Yesterday, I posted a piece about “A Special National Intelligence Estimate” – 1961, which has recently resurfaced. This blog post provides additional information, to enable the reader to decide for themselves on the question of whether or not it is a genuine document.
The 1961 document, on the front page, states that it was prepared for “The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.” According to the White House website , today:
“The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), with its component Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB), is an independent element within the Executive Office of the President. For more than six decades the PIAB has offered the President expert advice on the conduct of U.S. intelligence. Throughout its history, the board has closely guarded its special status by making every effort to ensure the strict confidentiality of its deliberations and communications, and the objectivity of its advice. As a result, the Board has had immense and long-lasting impacts on the structure, management, and operations of U.S. intelligence.”
In 1956, President Eisenhower established the President’s Board of Consultants on Foreign Intelligence. In May 1961, under President John F. Kennedy, the name changed to The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. President George W. Bush changed its name to the current President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. So by 5 November 1961, when the 1961 document said it was completed, the name was as per the 1961 document, i.e. The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
I found reference to a couple of books about the Board, namely:
Absher, K.M., Desch, M. C. & Popadiuk, R. 2010. “The President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.” Oxford Press. Oxford.
Absher, K. M., Desch, M. C. & Popadiuk, R. 2012. “Privileged and Confidential: The Secret History of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.” Uni. of Kentucky.
Interestingly, the blurb for the 2012 book says, among other things, that:
” … is a committee that meets behind locked doors and leaves its paper trail in classified files. The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) is one of the most secretive and potentially influential segments of the US Intelligence Community.” It would seem like the chances of locating the 1961 document in archives of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board are slim.
So, by submitting a “Special National Intelligence Estimate” to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, you were effectively providing advice that might then by relayed to the President.
Can we find a record of the 1961 document in the archives of the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board? As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I went to the J. F. Kennedy Library and Museum website and typed in the words “Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.” I examined the several hundred response titles, but found no reference to the 1961 document.
Readers of yesterday’s blog, may recall that the 1961 document, on page 2, under “Basis for action” stated that the document was responding “In pursuant to Presidential National Security Action Memorandum No. 70…” which I found a copy of, and that it related to issues with NATO about Berlin. It is logical that if the President issued a NSAM No. 70, that the response would go back through the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board for relay to the President. However, it should be noted that NSAM No. 70 was not about UFOs.
The 1961 document has the words “TOP SECRET UMBRA” on it. “TOP SECRET” is of course a security classification. “UMBRA” was one of three codewords placed after the words “TOP SECRET,” indicating a level of sensitivity. “UMBRA” was used for the highest level of sensitivity (category 3.) According to one website I consulted the use of “UMBRA” terminated in 1999. So, the question is, was “TOP SECRET UMBRA” in use in 1961?
I checked with researcher and author Tim McMillan, who advised me that “UMBRA didn’t come into existence until 1968.” To fact check this, I turned to the definitive work on the US intelligence community, namely Jeffrey T Richelson’s book “The U.S. Intelligence Community” 2015. epub. On page 744 I found the following:
“For many years Special Intelligence contained three primary compartments indicating different levels of sensitivity – UMBRA, SPOKE and MORAY- whose sensitivity was indicated by the prefixes attached to each codeword: TOP SECRET for UMBRA, and SECRET for SPOKE and MORAY. UMBRA, beginning in 1968, became the successor to the post World War II SI codewords…”
In a 22 June 2020 blog post on UFOjoe.net Dr. Eric Davis has this to say about the question:
“Regarding the Umbra stamp, I don’t care to get into debates with people that don’t know how the government works now or in the past. Classified documents get different markings applied to them over time as part of a reclassification/declassification review process.”
One of Paul Dean’s points in his recent blog on the 1961 document was that page 2 of the 1961 document refers to the FBIS, which Paul says is the Foreign Broadcast Information Service which did not exist in 1961. He stated, based on a document he found, that in that year it was named the Foreign Broadcast Information Division (FBID). Only in 1965 was it renamed the Foreign Broadcast Information Service.
However, US researcher Douglas D. Johnson contacted Paul and I, to say that he had found a CIA document dated 1 April 1959 which was used the words “Foreign Broadcasting Information Service” in its title, and a second CIA document dated 1 December 1960 which again used the words “Foreign Broadcasting Information Service” in its title. I found that there were numerous examples of CIA “Foreign Broadcasting Information Service” documents from 1961. Thus the use of the term FBIS in the 1961 document is not unusual.
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