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Flying Saucers-Top Secret: The Piri Reis Map

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       189/190 05 Aug 89 16:46:00
       From:   Michael Corbin
       To:     All
       Subj:   Flying Saucers-Top Secret
       To All:

       I have been  reading  a  book  by Major Donald Keyhoe titled 'Flying
       Saucers - Top Secret'.  This book was copyrighted (C) 1960 by Donald
       Keyhoe.  As you may know, Maj. Keyhoe  was  the  Director  of  NICAP
       (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomenon) back in the
       late 50's and  60's.   I  ran  across  a  very interesting  chapter,
       Chapter 16, which  deals  with the Navy investigation of a map which
       was discovered which caused them  a  great  deal  of  concern.  I am
       reprinting part of  that chapter here for information.   I  am  also
       interested in knowing  if  anyone  might have further information on
       this map for discussion.

       Major Keyhoe is in a meeting with  Captain  John Brent and Commander
       Larsen.  Captain Brent was one of Major Keyhoe's classmates  at  the
       Naval Academy.  Keyhoe has arranged the meeting to ask about reports
       that there had  been  UFOs  'observing  rocket  launchings  at  Cape
       Canaveral.  And another report,  from  a  missile  technician  at  a
       different base, said they'd had to hold up launchings  several times
       because of UFO  interference.'   During  the  discussion,  the story
       comes out about the map....

          "Why do you think UFOs are watching us?" I asked.
          "They may  be afraid we'll cause  trouble  out  in  space,"  said
           Larsen.  "And they'd have reason to worry, if they  were dealing
           with Soviet space fleets."

          "Have you  ever  thought,"  Captain Brent asked me quietly, "that
           the earth might be a colony started by another world?"
           I looked at him, startled.  "I've  heard  it  suggested, but--do
           you actually believe it?"

          "I'm certain  of  this much," replied Brent.  "A  race  far  more
           technically advanced than we are today was on earth thousands of
           years ago." He swung around to a cabinet, took out a folder.

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          "The Hydrographic  Office  of  the  Navy  has verified an ancient
           chart--it's called the Piri Reis  map--that  goes back more than
           5,000 years.  It's so accurate only one thing could explain it--
           a worldwide aerial survey."
          "That's almost incredible!" I said.

          "The Hydrographic Office experts couldn't believe  it, either, at
          first.  But  they  no only proved the map genuine, it's been used
          to correct errors in some present day maps."

          Commander Larsen leaned forward.   "Tell  him  about  the seismic

         "All right."   The  captain turned back to me.  "The  Director  of
          Weston Observatory  of  Boston  College  is  a top seismologist -
          Reverend Daniel Linehan, Society  of  Jesuits.  He's so good that
          the Navy got him to help in the Antarctic, to  find  where  there
          was land under the ice.

          The coast  lines they found were identical with those on the Piri
Reis map. So the map surveys would have to have been made
centuries ago, before the land was buried by that deep ice.

"Father Linehan revealed this on a Georgetown University Forum, as
proof that this map is genuine. The forum transcript also
contains statements by the Hydrographic Office engineer in charge
of the evaluation of the map -- Mr. M.I. Walters.

Other significant points were made by A.H. Mallery, a retired sea
captain--he's the man who persuaded the Navy to examine the Piri
Reis map, after he realized how important the old chart was."

So far, Captain Brent told me, only part of the complete Piri
Reis map had been found, a section covering the coasts of South
America, Africa and a portion of Antarctica. He showed me a copy
of the ancient chart, then read the main points of the

Early in the sixteenth century, Admiral Piri Reis, Turkish Navy, had
acquired a map used by Columbus. Combining it with Greek maps
dating back to Alexander the Great, he compiled a world chart in

In 1953, a Turkish naval officer sent the Piri Reis map to the Chief
Engineer of the United States Navy Hydrographic Office. To evaluate
it, the Chief Engineer asked the aid of Captain Mallery, an
authority on old maps, who had previously worked with him.

After a long study, Mallery discovered the projection method used.
Confirming this and other technical points, the Navy cartographers
came to these conclusions:

1. Columbus had a map, on his historic voyage to America, which
showed the coasts of Yucatan, Guatemala, South America to
the Straits of Magellan and a large part of the Antarctic
2. The original maps went back at least 5,000 years, and some
data shown went back even farther. Part of the land areas
shown had been buried under ice for twenty centuries or

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3. Only highly trained survey teams and cartographers could
have produced charts of such "amazing accuracy." Their
operations must have covered the entire earth.

