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Book Review - Witness To Roswell

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
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