Did you see the story on Ancient Code claiming that the FBI “admitted” that aliens are transdimensional beings from another reality? I know we live in a post-truth universe where facts don’t matter, but you’d think that even bottom-feeding click-bait writers would have a basic level of reading comprehension.
You would of course be wrong. The instance in question comes to us from a July 8, 1947 FBI memorandum in which… Well, here is how our author describes it:
In 2011 after some documents were “declassified” a report written by a special agent of the FBI in 1947 reached the public. The special agent of the FBI, a lieutenant colonel whose identity, remained anonymous because of “national security” gather numerous data on the UFO phenomena after interviewing and studying the phenomena for years.
The document used to support this is not at all what author Ivan Petricevic thinks it is. It was not, for example, written by the FBI or a Lt. Colonel. The Lt. Colonel was a military official consulted by the FBI in San Francisco about flying discs, but our author has confused a teletype about this interview on the preceding page of the FBI’s omnibus declassified UFO files for a cover message to the document we are concerned with. He also failed to distinguish between the author of the teletype and its subject. Further, the memo we are concerned with is actually a copy of an article or press release called “A Memorandum of Importance” produced by a newsletter called The Flying Roll (a reference to a prophecy in Zechariah 5:1), which was part of or an additional publication to The Round Robin. It literally says this on the memorandum for anyone with even a few minutes’ time to consider what the words on the page are referring to. This magazine, in turn, was a magazine for “students of psychic research and parapsychology.”
I don’t have access to the run of The Round Robin to identify which issue it came from, and the column doesn’t appear in the published index of the magazine’s issues listed online. According to the Round Robin material online, The Flying Roll was a separate publication from the same group. The fact that the article refers to the UFOs as “Lokas,” a Theosophical term adopted by Round Robin for its UFO coverage, strongly suggests that it, as claimed, material from the two magazines. It also explains the reference to interdimensional beings: “The region from which they come is not the ‘astral plane’, but corresponds to the Lokas or Talas. Students of esoteric matters will understand these terms.” This warmed-over Theosophy is the calling card of Round Robin.
I’d like more information to know whether the piece was published in one of the two publications, or whether it was a press release put out by the organization (accounting for the two titles on the memorandum) or a published piece. It doesn’t really matter, though, since the FBI collected it only for the same reason as they did material on the Shave mystery: out of an abundance of caution.
To that end, it’s worth noting that Round Robin had devoted the issue right before Kenneth Arnold launched the UFO flap to a lengthy article analyzing the Shaver Mystery from a Theosophical perspective and defending it as real. That makes it pretty likely that the Shaver Mystery, which the FBI was already investigating, is what put Round Robin and The Flying Roll on the agency’s radar.
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