"We don't know how they could do it so accurately without the
airplane," Captain Mallery summed it up. Captain Brent put down the

"Mallery was right. They couldn't have done it without some type of
flying machine. And there are other indications of a highly
advanced technology thousands of years before Christ."

"But couldn't there have been an advanced earth race?" I inquired.

"Archaeologists have found evidence of other lost civilizations."

"Yes, but no trace of factories, laboratories or fuel plants. It
would have taken a huge industry to build and maintain such an air
fleet. But spaceships from another world wouldn't require any of
that--they'd bring what they needed, just as we intend to do in our
own space explorations.

"For the first stages, our men will live aboard their ships, after
landing on the moon and Mars. This unknown space race could have
done the same thing, and from that point we've worked out several
possible developments."

Using the Piri Reis map evaluations, Captain Brent and Larsen had
assumed spaceship landings at least 10,000 years ago. Before
deciding on a colony, said Brent, the unknown explorers undoubtedly
would have tested our atmosphere, gravity and other living
conditions, to make sure their race could adjust to life on earth.

If overpopulation on their own planet had led them to plan a large
scale migration, they would plan a civilization like their own, as
far as possible. Technically trained groups would be brought in
first, then basic equipment, just as we plan for our own space
colonies. Following this, emigrants from their own world would be
ferried to earth in huge spaceships.

"That's simple logic," said Captain Brent. "Our own planners expect
giant spaceships, for this same purpose, within a century or two."

"Yes," I said, "but if this had happened there'd surely be signs of
advanced construction--different and better than anything we have

Captain Brent agreed. "That's why we think something must have
stopped them during the early stages. Possibly it was disaster on
their own planet--accidental nuclear explosions, or an epidemic, or
interplanetary war.

Even if their world survived, the earth colony might be almost
forgotten as they rebuilt. It could be centuries before their
descendants got around to checking up."

Meantime, Captain Brent continued, descendants of the first colony
on earth would have developed on entirely different lines. When the

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spaceships failed to return, the colony members would be concerned
mainly with survival.

Lacking machines and other technical equipment, they would be forced
into a primitive life, their advanced civilization but an unhappy
memory. To later generations, struggling for existence, the link
with another world would seem only a myth--if thought of at all.

"And the net result," concluded Brent, "would be the same if the
first group was deliberately abandoned here."

"Abandoned?" I said. "But why should they be?"

"To get rid of undesirables."

"That's an ugly thought."

"I don't mean criminals necessarily," replied the captain. "Though
turning a planet into a Devil's Island isn't impossible."

Commander Larsen grimaced. "Being banished like that - most people
would prefer a death sentence."


As I went out to the parking lot, I thought of another angle to the
colony theory. What effect would this have upon religion?

At first, it appeared to deny the Biblical story of man's creation.
But the landing of spaceships on an already inhabited world would
pose no such problem, and the space race still could have played a
vital part in our civilization. Ten thousand years ago, spaceships
could have landed with no opposition. The primitive tribes then on
earth would have been awed, probably frightened into hiding. ....

...More and more, I realized the difficulties of preparing the
public. The most peaceful contact, even with beings like ourselves,
would have a tremendous impact, raising a hundred questions.

Why wasn't the CIA, or whatever agency was in control, already at
work on a program of prepartion?

Perhaps they were working on preparation. Recently, Don Ecker
uploaded a file (USAFTXT.FIL) which contains the chapter removed
from USAF training manuals dealing with the subject of UFOs. In
this manual, there is discussion of possible involvement with UFOs
going back as far as 50,000 years.

This material was being widely taught to cadets in prepartion for
their military careers until publicity after the Condon Committee's
recommendation to disband Project Bluebook brought unfavorable
criticism to the Air Force for teaching this despite the findings
that UFOs are not real.

The main point here is that apparently there was enough concern and
curiousity on the part of the military to study the Piri Reis maps
and conclude that they were authentic and the other conclusions that
were derived from that study to indicate that they were sufficiently
concerned about the UFO phenomenon to connect them with the maps.

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Another interesting note in this material is the conclusions that
the military was drawing out of it in regards to the ancient


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