Thursday, November 12, 2009
On August 22, 1924 a telegram was sent from Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Edward W. Eberle, to all Naval stations. They were instructed to monitor the airwaves for any unusual transmissions in anticipation of contact from Martians.
Why the sudden military concern about alien contact? What did they know that we still don't, that motivated them to put the entire Naval armed forces on alert to listen for Martian radio transmissions, and specifically during this time when Mars was especially close to the Earth?
The official story is that nothing was picked up but static. But if something had been picked up, it would of course be classified. So we just don't know.
Letters of Note found an old issue of Popular Radio magazine from this same time period, that also suggested Martian contact was imminent.