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Want actual document proof that the US military had no intention of taking and handling UFO reports from military sources after 1970? Specifically, when Blue Book closed, the public were told that UFOs were no longer an issue. The Secretary of the USAF, Dr. Robert C. Seamans, Jr, famously announced, on the 17th of December, 1969, that no US military agency will continue the reporting, or receiving of reports, of UFO events, and, that: “No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force was ever an indication of threat to our national security.”

See that? no threat to national security. However.. In 1979, UFO researcher Robert Todd had the USAF release some of the documents related to the closure of Project Blue Book – which was, for those that do not know, the USAF’s 17 year study (one of three such study’s) into the UFO phenomenon. One of the documents released to Todd was a 20th October, 1969 memo known as the “Bolender Memo”. Signed by Brigadier General Carrol H. Bolender, Deputy Director of Development, USAF, the second page of the memo contains two passages which depart radically from the USAF’s above mentioned statement that no UFO event reported or investigated was a threat to national security. Those passages are:

“Moreover, reports of unidentified flying objects "UFOs" which could affect national security are made in accordance with JANAP 146 or Air Force Manual 55-11, and are not part of the Blue Book system.” And, “However, as already stated, reports of UFOs which could affect national security would continue to be handled through the standard Air Force procedures designed for this purpose.”

The Bolender Memo, quite simply, admits that some UFO reports canUFO Sightings Military, and do affect national security. This flies in the face of what the public were being told. Also, the memo indicates that Project Blue Book was never supposed to receive the most alarming, security-vital UFO reports, and, specifically, such reports were being made using the “Joint Army Navy Air Force Publication 146(E)” (JANAP 146E) system or “Air Force Manual 55-11” (AFM 55-11). Also, this was an ongoing pair of reporting systems which were used to report UFOs years after 1970. Credit Paul Dean

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