Love and Light.
Aliens, Bio-terror, and the Masonic "Dr X."
By Nick Redfern
FATE Magazine - May 2005
More than half a century before terms such as dirty bombs, biological warfare, and suitcase nukes became unfortunately commonplace to post-9/11 America, aliens from across the galaxy had their own dastardly plans to inflict eerily similar terrors upon usat least, according to the theories of a concerned citizen and doctor who did his utmost to alert the world of officialdom to the impending extraterrestrial threat.
If aliens are indeed visiting the Earthas quite literally thousands of people assert and have asserted for decadesthen one of the biggest and most important questions that requires both asking and answering, is surely: why are they here? Even the briefest perusal of bookstores, magazine racks, and the Internet reveals a wealth of potential theories:
1. Kindly and concerned extraterrestrials are here to warn us about the threat posed by nuclear weapons and escalating environmental collapse
2. Emotionless aliens are abducting humans as part of a bizarre gene-splicing operation to rejuvenate their dying race
3. We are the subjects of a lengthy scientific study coordinated under cover of extreme stealth by our cosmic cousins, who, for reasons best known to themselves, do not wish to make open contact with the human species.
More sinister rumors suggest that aliens are living deep underground in secret locations in New Mexico and have entered into an uneasy alliance with the U.S. Government that could one day evolve into an all-out intergalactic war. More than 50 years ago, however, a doctor from Indiana was certain that he had solved the mystery of the UFO presence on our world and was determined to warn the American military and government of the horrific truth: that the intelligences behind the UFOs were attempting to wipe out the human race with biological and radiological warfare.
Not only that: despite the bizarre nature of the doctors assertions, officially declassified documentation reveals that his claims were taken very seriously by both the FBI and the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Xs Encounter
The strange saga all began on July 1, 1949, when Dr. X (as I will dub him, since both the FBI and the Air Force have been very careful to delete his name from the relevant, released documentation) and his wife had a close encounter of the distinctly unusual kind while vacationing in Canada.
The following account comes from a report dated on September 6, 1949, by Agent Elbert W. Farris of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and marked for the attention of both AFOSI headquarters and the Director of Technical Intelligence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio: Dr. and Mrs. X of Decatur, Indiana, were interviewed on 15 August 1949, and stated that they had seen an unidentified aerial object which they thought to be a flying saucer. The sighting took place 1 July 1949 on Highway 70 about 50-70 miles north of Ft. Francis, Ontario, Canada, and near the east side of Lake of the Woods, Canada.
Farriss report provides details based upon an interview conducted with the doctor by Special Agent Clarence A. Trumble of the AFOSI at Offutt Air Force Base: The object was described as silvery gray in color, flying in a westerly direction and was in sight for about five seconds. No vapor trails or protruding objects were noted
. The object pursued a straight path of flight with an erratic motion comparable to that of an oblong object being thrown through the air.
Farris expanded further: The aerial anomaly appeared to be faster than an airplane. It did not hover
and was likened to a small aircraft at two thousand feet. Dr. X observed no fins, no vapor trail and heard no sound. After passing across his line of vision, the object was lost from view behind the trees. The day was bright and sunny, and Dr. X emphasized that he had definitely observed an object in the air unlike any other known to him. Mrs. X corroborated her husbands statements
Meanwhile, on the same day that the Air Force became enmeshed in the controversy, the FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge (SAC) at the Bureaus Indianapolis office advised J. Edgar Hoover of much the same, adding that when Dr. X returned to his home town of Decatur, Indiana:
he found himself in the midst of a polio epidemic and that as a result he had read as much literature as possible with respect to polio, its symptoms, diagnosis, etc. Dr. X told that in his opinion, the cases which were thought to be polio in the vicinity of Decatur, Indiana, were not polio, but possibly the result of uranium poisoning and that he felt the presence of flying saucers had direct bearing on the polio epidemic.
The Special-Agent-in-Charge at Indianapolis informed Hoover of Dr. Xs unique line of thinking: [He] pointed out that flying saucers were observed in the Carolinas in 1948 and there was a polio epidemic in the vicinity at that time. Dr. X stated he had consulted one of the physicians at the Benjamin Harrison Air Base and had also checked the records with reference to allegations concerning the sighting of flying saucers and had done a little research with respect to correlating the presence of flying saucers and any polio epidemic.
The FBIs SAC at Indianapolis also noted thataccording to their investigationsDr. X was reporting his conclusions to the proper Air Force authorities and had also spoken with staff at the Indiana University Medical School, where doctors treated the entire matters as a big joke.
Interestingly, J. Edgar Hoover was also advised: Dr. X had heard while in Canada that there had been some rather strange events somewhere in the interior with respect to finding what might have been remains of flying saucers.
Air Force Followup
It is perhaps notable that despite the bizarre nature of the theories of Dr. X, the Air Force did not dismiss him as a crank. Indeed, Agent Farris undertook some detailed background investigations himself: Tabulation of flying saucer sightings from the available sources of the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News, reveals that the majority of sightings took place in July and August for the years 1947, 1948 and 1949.
