UFO News: Three Reasons Why FBI Declaring Majestic 12 Documents ‘Bogus’ Is Irresponsible

UFO news this week saw a flash from the past as Slate published an article about the FBI’s final treatment of the “Top Secret Majestic 12 Documents.” For those who don’t keep up with UFO research news, Majestic 12, also known as “MJ-12” or “Majik,” was an alleged top secret cabal formed within the U. S. government during the Truman administration. It was alleged to be responsible for the cover-up of information about the Roswell UFO incident.

The Majestic 12 documents, alleged to be from a top secret briefing for then incoming President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower, entered the UFO news cycle in 1984 according to a succinct history by UFO Evidence. Since then the documents have been a source of controversy, not just between those who push the government for news about UFO disclosure and the government, but also within the UFO research community. In debunking the documents, the FBI simply wrote the word “BOGUS” across the documents which are contained in the National Archives.

It certainly isn’t news that the official position on anything related to UFO disclosure is to claim it is bogus. Officials have also been known to present mundane explanations for otherwise incredible events. But there are three good reasons that the FBI, even if it believes the documents are bogus, should not have made a public gesture so blatant.

The Roswell UFO incident has turned into a cultural phenomena including Majestic 12 conspiracies.
The Roswell UFO incident has turned into a cultural phenomena including Majestic 12 conspiracies. [Image by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers]

First, in the era before the internet, the documents represented almost a consensus about the most important unanswered questions surrounding the UFO phenomena.

Younger readers may not remember a time before the internet, but older readers can attest that the spread of information in those days took years in some instances. An obscure UFO sighting can be found in the news every day in the internet age. Before the internet, that news would have to pass through the filters of print media, television, organizational newsletters, and word of mouth. So, in those days, if a reliable UFO researcher landed a story in the local news, and then got lucky enough to have that story reach a wire service, he may have been read by a wide audience in national newspapers. Otherwise, that researcher would need to rely on their findings spreading by word of mouth.

One could take the government’s position on the UFO phenomena and still argue that the FBI was irresponsible. Those documents summarized many of the top questions in the UFO research news of that time. Declaring the documents bogus is an outright dismissal of those concerns. By stamping these documents bogus, the FBI is saying that the concerns of an entire community are bogus, and by extension, so is the field of UFO research.

That leads us to the second reason, which is that UFOs are real.