Apr 20, 2007
Amazingly, next month will mark the 20th anniversary of the first public airing (in Timothy Good’s book Above Top Secret (http://www.timothygood.co.uk/)) of the so-called MJ12 documents that captured the imagination and attention of the entire ufological field for years.
Indeed,for some - such as Stan Friedman (http://www.v-j-enterprises.com/sfhome.html) - that attention is as strong today as it ever was.
There have been arguments, counter-arguments and more with respect to the MJ12 papers, and the issue of whether they are - or are not - prime evidence for the existence of a super-secret group established during the Truman administration, and that had access to alien bodies and materials recovered at Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947.
The true believers continue to truly believe. And the arch-skeptics continue to…er… “arch-scoff.”
There is one aspect of the story, however, that doesn’t always get the attention that it deserves, and that’s the FBI’s involvement in the saga of MJ12.
However, for those that want to find out more about this aspect of the story, you can now - thanks to that marvel that has come to be known as the Internet - read my article on this particular angle of what is a much larger controversy, MJ12: The FBI Connection, online by simply clicking here (http://www.majesticdocuments.com/pdf/redfern_fbi-mj12.pdf).
Let’s raise a glass to the fact that we will still be debating MJ12 in another 20 years; and yes: the believers will still believe; and the skeptics will still scoff. Yet another aspect of the UFO mystery will remain utterly unresolved to the satisfaction of whatever remains of the UFO research community of 2027.
And let’s look forward to many more questions, comments, observations, glowing support and outright condemnation of an MJ12 kind…but no firm answers. Because that’s what ufology is all about! It defies explanation and always remains tantalizingly elusive. Such was the name of the game when Keyhoe, Stringfield and their ilk were at the top of their game. Such is the game now. And such will be the game when, in the year 2293, the 196th book on the Roswell incident is published.
Given that I’ll be 62 in 2027 (what a depressing thought…and I bet I will have lost my luxuriant and impressive head of hair by then, too), I sincerely hope that I am not writing a post at this very site that says “Amazingly, next month will mark the 40th anniversary of the first public airing of…blah, blah, blah.”
However, I have a horrible, nagging suspicion that I will be…
To the guys in the Intelligence world: tell us the truth! Twenty years of debating those accursed papers is enough torture for anyone!
It makes complete sense, after all, because then we’ll leave you alone; you won’t have to keep answering endless Freedom of Information Act requests from die-hard UFO researchers; and we can all move on to the Kennedy assassination, or the death of Princess Di, or something else that will never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
Let’s face it: it can’t be much fun for those that are sitting on top of the secret of Roswell (whatever the hell that may be!). Sixty years ago they were quite possibly akin to being the closest thing you could find to the X-Files‘ sinister and powerful Cigarette-Smoking Man. But today they’re relegated to merely sitting in the audience at UFO conference after UFO conference, quietly and clandestinely listening to lecture after lecture about those damned documents.
No wonder the Men in Black never smile. Would you if you were in their shoes?