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Haut Roswell Interview By Connors & Balthaser

From: Robert Barrow <rbarr.nul>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 19:24:49 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 07:38:57 -0500
Subject: Haut Roswell Interview By Connors & Balthaser

Wendy Connors' Sound Archive
Conversation in Roswell with Walter Haut, March, 2000
(Conducted by Wendy Connors & Dennis Balthaser)
Copyright 2007 (Jan) by Wendy A. Connors
Total running time 46 min;43 sec, CD audio format

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Robert Barrow

Walter Haut was the public information officer stationed, on
that fateful day in July of 1947, at the somewhat obscure
Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico, performing rather
uneventful duties on a daily basis.  Then "the crash" occurred
and Lt. Haut and numerous officials and residents of the Roswell
area instantly became historically significant forever.  The
lieutenant, however, was a little more notable than some,
because he wrote the press release that quickly tipped the world
press off to the alleged recovery of a flying saucer at the
ranch of Mack Brazel.

Haut died in December of 2005 at age 83, but fortunately
researchers Wendy Connors and Dennis Balthaser had a cherished
opportunity to sit down and interview Haut about what has become
known as "the Roswell Incident" of which he was an integral
part, in 2000.  Overwhelmingly, but for a few seconds of really
insignificant audio distortion in which conversation remains
intact,  the recording is clear, vibrant and sounding as if made
last week.

As the interview begins, we discover a man of known integrity
whose military career began during WW II.  Recipient of The
Purple Heart, Haut had been involved in bombing Japan and at one
point sustained an injury during a flight.  His adventures
extended to dropping test instrumentation directly into
experimental atomic bombing areas and, though certain his
flights were beyond range of lethal radiation exposure when
bombs exploded, he did recall feeling aftershocks.

Years after the war, Haut was sent to the Roswell base, and here
in the interview ensues a discussion of his relationship with
Col. William Blanchard, Roswell's commanding officer whom he
respected implicitly.  One day in the summer of 1947, Blanchard
instructed Haut to write a press release for the news services.
 "(Blanchard) didn't come to me," explains Haut. "He buzzed me
on the telephone and said, Walt, I want a press release, here's
what I want in it.  We have in our possession a flying saucer.
 It was picked up on a ranch north of Roswell. . .and was taken
to higher headquarters, which was General (Roger) Ramey."

When asked what happened out on the ranch, Haut discusses the
saucer's disposition via extreme secrecy.  He had told the
interviewers on a previous occasion that Gen. Ramey lied -- the
thing that crashed was not a weather balloon, the new
explanation that was run up to the press later the same day.
 When asked how it came to be that a balloon was suddenly
substituted for a downed disc, Haut responds, "I would assume
that (Ramey and Blanchard) got together when there was nobody
else around and decided the best way to do that was this --
 let's get the news media in here and let's just tell them our
side, and let it go at that."

Lt. Haut states he did see one small body, presumably from the
disc, from about 20 feet away in a hangar.  The body, near the
disc (or pieces of it) itself, was partially covered with a
tarp.  "I would venture a guess," replies Haut when asked about
disc size, "of a diameter of somewhere around 25 feet."  As for
the body, "It was a relatively small body, comparable to a 10 or
11-year-old child.  It was pretty well beat up."  Pressed
further about whether there was only one body present, he
answers, "I don't think so.  I thought there were several

The working relationship between public information officer Haut
and intelligence officer Jesse Marcel -- Marcel visited the
crash site, Haut did not -- is discussed.  The two men worked
together and their families lived in close proximity to one
another, but the men weren't terribly close outside of work.  "I
had calls from the news media," Haut states in reference to his
contact with Marcel, "how did Marcel know how to fly it?"  The
fact that one man was a PIO and the other on the intelligence
side of the military equation meant that neither conversed in
depth about the Roswell disc vs. balloon because, according to
Haut, Marcel would have said he couldn't discuss the subject in
his position.

As forthright as Haut becomes during the interview, one cannot
logically escape the impression that he isn't telling everything
he knows, and at times he seems to avoid questions asked
repeatedly in progressively pointed terms.  He does provide an
interesting response to Connors' question regarding what he
thinks crashed at Roswell, since he has told her previously that
it definitely wasn't a balloon:  "I don't really know.  I feel
that there has been information released that maybe shouldn't be
released.  I don't want to talk about a lot of the details.  I
put out a press release that Col. Blanchard told me what he
wanted in the press release, and I went into town and gave it to
the news media, went home and ate lunch."

Dennis Balthaser and Connors inquire multiple times about the
hows and whys of the incredible change of  explanations from
flying disc to weather balloon.  At one point, Haut responds, "I
would guess that information came to Ramey and he was told to go
ahead and put it out at such-and-such a time.  I'm sure they had
this orchestrated pretty well."

Frankly, Haut makes occasional declarations that cause us
double-takes, particularly when we know that he knows things
he's not exactly ready to spell out in depth, such as this
curious remark:  "In some instances, I think the news media has
got to let go of the information and not try and push it
through."  What?  What is that? Perhaps Haut refers to national
security issues -- or maybe to something far more involved.

At another point, unexpectedly, Haut attempts weakly to draw the
maybe-the-saucer-was-made-by-the-USA argument into the mix,
probably making a point that never bears fruit here, but,
refreshingly, he does admit he doesn't know everything -- for
instance, when Connors states that Roswell was doing work on
remote-controlled drone aircraft back then, Haut seems surprised
and admits being in the dark about this project.

Again trying to sort out the facts about who authorized the
initial press release, Connors summarizes: "So, what you're
saying is that there's a high probability that General Ramey
himself approved to Blanchard to go ahead and release the

"Quite possibly," replies Haut.

Regarding the balloon aspect of the Roswell see-saw of
explanations, an entry at the nicap.org site entitled "The
Roswell Story" provides the following interesting paragraph:

[The late General Thomas DuBose was a colonel and General
Ramey's chief of staff at Eighth Air Force Headquarters in Forth
Worth, Texas, in 1947. Before his death in 1992, General DuBose
testified that he himself had taken the telephone call from
General Clements McMullen at Andrews Army Air Field in
Washington, D.C., ordering the coverup. The instructions were
for General Ramey to concoct a "cover story" to "get the press
off our backs."]

An inquiry about concerns that at least three suggested disc
crash sites have been postulated causes Haut to respond, "there
have been too many mentioned."

As the interview concludes, the question of photos comes up.  He
claims never to have observed debris field, disc or body photos,
or ever learned of their existence, but Walter Haut  assumed
that photos exist nevertheless.