Re: that Roswell doc in the FBI "Vault"

Not sure what we’re dealing with here, at least as far as one of the docs in this collection, which has gone viral over the net.

Michael Salla, of, treats it as real. Here’s an excerpt from his:

FBI Reveals flying saucer crashes in the 1940s

April 12, 2011

Stories of flying saucer crashes secretly retrieved by elite military teams have been boosted with the release of a new electronic reading room by the FBI known as “The Vault.” Among the documents first released by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and now more easily accessible to the American public in The Vault is one by Special Agent Guy Hottel. In 1950, Hottel sent a memorandum to J. Edgar Hoover about flying saucer crashes. The Hottel memo is causing a sensation in Britain since the Daily Mail discussed it in a provocative article titled: The memo that ‘proves aliens landed at Roswell’… released online by the FBI.”. The Daily Mail story was quickly followed by other major media outlets. The memo is startling since it reveals that an unidentified Air Force Investigator, most likely with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, was relaying accurate information about three flying saucer crashes recovered by the Air Force in the 1940s to an FBI Special Agent.

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The document cites as its main source an Air Force investigator without giving details of his rank, position, or how he received the information. Given that the memo’s recipient was none other than FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, it can be safely assumed that the Air Force investigator was a credible military source being cited by an FBI field agent reporting directly to his boss.

Yet, both Alexander Rojas of and Lee Speigel of AOL news call it most likely a hoax:

FBI’s UFO Doc From ‘The Vault’ Most Likely a Hoax

Apr 13, 2011 – 7:28 AM
Lee SpeigelLee SpeigelContributor 

In the past few days a story has come out about a new FBI site called “The Vault” that allows history buffs and Web surfers the chance to check out a variety of documents, including some about UFOs. 

One particular 1950 document seems to be taking on a viral life of its own. Written by FBI agent Guy Hottel and sent to the bureau’s director, J. Edgar Hoover, it relates how “flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They 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 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture,” etc., etc.

FBI UFO document
This 1950 memo was sent by special agent Guy Hottel to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. It concerns a story about flying saucers and alien creatures supposedly recovered in New Mexico. While the document itself is real, the story contained in it is reportedly a hoax.
Sound too good to be true? It is. First of all, it is a real FBI document — that’s not in dispute. The problem lies in the content of it, all the flying saucer, alien body stuff. 

In most of the stories published this week about the alien encounter, only a handful have made a big deal of the fact that this is not a “newly released” document or that the story is a hoax.

“It was one of the documents I got in the first bunch of documents out of a total of 1,600 that were released by the FBI way back in the late 70s,” said retired U.S. Navy optical physicist Bruce Maccabee.

Maccabee actually obtained the document from the FBI via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1977 and even wrote about it in his 2000 book, “UFO-FBI Connection” (Llewellyn Publications).

Maccabee is a renowned investigator of UFO photographs and visual evidence.

“First of all, the document was in this official FOIA release, so I have no doubt that the document is true,” Maccabee told AOL News.

As to the contents of the document, “it appears this was the result of a story told by (oil scam artist) Silas Newton, during a lecture at the University of Denver on March 8, 1950 (two weeks before the document was written),” Maccabee explained.

“Newton tried to convince some potential oil company investors that he had secret alien technology that could be used to locate underground oil.

“So this was a con job. Newton was laying the groundwork for it by saying there had been three crashed saucers with creatures.”

Maccabee says the story kept getting passed from person to person and believes “an Air Force Office of Special Investigations man picked up on it and told the FBI guy, who then sent a memo to Hoover.”

This wasn’t unusual, Maccabee continued, because around the same time, in 1947, “the Air Force initially asked the FBI to investigate witnesses to find out if there were any possible Communist subversive activities going on, generating spurious stories to make the American public fearful that our own military couldn’t handle Soviet aircraft in our skies.”

Even though nothing came of this investigation, Maccabee says it at least established a connection between the FBI and the Air Force, especially about UFOs.

“Back in the late 40s and 50s, no one expected the Freedom of Information Act 20 years later,” Maccabee added. “Basically, the FBI was told by Hoover, ‘If you come up with UFO information, do not investigate, send it to the Air Force.’ But, nevertheless, they would sometimes send memos back to headquarters.”

And that’s apparently how this whole 1950 crashed flying saucer with dead aliens memo evolved, with a little bit of con artistry kicked in.

If there’s a moral to the story it’s this: You can’t trust every document you read, even if it’s a genuine document. To get at the truth, you need to really dig into it. How did it germinate? Are the people involved reliable, and is there a high or low credibility factor associated with it?

The truth is always out there, but it often requires investigators to use the correct filters to weed out the good from the bad.

A.K. again: And yet, we’ve got to remember that someone (who?) might have made sure that this particular doc out of all the 2000 digitalized docs from the “Vault” went viral, as well as the view that it might be a hoax. This would be a great way to discredit the contents of the entire Vault.

If so, then it’s one more 3-D, left-brain shenanigan designed to keep us confused.

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