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FBI Destroyed Thousands Of UFO Reports

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:22:21 -0300
Archived: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 06:51:39 -0400
Subject: FBI Destroyed Thousands Of UFO Reports

Source: The Guardian - UK


Monday 11 April 2011

FBI Destroyed Thousands Of UFO Reports, 1949 Memo Reveals

Agents routinely destroyed reports containing 'nothing of FBI
interest' due to lack of filing space

Ian Sample
Science Correspondent

The FBI was so overwhelmed with sightings of flying saucers in
the 1940s that agents routinely destroyed reports because of
lack of filing space, according to documents released by the

The policy is outlined in a memo sent on 16 August 1949 to J
Edgar Hoover, the director of the bureau, along with documents
on UFOs compiled by agents after statements from witnesses.

The note, sent by an unnamed FBI agent in San Antonio, Texas,
states that the office destroyed UFO reports on the grounds that
they arrived "in great numbers" and contained "nothing of FBI

"It is pointed out that the filing of these would result in the
rapid accumulation of very bulky files," the memo continues.

The documents are among a batch of papers related to UFO
sightings that has been made available through The Vault, the
FBI's online records database.

In one intriguing note, sent on 22 March 1950, special agent Guy
Hottel, head of the FBI's Washington field office, wrote to
Hoover with information on three "so-called flying saucers" that
a witness claimed had crash-landed in New Mexico.

According to the memo, an air force investigator stated that
three flying saucers had been recovered in the area, along with
the bodies of the alien crews. The memo goes on to add: "Each
one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three
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 flyers and test pilots."According to the witness,
the saucers were brought down by a "high-powered government
radar" in the area that interfered with the spaceships'
controls. "No further evaluation was attempted," the memo

In 1947, an object that may have been a weather balloon crash-
landed near Roswell, New Mexico, sparking an ongoing conspiracy
that US officials captured an alien spacecraft.

In a separate incident, Hoover received an urgent teletype
message from FBI agents in Salt Lake City, Utah, describing what
appeared to be an explosion in the sky that was followed by "the
falling of a silver-coloured object."

The sighting, recorded on 5 April 1949 by a guard at the army
general supply depot in Ogden, Utah, was reported independently
by a military officer and also a highway patrolman, who claimed
to see a silver object explodeas it approached mountains at
Sardine Canyon.

Later in the message, an assessment by the US air force office
of special investigations linked the sightings to two B-29s that
were practising extremely high-altitude bombing runs in the Utah

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