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October 14, 1979
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STAT Approved For Release 2004/10/13 : CIA-RDP88-01315R000300070001 P.r.TICLE A' ' D THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE p,] ' GE -- 14 October 1979 Though officials have long denied that they take `flyin saucers' seriously, declassified documents now rev c extensive Government concern over the phenomenon. y Pic a h~- j The Defense Department I `I have expressed my con-` message bears the classifica- cern to SAFO! [Air Force In-' tion CONFIDENTIAL. "Sub- formation Office] that we ject: Suspicious Unknown Air come up soonest with a pro- Activity." Dated Nov. 11, 1975, posed answer to queries from it reads: the press to prevent overreact "Since 28 Oct 75 numerous tion by the public to reports by, reports of suspicious objects the media that may be blown have been received at the out of proportion. To date ef- NORAD COC [North Ameri- forts by Air Guard helicopters, can Air Defense Combat SAC [Strategic Air command) Operations Center]. Reliable helicopters and NORAD military personnel at Loring F-106s have failed to produce D AFB [Air Force Base], Maw, Wurtsmith AFB. Michigan. Malmstrom AFB, [Montana], Minot AFB, [North Dakota], and Canadian Forces Station, Falconbridge, Ontario. Cana- da, have visually sighted sus- picious objects. .'Objects at Loring and Wurtsmith were characterized to be helicopters. Missile alert personnel. security teams and Air Defense person- nel at Malmstrom Montana re- ported object which sounded like a jet aircraft. FAA ad- vised 'There were no jet air- craft in the vicinity.' Malm- strom search and height finder radars carried the object be- tween 9,000 ft and 15.600 ft at a speed of seven knots. . - - F-106s scrambled from Maim- Strom could not make contact due to darkness and low a't'- ." positive I Numerous daily updates kept the Joint Chiefs of Staff informed of these incursions by U.F.O.'s in the fall of 1975. Representatives of the De- 'fense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency as well as a handful of other Government desks received copies of the National Military Command Center's reports on the incidents. One report said that an unidentified object .'demonstrated a clear intent in the weapons storage area." Though Air Force records show that the C.I.A. was noti- fied - several times of these penetrations over nuclear mis- sile and bomber bases, the agency has acknowledged only one such notification. Subse- quent investigations by the Air Force into the sightings at Lor- tude. Site personnel reported ing Air Force Base. Maine, the objects as low as 200 ft and where the remarkable series of events began, did not reveal said that as the interceptors a cause for the sightings. approached the lights went out. After the interceptors had passed the lights came on again. One hour after the F-106s returned to base, mist gence Agency, the Nation Security Agency, the Job Chiefs of Staff, the F.B.I., ti C.I.A. and even the Atom Energy Commission produce U.F.O. records over the year Many of these agencies st do, and many of their doc ments remain classified. B it is the C.I.A. that appears have played the key role in t1 controversy, and may even 1 responsible for the Govei meat's conduct in U.F.O. i vestigations throughout t years. ... . _ silesite personrfp pomedtlReir Release 2004/10/13: CIA-RDP88701315R000300070001-4 object increased to a high! speed, raised in altitude ands - _, - -- E.... As_-a.-.e.t ~'M117, Despite official pronounce- But the papers also show ments for decades that that the Government remains U.F.O.'s were nothing more perplexed about the nagging than misidentified aerial ob- I, residue of unexplained U.F.O. jects and as such were no sightings, which amount to cause for alarm, recently de- pruximately.10 percent a classified U.F.O. records from U.F.O. sightings reported. Dc the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and other they pose a threat to nationa'. Federal agencies indicate security? Are they just a fun that, ever since U.F.O.'s made I ny-looking cover for an air. their appearance in our skies ; borne Soviet presence? Ever in the 1940's, the phenomenon the possibility that these un has aroused much serious be- known could be evidence o hind-the-scenes concern in of-, extraterrestrial visitatio Tidal circles. Details of the in- i has been given serious atten telligence community's pro- don in Government circles. tracted obsession with the sub- While official interest ject of U.F.O.'s have emerged U.F.O.'s has long been though over the past few years with to be strictly the concern of th the release of long-withheld I Air Force, the bulk of whos Government records obtained records has been open to put through the Freedom of Infor- lie view for nearly a decade mation Act. Though these the recently released paper papers fail to resolve the on U.F.O.'s indicate othe, U.F.O. enigma, they do mar-'wise. The Departments of th age to dispel many popular no. Army, Navy, State and D+ tions about the U.F.O. contro- f , and the Defense Intel] versy, as well as give sub- stance to a number of others. Official records now avail- able appear to put to rest doubts that the Government knew more about U.F.O.'s than it has claimed over the past 32 years. From the start, it has been convinced that most U.F.O. sightings could be explained in terms of misiden- tified balloons, cloud forma- tions, airplanes, ball lightning. phenomena.