Once you begin to really appreciate the extent to which unidentified aerial objects were seriously considered as a potential military/security threat, certain things become less mysterious and the  activities of a number of government agencies much more understandable – although far more intrusive than most of us might have imagined at the time. That is just one of the aspects to the national security problem of UFOs which surface throughout the studies in Unidentified. The documents now available leave no room for doubt that both Soviet psychological warfare and technical espionage were very active concerns of the official UFO investigations.


Those who have been interested in the subject of UFOs for any extended time are likely familiar with the earliest discussions of mysterious investigators in civilian clothes, even more mysterious “men in black” and in later years actual military personnel who moved from routine UFO investigations into much more aggressive and even damaging interactions with witnesses. Certain of those activities ultimately appear to have generated many of the outright hoaxes and myths that continue to frustrate serious citizen inquiry into the subject – and yes, in terms of full transparency I’m talking about the constantly expanding volume of Majestic 12 documents and even worse grays, reptilians, underground bases, interstellar treaty agreements, secret scientific teams and human “harvesting”.


If you are interested in UFOs and have never heard any of those topics mentioned – congratulations.   If you have I would strongly suggest that you do a reality check by reading Project Beta by Greg Bishop, and even better Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington. You don’t have to bring aliens into the subject to find some really nasty things going on.


The reality of the covert intelligence activities is deadly serious, albeit less sensational than that of mysterious men in black (those movies were late to the party, the MIB had been discussed for decades before they hit the screen). And those activities are totally understandable in the context first of post WWII America and later of the ongoing Cold War.


As early as 1946, the brand new Central Intelligence Group advised President Harry Truman that it appeared the Soviets were actively involved in the use of rockets and related devices as a form of psychological warfare in Scandinavia.  The assessment was that the Soviets were covertly demonstrating potential weapons based in adapted German ballistic and cruise missile developments as a means to intimidate neutral nations from moving into the American sphere of influence, either military or economic.


From that point on first the Army Air Force, later the newly independent Air Force and ultimately the CIA focused on the likelihood of mysterious aerial devices being related to potential Soviet psychological warfare.  When the “flying saucer” wave of 1947 hit the United States in 1947 the Air Force immediately enlisted the FBI in a search for potential Soviet agents as being a source for flying saucer reports. Over the years both the FBI and military intelligence groups covertly investigated individuals filing UFO reports (especially reports from military or national security installations). That was during an era of anti-communist concern in which loyalty oaths became common in government jobs and even for teachers.

There were concerns that communist agents, Soviet fellow travelers and even saboteurs might be involved in UFO reports. Official studies and assessments consistently discussed the danger represented by waves of false reports – such reports could undermine public confidence in the nation’s military,  create morale problems or in the worst case even divert attention from an actual preemptive Russian strike.


Were there people in civilian clothes and men in dark suits investigating people who made UFO reports, especially reports that involved any type of physical evidence – most definitely. Was there a perceived threat related to UFOs – absolutely.  But it wasn’t extra-terrestrial, it was most definitely earthly, and most likley Russian. Documents now available suggest that the suspicion of Russian involvement was so great that the initial Air Force UFO inquiry definitely expected to quickly identify the objects and connect them to Russian adaptation of German advanced technologies – and were frustrated and shocked when that didn’t happen.


By the time that attitude had become adjusted, the United States itself was on the way to developing its own advanced high speed and stratospheric aerial aircraft and balloon systems, under the highest levels of secrecy. At that point the second phase of the Russian fear kicked in – that of Soviet agents actually using UFO witnesses and most especially UFO interest groups as intelligence sources.  Initially the worry was that Russian agents would use the groups to spread rumors and fears and possibly trigger diversionary waves of sightings. Later, as groups began to actively scout for signs of UFOs, that fear evolved.


In the earliest years UFO groups were specifically called out as an intelligence threat and identified for special monitoring. Later as the groups became more organized and even began to deploy their instruments for their own observations a new concern was that they would observe secret aircraft and secret weapons systems under development. That could lead to disclosure of details pertaining not to alien craft but on classified projects – providing “open source” intelligence for the Soviets.


When evidence was discovered suggesting that Soviet agents were indeed following certain UFO groups, and that members of those groups were unknowingly collecting information on some of the most highly classified national weapons and communications projects, things got nasty. Counter intelligence moved to planting disinformation and sensationalizing discussions among the UFO community. Both types of mind games were carried out against the various individuals, very effectively. The net result certainly muddied the water in terms of foreign intelligence collection but it did so in a manner as to poison the information being circulated within the community for decades.


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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  1. billkelly3 says:


    When I visited Arthur Young and Michael Paine’s mom Ruth Forbes Paine Young – she was a little out of it with early stages of Alzheimer’s but he talked on tape for hours.

    I will look for the tape as I still have it somewhere.

    Young asked me my date and place of birth and did my astrology chart while we were talking. After telling me how he attended Princeton, argued with Einstein over the role of time in developing theories and tackling the problems of vertical flight he built a remote controlled model helicopter – the first drone and took it to Larry Bell at Bell Aircraft in upstate New York in 1941.

    When Bell’s secretary told Young he would only have a few minutes with him – he took out his model helicopter and began to fly it around the huge hanger where they were building Cobra fighter planes for the Russians. The workers stopped to watch the model fly about and when Larry Bell came out of his office to see what the commotion was about Young flew the model helicopter above his head and then landed it at his feet.

    How long will it take to build a full scale version with pilot and passenger? Bell wanted to know.

    It took four years – too late for WW2 but the Bell 47A helicopter – with girders and glass dome was used in Korea – the MASH helicopter.

    In the course of our conversation Young stopped and asked me if I was an alien?

    You mean like an Irish alien? I asked.

    No – from the Pleiades – my astrology chart indicated that he said, and I think he was disappointed I was not.

    Young said that aliens have been visiting earth and living among us for years – some from the Pleiades who look like us and the Greys – and they were at war with each other.

    Young said it was all well documented in books and he pulled one off a shelf and showed me photos of flying saucers and Pleiadeans – one a beautiful blonde who come to earth in a mother – beam ship that parks at the edge of outer space and then use flying saucers that land on a farm in Germany.

    I got the name of the author of the book – a retired Air Force officer who lived in Arizona. When I got home I looked him up and called him and talked for awhile. I asked him about his book and he said it was out of print and asked me where I saw it.

    Arthur Young! Arthur – how’s he doing?

    When I asked him about his Air Force career he said he was assigned to Project Blue Book at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, where I told him I went to college.

    Who was his commanding officer I asked – and he said – well that would have been General Curtis LeMay!

    I will try to find the tape of my hours long conversation with Young if you are interested.

    All the best and looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Bill Kelly

    Sent from my iPhone >

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