Over the decades there have been more than a few cases of alleged crashed U̳F̳O̳s. Of course, the most famous (or, perhaps, the most infamous) case is the Roswell affair of early July 1947. Despite the fact that investigations have gone on for decades, we still don’t have any hard, solid answers. When it comes to other crashed U̳F̳O̳ cases, however, we have a lot of data and material. But, here’s the important thing: that data doesn’t take things down the road that so many U̳F̳O̳ researchers would like it to. By that, I mean more than a few cases of crashed U̳F̳O̳s were almost certainly hoaxes. But, not your everyday type hoax. We’re talking about plots created by U.S. intelligence and designed to make the Russians – during the Cold W̳a̳r̳ – to believe that the C̳I̳A̳ and the Air Force had crashed Saucers and dead a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s in their hands when they really didn’t. We’ll begin with the phony “U̳F̳O̳ crash” at Hart Canyon, Aztec, New Mexico in 1948. Writer Frank Scully wrote a full-length book on the yarn. Its title: Behind the Flying Saucers. One of those who got involved in the controversy with Scully was a very dodgy character named Silas Newton. You can find his F̳B̳I̳ file at the Bureau’s website, The Vault.
By his own admittance, and a couple of years after the Aztec story surfaced in Frank Scully’s book, Newton was clandestinely visited by two representatives of “a highly secret U.S. Government entity,” as it was worded. Those same agents of the military told Newton, in no uncertain terms, they knew his Aztec story was nonsense. Amazingly, however, they wanted Newton to keep telling the tale to just about anyone and everyone who would listen. This caused C̳I̳A̳ guy, Karl Pflock, to ponder on an amazing possibility: “Was this actually nothing to do with real saucers but instead some sort of psychological w̳a̳r̳fare operation [italics mine]?” There’s no doubt that Pflock was right on target: Newton was used to help spread the word that, yes, U̳F̳O̳s had fallen to Earth and the U.S. military had the a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ technology. But, it was all a big, successful ruse. There were no crashed U̳F̳O̳s and no a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ technology – but, the plot worked and had the Russians deeply concerned.
For years, stories have surfaced to the effect that in 1952 – the same year Silas Newton got that strange visit from the U.S. military – a U̳F̳O̳ slammed to the ground on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. Particularly interesting is a National Security Agency document that tells the story of the fatal crash and the recovery of a craft from another planet. The NSA’s copy of this previously-classified document is very slightly different to copies of the same document that have been declassified by the U.S. Air Force, the Department of State, and the U.S. Army. Someone in the NSA – unfortunately, we don’t know who – identified the Spitsbergen story in the document as being a “plant.” As for who secretly seeded the story, and why, well, that’s another matter entirely. Maybe, U.S. intelligent agents planted the story to try and further have the Russians believe that the U.S. government was back-engineering ex̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ spacecraft, when it really wasn’t. On the other hand, the “planters” may have been the Soviets themselves, trying to achieve something almost identical, but aimed squarely at the White House, the C̳I̳A̳, and the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳.