On September 23, 1947, General Nathan Twining, Head of the U.S. Air Materiel Command wrote a letter to Air Force General George Schulgen addressing the topic of “flying discs,” which he described as “real and not visionary or fictitious.” Although he paid lip service to the possibility that they may be natural phenomena, he expressed a great deal of doubt on this matter (this, a few years before he would tell President Truman that they were intelligently piloted aircraft) and suggested that the objects were intelligently piloted. In the letter, he provides descriptions of various kinds of UFOs, says that they are silent and apparently metallic, do not leave a trail, and can be either circular or elliptical.
Two years after this, in 1949, the FBI issued a memo on UFOs entitled “Protection of Vital Installations,” which was sent to none other than FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who functioned as the Army’s G-2, the Office of Naval Intelligence and Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The memo states that the matter of “Unidentified aircraft,” “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” “Flying saucers,” “Balls of fire,” “Flying discs,” and so on, is considered top secret by intelligence officials of both the Army and the Air Force. This memo was written while UFOs had been apparently infiltrating and monitoring sensitive areas such as plutonium-production facilities and air force bases where nuclear material (including weaponry) was stored; and all the while, of course, the government was telling the American public that there was nothing to any of this phenomena and that the government was not taking it seriously.
Richard Dolan goes on to describe precisely why this information was considered top secret, and therefore, required the dissemination of disinformation on the matter to the public:
“[the memo] mentions…a near-collision by a commercial airliner with a large “rocket” type craft…traveling at an estimated speed of…2,700 mph. More serious, the memo explains, were invasions of sensitive airspace by unknown objects in the vicinity of the Atomic Energy Commission’s installation at Los Alamos, New Mexico [The memo states that these had occurred throughout December 1948 on several separate occasions (the memo mentions 9 occasions)].
The memo goes on to explain that “recent observations have indicated that the unidentified phenoena travel at the rate of speed estimated at a minimum of three piles per second and a maximum of twelve miles per second…on two separate occasions a definite vertical change in path was indicated.” In other words, t he phenomenon was able to maneuver at a very high rate of speed and seemed to be focused on Los Alamos. The memo states that reports of the appearance of the object as typically round, occasionally diamond-shaped, “with a definite area to the light’s source,” and having elongated trailing lights. “On two occasions reports have been received of the sightings of multiple units.””
In 1954, Maxwell Air Force base released an emergency report and sent it to the Commander of Air Defense Command (ADC) in Colorado, describing the entry into their air space of a bright, stationary object that moved very quickly. The base sent a helicopter to investigate the phenomenon and concluding it could not have been a star, and many other witnesses observed it as well. The pilot further described it as saucer-shaped, and copies of the report were subsequently sent to the CIA, NSA, Joint Chiefs of Staff and all the military services.
Ultimately, it is very clear that officials are very interested in this phenomena, and always have been, and that they have also always been interested in lying to the public by telling them that they are not interested in them. Note a collection of quotes Richard Dolan juxtaposes in one of his books:
“All evidence and analysis indicate that reports of unidentified flying objects are the result of (1) misinterpretation of various conventional objects; (2) a mild form of mass hysteria and war nerves; (3) individuals who fabricate such reports to perpetuate a hoax or to seek publicity; (4) psychopathological persons. — 1949 air force press release
. . . it is quite evident to the Intelligence Officers who interviewed these men that they had certainly seen some very unusual object which they could not identify but was just as certainly not any conventional type of aircraft. — 1950 CIA report
. . . inquiries in this matter should be made in such a manner as not to indi- cate air force interest. — 1950 air force memo on retrieving”