening anymore.

The Defense Ministry has quietly shut down its UFO hot line as a cost-cutting measure and will no longer investigate
any sightings. Veterans of such investigations more worthy of "The X-Files" say it will end work on one of the biggest
mysteries of all time.

No longer will Britons who think they've seen flying saucers be able to enlist the services of Her Majesty's armed
forces.

This week's closing of the ministry's hot line and its e-mail account, as well as its statement that it "will no
longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them," has angered many Britons who believe such research is vital.

"I think it's a stupid thing to do because this could create a threat to national security," said Roy Lake, founder
of the London UFO Studies group. "We take this quite seriously. We know that sometimes things can be explained as
natural phenomena, but there could be that one thing that's not. I think the government knows damn well what's going on up there, and they're covering it up."

The hot line has been operating, on and off, since 1959.

That's longer than "Doctor Who" British TV's time-traveling, monster-fighting alien has been on the airwaves.