Well Sunday has come early this week with some extended time off work over Christmas. I've had time this week to take a look at a book published 25 years ago and one of the first to take a look at the role of intelligence agencies in the UFO phenomenon - one of my favourite topics!
The book is "The UFO Cover Up" also published under the title "Clear Intent", by authors Lawrence Fawcett and Barry J Greenwood by Prentice Hall Press, New York, 1984. ISBN 0-13-137712-4.
pxv "In the 3,000 pages of previously classified documents on UFOs released during the past four years by the department of State, the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), we find the expert testimony of scientist, military and intelligence personnel.."
p113 CIA response to FOI request 26/3/76
"In order that you may be aware of the true facts concerning the involvement of the CIA in the investigation of UFO phenomena, let me give you the following brief history. Late in 1952 the national Security council levied upon the CIA the requirement to determine if the existence of UFOs would create a danger to the national security of the United States.
"The Office of Scientific Intelligence established the Intelligence Advisory Committee to study the matter. That Committee made the recommendations found at the bottom of page 1 and the top four lines of page 2 of the Robertson panel report. At no time prior to the formation of the Robertson panel and subsequent to the issuance of the Panel's report, has the CIA engaged in the study of the UFO phenomenon..."
However, 900 pages of UFO related material were eventually released. These consisted of:
* Information reports
* documents discussing UFOs as psychological warfare devices
* documents relating to the Robertson Panel
* Miscellaneous memos.
p123. Memo dated 1/8/52 from a/g Chief of the CIA's Weapons and Equipment Division to the Deputy Assistant Director of Scientific Intelligence. Speaking of reports received by ATIC. "It is probable that if complete information were available for presently "unexplicable" reports, they, too, could be evaluated into categories as indicated in a above." i.e. explained. The memo continues "2.Notwithstanding the foregoing tentative facts, so Long as a series of reports remains "unexplicable" (interplanetary aspects and alien origin not being thoroughly excluded from consideration), caution requires that intelligence continue coverage of the subject."