CIA Declassifies Noah's Ark Files
- Bristol United Press
Western Daily Press
July 3, 2001
Is this really Noah's ice tomb?
CONSPIRACY THEORY SUGGESTS CIA HAS UNCOVERED THE
REMAINS OF BIBLICAL BOAT ON THE SLOPES OF TURKEY'S MT.
IN a move certain to attract conspiracy theorists
everywhere, the CIA has declassified "an interim
release of documents" concerning "the possible remains
of Noah's Ark on Mt.Ararat, Turkey".
Rumours have long circulated that since the late
1940s, the CIA has been aware of - and has a bulky
case file on - an impressive-looking, boatlike
structure that sits within an icy tomb on the slopes
of Mount Ararat - and that it may well be the remains
of Noah's mighty Ark.
So the story goes, the "Ararat Anomaly" (as the CIA
describes it in typically bureaucratic style) was
first noticed by U.S. military pilots undertaking a
spying mission over the former Soviet Union in
Since then, it has been alleged, numerous photographs
and hours of film footage of the Ark have been secured
by the CIA and a host of other U.S. intelligence
Similarly, in a situation that mirrors the allegations
of conspiracy and cover -up regarding the notorious
"Roswell Incident" of 1947, in which an alien's body
was allegedly recovered by the U.S authorities, and
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in
1963, a whole host of claims, and counter-claims that
would sit comfortably in an episode of The X-Files
have surfaced regarding the Ark.
Shadowy sources tell of Indiana Jones-style
expeditions to Turkey - secretly funded by the U.S.
Government - to try to locate the Ark.
Others expand further and maintain that remnants of
the Ark have been found and spirited away to
classified military and governmental installations in
And there is talk of intimidation by "Men in
Black"-type characters warning those with knowledge of
the Ark to remain silent.
Far-fetched? Maybe. But not all of the claims can be
Retired CIA operative Dino Brugioni, for example, has
stated that the photographs, at least, do exist and a
number that he viewed from the early 1970s did show
what appeared to be "three large curved wooden beams"
on Mount Ararat.
But what of the CIA's newly released file?
Is it really a biblical smoking gun? Or does it only
confuse matters further and add weight to the claims
of cover-up and conspiracy?
The answer may very well prove to be a combination of
According to the Bible: "God said unto Noah . . . Make
thee an ark of gopher wood . . . And this is the
fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the
ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth
of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty
Moreover, it is alleged that the Ark was strong enough
to withstand a catastrophic worldwide flood that
encompassed the globe and that lasted for forty
So the story goes, when the flood waters began to
recede, the Ark settled on its final resting place:
Mount Ararat in Turkey, which borders Armenia and
Needless to say, if the CIA has located the remains of
such an impressive vessel, then it would undoubtedly
be the scientific and archaeological find of the
century. But would such a find by the CIA be made
public? And what does the agency's released file tell
Interestingly, the first entry in the file does not
date from the immediate post-World War Two era. Nor
has the CIA commented on the assertions of former CIA
man Dino Brugioni.
Rather, the first entry in the file dates from 1992
and is a letter from one Charles P. Aaron, described
as "Chief Pilot and Director of Operations" for the
He wrote to the CIA requesting its assistance in the
search for Noah's fabled vessel - a search that had
been in progress for a number of years and that had
the support of the late astronaut Jim Irwin and
several U.S. senators and congressmen.
Noteworthy is the fact that Aaron informed the CIA
that "several qualified officials" had informed him
that the U.S. Government possessed a
"restricted-access satellite surveillance system which
is capable of looking through ice".
Aaron sensibly advised the CIA further that he was not
interested in obtaining knowledge of what might have
been classified surveillance-based technology, but
simply wanted to know if the CIA could lend help to
Tsirah's quest to search the ice-covered peaks of
Mount Ararat for the Ark.
A memorandum of June 2, 1992 titled Noah's Ark and
designated for the CIA's Office of Imagery Analysis
stated that Charles Aaron's request was sent to the
Director. "Mr Aaron's letter stated a belief that the
agency has the technical capability to look through
hundreds of feet of ice and asked that we use this
technology to aid his search for the Ark, " it said
"To the best of OIA's knowledge, there is no such
The CIA added that, having looked at "existing
imagery" of Mount Ararat they were "unable to confirm
the existence of the Ark or its proposed location" and
suggested that the Tsirah Corporation should be
Of course, that would seem to suggest that the CIA had
not come across any evidence indicating the existence
of anything that remotely resembled the Ark on Mount
Ararat. But, as is often the case when we immerse
ourselves in the murky world of the CIA, things are
not quite so clear cut.
A formerly "Secret" CIA memo contained within the file
and dated 21 January 1993, for example, makes a
curious reference to a "request to declassify imagery
of Noah's Ark for a TV production" that was, to
quote further, "turned down" by the CIA.
One might ask, of course: how could the release by the
CIA of "imagery of Noah's Ark" be "turned down" when
its very existence was denied to the Tsirah
Equally as intriguing, is a hand-written note
(scribbled by an unidentified CIA employee) that
states at the foot of this particular document: "Life
is neither fair nor symmetrical."
Whilst the allegations that imagery of the Ark exists
in the vaults of the CIA cannot at this stage be
conclusively confirmed, the existence of extensive CIA
footage of the Mount Ararat region is not in dispute.
Like the Roswell Incident and the JFK assassination,
it is unlikely that the conspiracy theories
surrounding Noah's mighty Ark will fade and die.
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