Almost anyone who has an interest in ufology knows of the Majestic-12 documents, a cache of alleged U.S. government documents outlining the government’s secret involvement with space aliens in the middle twentieth century. The first of these documents began circulating in 1984, with a second set of papers released in 1994, and all but diehard true believers understand that they are fake. That did not stop Ancient Aliens from devoting an entire hour to them. I’m not sure whether it is an improvement that the show is now being honest about its willingness to accept any lie that can be spun into entertainment, or whether it should be considered a further diminution of the History Channel brand. Considering History is currently promoting a blurry undated photograph showing either a teenage boy or a mannish woman as alleged proof of Amelia Earhart’s fate, I’m not sure they can really fall any further.
I remember reading the Majestic-12 documents online back in the 1990s, when it seemed like a big deal and an exciting thing that the internet had given me dramatic access to. I remember thinking they were pretty stupid back then, and I don’t feel any different now. However, I still lack a passion for modern ufology, so it was something of a slog to sit through an hour-long discussion of a topic that bored me back when I still cared about UFOs.It is for that reason that I also had no interest in watching the two-hour UFO documentary that followed this episode.
The episode opens with the story of how the Majestic-12 documents came to light, in the form of a film canister with images of a (fake) briefing for Dwight Eisenhower on the government’s alien adventures. This included reference to the Roswell myth, which in 1984 was a major current subject in ufology circles because the story had only recently been invented in its modern form and popularized by writers like Stanton Friedman. The 1980s transformed the tiny flying saucers of the original 1940s reports of flying discs into massive spacefaring craft. It’s easy when you get to change any details you want and make things up. Eisenhower’s great-granddaughter Laura, a UFO believer, shows up to babble about things she can’t possibly know about the dark secrets that the former president could not overcome.
This is, however, Linda Moulton Howe’s spotlight episode because she was involved with the 1994 set of MJ-12 documents, and she has spent 23 years “investigating” these papers without discovering anything of note about them.
It’s probably also worth noting that the show is using a fake computer-generated version of the MJ-12 documents for broadcast, copies that were retyped, cleaned up, and reformatted to look crisp and official. The original photographs are blurry and in black and white. The broadcast props are crisp, in color, and use Times New Roman typeface. I don’t know if this is a pamphlet produced for retail or one created for the broadcast, but it it’s deceptive to pass off the recreation as the original.
The second segment features Howe attempting to explain why she believes that the documents are authentic, and she had to switch from the prop version of the document to the actual photograph in order to point to the typography since the prop lacks the subtleties of the analog typesetting. Howe enthuses about the documents’ story of collaboration between the government and space aliens, but skeptic Brian Dunning has concluded that the documents are very similar to genuine U.S. government documents because they were fabricated by the U.S. government itself in order to distract from secret Air Force operations by promoting a fictitious UFO narrative. The government would be able to fake its own documents since they also made the real ones.
The third segment recounts a conspiracy about the suicide of the first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. The show prefers to think that he was assassinated because he planned to spill the beans about Nazi collaboration with space aliens and their use of UFO technology. However, the facts say otherwise: Forrestal resigned on Truman’s orders after it was revealed that he had been meeting with Truman’s 1948 presidential rival, Thomas Dewey, about a position in Dewey’s potential cabinet. Forrestal’s mental health issues were reported in the press long before he killed himself. The story could not, therefore, have been created after his death as an explanation for his assassination, as the show alleges. Following this, Howe alleges that an MJ-12 memo is the written order to assassinate John F. Kennedy. It’s amazing how happy super-secret organizations are to document all their evil deeds.
Howe states that MJ-12 still exists but regularly changes its “letter and the numbers” so they can constantly evade scrutiny. She alleges that most government decisions simply carry out orders from MJ-12 based on its relationship with space aliens.
The fourth segment recycles material about Project Horizon, the failed Army plan to create a moon base covered only a few weeks ago in the season premiere of this very show. The plan was never put into practice, but the show pretends that it might have and recycles everything they had previously said about it. This leads into a discussion of Corey Goode, the colleague of David Wilcock who alleges that he is frequently abducted from his own living room by sexually attractive aliens. He also claims to have been part of a secret space program that sent him beyond the Earth to engage in various nefarious activities connected to bases on the moon and Mars. Goode, as I have mentioned many times, seems to make up anything that comes into his head, and it is depressing to see how much support the fringe community gives to a man whose claims are contradictory, evidence-free, and often prima facie false. Goode alleges that the “secret space program” found the ruins of “the Ancient Builder Race” on Mars and the moon, and Mike Bara shows up to fantasize that rocks are actually the ruins of old buildings. David Childress chimes in that he thinks our government is currently occupying ruins from “millions of years ago.” How, pray tell, do our astronauts get there and back in the age of smartphones without a single photograph of their launches turning up on social media?
