The Majestic 12

The existence of a mysterious, elite group known as the Majestic 12 has always been doubted. Declared by some commentators as outright fakery, the Majestic 12 papers have also been promoted as genuine by others whilst, by using somewhat convoluted justifications, some more ingenious and imaginative researchers have suggested that they are a mixture of both truth and lies.
Of one thing we can be certain. Having become aware of an impending threat from an “alien” culture, the U.S. Administration did create a top secret 12 man panel with a remit to determine the intentions of this “alien force” and to monitor its progress. Totally autonomous, this 12 man group worked at a level of absolute secrecy whilst attempting to quantify the development of a force that would prove, at times, to place no value on human life.
Whilst the citizens of the U.S.A. slept peacefully in their beds, travelled to work, carried out their duties and enjoyed their leisure, this small elite group was covertly attempting to quantify a massive threat which they knew, sooner or later, could potentially fill the U.S. skies with fire and spatter the Earth with death and destruction.
The Majestic 12 revelations were accompanied by horrific reports of human experimentation and of underground bases where human beings were subjected to incredible cruelty and often reduced to slavery. In fact, little did the 12 man panel realise but this would eventually prove to happen – in real life. It must have been impossible to comprehend that human beings would be subjected to slavery, starvation, human life would be valued as nothing and ordinary people would be regarded as inferior by an inhuman, alien power.

The belief that the Majestic 12 documents are genuine is still promoted by some researchers and claims of other projects which are derivatives of the Majestic group are continually being made. Whether the Majestic 12 papers are genuine or not we can all be certain that a 12 man group with very similar responsibilities was created to monitor a massive, impending threat –  this group was not conceived in the late 1940s but ten years earlier, prior to the U.S.A.’s involvement in World War Two.

Research into the history and personnel involved in the pre-war group of 12 is continuing and will be added to this website as soon as possible.

On December 1984, Jaime Shandera, a Hollywood film producer who also has an interesting UFOs, received some unusual information via the post – a package containing just one roll of monochrome film. The package was posted in Albuquerque, New Mexico but had no return or senders address . There was no accompanying letter. Shandera had the film developed and was surprised to find negatives of what appeared to be an eight paged briefing paper dated 18th November 1952.
The first page of this paper carried a warning ” TOP-SECRET – EYES ONLY” and was for the attention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On page two was a list of twelve eminent US scientists, military leaders and intelligence advisors. On page three the subject of the paper was stated as the recovery of a crashed flying saucer and alien bodies near Roswell , New Mexico, in July 1947.
The final page of the briefing paper was a memorandum from President Harry Truman to his secretary of defense, James Forrestal, instructing Forrestal to proceed with “Operation Majestic-12”.This memorandum was dated 24th September 1947.
The paper and the memorandum showed that in 1947 a flying disc-shaped craft crashed near Roswell and extra-terrestrial biological entities (EBEs) were recovered by the military – President Truman was authorizing Forrestal to set up a committee to deal with the situation. In 1952, newly elected President Eisenhower is then briefed about the situation by the papers – including details of the 12 man committee, the saucer crash and the need to avoid public panic.

