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Top Secret/Majic: Operation Majestic-12 and the United States Government's UFO Cover-up Paperback – August 19, 2005
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I like to keep an open mind but not so open that my brains fall out. I'm not an easy sell and as such have steered away from the UFO issue for a number of years. My take on the subject of UFO's is (or was) that it has been relegated to something to be easily dismissed as the rants of delusional people who have a need to be relevant; that it is laughable and frowned upon, not discussed in mixed company for it might question ones religious views or paradigm of "what [they think]they know to be the truth!" In essence the subject is a "trip down a rabbit hole where no one ever wins."
Having made that clear; I could not help but be intrigued by the possibility that sometime during summer/fall of 1947, something dramatically changed the mindset of the 'powers-to-be' that controlled the U.S. government; something other than and in addition to the communist threat from mother Russia.
I have a lot of respect for the years of dedicated research that Mr. Friedman has sacrificed to get closer to the truth. He is not an armchair academic; he did the footwork, he went to numerous public and private archives to dig up the source materials and evidence for his research. He interviews witnesses when possible and then uses his analytical scientific mind, a mind honed by years as a nuclear physicist in research and development of nuclear propulsion technology to present his conclusions in a no-nonsense and step-by-step format that speaks of one who has found the truth.
If like me you were or still are on the fence about the possibility that our government - from President Truman on down, has known a lot more about this subject than they would like the taxpaying public to know. That there is a high probability that sometime in 1947, in the interest of national security, a select team comprised half civilian and half military, with each individual uniquely qualified by their experience and expertise; that this team known as "Majestic 12" was established to cope with an unknown ['ET'?] agency which was causing havoc in U.S. airspace. And due to their very presence and our inability to do anything about it or them [primarily due to a vast technological gap in flight capability]; that this was seen as a national security issue of the highest priority.
This story or 'history' is so much more convoluted than just the threat of small statured aliens (from god knows where?) making a mockery of our state-of-the-art fighter/interceptors (then and now). This is also about how our government deals with the 'known' and 'the unknown'; how they needed to keep any advanced technologies away from foreign governments at all costs, how they deal with and dismiss those who come too close to the truth. Most of all how a disinformation campaign has been waged almost from the very beginning, especially after the awkward misstep at Roswell and the back-peddling and back-story that ensued almost immediately. Finally the most compelling take-away [if you will] is how Mr. Friedman proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that "Disclosure" from our government is in no ones best interest but especially theirs as far as they are concerned, so don't hold your breath waiting for the big reveal.
Am I a believer? I am now.
The idea of a government cover-up is not that much of a stretch for me, on this topic or any other topic. So, personally I'm comfortable judging the authenticity of the MJ-12 documents without an initial bias and using the "preponderance of evidence" as the standard. Based on that approach, and the analysis in this book, I agree with Stanton Friedman that the MJ-12 documents are probably authentic. If you have an initial bias against these ideas for some reason, and if you need more than just the preponderance of evidence to change your mind, well - you won't find any DNA evidence linking these documents to Truman, and you won't find a notarized signed confession, and the evidence presented in this book will probably not resonate with you.
One practical matter to consider is that this book is so thorough and "modular" in its organization that it really could be considered a reference book. I read it sequentially, but in hindsight that wasn't necessary.
Friedman is no crank, in my opinion, whether you agree with his belief concerning UFOs or not. This book contains some fascinating leaked documents, which, if not fraudulent, are startling indeed.
On the downside, this book contains a lot of rather involved argument concerning the credibility of various UFO debunkers that I had never even heard of. It is mostly insider's arguments of limited relevance to the casual reader (e.g. myself) who does not know the personalities involved. This is not, in short, a summary of Friedman's theory of UFOs with background supporting such theory. It is more of a reply argument against certain persons who have attacked Friedman and his theory. As such, the book was a bit of a disappointment to me. On the other hand, more involved UFO-ologists may really appreciate the detailed arguments and rebuttals that Friedman presents.
For those who are unaware, Majestic-12 is allegedly a Top-Secret US Government program to deal with an alien presence on Earth. It allegedly began shortly after the Second World War under President Truman. At various times certain UFO experts have received, anonymously, documents that appeared to be official US Government or military documents that support the existence of Majestic-12. Certainly very thought-provoking.
An interesting read.