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Re: Alleged 'Secret Weapon'

From: Kenny Young <ufo@fuse.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 15:22:56 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 19:03:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Alleged 'Secret Weapon' 

>Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 17:18:41 -0400
>From: Kenny Young <ufo@fuse.net>
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Secret Weapon from 1947...?

Update on alleged 'Secret Weapon' reported in '47

Here may be some additional details relevant to the alleged
'Secret Weapon' referenced in a 1947 Cincinnati Enquirer
newspaper article. -- text of this article can be found at:


Apparently the papers of James Marion Snodgrass were sought
after by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1995, as per
the following item from:



        October 27, 1995
        SIO Archives
        Quarterly Report July/September

        1995 ACQUISITIONS

"During this quarter we received 56 films of Eugene La Fond
documenting work at sea during the 1960's and the papers of
James Marion Snodgrass (38 cartons). The Snodgrass papers were
received with a deposit agreement. A deed of gift is under
negotiation now. We also received an original 1969 political
cartoon signed by Ronald Reagan concerning state oceans policy
and slides of work at sea from Peter Brueggeman."

        ---end excerpt---

This item was courtesy of Mr. Bob Barnes, who located it while
browsing through a search engine under the name of SNODGRASS. I
would be inclined to wager that the James Marion Snodgrass
indicated in this article may be the same as from the '47
newspaper report, as the "James Marion Snodgrass" combination of
3-names together seems quite rare.

It appears that the Scripps Institute of Oceanography knew of
Snodgrass and had an interest in the acquisition of some of his
files, which may or may-not be relevant to this 'Secret'
situation he was reportedly involved with while at the motion
picture division of the Dayton Acme Company [Dayton, Ohio and
Wright-Patterson AFB?].

Upon reading the '47 article, I first presumed that this exotic
weapon was perhaps related to the projection of images
-holograms, as per his association with a 'motion picture
division' of the Dayton Acme Co., but upon closer scrutiny, the
term 'weapon' and comparison to "A-bomb potential" seems to
negate that possibility, as holographic projection would only
serve as a potential counter-measure in any battlefield
application and not have destructive capability as the term
'weapon' would imply.

I also surmised that this weapon may be an early EMP
[Electromagnetic Pulse] bomb. However, according to a report by
Defence Analyst Carlo Kopp entitled: "The Electromagnetic Bomb -
a Weapon of Electrical Mass Destruction," Kopp states, "The
ElectroMagnetic Pulse [EMP] effect was first observed during the
early testing of high altitude airburst nuclear weapons." This
statement indicates that the EMP effect was observed *after* the
conflict at Tarawa, which was during WWII at which time no high
altitude atomic tests had been conducted there.

The second person mentioned in the article, Professor Leech,
would be another name to keep alert for.

In light of Snodgrass' connection to The Scripps Institute of
Oceanography, I think it could be plausible that the alleged
"Secret Weapon" could be nautically based. What seems puzzling
is how that Snodgrass could go from a Chief engineer of the
motion picture division of the Dayton Acme Co., a consultant
engineering firm in Ohio from 1947, to having papers considered
valuable to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1995.

Further, our understanding of the Tarawa Battle during WWII may
shed some light on this. A Navy-Marines operation was enacted in
the Central Pacific against Japan in August of 1943. The
following information was found at:


        --begin excerpt--

The Marshall Islands would serve as an air base from which
further operations could be launched against the Marianas, and
from there against the Japanese home islands. But 500 miles to
the southeast of the Marshalls, an archipelago of atolls called
the Gilberts stood between U.S. forward ground air bases and the

The Gilberts had only one workable airstrip for refueling
American aircraft and that was on the island of Betio in the
western Gilbert Island atoll of Tarawa.

The Japanese commander in charge of the defense of Tarawa, Rear
Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, said "A million men cannot take Tarawa
in a hundred years." He commanded 2,600 imperial marines, the
best amphibious troops in the Japanese armed forces. With the
importation of 1,000 Japanese workers and 1,200 Korean laborers
the island airstrip of Betio had been transformed into one of
the most formidable fortresses in the world, boasting 14 coastal
defense guns(four of which were taken from the surrendered
British garrison at Singapore), 40 strategically located
artillery pieces, covering every approach to the island, a
coconut-log sea wall four feet high lining the lagoon and over
100 machine gun emplacements behind the wall. All this was
concentrated on an island only a mile long and a few hundred
yards wide.

Meanwhile an armada of 17 carriers, 12 battleships, eight heavy
and four light cruisers, 66 destroyers and 36 transports
carrying the 2nd Marine Division and a part of the 37th Infantry
Division- some 35,000 soldiers and Marines headed for Betio in
early November of 1943.

In the moments before pre-invasion bombardment began, the task
force naval commander, Rear Admiral Howard F. Kingman announced
to the landing troops "Gentlemen, we will not neutralize Betio.
We will not destroy it. We will obliterate it!"

Neither Shibasaki nor Kingman knew what they were up against.

        --end excerpt--

[Thanks to Jim Martin for the information regarding Tarawa]

Aside from being a slight curiousity, there is nothing
substantive indicating that this strange story is UFO-related.

       Update - April 18:

Bob Barnes added that The Scripps Institute of Oceanography has
a research facility in New Zealand, and they receive funding
from NASA for oceanic gravitational studies.

He passed along the following information and comment:

From: http://scilib.ucsd.edu/sio/guide/libpic/history.html


"By the end of 1948, the Library collection comprised over
22,000 volumes and 450 journal titles. In this photo dated Oct
27, 1943, SIO Library is the building in the middle, looking
south from the pier. By 1949, the Library was outgrowing the
stack space in the 1916 building. A working group on SIO space
requirements, chaired by James M Snodgrass, developed a "master
plan for the Library building" which presented plans and
recommendations for present and future quantities of volumes and
for upgrading deficient facilities in the building.

        ---end excerpt---

Barnes also remarked that SIO has a lab in New Zealand and SIO
receives funding from NASA. Of interest is the area of Marine
Gravity. See:


There is a possibility that Snodgrass may have been removed from
the alleged Secret Project referenced in the '47 Cincinnati
newspapers resulting from his mention in media reportage. If
this scenario is likely, it could be possible he ended up with
the SIO by '49 in a capacity totally unrelated to the '47
"Secret Weapon" situation.

Also of interest from the original article was the mention that
Snodgrass had previously dealt with "research on the effect of
electric currents on the human body." It remains to be seen how
this relates to Snodgrass' involvement with the Motion Picture
division of the Dayton Acme Co., and his ultimate involvement
with Oceanographic research.

Kenny Young
UFO Research

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