The newly released Majestic-12 briefing document (“Assessment of the Situation”) contains much information about the beginning of diplomatic relations between the US government and human looking extraterrestrial visitors that began after the famed 1948 Aztec flying saucer incident. Part one of this series discussed the document’s content explaining how a surviving adult alien from the Aztec landing began the diplomatic process, and left behind three extraterrestrial infants brought to our world to stay as a goodwill gesture.
The information revealed in the leaked briefing document can be compared to what is publicly known about the Aztec landing. If a high degree of consistency is found in the comparison, it will help build confidence that the briefing document is based on factual information, which was part of a 1989 classified briefing prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency for the Office of the President.
The first to write about the Aztec case was the author Frank Scully, a highly respected journalist, who wrote a book in 1950 based on what he had been told by two sources, an alleged scientist Dr. Gee (a pseudonym used by a local radio and television parts owner later revealed to be Leo A. GeBauer) and Newton Silas (a well-known oil prospector). Scully’s book, Behind the Flying Saucers, quickly became a national best seller with his account of the “first landing” of a flying saucer in 1948.
[Dr Gee] was the man who told us the whole story of the first flying saucer that had landed in the United States… Two telescopes caught this unidentified ship as it came into our atmosphere. They watched its position and estimated where it would land. Within a few hours after it landed, Air Force officers reached the flying field at Durango, Colorado, and took off in their search for the object. When they found it, it was in a very rocky, high plateau territory, east of Aztec, New Mexico. … (Behind the Flying Saucers, pp. 138-39)
Note that Scully was talking about a “controlled landing”, not a flying saucer crash as reported for the Roswell incident which had received world-wide media coverage after the initial U.S. Army Air Force Press Release on July 8, 1947.
The Majestic-12 briefing document similarly refers to a “controlled landing” in the vicinity of Aztec that occurred on March 25, 1948:
The controlled landing occurred in a small desert canyon on the private grazing land of a local farmer and rancher… about 12.2 miles northeast of Aztec New Mexico. The ship was determined to be 99.983 feet in diameter. (“Assessment of the Situation“, p. C-1-of-10)
Regarding the diameter of the flying saucer, Scully gave the following information:
The overall dimensions of the ship were found to be a faction short of 100 feet in diameter. To be exact it measured 99.99/100 feet wide. [Behind the Flying Saucers, p. 138-39]
Remarkably, Scully’s precise measurement of the diameter of the flying saucer craft that had landed matches the 1989 briefing document’s report on the size and nature of the landing.
Scully revealed important details about the scientific team sent to investigate the flying saucer:
Dr. Gee and seven of his group of magnetic scientists were called in to examine this strange ship. When they arrived on the ground they decided that the best thing to do was not to touch it or try to get into it. They studied the ship from a distance for a matter of two days, bombing it with Geiger counters, cosmic rays, and other protective devices. [Behind the Flying Saucers,, p. 138-39]
Scully was told that eight scientists were involved in the preliminary analysis of the landed craft. According to the new Majestic-12 document, the recovery team involved four scientific members of the newly created MJ-12 directorate, and an additional six scientists meeting at the Hart’s Canyon landing site near the town of Aztec:
In order to fully follow the course of the Aztec, N.M. recovery and investigation it is important at this point to detail the names and the backgrounds of the members of the IPU/MAJICOPS team before returning to a chronology of the events at Harts Canyon. Only four of these persons were on the MAJICOPs director. These were Dr. Lloyd Berkner, Dr. Detlev Bronk, Dr. Vannevar Bush and Dr. Jerome Hunsaker…. The following were selected by the MJ-12 directorate to accompany the IPU/MAJICOPS recovery team to the Hart Canyon landing sites:
Dr. Carl A. Helland, Director and senior scientist of the Geophysics and Magnetic Sciences Laboratory of the Colorado School of Mines…
Dr. John von Neumann … His work on the Aztec disc eventually led to the binary computer language used today in all modern electronic computers….
Dr. Robert J. Oppenheimer … Acting for his friend, Dr. Bush, who had not yet arrived at Aztec, he selected most of the recovery team members and arranged with the U.S. Navy for storage in their facilities at Los Alamos until permanent sites could be prepared.
Dr. Johann von Roesler, an expert nitrogen chemist … Originally included as a consultant on the possible need to gain forced entry to the disc-craft by use of high explosives, he eventually worked with Dr. Detlev Bronk on investigating the liquid nitrogen cooled cryogenic suspension system used about the disc-craft by it’s [sic] crew members.
