- Through the diligent research efforts of York University
researcher Nick Balaskas, a draft of the original "Project Magnet"
Top Secret Memo has been recovered from the Archives at the University
- The Balaskas discovery not only backs up the contents
of what was found in the Top Secret document declassified by the Canadian
government in 1979, it adds two new pages to the three researchers were
already aware of.
- Wilbert Smith, Senior Radio Engineer in the Canadian
Department of Transport, wrote the original Top Secret memo to his superiors
in November 1952. The memo was the beginning of the Canadian government
official program to investigate flying saucer. Wilbert Smith headed up
that investigation from December 1950 to August 1954.
- The existence of the Top Secret draft in the Wilbert
Smith UFO files is part of the reason that the Canadian government was
forced to declassify the Top Secret memo held in their files.
- Wilbert Smith left the draft in the files to give future
researchers the truth of what had actually happened in the early days of
government investigation into flying saucers. Dying of cancer, Smith made
arrangement with his wife to hide the files so they would survive his death.
"They will be coming to recover them," he told his wife Murl.
- As Smith predicted the Canadians, Americans, and Soviets
approached Mrs. Smith requesting the files for research purposes. Mrs.
Smith told all callers she no longer had the files. After a number of break-ins
that might have been linked to the search for the files, the files were
passed on to Arthur Bray, a local Ottawa researcher, who held them quietly
for over two decades.
- Bray was aware of the Top Secret memo draft, but was
unable to say anything because the copy in the Smith files was still marked
Top Secret. Bray held a Navy security clearance and was forced to remain
quiet. Bray, aware of what was in the files, did however lead the charge
to force the government to release all the "Project Magnet" files
held by the government. He wrote letters to government ministers and officials
telling them where the files would be found.
- The "Project Magnet" Top Secret memo is the
key document in the large Smith collection of UFO material, now stored
in the archives at the University of Ottawa. In the memo, Smith outlined
five key items about flying saucers that he had discovered while in discussions
with top U.S. officials working on the flying saucer problem. These were:
- 1) The matter is the most highly classified subject in
the United States Government, rating higher than even the H-bomb. 2) Flying
saucers exist. 3) Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort
is being made by a small group headed by Vannevar Bush. 4) The entire matter
is considered by the United States authorities to be of tremendous significance.
5) The United States authorities are investigating along quite a number
of lines, which might possibly be related to the saucers such as mental
phenomena. The two newly discovered pages of the November 1952 memo are
titled "Project Magnet" and are classified in the draft as "Secret"
The new pages read as follows:
- This project is for the purpose of studying magnetic
phenomena, particularly those phenomena resulting from unusual boundary
conditions in the basic electromagnetic field. There is reason to believe
their discovery will open up a new and useful technology.
- The initial organization shall be as small as practical
and composed of personnel who are used to working together, including so
far as possible a variety of research abilities. Laboratory facilities
are to be drawn from existing facilities so far as possible. Overall responsibility
for the project shall rest with the engineer-in-charge, who shall delegate
such responsibility to subordinates as maybe required to carry out the
- The initial program shall include the following avenues
of investigations, to which others may be added from time top time as may
appear expedient. 1. Theoretical study of electromagnetic radiation assuming
boundary conditions different from those upon which the conventional theory
was developed. 2. Laboratory study of mechanical forces associated with
electron drift and electric currents in metallic masses. 3. Theoretical
and laboratory study of magnetic domain resonance conditions in magnetic
materials. 4. Investigation of the propagation of magnetic wave motion
in magnetic materials. 5. Investigate the possibility of producing, an
effect, a "sink" in a magnetic field. 6. Investigate the possibility
of producing, in effect, single isolated magnetic poles. 7. Investigate
the effects of a magnetic field on a rotating curviplaner metallic object.
- Full coordination is to be maintained, within security
regulations, with other groups working on a parallel or associated problems.
Project reports will be available on a classified basis to suitably accredited
groups of individuals.
- As in the case with most fields of research, it is impossible
to assess the results in advance, which might be obtained through this
project. However, there exist certain suspicions that the lesser-known
and little explored aspects of magnetism may hold the key to a new and
significant technology. Consequently, it is intended to classify this work
in it entirety until such time as it can be assessed for its impact on
- Full Draft Document at:
- The Presidents UFO Story www.presidentialufo.com