The UFO-FBI mystery

[dropcap]The[/dropcap] Federal Bureau of Investigation broke its silence about a memo, dated March 22, 1950, addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover from FBI Agent Guy Hottel about UFOs in Roswell, N.M., in 947.

The one-page memo detailed information from an official investigator for the U.S. Air Force. The FBI document is online with other UFO reports at: http://vault.fbi.gov/UFO. Here is what Agent Hottel, who was head of the field office in Washington, D.C., reported to the FBI director:

“An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 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 fliers and test pilots.

“According to Mr. (edited out) informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers. No further evaluation was attempted by (edited out) concerning the above.”

Was this “investigator for the Air Force” fabricating this story? Did the FBI agent fail to include in his report that someone else had told this story to the investigator, as critics claim? The memo said nothing about second-hand information.

For some people, the fact that this story was reported by an FBI official to the FBI director and was not immediately disregarded as utter nonsense, but instead became classified information, gives some credence to the claim that something out of the ordinary had happened.

It seems astonishing that on the day the Air Force discovered the debris, with enough time to examine the materials, they would issue a national press release stating that a flying saucer had been captured and offered photos of soldiers examining a metallic-looking object. Then at a press conference later that same day in Ft. Worth, Texas, the Air Force suddenly recanted the entire story, announcing instead that the debris was simply pieces of a weather balloon.

A few days later, on July 9, 947, the Roswell Daily Chronicle interviewed W.W. “Mac” Brazel, the rancher who first found the wreckage. A frustrated Brazel was quoted as saying, “I am sure what I found was not any weather observation balloon. But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a hard time getting me to say anything about it.”

Years later, a number of government officials close to the case came forward to tell stories of their participation in an alleged cover-up of the Roswell incident. Although the FBI may or may not have been interested in looking into the Air Force investigator’s claims, a July 1950 FBI statement made it clear that, “The jurisdiction and responsibility for investigating flying saucers have been assumed by the United States Air Force. Information received in this matter is immediately turned over to the Air Force, and the FBI does not attempt to investigate these reports or evaluate the information furnished.”

WILLIAM WRIGHT - Cleveland Daily Banner

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