The Roswell Crash: Sixty-Six Years Old and Still Controversial

RoswellDailyRecordJuly8,1947Today marks the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident and debate still continues regarding what exactly happened on that day. All we know for sure is something happened, and the subsequent confusion (some may say cover-up) in the press covering the event and contradictory statements from the US military has been fuel for speculation ever since.

Did the United States recover the wreckage of an alien craft or a weather balloon? Here’s what we know for sure (or pretty close to sure):

On July 8, 1947, Roswell Army Air Field Public Information Officer Walter Haut issued a press statement indicating that a “flying disc” had been recovered from a crash site on a local ranch by elements of the 509th Operations Group. Local newspaper the Roswell Daily Record ran with the story, publishing a front-page feature with the title “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region”. Later that day, another statement was released, this time under Commanding General of the Eight Air Force Roger Ramey. It stated that the object was in fact a weather balloon. At a press conference later that day, officials presented the press with bits of debris that they claimed were part of the balloon.

Decades later, UFOlogist Stanton Friedman interviewed a retired intelligence officer named Jesse Marcel who claimed to have been one of the first officers on the scene of the crash. He stated that the material recovered had unusual properties that led him to believe it to be the remains of an alien craft. It was extremely lightweight and resistant to damage. Other people who examined the material, including a reporter from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, stated that they were satisfied with the military’s explanation that it was a weather balloon.

In time, other former military witnesses, or at least people who claimed to be witnesses, came forward, all with variations on a similar story: A UFO had indeed crashed and they were involved in the recovery of not only that, but also two small bodies. Other government employees and civilians came forward as well, all of them corroborating this alternative narrative.

When Walter Haut, author of the original “flying saucer” press release died in 2002, his posthumous affidavit was released. In it Haut stated that there were actually two crash sites, and that the public’s attention was diverted to the first one in order to keep prying eyes away from the primary site where the UFO had come to rest. Haut further stated that he had actually seen the bodies and an egg-shaped craft.

Was Haut telling the truth, or was it a parting prank at the expense of UFO enthusiasts and the military?

Maybe it was something else. The intelligence community has been known to use the UFO community to spread disinformation to overly curious citizens and rival intelligence agencies alike. Why should Roswell be any different?

What do you think, Disinfonauts? What really happened at Roswell?

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17 Responses to The Roswell Crash: Sixty-Six Years Old and Still Controversial

  1. gustave courbet July 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I am curious as to whether anyone of you out there who has studied the UFO issue has an opinion on the Disclosure Project? I found their witnesses to be credible, but was wondering if any one has found info that would cast doubt on their credibility or veracity…

    • Juan July 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      I got nothing but my own gut feeling about Dr. Steven Greer. I do not trust the guy. He just sets off all kinds of red flags for me. He loves to name drop his connections in both the military and intelligence communities, his narrative reads like every true believer’s alien wet dream, he has all the answers, etc. I suspect he is a gov. disinfo agent. They are not uncommon in UFO circles.

      • Frater Isla July 9, 2013 at 1:57 am #

        His field trips to the desert cost $2,500 (room and board not included) for first-timers. with a limit of 20.

        Douche-baggery.

        And I would suggest listening to the Joe Rogan episode with his guest appearance. I smell phony.

        • Juan July 9, 2013 at 9:16 am #

          Yep, me too. Snake oil all the way.

          • Matt Staggs July 9, 2013 at 11:23 am #

            I’m with you on this one.

        • Juan July 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

          Up vote for “douche-baggery.” :)

      • Kane VonDoom July 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

        Agreed on Dr Steven Greer being a bit of a shady character however the most of witnesses and people who spoke at the Citizen’s Hearings, I feel are authentic.

        • Juan July 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

          I have no doubt whatsoever that people are indeed, without question having some extremely blizare experiences that defy our experience of everyday consensus reality. But, it’s a VERY long way from that basic premise, to “Aliens are real, and they are coming here from other planets.” Although, I am also not ruling out the ETs in nuts and bolts ships either. It is after all a vast universe, and we are along way from settling our accounts with reality.
          Have a look at some of the work Jacques Valee has done over the years.
          Also, consider Haladane’s famous quote: “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

          • flipdog July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am #

            I’m currently reading his ‘Dimensions’ book, it is a fascinating hypothesis that he presents.

            It’s also quite interesting to read Gordon of Rune Soup’s continuation of the thread in his Whiskey Rant series (and other posts besides – google ‘Whiskey Rant Rune Soup’, I can’t be arsed waiting for the link to be verified by Discus).

          • Juan July 10, 2013 at 11:37 am #

            Thanks. Yes, I am a huge fan of Rune Soup and Gordon’s writing. I do not necessarily agree with everything he writes, but I think the guy is brilliant beyond belief and an excellent writer. I am always looking forward to his latest updates:)

          • Matt Staggs July 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

            Never heard of Rune Soup. Thanks for the heads up!

          • Matt Staggs July 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

            Never heard of Rune Soup. Thanks for the heads up!

          • Kane VonDoom October 29, 2013 at 10:45 am #

            That may be presupposing that the sole visitors to Earth, if there are any at all, only arrive in “Nuts and Bolts” craft. There would most likely be a huge variety.

  2. Reasor July 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    The story wherein the balloon that crashed was really doing upper atmosphere photography of suspected Soviet nuclear test sites, and the Air Force had to come up with something when the balloon landed in private property, seems the most plausible to me.

    The basic fact of interstellar distances and the limitations of the speed of light aside, it’s absurd to think that the US was still racing the USSR to the moon on chemical fuel rockets after having 20 years to study an authentic flying saucer, or that we’ve completely outsourced space exploration to unmanned vehicles after having over 60 years to reverse engineer from the damn thing.

  3. Haystack July 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    The fact that Roswell is still talked about as much as it is shows how just how stagnant Ufology has become.

  4. CosmicAmazing July 9, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    What about the Ramey memo?

    The letter General Ramey is holding during the (cover-up) photo shoot.

    Does this mean anything?

    Look:

    http://i48.servimg.com/u/f48/12/28/59/14/ramey211.jpg
    http://roswellproof.homestead.com/LIN0_9.gif

  5. CosmicAmazing July 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    The answer is 42

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