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Re: Roswell The Nazi Connection

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 13:02:33 -0400
Archived: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 09:08:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell The Nazi Connection

>From: Ed Gehrman<egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 18:38:26 -0700
>Subject: Re: Roswell The Nazi Connection

>>A report in the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio of Santiago on 5
>>March 1947 sheds some possible light onto the strategic
>>importance of polar reconnaissance. The article by Lee van Atta
>>entitled Admiral Richard E Byrd Refers To The Strategic
>>Importance Of The Poles had been sent from "On Board Mount
>>Olympus on the High Seas". It is often misquoted in translation
>>by occult enthusiasts, the usual interpolations in the text
>>being of "flying objects" having the ability "to fly from pole
>>to pole at incredible speeds", but a better translation is:

>Better, maybe. There was still concern, correct?

>>"Admiral Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the
>>United States to initiate defence measures against the possible
>>invasion of the country by hostile aircraft operating from the
>>polar regions.

>Who could that be? Come on Greg. Who could attack us?

Ed, try a thought experiment. Put yourself back in 1946.

World War II had ended the previous year. During the war,
dramatic new inventions came to light. Radar, jet engines,
nuclear bombs. And more. There were new inventions affecting
everyday life, too. People, the military included, took for
granted that this was a time of great, sometimes surprising
progress in technology. Huge, sudden, unexpected leaps wouldn't
have surprised anyone. One year later, when flying saucer
reports exploded, most people (including most in the military)
thought that they were secret weapons, either our own or

You and I can look back, and say with confidence that no one
could have attacked the US over the poles in 1946. But that's
not how it seemed back then. People were ready for anything.

Besides, the US had entered the war after the surprise attack on
Pearl Harbor. So etched into our national consciousness was the
understanding - and fear - that another such attack might come
someday. During the war, there was serious preparation for air
raids (as they were called) from Germany or Japan. My father was
an air raid warden during the war, and when I was a kid, I used
to read his air raid warden's manual, quite a thick little book
with information about the types of planes that might attack,
and the weapons they might use (types of bombs, and types of
poison gas).

The idea of an air attack on the US buried into American minds
during the war years, and then was reinforced during the cold
war years.

Now cut to Admiral Byrd. Mr. Polar Explorer, par excellence. A
man of great fame and great charisma. And also a man who was
always looking for opportunities for himself. A man not
unfamiliar with self-promotion.

The war ends. America is absurdly prosperous, because the war
kickstarted our economy. The depression of the 1930s is,
finally, a thing of the past. Money abounds. Suburbs start
springing up around cities, in a surge of construction. New
consumer products flood the market. The huge WW II military is
partially demobilized, leaving the government plenty of money to
play with, especially with the economy expanding.

What a perfect time for Byrd to use his fame to get the
government to fund a huge project for him. It's not surprising
in the least. And of course he talked about attacks that his
project might help prevent. That's an example of his self-
promotion. Of course he said the attacks would come over the
poles. The poles were his specialty. If he'd been the admiral of
the Pacific fleet, looking for more battleships and aircraft
carriers, he would have said the attacks would come from Asia,
especially the Asian part of the Soviet Union.

Of course, the North Pole makes more sense as a route for air
attack on the US than the South Pole does. But Byrd said this to
a Chilean newspaper! Nobody's going to attack Chile from the
North Pole, but maybe - if South America was their target -
 they'd approach from the South Pole. And why include Chile in
fears of an attack on the US? Because in those days, all of
Latin America was, politically and economically, just about
owned by the US.

When the UN was being formed, one angry debate between the US
and the Soviet Union concerned Latin America. The USSR
maintained that the US would have an unfair advantage, because
in effect it would have well over a dozen votes, because all the
Latin American countries would vote with the US as a matter of
course. This led to one of the most curious oddities of the Cold
war - the Soviet Union literally had three votes in the UN.
That's because, as a way of settling the dispute of Latin
American votes, the Ukraine and what then was called Byelorussia
(it's now Belarus) were granted separate UN membership, even
though they weren't even nominally independent of the USSR. Thus
the USSR directly controlled three UN votes, as a way of
placating them in the face of their not incorrect belief that
the US controlled more than a dozen.

So Chile, in effect, was an American protectorate. That's one
reason Byrd could talk about attacks on all of America there.

But doesn't it ring any bells that Byrd only said this to a
Chilean newspaper? Why didn't he trumpet it in press conferences
in America? Why did only INS report his words? That doesn't make
any sense. Given the public platform the man had, if attacks
over the poles were something he was gigantically concerned
about (or even if talking about them was nothing more than part
of his ongoing self-promotion), surely we'd have quotes from
many US newspapers. But no. All we have is this one quote from
Chile, and something in the smallest of the three wire services.
(Which at that date was losing money, and was kept alive only
because the Hearst Corporation, which owned it, didn't want to
admit failure in public. I know something about this habit of
theirs. I worked in 1988 and 1989 for the Los Angeles Herald-
Examiner, which was the first Hearst paper. When I worked there,
it had been losing money for well over 20 years, and the Hearst
Corporation kept it alive only out of unwillingness to admit
defeat. In November of 1989, they finally did close it.)

To return to one of your points, Ed - you asked with some
incredulity who could have attacked us over the poles. And from
any rational point of view, any point of view based on the
actual facts of planes available around the world in 1946, it's
a very good question.

But in 1946, people didn't have the facts. The average person,
and very likely even the average military person, had no idea
what the range of new bombers were, especially since the old B-
29s of the war era would soon be replaced with jet bombers.
Presumably that was also going on in Russia. Who could say what
a Russian bomber would be able to do?

That's the relevance of my final footnote, about the fear of
Soviet air attack in the 1950s. The USSR had no bombers that
could have reached the US. But our military didn't know that!
Nor did the CIA. Nobody had accurate information on Soviet
capabilities, and so our military simply assumed the worst. You
think that some military people weren't ready to do the same in
1946? Especially when our military had been partially
demobilized, and it was now in the military's interest to
promote reasons for Congress to give them more money, so they
could build their strength and power back up again?

Greg Sandow

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