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This is a secret document, declassified because of the Freedom Of Information Act.

Intelligence interest in the study of UFO reports, 1953:

This is a draft of a letter from the DCI to the Secretary of Defense. We learn that:

"Recently CIA's Office of Scientific Intelligence made an enquiry into the possible intelligence implications of this subject. It concluded that while the operational problem of the identification of "phantoms" was of first priority because of the need to make instant and positive identification of enemy rockets and planes, the solution of intelligence problems are of sufficient importance to justify vigorous support by this Agency of an organized attack of the problem."

The almost unreadable bottom paragraphs tells us that it was also estimated that Project Blue Book was too small to handle the vast amount of reports they receive, including press reports from Soviet Union, and that there is "little premise in opening up explanations regarding the nature of these "(UFOS).

In 1953, for the CIA, UFOs were a subject "of sufficient importance to justify vigorous support by this Agency of an organized attack of the problem." Later, CIA claimed that they have never had any interest whatsoever in UFOs. Even later, they admitted this interest.

While CIA admits here that Blue Book's resources are insufficient, it was on the contrary publicly claimes that "huge resources" have been wasted in fruitless UFO studies and that this waste of taxpayers money is no longer justified.

Document references:

Title:Draft Letter - Intelligence Interest in a study of the Unidentified Flying Objects
To:Secretary of Defense
Author:DCI
Date:30 June, 1953
Length:1+ pages.
Classification:(Unknown)
CC:None.

The scanned document:

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