The Washington Post and other “mainstream” news media, both nationwide and internationally, reported on April 12 that the FBI’s newly available online reading room, “The Vault” reveals FBI practices to “burn thousands of UFO files,” while also sharing a declassified “memo” about Roswell being real. The London based “Daily Mail,” – that’s covered the recently release British government documents, that number more than 8,500 and include links to tens of thousands of other UFO sighting material – blasted the American FBI for “stirring up conspiracy theorists and spy minded folk across the Internet” with the Vault.
This story is number seven in an occasional series of reports about what the secret British UFO files contain, and what new information these documents reveal.
The Vault sparks new interest in secret FBI UFO files
This news about the FBI holding secret UFO files since the 1940’s is not news to the worldwide UFO community. Thus, the reports from worldwide news media about the “American FBI” going public with The Vault and it’s now declassified UFO files is both interesting and important to those who study UFOs, but also disappointing say foreign media because the FBI took so long to share its UFO information with the public. Still, the British media concedes that it also took the United Kingdom nearly 60 years to finally released some 8,500 UFO documents last month.
According to the recently released FBI memo – available to the public on “The Vault” -- an investigator stated that three flying saucers had been recovered in the area, along with the bodies of the alien crews. The memo goes on to add: "Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots."According to the witness, the saucers were brought down by a "high-powered government radar" in the area that interfered with the spaceships' controls. "No further evaluation was attempted," the memo concludes.
Also startling is the news reported by the Washington Post and other mainstream news organizations that the release by the FBI includes details about the FBI being “so overwhelmed with sightings of flying saucers in the 1940s that agents ‘routinely destroyed reports’ because of lack of filing space,’” according to documents released by the organization.
Moreover, the Washington Post and the leading London newspapers spotlighted photos of a memo that states FBI policy and dated 16 August 1949 to J Edgar Hoover, the director of the bureau. The memo also pointed to “documents on UFOs compiled by (FBI) agents after statements from witnesses.”
CBS News also reported on Tuesday that the memo is “not exactly news” because “the so-called ‘Hottel memo’ – which the agency never corroborated – as been publicly available for years. The Vault’s re-posting of the famous document has put its claims back on the public’s radar.”
Also, the FBI’s recent interest in releasing its once top secret UFO files follows the lead set by the U.K. last month when it too came clean with the public and dumped 8,500 pages of once highly secret and “sensitive” UFO documents up on its web site for the world to see.
CBS News and other national TV stations also carried a statement on Tuesday from Michael Luckman, director of the famed New York Center for Extraterrestrial Research,” who called “these (FBI) documents a step toward full disclosure.”
Confirmed once top secret FBI UFO “memo” was available to the public previously, but media hyping it
The memo was sent by an “unnamed FBI agent in San Antonio, Texas.”
Also alarming for UFO fans is the admission contained in this memo that states it’s office – in the San Antonio Texas area of the 1940s and nearby to New Mexico and Roswell – where “agents routinely destroyed reports because of lack of filing space.”
Moreover, according to documents released by the organization, the memo states the “office destroyed UFO reports on the grounds that they arrived in ‘great numbers’ and contained ‘nothing of FBI interest.’”
At the same time, the memo stated “that the filing of these (UFO reports from locals who’ve spotted flying disks) would result in the ‘rapid accumulation of very bulky file.’”
Bray’s Point shares Roswell UFO heritage with like UFO sightings
Here at Bray’s Point, along the central Oregon coast, it was also a “strange place where locals reported UFO sightings” back in the early 1940’s and after World War II, “there were a rash of UFO sighting,” according to British UFO documents.
Also, local coastal history – at cultural heritage tourism locations in Newport, Lincoln City and Coos Bay – all point to police reports stating that “people we’re seeing flying objects, or discs.”
In 1947, the rash of UFO sightings continued.
Flying objects were spotted at Bray’s Point when the same events were unfolding into something that’s now legend as Roswell.
London’s “Daily Mail” reported that the newly released FBI UFO files point to the memo as “validating Roswell as real.”
“Roswell has been the ground zero of alien conspiracy theorists for decades, ever since a disc-like object crashed into a ranch in the Southwest in 1947. The military maintained it was a surveillance balloon, but UFO researchers claimed otherwise,” stated a Daily Mail review of the FBI memo from Roswell.
