The Majestic Documents

Documents Dated 1960-1969


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John F. Kennedy to Director, CIA

John F. Kennedy to Director, CIA, June 1961 (22k) Authenticity Meter: Medium-High Level

This terse memo to the DCI asks for an update on the psychological warfare plans related to MJ-12. The Kennedy signature looks genuine, but he often used an autopen so that is not an important authentication point. There seems to be no reason to doubt that this is a valid memo. If valid, it clearly indicates that there was an MJ-12 continuing as of 1962, the CIA knew about it, and it was involved in psychological warfare.

Operations Review: MJ-12

Operations Review: The MJ-12 Project, by Allen W. Dulles, 5 November 1961 (65k) Authenticity Meter: Medium Level

This one-page top-secret operations review concerning the MJ-12 project is written by Allen W. Dulles. Dated 5 November 1961 and referencing Presidential National Security Memorandum of June 28, 1961, the document describes the situation as: "the overall effectiveness about the actual Soviet response and alert status is not documented to the point where U.S. intelligence can provide a true picture of how Soviet air defenses perceive unidentified flying objects." It goes on to state: " …80% of the sighting reports investigated by the Air Force's project Blue Book were explainable and posed no immediate threat to national security. The remaining cases have been classified for security reasons and are under review. While the possibility remains true U.F.O. cases are of non-terrestrial origin, U.S. Intelligence is of the opinion that they do not constitute a physical threat to national defense. For reasons of security, I cannot divulge pertinent data on some of the more sensitive aspects of MJ-12 activities, which have been deemed properly classified under the 1954 Atomic Energy Act."

Authority of Director of Central Intelligence Clarified

Authority of Director of Central Intelligence Clarified 1962 (294k) Authenticity Meter: Medium Level

This memo, written in early 1962 and allegedly signed by President Kennedy, was received from Source S-1 on 21 July 2000; it clarifies the authority of the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) regarding the collection of UFO intelligence. It states in part: "as the Government's principal intelligence officer, you will assure the proper coordination, correlation, and evaluation of intelligence from all sources and its prompt dissemination to me and to other recipients as appropriate." It is clear that the DCI is responsible for coordinating with all U.S. agencies engaged in foreign intelligence activities, and this would include UFOs and their related government investigation organizations. Hence, the DCI would have been intimately involved with Majestic and its related projects.

Marilyn Monroe Document, 3 August 1962 (40k) Authenticity Meter: Medium Level

The authenticity of this document has been studied by several others including Milo Speriglio and Tim Cooper. In this rare version that includes the signature of James J. Angleton (CIA counter intelligence chief) it references 54-12/MJ-12. In light of the large FOIA FBI file on Monroe, a suspicious death, known associations with the JFK and discussion of secret diaries that Monroe kept and yet disappeared, this document could be absolutely authentic.

Hillenkoetter to Menzel

CIA Director R. Hillenkoetter to Donald Menzel, 19 September 1963 (225k) Authenticity Meter: Medium Level

This letter from former CIA Director Hillenkoetter to Donald Menzel is marked "CIA Copy" in original ink and handwritten "Top Secret" across the document. Of note is the comment from Hillenkoetter about his experience in the NICAP organization, which he was once chairman of, "_I resigned from NICAP about 20 months ago feeling that it had degenerated from an organization honestly trying to find out something about unknowns, into a bickering body about personalities." It is worth noting that Hillenkoetter was congratulating Menzel on the completion of the new book and states "I would say that you have effectively put to rest all surmises about flying saucers being from 'outer space.' You have done a thorough and praiseworthy job." Both are participants to MJ-12, with Hillenkoetter congratulating Menzel on what a great job he did with the disinformation, psychological warfare, and obfuscation of the UFO reality.

John F. Kennedy to CIA

John F. Kennedy to CIA, November 1963 (127k) Authenticity Meter: Medium-High Level

This memo, when read and re-read, gives the impression that JFK was urging a downgrading of the genuine extraterrestrials (read Unknowns) so that NASA could be better informed to handle their "defensive responsibilities." Even in this top-secret memo, it is fairly unclear what all the subtleties were. However, the handwriting at the bottom, "Angleton has MJ directive" is confirmation that as late as three days before his assassination, there was an MJ program on the books. Whether this is strongly, weakly, or not at all related to his death is impossible to say from the data here.

NSA intercept

NSA Intercept, 12 November 1963 - TOP SECRET UMBRA (201k) Authenticity Meter: Medium-High Level

This is apparently a modern retyped NSA intercept of JFK's "hot line" talking to the Premiere about the UFO problem and its collective national security importance to each country. Statements made about NASA dovetail with other known authentic National Security Action Memorandums (NSAMs) and other earlier leaked documents about partnering with the Soviets on joint space exploration. This document is virtually impossible to verify even if the nomenclature is proper for the era.

