Supposedly a March 22, 1950 partially censored FBI memo has been released which suggests that so-called flying saucers containing little human-like creatures have been recovered in New Mexico. The subject of the supposed memo is 'Flying Saucers' and it is addressed to none less than the Director of the FBI (J. Edgar Hoover) from the Director of the Washington DC field office of the FBI. The supposed memo reads as follows:
"An investigator for the Air Force states that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
According to Mr. (censored) informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed that radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers.
No further evaluation was attempted by SA (censored) concerning the above."
UPDATE AND POSSIBLE RESOLUTION OF MEMO:
The memo seems to have been the result of an incredibly ludicrous breakdown in communication between an Air Force investigator and the Director of the Washington DC Field Office of the FBI. It seems that the flying saucer/aliens story in it was perpetrated as part of a hoax to sell bogus oil locating equipment by a lifelong con-artist named Silas M. Newton. By way of gossip the story made its way through the news media. In response the OSI conducted an investigation. From there it seems that the Air Force investigator was to (or thought he was to) report the gossip rather than any related facts per OSI/FBI files. Apparently, his report was misinterpreted by the DC FBI Director as being founded in factual governmental sources.
The apparent misinterpretation seems to have resulted in the memo.
For those who find it too difficult to believe that such a ludicrous breakdown in communication could really have occurred there is another explanation for the memo that does not involve real saucers nor aliens. Newton supposedly claimed that the FBI told him that it knew he had fraudulently concocted his saucers/aliens story but wanted him to continue to spread it. Newton was so much a scam man that even if he asserted this it could not be believed any more than his other assertions. Nonetheless, it is possible that the FBI wanted the saucers/aliens story to be spread in order to have the Soviets think we might have alien technolgy. Under these circumstances the memo could have been written as it was and filed without a secret classification not through a breakdown in communication but as a conscious attempt to have it fall into the hands of and mislead Soviet informants. At least this explanation spares the scenario of parties with the highest clearances of U.S. intelligence in the day of J. Edgar Hoover relating to each other in official capacities like Abbott and Costello about who's on first.
"Not of sufficient value that the taxpayers' resources should be wasted looking into them"
I wanted to respond to Scott but there was no reply button...
The government is extremely secretive with 30+ security clearances above top secret that we know about, so really we have virtually no idea as to where our tax dollars are going... more evidence that we do not live in a democracy.
Here is what they tell us:
In 2009 54% of the US budget was military - that has significantly increased in the last 2 years.
But I am sure even more tax dollars than officially designated go to support the secret military industrial complex...
This may all be true, but it is quite irrelevant to the topic, which is whether there should be an investigation of that 50-year old memo that John seems to be so hung up on.
The bottom line is that if we were being visited by humanoid aliens, there ought to be some reliable evidence for it, and so far, the best we can seem seem to come up with is a 50-year old memo of questionable provenance with a lurid third-hand story to tell. So I am as skeptical as ever, relying on the strength of Occam's Razor, the Negative Evidence Principle and the Fermi Paradox. Anyone who wishes may believe in humanoid alien visitation if they like, but, on the basis of available reliable evidence, that's religion, not science. And I don't do religion, and don't think the taxpayers should be asked to support it, either.
I wasn't questioning you but the FBI's memo - the memo needs the evidence to support its claim not you. I think my take on the issue is pretty much the same as yours.