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Re: Military Retirees and Secrecy

From: "Stan Friedman" <fsphys@brunnet.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 20:07:28 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 08:12:19 -0500
Subject: Re: Military Retirees and Secrecy


>From: Ed Fouche <fouche@connecti.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: Military Retirees and Secrecy
>Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 22:03:56 -0600

>>From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
>>Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 10:29:20 EST
>>To: updates@globalserve.net
>>Subject: Re: Military Retirees and Secrecy

>>There are certainly hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of
>>people who have served in the military or worked for the Federal
>>Government and have taken security oaths or worked under
>>security restrictions.  For the most part, these restrictions
>>have certainly worked.

>>In today's New York Times an article relates how a book
>>manuscript by former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter has been
>>requested for censorship by the Pentagon, suppposedly because of
>>criticism Ritter has made about U.S. policy.

>>Have there ever been any documented instances of such attempted
>>prior censorship involving any UFO sources?  If followers of
>>this list could provide instances of such events, it would help
>>us move from hypothetical and theoretic discussions to fact.

>>Any known instances, ladies and gentlemen?

>Censorship of alleged secrets is not new.

>From the Prelude to 'The Puzzle Palace' by James Bamford, he
>writes of the War Department trying to suppress the book 'The
>American Black Chamber' in 1930.

>From Chapter, 'Targets'
>He also writes of ITT, Western Union, and  RCA agreeing to
>Provide intercepted communications for Project Shamrock.. ASA
>(Armed Forces Security Agency) headed Project Shamrock. ASA
>later was absorbed into the NSA (National Security Agency.)

>In a meeting on 16 December 1947, with approval of the US
>Attorney General, Secretary of Defense Forrestal met with the
>heads of these companies to assure them that the US Attorney,
>Attorney General Tom Clark -Justice Department, Under authority
>of President Truman, would provide legal Protection to these
>companies. Their fears were valid. Project Shamrock broke
>numerous laws, the Constitution, and these Companies would be
>subject to lawsuits if the Justice Department, And Defense
>Department didn't cover for them.

>Section 605 of the Communications Act of 1934 Prohibited
>interception of communications.

>A little more than 9 months later, Forrestal resigned. A week
>later he was admitted to the Bethesda  Naval Hospital. Diagnosed
>as suffering from anxiety, severe depression, and acute paranoia
>and talked of 'unidentified people trying to get me,' and
>'conspiracies.'

>Was his involvement with the MJ-12 committee the conspiracy he
>was so afraid of?  He was treated for 'involutional melancholia
>psychosis.'

>In the early morning hours of Sunday, 22 May, Forrestal sat
>alone in His hospital room, copying onto sheets of paper the
>brooding lines from Sophocles, 'Ajax,' - "No quiet murmer like
>the tremulous wail," he wrote "of the lone bird, the querulous
>night-" The word nightingale was left unfinished.

>(Allegedly) Forrestal walked across the hallway into a small
>kitchen, tied one end of his dressing gown sash to a radiator
>just beneath a window, and knotted the other end around his neck
>and jumped from his 16 th floor window.

>Was the 'murmer' - the voices he heard from a recovered live
>alien? Was the 'tremulous wail' - the his memory of this event?
>Was the 'lone bird' - the crashed UFO? Was the 'querulous night'
>- the night he was informed of the crash at Roswell?

>Stanton Freedman, Timothy Good, Edgar Fouche (myself) and others
>have written and pondered about what really happened to
>Secretary Forrestal.

>I speculate in 'Alien Rapture' with Brad Steiger, my co-author
>(of Project Blue Book) that Forrestal was murdered because he
>'couldn't handle the truth.'


The Forrestal situation is far more complicated than as
portrayed above.

He had been a workaholic who for his reward as a great Secretary
of the Navy was given the terrible job of Secretary of Defense
being attacked by the Army, Navy, and Air Force all seeking more
money than the country and congress wanted to spend.

His wife had problems. He was on the wrong side with regard to
Truman's recognition of Israel, he was shocked when after the
very surprising Truman Victory. His resignation had been
accepted. His friends were very seriously concerned about him.

Documents at the Truman Library strongly suggest he really was
paranoid. I consider him a casualty of war. Far more concerned
about the Russians than about aliens.

Stan Friedman



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