Sep 01, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Destroying History: UFOs, JFK, Mind-Control, and Aleister Crowley -- Top Secret Files Now Shredded and Gone

The ways and means by which we are currently being controlled are many and varied. Entire aspects of history have been denied to us. Let's begin with Roswell. It was in the summer of 1947 that somethings crashed on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Whatever it was, it left huge amounts of strange debris across the ranch. There was talk of strange bodies also having been found in the area, thrown out of the craft that exploded on impact. Within no time at all, personnel from the Roswell Army Air Field were on the scene, preventing anyone outside of the military from getting anywhere near the crash site.  Cordons were created and people were warned never to talk about what they had seen. The problem for the military, though, is that the rancher who found the materials, William Brazel, had told fellow ranchers in the area, and friends, about his find before the military was informed – which meant that at least parts of the story were out there before the military’s cover-up began. 

(Nick Redfern) The Roswell crash-site: No files on the incident have ever been found, aside from a 1-page document from the FBI.

There was even confusion at the Roswell Army Air Field: before orders were put into place to prevent anyone talking, the press-office at the base issued a statement saying that a flying disc (as UFOs were known back then) had been recovered and was due to be inspected. One such statement, from Associated Press, read as follows: ““The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chavez County. “The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Major Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office. “Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home. It was inspected at the Roswell Army Air Field and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to higher headquarters.” 

The military quickly knocked that statement down, claiming that what had been recovered was nothing stranger than a weather-balloon. As for the bodies, the Air Force would not even address that matter until 1997, when they claimed that the bodies were, in fact, crash-test dummies used in high-altitude parachute experiments. It was also in the nineties that the Air Force changed its mind again on what came down on William Braazel’s ranch. It was no longer a weather-balloon, but a Mogul balloon, designed to monitor for Soviet atomic bomb tests. In 1993, all of this chopping and changing caught the attention of Steven Schiff, at the time the Congressman of New Mexico – the state in which the Roswell event occurred. Far from happy by what he saw as some kind of cover-up, Schiff approached the Government Accountability Office (at the time, it was known as the General Accounting Office) and asked them to look into the Roswell affair and see what might be found. The GAO was enthused about the idea of looking into Roswell. It was, however, not so much what the GAO found that intrigued them, but what they couldn’t find. As the GAO dug deeper and deeper, they learned to their amazement and concern that every single outgoing message from the old Roswell Army Air Field, from 1945 to 1951, could not be located. The files were gone. All of them. The GAO approached the Air Force and the National Archives for answers. There were no answers. Only puzzles. The National Archives checked their files: no luck. The Air Force came up blank, too. 

It’s much the same in the U.K., with the nation’s most famous UFO incident: the landing of an extraterrestrial spacecraft at Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England in December 1980 – an incident which involved numerous military personnel from the nearby Royal Air Force Bentwaters facility. Witnesses saw a strange, roughly triangular-shaped object come down. Strange lights filled the skies over the base, and a huge cover-up was put into place. Attempts to try and understand what happened in Rendlesham Forest have been thwarted by the fact that a sizeable number of official files on the case have been destroyed. Or, rather, that’s the story told to us. It wasn’t long after the events occurred that rumors began to circulate that on the second night of what were three nights of encounters, the U.K. planned to evacuate a very nearby prison HM Prison Highpoint North. Other stories surfaced, suggesting that Blundeston Prison and Hollesley Bay Youth Correctional Center were also primed for evacuation. Clearly, something of a deeply serious nature was going on at the height of the encounters.

(Nick Redfern) Rumors abound of huge amounts of Rendlesham Forest files having vanished.

One of those who took a deep interest in the Rendlesham Forest events was Lord Hill-Norton, who, from 1971 to 1973 was the Chief of the U.K.’s Defense Staff. He pressed for answers – not just on the case itself but on those evacuation orders too. Just like Roswell, the paperwork was gone. It was on January 23, 2001 that Lord Hill-Norton raised the evacuation issue with the Government’s House of Lords. Hill-Norton wanted answers to what he said were “instructions to prepare for a possible evacuation at some time between 25 and 30 December 1980.” It didn’t take long for the government to get back to the by-then-retired Lord Hill-Norton. Available records from Blundeston Prison and Hollesley Bay Youth Correctional Center didn’t reveal anything odd at all. HM Prison Highpoint North, however, was quite another story. It turned out the December 1980 log-book from the base could not be found. Log-books for the other months were intact. When pushed for further information, the only thing that was offered by the government was the notion that the log-book had been mistakenly destroyed. Right. Lord Hill-Norton didn’t stop there: he demanded access to the radar tapes of various military bases in the area, on the nights in question. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean responded that all of the tapes had been routinely wiped clean: there was nothing to see. A trend was clearly developing. Now, onto something very different.

