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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 510, Issue date, 05-21-12

UFOs: MJ12 Reaches 25!
MJ-12 Cutout
Published: 2:48 PM 5/17/2012

by Nick Redfern

Well, I was kind of expecting to see a bit of a fanfare this month about the infamous MJ12 documents.

Why? Simple: this month marks exactly twenty-five years since they surfaced into the public domain in the pages of Tim Good’s acclaimed book of May 1987: Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-Up.

That there hasn’t seemingly been much in the way of commentary on the 25th anniversary of what are, without doubt, one of the most controversial “things” ever to have surfaced within the ufological arena, suggests a few possibilities…

First, maybe whole swathes of Ufology have simply forgotten about MJ12.

Second, perhaps the fact that – for many in Ufology – the documents continue to frustratingly languish in that murky stalemate-driven realm of “genuine, disinformation, or hoax?” has led the research community to focus its attentions on what it sees as far more profitable and likely ways to secure the truth behind the UFO phenomenon.

And, third, maybe people just don’t care anymore about the debate surrounding the papers, their content, the way they surfaced, and the attendant analysis of their content.

Whatever the answer(s), the papers did – and, for some, still do – play a significant role in Ufology for many a year. I still very well remember how, when Tim Good’s book surfaced in the U.K. in May 1987, they provoked widespread debate, excitement, fury and skepticism in the British UFO arena of the day.

And, hot on the heels of Good’s book was the release – in the United States - of the same documents team from the team of Bill Moore, Stanton Friedman and Jaime Shandera. And, in no time at all, the world of Ufology was faced with its biggest piece of news in a long, long time.

For those not fully conversant with the papers in question, they actually appeared under mysterious circumstances in the mailbox of the aforementioned Shandera back in December 1984, and were carefully and quietly studied for years – not surprising, given that they appeared to be official, highly-classified documents concerning the establishment, in 1947, by President Harry Truman, of a highly classified group of people in government, the military, the intelligence world, and the scientific community, who, collectively, became known as MJ12 or Majestic 12.

And, so the papers made it clear, the group was sitting on just about the biggest secret of all: the recovery of a crashed UFO and dead alien bodies from the New Mexico desert in the summer of 1947.

That’s right: Roswell. But, that quiet study came to an end when Above Top Secret was published. The cosmic cat was now out of the bag and everyone knew the story and was on the trail.

For those people reading this that weren’t on the ufological scene back in 1987 – or, maybe, weren’t even born – it’s probably hard to understand the near-hysteria and huge excitement that accompanied the MJ12 papers when they first hit the headlines. There really was a deep sense of “This is it!” And a feeling that “the truth is coming.”

Of course, and as is always the case in Ufology, it wasn’t quite that simple. While some in Ufology championed the documents – and their content – as being utterly genuine, others soon cried “Hoax!” And some claimed this was all a case of government-created disinformation to further cloud the already murky waters of stories relative to Roswell, dead aliens and crashed UFOs.

There was forensic analysis of the typeface in the documents, Truman’s signature on the papers became a hugely controversial matter, and extensive research was undertaken into the names, lives and activities of the alleged MJ12 members. In some cases, this all went on for years. And such was the controversy, even the FBI got involved in the MJ12 affair at one point.

But, for all the studies, papers, books, lectures, analyses and more, the MJ12 papers did not resolve Roswell. Nor did they open the floodgates to a revelation that, yes, UFOs are real and the government has secretly had proof ever since aliens had the misfortune to crash in the wilds of Lincoln County, New Mexico in the summer of 1947.

What the documents did do, however, was to keep many significant figures in the UFO research community busy – and arguing – for years. And the outcome was pretty much as I expected it to be.

If there is one thing that can be said about the ufological research arena (and this also goes for Cryptozoology, ghost-hunting, and every other aspect of Fortean-based studies, too), it’s that everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a favorite case. And there’s never-ending debate on what’s genuine and what isn’t.

Whether it’s George Adamski’s 60-something-year-old photos, the Gulf Breeze affair, the Bob Lazar-Area 51 controversy, or the truth behind the Men in Black puzzle, the reality is that such issues – and countless more – polarize people into different camps.

Some believe, some disbelieve, others doubt, far more than a few don’t know what to think, and many end up exasperated, exhausted and frustrated by their quest for the truth – which always remains a tantalizing step or several ahead of them. And the very same thing can be said about the MJ12 documents.

So, twenty-five years later, where are we at with those pesky papers? If you’re a believer, you’ll say the truth is in, even if we can’t fully prove it. The skeptic would say it’s all a big fuss about nothing, a hoax, a joke, a distraction.