More notable is Farriss next statement: A responsible medical authority, confidential informant, CI-1, advised that the theory is interesting and worthy of further research. The Air Force appeared to take seriously the idea that aliens could be engaged in a covert operation to poison the human species with biological or radiological warfare.
What on earth, or indeed off it, would prompt the Air Force to pursue this particularly novel (and, if true, highly disturbing) theory? Certainly, the background of Dr. X was a key contributing factor.
According to Farris, Dr. X produced membership cards which show him to be a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Knights of Pythias, Loyal Order of Moose and the Eagles. He served as a Naval officer for 14 months and also held a commission in the United States Public Health Service
he is an associate member of the Association of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, and he is an associate member of the Association of Military Surgeons. He is a physician and surgeon.
An illustrious and intriguing background, to say the least.
Farris further advised his superiors that Chief of Police James Border at Decatur had firmly vouched for the integrity of Dr. X, asserting that he was reliable, responsible, and enjoys an excellent reputation in the community.
On August 17, 1949, Farris carefully perused the available UFO reports collected by the Air Force from the period of July 4, 1947, to July 26, 1949, and prepared an official report that detailed the sightings and their exact locations.
Farriss next step was to contact a person he described as a reliable medical authority at Benjamin Harrison AFB, Indiana, in an effort to determine whether the possibility of uranium poisoning, as expounded by Dr. X, had any basis in fact.
According to Farris: The authority, who preferred to remain anonymous, is hereinafter known as Confidential Informant CI-1. Informant CI-1 advised the writer that the Polio period extends from April to October, with the peak months of the disease being reached in July and August
. Informant CI-1 was doubtful if the answer to the question of uranium poisoning could be readily answered, and he was of the opinion that the possibility and its connection with the Polio epidemic prevalent throughout the United States had never been explored.
As a result of this, plans were initiated to approach the Aero Medical Laboratory Research Department at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for comment: Does uranium element produce any physiological reaction in human beings corresponding to symptoms applicable to many of the so-called Polio clinical and sub-clinical conditions? asked Farris. Are topographical areas where so-called Flying Disc are predominantly seen (or known uranium deposits) pinpoints of endemic areas of clinical symptoms resembling Polio?
All In His Head?
In addition to forwarding the questions to the Aero Medical Laboratory, inquiries were also dutifully dispatched to a source at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who was described as an authority on poison and who was subsequently interviewed on August 25, 1949.
The source advised that, in his opinion, the Flying-Saucers-are-poisoning-us-with-uranium idea espoused by Dr. X was negligible. The source further added that while he did recall Dr. X from his time as a student who had graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1941 and considered him to be a good boy, he was also of the opinion that Dr. X was not the best student Indiana University ever turned out, and was somewhat imaginative.
Interestingly, however, the same source recommended bringing the Atomic Energy Commission into the controversy, as he considered the AEC to be the only Agency in the United States capable of answering this question once and for all.
As a resultand in what was certainly a highly unusual and unique scenariothe FBI, the Aero Medical Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Air Forces Office of Special Investigations all found themselves deeply embroiled in the bizarre theories of Dr. X.
On October 6, 1949, an answer to the mystery was forthcoming: In a one-page document titled PROJECT GRUDGEIncident at Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada1 July 1949, Major D. Lynch, Acting District Commander of the AFOSI, revealed the results of an investigation prepared by Wright-Pattersons Aero Medical Laboratory. Signed-off by Lt. Col. A.P. Cagge of Wright-Patterson, the Aero Medical Laboratorys report read thus:
While it is true that some of the clinical symptoms of poliomyelitis may be similar to uranium poisoning, the over-all clinical syndrome is quite different. Progress in the case of uranium poisoning is very dismal, with recovery unlikely. Besides the heavy metal poisoning effect of uranium poisoning, there is also the prolonged and continuous radiation effect of uranium which can be detected in the broad picture.
This is quite a distinctive clinical feature of uranium poisoning which any physician should readily be able to recognize. It is also a feature which does not diminish with time and, hence, the patient does not recover. This results because the uranium is a long-lived radioactive isotope, which becomes fixed in the body and cannot be eliminated to any appreciable extent. Because of the above considerations, it is the opinion of this office that there is little, if any, ground for the theory that the annual poliomyelitis epidemics are related to radioactivity in any way.
As far as the most controversial aspect of the story was concerned: It is also to be noted that the annual outbreak of poliomyelitis during the summer months has been prevalent for many years prior to flying saucers and the widespread use of radioactive isotopes.
This would seem to suggest that as ingenious as the theories of Dr. X were, they were wide of the mark when it came to providing a definitive answer as to what it was that was motivating the apparent UFO presence on our world. Nevertheless, as this highly bizarre collection of now declassified, official documentation firmly reveals that during the early and formative years of its Flying Saucer investigations, the Air Force was surprisingly open-minded when it came to pursuing strange and eye-opening possibilities.
Nick Redfern lives in a secure underground bunker at a classified location deep below the city of Dallas, Texas. Paraview-Pocket (a division of Simon & Schuster) publishes his latest book, Body Snatchers In The Desert, on June 21, 2005.
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