France this week became the first country to open all of its government UFO files to researchers. French authorities unveiled an online site that thoroughly documents some 1,600 sightings over five decades. About 25 percent of the evidence reportedly received a "type D" classification, meaning that despite credible witnesses and good evidence, no explanation for the phenomena could be found.
The file probably won’t either convince skeptics or dissuade UFO believers, but it is a laudable exercise in open government and scientific cooperation.
The United States should follow suit. Back in 2002, former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta called on the Pentagon to release all of its UFO files, saying, "It is time for the government to declassify records that are more than 25 years old and to provide scientists with data that will assist in determining the real nature of this phenomenon."
And while they’re at it, they should release the bodies of those aliens in Hanger 18.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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