In December, 1984,
, a Hollywood movie producer and
researcher, receivedan unusual package through the post. Inside was just one roll of undeveloped 35mm black and whitefilm. There were no accompanying letter or return address, the only clue to where the package camefrom was by the postmark which was Albuquerque, New Mexico.Once developed, the film contained negatives of what appeared to be an eight page briefing paper,prepared on 18th November, 1952, for president-elect
. A warning on the first page read, 'This is a TOP SECRET -EYES ONLY document containing compartmentalized informationessential to the national security of the United States'.On page two was a list of 12 influential US scientists, military leaders andintelligence advisors. It was not until viewing page three that the subject of the papers became clear, 'the recovery of a
crashed flying saucer
, New Mexico, in July 1947'.The final page of the briefing paper was a memorandum, dated 24thSeptember,1947, from President Harry Truman to his secretary of Defence, James Forrestal. In it,Truman instructs Forrestal to proceed with 'Operation Majestic-12', but gives no hint at what thatmight be.Alone, the
memo was meaningless. But when read next to the 1952 briefing paper, thestory behind them became clear: in July 1947, a 'flying disc-shaped aircraft' crashed landed in
, New Mexico, and 'extra-terrestrial biological entities' (
) are recovered by the military.When President Truman is informed about the crash, he authorizes Defense Secretary Forrestal toset up a committee to investigate and deal with the situation.In 1952, when
becomes President-elect, he is briefed on
. Thebriefing paper lists the 12-man committee and gives details of the saucer crash. The final paragraphstresses the need to '
avoid public panic at all costs
', confirming that the government is coveringup the truth about
Are these Documents Real?
In the UFO research community, the opinion is split. In one corner, Stanton T. Friedman, who hasdedicated over 10 years of research to finding the truth, Bill Moore and Jaime Shandera believe thedocuments to be real. In the other corner are Kevin Randle, Armen Victorian and our old friend PhilipKlass, all of whom have reasons to believe they are faked. To add to the mystery surrounding theMajestic-12 papers (also known as MJ-12, or MAJIC), a number of other similar packages haveturned up over the last few years.The first was a postcard delivered to
in 1985. Postmarked New Zealand, it suggestedhim to research newly declassified documents at the US National Archives. Moore and Shandera didso, and found a memo confirming the existence of MJ-12, written by Eissenhower's SpecialAssistant for National Security,
, and addressed to
, the US Air ForceChief Of Staff.Between 1992 and 1996, another UFO researcher named Tim Cooper, received a number of MJ-12documents, all of which he quietly shared with Friedman. Several were proved hoaxes but,according to Cooper and Friedman, two single-page documents appear to be genuine. The first is abrief instruction to General Nathan Twining (an alleged member of MJ-12) concerning his activitiesduring a July 1947 trip to New Mexico, the site of the crashed saucer.The second document is a memo to President
, dictated by US Secretary of State,
to his Executive Secretary,
. While there is no direct mention of MJ-12in the memo, the reference at the top reads MAJIC EO 092447 MJ-12.