July 7, 2010
EU Lawmaker Calls For Disclosure Of UFO Files
An Italian member of the European Parliament has called on European Union governments to open their secret UFO files, saying the public needs to be made aware of alien encounters.
Mario Borghezio told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the EU must establish its own "X Files" archive, where citizens can access data on UFOs collected by member governments and militaries.
Disclosing such files is not without precedent. Indeed, last year the United Kingdom published 4,000 pages online that described 800 alleged encounters with aliens during the 1980s and 1990s. And the British defense ministry has been steadily releasing previously classified UFO documents over the last three years in the face of several Freedom of Information requests.
Borghezio said it is critical to have a scientific agency investigate the encounters, and that the probes could have "major scientific and technological" implications.
"I think that, under the principle of transparency, the EU member states have a duty to make public and available to all scientific data on UFOs which today are partially or wholly withheld," he said.
Borghezio is soliciting the support of other lawmakers from the 736-member parliament for a joint statement urging governments to take action on the initiative. However, he has gathered just 18 signatures to date.