M. Deschamps - Director
of Terminology and Abbreviations
for the New Majestic-12 Document
December 1984, Jaime Shandera, a Hollywood movie producer
and UFO researcher, received an unusual package through
the post. Inside was just one roll of undeveloped 35mm black
and white film. There were no accompanying letter or return
address; the only clue to where the package came from was
by the postmark which was Albuquerque, New Mexico.
developed, the film contained negatives of what appeared
to be an eight-page briefing paper, prepared on 18th November,
1952, for president-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower. A warning
on the first page read, 'This is a TOP SECRET - EYES ONLY
document containing compartmentalized information essential
to the national security of the United States'. On page
two was a list of 12 influential U.S. scientists, military
leaders and intelligence advisors. It was not until viewing
page three that the subject of the papers became clear,
'the recovery of a crashed flying saucer and alien bodies
near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947'.
Document for President-Elect Dwight D. Eisenhower
November 18, 1952
final page of the briefing paper was a memorandum, dated
24th September, 1947, from President Harry Truman to his
secretary of Defence, James Forrestal. In it, Truman instructs
Forrestal to proceed with 'Operation Majestic-12', but gives
no hint at what that might be.
the Forrestal memo was meaningless. But when read next to
the 1952 briefing paper, the story behind them became clear:
in July 1947, a 'flying disc-shaped aircraft' crashed landed
in Roswell, New Mexico, and 'extra-terrestrial biological
entities' (EBEs) are recovered by the military. When President
Truman is informed about the crash, he authorizes Defence
Secretary Forrestal to set up a committee to investigate
and deal with the situation.
1952, when Eisenhower becomes President-elect, he is briefed
on Operation Majestic-12. The briefing paper lists the 12-man
committee and gives details of the saucer crash. The final
paragraph stresses the need to 'avoid public panic at all
costs', confirming that the government is covering up the
truth about UFOs.
these Documents Real?
the UFO research community, the opinion is split. In one
corner, Stanton T. Friedman, who has dedicated over 10 years
of research to finding the truth, Bill Moore and Jaime Shandera
believe the documents to be real. In the other corner are
Kevin Randle, Armen Victorian and our old friend, the late
Philip Klass, all of whom have reasons to believe they are
fakes. To add to the mystery surrounding the Majestic-12
papers (also known as MJ-12, or MAJIC), a number of other
similar packages have turned up over the last few years.
The first was a postcard delivered to Bill Moore in 1985.
Postmarked New Zealand, it suggested him to research newly
declassified documents at the U.S. National Archives. Moore
and Shandera did so, and found a memo confirming the existance
of MJ-12, written by Eisenhower's Special Assistant for
National Security, Robert Cutler, and addressed to Nathan
Twining, the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.
Cutler-Twining Memo and the Cutler Memo
for the scanned slide of original onionskin memorandum
1992 and 1996, another UFO researcher named Tim Cooper,
received a number of MJ-12 documents, all of which he quietly
shared with Friedman. Several were proved hoaxes but, according
to Cooper and Friedman, two single-page documents appear
to be genuine. The first is a brief instruction to General
Nathan Twining (an alleged member of MJ-12) concerning his
activities during a July 1947 trip to New Mexico, the site
of the crashed saucer.
second document is a memo to President Truman, dictated
by U.S. Secretary of State, George C. Marshall to his Executive
Secretary, R. H. Humelsine. While there is no direct mention
of MJ-12 in the memo, the reference at the top reads 'MAJIC
EO 092447 MJ-12.
most spectacular new MJ-12 document was posted in 1994 to
Don Berliner, a long-time UFO investigator and science writer.
The anonymous roll of film contained 23 pages of a 'Majestic-12
Group Special Operations Manual', dated April 1954. It was
a detailed instruction manual entitled 'Extraterrestrial
Entities and Technology, Recovery and Disposal'.
ENTITIES AND TECHNOLOGY,
RECOVERY AND DISPOSAL
1 takes a look into the discovery of a top-secret Special
Council Of Twelve
most of the MJ-12 documents are on film, the original paper
or ink cannot be analysed. However, there are many factual
details that can be checked, such as the background of the
12 members of the committee, the dates of meetings, the
style and format of similar documents, and the validity
of the signatures. Clearly, MJ-12 had an all-star cast,
as well as Secretary of Defence Forrestal, there were the
first three Directors of Central Intelligence, an Air Force
General, an Army General, the Secretary of the Army and
five of the US's most influential scientists. This was the
cream of the US's military, scientific and intelligence
communities. If there was to be a top-secret government
group investigating UFOs, this would have been it.
Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter
First Director of Central Intelligence (1947-50). In 1960,
he acknowledged there was a UFO cover-up.
Dr. Vannevar Bush
Chairman of the Joint Research and Development Board (1945-49).
Advisor to the President, and key player in atomic bomb
James V. Forrestal
First U.S. Secretary Of Defence. In 1949, he had a mental
breakdown and committed suicide (some conspiracy theorists
believe he was murdered) replaced by General Walter Beddell
Nathan F. Twining
Commander of Air Materiel Command at Wright Field and later,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US's highest
General Hoyt Vandenberg
Chief of Military Intelligence during World War II and second
Director of Central Intelligence (1946-47).
