The CIA wants to join in on the fun of the “X-Files” returning to television by publicizing documents related to investigations of UFOs.
The agency released five documents on its website they think “X-Files” Agent Fox Mulder "would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity.”
But the CIA did not stop there. They also released five documents they “think [Mulder’s] skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings.”
The ten documents are of cases that took place in the 1940s to 1960s, and were part of a 1978 declassification of thousands of agency-related investigations into UFOs.
The CIA thinks “both skeptics and believers" will find the information interesting, and they included photos, too.
One document discusses a flying saucer over East Germany in 1952. The report states a former German mayor saw an object “resembling a huge flying pan” with a diameter of about 15 meters. It was said to have landed in a forest clearing in the Soviet Zone of Germany. The eyewitness claimed to have seen two men “dressed in some shiny metallic clothing” next to the flying saucer that was “surrounded by a ring of flames.”
In released CIA photos, flying saucers may be seen over Sheffield, England, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In an eyewitness report from Spain in 1952, a “strange object flying at high speed from the direction of Prat Airport, about 2,000 meters above ground, and leaving a wide smoke trail” was seen. It was different than flying saucers because it moved “in a straight line,” the report states. Similar accounts took place in Morocco a month later.
In a memorandum to the Director of the CIA from the Assistant Director, Office of Scientific Intelligence, that was written after the preceding sightings, the agency concluded “flying saucers pose two elements of danger which have national security implications. The first involves mass psychological considerations and the second concerns vulnerability of the United States to air attack.”
The memo suggested “research be initiated” into flying saucers.
It also noted there had been, since 1947, “1500 official reports of sightings plus an enormous volume of letters, phone calls, and press reports.” 20 percent of cases were left unexplained, and 26 percent unexplained solely in 1952.
In 1953, a meeting advisory found that “no evidence is available to indicate any physical threat to the security of the United States” by UFOs, and that “no evidence is available to indicate the existence or use of any as yet unknown (to us) fundamental scientific principles.”
It found that the subject of “UFO” is “not of direct intelligence interest.”
If the truth is out there, the CIA of 1953 was obviously not concerned about finding it.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there were 6,715 UFO sightings reported to them in 2015. Their reporting includes a strict disclaimer: “The National UFO Reporting Center makes no claims as to the validity of the information in any of these reports.”