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FBI UFO Memo Explained by Agency

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 27, 2013 Last Updated: March 28, 2013
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FBI UFO memo was explained by the federal law enforcement agency on its website this week. The UFO memo was posted on the FBI’s Vault two years ago.

US plastic artist Peter Coffin's 'Flying Saucer' --a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter-- overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

US plastic artist Peter Coffin's 'Flying Saucer' --a 7-meter, LED-studded, SMS-controlled flying saucer and lifted by a helicopter-- overflies Ipanema beach, on May 23, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

The most popular file in the FBI’s Vault is a one-page memo from 1950 about the recovery of three UFOs in New Mexico.

This week, the federal law enforcement agency offered some explanation on the note, which has been viewed nearly a million times over the past two years.

But, the FBI cautions, “it is only a single page, relaying an unconfirmed report that the FBI never even followed up on.”

The March 22, 1950, file was authored by Guy Hottel, the head of the Washington D.C. field office at the time, to former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The memo touches on an agent recalling a story from a third party who said an Air Force investigator saw several “flying saucers” in New Mexico.

“They [the saucers] were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots,” an excerpt from the memo reads.

The file was put on the agency’s Vault website by the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act. But the file was actually made public in the 1970s and was posted previously on the FBI’s website, just not in the Vault.

The FBI source said in the memo that the flying saucers were located after the government’s “high powered radar” messed with the saucers’ systems, but “[n]o further evaluation was attempted,” according to the agency.

The agency said that in 2011, when the file was published, some media outlets erroneously reported that the FBI posted proof of a UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico.

“The resulting stories went viral, and traffic to the new Vault soared,” said the agency. It added, “Finally, the Hottel memo does not prove the existence of UFOs; it is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never investigated. Some people believe the memo repeats a hoax that was circulating at that time, but the Bureau’s files have no information to verify that theory.”

“Sorry,” the FBI concludes, “no smoking gun on UFOs. The mystery remains…”

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