Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Veteran researcher Bobbie Short has passed along something truly amazing. Ms. Short forwarded a 1959 letter written by a U.S. diplomat in Nepal that appears to verify the existence of the yeti in that Asian country. The unclassified document was accidentally discovered by U.S. News and World Report columnist Paul Bedard and his associate, Lauren Fox.
As one can plainly see by perusing the one-page Foreign Service memo (above), it matter-of-fact-ly directs embassy personnel to explain the three rules of yeti-hunting to any Americans (like members of the 1959 Tom Slick's expedition) who might show up in Nepal in search of the yeti. Essentially, the rules state that there is a fee to pay to Nepal's government in order to get your yeti-hunting permit, that any photographs or physical remains that might be found are property of the Nepalese government, and yeti-hunters must not share photos or evidence of yetis with any news media. The most surprising statement in the memo is the specific directive that yetis "must not be killed or shot at except in an emergency arising out of self-defence."
Talk about a smoking gun, there can be no doubt that this memo acknowledges the existence of the creatures that are so plainly discussed. The more one knows about how State Department memos are generated, the more significant this document becomes. Memos circulated to U.S. Embassies reflect official government positions that are developed as a result of high-level meetings inside the U.S. Government (usually Cabinet-level,) and after more meetings with high level members of the foreign governments that they concern. Memos like this one are the practical directions to embassy personnel that reflect policy matters that are established at these high levels meetings. First come the meetings, the policy emerges, then the memos are issued that direct the lower-level State Department personnel as to what was decided. All such memos would reflect the policy that was mutually agreeable to not only our government but also the other governments, which in this case is the government of Nepal. That's just the way the State Department operates.
In the late 1950's, when this memo was generated, Texas oil man Tom Slick was mounting a series of expeditions to the Himalayas in search of the Yeti. Obviously, these plans caught the attention of U.S. and Nepalese officials. It was likely the Slick expeditions that prompted the need to develop an official policy about yeti-hunting. Closed-door meetings certainly ensued or this memo would not have been written to explain the policy. If U.S. officials did have any doubts about the existence of the Yetis that Slick was pursuing, the Nepalese representatives at such a meeting would have straightened them out. "Hell, yes, they exist..." is my guess as to what the Nepalese officials would have said to any skeptical U.S. officials if there indeed were any. I doubt there was any skepticism on the part of U.S. officials if they had access to military sources of information. Extensive military intelligence about the region was gathered during and after World War II, and something as significant as the yeti would not have been overlooked by the uber-thorough military intelligence operatives that existed then as well as now.
One wonders why the path of secrecy was chosen in the event that yeti-hunters like Tom Slick did manage to gather photos or physical remains of the yeti. Perhaps the Nepalese government wanted to take all the credit for such an important scientific discovery. I doubt it. Perhaps the Nepalese revered the yeti so highly that they did not want these mystical or sacred beings to be 'outed', or even hassled. Or, perhaps our own government knew a good deal more about the yeti than we ever realized and there is some higher secret to these creatures that warranted high levels of government and military secrecy. We may never know, but what is clear is that secrecy was imposed as a matter of official policy, and the existence of these beings was essentially a foregone conclusion.
Could the memo be a fake? I don't think so. It was not discovered by some eager-beaver bigfoot researcher like myself or even the sharper-eyed Bobbie Short. It just doesn't have the look of a prank like Biscardi's stupid bigfoot-in-a-bathtub shenanigans of a few years back. The letter was discovered by Paul Bedard, a Washington D.C. columnist for U.S. News and World Report who wasn't even looking for it, and who had absolutely no interest in yetis or bigfoots.
So, who was Ernest Fisk, author of the memo? Can his existence be verified. Yes. Ernest Fisk was indeed a real person in American diplomatic circles. The details of his professional and academic life can be read on the Archives website for Fisk's Alma mater, Oberlin College. Fisk graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1928, he was a reporter in Ohio before WWII, and after the war he was a twenty-year career diplomat in Pakistan, India, and then Nepal. Just as the letter indicates, Fisk was indeed the Counselor of Embassy in Katmandu, Nepal from 1959 to 1962 according to Oberlin College archives. Fisk died in 1992.
I'm no detective but I'm calling this memo legit. I just wonder whether its discovery was entirely accidental or whether this memo might have been leaked to the press. Why would existence of the yeti be leaked to the press at this point in history? Because the tight lid that has been kept on the whole sasquatch/bigfoot/yeti question is about to blow off and the government knows it.
The train has already left the station. The existence of undiscovered hominids is about to become common knowledge world-wide, if it hasn't already. And when the bigfoot scat finally hits the fan, the reaction of the scientific community is very predictable because it has been observed so many times before. Whether it's the platypus, the mountain gorilla, the Coelocanth, or any of a host of other scientific discoveries, it always unfolds the same way. For decades, scientists will vehemently deny the validity of the subject and even ridicule the very idea that it could be true. ("If it was true, we would know!") Then they ignore the subject as well as all the heretics who continue to insist it is true. But when the discovery can no longer be denied, the official story suddenly changes. That is when science, and the government, declare that, yes, the new discovery does indeed exist and, by the way, they knew it all along.
Posted by Thom Powell at 3:55 PM