Date: 12-26-89 23:42
From: Jim Speiser
Subj: MJ-12 Document - HOAX!
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As Robert Sheaffer reported here earlier, one of the MJ-12 documents has
finally been shown - CONCLUSIVELY - to have been hoaxed. Included with the
package of documents received in photographic form by Jaime Shandera was a
letter from Harry Truman to James Forrestal giving his formal approval to the
MJ-12 project. The signature on that letter is an EXACT duplicate of one
found on a real Truman document, reports Phil Klass in the latest Skeptical
Inquirer. The MJ-12 signature is 3.6% larger than the legitimate one, which
is exactly 3 times the enlargement factor of a standard Xerox machine (1.2%,
in order to cover up the "framing" effect produced if a document isn't quite
as large as the copying glass). Klass theorizes that it would take three
Xeroxing procedures to transfer the real signature onto the bogus document.
I have to hand it to Phil on this one...the evidence is plain. The Forrestal
letter is a hoax.
The distressing thing in all this is Stan Friedman's stubborn refusal to back
off. Worse, apparently Friedman knew of the conclusions of the handwriting
analysts, yet went right on with his lectures and speeches, giving no
indication that anything was amiss. This does not reflect well on his other
achievements or his overall credibility, which until now I had held in high
We are still left, however, with the questions of who and why, and with which
noted Western government's blessing.
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