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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The October 1947 Incident in Perspective

Edited 2-22
In this piece, I draw heavily upon James V. Forrestal's published diaries, Edited by Walter Millis (cr1951 new york herald tribune inc.). It provides for a unique, and accurate snapshot, atmospherically speaking, of the time period. An interesting side note I discovered deals with a helpful picture of Admiral Hillenkoetter. Even though he is hardly mentioned in the diaries, one may glimpse his position:

"26 September 1947
First meeting of the National Security Council. Present: Royall, Sullivan, Symington, Hillenkoetter, Hill, Souers, Lovett and myself [in addition to the President...Admiral Hillenkoetter then presented a thumbnail review of the world situation in the order of priority of importance."

Let me note, if you will, that the mood at this moment of time was intensely anti communist, fear driven, mostly whipped up by the FBI. They helped create a constant panic...a scrambling for control of world resources...namely Arabian Oil...and this is quite evident in the words recorded in their times.

On october 6, Forrestal notes:(page 323)

"6 October 1947
...Hannegan brought up the question of Palestine. He said many people who had contributed to the Democratic campaign fund in 1944 were pressing hard for assurances from the administration of difinitive support for the Jewish position in Palestine."

So, Communism, and Palestine are two big issues they are dealing with at this time.
Mr. Millis notes this:(also on page 323)

"[there is much about Palestine in the later pages of the diary. In evaluating Forrestal's position, it must not be forgotten that he had a very immediate sense of official responsibilty in the matter. Three days after this Cabinet lunch he appeared before the Senate Committee on Small Business. At a time when American small busineessmen were clamoring for steel, the administration had licensed the export of twenty thousand tons to build a pipeline in Saudi Arabia, and the committee had questioned the decision.]"

For the entry of October 9, he writes of his response to the question:

"9 October 1947 I took the position that because of the rapid depletion of American oil reserves and an equally rapidly rising curve of consumption we would have to develop resources outside the country. The greatest field of untapped oil in the world is in the Middle East..."

At the time, between 1947 and 1950, we had at the very least up to three War Plans. NSC 30 is credited, by the NSA, as being the impetus for the energy behind the movements, and also our Arab Oil gathering needs are behind the Plans. I see this especially with War Plan: HalfMoon, of 1948, but also in the War preparations fever over all.

On page 326 of the diaries, Millis notes:

"Foreign policy, of course, was always with them. An ominous new development came on October 5 [1947], when Moscow with considerable fanfare announced the creation of a Communist Information Bureau to coordinate the activites of International Communism in the satellite countries, in France, italy and elsewhere."

With this development came the rise of extreme war mobilization efforts, and also, mainly spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an ever expanding paranoia. Suddenly there was a civilian detainment program. Formerly classified, but recently released FBI documents deal with the finalizing of said efforts. They wanted to be able to detain, or even intern, civilians even thought to be subversive, in any way. There was immense pressure being exerted on the military agencies (their repective leaders) to get on the program, by the FBI.

In this time slot there is a previous unearthly impact event which occurred in July, but there is not really anything in Forrstal's diary about it. Actually that time period is "missing" from this publication with no explaination why. In October, that all changes, kinda. Because there seems to be confirmation of an event of importance occurring in Mexico. Here is what we know occurred from the Archives. These copies were retrieved from the "Footnote" galleries of Project: Blue Book.

There is one memo missing for now. I don't know why it isn't with the rest of them.

I will have to retrieve it from an old HDD myself...probably. It is a more detailed memo from General Homer about the incident. Though he plays it down, he reveals that the issue is still open, whatever "it" is. Except for that, here are the docs (some of these use to also be avalable via Project 1947's Ghost Rocket report)

Grabbed from GoogleMaps, just approximate area assumed at best

[Bobnote: set out of sequence, I missed it at first as it came right after the entry for 31 October 1947]

"13 October 1947

[Bobnote:The main focus is on the National Security Resources Board, and the
Munitions Board, but then the author of the book. Mr. Millis, makes this notation
on Page 330:]

"This day was no busier than many others, but as a small tribute to what our public servants go through, it is perhaps worth looking at Forrestal's calender for Monday, October 13. The meeting about the Resources Board and Munitions Board was at 10:00. [emphasis mine:]At noon there arrived twelve cadets from the Mexican Military Academy. At 12:30 Senator Brewster of Maine appeared, to talk about an investigation he was undertaking into the industrial mobilization for the war and a lot of other complicated subjects...At 6:00 there was a reception at Blair House for the Mexican cadets. Neither diary nor calender shows what he did that evening...but promptly next morning (between an appointment with the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and a ceremonial presentation of a sword to Eisenhower at the Netherlands Embassy) he saw Chairman Hargrave of the Munitions Board."

From the notes for my "Book":


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Here ends Part One.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. I'm still going through it but wanted to pass on this link: Forrestal's uncensored diaries ("five times the length of the printed edition") were stored on microfilm at Princeton, and now you too can have a copy (on microfilm).

    The site doesn't name a price, which doesn't leave me optimistic. I'd really love to read it, though.