Back in the early 1960s, the CIA was reportedly concerned by the fact that Marilyn Monroe kept what she termed her “diary of secrets.” It was said to have contained just about everything told to Monroe by JFK – and also by his brother Robert Kennedy, the Attorney-General during JFK’s time in office, which came to a deadly end on November 22, 19863, in Dallas, Texas. That such a diary did exist is not in doubt. There would have been no diary had it not been for Monroe’s second husband: he was one of the most revered figures in the sport of baseball, Joe DiMaggio. He did so, as he felt that given all the high-powered people she mixed with, such a diary would be the perfect place in which to record her historic encounters. DiMaggio was largely thinking about the world of Hollywood, but as Monroe got more and more popular, those encounters spilled over into the world of politics and the White House. The number of people who saw, or who knew of, the diary is long and winding. One of those was Dr. Jack Hattem. As someone who has spent a great deal of time investigating the circumstances surrounding Monroe’s controversial passing in August 1962, Dr. Hattem says that “the CIA long considered Marilyn Monroe a threat to national security from the time she had married Arthur Miller, because they thought of him as a leftist.” Dr. Hattam says that of the diary of secrets, much of it dealt with what he termed “pillow talk” in relation to Robert Kennedy.

(Nick Redfern) There are missing papers on Marilyn Monroe - and on her deadly diary, too.

The infamous occultist Aleister Crowley, who died in 1947, was also the subject of top secret files that are said to have been destroyed. In this case, the files were said to have originated with MI5, which is the U.K.’s equivalent of the FBI. Richard B. Spence, of the International Spy Museum, has done his utmost to try and unravel the connections between Crowley and the intelligence community.  Spence says of Crowley: “He was such a disreputable and even evil character in the public mind that arguably no responsible official would think of employing him. But the very fact that he seemed such an improbable spy was perhaps the best recommendation for using him.” Although MI5 had consistently denied any and all claims linking them with Crowley. They would never had employed such a man, said MI5 staff, whether on the record or off it. That stance was blown out of the window in 2003. That was when Spence found not a file on Crowley per se, but a file on another but which referenced Crowley’s file. The claim that there had not been a Crowley file, and that he had never been in the employ of MI5, was now untenable. Caught in an awkward situation, MI5 referred its previous stance and claimed that, yes, there had been a Crowley file after all, but it had been destroyed back in the 1950s. Spence dig deeper and found further references to Crowley-based files. They too, when the subject surfaced, were destroyed, claimed MI5. W. Adam Mandelbaum, who worked for U.S. Intelligence, said that “Given the political fallout that would have resulted from making this involvement public, it should be no surprise that there is a paucity of documentation concerning Crowley’s intelligence efforts.” Now, it's time for something very different: manipulating the human mind.

(Central Intelligence Agency) This MK-Ultra document above was declassified under the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. It is now in the public domain. No-one knows how many MK-Ultra files were destroyed. The numbers were in thousands, though.

Let's look now at the matter of mind-control. In early 1973 massive amounts of the CIA's MK-Ultra files were destroyed on the orders of the CIA director at the time, Richard Helms. The reasoning behind the destruction was simple: the program was in danger of being compromised by the U.S. media and the U.S. Senate. And, as the work of MK-Ultra, by 1973, had long been perfected, the now, old, historical records – which told the stories of the abuses that went on in the program – were deemed vital to be destroyed. But, how did this situation come about? Let’s see. It was in late 1972, that certain high-ranking figures in the CIA had been carefully and quietly providing U.S. journalists with highly-classified information on MK-Ultra.

And it wasn’t just information that was being clandestinely shared, but official MK-Ultra documents too. With such secret papers in the hands of the press - which revealed the long and shocking story of how the CIA had been using people, against their will, in their mind-manipulation programs – all hell broke loose in the CIA, Helms demanded to know who was doing the leaking. It was imperative, he said, that whoever was doing it should be found and arrested as soon as possible. The answer to who it was that was giving such material to the media was never firmly proved. But, there is no doubt that it was a Deep Throat meets Edward Snowden-type character. When the U.S. media began to write what it knew about MK-Ultra at the time (which was limited but certainly growing in clarity) the U.S. Senate took notice too. Matters were in danger of spiraling out of control. And rapidly so, too. Director Helms knew that something had to be done, otherwise just about everything MK-Ultra had ever been done would soon be in the public domain.

