Majestic 12 is the name of an alleged organization created by President Truman to manage UFO and extraterrestrial investigations and maintaining strict secrecy in these areas. Many believe they have gone so far as to kill to keep secrets regarding interactions with the U.S. government and extraterrestrial civilizations.
The Majestic 12 (aka MJ-12) organization has become legendary in UFO circles, and has spawned a countless number of books and documentaries. It has even inspired TV shows and movies. The TV show Dark Skies was based on MJ-12, and MJ-12 thwarted Mulder and Scully several times on the X-Files.
The question begs, if this group is so super secret, like they are represented on TV, then how do we know about them? The answer to that question is a tricky one. Most references to the origins of these documents refer to a TV producer who received a mysterious package in the mail on a roll of film in 1984. When developed, the pictures contained top secret documents regarding MJ-12 and their research, including the recovery of crashed space craft and alien bodies.
However, what is often ignored, glossed over, or has just been lost to obscurity, is the fact that the first mention of MJ-12 was in a document that was alleged by Richard Doty, an ex-special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), to have been created as disinformation. He says he gave the document to UFO researchers while he worked for AFOSI, and was order to do so by his superiors. He says this was only one incident in a campaign that lasted years.
Hesitant to take his word for it, I requested documents related to his claims from AFOSI via the Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). The documents I received supported some of what he said, but told a different story. They do document the interactions with AFOSI and one UFO researcher, but do not include passing him disinformation. In fact, they say two New Mexico state senators requested information about the nature of their interaction with the UFO researcher, to which AFOSI replied they received his information, but did not engage in any sort of formal investigation.
Doty says this isn't true, and although the AFOSI documents do mention Doty as the person who relayed some of this information to the senators, he says all the while a disinformation campaign was underway. Whether or not it was, there is an abundance of information showing that, whether ordered to do so or not, he was dispensing disinformation. Some of which were the first alleged top secret documents referring to the elusive Majestic 12.
Could this AFOSI special agent have been selected as the pigeon to pass along these secret documents to UFO researchers as a government program to slowly disseminate the truth about extraterrestrial visitation to get the public ready for our inevitable introduction to the galactic neighborhood? Or could Doty have made all of this stuff up on his own? Or, as he suggests, could these documents have been made to make UFO researchers believe they were observing alien technology, when in fact they were catching glimpses of secret U.S. Air Force projects?
To be honest, I am not 100% sure what the answer is. Either way, the true history of the origins of the Majestic 12 documents is much more sordid than most are lead to believe. AFOSI did comment on the documents as part of a FBI investigation. They responded by returning the documents with the word "BOGUS" written on them in big black marker. You can find these document on the FBI's website.