Roscoe Hillenkoetter, the very first director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) once said that “It is time for the truth to be brought out…Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officials are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. I urge immediate Congressional action to reduce the dangers from secrecy about Unidentified Flying Objects”
This is a reply to the letter (Aug. 6) criticizing Dr. Carl Jung for his belief in flying saucers and his charges that the Air Force has been covering up the truth about these objects. I would like to point out that Dr. Jung is not the first person of integrity and reputation who has made such charges. He is merely the latest. Exactly the same charge has been made by Admiral Delmar Fahrney, former director of the naval guided missile research program, and by R.M. Hillenkoetter, former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency. Both of these men would be in a position to know how much the AF investigation of saucers really found.
The piece was written by Fred A. Kirsch, a well-known UFO researcher.
So what did they really find? Keep in mind this document is from 1959, it’s now 2021. How much has been discovered and how much has been kept from the public? In his very last interview before his death, Colonel Robert Friend, who from 1958-1962 was a director of Project Blue Book (U.S. Air Force UFO investigation project) suggests the U.S. Air Force knew what these object were. Fast forward to today, and we now have “abundant evidence that we are being contacted, that civilizations have been visiting us for a very long time.” (Dr. Brian O’Leary, former NASA astronaut and Princeton Physics Professor)
The document goes on:
If Jung were the only responsible person to make such charges, we could brush the whole thing off as nonsense. However, when a number of pilots, radar operators, and other trained observers agree that the UFOs are real, a serious reappraisal of the situation is in order.
Today, UFOs have gone mainstream, and the same information is being emphasized. For example, Christopher Mellon, who was the former Deputy Assistant Defence Secretary for Intelligence from 1997 to 2002, recently made an appearance on CNN stating the same facts about these objects. Many people have concerns about “mainstream UFO disclosure” given the fact that governments and mainstream media, according to many, have deceived the public on so many occasions. You can read a deeper discussion about that here, if interested.
The same year that this document pertaining to Jung was written, he released his book called Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, which examines “not the reality or unreality” of the titular phenomena, but their “psychic aspect,” and “what it may signify that these phenomena, whether real or imagined, are seen in such numbers just at a time” — the Cold War — “when humankind is menaced as never before in history.”
It seems, in my opinion, he was quite convinced of the phenomenon. Especially given the fact that he accused the Air Force of a cover-up. Again, fast forward to today and we now know he was right.
In 1957, New Republic editor Gilbert A. Harrison wanted to get this Jung’s perspective on UFOs in his magazine. You can see (via The Awl) a scan of Jung’s response to Harrison’s query, the text reads as follows:
The problem of the UFOs is, as you rightly say, a very fascinating one, but it is as puzzling as it is fascinating; since, in spite of all observations I know of, there is no certainty about their very nature. On the other side, there is an overwhelming material pointing to their legendary or mythological aspect. As a matter of fact the psychological aspect is so impressive, that one almost must regret that the UFOs seem to be real after all. I have followed up the literature as much as possible and it looks to me as if something were seen and even confirmed by radar, but nobody knows exactly what is seen. In consideration of the psychological aspect of the phenomenon I have written a booklet about it, which is soon to appear. It is also in the process of being translated into English. Unfortunately being occupied with other tasks I am unable to meet your proposition. Being rather old, I have to economize my energies.
Jung’s approach to UFOs was clearly binary. It would seem, especially given the claims in the CIA document that he believed them to be real, but was uncertain of their very nature and what they actually represented.
At the time, “academics” were well aware of the UFO phenomenon. Many decades ago Wernher Von Brauns mentor Hermann Oberth, the founding father of rocketry and astronautics, also known as the ‘father of Spaceflight’ stated his belief that “flying saucers are real” and that “they are space ships from another solar system. I think that they possibly are manned by intelligent observers who are members of a race that may have been investigating our Earth for centuries.” He wrote these words in “Flying Saucers Come From A Distant World”, The American Weekly, Oct 24, 1954.
It’s hard to believe that for all these years, despite the fact that evidence clearly suggested otherwise, that UFOs were thrown into the “conspiracy theory” bucket and one was made out to be a lunatic for even mentioning the possibility that they were real and possibly extraterrestrial. Today, it’s a much different story, but there is still a lot to uncover.
We’ve covered countless stories and revelations regarding the phenomenon. If you’d like to sift through our UFO/Extraterrestrial article archive (from most recent to last) to learn more about the phenomenon you can do so here.
I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, the UFO topic leaves no aspect of humanity untouched. It’s truly a catalyst, as are many other things, to expand human consciousness and really ask deeper questions about the nature of our reality and what we think we know about it. Ultimately I believe the phenomenon will force us to ask more questions about ourselves, where we come from, why we are here and most importantly, why we live and act the way we do here on planet Earth.
This article (Declassified CIA Document Claims Carl Jung Accused U.S. Air Force of Covering Up Truth About UFOs) was originally published on Collective Evolution and is published under a Creative Commons license.