New Project Magnet Documents
New Classified UFO Documents Surface Grant Cameron
Over the years the Canadian government has always had a public
relations problem regarding its involvement in the UFO mystery. The problem is that it
once ran an investigation of flying saucers at a Top Secret level, and that it shared the
information it had gathered with high-level United States officials.
Over the years, through carefully worded releases, the Canadian
government has attempted to turn this high level involvement into what the government has
described as a part time personal interest by one employee who was somewhat misguided in
his pro-flying saucer beliefs.
Wilbert Smith, the top radio engineer in the
Department of Transport, had headed the study up. Following a trip to visit with
United States officials, Smith returned to Canada writing a TOP
SECRET MEMO seeking funding for his proposed research. As a part of the evidence he
had been given in the states he listed five items.
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
While Smith was alive, statements supported the fact that official
research into flying saucers was going on. A statement prepared for the Minister of
Transport to be presented in the House of Commons in the 1950s, for example said,
This entire program . . . is being carried on . . . with official approval and
authority to make use of existing facilities.
Months after Smith died in late 1962 Mr. Dupuis, Minister of the
Department of Transport, made his final positive statement in the House of Commons,
December 1950 and August 1954 a small program of investigation in the field of
geomagnetics was carried out by the then communications division of the Department of
Transport with a view to obtaining, if possible, some physical information or facts which
might help to explain the phenomena which was generally referred to as unidentified flying
objects. Mr. W.B. Smith was the engineer in charge of this program.[i]
By 1964 UFO researcher Arthur Bray received a letter that started the
. . at no time has this Department carried out research in the field of unidentified
flying objects . . .The department did not take part in any of his (Smiths) research
work nor did Mr. Smith provide the Department with any useful information arising out of
By 1968 the denial was completed. The statement that would forever be
provided for inquiries related to Smith was completed. The key UFO sceptic at the Dominion
Observatory, Dr. Peter Millman, wrote it up.
project was a personal one carried out by Mr. Smith with the knowledge of his department,
but without any official sponsorship.[iii]
Now, newly discovered classified documents have surfaced which
clearly show that the government of the early 1950s was deeply interested and involved in
the flying saucer mystery, and that it was officially approved and monitored. Further the
documents clearly show that the later releases about these activities being a purely
a personal hobby by one lone employee were carefully worded spin to distract
The 43 new pages of documents were uncovered in the extensive files
of Wilbert B. Smith by York University researcher Nick
Balaskas at the University of Ottawa Archives in the Canadian capitol. There are five
documents in total. Three of the documents are classified secret and two have
no classification markings. They date from March 10, 1950 to October 18, 1952.
The five documents and their highlights are as follows:
1. March 10, 1950 Preliminary
Report on Initial Experiment Geo-Magnetic Release classified SECRET.
This three-page document was written more than eight months before Smiths now famous
TOP SECRET Project Magnet memo to his superiors within the Department of
Transport. It describes the research that was going on that led to Project Magnet.
The object of the experiment being described in the document was
to check qualitatively certain theoretical points concerning the possibility of
converting geo-magnetic energy into electrical energy. It is this geo-magnetic
energy that, Smith would months later conclude, might be propelling the flying saucers. It
is also this geo-magnetic energy theory that Smith would trade with American officials in
exchange for information they had on the flying saucers.
The conclusion of this paper was that energy had been generated by
the collapse of the earths field using a core of ferro-magnetic
material, but that more advanced equipment should be built to more accurately
measure the effect. The document can be viewed at:
2. The second five-page document,
undated and without security markings, is the most interesting of the set. It ties in the
idea that magnetic sink can be produced and that it might closely link into
the flying saucers that were widely being reported.
More importantly, the paper describes how Project Magnet came to be
and the reasons behind the classification of the program.
At the time when the flying saucers first captured public
attention the writer was engaged in a part-time investigation of the behavior of
electro-magnetic fields, and it seemed just possible that, if the saucers actually were
space ships, they might be using the very magnetic principles being studied. Authority was
requested and obtained to set up a classified project with the Department of Transport to
pursue this matter further.
project was classified for several reasons. The exchange of information with other
parallel classified projects could thereby be facilitated; scientific personnel working
along unorthodox lines prefer to work in camera, until their results can be proven; and
further-more, in the event that a new technology should be uncovered, its implications
would have to be carefully assessed before pertinent information could be made
This document can be viewed at:
3. The next seven-page document is
actually six different assignment papers all classified SECRET. They are very
technical in nature. The titles of the papers included Theoretical Investigation of
Different Boundary Conditions in Maxwells Electromagnetic Equations;
Investigations of Mechanical Forces Associated with Electron Drift or Currents in
Solid Bodies; Magnetic Domain Resonance in Magnetic Materials; Magnetic Wave Motion in Magnetic
Materials; Investigation of Possibility of Magnetic Sink; and
Single magnetic Poles.
4. The fourth discovered document is a
fourteen-page paper titled Project Magnet. The paper is a highly technical
review of the experiments conducted by Wilbert Smith and J. Thompson to investigate as many aspects of magnetic
phenomena as possible with the object of determining whether magnetic sink exist, domain
resonance occur, and any correlations between them.
Although this paper was not marked as classified other documents clearly show that the activities behind Project Magnet remained classified from December 1950 till 1979.
5. The final document in the newly discovered material is a draft report of the Interim Project Magnet Report dated October 18, 1952. It was the final version of this report that Mrs. Murl Smith stated, had sat on the desk of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent for three months until Wilbert Smith and the Prime Minister agreed the time was not right for its release. The copy of the final report found in the government files remained classified well into the 1970s.
As one can see from the diagram the conclusion of the report included the observation that the saucers are real. Many observations about the flight and visual characteristics were being analyzed to determine the gap that existed with present day physics knowledge.
This document can be viewed at:
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