In a bit of news sure to amuse Trek fans, who don’t usually inspire such a reaction, it turns out that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on the show back before the millennium change.
They also kept one on X-Files, Roswell, Dark Skies, and The Lawnmower Man.
Apparently, there was a fear that sci-fi fans such as Trek fans might do something crazy like the suicidal Heaven’s Gate cult did as the millennium approached.
A dossier, UFO New Religious Movements and the Millennium, was created in response to the Heaven’s Gate 1997 mass suicide. Members of the cult were “ardent followers of The X-Files and Star Trek.”
Evidently Trek fans, who believe in a bright future, were grouped amongst those that thought the end of the world was imminent. “Fuel is added to the fire by television dramas and feature films mostly produced in America,” said the report.
“These draw together the various strands of religion, UFOs, conspiracies, and mystic events and put them in an entertaining storyline.
“Obviously this is not sinister in itself, what is of concern is the devotion certain groups and individuals ascribe to the contents of these programs.”
“The documents show the police and security services were concerned about the export of some new religious movements concerning UFOs and aliens from the USA in the aftermath of the mass suicide by followers of the Heaven’s Gate,” said Dr. Dave Clark, who obtained the briefing under the Freedom of Information Act while researching his newly-released How UFOs Conquered the World: The History of a Modern Myth. “It’s no coincidence this occurred around 1997 – which was the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of UFOs and the Roswell incident – at a time when the net was buzzing with rumors about aliens and cover-ups.
“We have no knowledge of this,” said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police.
Thanks to David K.M. Klaus for the tip!