Published by New Paradigm Press
Copyright 2012 by Frank G. Wilkinson
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The July, 1947 flying saucer crash at Roswell, New Mexico, more than any other event in the annals of UFO history, has defined the discussion of extraterrestrials, government, and the meaning of contact for the last fifty years. Most of the themes which would capture our imaginations in the years to come burst full-blown into American culture that day: flying saucers as metallic, "nuts and bolts" machines capable of exploding and leaving debris, diminutive "grey" aliens, and, most of all, US shadow government and the beginnings of what most observers now acknowledge to be the largest, most expensive cover-up in the history of the world - complete with back-engineering of alien technology, the mysterious Area 51, silencing and character assassination of witnesses, and the nefarious antics of the Men In Black (MIBs), who may be aliens, or government agents, or aliens working for the government, or government agents working for the aliens, or even the Devil himself!
But for all the expense, coercion and violation of the US Constitution involved, the UFO cover-up has never been more than partially successful. At Roswell, for example, it has been known from day one that something exploded that night over Mac Brazel's ranch, and that something was retrieved soon after by the US Army Air Force. Most of the debate has centered on what, exactly, that something was. Was it a Skyhook weather balloon, as the USAAF originally claimed? Or maybe a secret (at that time) Project Mogul balloon designed to detect Russian satellites as the USAF claimed when restating its position on the incident in 1994? Or was it a flying saucer, manned by small, humanoid beings whose bodies were recovered for study? Or something else entirely?