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Date: Mon Sep 20 1993 07:18:24 From: David Bloomberg Subj: MJ-12 Papers Not Official UFO ------------------------------- From the Fall 1993 _Skeptical Inquirer_: The notorious MJ-12 papers are officially _not official_. Released nearly six years ago by UFO promoters William L. Moore, Stanton T. Friedman, and Jaime Shandera, they were purported to be official U.S. government documents about recovery of crashed flying saucers in New Mexico. They were immediately suspected of being a hoax, and evidence now clearly shows that to be so (see Winter 1987-88, Spring 1988, and Winter 1990, for example). Now the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force has officially designated and stamped on them: NOT AN OFFICIAL USAF DOCUMENT, NOT CLASSIFIED, SUSPECTED FORGERY OR BOGUS DOCUMENT. The process took so long because only the agency that classifies a document has the authority to declassify it. Finally, Philip J. Klass reports in his July 1993 _Skeptics UFO Newsletter_, Col. Richard L. Weaver, Deputy for Security and Investigative Programs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, "decided to bit the bullet and buy an appropriate rubber stamp." Klass nominates Col. Weaver to receive "the USAF's Medal for Outstanding Bravery and Valor Under Deadly Fire." -- Kendrick Frazier

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