An exploration of boundary merging between the UFO culture, parapsychology and intelligence agencies.
(STARpod.US) — What started out as an investigative search for irrefutable proof of extraterrestrials and alleged crashed alien craft lead to the unearthing of an even more bizarre tale.
Whilst the majority of information alleging extraterrestrial visitation remains highly speculative, what is apparent is a weird world of espionage and counterintelligence (CI), which bleeds into an even stranger world of paranormal phenomena. There are many layers to this onion; the ET/crashed-craft tales are only the outer layer.
In 1984, the heat was turned up when Jamie Shandera, a close friend of author William Moore, mysteriously received a roll of undeveloped film.
On processing, the photos revealed classified documents which were to become known as the ‘MJ-12’ documents. The ‘12’ of the MJ-12 referred to twelve highly placed individuals, allegedly charged with managing an alien retrieval cover-up. The documents contain information relating to alien crashed craft, wreckage storage, military installations and scientific facilities and laboratories.
The Majestic Twelve operation was allegedly created under an executive order on September 24th, 1947. The MJ panel was empowered to sequestrate all available evidence and data collected by the government, military and intelligence agencies pertaining to alien contact and technology.
Projects which have been dubiously linked to MJ-12 include: Project Sign, Project Grudge and Project Blue Book. Public USAF [United States Air Force] UFO studies were first initiated under Project Sign at the end of 1947, following widely-publicized UFO reports. Project Sign was initiated specifically at the request of General Nathan Twining, chief of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Sign was officially inconclusive regarding the cause of the sightings. It has been reported that according to Captain Edward J. Ruppelt, the first director of Project Blue Book, Sign’s initial intelligence estimate, written in the late summer of 1948, concluded that the flying saucers were real craft, were not made by either the Russians or the United States, and were likely extraterrestrial in origin. This estimate was forwarded to the Pentagon, but subsequently ordered destroyed by General Hoyt Vandenberg, USAF Chief of Staff, due to a lack of physical proof. Vandenberg subsequently dismantled Sign.
Project Sign was succeeded at the end of 1948 by Project Grudge. Ruppelt evidently referred to the era of Project Grudge as the “dark ages” of early USAF UFO investigation. As might be expected, Grudge concluded that all UFOs were natural phenomena or other misinterpretations, although it also stated that 23 percent of the reports could not be explained. According to Ruppelt, by the end of 1951, several high-ranking, very influential USAF generals were so dissatisfied with the state of Air Force UFO investigations that they dismantled Project Grudge and replaced it with Project Blue Book in 1952.
The goal of Project Blue Book was to determine if UFOs were a potential threat to national security.
Thousands of UFO reports were collected, analyzed and filed. As the result of the Condon Report, Project Blue Book was shut down in 1969. This project was the last publicly known UFO research project led by the USAF. By the time Project Blue Book ended in 1969, it had amassed some 12,618 UFO reports, and concluded that most were misidentifications of natural phenomena or conventional aircraft. A few were considered hoaxes. 701 of the reports were classified as unknown. The reports were archived and are available under the Freedom of Information Act, but names and other personal information of all witnesses have been redacted. A number of researchers postulate that only the mundane data contained within the files was handed over and released for the FOIA, and further suggest that the remaining, still highly classified documents are in the custody of one of the U.S. Air Force’s top military personnel.
Project Blue Book, at the very least, was certainly authentic.
The FBI had this to say: “Project Blue Book: This small file relates to an Air Force program for the investigation of Unidentified Flying Objects. The Secretary of the Air Force discontinued this program in 1969.”
In their UFO Fact Sheet they state that on December 17, 1969, the Secretary of the Air Force announced the termination of Project Blue Book, the Air Force program for the investigation of UFOs.
“The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on an evaluation of a report prepared by the University of Colorado entitled Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects; a review of the University of Colorado’s report by the National Academy of Sciences; past UFO studies; and Air Force experience investigating UFO reports during the past two decades. As a result of these investigations and studies, and experience gained from investigating UFO reports since 1948, the conclusions of Project Blue Book are: (1) no UFO reported, investigated, and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of threat to our national security; (2) there has been no evidence submitted to or discovered by the Air Force that sightings categorized as “unidentified” represent technological developments or principals beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge; and (3) there has been no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as “unidentified” are extraterrestrial vehicles.”
The FBI also commented on an investigation into the MJ-12 documents: “Subject concerns an FBI inquiry into a possible unauthorized disclosure of classified information when a document marked ‘Top Secret’ was made public. The investigation was closed after it was learned that the document was completely bogus.”
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A somewhat shadowy group known collectively as The JASON Group have been implicated with MJ-12.
Although I’ve yet to find supporting evidence to link the JASONs with MJ-12, they are certainly worth a mention here. The JASONS are a select group of world class scientists who conduct studies for different parts of the U.S. government. The group is referred to as the “JASON Defense Advisory Group,” or simply the “JASON Group.” The group was established in the 1960’s to encourage a younger generation of scientists to get involved in advising the government.
For administrative purposes, JASON activities are run through the non-profit MITRE Corporation in McLean, Virginia, that contracts with the defense department. Its sponsors include the Department of Defence (frequently DARPA and the U.S. Navy), the Department of Energy, and the U.S. intelligence community.
[Note: Recently the JASONs investigated the UFO physics of high-frequency gravity waves.]
