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FBI and UFOs, 1947:

Though devoid of a letterhead, it is not only what it purports to be - a high-level FBI memo, it is dated July 10, 1947 - about a week after the so-called Roswell incident, and still well under a month since Kenneth Arnold's seminal sighting of "flying disks" over Washington State's Cascade Mountain Range. It contains the comment of J. Edgar Hoover: "I would do it but before agreeing to it we must insist upon full access to discs recovered. For instance in the IA case the Army grabbed it and would not let us have it for cursory examination."

Transcription:

Mr. (name blacked out) also discussed this matter with Colonel L.R. Forney of MID (Military Intelligence Division). Colonel Forney indicated that it is his attitude that inasmuch as it has been established that the flying disks are not the result of any Army or Navy experiments, the matter is of interest to the FBI. He stated that he was of the opinion that the Bureau, if at all possible, should accede to General Schulgen's request.

SWR:AJB (initialed here)

ADDENDUM

I would recommend that we advise the Army that the Bureau does not believe it should go into these investigations, it being noted that a great bulk of those alleged discs reported found have been pranks. It is not believed that the Bureau would accomplish anything by going into these investigations.

DML (Special Agent Ladd- signed below typed initials)

(Clyde Tolson)
(J. Edgar Hoover)

I would do it but before agreeing to it we must insist upon full access to discs recovered. For instance in the LA case the Army grabbed it & would not let us have it for cursory examination.

Clyde Tolson was J. Edgar Hoover's long-time second in command at the Bureau, as well as his long-time companion.

The "LA case" mentionned in the memo is generally thought to refer to the landing of an object in Shreveport Louisiana (LA) which was a misinterpretation.

References:

Title:Memorandum for Mr. Ladd
To:Mr. Ladd
Authors:Clyde Tolson FBI
Date:July 10, 1947
Length:1 page.
Classification:Unknown
CC:None

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