I've uploaded searchable versions of FBI documents relevant to ufology to a directory at the link below. Some highlights from that collection are
given in the lengthy post below. Various issues requiring follow-up action and research are also indicated (particularly in
By clicking on an option at the top right of that webpage, you can download all of these FBI files with a single click (which is considerably less
time consuming than going to the individual links for each file on the FBI websites, which I'll give in the course of this thread anyway):
Due to the bandwidth problems that a couple of people encountered last time I previously posted (with the permission of the Canadian government) a
popular collection of UFO documents on the file storage website at the above link, this time I’ve also uploaded the same FBI material to the
"Skydrive" file storage website at the link below (which can, hopefully, also be downloaded easily by going to "Folder actions" on the top left of the
screen and selecting "download folder") :
The downloadable collection of PDF files at the links above is limited to documents from the FBI websites themselves (both the FBI’s current
“Vault” website and the FBI’s previous FOIA website), but goes beyond the 16 files labelled “UFO” on the FBI website. As detailed below,
this collection also includes the FBI files on NICAP (a UFO group), cattle mutilations, the MJ-12 documents, extrasensory perception, Carl Sagan,
Nikola Tesla, Wilhelm Reich, Jack Parsons and Silas Newton.
Most of you will probably be familiar with at least some of this material from the current FBI FOIA website (index at the first link below) and/or
remember the previous FBI FOIA website (index at the second link below), but I thought it worth creating an easily downloadable collection of
searchable copies of the relevant files (with a discussion below of further apparently relevant files that aren’t on the current FBI website nor in
the cached version of the old FBI website).
Some of you may recall that when the FBI relaunched its FOIA website last year there was a lot of inaccurate publicity about the release of "new"
files. Basically, the new FBI "vault" which gathered so much publicity was just a new interface to make it easier and faster to access documents on
the FBI website. Previously, the UFO documents on the FBI website were simply grouped into various downloadable PDF documents. However, in fact during
the various revisions to the FBI websites over the years there has been a reduction in the amount of FBI documentation available online which was
indirectly relevant to ufology. Several files that had previously been available on the FBI’s FBOIA website are not included in the new “Vault”
website. However, I've found copies of several of those files on older versions of the FBI's websites (e.g. files on Nikola Tesla, Reich and Jack
Parsons) and included them in the collection at the links above along with the material currently available on the FBI website (including the material
explicitly labelled "UFO" in addition to the files on NICAP, Silas Newton, Carl Sagan, Roswell, MJ-12, Guy Hottel's memo, extrasensory perception,
cattle mutilations and Project Blue Book).
As a reaction to the inaccurate coverage last year, I posted a thread at the link below entitled "Debunked! The FBI alien bodies memo – A case study
in the reinvention of the wheel" (which largely focussed on the Guy Hottel memo):
However, that thread was posted before my focus turned to making source documentation available to download and search as easily as possible.
Frankly, I think that ufology could benefit considerably from making more underlying documentation easily available in a searchable format. Once
downloaded, the entire directory of FBI files at the links above can be read or searched quickly and easily (together with, if you wish, various UFO
magazines/journals, other official documents, UFO books, academic dissertations relating to UFOs etc) using a method I’ve previously outlined in
another thread: FAST searching of major free online collections of UFO journals (or just
Come on, be honest... How many of you already knew each of the following (covered in more detail in the various section below)?
(1) The 16 PDF files labelled “UFO” on the FBI website are NOT the only documents on that website which are relevant to ufology?
(2) Some other PDF files relevant to ufology have been REMOVED from the FBI’s Freedom Of Information Act website during the FBI’s periodic
reinventions of its website, including the launch of its new and improved interface (called “The Vault”) in 2011?
(3) Additional files relevant to ufology have apparently never been put on the FBI’s Freedom Of Information Act website, but hard copies have been
made available by the FBI to some researchers?
(4) The material that is on the FBI’s website includes a memo recording that the Air Force was “greatly concerned” about UFOs?
(5) Another FBI memo refers to the Air Force being “at a complete loss” to explain one classic UFO case?
(6) The FBI was involved in a forensic analysis in relation to one classic UFO case?
(7) The FBI later repeatedly stated that the investigation of UFOs “is not and never has been a matter that is within the investigative jurisdiction
of the FBI”.
I hope that this thread helps prompt more of an effort to obtain (and make available searchable PDF copies of) other FBI files of interest to
ufologists not explicitly labelled "UFO" by the FBI, e.g. files relating to specific contactees/witnesses and UFO researchers. Various researchers
(particularly Nick Redfern) have written about such files and some relevant files are identified in this thread. I think ufology would benefit from
full copies of relevant files being easily accessible (rather than merely summaries of them).
edit on 6-2-2013 by IsaacKoi because: (no reason given)