He moved to the United States in January Pope joined the Ministry of Defence in After serving in a number of different posts, he was assigned in to a section of Secretariat Air Staff known as Sec AS 2a, where his duties included investigating reports of UFO sightings, to see if they had any defence significance.
At the time, while the Ministry of Defence stated that it "remains totally open-minded about the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial lifeforms", it also stated that there was no evidence to suggest that any UFO sightings posed any threat to the UK or that they were extraterrestrial in origin. He does work for a number of film companies and PR agencies, promoting the release of science fiction films. Open Skies, Closed Minds is Pope's autobiographical account of his interest in ufology.
In he released a second book on similar themes entitled The Uninvited.
Pope also writes for online alternative news site Neonnettle  in which he talks about current topics and news as well as UFO based material on the site fortnightly column. Mellon is uniquely qualified to assess such threats. What is really motivating me right now, what really has accelerated and solidified my interest, is the  USS Nimitz case —when I learned of that and began to talk to the military personnel involved. We had multiple naval aviators [reporting] what they saw [wingless UFOs, with extraordinary capabilities] in broad daylight, over an extended period of time.
It was corroborated by the most sophisticated air-defense sensor systems on earth, and on multiple platforms operated by multiple independent individuals. So when you start talking about that level of evidence, I think any reasonable person would have to say—this is real, and we should proceed accordingly. So you do inevitably wonder: Why are these things currently in these locations at these times? Have we been technologically leapfrogged?
Could it be the Russians or Chinese—or someone else? And what else may be going on? There are craft that are violating our airspace with unknown intentions and extraordinary capabilities. And until we get some answers to the questions about the technology involved and the capability, the intentions, we shouldn't rest easy.
Bob White came from a poor family of eight in Jackson Country, Missouri. When he was twelve, his father died, and Bob was considered old enough to work. Produced by UFO Magazine UK and the award winning production team of Graham W. Birdsall and Russel pturalun.tk series of programs feature exclusive.
Some of those problems are manifest in the situation again today. And that's part of what concerns me—people are not paying attention or not engaging, and the data is extremely compelling. We don't want to have to relive mistakes we've seen in the past, like in Pearl Harbor , where radar blips were observed and nobody paid attention.
When the Nimitz pilots got back to the aircraft carrier, no one took their report seriously. It was extraordinary that when the [Nimitz] pilots landed, that they were ridiculed. There was no interest expressed on the part of the intelligence personnel on board, in terms of documenting this, running this up the chain. It was the inverse of what you would normally expect. And here we have a case where incredible technology is manifesting itself, intelligently controlled vehicles operating in and around the carrier battle group—and the system doesn't react. It shuts down.
It tries to suppress the information. I think a large part of the reason is because people have a hard time processing something so radical; there's no frame of reference for it. There's a great deal of agitation on the part of our combat personnel who are encountering these objects—and understandably so.
Their concerns are what we're trying to relay. If one of these craft bore a Russian insignia, do you think the response would be different?
One of the things that I've often pointed out—and I've never found anyone who disagreed with this—is that if any one of these objects had a Russian insignia on it, the entire system would be electrified and would spring into action. The Air Force briefers sought to explain these UFO reports as the misinterpretation of known objects or little understood natural phenomena. In addition, they worried that, if the US air warning system should be deliberately overloaded by UFO sightings, the Soviets might gain a surprise advantage in any nuclear attack.
Marshall Chadwell, Assistant Director of OSI, added that he considered the problem of such importance "that it should be brought to the attention of the National Security Council, in order that a communitywide coordinated effort towards it solution may be initiated. He urged action because he was convinced that "something was going on that must have immediate attention" and that "sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and traveling at high speeds in the vicinity of major US defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles.
The committee agreed that the DCI should "enlist the services of selected scientists to review and appraise the available evidence in the light of pertinent scientific theories" and draft an NSCID on the subject. John A.
Samford, Director of Air Force Intelligence, offered full cooperation. He learned the British also were active in studying the UFO phenomena. An eminent British scientist, R. Jones, headed a standing committee created in June on flying saucers. Jones' and his committee's conclusions on UFOs were similar to those of Agency officials: the sightings were not enemy aircraft but misrepresentations of natural phenomena. The British noted, however, that during a recent air show RAF pilots and senior military officials had observed a "perfect flying saucer. The public was convinced they were real.
Robertson, a noted physicist from the California Institute of Technology, put together a distinguished panel of nonmilitary scientists to study the UFO issue. It included Robertson as chairman; Samuel A. Goudsmit, a nuclear physicist from the Brookhaven National Laboratories; Luis Alvarez, a high-energy physicist; Thornton Page, the deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Operations Research Office and an expert on radar and electronics; and Lloyd Berkner, a director of the Brookhaven National Laboratories and a specialist in geophysics. The panel met from 14 to 17 January It reviewed Air Force data on UFO case histories and, after spending 12 hours studying the phenomena, declared that reasonable explanations could be suggested for most, if not all, sightings.
For example, after reviewing motion-picture film taken of a UFO sighting near Tremonton, Utah, on 2 July and one near Great Falls, Montana, on 15 August , the panel concluded that the images on the Tremonton film were caused by sunlight reflecting off seagulls and that the images at Great Falls were sunlight reflecting off the surface of two Air Force interceptors. Nor could the panel find any evidence that the objects sighted might be extraterrestrials.
It did find that continued emphasis on UFO reporting might threaten "the orderly functioning" of the government by clogging the channels of communication with irrelevant reports and by inducing "hysterical mass behavior" harmful to constituted authority. The panel also worried that potential enemies contemplating an attack on the United States might exploit the UFO phenomena and use them to disrupt US air defenses.
It suggested using the mass media, advertising, business clubs, schools, and even the Disney corporation to get the message across. All investigative groups found that UFO reports indicated no direct threat to national security and no evidence of visits by extraterrestrials. CIA officials said no further consideration of the subject appeared warranted, although they continued to monitor sightings in the interest of national security.
This attitude would later cause the Agency major problems relating to its credibility.
Odarenko, chief of the Physics and Electronics Division, did not want to take on the problem, contending that it would require too much of his division's analytic and clerical time. Given the findings of the Robertson panel, he proposed to consider the project "inactive" and to devote only one analyst part-time and a file clerk to maintain a reference file of the activities of the Air Force and other agencies on UFOs.
In , for example, he recommended that the entire project be terminated because no new information concerning UFOs had surfaced. Besides, he argued, his division was facing a serious budget reduction and could not spare the resources. Of special concern were overseas reports of UFO sightings and claims that German engineers held by the Soviets were developing a "flying saucer" as a future weapon of war.
Soviet progress in nuclear weapons and guided missiles was particularly alarming. In the summer of , the USSR had detonated an atomic bomb. In August , only nine months after the United States tested a hydrogen bomb, the Soviets detonated one. Mounting reports of UFOs over eastern Europe and Afghanistan also prompted concern that the Soviets were making rapid progress in this area. CIA officials knew that the British and Canadians were already experimenting with "flying saucers. After extensive interviews of Russell and his group, however, CIA officials concluded that Russell's sighting did not support the theory that the Soviets had developed saucerlike or unconventional aircraft.
Herbert Scoville, Jr. He questioned why the Soviets were continuing to develop conventional-type aircraft if they had a "flying saucer.