Helms chose none other than Sidney Gottlieb to take control of the situation – Gottlieb having been the man who ran the occult-driven Operation Often program, which began in the latter part of the 1960s. Helms ordered Gottlieb, on the morning of January 30, 1973, to drive over to a certain installation owned by the CIA in Warrenton, Virginia. It was a facility which just happened to house hundreds of thousands of pages of MK-Ultra-themed documents. The director of the facility was outraged – after all, we’re talking about massive amounts of documentation from one of the CIA’s most significant projects being destroyed at what pretty much amounted to a whim. But, that same director was hardly in a position to argue, as the orders were coming from the most senior figure in the CIA, Richard Helms. 

Sidney Gottlieb arrived early in the morning and ordered that every single piece of paper on MK-Ultra be made available to him. Cart upon cart of files were taken to the facility’s furnace. Gottlieb then order personnel from the Technical Services Division to destroy the files by burning them all. Gottlieb stood in grim-faced silence as the documents were destroyed. It was an operation which took most of the day. When the task was over, Gottlieb returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and told a relieved Helms that the job had been completed. That was not the end of things though: an order went out to every CIA substation, to every college and university that may have conducted research on MK-Ultra for them, and to every other arm of the Intelligence community to destroy anything and everything linked to the program. Inevitably some – in fact, many – survived the order of destruction. 

It’s a fact that files on some of the most historic events in U.S. history have also been destroyed. Let’s take a look at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The government’s position on the assassination is that there was just one gunman. And that gunman was Lee Harvey Oswald – who was fatally gunned down on November 24 by Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby. It’s an often overlooked fact that because Oswald was killed before he could come to trial – just two days after Kennedy was murdered – it was never formally proved or established that Oswald really was the gunman. Or was not the gunman. Nevertheless, the government believes him to have been the killer – which is, of course, a very different thing. With regard to the missing papers in the JFK affair, we’ll begin with the story of a man named Robert E. Jones. At the time of the assassination, Jones was a colonel in the U.S. Army.

When, in the 1970s, the House Select Committee on Assassinations launched a deep inquiry to try and answer, once and for all, the riddle of who killed JFK. Colonel Jones claimed to know something significant. In 1978, he went before the committee and shared what he knew – that when the President was murdered there were around a dozen Army personnel on site. It was Jones’ impression, at the time, that the group was there to help provide protection for the president, in much the same way that the Secret Service did. The inference, though, was that the military team was not there to protect the president – but that it was really a carefully camouflaged hit-squad. Jones claimed to have read files that confirmed all of this. Despite the best efforts of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, no such files were ever found. 

(Nick Redfern) Death at the Grassy Knoll, November 22, 1963. More than a few files missing.

There is an interesting afterword to all of this: as far back as the summer of 1963, the HSCA learned, Colonel Jones had been involved in a top secret investigation of Oswald’s activities. As a result of this investigation, official files were, of course compiled. The files were held, said Jones, by the 112th Military Intelligence Group. They contained data on how, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of JFK, Jones contacted the FBI with what he knew of Oswald and his actions leading up to the events of November 22, 1963. Suspiciously, the FBI outright ignored Jones and his words. But, the House Select Committee on Assassinations certainly didn’t ignore what Colonel Jones had to say. The HSCA did its best to track down the military intelligence file on Oswald, which Colonel Jones knew of – because he was a key figure in the collation of it. Unfortunately, the HSCA’s best was not good enough. According to the HSCA’s records: “Access to Oswald’s military intelligence file, which the Department of Defense never gave to the Warren Commission, was not possible because the Department of Defense had destroyed the file as part of a general program aimed at eliminating all of its files pertaining to non-military personnel.”

The HSCA asked the military about the nature of the destruction. The response amounted to a farce. The HSCA was told that it was “not possible” to state with certainty when the Oswald files were destroyed. It was also impossible to determine “who accomplished the actual physical destruction of the dossier.” Not could it be ascertained who ordered the “destruction or deletion.” And, just for good measure, the military added to the HSCA: The exact material contained in the dossier cannot be determined.” It was, in other words, the same thing we have seen time and again: the convenient destruction of important – and potentially history-changing - files to prevent a significant story or development from surfacing. The grim fact is that our history is slipping away from us

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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