Bookies Cut Odds On UFO'sAugust 7, 2010
An alleged 50 year ban on a claimed World War 2 Unidentified Flying Object report by a bomber pilot has claimed the newspaper "quaint stories" sections of the UK newspapers this week and resulted in bookies slightly cutting their odds on the possible presence of alien nations.
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The story came back into the spotlight this week when the UK government released documents in a routine exercise by the National Archives, with one concerning an order made 50 years ago by then British prime minister Winston Churchill that a claimed UFO sighting off the east coast of England by a bomber pilot be treated as Top Secret for the next 50 years, a ruling justified by a fear that it may incite public panic and a lack of faith in religion.
In the wake of the current reports, betting officials said they slashed the odds that David Cameron, the present UK Prime Minister or Barack Obama, the US President, would admit the existence of aliens within a year from 100/1 to 80/1.
And it appears there are many believers in the extra-terrestrial; a William Hill plc spokesman told the Daily Mail: "We have had loads of calls. There are thousands of believers out there many of whom are putting their money on an imminent announcement."
The truth is likely to remain obscured; Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office spokesmen told reporters this week that the report in question, which referred to the wartime incident, was among all UFO files relating to incidents before 1967 that were destroyed after five years due to "insufficient public interest."