August 3rd, 2009

Did Martians
cause the Cold War?

Posted in American Gestapo, Geopolitics, JFK, UFOs by ed

Ed Note: This old note has been updated with brassy quotes, and (at bottom) with a valuable audio clip from the mellifluous and middlin’ famous Robert Carr, who had a ranch in New Mexico in the late 40s when brothers from other planets were apparently falling to earth with some frequency.

1. FDR was on record against the continuance of the fledgling Office of Strategic Services — our covert ops organ — once the war that gave it birth had ended.

President Truman enacted this intent by abolishing the OSS in September 1945, and by resisting thereafter various attempts by interested parties, led by corporate lawyer and OSS agent Allen Dulles, to reconstitute a standing secret police army.

On July 26, 1947, however, Truman abruptly signed the National Security Act, creating the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency — the latter out of (i) OSS bones which Dulles and Frank Wisner had been keeping warm on the sly in New York and the State Department, and (ii) nazi general Reinhard Gehlen’s eastern european spy network.

(General Gehlen was picked up on waivers from the Wehrmacht by the US Army in 1945, traded to the CIA two years later, then went back to Germany in the expansion draft to head up the Bundesrepublik’s Federal Intelligence Service. That’s him in the War Room, lower right corner.)

Why did Truman change his mind about secret police?  The so-called literature on this is a contradictory mess and inconclusive. The quiz has puzzled me for 20 years.

2. The month before, in June ’47, highly publicized sightings of unidentified flying objects by an Air Force pilot in Oregon had occurred, with regard to which the term flying saucers first appeared in the press.

And on July 7 came the first public word of the crash at Roswell, Arizona — a report by a local Air Force office that debris of a “flying disc” had been recovered.

Soon Air Force General Nathan Farragut Twining was on the case.  He told reporters in July, eighteen days before the NSA became law:

Neither the [Army Air Force] nor any other component of the armed forces has any plane, guided missile or other aerial device under development which could possibly be mistaken for a saucer or formation of flying discs. Some of these witnesses evidently saw something but we don’t know what. We are investigating.

That September, Twining reported to superiors, “the phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”   Project Blue Book — the Air Force’s excellent X-Files adventure — was born, and seven years later Twining himself seems to have been sniffing still.

Twining would go on to become a four-star general and the Air Force Chief of Staff, 1953-57, under Eisenhower.  And finally the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the first Air Forcer ever to command the Pentagon) during the four years before President Kennedy took office.

British Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, a hero of the Battle of Britain, was Twining’s counterpart on the UFO beat in the Royal Air Force.  In 1954 Lord Dowding told the London Sunday Dispatch:

“I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nation on earth…. I think that we must resist the tendency to assume that they all come from the same planet, or that they are actuated by similar motives. It might be that the visitors from one planet wished to help us in our evolution from the basis of a higher level to which they had attained. Another planet might send an expedition to ascertain what have been those terrible explosions which they have observed, and to prevent us from discommoding other people besides ourselves by the new toys with which we are so light-heartedly playing. Other visitors might have come bent solely on scientific discovery and might regard us with the dispassionate aloofness which we might regard insects found beneath an upturned stone.”

Well … Perhaps Lord Dowding was crackers …

Anyone beguiled by UFOs should read Jim Marrs’ book, which bears the unfortunate title Alien Agenda.  The Dowding quote appears there on page 124 (but is cited nowhere in the index), sourced in a biography of 1988.

Marrs also quotes Air Force One steward Bill Holden, who, flying with JFK in summer 1963, asked the Prez what he thought about UFOs in light of a recent conference re same in Bonn. Holden told Marrs (in a 1996 interview) that Kennedy

became quite serious and thought for a moment before replying. “I’d like to tell the public about the alien situation, but my hands are tied.”

The Air Force says it finally closed Blue Book and stopped worrying about UFOs in 1969: the year most people (present company included) believe that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  By this time the CIA was walking the UFO beat.  Both organs have released a lot of case files since. Couldn’t find a doggone thing.


3. That’s General Twining on the right, circa 1961, shortly after retiring from active service.

One can’t help but notice he stands in odd company:

(a)   On the left (so to speak): CIA Director Allen Dulles, shortly before getting canned by President Kennedy for, among other things, botching and dissembling about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Three years later President Johnson would appoint him to the Warren Commission, where Dulles led the befuddling effort.

(b) Second from right: Air Force General Charles Cabell, then serving as Deputy Director of the CIA, was fired by JFK the same day as Dulles for the same reasons. Cabell’s brother was the mayor of Dallas when Kennedy came to visit in November 1963.

(c)  And, between Dulles and his deputy: Strange OSS and CIA agent Ed Lansdale, flying Air Force colors at the moment.

In 1954 Lansdale had opened our first official CIA shop in Saigon, and in January 1961 President Kennedy (days on the job) was told that Lansdale should become our next Ambassador to Vietnam.

But after speaking with Lansdale and the State Department, JFK rejected the application, upon which Lansdale re-buttoned the Air Force general’s jacket he’d been given to wear and went back to his chair atop the Air Force staff in the Pentagon. (Perhaps the photo marks this occasion: a marriage of CIA and Air Force potentates, with Lansdale, their baby, in between.)

Air Force Colonel Fletcher Prouty worked directly with Lansdale in the Pentagon from the late 50s until 1964, and repeatedly fingered him across 25 years thereafter as a manager of JFK’s murder.

ONE CAN’T HELP but wonder, then, if:

A.  Truman’s sudden decision in July 1947 to cave in to the National Security Apparat was the result of pressure brought to bear by waving Roswell et al. in his face.

B.  The involvement of Air Force and CIA in UFO work, combined with Kennedy’s public statement in 1963 that space exploration should be a joint human enterprise, with the US and Soviet Union working as a team,  contributed in a big way to the decision to replace him with Lyndon Johnson.

Here is Robert Carr, from the 50s. Try to ignore the bizzare pictures in the clip, which bear no relation to his words.

Funny stuff.

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  1. Ilidas says:

    As always, an interesting and well-annotated historical sketch of something usually referred to via soundbite. The photo is rather chilling — but then any glimpse of Alan Dulles can be that.

    May 15th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

  2. ed says:

    Here’s the link to the Robert Carr video embedded above:

    August 5th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

  3. ed says:

    Seem to remember Graham Parker was Waiting for the UFOs in 1979 … Squeezing Out Sparks …

    August 5th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

  4. ed says:

    the Mutual UFO Network:

    August 11th, 2009 at 1:10 am

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