Goes Wireless Before the World Gets Wires
Quotes from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Tesla Documents:
“On Saturday afternoon, [January 9th], Grouch and Fitzgerald of alien property control went to hotel and seized all the property of Tesla, consisting of about two truckloads of material, sealed all articles and transferred them to the Manhattan storage and warehouse co, NY, where they are now located.
At that time there were also in this warehouse approximately thirty barrels and bundles belonging to Tesla which had been there since about Nineteen thirty four. These have also been sealed and are now under orders of alien property/custodian. In view of fact Tesla is a US naturalized citizen, alien property custodian feels that it’s jurisdiction over property is doubtful but feels that no other agency will be able to get to this property for at least two days…
After that time it is possible that a public administrator will be appointed for the property who may take the property into his custody. Tesla also had some property, alleged by informant Fitzgerald in this case, to be a working model of an invention in a safe deposit box in Governor Clinton Hotel in NY. Inquiry shows that this was placed here by Tesla in Nineteen Thirty Two as security for Four Hundred dollars owed Hotel. This bill is still owed and hotel appears unwilling to release this property to anyone at least until debt is paid, but this office will be advised if anyone attempts to pay bill and obtain property.”
“On Friday, January 8th, Mr. L. M. C. Smith called me in connection with the death of Nikola Tesla. He advised me that he was concerned about the possibility of enemy agents confiscating some of the trunks of Tesla, who had died on January 7th. He understood that the War Department was interested in this matter and that apparently the Alien Property Custodian’s office was taking some action. He desired to know whether the Bureau would take some steps to refrain relatives of Tesla from taking the contents of his trunks and whether the Bureau would seize the possession of the trunks. Mr. Smith indicated that he was talking to the Alien Property Custodian along the same lines. I told him that in view of the fact he was going to handle the matter with Alien Property Custodian’s office, there did not appear to be any action which the Bureau could or should take.”
In a letter dated August 1st 1955 directed to J. Edgar Hoover:
Dr Mr. Hoover:
In his book, “Prodigal Genius”, the Life of Nikola Tesla, Mr. John J O’Neil says, on page 277, that the F.B.I. went to Tesla’s hotel room, opened his steel safe and removed from it, the papers it contained.
Was there ever any publication of what these papers contained? If so, could you inform me where I might obtain a copy of such publication?
If there was no publication of the Safe’s content, after more than 12 years, would it be improper to publish them?
If there was no publication of the safe’s content, but there were no particular secrets found there in, could you inform me where I might learn what the safe contained?
Any information on this matter will be appreciated.
Thank you for your trouble.
[Name Blacked Out]
Dear [Name Blacked Out],
Your letter dated August 1st 1955, has been received, and in response to your inquiry, I would like to advise that our files reflect that the effects of Nikola Tesla were taken into custody after his death by the office of Alien Property and not by this Bureau.
Since we did not participate in the handling of Mr. Tesla’s effects, we are unable to supply the information you requested.
John Edgar Hoover
Dr Mr. Hoover:
Referring to my letter to you August first, this year — your letter to me, August 11th, relative to the matter of the papers of Mr. Nikola Tesla.
On August 26, I wrote the office of Alien Property regarding this matter, indicating that I had received the information from you that it was their department which had taken the Tesla Property into custody — not yours..
I have a letter from Mr. Henry G. Hilken — that department — file number [illegible file number], in which I am told that office “never had custody, nor has vested, any property of Nikola Tesla.”
As I began this matter with you — because it was stated in Mr. O’Neill’s book that it was your department who opened Tesla’s safe. I am wondering if you have any further suggestions along lines I might follow to obtain some information in this regard?
Thank you for your time and trouble,
[Name Blacked Out]
Dear [Name Blacked Out],
I have received your letter dated September 10, 1955.
As you were advised by my letter August 11, 1955, this Bureau was not connected in any respect with the acquisition or custody of the effects of Nikola Tesla, and it is therefore not possible to furnish you any additional information.
John Edgar Hoover
“The “New York Times” dated 9/22/40 carried an article setting forth Nikola Tesla’s plan for a “Death Ray.” This article included information to the effect that Tesla, on his 84th birthday, July 10th, 1940, advised New York Times reporter William Lawrence that he was ready to divulge to the Unites States Government the secret of his “teleforce”, with which he said airplane motors would be melted at a distance of 250 miles so that an invisible Chinese wall of defense would be built around the country against any attempted attack by an enemy airforce no matter how large. According to Tesla, this “teleforce” was based on an entirely new principle of Physics that “no one has ever dreamed about” and was different from the principle embodied in his inventions relating to the transmission of electrical power from a distance, for which he received a number of basic patents.
Tesla stated that this new type of force would operate through a beam one hundredth millionth of a square centimeter in diameter and could be generated from a special plant that would cost no more than two million dollars and would take only about three months to construct. Tesla stated that a dozen such plants located at strategic points along the coast, according to Tesla, would be enough to defense the United States against all possible aerial attacks. Tesla states that this beam would melt any engine and would also ignite explosives aboard any bomber. Tesla stated that no possible defense against it could be devised and he asserted that the beam would be all penetrating.”
"Tesla stated to Mr. Lawrence that he makes one important stipulation before he would divulge this secret to the United States Government and that was that should the United States Government decide to take up his offer, he would go to work at once but that the Unites States Government would have to trust him. Tesla stated that he would suffer “no interference from experts.”"
