Thu 27 Sep 2007
The Wired Magazine ran an article on the Majestic 12, better known as MJ-12:
“1947: If the secret committee known as the Majestic 12 ever really existed, this is the day that the group was allegedly created by a memorandum from President Harry Truman.
If real, this shadowy coven of scientists, military brass and government officials came together in response to the Army’s recovery of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. Their purpose: to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Roswell incident and to maintain vigilance against further alien incursions.
Among the names who appear as original members of MJ-12: Rear Adm. Roscoe Hillenkoetter, first director of the CIA; Dr. Vannevar Bush, who headed the wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development; and James Forrestal, secretary of defense” …. “The military continues to maintain that the wreckage retrieved at the Roswell ranch came from a top-secret research balloon.
That explanation has never flown with UFO watchers, who have produced a mountain of evidence purporting to prove that not only does MJ-12 exist, but there’s a really big cover-up going on. (Forrestal’s untimely death in 1949, officially ruled a suicide, has helped fuel the fire.)”
The MJ-12 Documents
The MJ-12 documents are alleged to date from 1942 to 1997 and are hotly debated in the UFO community. The documents include diagrams and records of tests on UFOs, memos on various coverups, descriptions of the President’s statements about UFO-related issues and even conduct to be used when meeting an alien. They also contain supposed signatures of famous and important persons such as Albert Einstein and Ronald Reagan. No more documents have been leaked or released since 1997. Their authenticity remains uncertain, and some claim them to be entirely fake.
However, even before the appearance of the various dubious MJ-12 documents, Canadian documents dating from 1950 and 1951 were uncovered in 1978. The Canadian documents mention the existence of an unnamed and highly classified UFO study group operating within the Pentagon’s Research & Development Board (RDB) which was headed by Dr. Vannevar Bush. Proponents argue that the documents remain the most compelling evidence that such a group did exist. Coupled with some testimony from a few government scientists who were involved with this project, its existence appears very real.
Nov. 29, 1983: Letter from Dr. Robert Sarbacher to William Steinman – Robert Sarbacher confirms the recovery of flying saucers and beings, but says he knows of no specifics. The letter also confirms that Engineer and Science Administrator Vannevar Bush was definitely involved and also Mathematician John von Neuman; probably Theoretical Physicist Robert Oppenheimer and Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Dr. Wernher von Braun – a WWII Hitler SS Officer who held honorary Assault Leader Rank (Sturmbahnfuehrer). Wernher von Braun was technical director of the German Peenemuende Rocket Center in 1937, where the V-2 rocket was developed; he was brought to the US under ‘Operation Paperclip’. By the end of World War II, he had led approximately 120 of his V-2 rocket team members to surrender and work for the US.
If we may digress here, under Operation Paperclip, another eighty-six German aeronautical experts were brought over from Germany to the US during the course of surrender to the Allies. Operation Alsos, Operation Big, Operation Lusty and the Target Intelligence Committee (TICOM) were additional US efforts to capture German nuclear secrets and equipment; aeronautical secrets and equipment; experts in cryptography and all their further personnel – all were entered into the US via legal status through Mexico.
Sarbacher describes that he was told by team members involved that the flying saucer materials were “very light and very tough.” and that the aliens were ‘insectlike’, in that they were small with low mass which appeared to enable them to withstand high accelerations. Apparently, Sarbacher himself was not witness to the beings at the crash site but went solely on what was related to him by others in the program.
Who is Robert I. Sarbacher? Oddly, information about him is very scarce and mostly centers around the letter he wrote to William Steinmann – not even Wikipedia has a page on him, but it is generally accepted that he was an electrical engineer and physicist who distinguished in the physical sciences at the John Hopkins and Harvard Universities. He also studied in Princeton under Albert Einstein. After the 2nd World War, he had administrative bonds with the scientific and military establishment of America and worked as scientific consultant for the US Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD).
A search for Robert Sarbacher on Google brings up mainly pages on UFO and conspiracy sites and rarely nothing else but a search on Google Scholar brings up many patents which Sarbacher had registered, mostly in California where he lived and mostly in cooperation with other inventors. The patents have titles such as “Electrochemical Energy Cell”, “Self-Powered Refrigerated Disposable Container”, “Light Source (adapted to supply emergency lighting with extremely long stand-by life)”. It is also noted that Sarbacher moved around a lot in California as the patents were registered with various California addresses. And so, it appears that he did exist. From what we can gather from a French Canadian web site, Sarbacher died in 1980.
In 1990, a Canadian researcher for the Canadian government, Mr. William B. Smith, revealed that he had managed to have an interview with Dr. Sarbacher on 15th September 1950 and this was the transcript of that interview:
- Smith: … I read [Frank] Scully’s book on the saucers and I would like to know how much of it is true.
- Sarbacher: The facts reported in the book are substantially correct.
- Smith: Then the saucers exist?
- Sarbacher: Yes: they exist.
- Smith: Do they operate as Scully suggests on magnetic principles?
- Sarbacher: We have not been able to duplicate their performance.
- Smith: So they come from another planet?
- Sarbacher: All that we know is, that we didn’t make them, and that it’s pretty certain that they didn’t originate from Earth.
- Smith: I understand that the subject as a whole is classified.
- Sarbacher: Yes, it is classified two points higher than the H bomb. In fact, it is the most highly classified subject in the US Government at the present time.
- Smith: May I ask for the reason for this classification?
- Sarbacher: You can ask, but I cannot say to you.
- Smith: Is there any way in which I can get some information, particularly as it might fit in with our own work?
- I suppose you could be cleared through your own Defense Department and I am pretty sure arrangements could be made to exchange information. If you have anything to contribute we would be glad to talk it over, but I can’t give you any more at the present time.
Sarbacher was apparently involved as a ‘Dollar-A-Year Man’. In Sarbacher’s words:
“You must understand that I took this assignment as a private contribution. We were called “dollar-a-year men”. My first responsibility was the maintenance of my own business activity so that my participation was limited.
About the only thing I remember at this time is that certain materials reported to have come from flying saucer crashes were extremely light and very tough. I am sure our laboratories analyzed them very carefully.
There were reports that instruments or people operating these machines were also of very light weight, sufficient to withstand the tremendous deceleration and acceleration associated with their machinery. I remember in talking with some of the people at the office that I got the impression these “aliens” were constructed like certain insects we have observed on earth, wherein because of the low mass the inertial forces involved in operation of these instruments would be quite low.
I still do not know why the high order of classification has been given and why the denial of the existence of these devices.”
Sarbacher claimed he had been invited to briefings in the 1949-1950 period at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The subject of the briefing was a flying saucer recovery made in the western part of the United States.
The Death of Milton William Cooper:
The circumstances surrounding Milton William Cooper’s controversial death also doesn’t help the conspiracy theory about government cover-ups and UFO’s.
Cooper was an advocate for free radio and operated the unlicensed Independence Foundation Trust at 101.1 FM in Eagar, Arizona. He also claimed to have helped over 700 low power FM affiliate stations get equipped and on the air. Cooper became a popular speaker on the UFO lecture circuit, and expanded his account into the book Behold A Pale Horse, ISBN 0-929385-22-5 (1991) which details many of his claims about various conspiracy theories. The title was taken from the Bible, Revelation 6:8: “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.”
Written after Cooper had been a member of the US Naval Intelligence Briefing Team of the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, ‘Behold a Pale Horse’ details Cooper’s claims about the influence of UFOs on the US government, the New World Order, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the Apollo Moon landing. Cooper openly stated that:
“Investigation of the alleged Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has disclosed a broad, premeditated conspiracy to defraud the Citizens of the United States of America. Examination of the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, the Federal Register, and Internal Revenue manuals too numerous to list, reveals a crime of such magnitude that words cannot adequately describe the betrayal of the American people. What we uncovered has clearly been designed to circumvent the limitations of the Constitution for the United States of America and to implement the Communist Manifesto within the 50 States. Marx and Engels claimed that, in the effort to create a classless society, a “graduated income tax” could be used as a weapon to destroy the middle class. [ . . . ] Through the clever use of language, the government promotes the fraud.”
An outspoken critic of what he considered US government abuses, Cooper was charged with what seems to be ‘set-up’ crimes, including tax evasion from 1992 to 1994, and bank fraud for giving false information on a loan application. In later years, Cooper recanted his UFO-oriented beliefs, asserting that they were in fact part of the Illuminati plot to subjugate the United States.
In the 1990s Cooper’s interest moved from UFOs, to covert government programs, and finally to the militia movement. He concluded that all UFO reports were New World Order propaganda.
On November 5, 2001, officers of the Apache County Sheriff’s Office decided to serve Cooper a warrant based on the several charges. For reasons which were never explained, the Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to Cooper’s home at approximately 11:00PM, and instead of knocking on his door and announcing themselves, the deputies attempted to lure Cooper from his house by posing as civilians playing loud music on or near his property. Cooper, who was an above the knee amputee, went down to investigate the scene in his truck. It is disputed as to whether the deputies identified themselves or tried to serve an arrest warrant at that time. Nevertheless, Cooper announced he was returning to his house to contact the Eagar Police Department, either to verify the warrant or to contact the local authorities in order to report what he may have still believed was a real disturbance. Before he could do so however, the sheriff’s deputies tried to apprehend him, at which point shooting began. Cooper was armed and one deputy was wounded. Another deputy returned fire, killing Cooper.
What seems to be a full life led by Robert Irving Sarbacher, begins to look like he was lucky that the information in letters to others which were only revealed after his death which may have spared him an early ‘staged’ death – specifically for revealing enough information in the few letters and interviews he gave. We are not saying that everyone close to the government program as a player and revealing or hinting at their cover-ups or investigating UFO’s and accusing the government of misdemeanor is a targeted victim of the government but it does seem that anyone close to the program, involved in the program or who knew much about it, were exposed to a high probability of accidental death, dubious suicide and even what looks like aggravated psychological victimization at which point their careers were damaged irreparably, sometimes sudden mental degradation and institutionalization – this includes scientists and men/persons of very high intellect such as former Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal.
In the case of Forrestal, he not only ‘lost his mind’ but supposedly jumped to his death after having tied a noose around his neck. Not only was jumping to your death from 16 floors up a building with a noose tied around his neck unusual as though the jump alone would not kill him, the hospital personnel were instructed by his seniors to keep him on a high floor which is very unusual procedure to house a suicide-prone individual.
During the period where he was kept under strict surveillance in the army’s medical center, his brother had extreme difficulty getting permission to visit him and all Forrestal’s requests to receive priests or men of the clergy were refused without any meaningful or fair explanation. Before any autopsy or investigation could even begin, the hospital immediately signed papers confirming that his death was suicide. His brother not only did not believe that he committed suicide but according to Father Sheehy, when Sheehy arrived at Bethesda Naval Hospital after learning of Forrestal’s death, an experienced-looking hospital corpsman approached him through the crowd. In a low, tense voice, the hospital corpsman said:
“Father, you know Mr. Forrestal didn’t kill himself, don’t you?”
Before Sheehy could respond or ask his name, others in the crowd pressed close, and the man quickly departed.
To conclude our report, we’d like to leave our readers with some additional food for thought:
“To know or not to know; that is the question”
If the Majestic 12 were real, or UFO’s were real, or government cover-ups were real, might we suggest that ‘Ignorance is bliss’?