The Roswell Incident
Well, here it is ... my page devoted to the Roswell Incident
of July, 1947. We watch a very interesting video in class about the Roswell
Crash (Roswell" that was released in 1994 and kept my wife and I up well
into the night talking about what we had just witnessed) that has inspired some
wonderful discussion in class ever since. The purpose of this page is to discuss
the events of that summer and what really may have taken place.
As you can see from the image below and left, something crashed
onto the ranch of Mac Brazel in early July, 1947. The rancher took samples of
the crash materials to the sherriff, who then informed the 509th Bomber Command
Colonel Blanchard of the event. The US military quickly dispatched a few of
its intelligence officers to the scene to discover what the rancher was talking
about. US Intelligence officer, Major Jesse Marcel was the first on the scene
and wondered just what could cause just a widespread field of debris. Reasoning
that it was neither "our own" nor Soviet, a report was sent to the
paper describing what just might have been the crash of a flying saucer.
That headline appears in the image above and left. General Ramey
was incredulous that such a report could have been released without his authorization
and immediately sent for Major Marcel, ordering him to Fort Worth, Texas. When
Marcel arrived, her described what he had seen and discussed the materials that
had been found. A press conference was called, and with reporters taking pictures,
Maj. Marcel was ordered to hold up some aluminum foil and sticks of wood. The
material in the picture seen above and right are that of target material hanging
from a weather balloon. These balloons were sent up into the sky on a regular
basis and fell on ranches throughout New Mexico. No one really paid heed to
them, and everyone recognized them.
However, Marcel was made to look as if Army Intelligence had
made a terrible mistake, describing a fallen balloon as a flying saucer. Marcel
looked like an idiot. Meanwhile, the army went out to Brazel's ranch and cordoned
off the entire crash site, refusing anyone access to the location except military
persons. Even the town sherriff was denied access to the scene. The official
position of the US Military is that Marcel had mistaken a weather balloon for
a UFO. Case closed!
Why would the military seal off the crash site if it was jsut
a weather balloon? How could Marcel make such a mistake? The 509th was the only
group of planes and pilots that could deliver nuclear bombs to a target. They
were the best bomber pilots and staff in the entire Air Force. How can their
intelligence officer from the top squadron make such an error. Why were people
all over the world seeing UFO's after this incident, but rarely before? What
happened out in Roswell, New Mexico?
As we watched the Hollywood video in 1996, a student of mine
shared that his grandfather was a US General in Dallas/Fort Worth who was restationed
to Roswell in July, 1947. The grandfather shared some of his memories of the
event but never told his children or grandchildren what really happened. Did
an alien spacecraft crash in the rancher's field? Is the US Military continuing
a cover up of the events?
In the fall of 2004, I stumbled upon an internet site that shared
some fascinating opinion about the events that summer of 1947. You are invited
to lok at the site directly at The
Internet Truth about the Roswell Account or my copy
of this account. I moved it into my course and deleted some of the religious
reference in the author's opinion, but kept intact the general accounting. You
are encouraged to look this over. I also have a link to Popular
Mechanics Magazine where declassified documents from 2003 are explored.
are encouraged to rent
the video and watch it. You are encouraged to look at various
declassified dosuments from the event. You are encouraged to ask some hard
Oh, let's not forget the classic account of Travis Walton, an
Arizona logger who was abducted for 3 days by aliens. His story was made into
a movie, "Fire in the Sky."
"It was many years ago that I got out of a crew truck in the national
forest and ran toward a large glowing UFO hovering in the darkening Arizona
sky. But when I made that fateful choice to leave the truck, I was leaving behind
more than just my six fellow workmen. I was leaving behind forever all semblance
of a normal life, running headlong toward an experience so overwhelmingly mind-rending
in its effects, so devastating in its aftermath, that my life would never -
could never - be the same again."
In the fall of 2000, the US Government released information about a crash
of a high altitude "pod" that was held aloft by an inflatable balloon.
Take a look directly at this "Nuclear-Powered
USAF Flying Saucer." The pod was pressurized to survive the high altitude.
At the time, the balloon could carry the people at such a high altitude that
missles launched by the Soviets would not be able to shoot it down. Apparently,
such a craft crashed in 1949. The craft was shaped like a circular disk. There
were no engine parts because it was carried by a balloon. If the balloon fabric
was metallic, on-ground soldiers would not recognize. If the pod de-pressurized
at high altitude, the people on board would expand and explose. Their bodies
would be charred by the re-entry. Once again, on-ground soldiers would not recognize
the bodies. If the US Government experimented on these high-flying craft, perhaps
they used humans as test subjects. Perhaps they sought out the terminally ill
or those living on death-row in prison. Perhaps they even used humans who were
mentally or physically handicapped who were paid large sums of money. All of
this is conjecture, but there is so much doubt in the military's black projects
and secrecy maintained for "national security." We may never know
beyond all doubt what happened at Roswell, but it is more reasonable to believe
that the crash was a UFO of our own design. If human subjects were used, then
US Secretary James Forestal
would have found it hard to keep such secrets, and in his own mental anguish,
he is alleged to have committed suicide. His accounts of the events around the
Roswell Incident have never been declassified.
Okay, this ought to be enough to keep you up at night. What's going on? As
you fret, perhaps you might want to go back to the Roadblocks
to Intelligent Life page and revisit those lines of thought, or return to
SETI introduction to look at other things, or return
to the Syllabus.
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