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26 April 2010, JellyBean @ 7:13 am

We know a great deal about the USAF’s involvement in UFOs. We know a fair amount about the CIA’s and the FBI’s. There is not much indication that the Army had a lot to do with them, but there are many hints that the Navy had interests. But it is the Navy which stands as the one service or agency which we know had interest and yet remains almost completely silent [i.e. uncooperative to FOIAs] as to their history. That gap in our knowledge won’t be filled by this post, but a small bit of information is available, so here goes.

The fellows pictured here are General Walter B. Smith [left] and Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter [right]. It is a picture to symbolize the handing off of the leadership of the CIA from the Admiral to the General. Hillenkoetter had been chief during an interesting time, vis-a-vis UFOs. There was Roswell, of course, but there was also SIGN and the Estimate of the Situation. That Estimate, as we have seen earlier in this blog, created a situation wherein all USAF UFO reports were sent in duplicate to the Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence, where a file was kept. Also, as we have seen earlier, the Office of Naval Research [in the person of Urner Liddel] used the files for an idiosyncratic study of UFOs and Balloon sightings and if one ONR person was reading the files doubtless others were. How active the Navy’s Intel operations were about keeping tabs on the subject, we don’t know; and perhaps never will unless they make some effort to be more cooperative about searching their records and releasing them.

Read the whole article and see the pics:

The Big Study

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