In 1980 Hollywood TV producer Jamie Shandera was
undertaking research for a film on UFOs.
Four years later he received a package through the post; a roll of
undeveloped 35mm black and white film possibly from one of the contacts he
had made within the US military establishment while working on the film. Intrigued, Shandera had the film processed. It appeared to
reveal an eight-page briefing paper prepared on 18th November 1952
for the then President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower by Rear Admiral Roscoe
Hillenkoetter (a believer in UFOs) and a 24th September 1947 memo
from President Truman to Secretary of Defense James Forestall (who was later to
commit suicide, some claiming as a result of the horror of the ‘alien problem’)
supposedly authorising the setting up of a group to be known as MAJESTIC-12.
This committee, according to the documents, was set up by
Truman to deal with the aftermath of Roswell and the recovery from that site of
an Extraterrestrial Biological Entity (EBE). If the documents
were genuine, then the lid had been blown off the secrecy and cover-up that had
been in place since the end of the Second World War. Majestic 12 or MJ-12 was
allegedly comprised of some by now familiar names:
Dr. Vannevar Bush: identified by Walter Smith as leading US
enquiries into the flying disk phenomenon and Joint Research and Development
James Forrestal: Secretary of Defense who met with Byrd on
his return from Operation Highjump, and who was later to commit suicide.
Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter: Third Director of the
CIA which was established the same month as Majestic-12 (MJ-12).
General Nathan Twinning: Twinning had already put in
writing in 1947 that in his opinion "the phenomenon reported is something real."
Interestingly, on 8th July 1947, the day of the
first press release announcing the recovery of a crashed disk at Roswell,
Twinning cancelled a planned trip to the west coast citing a "very important and
sudden matter." Researcher William Moore established that Twinning spent the
next few days in New Mexico (1).
General Hoyt Vandenberg: The second director of the CIA who
had ordered a report by the Air Technical Intelligence Centre that concluded
UFOs were interplanetary in origin be destroyed.
Dr Jerome Hunsaker: An aircraft designer He headed the Departments of Mechanical
and Aeronautical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
was also Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
Dr Donald Menzel: Director of the Harvard College Observatory who had a long
association with the National Security Agency and who was a Naval Intelligence
cryptography expert. Menzel had been a consultant to several US Presidents on
national security affairs (2)
General Robert Montague: Base commander at the Atomic Energy Commission installation
at Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico between July 1947 to February 1951.
Montague had also been General Twinning’s classmate at West Point, and
Commandant of Fort Bliss with Operational Control over the command at
White Sands. There he was head of the Special Weapons Project. (It is
interesting to note that on 27th July 1948 at 8:35am a UFO was seen
by a scientist whilst driving through the streets of Albuquerque. He reported
seeing for ten minutes a flat, circular object that seemed to be a metallic disk
motionless in the sky. The witness, in addition to his scientific training, also
had more than two thousand hours of flight as a navy pilot under his belt and
was familiar with standard aircraft (3).
Rear Admiral Sidney Souers: The first Director of Central Intelligence (January-June 1946)
who in September 1947 became Executive Secretary of the National Security
Council. Souers resigned from the group in 1959 however was retained as a
special consultant to the Executive on security matters.
Gordon Gray: Assistant Secretary of the Army at the time MJ-12 was allegedly
established and chairman of the CIA’s Psychological Strategy Board. Later
specialising in security matters, he became chairman of a highly secret ‘54/12
Group’ or ‘Special Group’ formed during the early days of the Eisenhower