Conspiracy theorists grasp at the flimsiest pieces of flotsam to try and stay afloat. A grainy photo, even when millions of people have high quality digital cameras, is enough to prove to some that whatever it is they think is out there is truly there. A word from the guy who knew the guy who met the lady who once knew the girl who became a man after a career as a circus performer has the same veracity as first person testimony with incontrovertible evidence. The kind of stuff that would set off your BS detector in any bar suddenly ends up in the news as legitimate news because some members of the media are desperate to fill space. You kind of expect stuff like that in papers that feature topless women on page three or drawings of vampire women on the cover. Rational people know that those sources are about as reliable as that guy who wants to borrow ten bucks for a couple of days.
But sometimes one of these stories slips through the cracks and ends up in the mainstream media. That’s when it’s important to forward these fine journalists this link which shows the amazing problems with the basic tenets of any UFO conspiracy. The most obvious problem is that the basic conspiracy relies on the fact that beings can travel millions of light years through space, avoiding black holes and the rest only to crash into our planet. Over and over and over …..
Don’t they have some version of Driver’s Ed in space? And, anyway, how hard can it be to miss a planet?
Oh well. Here we go again. Lee Speigal at Huffington Post – who’s actually a very good journalist, but keeps his opinion to himself here – tells about another guy who has proof, PROOF I TELL YOU, that Roswell was a cover up and there’s a bunch of stuff about UFOs that some evil cabal in “the government” is keeping from you, and only you.
Yes, this particular guy’s a general, but I don’t care.
The Roswell UFO controversy may be 64 years old, but it shows no sign of heading into retirement.
One thing we know for sure: On July 8, 1947, the front page of the Roswell Daily Record proclaimed that a flying saucer had been captured by the Roswell Army Air Field.
The U.S. Air Force had issued a press release that day stating that a flying saucer had been “captured,” and photos were released of soldiers examining metallic-looking objects, presumably pieces of a crashed balloon.
Then the controversy began. At a press conference later that day in Ft. Worth, Texas, Air Force Brig. Gen. Roger Ramey essentially recanted the entire story, announcing instead that the debris was simply pieces of a fallen weather balloon.
Speculation of what really happened has never truly ended. George Filer, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, told The Huffington Post that he believes Ramey was forced to lie about the Roswell incident.
And, in news that will come as a shock even to ardent UFO researches, he told The Huffington Post in an exclusive interview that Ramey’s wife told him he was “embarrassed about having to lie about the weather balloon.”
Over his 20-year career, Filer regularly briefed generals and congressmen about a wide range of security issues, including UFO sightings, up through the Vietnam War.
“It is my opinion that President Truman was there [at Fort Worth] and that he made the decision that it should be held at the highest levels,” Filer said.
“The reason I believe that is that I had talked with Mrs. Ramey. She would never admit that she knew anything about aliens, but she did say that [her husband] was very embarrassed about having to lie about the weather balloon — he was very upset about that.”
“She also admitted that they became good friends with the Trumans,” Filer added. “My point is: How does a one-star general become a good friend with the president of the United States?”
None of this comes as a surprise to former nuclear physicist Stanton T. Friedman. He’s the original civilian investigator of the Roswell UFO incident and the most outspoken scientist who believes there is overwhelming evidence that alien spacecrafts are visiting Earth. He, too, has talked with Mrs. Ramey.
“From talking to her, I had no reason to believe A) that she knew intimate details about Roswell or any other such event; or B) that she made up this story because it is consistent with a man of reasonable character who followed orders as one would certainly have expected him to,” Friedman said.
Both Filer and Friedman — the military man and the scientist — said they believe the Roswell UFO was an alien spacecraft, that Earth is currently visited by extraterrestrials and that only individuals with very specific “need to know” credentials have access to this information. Both are speaking at next week’s MUFON Symposium in Irvine, Calif.
“We are being visited on a regular basis — probably for thousands of years — by aliens from other planets,” Filer said. “Their technology is much more advanced than what we have. Even though we don’t like to think of ourselves in this way, in a lot of ways, we’re primitive compared to them.”
New wrinkles are constantly being added to the Roswell conspiracy theory. Author Annie Jacobsen unveiled a whopper this year in her book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” that alleged the alien spaceship crash was actually a hoax contrived by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Nazi scientist Josef Mengele. There was no crash, according to Jacobsen, but the Communist dictator and “the Angel of Death” allegedly sent children surgically altered to look like aliens to Roswell in a remote-controlled craft to frighten Americans.
Friedman echoed Filer’s sentiment. “People need to recognize that the real situation about where we fit in the scheme of things is very different from the way it’s been portrayed,” Friedman said. “In my view of what’s going on, there are loads of civilizations out there all over the place, and that we are not very significant.
“[The aliens] would instantly recognize that we don’t qualify for membership in a galactic federation because we’re such a primitive society whose major activity is obviously tribal warfare.”
Let’s take this one part at a time.
Gen. Ramey could have been forced to lie for a far more prosaic reasons. That was about the time the government, the regular one, was testing the Northrop Delta wing bomber and a couple of other crafts that they would rather not have featured on the front page news.
Now, which one makes more sense? An alien flew billions of miles only to slam into the desert or an experimental craft that had stability issues flopped to the ground?
If you picked door number one, you’re hopeless.
If the pilot of that craft died it’s easy to see why the general would have been embarrassed. Not being able to honor a man who died in the service of his country would bother any member of the military.
As to Mr. Friedman, if he would just click this link he would see the many holes in his – for lack of a better term – theory.
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