A UFO museum that opened in Japan in 1994 was apparently the subject of Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny when it opened, according to recent Freedom of Information Access requests.

Employees at Hakui Centre for UFO Research came across what is known as the Hottel Memo while preparing a library of over 10,000 documents, that were to be the main attraction of the museum. The file — which has otherwise been available since 1970 — has come to light again, after further FOIA requests have uncovered that the FBI had opened a new investigation in the mid-nineties, over concerns regarding what other information might have been revealed by the Hakui Centre’s exhibit.

This new revelation has re-ignited concerns that government agencies are still engaged in monitoring civilian interest in the subject of UFOs, despite the public stance made by various government agencies that they have no interest in the subject.

The memo itself was addressed to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and issued by special agent Guy Hottel of the FBI Washington Field Office, on March 22, 1950, regarding information divulged by a USAF investigator regarding crashed disks recovered in New Mexico. While the memo does not specify if the disks that were recovered were specifically from the infamous Roswell Incident of 1947, or if they were from separate incidents, it does briefly describe three saucer-shaped craft, and their occupants:

"The following information was furnished to SA [redacted]…

"An investigator for the Air Forces states that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centres, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three-feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.

"According to Mr [redacted] informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers.

"No further evaluation was attempted by SA [redacted] concerning the above."

A characteristic habit of the grays, little known outside the experiencer community, is that they usually appear in groups of three, and that three stars are often seen crossing the sky just before a close encounter incident. The "principle of threes" was embodied in the characters called "the Three Thieves" in Whitley Strieber’s classic novel of abduction "The Grays." The fact that this early memo specifically refers to what later became a commonly observed feature of encounter with them suggests that, if it is indeed original to the period of the 1950s, it may be authentic.

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