From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:26:38 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 08:49:10 -0500 Subject: Book Review - Witness To Roswell Source: Fortean Times, FT305, September 2013, p. 64 Balloon Or Cover-Up? One narrative has a crashed weather balloon and crash test dummies; the competing story has a downed saucer and aliens Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up Thomas J Carey and Donald R Schmitt New Page Books 2009 Pb, 318pp, $16.99, ISBN 9781601630667 Reviewer: George Michael What is most impressive about veteran UFO researchers Thomas J Carey and Donald R Schmitt's study is the number of interviews they conducted with key figures. On 4 July 1947, W W 'Mac' Brazel discovered debris on the New Mexico ranch where he worked. Deputy Sheriff B A 'Bernie' Clark phoned the sheriff, George M Wilcox, who recommended that Brazel contact the Army Air Base. On 7 July, two intelligence officers from the Roswell Army Air Field arrived. The next day, Colonel Blanchard announced that 509th Bomber Squadron had captured a crashed flying saucer outside Roswell. The press release showed a photo of pieces of the saucer. News services picked up the story. General Roger Ramey of the 8th Air Force announced that the original report had been a mistake. At a hastily organised press conference, photographers were permitted to take a few shots of wreckage of what was supposed to be a weather balloon. Brazel told Frank Joyce, the KGFL radio announcer, that he found what appeared to be the wreckage of a flying saucer with "little people" near the crash site. The military detained Brazel for the better part of a week. After his release, he recanted; his find was consistent with the balloon explanation. According to family and associates, Brazel remained convinced that what he had discovered was a flying saucer. The Roswell story was all but forgotten, but in early 1978, Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group at the time of the incident, announced that what was retrieved was no weather balloon, but rather something that was "not of this Earth". Numerous witnesses corroborated the crashed saucer version of the story. In the 1990s, the UFO community attempted to generate congressional interest in the incident. Rep. Steven Schiff asked the Government Accounting Office (GAO) and Air Force to investigate the incident. The 1995 GAO report concluded there was no evidence of an alien craft; two Air Force reports asserted that none had crashed. The Air Force conceded that witnesses could have misidentified a balloon and anthropomorphic dummies from the classified Project Mogul, a mission to detect hydrogen bomb tests using instrumented balloons. The dummies were used in high-altitude parachute tests. Schiff was unconvinced and accused the government of a "massive ongoing cover-up". Sceptics often dismiss the Roswell incident because of a lack of trace evidence. But as Carey and Schmitt point out, eyewitness testimony is considered credible and can even be used to convict someone of murder. They assert more than 600 people directly or indirectly associated with the incident supported the claim of a flying saucer recovery. In 1998, the authors visited Frank Joyce, who claimed that after his interview with Brazel, he was taken against his will to a military hospital in Texas. When he was released, he was told not to return to Roswell. After he retired, he revealed his story about Mac Brazel finding the wreckage and the bodies. The authors found a frequent correlation between rank and reluctance to talk about the incident, which suggested to them that the veterans feared losing their pensions. However, there were exceptions. Arthur E Exon, a retired brigadier general, claimed that material dubbed "memory metal" arrived at Wright Field for testing. It was like foil, but could not be dented and reverted to flatness after being crumpled. He was convinced it was not from Earth. Glenn Dennis, from the Ballard Funeral Home, claimed the base inquired about "children's caskets" and that friend who worked at its hospital had seen dead "foreign bodies" on gurneys. Dennis claimed that military personnel threatened his life if he revealed the story. In a statement released after his death, First Lieut Warren Haut, the PR officer who had announced that the Air Force had captured a flying saucer, confirmed this, the "memory metal" and the alien bodies. The authors believe that he waited to disclose the 'truth' because he wanted to keep his word to his friend Colonel Blanchard. There has been a dearth of documentary and physical evidence to make a convincing case that a flying saucer crashed in New Mexico. Carey and Schmitt concede that this "holy grail" of the Roswell case remains elusive. But the authors have provided a wealth of testimonies from key figures involved in the incident. The consistency in these accounts reinforces their credibility. As a result, Witness to Roswell will now make it difficult for the sceptics to dismiss the incident as a myth. Fortean Times Verdict: Exhaustive study of the possible events at Roswell. Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://tlc-brotherhood.net/TLCB_Forum.html ( guests welcome ) http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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