In 1985, researcher Bill Moore received a postcard, postmarked New Zealand, through the post advising him to search some recently de-classified files at the US National Archives. Along with Shandera, Moore did this and found a memo confirming the existence of MJ-12 (another name for Majestic-12 along with MAJIC), written by Eisenhower’s Special Assistant for National Security, Robert Cutler, addressed to Nathan Twining – US Air Force Chief of Staff.
Tim Cooper, UFO researcher, received a number of MJ-12 documents – some of which were hoaxes. However, according to Cooper and fellow researcher Stanton Friedman, two single-page documents appeared to be genuine:
The first contains brief instructions to General Nathan Twining (alleged MJ-12 member) regarding his activities during a trip to New Mexico in July 1947 – the site of a crashed UFO. The second is memo, dictated by US Secretary of State to his secretary R.H. Humelsine, to President Truman – the reference at the top of the memo contains – “MAJIC EO 092447 MJ-12” 
Then in 1994, UFO researcher Don Berliner received an anonymous roll of film containing 23 pages of a “Majestic-12 Special Operations Manual” – dated April 1954 – containing detailed instructions entitled ” Extra-terrestrial Entices and Technology: Recovery and Disposal”. 
The original paper and ink of these documents cannot be analyzed because they are on film but the factual details can be checked – such as the background of the 12 members of MJ-12, dates and times and signatures etc…..The alleged members did , in deed, prove to be the cream of the US’s Intelligence, Military and Scientific communities – exactly the people that could be expected to be members of a group investigating UFOs.
The last surviving member of MJ-12 had died before Shandera received the original film but the activities, correspondence and telephone logs etc…. of the members could be investigated .
The earliest reference to Majestic-12 is in the memo allegedly sent by Truman to Forrestal, names the president’s science advisor, Vannevar Bush, and is dated 24th September 1947. Investigation shows that this was the only day between May and December that Truman met with Bush. After a great deal of research Stanton Friedman also proved that Forrestal also met with Bush – that day.
The 24th September 1947 is also important because Nathan Twining, Commanding General of The Air Materiel Command, sent a secret memo to the Pentagon regarding “flying discs”, including the words:
 ” The phenomenon reported is something real and not visionary or fictitious”. 
Also, flight logs from 1947 show that Twining had flown to New Mexico on 7th July 1947 – according to the original paper this was the same day that ” a secret operation was begun to assure recovery of the wreckage for scientific study”. 
Genuine documents or hoaxes accompanied with several coincidences? There is a lot of disagreement by “experts”. One of the main problems regarding the documents is the signature on the Truman document – it appears to wrongly positioned on the page and, when compared with an authentic signature, it appears to be almost exactly the same – inferring that it has been copied. 
Genuine or fake , the MJ-12 documents are certainly some of the most interesting documents in the history of UFOlogy and because of the details involved it seems that if they were faked then it was done by someone with inside knowledge – perhaps someone who thought the public had “a right to be informed”. Informed of the fact that the US Government is willfully covering up the truth about UFOs. The photographs of the Majestic 12 shown below are taken primarily from scientific, military and government photo books


General Hoyt Vandenberg – Chief of Military Intelligence and second Director of Central Intelligence

James Forrestal – first U.S. Secretary of Defense, officially he committed suicide in the early hours of May 22nd, 1949 whilst in Bethesda Naval Hospital recovering from a nervous breakdown. However, the official account has been disputed – see below.

Dr. Detlev Bronk – biophysicist – head of the National Academy of Science and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Atomic Energy Committee

Major General Montague – head of the Special Weapons Project at the Atomic Energy Commission in New Mexico.

Dr. Lloyd Berkener – Executive Secretary of the Joint Research and Development Board, also member of the CIA-funded UFO committee in the 1950s.Dr. Donald Menzel – originally classed as a UFO debunker – however he had ” Top Secret ULTRA Clearance” and close connections with other MJ-12 scientists and it was proved that he made a number of trips to New Mexico in 1947 and 1948 on government expenses. He was a security advisor to several presidents.Rear Admiral Sidney
Souers – first Director
of Central Intelligence
(1946) appointed first
Executive Secretary
of National Security
Council in 1947.
Dr. Vannevar Bush –
Chairman of the Joint
Research and Development Board
(1945-49) – Advisor
to the President and took an important roll in developing the atomic bomb

Dr. Jerome Hunsaker – renowned aircraft designer and Chairman of the National Security Committee on Aeronautics

Gordon Gray – Assistant Secretary of the Army – later to become the National Security Advisor and Director of CIA’s Psychological Strategy Board

Nathan Twining – Commander of Air Materiel Command at Wright Field – later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US’s highest military position.Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter – first Director of Central Intelligence (1947-50) – he acknowledged in 1960 that there was a UFO cover-up

President Eisenhower  Was he briefed about Majestic-12 ?

Jaime Shandera – received the original film containing details of The Majestic-12

President Harry Truman  The instigator of the Majestic-12

Document received (on film) by Jaime Shandera listing the Majestic-12  Click on picture for larger size

The Majestic-12 papers – genuine or hoax? 


The Cutler-Twining memo – found in the US National Archive by UFOlogist Bill Moore after receiving a postcard (from New Zealand) telling him where it was hidden.

“The Cutler memo”


The Truman Memo   

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