From: Brad Sparks <RB47x.nul> Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 18:25:09 EDT Fwd Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 07:28:21 -0400 Subject: OSI CIA NSC MIT AF & UFOs [was: British National >From: Nick Pope <nick.nul> >To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 20:45:57 +0100 >Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide <snip> >I don't dispute that Clarke and Roberts were the first >ufologists to _claim_ that they obtained the documents. They've >_claimed_ to be the first to acquire all sorts of material; an >article in The Observer on May 5 2002 implied they uncovered a >CIA memo on UFOs written by Walter B. Smith, when in fact it was >published by Timothy Good in 1987, in his book Above Top Secret. >From: Nick Pope <nick.nul> >To: <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 18:23:37 +0100 >Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide >>From: Andy Roberts <andy.nul> >>To: <ufoupdates.nul> >>Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 18:26:16 +0100 >>Subject: Re: British National Archives UFO Research Guide <snip> >The Observer ran a similar story on May 5 2002: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,710181,00.html >The clear implication in this article was that you and Dave >Clarke had unearthed a secret CIA document written by Walter B. >Smith. In fact, Timothy Good published this document in 1987, in >his book Above Top Secret. In fact there was never any such secret CIA document written by CIA Director Walter B. Smith in the first place. This is a serious error of document analysis. Enthusiasts who desperately want an all-important CIA Director to seemingly be treating UFOs as a matter of national security have conveniently failed to read that this one-page document was a DRAFT written by a lower level CIA official (CIA OSI chief Chadwell) and sent to DCI Smith in Sept 1952 for his signature and for Smith to send it officially to the National Security Council (NSC). But Director Smith never signed the DRAFT and never sent any such thing off to the NSC. He quite obviously had rejected it! Chadwell kept re-sending the document for Smith's signature and urging him to approve OSI's heroic plan to take over the UFO problem from the AF and set up a government-wide serious scientific investigation of UFOs, to be directed by the illustrious MIT - in other words every UFO researcher's dream. However the enthusiasts refuse to be bothered with such minor matters as reading documents in context, reading chains of correspondence for responses and non-responses, discerning whether "attachments" are drafts and unapproved (or subsequently rejected by what we would call in legislative affairs a "pocket veto", you just sit on it and don't act within a period of time and it dies without having to make a public or even an internal official expression of rejection). Rank-and-file UFO researchers also do not want the CIA to get any credit for a heroic role because they have already made up their minds that the CIA can only have a villainous role in the UFO controversy, the CIA can only be the evil agency behind the "sinister coverup" of proof of alien visitation, and that CIA officials were behind the despised Robertson Panel as diabolical ETH-denying debunkers. In fact the AF was behind the Robertson Panel and forced it on the CIA. The CIA did not want a hasty small panel rushing to judgment but wanted a _permanent_ ongoing full-scale scientific study of UFOs preferably at MIT. In fact CIA/OSI tried to postpone the Panel to give more time for Battelle's statistical study but got overruled by evident AF pressure on DCI Smith. The AF had gone over the CIA's heads in the first place to the IAC and manipulated orders for a quickie panel done as fast as possible. The AF tricked the CIA with deviously selected IFO cases dressed up as the "best" UFOs. Based on this the CIA reached the conclusion that UFOs were ET in origin in late 1952 (as Chadwell and his deputy Ralph Clark both told me) but only until the AF sprung its trap at the Robertson Panel. As the AF planned, the supposed "best UFO" cases blew up into IFO's at the Robertson Panel, which never got the set of best cases that Ruppelt kept in a special file collection. The CIA was humiliated and never suspected it was an AF trick. The CIA was thus manipulated by the AF into drawing the conclusion that UFOs must just be IFO's, nothing more, and ought to be vigorously debunked. But the UFO community does not want to read the released CIA documents and see this is the case - the CIA can only be the root of all UFO evil in the UFO community's party line view of UFO history.
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