The Daily Mail repot point to “one intriguing note, sent on 22 March 1950, special agent Guy Hottel, head of the FBI's Washington field office, wrote to Hoover with information on three "so-called flying saucers" that a witness claimed had crash-landed in New Mexico. In 1947, an object that may have been a weather balloon crash-landed near Roswell, New Mexico, sparking an ongoing conspiracy that US officials captured an alien spacecraft. In a separate incident, Hoover received an urgent teletype message from FBI agents in Salt Lake City, Utah, describing what appeared to be an explosion in the sky that was followed by "the falling of a silver-colored object."
The Daily Mail also noted in its research of both its own country’s secret UFO files, and now the FBI’s, that “The sighting, recorded on 5 April 1949 by a guard at the army general supply depot in Ogden, Utah, was reported independently by a military officer and also a highway patrolman, who claimed to see a silver object explode as it approached mountains at Sardine Canyon. Later in the message, an assessment by the US air force office of special investigations linked the sightings to two B-29s that were practicing extremely high-altitude bombing runs in the Utah desert.”
The memo, whose subject line is 'Flying Saucers', also noted that “Agent Hottel reveals that an Air Force investigator had stated that 'three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico'.
The investigator gave the information to a special agent, he said. The FBI has censored both the agent and the investigator's identity. Agent Hottel went on to write: 'They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter,” reported The Daily Mail and other international media of a story that creating a lot of buzz on the Internet where some UFO sites like to feature theories, but don’t admit to UFO’s being real.
Oregon UFO “watchers” and others meeting to discuss revelations about FBI and UK UFO files
A forthcoming UFO sighting and paranormal meeting this May in Portland -- up the road from this popular UFO sighting location at Bray’s Point -- will explore the “ancient astronaut theories” and the newly released FBI files that have appeared on recent national and international TV programs where some scientists repeat the skeptical and popular view “that there’s no evidence of UFOs or aliens;” while theories about ancient astronauts are “just pie in the sky.”
Thus, the news about the FBI’s UFO stash in “The Vault,” or news from the British collection of 8,500 documents that it recently released to the public, or ancient astronauts is “doesn’t really do it” for local UFO watchers who say: “no big deal, because they want “full disclosure of all government UFO documents.”
One local UFO “watcher” named Herb says he likes to keep to himself. Herb stands on the local beach at Bray’s Point – the farthest one can go West before hitting the Pacific ocean along the central Oregon coast – day after day with his field glasses “because I like to know what’s out there. I’ve see it (UFOs) before, and I’m always looking for more UFOs. It’s my pastime.”
Herb is one of those soft-spoken kind of guys who’s not much for showing off, but is pleased the “mainstream is getting it,” via Herb’s reference that mainstream media such as the Washington Post is picking up on the FBI’s UFO documents.
“What’s crazy,” says Herb, “is you have these FBI documents out there and then out of the blue someone tells you to look there for more clues about UFOs.”
In fact, there’s hundreds of pages of British UFO files that point to confirmed reports by British scientists – over the past 60 years – that show vintage photos of
UFO “diggings in Egypt, Siberia and Stonehenge” that reveal artifacts that “are not from the Earth, or made by man.”
The term ufologists is used extensively in the United Kingdom’s official UFO documents released back in early March. The now declassified 8,500 documents were collected over nearly 60 years, and put under lock and key due to concerns over national security in England. Britain’s Ministry of Defense admitted it first became aware of the existence of UFO’s back at the end of World War II when reviewing “thousands of records” that mentioned “objects seen in the skies.”
Science is slow at “confirming” anything, states U.K. files, while dealing with disinformation
The British Ministry of Defense is quick to point out that the “exact science of UFOs is most difficult to reveal” because of debunkers, disinformation specialists and “thousands of outrageous claims and counterclaims.” However, the experts in England – who’ve studied at the famed Oxford and Cambridge Universities –note that “it only takes one confirmed report to prove UFOs.”
For example, the British government let it be known – after the Roswell UFO crash of July 1947 in America – that it was also investigating UFOs “throughout the United Kingdom.” Thus began the practice of locals either calling the local police or taking photos of their UFO sightings into British government offices.
Anyone can read parts of the British files on line
The release of these British UFO documents includes 35 large files that can be viewed at http://ufos.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
It should also be noted that the files are available to download free of charge for one month at this U.K. National Archives website.
Note: Story eight in this series will be devoted to a review of the recently released FBI memo with a photo of the memo, per comparing the FBI and British UFO documents from the 1940’s and later in 1947 when Roswell happened.