12. Hoover was informed of the investigations into parapsychology in 1957
September 6, 1957, memorandum addressed to Clyde Tolson, the Number 2 man in the bureau and J. Edgar Hoover’s long-time companion, describes the demonstrations by William Foos. It also notes the interests of the CIA and military intelligence in the demonstrations. It also describes demonstrations to the CIA in which a boy, unidentified, demonstrated the ability to read the contents of a closed briefcase, as well as being able to read documents in another room. In other word, Foos had demonstrated the ability to read through walls. The document points out the bureau “…conducted a discreet background check on Foos and has found that Foos is regarded as a well-respected person”. It has long been known that anything which went to Tolson went on to J. Edgar Hoover, though often without leaving a corresponding paper trail.
Evidently, orders went down to learn more about the miraculous ability to read papers in closed brief cases or through walls. Another memorandum, not addressed to Tolson but to Alan Belmont, then the Number 3 man in the FBI hierarchy, is in the file. It states the ability to read through walls is “…strictly a rumor which has been circulating around the government”. The same memorandum stresses the opinion, “…Foos has not come up with any capability which could be of assistance to US intelligence”. The memorandum notes however that according to an identity redacted, “CIA, nevertheless, plans to follow any additional reports concerning Foos’ work”. By late 1957 the FBI, evidently, was unimpressed with Foos but continued to investigate his activities regarding other agencies of the government and report on his findings internally.