CIA Chief Roscoe Hillenkoetter on UFO Cover-up in NY Times
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AIR FORCE ORDER
ON ‘SAUCERS' CITED
Pamphlet by the Inspector General Called Objects a ‘Serious
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI)—The Air Force has sent its
commands a warning to treat sightings of unidentified flying
objects as "serious business" directly related to the nation's
defense, it was learned today.
An Air Force spokesman confirmed issuance of the directive
after portions of it were made public by a private "flying
The new regulations were issued by the Air Force inspector
general Dec. 24.
The regulations, revising similar ones issued in the
past, outlined procedures and said that "investigations and
analysis of UFO's are directly related to the Air Force's
responsibility for the defense of the United States."
Existence of the document was revealed by the National
Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena.
The privately financed committee accused the Air Force
of deception in publicly describing reports of unidentified
flying objects as delusions and hoaxes while sending the private
admonition to its commands.
Vice Admiral R. H. Hillenkoetter (Ret.), a committee
board member and former director of the Central Intelligence
Agency, said in a statement that a copy of the inspector general's
warning had been sent to the Senate Science and Astronautics
"It is time for the truth to be brought out
in open Congressional hearings," he said."
The Air Force confirmed that the document had been issued.
A spokesman said it was put out by Maj. Gen. Richard E. O'Keefe,
acting inspector general at the time, to call attention to
revised Air Force regulations concerning unidentified flying
The statement was included in an "operations and training"
pamphlet circulated at intervals to bring commands up to date.
Pentagon aides said the new regulations covering seven
printed pages, made no substantive change in policy but had
been rewritten as a matter of course.
The Air Force has investigated 6,132 reports of flying
objects since 1947, including 183 in the last six months of
1959. The latest Air Force statement, issued a month ago said,
"no physical or material evidence, not even a minute fragment
of a so-called flying saucer, has ever been found."
Admiral Hillenkoetter said that "behind the
scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned
about the UFO's."
"But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens
are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense,"
the retired admiral said. He charged that "to hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel" through the issuance of a regulation.
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