“When Tesla was talking as a scientist he was opposed to wars on moral, economic and all practical and theoretical grounds. But, like most scientists, when he stopped thinking as a scientist, and let his emotions rule his thoughts he found exceptions in which he felt some wars end situations were justifiable. As a scientist he was unwilling to have discoveries of scientists applied to the purpose of war makers, but when the emotional phase of his nature took the ruling position he was then willing to apply his genius to devising measures that would prevent wars by supplying protective devices.
This attitude is exemplified in the following statement which he prepared in the twenties but did not publish:
“At present many of the ablest minds are trying to devise expedients for preventing a repetition of the awful conflict which is only theoretically ended and the duration and main issues of which I correctly predicted in an article printed in the Sun of December 20, 1914. The League is not a remedy but, on the contrary, in the opinion of a number of competent men, may bring about results just the opposite. It is particularly regrettable that a punitive policy was adopted in framing the terms of peace because a few years hence it will be possible for nations to fight without armies, ships or guns, by weapons far more terrible, to the destructive action and range of which there is virtually no limit. Any city at any distance whatsoever from the enemy can be destroyed by him and no power on earth can stop him from doing so. If we want to avert an impending calamity and a state of things which may transform this globe into an inferno, we should push the development of flying machines and wireless transmission of energy without an instant’s delay and with all the power and resources of the nation.””
A Letter Dated July 21st, 1981:
Director of the FBI
While attending college, I came across an article about the electrical genius [Nikola] Tesla. Mr. Tesla was an electrical genius with such peers as Edison and Westinghouse. Tesla designed the basic generator and was the first man to introduce alternating current to the people. The article, written in an underground San Francisco newspaper, stated that Tesla also worked with electromagnetic waves and supposedly built a plant that could harness the electromagnetic waves out of the earth’s atmosphere sufficiently enough to use them as a source of electricity. The article stated that Tesla built such a plant and it up a city street 150 miles away by sending the electromagnetism via radio waves. This method is presently being used in electronic warfare. After that, the article stated that the FBI confiscated his plans and buried them in your archives. Their reasoning was that such a free form of energy would knock out a big chunk of the oil, coal, and nuclear forms of energy and their contributions to the economy (money for research and employment). All I want to know is if there is any truth to this story and if so what was the FBI’s reasons and when are the archives opened again so that Tesla’s work could come to light again. Now bear in mind that this man was an electrical genius and even had a unit of electrical measurement named after him. If he did figure out a way to utilize the earth’s electromagnetic waves then I believe that we are ready to gradually phase out our dependence on oil, ease the volatile tension in the Middle East and put all that money presently going to the Arabs into space research, joint international research and deep-sea research to help solve our population problem. I am talking about huge sums of money being released that could speed up the experts present projected times of producing significant gains in these still relatively new fields.
You could at least take the time to check out what I am saying and judge for yourself whether or not the archives should be opened now to put the world back on a more secure heading.
[Name Blacked Out]
“They both explained that Tesla was a scientific genius and experimenter who was born in Yugoslavia of Serbian parents on 7/10/1856, went to school later in Gratz, Austria, Prague Czechoslovakia, and Paris, France. He immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1880’s, worked for Thomas Edison’s laboratory for a couple of years, then started his own lab after being paid $1 million dollars for rights to his patents on his polyphase systems of alternating current dynamos, which lead to the harnessing of Niagra Falls for producing electricity and then the power system of the whole country. He was naturalized in 1889. He predicted wireless communications (radio). His later experiments in Colorado and elsewhere lead to his producing artificial lightning in the millions of volts. He also had patents on the concept of neon and fluorescent lights, but he .. made little money on his later inventions, although he continued to do experiments leading to devices of great potential worth, which he never patented. He became more reclusive in his later years, living in various hotels in New York City. In the 1930’s he claimed he had developed the concept and method of building a “death ray”, which could destroy planes at many miles distant, for defending America. Also, there are reports of resonance machines or devices whereby he could shake one or many large city buildings from some distance away.”
“Also, the Soviet Union has allegedly had access to some of Tesla’s papers, possibly in Belgrade and/or elsewhere, which influenced their early research into directed energy weapons, and Butler feels access to much of Tesla’s papers on lightning, beam weapons and/or “death rays” would give him more insight into the Soviet beam weapons program. This is Butler’s area of expertise and responsibility. He has been unable to locate any Tesla papers or copies of same in the classified or unclassified libraries at WPAFB [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base], possibly the “Equipment Lab”, now closed for some years or reorganized into another organization.”
On Anomalous Aircraft Crashes:
“Now in this recent incident, the experience of the radio operator at the airport seems to me to be highly illuminating. This operator reported a soft buzz interrupting his communication with the liner … a loud roar such as produced by the worst imaginable static … then silence. The plane had dropped into the bay like a plummet. Crack pilots do not suddenly become rank hams and bungle in handling a ship. Nor do the three motors (or even two) on the large airliners, stop simultaneously without extremely sufficient reason. These things might happen once or even twice in a lifetime. They do not happen six or eight times a year. It is not logical that they should.”
“Spanel related that the subject had recently turned over to the government the majority of the patents of [Nikola] Tesla. Spanel described Tesla as being one of the greatest inventors that has ever lived. He stated he had more than 900 inventions and patents.”
Source for Quotes: vault.fbi.gov/nikola-tesla
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Nikola Tesla - (en.wikipedia.org)