The Russia-USA UFO Controversy and Cold War Shenanigans

My previous article was titled: “The Space Brothers of the 1950s: Were They Russian Agents Promoting Communism in the U.S.?” It was a study of the possibility that the so-called “Space Brothers” of the 1950s were actually Russian agents and not a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s. Their goal: to try and advance communism in the United States – and to do it under what we might call a “U̳F̳O̳ guise.” Today’s article follows on. The previous feature addressed such matters in the early years of the Cold War. This one, however, looks at the connection between U̳F̳O̳s, a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s and Russian agents in more recent times. With that said, read on. In 1999, Gerald K. Haines – in his position as the historian of the National Reconnaissance Office – wrote a paper titled “CIA’s Role in the Study of U̳F̳O̳s, 1947-90.” It’s now in the public domain, thanks to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. It can be read at the CIA’s website. Haines’ paper detailed the history of how, and why, the CIA became interested and involved in the phenomenon of U̳F̳O̳s. Although Haines covered a period of more than forty years, I will bring your attention to one particular section of his paper, which is focused on the 1970s-1980s.

Haines wrote something eye-opening: “During the late 1970s and 1980s, the Agency continued its low-key interest in U̳F̳O̳s and U̳F̳O̳ sightings. While most scientists now dismissed flying saucers reports as a quaint part of the 1950s and 1960s, some in the Agency and in the Intelligence Community shifted their interest to studying parapsychology and psychic phenomena associated with U̳F̳O̳ sightings. CIA officials also looked at the U̳F̳O̳ problem to determine what U̳F̳O̳ sightings might tell them about Soviet progress in rockets and missiles and reviewed its counterintelligence aspects.” The Soviets, then, were camouflaging their secret rocket tests by spreading false and fantastic tales of U̳F̳O̳s. Haines also said: “Agency analysts from the Life Science Division of OSI and OSWR officially devoted a small amount of their time to issues relating to U̳F̳O̳s. These included counterintelligence concerns that the Soviets and the KGB were using U.S. citizens and U̳F̳O̳ groups to obtain information on sensitive U.S. weapons development programs (such as the Stealth aircraft), the vulnerability of the U.S. air-defense network to penetration by foreign missiles mimicking U̳F̳O̳s, and evidence of Soviet advanced technology associated with U̳F̳O̳ sightings .”

Also on this issue of Russia and U̳F̳O̳s, there are the following words of long-time U̳F̳O̳logist Bruce Maccabee: “After I spoke at a U̳F̳O̳ conference near Washington, D.C. in February 1993, I was contacted by an assistant military attaché who was stationed at the Russian Embassy [italics mine]. He wanted to know how to obtain U.S. government files on U̳F̳O̳s. You can imagine my surprise and amusement when, about six months later, while I was at work I got a call from the ‘dreaded’ FBI. It became obvious to me that the agent didn’t know much about the U̳F̳O̳ phenomenon and was amused to learn about the FBI files on the subject. But he was especially interested in my interactions with the military attaché.”  Moving on…

Interestingly, there have been strange rumors to the effect that the controversial, so-called Majestic 12 documents might have played a role in all of this. One theory is that the Russians created the documents. Yes, I know: that sounds very strange, but read on. If the combined intelligence community found anything more about Majestic 12 documents in the late 1980s, then it is yet to appear under the FOIA. We do know something of deep interest though, thanks to a man named Richard L. Huff. He served as Bureau Co-Director within the Office of Information and Privacy. In correspondence with him, Huff informed me of the existence of an FBI “Main File” on Majestic 12, now in what is termed “closed status.” Not only that: I was told that the FBI’s file on the Majestic 12 papers was titled nothing less than “Espionage.” Author Howard Blum said the FBI’s reasoning for suspecting the Russians might have been at the heart of the Majestic 12 debate revolved around “…muddying the waters, creating dissension, spreading paranoia in the ranks – those were all the day-in, day-out jobs of the ruthless operation.” Soviet revenge against U.S. Intelligence for having spun their own U̳F̳O̳-themed operations during the Cold War.”

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