Archive for the ‘Roswell’ Category
Anyone familiar with the Roswell incident knows the name Jesse Marcel. Major Marcel was the first officer on the scene of the crash – he was the guy who filled his trunk with crash debris and took it home before taking it to the base. Stanton Friedman’s interview with him ignited the modern Roswell mythic narrative. While the debris was at his home, his son, Jesse, Jr. got to touch it, an experience that has since become the stuff of legend.
The younger Marcel died of a heart attack on August 24. He was 77.
Thoughts on Jesse Marcel, Jr.’s passing have started to appear online. I thought readers might be interested in reading some of them.
I’ve lost track of how many times the USAF has explained what happened at Roswell. First there was the 1994-1995 War-and-Peace-like, 1000-page tome, “The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert.” This was the report connecting the Roswell crash with Project MOGUL. That was dutifully followed in 1997 by the overbearingly-titled, “The Roswell Report: Case Closed.” This report was released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Roswell event. The CNN press conference from Roswell was what turned my interest in UFOs from that of casual enthusiast to something more academically serious. I can well remember how the USAF spokesman (Colonel Haynes), when confronted by a reporter who knew that the USAF test dummies could not explain the reports of bodies in a 1947 event because the dummies only came into use in the 1950s, stated with a straight face that the USAF believed the witnesses had undergone “time compression.” Here’s a transcript of a Larry King show that utilized video clips from the press conference where Haynes uttered this infamous piece of gobbledy-gook.
These more “official” explanations were in turn followed by Lt. Col. Philip Corso’s controversial book, The Day After Roswell. Corso’s credentials and identity are genuine. He claimed to have been in charge of the seeding of alien technology discovered at Roswell into the private sector for development (most notably Bell Labs). Corso’s book has been criticized, even by some UFO researchers otherwise committed to the ET view of Roswell (most notably Stanton Friedman). The fact that Corso’s son is a professing Christian who believes his father didn’t lie in this matter is an interesting footnote to the saga (but then again he claims the Roswell craft was a time machine).
So now we get another explanation from yet another USAF insider. I’m sure this one will put it all to rest. Personally, I still think the books by Nick Redfern and Joseph Farrell on the Paperclip connections make much better sense.1
- I have reviewed Redfern’s book here. Farrell’s book was preceded by two earlier volumes (here and here) on Nazi experimental wingless flight technology. Readers should note that while I think Farrell has done an amazing job of ferreting out documentary evidence and constructing a strong circumstantial case for man-made UFOs, I don’t follow his thinking on things like the great pyramid and technology in antiquity. ↩
For those who have not read Nick Redfern’s book, Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, shame on you … but now you can catch up a bit very quickly. Nick just posted a summary of the timeline that underlies the major points of his contention, that the event at Roswell was very human, and inhumane, hence the cover-up. (Note: I reviewed Nick’s book on this blog).
The Magonia review of books posted a review today of Annie Jacobsen’s book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base (Orion Books, 2012). I haven’t read this one and don’t plan to. It really doesn’t capture my interest, for several of the reasons indicated in the Magonia review. There’s nothing revelatory that can be verified (it’s hearsay stuff), so I don’t see the point of spending the time reading it. I’m just not interested in hearsay. But some of you may be interested in this review.
Nick has an interesting post today about possible links to the Collins Elite group, featured in his book Final Events (reviewed here by yours truly). In a nutshell, the update concerns advances in “memory metal” that may be linkable to a memo Nick cited in Final Events that had NASA being able to achieve a “manifestation” of certain materials in a laboratory that utilized the “Parsons Technique.” My take on this is that Parson was of course doing alchemical experiments. But alchemy is what is now called chemistry and materials science. I’m not surprised in the least that a rocket scientist like Parsons would have an advanced knowledge of chemistry and/or materials science. You wouldn’t need to connect to demons (or aliens) for that. Occam’s razor would suggest that Parsons might simply deserve credit for thinking outside the chemical / materials science box, ahead of his time. Any connection with Roswell would be interesting, of course, but would not point to aliens 9for that one would need to know that whatever was produced in the lab was of alien intellectual origin — and we’d first need to know there are aliens for that one — or was not achievable with earthly materials. The latter is basically ruled out by Nick’s update (palladium does exist on earth), so the former is the issue.