posted on Mar, 20 2006 @ 10:44 PM
I started looking into Wilbert B. Smith because I came across a website making allegations about Smith believing he was making contact with what he
called “The boys from topside”. Here are the allegations:
This is a very curious document. Of all the documents obtained through the FOIA, this one came closest to "proving" government activity in covering
up the existence of UFOs. It wasn't until research revealed that Smith was a very unreliable source of information, that interest in this memo
Smith had long exhibited signs of "mental disturbance". He had been known to sit in his orchard with a tape recorder, so that when the "Space
Brothers Topside" came down, he could record his interview with them.
Smith did not have the authority to stamp any documents Top Secret, and was not working on any Top Secret projects. However, he had been known to
stamp even his personal papers Top Secret.
The Smith memorandum is not considered to be a real top secret document worthy of study by very many people in UFOlogy.
(upper right hand corner)
I don't think the first part is right because the document wasn’t released through the FOIA. Smith worked in the Canadian Dept. of Transportation
(DOT), and not the US government so it would not fall under the FOIA. The Canadian DOT was responsible for investigating UFO reports. The memo came
from a Canadian official in 1980.
But apparently Smith did make claims of contact with aliens, and here are some quotes from him:
“Certain officials in my government are aware of my contact with these people and are willing to let me play it my way.” (Keyhoe letter 1955)
“We have been in touch with one group of the space people. They know of Alan (Dan Fry’s alien) but they are not directly associated with him.
Apparently, the time for us is very short and there are several groups who have an interest in the outcome. Most of them are friendly, but there is at
least one group that is bent on exploitation. These later have a base near North Bay.” (Gesner letter 1955)
“I also have had experience with these folks ability to project mental pictures etc. I have been shown quite a few of their machine elements.
Television, cloth etc, as well as some of their manufacturing methods. I must say that in general they are much simpler, more direct and ever so much
more efficient than ours. It all stems from a better knowledge of physics, which we just kid ourselves that we have and don’t. I am naturally
itching to make up some of the things, but I am told to have patience, that the time is not yet right.” (Gesner letter 1955)
This was during the “contact era” and he was also communicating with none other than George Adamski.
To Adamski in 1955 "We are in contact with AFFA, and others of his group. I have had many long and interesting exchanges with him, and have found him
totally consistent and way beyond me in mental powers."
There was also a book titled “The Boys from Topside” from Saucerian (publisher?) in 1969 under the author (pen) name Susy Smith, but this was
after he died. I wasn’t able to find much more on the book, except it is somewhat rare.
(scroll down to Smith)
So it is starting to look like the allegations are true, I’m sorry to say. I would conclude that he was a serious scientist, and was very active in
UFO research, but this brings into question his credibility.
I think the Smith memo still confirms that Vannevar Bush was heading a secret group in the US government (MJ12), but a skeptic would argue the part
about “flying saucers exist” statement was more of a belief than fact.
Just thought I would share this info, and maybe others can dig into this a little more.