Freedom of Information Act – This collection catalogues CIA information on this subject from the 1940s through the early 1990s. Most of the documents concern CIA cables reporting unsubstantiated UFO sightings in the foreign press and intra-Agency memos about how the Agency handled public inquiries about UFO sightings.

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

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August 1952 – Source Internal Document

In August 1952 , the Deputy Assistant Director of the Scientific Intelligence office released a memo discounting the threat posed by UFOs.

“Of 1000 to 2000 such reports received by ATIC (Air Technical Intelligence Center), a large percentage are clearly ‘phoney,'” the report reads. In fact, many of the reported flights were easily explained as known missions using US equipment, the report went on.

Mr. Tauss stated that there were nearly 100 reports that remained ‘unexplainable’ – he described them as ‘reasonably credible reports’.

Owing to the agency’s uncertainty, however, the Deputy AD recommended CIA surveillance continue on the mysterious “flying saucers” under the cover of darkness.

“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read, “in view of their probable alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as ‘confirmatory’ of the soundness of ‘unpublished facts’ in the hands of the U.S. government.”

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“It is strongly urged … that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public…”

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

Deputy Assistant Director/SI
Acting Chief, Weapons & Equipment Division
“Flying Saucers”

1. Pursuant to your request for overall evalutation of “flying saucers” and associated reports, the following is pertinent:

a. Of 1000 to 2000 such reports received by ATIC, a large percentage are clearly “phoney”. An equally large
percentage can be satisfactorlly explained as known flights of currently operational U.S. equipment (aircraft, weather, ballons, etc.) and many others are undoubtedly of natural
phenomena (meteorites, clouds, aberration of light caused by thermal inversion reflections, etc.).

b. Less than 100 reasonably credible reports remain “unexplainable” at this time; regarding these reports, there is no pattern of specific sides, configurations, characteristics, performance or location. The sources of these reports are generally no more or less credible than the sources of other categories. It is probable that if complete information were available for presently “unexplinable” reports, they, too, could be evaluated into categories as indicated in “a” above.

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers - Mass Hysteria

Mass Panic

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

2. Notwithstanding the foregoing tentative facts, so long as a series of reports remain “unexplainable” (interplanetary aspects and alien origin not being theroughly excluded from consideration) caution requires that intelligence continue coverage of the subject.

3. It is recommended tha CIA surveillance of subject matter, in coordination with proper authorities of primary operational concern at ATIC, be continued.
!t is strongly urged, however, that no indication of CIA interest or concern reach the press or public, in view of their probable alarmist tendencies to accept such interest as “confirmatory” of the soundness of “unpublieshed facts” in the hands of U.S. Goverment.

4. The undersigned has arranged with the Commanding Officer of Air Technical Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for a thorough and comprehensive briefing related to this subject on 8 August 1952. Subsequent to obtain full details, a detailed analysis will be prepared and forwarded.

EDWARD TAUSS     [Deleted]

July 29 1952  [Deleted]



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CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers -Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 1952

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 1952

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

Wright-Patterson was the confirmed site of Project Sign – later Project Grudge, and later still, Project Blue Book – an official government study of UFOs. This secretive government research project was officially “terminated” in 1969, but probably it’s ongoing.

As home to Project Blue Book, ground zero for government investigation of UFOs from 1951 to 1969, Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) outside Dayton, Ohio, ranks up there alongside Area 51.

WPAFB, as it’s known for short, involve what might have gone on inside a particular building, known as Hangar 18. UFO reserchers believe the government hid physical evidence from their investigations—including flying saucer debris, extraterrestrial remains and even captured aliens—in this mysterious warehouse, specifically inside a sealed, highly guarded location dubbed “the Blue Room.”

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers - Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) who was President of the United States from 1945 to 1953 once said: “I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on earth.”

President Harry Truman instructed Secretary of Defense James Forrestal to set up Operation Majestic Twelve, a top-secret panel headed by Vannever Bush.

Researchers contend that the MJ-12 committee eventually brokered a sit-down between space aliens and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, during which an agreement was reached to enable alien studies of human biology.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declared the documents to be “completely bogus”. The U.S. government’s biggest-kept secret.

The British government has taken the threat of UFO seriously.

The BBC reported that according to declassified documents, in the 1950s UK intelligence bosses met to discuss the issue.

Ministers even went on to demand weekly UFO sightings reports from a committee of intelligence experts.

According to declassified papers, during WWII, Prime Minister Winston Churchill became alarmed by a UFO sighting by RAF bomber pilots.

He was concerned about the ‘mass panic’ such information could provoke if it became public.

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Winston Churchill

CIA Doubts About Flying Saucers

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