The JASON page on Wikipedia explains the origins of the name: “The name ‘JASON’ is sometimes explained as an acronym, standing either for ‘July-August-September-October-November’ — the months in which the group would typically meet; or, tongue-in-cheek, for ‘Junior Achiever, Somewhat Older Now.’ But neither explanation is right and in fact, the name is not an acronym at all. It’s simply a reference to the Greek myth, Jason. The wife of one of the founders thought the name given by the defense department, Project Sunrise, was unimaginative and suggested the group be named for a hero and his search.”
JASON members are selected for their scientific brilliance. The members include: physicists, computer scientists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians; and all have security clearances. The JASONs also boast eleven Nobel Prize laureates.
Returning to the MAJESTIC MJ-12 MAJIC documents …
In 1989, William Moore publicly admitted that he might not have told the complete truth about his previous UFO activities, and is currently widely suspected of being complicit in hoaxing the now infamous MJ-12 documents. Recently an SSR contact informed us that his ‘insider source’ had suggested that the MJ-12 documents did in fact contain some top secret information.
Moore writes: “Part of the problem is that [redacted] has determined that the fake MJ-12 documents circulated by Rick [Doty] did actually contain some classified material. This classified material hadpreviously been passed to the Russians.”
Richard C. Doty is a former agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
In 1985, Doty was transferred to an AFOSI post in West Germany and assigned to counterintelligence work.
On returning to the States, he spent the last couple of years before his retirement, at Kirtland AFB.
It has been noted by several sources that William Moore was a friend and coworker of Doty’s during the 80’s.
The term ‘MJ Twelve’ allegedly first appeared on a one-page teletype message dated Nov. 17, 1980, pertaining to UFOs which Doty allegedly provided to Moore in early 1981, four years before Shandera mysteriously received the MJ-12 roll of film. As previously mentioned, there are a number of keen observers who propose that Moore and Doty were both complicit in a hoax. However, neither Moore nor Doty have admitted that they worked together to manufacture the original group of MJ-12 documents. Doty claims that his interest in Bill Moore was simply because Moore was in correspondence with certain Soviet scientists, in regard to UFOs and possibly other matters. It has been suggested that Doty instructed Moore as to what subjects he should bring up in his letters to these scientists. If they were both complicit in a hoax, it’s highly unlikely that they were working on their own.
There is enough circumstantial evidence to conclude that Doty’s activities, at least, were officially sanctioned.
In 1988, CIA personnel met with Col. Richard Weaver and Col. Barry Hennessey, who Doty has claimed was once his superior officer. The CIA enquired about Doty’s activities.
Author George Hansen writes: “When I called Colonel Hennessey and inquired whether he had attended such a meeting, after a long, long, long pause, he responded with something like: ‘There wasn’t any reason to have such a meeting.’ I did not press him and let the matter drop. I can only conclude that Hennessey was being intentionally misleading. Col. Weaver later admitted to me that he had attended the meeting and was asked about Doty.”
STARstream Research received an email on 3 July 2006, from one of participants of the 1988 meeting. This was in response to an exchange between several people discussing an article published on the SSR website. The email was sent to correct speculative and sensitive material contained within that article.
The article was later withdrawn from the website:
“The meeting you referenced with Col. Hennessey and Col. Weaver was unofficial in response to a personal request of an ex-CIA officer who had recently met with Doty and was startled by some of Doty’s claims. I participated only as a friend of that ex-CIA officer…the meeting ended amicably.”
In 1994, the USAF commissioned a full report on the Roswell incident, hoping to put the matter to bed once and for all. Col. Richard Weaver was placed in charge of collating the material and writing the report.
The official USAF tasking was directed by the March 1, 1994, memorandum from SAF/AA [see end of this article].
During a recent series of private emails, which found their way to a larger on-line list, the question of Doty’s relationship with Col. Hennessey arose.
A colleague at STARstream Research wrote to a member of the Intel community on 27th June 2006:
“To [name redacted] … I want to give you the opportunity to offer your point of view re: Mr. Smith’s ‘evidence’ that you approved of or otherwise ‘authorized’ the naming of John Barry Hennessey.”
[Author’s note: In connection to Doty’s past claims that Hennessey was/is ‘Falcon’ of the Aviary.]
On 27th June 2006 [name redacted] replied: “It was Doty who claimed Col. Hennessey was the Falcon, and it was Doty who claimed Col. Hennessey had provided him (Doty) with UFO documents for release to the public. My opinion is that Doty personally forged these documents, that he used the Falcon name to cover his tracks, and that he had absolutely no professional or personal relationship with Col. Hennessey.”
On 27 June 2006, Mr. Smith responded: “There is a set of facts as I have laid them out. [name redacted] is not disputing those facts. That there may have been some collusion between Rick [Doty] and his superiors in the Air Force is not an entirely unreasonable interpretation of those facts. It is possible that the entire mythos of government involvement with phenomenology is entirely the work of one deformed mind. I don’t think that is the most reasonable interpretation of what we know. Clearly Rick was not the only actor in the Bennewitz affair. All agree that there was at least one high level Pentagon/CI person involved. What was perpetrated on Bennewitz has since been perpetrated on the entire country, with Rick’s continuing involvement. The Air Force created this monster. The CIA was left with the task of trying to clean up the mess.”
Indeed. The monster’s on the loose and the Trickster is riding him!
[Author’s note: The United States Army Air Forces became United States Air Force (USAF) in 1947.]
Article Copyright (c) 2006 by Caryn Anscomb. All rights reserved.