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CIA Cover-Up Alleged In JFK's 'Secret UFO Inquiry'

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:49:29 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Archived: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 07:47:40 -0400
Subject: CIA Cover-Up Alleged In JFK's 'Secret UFO Inquiry'

Source: Fox News


April 21, 2011

Air & Space
CIA Cover-Up Alleged In JFK's 'Secret UFO Inquiry'
By Natalie Wolchover

A story that combines UFO cover-ups with the assassination of
John F. Kennedy is a gold mine for conspiracy theorists. And
that's just what author William Lester says he uncovered while
conducting research for a new book on Kennedy: a memo written by
JFK and addressed to the CIA in which the president requests
confidential information about UFOs.

In the never-before-seen, top secret memo supposedly written on
Nov. 12, 1963, the president ordered the CIA director to
organize the agency's intelligence files relating to UFOs, and
to debrief him on all "unknowns" by the following February. Ten
days later, Kennedy was assassinated.

The newly surfaced document is bound to add fuel to the undying
fire surrounding the president's death. But first things first:
Is the document authentic? [Top 10 Conspiracy Theories]

'Something odd about it' Lester, a paranormal researcher and
author of the new book "A Celebration of Freedom: JFK and the
New Frontier" (Wasteland Press, 2010), said he obtained the memo
along with two others from the CIA under the Freedom of
Information Act.

"The government regularly declassifies documents after a certain
amount of time goes by, and then you have to file a request for
those documents," Lester told Life's Little Mysteries. "When I
was in the process of filing, those letters had just become
declassified and released to the public." This happened in 2006
or 2007, Lester said. "At the time, I think other people were
getting them too."

The top secret memo hasn't turned up anywhere else besides
Lester's book, however, and some archivists question its
authenticity. A research technician at the JFK Library in
Boston, who asked not to be named, was unable to find a carbon
copy of it in its presidential archive, which holds copies of
all of JFK's letters.

"We did some research into the presidential papers to try to
find any evidence of the Nov. 12, 1963 letter to the director of
the CIA, John McCone," the technician told Life's Little
Mysteries, a sister site of SPACE.com. Despite the fact that JFK
kept carbon copies of all his letters, even the classified ones,
"in searching through the president's office files - CIA, NASA
and National Security files - we could find no evidence of this
memo or anything like it." [Ten Alien Encounters Debunked]

Furthermore, it doesn't look like other the top secret memos
Kennedy wrote during his presidency. "Something is a little odd
about it," the technician said. "It is sanitized in very odd
places: the director's name, the top heading of the document
(which usually distinguishes which agency is generating it) and
then the tiny "top secret" print at the top of letter. Top
secret items are usually stamped in large dark ink on the

The missing link? Lester claims that the new declassified memo
is thus the missing link in a conspiracy theory surrounding
another document that many conspiracy theorists think indicates
that the CIA killed Kennedy to prevent his involvement in a UFO
cover-up. However, this second document, and thus the
conclusion, is also suspect.

This document, called the "burned memo," was passed to the
fringe media in 1999 by an anonymous source claiming to be a
former CIA operative. The alleged leaker said he worked for the
CIA between 1960 and 1974 and pulled the memo - which experts
have never verified as authentic - from a fire when the agency
was burning some of its most sensitive files.

In the "burned memo," the CIA director at the time (his name is
blacked out) allegedly wrote: "Lancer [the CIA's codename for
JFK] has made some inquiries regarding our activities, which we
cannot allow. Please submit your views no later than October.
Your action to this matter is critical to the continuance of the

The new memo, Lester said, proves JFK really was probing the CIA
about UFO intelligence, and that the CIA might have taken steps
to prevent this. "If Kennedy had gotten some level of control of
this issue from NASA or the CIA, who's to say he wouldn't have
disclosed that information to the American public? Who knows
where that would have led?" Lester commented.

Given that most historians believe the "burned memo" is a fake,
however, the connection to the CIA's secret plot to assassinate
JFK doesn't stick. Alternatively, even if the burned memo is
fake but the newly surfaced memo is real, there are several
perfectly logical reasons why Kennedy might have written it.
Lester believes the president was interested in UFO intelligence
for three reasons.

First, Lester said, Kennedy was concerned that UFOs seen by the
Soviets would be misinterpreted by them as being U.S. aircraft
behaving provocatively. This may be what Kennedy implied when he
(allegedly) wrote, "It is important that we make a distinction
between known and unknowns in the event the Soviets try to
mistake our extended cooperation as a cover for intelligence
gathering of their defense or space programs."

The second reason for Kennedy's inquiry could have been his
obvious interest in space travel; at the time of his (alleged)
writing, NASA was a new agency, Lester explained, and "the whole
question of outer space and life in outer space was at the
forefront of everybody's thinking." Third, there was a natural
concern about UFOs at the time due to a spurt of incidents
thought to be sightings.

In the 1960s, nearly everyone was interested in UFOs - JFK,
NASA, the CIA and citizens alike.


Terry W. Colvin
15 Apr-10 Jul 2011
Fort Walton Beach area, Florida

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