Many – certainly me – might say that, as interesting and as exciting as that period was in the summer of 1987, neither the documents nor the era have changed anything at all. But, isn’t that what Ufology is all about: new controversy layered upon new controversy, but never a straight answer that we can nail to the ground and finally say “Gotcha!”?

Of course that’s what Ufology is all about!

So, as much as I find the whole MJ12 controversy as frustrating as it is sometimes intriguing, today I raise a glass of something chilled and potent to those papers of the purloined, leaked, faked or whatever else nature might spring to mind.

And, I have no doubt that in another 25 years people will still be asking questions about MJ12, about the Truman signature, about whether or not the brand of typewriter used to prepare the documents was actually in use in 1947, and about…well, the list will go on and on, as will the definitively unanswered questions.

A 50th anniversary for MJ12? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/mj12anniversary.html

source & references:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2012/05/ufos-mj12-reaches-25/

Kentucky Family Observes Cigar-shaped UFOs
UFO Depiction
Published: 10:54 AM 5/19/2012

Salt Lick, Kentucky - 05-11-12

Shape: Cigar - Duration: 30 minutes

Strange objects appearing and disappearing.

My mother and father live on a hill side in eastern Kentucky. My mother, father, sister and I were sitting on their front porch on a very clear, sunny day.

My sister first noticed a bright light in the sky and grabbed the binoculars to look. It was visible with the naked eye.

She said it was flat cigar-shaped object which soon disappeared into thin air.

I blew it off as a balloon or plane. The object reappeared within minutes and I was the one to witness it first. I asked my sister if she saw it and within seconds of asking her, it disappeared again.

A few minutes later we were discussing exactly what we saw. At that moment my sister and I saw two objects appear.

One was super bright as if the sun was reflecting off metal. My mother saw it at that time and said it was had to be bright due to her poor vision. My father and I looked through the binoculars and could see that it was cigar or missile-shaped.

My sister also described it as flat and cigar shaped, bright silver in color. One light drifted off and disappeared as fast as they appeared.

There were several jets in the sky leaving contrails. These objects left no trail at all; just appearing and disappearing in thin air. One did move slightly as if in flight but would disappear very strangely, all four of us are confused at to what we saw.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/saltlikeky051112.html

source & references:

www.nuforc.org

Texas Bus Passengers See Unknown Objects over Highway 67 Bridge
UFO Depiction
Published: 4:47 PM 5/18/2012

I was on a bus on my way to a truck driving school in Cedar Hills from Waxahachie, Texas, on Highway 67.

I thought it was strange there was a blimp floating over the tower at that height. I’m always looking up to watch planes fly; I don’t know why, just interested in them.

As we became straight across from it and I got a good look it, I realized the shape and non-movement of it, and immediately knew it wasn’t a blimp.

These vessels were long, and they looked like they were about at least 1/2 mile in length and they just sat there.

After staring at them for a few moments, I remembered I had my camera so I took a picture, but it didn’t turn out that great, although you can see the outline.

I showed 3 other guys the vessel as it just floated there. There was no up or down movement; it sat steady. Then they looked like they just melted into the sky; they just disappeared.

I'm not crazy I hope. I have had 3 other experiences around Buna, Texas and never said anything before because I never had any proof to back it up.

Thank you for your time, we have yet another sighting that we can't explain. It was exciting yet scary, you know.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/texas67.html

source & references:

submitted to www.mufon.com

Houston Man Investigates UFO Sightings
UFO Depiction
Published: 10:50 AM 5/19/2012

Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

HOUSTON – While some call it hogwash, others are fascinated by unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.

If aliens wanted to land somewhere on this planet it seems the Lone Star state would make the short list. With well-known cases like the Stephenville sightings in 2008, and even those bizarre blinking lights in Texas City last month, the only state that reports more UFO’s than Texas is California.

Chuck Stansburge is a UFO investigator. He said he works for MUFON, or the Mutual UFO Network. “There are going to be some people who watch this and say maybe that man is a little crazy, possibility, I’ve been told that many times,” he said.

Long before tackling the paranormal Standburge carried a badge. He said he spent years in law enforcement in Colorado and Oklahoma.

Then a disability forced Chuck into early retirement. That left him with plenty of time to explore his passion of strange sightings that are reported in a 14-county area in Southeast Texas.

He said trading in a uniform for UFOs wasn’t exactly a household decision. His wife Sandra just didn’t get her husband’s fascination.

