For reasons unknown, the FBI, apparently in need of fresh content for its website, decided to “explain” the remarkable memo in its files that has been cited as the “smoking gun” of a Roswell cover-up. The memo, send to FBI director J.Edgar Hoover in 1950, was not written by a crackpot but by Guy Hottel, then the head of the FBI field office in Washington, D.C. He wrote,
“An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico,” Hottel writes. “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. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”
Now, whatever this is, an explanation was and is in order. The memo was not made public until 2011, and to say it raises questions is a masterpiece of understatement. If this didn’t happen, why was the memo written? If it did happen, what was the government’s response? If Hottel and Hoover didn’t know whether it was true or not, what did they do about it? If the FBI investigated, what did it find out?
Instead of answering any of these questions, the FBI website this week posted this about the memo:
“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.
“Third, as noted in an earlier story, 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…”
Have you ever read a more infuriating example of official obfuscation, evasion and obvious tap-dancing? So what if the memo “isn’t new”? What does the FBI mean the memo isn’t “connected” to the event? Why does it exist? Why was it written? Of course there’s a reason to believe the memo was connected to the event it refers to and reports on to the Director of the FBI. Does J. Edgar Hoover seem like a boss you would just send a wacky memo for no good reason?
The third item is completely bewildering. OK, the FBI doesn’t usually investigate UFO sightings, but this alleged event goes way beyond that. “…Our Washington Field Office didn’t think enough of that flying saucer story to look into it,” but did think enough of it to send the Director an unequivocal report. What changed? Was there an investigation or wasn’t there? This sequence, as described, makes no sense at all.
The last two statements are conclusions engineered to mislead. No, of course the memo doesn’t prove the existence of UFO’s. What would prove the existence of UFO’s would be the fact that the memo was based on fact. Was it, or wasn’t it? And “the mystery remains”….give us a break! This is your memo, guys, from your files, from and to your high officials. Don’t act as if this is crop circles or the Mary Celeste.
I an not a conspiracy theorist, nor a big UFO believer. I do get sick of our government, and especially THIS government–unprecedented transparency and all—hiding facts, double-talking, and generally treating the public as if they are all idiots. The FBI’s “explanation” raises more questions than it answers. I am more troubled by that 60 year old memo that I was when it first surfaced.
Yes, this is why the public doesn’t trust the government. Not because if UFO conspiracies, but because the government so clearly is in the habit of deceiving us, and doesn’t even do a good job of it.
Source and Graphic: Yahoo!