By Bob Koford
By the time the Air Force had prepared to release Blue Book Special Report #14 for publication, which was originally completed on March 17, 1954, there were so many people standing in line to get a copy that it actually seemed to take them by surprise. These folks were made up of a sampling of just about every aspect of the more "enlightened" of our citizenry, which included military, Intelligence, Government, Science and Academia.
-A Page from a Draft of Report #14-
Why were these people so eager to read the Air Force's "final" report on UFOs? Because as harsh as it sounds, the Air Force had been caught out-right lying on so many occasions in the past, that these people were jaded, and had heard that this report would be different. They knew that IBM had assisted them in pulling together the data, and assumed it would be thorough. Like us common folk, they wanted, and expected, the real answers.
-an example of people's concerns, and actions-
Though the report was important, alas it was not as comprehensive as it was made to appear. This was, in large part, because several cases had already been mis-diagnosed, and been labled -prematurely- as Identified. An example of this was the Chiles-Whitted case of 1948. This case had been labled as being of meteoric origin previously, so that conclusion carried over into the final report. This would aide in bringing the total unknown count down, considerably. The total "Unknowns" count came out to be about 4%, but this was the percentage without the added statistic of "Insufficient Information", which would have raised it to something closer to 20%..a very clever ploy, indeed. While I was reviewing the documents pertaining to this report, I came across some information that could possibly paint a much darker picture of the whole affair.
On 27 January, 1956, Dr. Paul Fitts, one of the original specialists for Project: Grudge, wrote a letter to the Commander of the Air Technical Intelligence Center, at Wright Field, Ohio, Air Force Intelligence Office, asking for their authorization to borrow a copy of Special Report #14, to aide in a report he was working on at the time.
"Dear Sir," it began,"While I was head of the Psychology Branch, Aero Medical Laboratory, I reviewed some of the interview data from sightings of unidentified Aerial objects and prepared a report giving some psychological interpretations of these reports. Subsequently, about two years ago I served as a consultant to an Air Force contractor in connection with the preparation of a questionnaire to be used in collecting data on Project 'Bluebird'."
-view entire document here-
Critical in this bit of information is the fact that Project: Bluebird had birthed the now very well known, and now known to have become very abusive, mind-control experiments conducted under the umbrella of Project: MK ULTRA. Dr. Fitts is admitting that this 1949 program, Bluebird, was utilized, at least in part, for the UFO Program. The letter was penned in 1956, so when he said,"...about two years ago...an Air Force contractor" he was admitting that Bluebird, which was begun in 1949, was still operational in 1954.
According to Dr. Colin A. Ross, author of the book BLUEBIRD, it was the biginnings of the governments effort to "...create amnesia, new identites, hypnotic access codes, and new memories in the minds of experimental subjects". Gordon Thomas, in his 1989 book Journey Into Madness, wrote, "On July 20, 1950, the Agency (CIA) took its first practical step to test behavioral controls on humans."
Both Bluebird, and its predicessor CHATTER (Navy program 1947-1953 see Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_CHATTER ) emerged from Project Paperclip, the secret program to re-patriate several German Scientists into the United States. When Dr. Fitts wrote: "...a consultant to an Air Force contractor" was he referring to the CIA? It would seem logical, as the CIA was the principal agency behind Bluebird. Gordon Thomas wrote that he had heard that Project Bluebird was so named "when the director saw a bird soaring into the sky beyond his window." That director was first DCIA Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter.
[Be advised that my "pop-up blocker" blocked a pop-up when clicking on this link, but it contains a list, from a declassified document, via the FOIA, showing the exact requirements for Bluebird efforts:
According to Dr. Fitts, as per his letter to ATIC, in 1956, information on UFO witnesses was being used for project Bluebird. This troublesome connection between mind-control and the UFO witnesses needs to be explored much more, but I admit that my windows of opportunity are hit-and-miss, these days. This connection will be, and must be, exposed more completely. Maybe it is less of a connection than it appears. Maybe there is a good explanation to this connection with Project: Bluebird.
Time will tell.