The CIA has highlighted several UFO documents from the 1940s and 1950s, which are some of the most surreal reports on UFO sightings and research that have ever been officially released to the public. With the “X-Files” enjoying a revival and the plot diving into UFO sightings from yesteryear, apparently the CIA decided to release the official documents citing the eyewitness accounts. They actually state they did this because the “X-Files” show is back on the tube.
According to MSN News on January 30, these UFO sightings date back to a time when folks were very worried that these unidentified flying objects would pose a threat to the security of the country. Not only the citizens were concerned, but these documents offer evidence that the U.S. Government also had growing concerns. These cases were part of a huge collection released back in 1978 to the public, with the CIA spotlighting these specific several events for you today.
Fox News reports that the CIA wrote an introduction to their post of these very interesting UFO documents. They said, “To help navigate the vast amount of data contained in our FOIA UFO collection, we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting.”
The seven extraordinary documents released by the CIA are found on The CIA.Gov site here. One thing is clear from reading the cases is that people believed they were seeing something back in the 1940s and 1950s that was created by technology not seen on this planet. Whether they were or not, has never been proven with factual evidence.
A memo dated October 2, 1952 to the Director of Central Intelligence from the Assistant Director, Office of Scientific Intelligence had “Flying Saucers” tagged as the subject of the memo. The memo said: “Flying saucers’ pose two elements of danger which have national security implications. The first involves mass psychological considerations and the second concerns the vulnerability of the United States to air attack.”
This group of documented incidents that were probed by the government were mostly from the 1950s and they report on “flying saucers” spotted over other areas of the world, along with the U.S. sightings. One compelling eye witness account was from a man who’s motorcycle had broken down in a rural wooded area of Germany.
The man had his 11-year-old daughter with him when the two had a very close encounter with not only a 45-foot disc, but two men dressed in “shiny metallic clothing.” They saw the disk in the woods and two men dressed in these shiny suits were kneeling over the disc, which had a cone-shaped capsule on top.
When the two men realized they were being watched, they hopped into that capsule and the disc rose above the treetops and took off. It wasn’t until the man escaped from the Soviet Union into West Berlin that he first heard the term “flying saucer,” which is what he saw. He said, “When I saw this object, I immediately thought it was a new Soviet military machine.” If you are watching the new “X-Files” they might have an answer to this, at least in TV theory!
Another compelling story in these CIA-UFO documents comes from a Commander Pierre stationed in an airfield in in the Congo who actually embarked on a pursuit with two objects that he estimated reached speeds of up to 900 mph. He claimed that they made a loud whistling sound, which he was able to hear over his noisy plane in 1952. The pursuit ended due to the UFOs’ speed and their ease of maneuverability, which was far more advanced of anything offered during that time by the U.S. Government or from anywhere else on this planet.
In one of the documents you can see that the CIA was beginning to have doubts about what people were seeing. The majority of reports coming into law enforcement and the government were believed to be “phony,” but for some reason these several documents stood out. They were compelling enough for someone at the CIA to point them out to the UFO enthusiasts of today. MSN posted a few of the documents, like the one showing the government growing weary of these reports, which is dated in November of 1952.
“Of 1000 to 2000 such reports received by ATIC (Air Technical Intelligence Center), a large percentage are clearly “phony,” the report reads. It also said that many of the sightings were explained as U.S. equipment being used in certain missions.
MSN reports that “Owing to the agency’s uncertainty, however, the Deputy AD recommended CIA surveillance continue on the mysterious ‘flying saucers’ under the cover of darkness.” This is what one document indicated by saying:
“It is strongly urged … that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public,” the report read, “in view of their probable alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as ‘confirmatory’ of the soundness of ‘unpublished facts’ in the hands of the U.S. government.”
It looks like the government was a bit concerned when these UFO reports started coming fast and furious during this era, but after their numerous probes, they appeared more relaxed. It also sounds as if the hush-hush of the UFO sightings and research of that day was done so the public wouldn’t take their interest as confirmation that UFOs do exist.
It also appears as if they wanted to keep away from panicking the public, which very well might have happened during a time in history were bomb shelters were prevalent and “duck and cover” commercials were saturating the airways. This was the era where kids were learning about the atomic bomb in school and told if they see a “flash of light” to get under their desks in a ball. There was enough scary stuff going on to add the inkling of alien people flying overhead into the mix!
Still, you have to wonder…. is the CIA trying to tell us something today by highlighting these several documents to take a gander at? Or are there some “X-File” fans working in the agency?