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The newly released FBI ‘Unexplained Phenomena’ documents at the FBI Vault website contain a treasure trove of ‘UFO’ documents. The document that’s gotten the most play and debate, the 1950 ‘Guy Hottel’ FBI memo. Over at the Kansas City Star an opinion piece written by Bud Kennedy, Commentary: UFO files aren’t exactly proof of intelligent life. Bud’s focus, those who linked the memo to Roswell. Bud was miffed there was so much interest in the 1950 FBI memo and the 1947 Roswell incident which, based on Bud’s summation, was a balloon-the Air Force’s ‘explanation’. According to Bud, the memo was based on info from an Air Force investigator relaying info from an informant.


Back in 1947, the original “Roswell Incident” story began when an Air Force spokesman there said the 509th Bombardment Group had found a “flying disk.”

Reporters gathered in Fort Worth to see the debris. It was nothing but a pile of foil and sticks.

Base officials called it a weather balloon. In recent years, an Air Force report called it a secret surveillance balloon.

But the world would much rather read about little green men.

Which leads to, who, in the government, fabricated a lie?

The ‘Air Force Spokesman’ who reported to the papers the government had in its possession a ‘flying disk’, or the government officials who displayed the ‘pile of foil and sticks’ and claimed it was a balloon?

Back to the FBI’s ‘UFO’ documents which, if Bud had taken the time peruse, contain information from credible witnesses including government scientists who saw unexplained phenomena. The FBI Vault contains information about top level government meetings on how to deal with the numerous unexplained phenomena that occurred in New Mexico between 1948-1950. One document, information on ‘Project Twinkle’ set up by the U.S. Air Force to investigate the green fireballs, ‘flying discs’ and ‘flying saucers’ seen in the skies of New Mexico over ‘sensitive installations’. The investigators assigned to handle the task, the ‘OSI’ at Wright Field in Ohio.

A memo dated August 23, 1950, stated ‘since 1948 approximately 150 observations’ of the green fireballs described as ‘half moons’, ‘circles’ and ‘discs emitting green light’, ‘discs, round flat shaped objects or phenomena moving at high velocity emitting a brilliant bright white’, and, meteors.

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