Mystery of Roswell spaceship crash still
The following article was published in “The San Francisco
Chronicle”, 16th August, 2004
after the U.S. Air Force closed its books on the claim that a
UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947, a top Democratic Party
figure wants to reopen the investigation into the cosmic legend.
Despite denials by federal officials, many UFO buffs cherish the
notion that in early summer of 1947, a flying saucer crashed in
rural Roswell, scattering alien bodies and saucer debris across
Now Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who chaired the recent
Democratic convention in Boston, says in his foreword to a new
book that "the mystery surrounding this crash has never been
adequately explained _ not by independent investigators, and not
by the U.S. government. ... There are as many theories as there
are official explanations.
"Clearly, it would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed
everything it knows," says Richardson, who served as Energy
secretary under President Bill Clinton. "The American people can
handle the truth _ no matter how bizarre or mundane. ... With
full disclosure and our best scientific investigation, we should
be able to find out what happened on that fateful day in July
The passage appears in a paperback titled "The Roswell Dig
Diaries," published in collaboration with TV's SciFi Channel by
Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The "dig" of the
title refers to an archaeological dig at the supposed crash
A Richardson aide, Billy Sparks, confirmed the governor's
remarks. Richardson "is interested in either debunking the story
or (encouraging) full disclosure" of any unreleased records on
the case, Sparks said.
To the Air Force, though, there is no mystery _ and there hasn't
been for a long time. In 1994, the Air Force published "Roswell
Report: Case Closed, " which asserted that so-called saucer
debris was, in fact, the ruins of an unusual type of military
research balloon, which contained hypersensitive acoustic
sensors designed to detect the rumble of any Soviet A-bomb
tests. A subsequent investigation by the U.S. General Accounting
Office was unable to locate any unreleased records on the case.
Hence, Richardson's foreword drew scorn from veteran UFO
investigators and science popularizers.
"We're kind of disappointed in Richardson for perpetuating the
mythology of that thing," said Dave Thomas, president of New
Mexicans for Science and Reason, a skeptics group in
The grand old man of skeptical UFO investigators, Philip J.
Klass, who has written for Aviation Week & Space Technology
since 1952, said: "Gov. Richardson _ whom I previously admired _
is wrong about Roswell and too trusting of TV network promoters.
After more than a third of a century of research, I have found
no credible evidence of extraterrestrial visitors."
Andrew Fraknoi, a noted astronomy popularizer, critic of
pseudoscience and faculty members at Foothill College in Los
Altos Hills, called Richardson's foreword unbelievable.
"This continues to confirm that election or appointment to high
office does not guarantee wisdom in all areas of human thought,"
But in a show of extraterrestrial bipartisanship, the executive
director of the New Mexico Republican Party is taking
Richardson's side. Greg Graves, a Roswell native who suspects
the crashed object was "something more than a weather balloon,"
wants to know what really happened in the Southwestern desert
two years before his birth.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, located in Ohio, is frequently mentioned
in UFO Folklore as the destination for the bodies of extraterrestrials
recovered from the crash near Roswell in 1947. The Roswell Incident
is, without doubt, the most discussed event in the history of Ufology.According to radio broadcasts at the time of Roswell, the disk-shaped
object which fell to earth was transported by the military to Wright-Patterson
AFB. As mentioned previously, many researchers believe that the occupants
of the Roswell craft were also transported to the same destination, or
to be more precise, Hanger 18 at the base.The highly controversial “MJ 12 Documents” also state quite
clearly that extraterrestrials should be delivered to the Blue Lab at
Wright-Paterson (The MAJESTIC12 are covered
in some detail on this site).
The late June Crane claimed, before she died, that she started work
at the base in 1942 when she was just 18 years of age. She also claimed
that, whilst working at Wright-Patterson, she was told of the arrival
of the bodies of the occupants of the “flying saucer” which
crashed at Roswell and that she actually touched some unusual metallic
material of which the saucer was made.
Amongst the various explanations for the Roswell craft
that have been put forward over the years is that the object was, in
fact, a Mogul Balloon. What does Col. John Alexander PhD. have
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