“I had never seen anything, or heard anything from friends relatives, or anyone I ever worked with, so UFOs, no,” she said.

But an experience with her own eyes would eventually make her a believer too, she said. What she saw that night will remain a mystery. But there are a handful of cases that her husband works each week.

He looked into the lights in Texas City, and it seems that case is now closed.

MUFON did a mock up and it turned out to be lanterns.

MUFON said that 90 percent of cases are eventually solved, but that doesn’t stop him.

“There’s stuff out here definitely all over the state of Texas,” he said.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/houstonman.html

source & references:

http://www.khou.com/news/Houston-man-investigates-UFO-sightings-152129155.html

2009 - Motorist Drives Underneath Massive Triangle in Virginia
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:09 PM 5/14/2012

Virginia Beach, Virginia - 08-09-09

I turned down Oceana Blvd. from Damn Neck Road to head towards First Colonial Road. The sky was dark and clear.

Passing the stopight where the Commissary is and making the short, sharp right curve I immediately noticed a massive triangular-shaped object with massive lights on its bottom.

It was just hovering above and just out from the tree line directly across from the 7-11 and entrance to the Air Base.

I was doing 45 mph in good traffic so stopping wasn't an option that was immediately available.

The nose of the object hovered between the Oceana Blvd. and the tree line just 20-30 feet from the edge of the road.

The object widened out massively from its nose in a triangle shape and extended back behind the tree line out of visibility.

I had to drive nearly underneath this object and right past it. I rolled my window down to listen as I drove underneath of it and heard nothing.

Three lights were visible from the portion of this craft I saw hovering. The lights were round, each one at least 15 feet in diameter and extremely bright.

The craft was black and did not have seams or texture on its bottom surface. I was able to determine the shape of the object because of the lights on the bottom reflecting off the bottom of the crafts edges.

The widest part of the craft sticking out above the tree line was at least 100 feet wide. This continued some unknown length far behind the tree line.

The object was completely still and silent from the time I first noticed it until I drove nearly underneath it and passed it.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/virginiabeachtri09.html

source & references:

submitted to www.mufon.com

Archived Case of the Week

2006 - Close Encounter with Boomerang UFO in Canada
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:19 PM 5/17/2012

Autauga, Alberta, Canada - 07-10-06

At 1:30 AM, my husband and I were star gazing at a park near our house. We sat on a hillside, overlooking the park, and at the edge of someone’s yard.

The sky was bright and full of stars, but there were some low clouds covering the western sky, which were getting closer to us.

I was looking almost straight up. The edge of the clouds was right above us. Suddenly below the clouds a boomerang shaped craft "appeared".

It was getting closer to us, coming at us, and getting bigger. It seemed like it dropped out of the cloud.

It descended towards us for a couple of seconds, and then it stopped.

It started moving southeast in a slightly curved line and then it suddenly stopped made a 90 degree rotation (the whole craft turned like a steering wheel staying flat)and then turned back (the turn seemed to give it propulsion to take off at an incredible rate of speed.)

There is only 1 tall building in town. It disappeared behind the building, but got noticeably smaller (further away) as it did so.

As I was watching, I tried to get my husband’s attention, but I was in awe and by the end he was saying "what?" but it was already over...

The whole thing lasted maybe 10 seconds, but that was long enough to get a good look. I thought it was a smaller craft at first, but I calculated the distance of the cloud cover and realized if it was truly that far away (about 1000 ft feet) then it must have been huge for me to see the details I saw.

It blended in to the night sky. The texture reminded me of what you would see on a movie space ship; metal came to mind; I think the inner side, but it may have been the outer side, as it was 6 years ago and what looked like a trap-door in the middle.

The "lights" were not turned on.

Like I said, the whole thing seemed to blend in with the sky. I tried to discount it as a plane, but planes don't move that fast or turn the way it turned.

Afterwards, I said to my husband "did you see that?” He said "see what?" so at first I thought maybe I was hallucinating.

I explained to him as we walked home. I was now losing the awe and calm and excitement of the initial sighting and I began to get scared.

It came down right on top of us, so I entertained thoughts that it wanted to abduct me. I was so terrified after that, I slept with the lights on for 4 days.

Only about 10 people knew about this, until now. I decided to tell before the memories get too hazy.

Thanks to MUFON CMS system.

KEN PFEIFER WORLD UFO PHOTOS.ORG

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/autaugacanada2006.html

source & references:

submitted to www.mufon.com

WWW.MUFONNJNEWS.COM

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