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UFOs And The Guy Hottel Memo - FBI

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose.nul>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:25:15 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:47:32 -0400
Subject: UFOs And The Guy Hottel Memo - FBI

Just released on FBI's website on the occasion of the
anniversary of the famous memo of March 22, 1950.

Stig Agermose


Source: FBI.Gov



[The article starts with a photograph of the memo and continues:]

UFOs Or No?
The Guy Hottel Memo

It's the most popular file in the FBI Vault - our high-tech
electronic reading room housing various Bureau records released
under the Freedom of Information Act. Over the past two years,
this file has been viewed nearly a million times. Yet, it is
only a single page, relaying an unconfirmed report that the FBI
never even followed up on.

The file in question is a memo dated March 22, 1950 - 63 years
ago last week. It was authored by Guy Hottel, then head of our
field office in Washington, D.C. (see sidebar below for a brief
biography). Like all memos to FBI Headquarters at that time, it
was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover and recorded and
indexed in FBI records.

The subject of the memo was anything but ordinary. It related a
story told to one of our agents by a third party who said an Air
Force investigator had reported that three "flying saucers" were
recovered in New Mexico. The memo provided the following detail:

"They [the saucers] 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 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 fliers and test pilots."

After relaying an informant's claim that the saucers had been
found because the government's "high-powered radar" in the area
had interfered with "the controlling mechanism of the saucers,"
the memo ends simply by saying that "[n]o further evaluation was
attempted" concerning the matter by the FBI agent.

That might have been the end of this particular story, just
another informational dead end in the FBI files. But when we
launched the Vault in April 2011, some media outlets noticed the
Hottel memo and erroneously reported that the FBI had posted
proof of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico and the recovery of
wreckage and alien corpses. The resulting stories went viral,
and traffic to the new Vault soared.

So what's the real story? A few facts to keep in mind:

First, the Hottel memo isn't new. It was first released publicly
in the late 1970s and had been posted on the FBI website for
several years prior to the launch of the Vault.

Second, the Hottel memo is dated nearly three years after the
infamous events in Roswell in July 1947. There is no reason to
believe the two are connected. The FBI file on Roswell (another
popular page) is posted elsewhere on the Vault [link].

Third, as noted in an earlier story [link], the FBI has only
occasionally been involved in investigating reports of UFOs and
extraterrestrials. For a few years after the Roswell incident,
Director Hoover did order his agents - at the request of the Air
Force - to verify any UFO sightings. That practice ended in July
1950, four months after the Hottel memo, suggesting that our
Washington Field Office didn't think enough of that flying
saucer story to look into it.

Finally, the Hottel memo does not prove the existence of UFOs;
it is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never
investigated. Some people believe the memo repeats a hoax that
was circulating at that time, but the Bureau's files have no
information to verify that theory.

Sorry, no smoking gun on UFOs. The mystery remains=E2=80=A6


- The Guy Hottel memo

- Records on other unexplained phenomenon 

[The article is accompanied by a photograph of Guy Hottel and a]



Guy Hottel Biography

Guy L. Hottel was born around 1902. He was a graduate of George
Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was a star
football player. He was later inducted into the university's
athletic hall of fame. He entered the FBI as a special agent in
1934. In December 1936, he was named acting head of the FBI's
Washington Field Office; he was appointed special agent in
charge the following May and served until March 1941. Hottel was
re-appointed special agent in charge in February 1943 and served
until 1951, when he took a position in the Identification
Division. He retired in 1955. Hottel was married three times and
had two sons. Following his FBI career, Hottel served as
executive secretary of the Horseman's Benevolent Association. He
died in June 1990.

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