Dr. Merle A. Tuve … Top pioneer in radio-save propagation in the upper atmosphere. Later was part of the Bell Laboratories team which developed the principles of laser light physics derived from study of systems found aboard the Aztec disc-craft.
Dr. Horace van Valkenberg, was Director of the School of Metallurgy of the University of Colorado. (“Assessment of the Situation“, pp. C-3&4-of-10)
According to the Majestic-12 document, there were ten scientists in total involved in the Aztec recovery. However, Dr. Bush arrived later than the others at the scene. Scully was told that there were eight scientists at the site, which is very close to the actual number initially present (nine). If another scientific member of the MJ-12 Directorate had accompanied Bush and also arrived late, this would correspond precisely with the eight working scientists at the outset of the investigation of the landed flying saucer, according to what Scully had been told.
Scully went on to describe how the recovery team was able to gain entry into the craft:
Apparently there was no door to what unquestionably was the cabin. The outside surface showed no marking of any sort except for a broken porthole, which appeared on first examination to be of glass… Finally, we took a large pole and rammed a hole through this defect in the ship. [Behind the Flying Saucers, p. 139]
This description of how the recovery team gained access closely matches what the MJ-12 document says occurred:
It was discovered that the original opening was forced at the lower corner of a sort of large rectangular window or porthole which had been cracked. These portholes were not visible from the outside, but were extended all the way around the compartment in huge curved rectangles and separated by only a thin structural brace between them. The exception was the cracked one by which the team gained entry. [“Assessment of the Situation“, p. C-6-of 10]
The MJ-12 document also refers to the use of “a long thin rod used to probe at what looked like levers or buttons inside” which corresponds to Scully description of a “large pole” used through the porthole.
Next we come to the number of occupants in the Aztec flying saucer incident. Scully was told by Dr. Gee:
[W]e looked into the interior. There we were able to count sixteen bodies, that ranged in height from about 36 to 42 inches…. We examined the bodies very closely and very carefully. They were normal from every standpoint and had no appearance of being what we call this planet ‘midgets. They were perfectly normal in their development. The only trouble was that their skin seemed to be charred a very dark chocolate color. [Behind the Flying Saucers, p. 139]
We can now compare Scully’s account of the 16 dead occupants with what the MJ-12 documents says:
Inside the upper cabin .. the team found the bodies of two (2) small humanoids about four feet in height strapped into seats like those in a jet cockpit… The extraterrestrials were dead. [“Assessment of the Situation“, p. C-6-of 10]
The briefing document reported that the extraterrestrials had died because of an atmospheric leak caused by an impact with a nearby cliff face. The report then described the discovery of 14 cryogenic tubes in the lower level, 12 of which contained human-looking bodies – four of which were later successfully resuscitated:
A closer look at the sealed tubes which looked like the doors of clothes dryers at a laundromat revealed that they were a complex form of refrigeration system. Two were empty and twelve contained the bodies of what looked like human adults and small children as well as infants, all frozen as if preserved for specimens…. Eventually the medical team was able to resuscitate one adult Earth-like humanoid male and three (3) Earth-like humanoid infants, all about six (6) months of age: two male and one female. The rest of the infants and one more short, gray-skinned, large-headed OBE, perished.
Scully had reported 16 bodies were found at Aztec. The briefing document had reported 2 small extraterrestrial bodies (found in the upper cabin) plus 14 cryogenic tubes (found in the lower cabin) – 12 of which were occupied by human looking aliens frozen in suspension.
What Scully had not been told, however, was that four of the extraterrestrials were still alive in their cryogenic chambers. Apparently his source, Dr. Gee, did not know that these four were later successfully revived. The briefing document explains how those personnel at the site, without a need-to-know, were given a cover story that all the extraterrestrials had died:
The story was quickly circulated that, yes, bodies had been found – all deceased, and that these would be removed for later analysis. The bodies of the two small “pilots” were show to some other members of the recovery team who had heard about them, And then sealed in dry ice chambers, as was the corpse of the EBE who had expired in the cargo hold after thawing. A big display of this was carried out in full view of the other team members and other dry ice transportation capsules were secretly loaded with dirt and stone before the entire group was loaded into a refrigerator truck labeled “high explosives” for transport. (“Assessment of the Situation“, p. C-3-of-10)
What this suggests is the recovery team saw 2 short EBEs, and 16 dry ice capsules prepared for the 14 cryogenic tubes (12 of which were occupied). Then they saw the two short EBE bodies from the upper cabin being loaded into two of the dry ice capsules, rather than empty cryogenic tubes. The natural assumption was that 16 short human looking extraterrestrial bodies had been recovered, exactly what Scully was told.
