- In his book, "The Last American Hero," a biography
on Major General (Wild Bill) Donovan, Anthony C. Brown, said, in 1948,
First Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal invited Donovan, former first
Director of the "Office of Coordinator of Information" (COI [7/15/1941-6/13/1942]),
then later the Director of "The Office of Strategic Services"
(OSS [6/13/1942-10/1/1945]), to serve on a secret committee including Dr.
Vannevar Bush, Admiral Sidney Souers, and General Alfred M. Gruenther to
study "defensive problems" concerning "unconventional attack"
against the United States. [With emphasis on the Russians]
- According to Brown, the study was split onto 7 categories:
- 1). Clandestine attack employing "biological weapons."
- 2). Clandestine delivery of atomic explosives.
- 3). Attacks on key individuals, groups or installations.
- 4). Certain special applications of psychological warfare
- thought control or special mode as it was called).
- 5). Unconventional methods of economic warfare.
- 6). Clandestine attack employing chemical weapons.
- 7). Clandestine attack employing radiological weapons.
- After Donovan accepted Forrestal's invitation to join
this "secret committee," he in turn formed a smaller group to
study the problems, which included, "Otto C. Doering, T.J. McFadden,
Richard P. Heppner, and 'future director of the CIA,' William Colby."
- The primary members of the "Committee" certainly
was a very
- impressive cast of characters; Donovan the "Father
of American Intelligence," who was Director of the first civilian
intelligence agency, COI, which transcended into the OSS during war time;
"Admiral Sidney Souers," the first Director of the Central Intelligence
Group (CIG), and at the time, "Executive Secretary of the National
Security Council; "General Alfred M. Gruenther," the youngest
4 star General in U.S. history, future Commander of NATO, at the time Director,
Joint Chiefs of Staff, member of the National Security Council; "Dr.
Vannevar Bush," chairman of the National Defense Research Commission
and Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II.
Also Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, which
became NASA, from 1939 to 1941; as well as chairman of the Joint Research
and Development Board from 1945 to 1948.
- Interestingly enough, Admiral Sidney Sours, Dr. Bush
and James Forrestal were all cited as being members of the "above
top secret" group named "Majestic 12." According to documents
leaked to "Jaime Shandera," (the first of many to surface since
1984, now known as "Majestic Documents)
- a producer of video documentaries, which he received
towards the end of 1984. (The documents were derived from 35 mm film which
came in the mail with postmarks from Albuquerque, New Mexico).
- Upon reviewing declassified FBI documents on Donovan,
this author found mention of the "secret committee" which included
him, as well as adding the name of Dr. Karl Compton. Compton was head of
the Office of Field Service (OSRD) and president of MIT, as well as becoming
Chairman of the RDB--succeeding Vannevar Bush. In addition, both Compton
and Bush served on the above top secret "Manhattan Project."
- Here is an FBI doc mentioning Donovan and the secret
- Here is an FBI doc mentioning Compton:
- Dr. Karl Compton would later be associated with James
Killian, Detlev Bronk, Dr. Mervyn Kelly, Lee DuBridge, and Merle Tuve,
Fred Hovde, R. E. Wilson , Dr. H.P. Robertson, Dr. Irvin Stewart, Dr. Jerome
- Hunsaker, Robert Oppenheimer, and Dr. Lloyde V.Berkner.
- Bronk, Hunsaker, and Berkner were also purported to be
members of the "MJ-12 Group." H.P. Robertson would later head
the panel in his name investigating UFOs for the CIA in 1953. All had very
impressive resumes in terms of acadamia, science, and government.
- The smaller group under Donovan: "Otto C. Doering,
T.J. McFadden, Richard P. Heppner, and 'future director of the CIA,' William
Colby," were all tied to him either by business, serving with him
in the OSS or both.
- A lot has been written, and documented about the idea
of the massive UFO activity in 1947 possibly being advanced aircraft from
the Russians, developed by German scientists expropriated to the Soviet
Union after the war. Was the goal of the secret committee to prove or disprove
that these "unconventional craft" i.e., flying saucers or UFOs
was a new secret weapon, and or delivery system of the former Soviet Union?
- All of the 7 study categories mentioned above for the
secret committee that Bill Donovan and the others were in, are also mentioned
in a myriad of "Majestic Documents." In addition, here is an
"MJ-12 Doc" that makes reference to "our intelligence liaison
- Although difficult to read, it's a "top secret 'codified
majic eyes only' memorandum" from DCI Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter
to President Truman, dated 2-11-1948; in part it says, "For some time,
the last two months in particular, I have had our intelligence liaison
organization concentrating on the possible presentation on 'Majic' for
my use as well as for the other officials concerned, particularly yourself.
A highly specialized organization is now engaged in the very necessary
process of separating the wheat from the chaff and correlating the items
with past information in order that I may be able to quickly and intelligently
evaluate the importance of the product."
- Could this "top secret committee," composed
of two of the best scientific minds of the time, as well as the father
of "US Intelligence," along with two of the best from the Army
and Navy be the "intelligence liaison organization" that Hillenkoetter
refers to? Truman of course was aware of the "MJ-12 Group," so
it would have been redundant to reference "that group" in that
- Was this "top secret committee," a branch of
the larger "Majestic 12 Group?" Is it just a coincidence that
many of the same names associated with "Operation Majestic 12"
are intertwined with the "secret committee" involving Donovan?
- Unfortunately, at present, the current data "asks
more questions then it answers." As the research continues--certainly
more information will come to light.