- REPORT ON THE MJ-12 DOCUMENTS
BY DR. ROBERT WOOD AT MUFON
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.
- I was eager to hear Dr. Wood's presentation
on the MJ-12 documents as there has been a resurrection of the controversy
that swirled around the first documents that Moore and Shandera released.
- The audience was knowledgeable about
some of the objections already raised concerning these documents and I
believe that Dr. Wood did a fairly admirable job of answering some of these
objections. While far from conclusive, there are some positive findings
that have been discovered in the process of authenticating these documents.
- First, Dr. Wood revealed that he had
secured a Questionable Document examiner whose name is James A. Black who
has been called upon to testify in many court cases concerning the authenticity
- One of the objections raised was that
the SOM1-01 manual had no document control number which is standard for
Top Secret material. Dr. Wood contacted Don Berliner who had independently
of Tim Cooper received a filmed copy of this document in the mail and had
discovered that one frame had not been developed and printed. This frame,
upon examination, contained the missing document control number.
- I was impressed by a statement in one
of the documents commenting on the Mantell case. The document stated that
small perforations were found in the skin of the aircraft. This statement
correlates with a similar statement made by an inspector just a couple
of years ago who came forward with the story that he had examined the wreckage
of Mantell's P-51 and was amazed to see skin covered with tiny holes.
- Another positive note regards a CIA document
referenced on page 1 of the 1st Annual Report of the MAJESTIC TWELVE PROJECT.
One FOIA filer has already obtained a positive reply from the CIA indicating
that this document is being considered for declassification this year.
I have asked UFO lawyer Peter Gersten to file an FOIA request on the part
of Skywatch International for a copy of this document. The document was
a Top Secret document on world wide intelligence gathering through signal,
radar, communications, and human intelligence operations in the first five
years. Such a document would be a valuable asset to researchers.
- Dr. Wood went through an assessment of
10 documents and told us a little about Tim Cooper, the man who received
these docs in his Post Office box. Tim Cooper has been asked to take a
polygraph exam and has consented to do so.
- An interesting point was the exact duplication
of Truman's signature on two documents dated only 6 days apart. One memo
was to Forrestal and the other to Vannevar Bush. The only difference in
Truman's signature was the density of ink laid on the paper by the strokes
of the pen. Dr. Wood showed a photo of Truman using a device called a
pentograph. With this device, he could sign 6 memos at once as each pen
followed the strokes of the one handheld pen. This could account for the
duplicated signature. The dates on the memos are Sept. 24, 1947 and October
1, 1947. He asked anyone to come up with a third memo between those dates
that contained Truman's signature that could fairly well authenticate that
Truman used his pentograph to sign these documents.
- He is also having Black look at the initials
"VB" on one of the documents to see if they match anything initialed
by Vannevar Bush.
- The mention of the word retro-virus in
one of the documents (dated in 1952) in regards to biological weapons has
been criticized. So far no reconciliation of this objection has been made.
Further research on this is needed.
- However, the objection to the word "satellite"
in the SOM document I think is reasonably answered as plans to deploy a
satellite were in the making and satellites were frequently mentioned in
books and periodicals from the 1954 era. The word is only used with other
words like meteorite in the context that a recovery operation could be
covered up by saying that a satellite had fallen to earth. Bogus explanations
intended to cover-up an operation do not have to be true.
- There are omissions of concern to many.
The security procedures mentioned in the SOM seem to be inadequate, but
the manual does not look thorough, and may only be an abstract of another
document. And why is there no mention of certain other crashes? Is the
Paradise Valley crash of 1947 bogus or inconsequential?
- I have not made up my mind yet on these
documents and I think it is going to take further involvement to make assessments
of the arguments both pro and con.
- If there is some truth, even a modicum
of truth, in these documents, then the implications are far-reaching and
I am sure that you can all use your imagination to see this.
- Bill Hamilton
- Executive Director
- Skywatch International, Inc.