Laying to rest, once and for all, the fake document….SOM 1-01 “Special Operations Manual”

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SOM 1-01 was evaluated as a fake by reputable UFO researchers, including MUFON’s Richard H. Hall and Thomas P. Deuley:

“The SOM-01-1 manual arrived in the mail to Don Berliner as a roll of film form an anonymous source.  This immediately raises suspicions, since there is no identifiable source whose veracity and reputation can be checked and no original documents that can be subjected to forensic analysis.  We believe this to be a hoax document, a deliberate fake designed to mislead the public and to plant a false information in the UFO research community”:


Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

(Above, part of fake document:  SOM 1-01…..notice the clever mention of Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico…..a la modus operandi of Richard C. Doty)

(According to Caer Bannog, “Richard Doty was the front man.  He may not have been the actual author of the MJ-12 story or documents, and he denies being the source, however, he was the disseminator of it.  The first mention of Majestic 12 in history was from the faked documents Doty fed to Paul Bennewitz, which Doty admited were disinformation.”)




Please also click and read:  Albuquerque businessman Paul Bennewitz victimized by a “self-proclaimed” government UFO disinformation agent


(Above, part of fake document:  SOM 1-01……CONTENTS page)

Mention of Area 51 S-4

(Above, part of fake document:  SOM 1-01…….SOM 1-01, purportedly printed in April 1954, contains many flaws.  For example, it stated that crashed ET craft should be sent to “Area 51 S-4” in Nevada.  But that portion of Nellis Air Force Base was not given the name “Area 51” until several years after SOM 1-01 allegedly was printed.)



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7 thoughts on “Laying to rest, once and for all, the fake document….SOM 1-01 “Special Operations Manual”

  1. The whole desert was already mapped off into sectors. It still is. They built the base in the piece of land which was named Area 51 and that is how it got its name. It was always called Area 51.


  2. But Stanton Friedman says it is an original document, not fraudulent thus creating an enigmatic piece to the puzzle. How can an original document from the US National Archives mention a section within the Nellis Air Force Gunnery and Bombing Range that did not exist for another year from the time of the document? Is it possible that someone within the military/government planning circle had already created numerical designations for the yet-to-be named areas? For instance, so although the area designated for project AQUATONE was not officially named “Paradise Ranch”, could it be possible that the numerical designations were already proposed and in place?

    I think that it is plausible.


  3. Here are a couple of more reasons why SOM 1-01 looks like a fake:
    1. The T.O. listed on the front cover, “12D1-3-11-1”, doesn’t exist. If it was an actual technical order, it would be an operation manual for an airborne electronic system. A Methods and Procedures manual would start with “00-” (Ref. AFTO 00-5-18).
    2. It doesn’t have the “look and feel” of a government document. For example, the paragraphs are numbered with single numbers that continue through the chapters. (Should be 1.1, 1.2, 2.1 etc.)


  4. T.O.’s are USAF technical orders.
    Also, numbering would go 1-1.1 a,b,c etc. til 2-1 and so on.
    Pages not classified will be marked so on top and below.
    The cover page isn’t correct either. Having top secret and eyes only and the rest of the stuff after that wouldn’t be plastered on the front as it is.
    Restricted on top and then Top Secret further down the page is wrong.
    Highest classification is to be on top of page; Top Secret Restricted.


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