Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Australian Government is not "releasing" its UAP files

Hi all,

I would like to correct an impression that I have read about on the net, ( for example click here and here ) that the Australian Government, like some overseas countries, has a deliberate program to "release" its UAP files. This is not true.

Details of Australian Government UAP files which I have been reporting on (for example click here, here and here) have first been located in the National Archives of Australia's (NAA) electronic database RecordSearch. If the file has a status of "open" then anyone can pay their money and have the file digitised and thus it becomes available for anyone to read on the NAA website. If the file has a status of "not yet examined" then anyone can submit a written request to the NAA to have them send that file back to the original government department which created it, with a view to that department examining the file for sensitive material and then agreeing that the NAA can make it available. Once you are notified that the file now has a status of "open" then you can pay your money and have the file digitised and thus made publicly available.

There is no systematic Australian Government program to make these files available to us.

Most of the files which I have been reporting on have been in the archives for many years. The NAA then eventually gets round to recording details of the files on RecordSearch. They do not put out a message that the files are on RecordSearch, you simply in many cases accidently come across them when searching for something else, as happened with the Valentich file I found (click here.) Thus finding Australian Government UAP files is a little like a treasure hunt. The very opposite of the UK experience where the Ministry of Defence deliberately and very publicly made its UAP files available, or the French government's publishing of its UAP files.

Looking through my own blog posts, I realise that I may have contributed to this impression, by talking about "a file was released to me." In future, I will use alternate language to indicate that I have found and had arranged to have a file digitised.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Keith. Do you think the Australian Government should release all UAP files without having them to be requested? Why do you think they don't? Is it because of the user pays system in Government or do you think its because they don't want the public to know?

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  2. Hi Tinsky,

    I would like to see the Australian Government release all its files, without the need to go through the current processes. I asked the National Archives if they had thought of finding all the UAP files they had, and making them all available? Their response was that they had not thought of doing this, and that it is not their role to do so. The problem is that no-one in the Australian government has a current brief to look at the phenomena. The RAAF for many years was the officially nominated government agency to do so. They terminated their investigations in the 1990's. With no one charged to conduct investigations, there is probably no chance that anyone in government will take the lead, find all their UAP files and publish them. I don't think it is because they don't want the public to know, simply there is no-one who has any interest in the topic.

    To read the material found by the Disclosure Australia project please take a look at the series of Newsletters at http://www.auforn.com/DisclosureP.htm

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