Clearly, what the above suggests is that even in a highly classified retrieval operation such as what had occurred at Aztec, compartmentalization was very much in place. Information about live extraterrestrials being recovered was to be kept secret from many personnel in the classified retrieval operation. All were told that the extraterrestrials in the 16 dry ice capsules were dead. An official disinformation campaign was already underway for the Aztec landing, and this did not stop with retrieval personnel.
Scully’s two sources, Newton and Dr. Gee (GeBauer) appear to have been caught up in the disinformation campaign surrounding the Aztec landing. According to Scully, Dr. Gee was a magnetic specialist on the Aztec recovery team:
In the summer of 1949 he [Silas Newton] met Dr. Gee, a magnetic engineer who had been released in July after seven years of government servitude on all sorts of top drawer projects. He had become a master of magnetic energy…[Behind the Flying Saucers,, p. 72]
Both Newton and GeBauer had been attracting investors for various oil drilling schemes based on technologies they claim to have developed from their knowledge of the Aztec landing, Eventually both were arrested by the FBI in October 1952 and convicted for fraud after a complaint from one of the oil investors, Herman Flader.
The backgrounds of both Newton and GeBauer were detailed in a highly critical 1956 article in True Magazine by J.P. Cahn titled, “Flying Saucer Swindlers”.
Scully’s account of the Aztec flying saucer landing was now thoroughly discredited, and he was widely ridiculed for being duped by two confidence men with criminal convictions related to the alleged landing. The Aztec case was now accepted as a hoax, even though Scully continued to believe it was genuine up to his death.
The new Majestic briefing document contains a paragraph on what had happened with Newton, GeBauer and Scully, which provides valuable insights into actual events, and how all three were caught up in the official disinformation campaign:
Visiting with the rancher at that time and planning to hunt for game animals on his land, were the owner of a local radio repair shop [Dr. Gee/GeBauer] plus a unemployed oil hunter and inventor [Silas Newton]. These last two parties were later to get together and tell their story to a columnist from Variety Magazine named Frank Scully. This author later published a book in 1950 detailing parts of the Aztec recovery story. This breach of security was … by the use of a cover story for the IPU/MAJICOPS workers that proved to be ineffective. It was decided to disguise the Aztec efforts as an exploration for oil by a fictional drilling company, a fact that was not in agreement with the knowledge of the unemployed oil hunter who knew that there was no oil in that area. Later both this independent oil hunter and the columnist Scully were discredited by facts leaked to a writer [Cahn] at True Magazine by covert operatives of the MAJESTIC Enforcement Division. This action was unfortunate but very vital in light of the sensational nature of the Aztec discoveries. Fortunately, Scully labeled this fortune hunting oilman as a “scientist” in his book and during the period of the book’s sales, this adventurer was convicted of fraud for trying to peddle a device he claimed would find oil. Mostly by luck, the security breach healed itself and the book was quickly forgotten with only minor help from MJ-12. (“Assessment of the Situation” p. C-2-of-10)
Essentially, the Majestic briefing document reveals that a disinformation campaign had been successfully implemented to discredit Scully and his two principal sources: Newton and GeBauer. Scully’s blunder was that he had incorrectly referred to GeBauer as a magnetic scientist, which made it easy for the disinformation campaign to succeed.
Given the extensive similarities between Scully’s account of the Aztec flying saucer incident and what is found in the new Majestic 12 briefing document, it can be concluded with great confidence that they are describing the same event. This leads to two possible conclusions about the briefing document, and its relationship to the previously discredited Aztec flying saucer landing.
The first is that it is disinformation based on Scully’s account of the Aztec flying saucer incident as the means for a contrived document to once again confuse or disinform the UFO/exopolitics research community. The fact that the document emerged from the Office of Counterintelligence in the Defense Intelligence Agency does raise this possibility.
The second conclusion is that the briefing document is genuine and vindicates most of what Scully was told forty years earlier about the Aztec incident. Importantly, the briefing document confirms that Scully was not duped by two conmen. Newton and GeBauer had in fact disclosed accurate information about the landing in what was deemed a major security breach by Majestic 12. Scully’s book had successfully revealed operational details of one of the biggest flying saucer secrets held by the national security establishment.
As to which of these two conclusions is more accurate, further study of the contents of the 1989 briefing document is necessary.
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