Man has been pondering the existence of aliens for some time. Even in Ancient Rome, the poet Titus Lucretius Carus talked about not being alone in the universe. But, throughout history, a person had to be careful about speculating on the existence of other worldly beings given they might be called a heretic for doing so. No one really knows exactly when the little green men first appeared on the scene, but we could say that it was the 1950s that was the heyday for fictional stories about aliens, sometimes at the helm of flying saucers. This was an era of many sightings, and it seems those little creatures often chose the USA to do a flyover.
It was the summer of 1947 and the people of Roswell, New Mexico, in the USA, were about to get the shock of their lives. It was a quiet place then, and still today there are only around 50,000 people living there. What occurred, though, became such a cause celebre that the place has kind of been turned into an alien-themed city. But what exactly did happen?
Well, if you look at the front page of the Roswell Daily Record on July 8, 1947, the headline for the main story was, “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region.” Now that’s the kind of headline that these days might elicit most people to say the words “fake news”, but back then people were dead serious about the possibility of there being aliens in their midst.
It all started on a hot afternoon when a rancher found some debris in his sheep field, and that debris, many people would speculate, was from an alien ship.
What did this wreckage consist of?
In 2013, The Guardian published a story about the death of a man called Jesse Marcel Jr., and he said he had gotten his hands on that debris, as his father was part of the investigation. He’d lived an exciting life, travelling the world talking about the debris and aliens in general. His wife said this of him: “He was credible. He wasn’t lying. He never embellished, only told what he saw.” Both son and father believed the debris was not of this world, being taken aback by a strange-looking purple beam with hieroglyphics on it. There were also lots of metallic sticks, reflectors, and strips of a thin glossy material. What on Earth could that be? The air force said there was nothing strange about it, and the wreckage was merely that of a weather balloon. You can see the pictures, however it certainly doesn’t look anything like a weather balloon. But was it parts of a flying saucer?
Many people seemed to think so and accused the military of a cover-up. Matters weren’t helped when the air force started doing “dummy drops” in the area throughout the 50s. As if they were purposefully stoking the imaginations of the local people, the air force started dropping dummies from planes that had latex skin and aluminum bones in order to better understand how pilots might survive high altitude falls. But the thing was, shiny dummies dropping from the sky after weird wreckage was found in a field just made people think something was amiss.
Again, the military didn’t help matters by being so secretive. Not only was it dropping these dummies from the sky, it had been working on something called Project Mogul. This was top secret and involved using high-altitude balloons carrying low-frequency sound sensors. The military hoped these sensors, when flown into the tropopause, would be able to record through a sound channel for thousands of miles, thereby enabling the US to spy on the Soviet Union’s nuclear program. As you might guess, they were made from futuristic-looking material and not something most people had ever seen before. The New York Times said the following about these balloons: “It was like having an elephant in your backyard and hoping that no one would notice it.” According to History.com, what the rancher found in his field was one of these balloons, described as a, “700-foot-long string of neoprene balloons, radar reflectors (for tracking) and sonic equipment.” The problem was, that even those working at the Roswell base didn’t know about this very top-secret project, so even for military men, that strange debris looked alien. Advanced technology to spy on Russia was of course a cat you just couldn’t let out of the bag. It didn’t help matters when the people that did know about the project made up the feeble weather balloon story, which even to the untrained eye was an obvious lie. We might also add that the military didn’t say anything about Project Mogul until the 1990s. Sounds fishy, eh?
So, that’s the official story, but it’s a story that has been called by many, the biggest alien cover-up the world has ever seen. There are many reasons why this is.
Firstly, the military’s reputation was at stake, and making up a flimsy story about a weather balloon doesn’t really make any sense. Those initial investigators were intelligent men, and to think they would have been mistaken about an object not from this world is perhaps not congruent with their expertise. It would be the same today if military investigators made such a claim, and then the big dogs at the Pentagon just told us that the whole thing had been a mistake. The officers actually put themselves, their careers and their reputations, on the line. Saying they had found an alien object was a big deal and as we know, at least one of those investigators died believing that’s what they had found. So, we must take this into account, the fact that serious people who understood military hardware said they’d found part of an alien ship. They had nothing to gain from making the story up, in fact, they had a lot to lose.
To strengthen this point, we might look at the nuclear physicist and ufologist Stanton Terry Friedman. He was one of the main investigators; a supremely intelligent man and not some part-time armchair conspiracy theorist. He eventually left the military and spent the rest of his life studying UFOs. He has testified in front of congress and written scores of papers, explaining the existence of aliens and their machines. He believed that something called the “Majestic Twelve” group of politicians, military people and scientists, had covered up the incident at Roswell, and a document titled “Operation Majestic Twelve” that described the incident in detail, was very much real and truthful. Others, including some ufologists, have called these papers an elaborate hoax. The FBI investigated the case and stated that Majestic Twelve didn’t even exist. One of Friedman’s most famous quotes is this: “The evidence is overwhelming that the Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled vehicles from off the Earth.”
He’s not alone. The man that drafted the original press release about finding a “flying disc” was named Walter Haut. He wrote a book called “The Roswell Incident” and in his later life he swore in an affidavit that he had seen an egg-shaped alien spacecraft, but also that he had seen alien bodies: short dudes with large heads. He said there had been two crash sites, with bodies only at one of them. He had always been reluctant to talk about what he had seen, and it wasn’t until 2007 when he stunned people with his explanation. Some people believe this confession to be of great importance, but others are sceptical. Why come out with this so late in the game? Well, some say it might have something to do with the fact that his daughter runs the UFO museum in Roswell, and she might have benefited from his candidness. His words are just that, words, and in spite of fake videos showing us alien bodies, no bodies have ever been photographed or filmed.
So, there are no photographs, but it also turned out that many Roswell documents were destroyed by the government. In fact, in 2016, John Podesta had tried to help Hillary Clinton open the case again and find all the original files by invoking the Freedom of Information Act. “The files had disappeared, but it was clear there’d been some investigation by the Air Force,” said Podesta. However, a story in The Guardian in 2011 noted that the FBI routinely destroyed files because in the 40s and 50s there were just so many UFO files that they were taking up too much space. One note that wasn’t destroyed was a memo written by special agent Guy Hottel, the head of the FBI’s Washington field office. He sent it to FBI boss J Edgar Hoover and it stated that three flying saucers were found. He also wrote, “Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture.”
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