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UFO Files

February 18, 2010, 6:29 AM
The British government’s Ministry of Defence (MoD has released transcripts and drawings of reports of alleged alien and UFO close encounters from across the country during the 1990s. “Flying Toblerones, mysterious illnesses and silky-white substances are among hundreds of close encounters described in previously top-secret files released by the (MoD) today. More than 6,000 pages of material spanning from 1994 to 2000 holds hundreds of other-worldly experiences with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and apparent aliens across Britain. Aircraft of all shapes and sizes have been witnessed flying over a wide range of locations - including Chelsea Football Club and the former Home Secretary Michael Howard's home in Kent. One man told police he was physically sick and developed a ‘skin condition’ after an eerie ‘tube of light’ enveloped his car in Ebbw Vale, in Wales, at 10.40pm on January 27 1997. The man, who worked at a funeral director, was sent to the doctor after his alleged brush with the unknown. This is just one of hundreds of bizarre reports received by the police, military and Government, suggesting that the truth might be out there after all.”
 

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