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Comments on 'The Roswell Incident, book by Berlitz and Moore, 1981


Finally, a Symposium devoted to the subject of the hidden evidence behind the UFO phenomenon would hardly be complete without a discussion of what may well prove to be the greatest cover-up of all times: the fact that the United States government could have in its possession a crashed saucer along with the deep-frozen bodies of its occupants. Such theories have been current for a number of years, in fact, ever since the late 1940s, when UFOs made their most recent and persistent appearance in the skies overhead. But it was not until the appearance this year of The Roswell Incident, co-authored by noted author and linguist, Charles Berlitz, and William Moore, that the theories of UFO crash retrievals gained widespread public attention. William Moore was present along with the man hired as research consultant for the book, nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman.

Briefly, the Roswell Incident concerns the apparent high probability that a UFO crashed on American soil in the state of New Mexico, in July of 1947. Stanton T. Friedman uncovered the original lead in January of 1978, while lecturing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and appearing on local media. Someone introduced him to the manager of the TV station, who said that Friedman ought to get in touch with Retired Colonel Jesse Marcel who had handled one of these "flying saucers way back when."

Friedman did get in touch with the now elderly Marcel, but was skeptical until Bill Moore, researching the story in the files of the University of Minnesota, came across the original news release which said that the Air Force had recovered a crashed "flying disc." Just as immediately, however, press releases were issued which denied the original report: the odd scraps of shiny material picked up in the desert near Roswell were actually the remains of a weather balloon.

Air Force brass supposedly had the material flown to Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, where General Ramey displayed it to members of the press. A local weather forecaster was on hand to explain that the material being shown had indeed come from a weather balloon. There is no doubt about that, Moore and Friedman admitted. The problem is that the Air Force kept the real recovered material aboard plane and later flew it on to Wright- Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The Fort Worth press conference was nothing more than a stage show and a cover-up, the beginning of Cosmic Watergate and a policy that still exists today. At least this is the scenario arrived at by the two men after interviewing Jesse Marcel and others who were in the area around Roswell, New Mexico, at the time of the crash. Marcel was a highly placed intelligence officer who would later be promoted to Colonel and work with America's hydrogen bomb program.

Present day Air Force officials, of course, continue to deny the existence of any crashed saucers in their possession.

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