The next segment talks about Gary McKinnon’s allegation that he downloaded a secret photograph of a UFO or secret spacecraft. This leads into questions of U.S. government conspiracies to create military aircraft using UFO anti-gravity technology. The narrator asks how long the government can keep all of this a secret, and the narration teases the ever-coming, never-arriving day of “disclosure,” which is for ufologists what the Second Coming is for Christians—a promise of a Millennial future that is always just out of reach, a receding light meant to guide the present toward an unachievable goal.
The final segment describes current global efforts to return to the moon or travel to Mars, and Wilcock suggests that such efforts are really subtle ways of revealing the “secret space program” and taking us practically overnight to a “Star Trek age” of instant universal space travel.
7/7/2017 10:33:32 pm
I was wondering when the alleged Earhart photo would receive attention.
7/8/2017 11:22:06 am
NBC sure ate up that Earhart story. If only they knew that it's only been a few months since the History Channel tried to pass off a picture of Moe Howard as evidence for Hitler being in Argentina.
7/8/2017 01:31:28 pm
I found out about the photo while watching Tucker Carlson. He reported the photo was real and facial recognition experts were claiming it was Earhart and her co-pilot in the photo. I haven't checked, but I think that may have been the only report from Fox News.
7/9/2017 09:56:36 am
The segment I saw on CNBC, between the drop in Tesla and rise in German bunds, emphasized the similarity in the receding hairline in the picture and that of her navigator.
7/10/2017 01:38:25 pm
TIGHAR has come out and accused the History Channel of flipping the stock image of Noonan to better match the hairline of the individual as shown in the disputed "smoking gun" photo. The photo was also found in a file of pictures taken three years after the documented disappearance of Earhart. The show's investigator's response? It must have been "misfiled".
7/10/2017 02:06:28 pm
Moe Howard did impersonate Hitler in a few movies.
7/11/2017 01:58:18 pm
Well, perhaps that photo was "misfiled" after all. But it wasn't from 1937. It was from a Japanese travel guide published in 1935: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/11/536620463/japanese-blogger-points-out-timeline-flaw-in-supposed-earhart-photo
10/2/2018 09:13:10 am
Well hummm, age of cell phones? Well considering that cell towers do not exist in space i can see why pics of mars did not surface on social media. And would you allow astronauts to grab their personal camera whilst on a super secret mission? If so i want you as a president.
7/7/2017 11:07:31 pm
They really packed this episode full. My head is spinning from just reading your synopsis.
My Project 1
7/11/2017 02:05:57 pm
A part of disclosure, is allowing the information to trickle down slowly to allow people to adjust. This task has mainly been given to Hollywood. Most of the movies and TV shows like Star Trek and BSG, was commissioned by Majestic group.
7/11/2017 05:41:49 pm
Well, that's a fresh breath of insanity.
7/12/2017 05:29:32 pm
Re your first paragraph: over the past four and a half decades I've read hundreds of books on Hollywood and the movie industry and have never come across that inane info.
7/8/2017 12:39:44 am
Oh,,,Oh,,,Let me be the first to proclaim that Amelia Earhart was abducted by aliens and taken to Roswell.
7/8/2017 01:02:19 am
Please call me at once. Your idea is too good to not be put on television by the History Channel. There is gold in them their hills. They will probably devote a two or three hour special to it.
7/8/2017 01:18:15 am
Oh, you nailed it Jim. I'm sure the AA gang will capitalize on Earhart being back in the news to dedicate an episode to her and other mysterious disappearances. They're getting thin on new ideas.
7/8/2017 11:24:01 pm
Saying that they're 'getting thin' implies that they haven't been thin on new ideas for years. And even calling what they come up with 'ideas' is probably giving them too much credit nowadays. Ancient Aliens, the greenest program on television, made of 100% recycled nonsense.
7/8/2017 08:36:01 pm
That sounds an awful lot like the kind of story that would show up on a sci-fi TV show of some kind... Oh wait, it did! And in one of the most prominent franchises in history, no less: Star Trek: Voyager, Season 2 episode 1: "The 37's"
7/10/2017 08:00:22 am
This was the premise of a Star Trek: Voyager episode some 20 years ago.
7/10/2017 05:49:08 pm
Any truth to the rumor that this was on Star Trek Voyager?
7/10/2017 06:46:13 pm
Very true. Season 2 Episode 1: "The 37's"
7/10/2017 10:09:17 pm
That's strange, I thought it was on Star Trek Voyager. Are you sure it was on Star Trek Voyager?
7/11/2017 03:54:44 pm
You know what, now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure it was on Star Trek Voyager. I was thinking it might have been on Star Trek Voyager, but now I'm certain it was Star Trek Voyager. Some people doubted that it was Star Trek Voyager, but they can let those doubts rest. It was definitely Star Trek Voyager.
