UFO Buffs: Maybe We Were Wrong
British UFO group to address the decline in sightings
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:43 PM CST
This photo circa March 2004 shows a doughnut-shaped phenomenon photographed by a retired RAF officer and sent to his old bosses tasked with investigating UFOs.   (AP Photo/The National Archives/PA Wire)

(Newser) – Maybe the truth isn't out there after all? A British UFO organization has planned a meeting to discuss whether the issue has faded with the lack of proven sightings, the Telegraph reports. "It is certainly a possibility that in ten years time, it will be a dead subject," says Dave Wood, who chairs the group—the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. "We look at these things on the balance of probabilities and this area of study has been ongoing for many decades."

After all, reported UFO cases have plummeted 96% since 1988—when people started evaluating sightings over the Internet and asking why witnesses hadn't recorded them with a video camera. Now, says Wood, most of the group's discussions revolve around conspiracy theories like Roswell that are never fully confirmed or denied. Interestingly, the group includes both believers and skeptics—although president Lionel Fanthorpe has argued that King Arthur was an extraterrestrial who defended Earth from invading aliens.

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Riffran
Nov 8, 2012 5:29 PM CST
The greys, are on to us. They activated their cloaking fields
iq145
Nov 6, 2012 10:58 PM CST
Now that everyone has a camera on them, there seem to be fewer and fewer photos and films. Imagine that... (Shouldn't they have INCREASED?) ?
BinThereDunThat
Nov 6, 2012 9:21 AM CST
I was working the drive-up at the Credit Union close to the airport. We weren't busy that day and I was staring out the big window to the south, looking toward the airport. All of sudden I noticed out of the corner of my left eye, a glint of something. It was triangular in shape, not an equilateral, it was taller and the points were rounded. It had a matte gold finish and if it was a UFO, it looked like it could hold three or four men. It stayed on an equal course and speed. I never blinked once, because I didn't want to miss anything, not even when it disappeared behind the big gray building just south of the C.U. It was heading toward the airport and out of the corner of my right eye I spotted a fighter jet that the National Guard sent up to see what this thing was, and when the jet got just a little too close the UFO just vanished in a millisecond. Not shot off at warp speed, unless it was so fast my naked eye couldn't keep up with it, but more like a time-space continuum kind of thing. I had never seen anything like that before or have I seen it since. The thing that validates it for me is the Guard sending up that jet to see what it was.