Case MJ-12: The True Stories Behind the Government's UFO Conspiracies

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Kevin Randle, one of the most respected names in UFOlogy and one of the first to bring the Roswell case to the popular imagination, now turns his attention to another fascinating element of the UFO culture: the MJ–12 documents.

Through painstaking and meticulous research, Randle has traced the history of leaked government documents that proved without question the existence of UFOs. The granddaddy of them all was the infamous MJ–12 file which first surfaced in the mid 1980s. ...

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Overview

Kevin Randle, one of the most respected names in UFOlogy and one of the first to bring the Roswell case to the popular imagination, now turns his attention to another fascinating element of the UFO culture: the MJ–12 documents.

Through painstaking and meticulous research, Randle has traced the history of leaked government documents that proved without question the existence of UFOs. The granddaddy of them all was the infamous MJ–12 file which first surfaced in the mid 1980s. Included in these documents were the Eisenhower briefing paper, the Truman memo, the Aquarius telex, and the Cutler–Twining letter. These papers, at first believed to be authentic, suggested that there was a crash as well as a subsequent government cover–up. Thus began decades of investigation and innuendo. But proof now exists that the MJ–12 documents were an elaborate hoax. Or were they? Dr. Randle, an Air Force pilot, has uncovered the surviving documents and material surrounding them, and has built a solid base of information from witness testimony, physical evidence and, of course, the documents themselves – resulting in a surprising expose.

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With his narrative skills and his dogged research, Kevin D. Randle has built a large audience for his books on extraterrestrial aliens and government UFOs cover-ups since Roswell. In Case MJ-12, the controversial author of Invasion Washington and The Abduction Enigma delves into secret machinations and bogus documents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380814732
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/3/2002
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

First Chapter

Chapter One

The Colonel

I have been to Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon twice. Neither time did I get very far into the building, nor was I there on anything that could be called official military business. I was there to meet someone who worked at the Pentagon, and it was the most convenient place to meet him without having to learn my way around the city. I did not go to an office or conference room, but was met in one of the many little snack bars that are spread throughout the building.

The first meeting, with a colonel who was on the brigadier general designee list, didn't go well. He met me in a snack bar where the tables were elbow high, designed so that those eating would have a place to rest a plate, a glass, and silverware, but where they would have no place to sit and chat or get too comfortable. It was a get-them-in, feed them, and get-them-out kind of place.

The colonel was friendly, but he clearly wanted little to do with me now that he was about to enter the real big time with his promotion to brigadier general. He answered my questions and suggested that the material -- the information about the Roswell crash and recovery -- was in a place to which he had no access. He knew it was there, or believed it was there, but said he didn't have the proper clearance, even with his Top Secret designation, so he wouldn't even ask questions about it. I got the impression that even if he did have access, he wouldn't have pursued it, because to do so might have been detrimental to his career.

The World of Security

Nearly every officer in the military has some kind of security clearance. Many are only authorized tosee material labeled Secret, as distinct from Top Secret; officers at the lower end of the spectrum, with the rank of lieutenant, for instance. Such officers don't require a higher level of clearance, so they aren't granted one. They might be in public relations, in training, or they might be lower level maintenance officers.

It's the higher ranked officers who hold Top Secret clearances known as BCI, for background investigation. It means that someone -- the FBI, military security, or other security agencies -- has investigated the background of the individual and found nothing to suggest that they would be a security risk. The officer, for example, would appear to have no ties to a foreign nation -- such as relatives living there -- hasn't been found to have drug or alcohol problems, and hasn't been arrested. In today's world security agencies also want to know if the officer has declared bankruptcy or defaulted on loans. They're looking for anything that might indicate a person who could be pressured into, or who is unstable enough, to share the secrets with those unauthorized to hear them.

Another security level, known as SCI, allows the holder to see and hear special compartmentalized information. While the clearance is for Top Secret, the SCI caveat further reduces the number of people who are allowed to see the information.

There is also a Top Secret code word classification. This means that the person must be codeword-cleared, regardless of other clearances held. Often, the code word is highly classified, so those with simple BCIs or SCIs aren't given access to the information. In the past, such code words were Moon Dust, Paperclip, and Ultra.

In the world of flying saucers, "Majic" would be one of these code words. Only those at the highest level, who held the code word clearance, would know of Majic or what it meant. It could be this qualification that is referenced when material is said to be classified two points above Top Secret.

There is not, however, a security level known as a "Double Top Secret" clearance. This reminds me of a scene from Animal House in which the dean tells someone that the Tri-Delts are now on double secret probation. "Double Top Secret" sounds like something Hollywood would conceive.

For the colonel I met at the Pentagon to gain access to the material I wanted, he would have to have a Top Secret clearance, which a man about to be promoted to brigadier general would have. He would probably require an SCI clearance as well as code word clearance. And even if all those conditions were met, he would still "need to know" before he gained access to the material.

That is the final caveat: An officer can hold all the clearances necessary, but if he or she has no "need to know," then access would properly be denied. When we read or hear of someone who has read all these Top Secret documents, none of which he or she needed to see to do the job, then it's likely that the story is faulty. Top Secret material is more closely controlled than that. You are not exposed to it if you have no need to know, which keeps you from accidentally revealing it later.

The only help that the colonel could provide me was his suggestion that the information was held where he had no need to see it. Conversations he'd had with others in his office gently brushed the issue, but those who might have known something important were clever enough to assume that the colonel was not cleared. They said nothing, other than giving the briefest indication that something was hidden that had to do with flying saucers and UFO crashes.

For a long time UFO researchers trotted out an NSA document released after a FOIA request turned into a lawsuit. A judge ruled that the material contained in the document was of importance to national security, so the FOIA was superseded by the national interest. UFO researchers believed that important information about UFOs was contained on the heavily blacked-out pages.

Case MJ-12. Copyright © by Kevin Randle. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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