7/11/2017 04:12:56 pm
Who the hell ever watched Star Trek Voyager anyway? I mean... if Kirk had gotten himself stranded so far out in space that he'd never get back, he and Spock with an assist from Scotty would figure out a way to get back regardless and be back home in time for happy hour, guzzling Romulan Ale with Bones. It wouldn't even take a two-parter.
7/11/2017 05:24:56 pm
Who? Any guy with a normal rig and hormonal load because Jeri Ryan. The show in all its incarnations has played fast and loose with the size of the galaxy and the speed of the ships. In STV it was established that the ship can cover 9 light years in 5 days, which doesn't make sense in the Star Trek universe, too slow. Remember the barrier around the rim of the galaxy in the original?
7/11/2017 07:40:30 pm
Well, the Borg chick wasn't there when it started. Just Mrs. Columbo, who couldn't find her way home in one episode like any other Star Trek captain could have who had gone before. Not a fan of all the piercings either... and those Borgs are probably all tatted up as well, if you get past all the plugs and tubes.
7/11/2017 09:59:32 pm
"if Kirk had gotten himself stranded so far out in space that he'd never get back, he and Spock with an assist from Scotty would figure out a way to get back regardless and be back home in time for happy hour, guzzling Romulan Ale with Bones. It wouldn't even take a two-parter."
7/12/2017 01:21:49 pm
7/8/2017 10:54:05 am
I didnt realize alleged events from the 1940s and 50s were ancient! Maybe time to change the name to "recent and anceint aliens.
7/8/2017 01:19:24 pm
David Wilcock is an idiot. He is completely wrong when he says the Manhattan Project was never compromised. There were over 1500 leaks. People told their spouses. They told strangers at the bar. They told reporters. There were multiple news articles written, even identifying Los Alamos and Oppenheimer by name. If the Manhattan Project existed today with the Internet, it would be national news by the end of the first week.
7/8/2017 01:36:41 pm
"David Wilcock is an idiot. He is completely wrong when he says the Manhattan Project was never compromised. There were over 1500 leaks. People told their spouses. They told strangers at the bar. They told reporters. There were multiple news articles written, even identifying Los Alamos and Oppenheimer by name. If the Manhattan Project existed today with the Internet, it would be national news by the end of the first week."
7/8/2017 08:39:34 pm
Other than the massive number of leaks, the other thing Wilcock fails to realize in his rush to proclaim "proof that the government CAN keep a secret." is that when 130,000 people know something it is, by definition, NOT A SECRET.
7/8/2017 01:20:11 pm
"Forrestal’s mental health issues were reported in the press long before he killed himself."
7/10/2017 01:28:13 pm
Uh....Jason what was up with the reply to this that you posted and then deleted?
7/10/2017 01:42:14 pm
There's been a troll running around impersonating Jason.
7/10/2017 02:12:27 pm
Thanks for the reply. New to this blog. Should have reasoned it was a troll.
7/12/2017 04:19:10 am
I only post my name and leave it when it's me.
7/8/2017 07:33:32 pm
Sean Hannity is full of himself, like most pundits. Even so, that picture of Erheart's backside is not of her face, so if somehow they have look around tech, there is no way you can see her face!
7/10/2017 01:00:02 am
"How, pray tell, do our astronauts get there and back in the age of smartphones without a single photograph of their launches turning up on social media?"
7/10/2017 02:56:13 pm
That one's easy. The reason there aren't any pictures is they fly at night.
7/10/2017 09:59:55 am
I am such an intolerant bigot arrogant ass. I want leftist fascism to rule the USA.
7/14/2017 03:14:30 pm
7/10/2017 11:22:21 am
About Earhart and Noonan - if the Japanese had them, why didn't they return them to the U.S.? We weren't at war with Japan in 1937 and their war with China had barely begun. The Japanse would have looked like heroes. Also, if our government knew what happened, why not use that as even more motive against the Japanese during WWII? Any ideas? I didn't watch the show, so maybe these things were explained.
7/10/2017 01:34:32 pm
I didn't see the show, either, but I've seen suggestions that Earhart and Noonan were actually on a secret mission to spy on the Japanese and were captured and executed.
7/10/2017 02:09:32 pm
For the truth about Amelia
7/15/2017 12:34:47 am
there is something more than normal fraud going on with MJ 12. that such a group existed (Canadian source said 13) is one thing, very likely, that doesn't mean what was "released" was correct. But notice this, for the second batch of MJ 12 documents, one of the Wood guys presented them to Michael Aquino of all people as a psychological warfare expert (there are lots of them, why pick him? hmmmm?) asking if he thought they were a psyop (psychological operation). And he answered
7/16/2017 03:39:50 pm
In my day Paul Linebarger was the goto guy on psyops. Aquino is a hack, on the same level as Maj. Ed Dames. I'll tell you one thing, when those guys stare at goats, the goats don't die, but they do get VERY nervous.
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