Dr. Detlev Bronk
Biophysicist. Head of the National Academy of Science, and
Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Atomic Energy
Dr. Jerome Hunsaker
Renowned aircraft designer and Chairman of the National
Advisory Committe on Aeronautics.
Rear Admiral Sidney Souers
First Director of Central Intelligence (1946). Appointed
first Executive Secretary of National Security Council in
Assistant Secretary of the Army. Became the National Security
Advisor and Director of CIA's Psychological Strategy Board.
Dr. Donald H. Menzel
Harvard Professor of Astrophysics, and debunker of UFOs.
Held a Top Secret Ultra clearance and was a security advisor
to several presidents.
Major General Robert Montague
Head of the Special Weapons Project at the Atomic Energy
Commission at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Lloyd V. Berkener
Executive Secretary of the Joint Research and Development
Board. Member of the CIA-funded UFO Committee in 1950s.
only member in this list who seems out of place is Dr. Donald
Menzel, a Harvard University Astronomer. He had written
three anti-UFO books and many papers debunking flying saucers.
All but Menzel were known to have a high-level security
clearance, and because of this, many researchers were inclined
to think that the MJ-12 documents were bogus. However, in
April 1986, Stanton Friedman was allowed access to Menzel's
papers at the Harvard University Archives. He learned that
Menzel had a 30-year association with the National Secutiry
Agency and that he also had a Top-Secret Ultra clearance
with the CIA. It has also been proved that Menzel made numerous
visits to New Mexico in 1947 and 1948, paid for by government
earliest reference to Majestic is in the memo supposedly
sent by Truman to Forrestal. The memo, which names the President's
science advisor Vannevar Bush, is dated 24th September,
1947. This happens to be the only day between May and December
on which Truman met with Bush. Forrestal also met Bush that
day, and this date is also significant in that it was the
day after Nathan Twining, Commanding General of the Air
Materiel Command (AMC), sent a secret memo to the Pentagon
relating to 'flying discs'. In it, Twining states, "The
phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary
Twining's Secret Memo
a flight log from July 1947 shows that Twining had flown
to New Mexico on 7th July, 1947. According to the briefing
paper, this was the same day that 'a secret operation was
began to assure recovery of the wreckage... for scientific
study'. Could this be just coincidence?
or fake, the MJ-12 documents are certainly the most intriguing
to have surfaced in the history of UFOlogy.
Of Top Secret UFO Memo Now Public
the diligent research efforts of York University researcher
Nick Balaskas, a draft of the original "Project Magnet"
Top Secret Memo has been recovered from the Archives at
the University of Ottawa. It adds important information
to the Wilbert Smith UFO research efforts for the Canadian
Balaskas discovery not only backs up the contents of what
was found in the Project Magnet Top Secret document declassified
by the Canadian government in 1979; it adds two new pages
to the three researchers were already aware of.
Smith, Senior Radio Engineer in the Canadian Department
of Transport, wrote the original Top Secret memo to his
superiors in November 1952. The memo was the beginning of
the Canadian government official program (Project Magnet)
to investigate flying saucers. Wilbert Smith headed up that
investigation from December 1950 to August 1954.
existence of the Top Secret draft in the Wilbert Smith UFO
files is part of the reason that the Canadian government
was forced to declassify the Top Secret Memo held in their
Smith left the draft in the files to give future researchers
the truth of what had actually happened in the early days
of government investigation into flying saucers. Dying of
cancer, Smith made arrangement with his wife to hide the
files so they would survive his death. "They will be
coming to recover them," he told his wife Murl.
Smith predicted, the Canadians, Americans, and Soviets approached
Mrs. Smith requesting the files for research purposes. Mrs.
Smith told all callers she no longer had the files. After
a number of break-ins that might have been linked to the
search for the files, the files were passed on to Arthur
Bray, a local Ottawa researcher, who held them quietly for
over two decades.
was aware of the Top Secret memo draft, but was unable to
say anything because the copy in the Smith files was still
marked Top Secret. Bray held a Navy security clearance and
was forced to remain quiet.
aware of what was in the files, did however lead the charge
to force the government to release all the "Project
Magnet" files held by the government. He wrote letters
to government ministers and officials telling them where
the files would be found.
"Project Magnet" Top Secret memo is the key document
in the large Smith collection of UFO material, now stored
in the archives at the University of Ottawa. In the memo,
Smith outlined five key items about flying saucers that
he had discovered while in discussions with top U.S. officials
working on the flying saucer problem. These were:
1) The matter is the most highly classified subject in the
United States Government, rating higher than even the H-bomb.
2) Flying saucers exist.
3) Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort
is being made by a small group headed by Vannevar Bush.
4) The entire matter is considered by the United States
authorities to be of tremendous significance.
The United States authorities are investigating along quite
a number of lines, which might possibly be related to the
saucers, such as mental phenomena.
Smith's original draft
members of MJ-12
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