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Conspiracy theorists are up in arms, as Australia’s version of “The X-Files” has mysteriously vanished, with Australia’s Department of Defense unable to deliver a significant number of UFO files after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
After decades of record-keeping, and despite the fact that some of these files had been classified, only one file from the entire set of documents could be found, according to a military spokesperson. That file was titled “UFOs/Strange Occurrences and Phenomena in Woomera.” Woomera is a military weapons testing range in the Outback.
The rest of the documentation was likely destroyed, the military said. The Defense Department’s FOI assistant director, Natalie Carpenter, said the following:
“In an effort to retrieve this file our office conducted searches of the Defence Record Management System, National Archives Australia [Canberra], National Archives Australia [Chester Hill], Defence Archives Queanbeyan and Headquarters Air Command, RAAF Base Glenbrook.
“Despite searching these locations, the files could not be located and Headquarters Air Command formally advised that this file is deemed lost. Our office examined past FOI requests which related to UFOs and discovered that many of the files had been destroyed, as is normal administrative procedure.
Lost, destroyed, or beamed up to an alien spacecraft, Fox Mulder or Dana Scully of TV’s “X-Files” would most certainly ask.
The Woomera report contains information from the Australian UFO Research Association from approximately six years ago, which states that the organization was able to locate some files (but those are now missing). One incident report from Woomera detailed an object’s flight path, as reported by Warrant Officer G.E. Millard in October 1952.
Millard was able to track the UFO’s movement for 24 minutes with radar, but he couldn’t see the object using the telescope attached to the radar. He eventually concluded the target was a cloud.
The UFO research group’s report goes on to say that “to date we have found three Department of Supply files dealing with the topic of ‘flying saucers’ or UFOs. The earliest file so far located in South Australia is from series D174, control symbol SA5281 titled ‘Unusual Occurrences Flying Saucer at Woomera’ with a date range of 1952-1955. It was originally classified ‘Secret’. It is a 25-page file.”
While UFO experts in Australia believe that the military knowingly destroyed the documents, they don’t attribute it to a cover-up, although they do note it is strange in comparison to the U.K. and U.S., who are putting UFO databases online and public. Bill Chalker, author of The Oz Files, a book about Australian UFOs, said that he was aware that in 2003 eight years of UFO-related documents destroyed, but not in an X-Files style cover-up, but as typical department “housekeeping.” He did add,
“But it does seem strange that Australia would be destroying these files while England and America was putting theirs online and making them public.”