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This letter was included at the end of the GAO report "Government Records: 
Results of a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New 
Mexico".*  It summarizes what some agencies told the GAO they knew about 

*  GAO REPORTNUM:  NSIAD-95-187  DATE:  07/28/95

GAO  United States
     General Accounting Office
     Washington, D.C. 20548

National Security and
International Affairs Division


July 28, 1995

The Honorable Steven H. Schiff
House of Representatives

Dear Mr.  Schiff:

In response to your request, we asked several agencies for
their views on the authenticity of the publicly circulated
written material referred to as Majestic 12. The origin of
this material is unknown, but it is purported to represent
highly classified government records explaining
unidentified flying object recovery procedures and the
crash of a disc-shaped aircraft near Roswell, New Mexico,
in July 1947.

Since the late 1980s, several federal agencies have been
contacted by nongovernmental persons and asked to comment
on the authenticity of the Majestic 12 material. The
agencies contacted include

-- the Information Security Oversight Office (responsible
   for overseeing the information security programs of all
   executive branch agencies that create or handle
   classified national security information),

-- the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Deputy for
   Security and Investigative Programs, and

-- the National Archives.

These agencies responded to the inquiries by stating that
their knowledge of Majestic 12 was limited to the written
material submitted to them by nongovernmental persons.
These agencies added that they found no records in their
files relating to Majestic 12. Moreover, the agencies'
overall conclusion concerning the authenticity of the
Majestic 12 written material was the same--there is no
evidence that the Majestic 12 written material constitutes
actual documents originally created in the executive
branch. According to the Information Security Oversight
office and the Air Force, the Majestic 12 material should
not be treated as if it had ever been actually classified
by an executive branch agency or government official.  We

found nothing in our work that contradicts the conclusion:
reached by these agencies.

We also asked the archivists at the Harry S. Truman and
Dwight D. Eisenhower libraries for their views on the
authenticity of the Majestic 12 material. The archivists
said that over the years they have received several
inquiries from the public concerning this material. In
their search for related records, including classified
intelligence and National Security Council documents, they
found nothing that appeared to fit the description of the
Majestic 12 material or any references to this particular

Lastly, during our review of material received from the
public by the Information Security Oversight Office in
connection with past Freedom of Information Act requests,
we came across a message dated November 17, 1980. The
message, which appeared to have been originated by the
Operations Division of the Air Force Office of Special
Investigations (AFOSI), contained the words "MJ Twelve."

We contacted AFOSI to determine the authenticity of the
November 1980 message. In a letter dated February 28,
1995, the Commander, AFOSI, Investigative Operations
Center, advised us that a search of AFOSI files failed to
disclose any official record copy of the message. The
commander also advised us that in connection with an
earlier Freedom of Information Act request, AFOSI had been
asked to determine the authenticity of the message. At
that time, AFOSI concluded that the message was a forgery.

If you have any questions, please contact me on (202)

Sincerely yours,

Richard Davis
Director, National Security

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