The Roswell Incident
Issue 4: December 7, 2020
In 1993, Laurance Rockefeller, philanthropist and heir to the Rockefeller fortune, established the Rockefeller UFO Initiative. It is rumored that he used his status to urge President Bill Clinton to declassify military documents relating to the UFO phenomenon. And that White House staff instructed Rockefeller to pick and present just one case he wanted to have investigated. His choice: The Roswell crash.
The Roswell Incident is considered the Holy Grail for UFO investigators. They believe if they can prove this one cover-up, everything else would fall into place.
What We Know
On or around July 2, 1947, rancher W.W. "Mac" Brazel, discovers pieces of debris from an object that crashed on his property. According to Brazel, the debris is unlike anything he had ever seen before. He brings the material to the County Sheriff in Roswell, who decides to consult with the Roswell Army Air Field on the case. Intelligence Officer Jesse Marcel is sent to the site to inspect the situation. He allegedly notes that the lightweight debris couldn't be cut, burned, or even dented with a sledgehammer.
On July 8, the Roswell Daily News's front-page headline reads, "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch In Roswell Region." The article reports that Roswell Army Air Field officers have recovered a "flying disc." The sensational story gets picked up and is re-published throughout the United States and even garners international attention. However, one day after publication, the army press office changes the story. Upon further examination, they now determine the item recovered was merely a weather balloon. The update published in the local paper on July 9 describes the debris as a "bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams, and rubber remnants of a balloon." The public at-large accepts the explanation, and the crash at Roswell gets filed away as a non-event for 30 years.
Re-Introduction to the Public
However, in 1978, the National Enquirer tabloid sets off a chain of events that brings the Roswell Incident back into the spotlight. They re-publish the original Roswell Daily Record news story. Locals come forward to share their accounts publicly. Officer Jesse Marcell, one of the few people to handle the debris, discloses to Nuclear Physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman that he believes that the material was not of this Earth. In the investigative frenzy that ensues, hundreds of individuals go on record, claiming to have knowledge that the Roswell crash was extraterrestrial in nature.
A growing narrative unfolds to reveal two debris fields. The second site, some say, just north of Roswell, included the retrieval of extraterrestrial bodies. Witnesses claim military personnel took the evidence to what is today the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The U.S. government allegedly reverse-engineered the spacecraft and seeded advanced technology to major American manufacturers to back-engineer.
In January 1994, the United States Congress asked for a formal inquiry into the handling of the Roswell crash. A year-and-a-half later, on July 27, 1995, U.S. Air Force researchers publish their findings in a nearly 1,000-page document, "The Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert." In it, they acknowledge that the weather balloon was a cover story. However, it was not to hide the truth about an extraterrestrial craft. Officers used it to conceal the existence of Project Mogel, a top-secret mobile spy balloon. The military developed the Cold War technology to identify sound waves in the upper atmosphere to pinpoint Soviet atomic bomb testing.
Congressional committee members overseeing the investigation order a follow-up to look more closely into the multiple claims of alien bodies. "The Roswell Report: Case Closed" was released in 1997 detailing this element of the case. Air Force researchers concluded that the "aliens" observed in the New Mexico desert were likely test-dummies dropped from high altitude balloons for scientific research.
Was Their a Cover-up?
The Government investigations did not convince the UFO community. According to detractors, the report alleges that numerous witnesses, in various situations, had all mistaken the test dummies for alien bodies. Since military experiments with the test dummy did not begin until 1953, this would mean that witnesses collectively recalled the wrong dates—by at least five to six years. And, this would be the fourth time the Air Force changed their official story.
Does there continue to be a government cover-up of the Roswell Incident? Is it possible that even the Air Force researchers don't have the full story? Or is this merely a case of a top-secret spy balloon... misidentified test dummies... and a collective mix-up of dates?
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