Burned Memo Cover Letter

Source S-1 to Cooper: "Burned Memo" Cover Letter (61k) Authenticity Meter: High Level

Accompanying the burned memo was a one-page cover letter to Tim Cooper regarding the history of these eight new directives concerning the MJ-12 program. Startling revelations in the Source S-1 letter include: "…sensitive files that would connect MJ-12 to JFK's murder. This document did not exist officially and has never been disclosed within the agency... We in CI have monitored civilian UFO research for a long time and have played a major role in keeping the UFO community busy... Nixon's special classified executive order (SCEO) ordered all MJ-12 documentation purged and destroyed. This one was not. This carbon copy is the only link to MJ-12 and don't expect any more in the future. Everything is now on computers and there is no existing paper trail to my knowledge..." The redactions were done by the Majestic Documents team to protect the identity of the author.

Burned Memo, pages 1-2

Burned Memo, pages 3-9

Burned Memo, pages 1–2 1963 (3.8 MB*) Authenticity Meter: High Level

Burned Memo, pages 3–9 (2.4 MB*)
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The nine-page "burned" memo, stamped TOP SECRET/MJ-12, is named because it was snatched from a fire before being destroyed, which is why it is discolored and disintegrating. Unlike many of the Majestic documents, this one is an original carbon with an Eagle watermark characteristic of government work, but so far forensic laboratories have been unable to trace it. The memo is from the Director of Central Intelligence (MJ-1) to MJ-2, MJ-3… MJ-7, in reference to Project MAJESTIC and JEHOVAH, Project EVIRO, Project PARASITE, and Project PARHELION. Although no dated is given, its content directly suggests the month of September. The year is estimated to be in the early 1960s and is still under investigation.

The purpose is to have the team review a new set of directives and recommend changes that can be agreed on. Of note is the statement "As you must know LANCER [code word for JFK] has made some inquiries regarding our activities which we cannot allow." The eight tabs of directives are fascinating: (A) President's EYES ONLY, (B) "NEED-TO-KNOW", (C) DoD 5200.1, (D) Project BLUE BOOK, (E) Freedom of Information, (F) PSYOP, (G) BW (biological weapons) and (H) Project ENVIRONMENT. Particularly chilling is the Biological Weapons directive, which states: "Designated MJ projects should be held in readiness to perform SPIKE and HOUSE CLEANING operations in major population centers in the event conventional methods are not satisfactory. Specialists from MK-ULTRA and ARTICHOKE are hereby activated to conduct DOMESTIC." Logically, this paragraph refers to UFO retrieval operations. The authenticity of these directives seems beyond question: original onionskin papers, proper forensically verified red ink of the time period, and rare "CI" (counter intelligence) stamps.

Isotope Thermal Thrusters and Applications

Isotope Thermal Thrusters and Applications - ASTIA 28710 (480k) Authenticity Meter: High Level

This fifteen page (five pages downloadable) Top Secret Majic report on Isotope Thermal Thrusters and Applications by John S. Martinez is clearly over stamped at a later time with security warnings and a period style vertical number scheme of 28710. The contents are normal physics, yet use nuclear power in thermonic reactions to generate significant power for a variety of applications for spacecraft and nuclear rockets. Well referenced with much of the information more publicly understood now in this eclectic field of nuclear propulsion. This area has a rich history of close linkage to UFOs, since it was widely understood even in 1947 that UFOs don't run on kerosene, they must be nuclear. Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft (NEPA) and Advanced Nuclear Power (ANP) were huge military efforts to test the feasibility of nuclear propulsion in airplanes, although the modern day success of these programs is unknown the earlier programs were canceled and not considered successful.


Summary of National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP) Cases, 12 pages (1.9 MB) Authenticity Meter: Medium-High Level

This 12-page document is a chronological summary of National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomenon (NICAP) cases allegedly pulled from the Project Blue Book files. We have determined there is identical handwriting found on the IPU Intelligence Assessment and the first page of the NICAP Cases. See image below, which states: "N.M. Cases were pulled from Project Sign files and classified (TS)1) Corona, NM 2) Socorro, NM. 3) WSPG, NM"

NICAP Cases Handwriting Sample
NICAP Cases Handwriting Sample

Much of Project Sign has been declassified. Logical military doctrine shows that the very sensitive nature of crashed alien hardware would not only be "pulled from" the traditional lights in the sky and fantastic aerial capabilities of project Sign's scope, but that real crashed hardware would need a lower classification cover story such as Project Sign to help shield the truth from prying Soviet eyes.

Also of extraordinary significance are the markings-actually stampings-on many of the Blue Book related documents including the NICAP Cases discussed above. Stamped with an automated machine top and bottom are the words "TENTATIVE SECRET FORWARD TO MAJCOM."

"Tentative Secret Forward To MAJCOM" Stamp

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