"a. The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.
"b. Flying saucers exist.
"c. Their modus operandi is unknown but concentrated effort is being made by a small group hdeaded by Dr. Vannevar Bush.
"d. The entire matter is considered by the United States authorities to be of tremendous significance."
Based largely on this information and Smith's accompanying recommendations, the Canadian government launched its own "Project Magnet" a few months later, the intent of which was to study possible attributes and applications of "flying saucer" technology. Smith was appointed "engineer in charge." For the next several years, Project Magnet collected a variety of UFO reports and conducted various studies of UFO-related technological effects. Along the way, Smith produced a number of secret memoranda in which he stated his belief that UFOs were of extraterrestrial origin.
In the years since, the Canadian government has tried to downplay Project Magnet and Smith's work in particular. However, the release of numerous formerly secret documents leave no doubt that the foregoing is true. [A good summary of Smith's work can be found in the book "Above Top Secret" by Timothy Good.]
On October 25, 1995, ISCNI received a letter from a man claiming to have been a long-time friend and associate of Wilbert Smith. In this and a second letter dated October 27, the writer claims that Smith was apparently a UFO contactee. To ISCNI's knowledge, this claim has not previously been made in public. The writer has requested anonymity (he has provided personal information to CNI News editor Michael Lindemann) but has granted permission to reproduce excerpts of his letters in CNI News. If any reader has additional information on Wilbert B. Smith, please send it directly to ISCNI.
The following is quoted from the letters sent to ISCNI:
"Our connection with W .P. [sic] Smith is like a fairy tale. At the time I was giving lectures on UFOs, and had heard of Smith, but of course he knew nothing of my activities. One night we were working on a medical hypnosis project with a group of doctors (my wife as deep trance subject). Suddenly, without warning, my wife was pulled into a deep vortex. When she came out at the other end, she was given a detailed formula, which she was told was the time sequences as experienced on another planet. (Such as our 365-day year, 12 months, 24 hours, etc.) No other information was received.
"What do you do when something like that shows up in a medical research project? Well, on a hunch, the next day I took the FIRST HALF of the formula, and sent it by telegram to [Wilbert] Smith. Knowing his stature and position in the Canadian government, I did not expect to hear from him. A few days later I got a special delivery airmail from him. He said, 'The information you sent means nothing to me and I have referred it to TOP SIDE.'
"The very next day I received another special delivery airmail from him, and it contained the entire formula -- the half that I had sent him, and the half that I had not sent to him. We decided that in some way, we were being instructed to work together, and we did from then on. He came to Kansas City on one occasion, and we sent to Oklahoma on an investigation together.
"When [Smith] first was assigned to "Project Magnet," he started hearing from a young chap in Canada who had been born blind. The man had spent most of his life with his wireless and Smith said that he could probably receive Morse Code faster than anyone else in the world. The man was receiving bursts of code that were messages that he was supposed to give to Smith. Smith used his facilities, and with direction finders, determined that the bursts of code were not COMING FROM ANYWHERE ON EARTH, BUT FROM SPACE! After a few months the code stopped, and Smith received messages from then on thru direct telepathic impression. They would give him information on a specific subject, and then give him instructions on how to manufacture a device to prove to himself that their information was valid.
"At one time Smith called and told me to look for small burnt spots on my lawn or shrub outside the house, anytime we had a UFO project going on inside. Sure enough, we found the spots. He said they were made by grapefruit-size sensors that were planted in areas of UFO research to record the proceedings in the house. We found the burnt areas on numerous occasions.
"One time they told him that our earth has fault areas in the magnetic force lines. If one of our planes flies thru a fault area, and the plane already has a component that is under severe strain, the relaxing of the magnetic fields at the time of passage thru the area will allow the molecules to literally tear apart, thus a crash. Then they taught him how to make a device to detect the fault areas. On several occasions, when visiting a crash area, his device detected magnetic faults, as described by the alien intelligence. As far as I know, he was in constant contact long after his year [sic] with PROJECT MAGNET, and probably until his death.
"When talking with Smith in those day, he talked to me about his alien contacts in the same manner that he would have talked about any local group of people that he was constantly in touch with. I wish I had recordings of our conversations, but at that time it seemed so natural we made no attempt to preserve them. Also, in those days, all we had were primative wire recorders to preserve our conversations. We got tape about the time of our initial contact with him, and it was very expensive. My impression was that his contacts were on a very regular basis, even possibly daily, for a long peroid of time. I do remember him receiving information about earth time standing still for someone traveling at interplanetary speeds. Then they told him how to set up a rocket experiment with an earth time piece, and with that he confirmed that at the speeds his experiment achieved, the clock in the rocket did not show as much expired time as the clocks that were set at the same time when it was sent up. In almost every case, when they taught him something, they gave him a back up experiment to prove to himself that their information was valid. He had personally observed many of the grapefruit-size remote controlled sensors that I mentioned."
Editor's Note: If this information about Wilbert Smith is true, then one of the most reputable sources of information on early U.S. government UFO secrecy turns out to be a UFO contactee who claimed years of telepathic contact with extraterrestrials. ISCNI hopes that this information can be corroborated by other sources in the near future.
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