What is in the book, and what isn’t?  In my last post I talked a good deal about focus and hopefully it’s clear that the book is written from the perspective of the various levels of response to unidentified aerial objects that you find among intelligence groups – beginning at the unit and facility field intelligence level (related to immediate operational threats and security concerns) and moving up the ladder to broader national security concerns at headquarters levels and beyond.  Exactly why repeated and strongly expressed field concerns never penetrated to or produced tasking from the top of the national intelligence community is a major topic of the book.

Personalities, attitudes, career concerns, organization politics and institutional turf battles are all part of that story. There were senior military officers and senior intelligence personnel who were quite convinced that the there was something very anomalous in play and that national security was most definitely involved:

“Sightings of unidentified flying objects at great altitudes and traveling in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such a nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles.”

Marshall Chadwell, Assistant Director, Office of Scientific Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, December, 1952

Yet systemic problems within the intelligence community were so great that in the end it proved impossible to even acknowledge the problem in terms of anything truly anomalous. As an example of how ludicrous that became, the following report was associated with a security warning defined only in terms of  “unidentified helicopters”:

“Malmstrom, AFB Montana received seven cuts on the height finder radar at altitudes between 9,500 and 15,500 feet…objects could not be intercepted…Four Strategic Air Command sites observed intercepting F-106’s arrive in the area; sighted objects turned their lights off on arrival of interceptors and back on upon their departure.”

National Military Command Center, Unidentified Sightings, November 8, 1975

Systemic failure in response to field security alerts is part of the story in Unidentified – but only part.

Another fundamental aspect of the problem was that the official investigating bodies literally failed to acknowledge and respond to hard physical data that was available to them. We know this today only because of the work of a body of extremely persistent researchers whose work has been almost totally overshadowed by the sensational UFO books of the recent years.

While Roswell has essentially dominated UFO literature for a good two decades, we now have records showing that in at least three instances UFO related materials were recovered and scientifically analyzed. The results from all three sets of tests were quite consistent – and surprising. Agencies including the FBI and senior Air Force and Army officers were well aware of the incidents, yet none of them appear to have drawn any serious attention by the official Air Force inquiries.

We also know that a constant complaint of those same inquiries was that they could not obtain instrumented measurements of UFO observations, especially of long duration observations including heights and speeds. Yet Air Force UFO project files disclose exactly such records, were made during a series of months long intrusions at one of the nation’s most sensitive atomic warfare facilities.

Unidentified highlights and provides detailed citations to a variety of similar, excellent research which had simply not received the attention that it should have, overwhelmed by a flood of books on reptilians, grays, alien treaties, secret space navy’s, classified penal colonies on other planets, hybrid alien/human breeding laboratories, and other similar subjects – and that gives you a clue as to what you will not find in this book. Oh, and no “channeling”, it’s just me here.

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About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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