Thursday, August 04, 2011
Interesting UFO cases revisited: 2. Roswell - the confiscated evidence
In my review of Carey and Schmitt's book, Witness to Roswell, I noted that the authors repeat the assertion of others that the "UFO" wreckage could not have been a Mogul balloon rig because the material was so strong that it resisted all efforts to break, burn or melt it. I also noted that it was rather strange that it apparently shattered into small pieces when it hit the ground. So far as I am aware, no one has yet made any serious attempt to resolve this apparent contradiction.
I also noted that the authors asserted that many people travelled up to 75 miles to the crash site to collect pieces of the wreckage, which some of them then passed on to others. Carey and Schmitt went on to assert that the military (apparently possessing supernatural powers) succeeded in retrieving every scrap of the material.
All this may seem implausible enough to most of you who have the taste and discrimination to read this blog, but there is or should be some other evidence the military should have confiscated. The authors are emphatic about the recovery of the "unbreakable" metal, but what about the photographs?
Photographs? Yes. No one is going to convince me that if all those people thought it was worth the trouble and expense of driving up to 75 miles to the crash site along dirt roads that most, or many, of them would not bring their cameras with them to take advantage of a unique opportunity to photograph their families and friends posing amid the alien wreckage. In those days most people possessed cheap box cameras, and would certainly load them with film if they anticipated seeing anything worth photographing. At least, that was how it was in England at that time and I can't believe that the people of New Mexico were any less keen on taking pictures.
So where are these photos? Or are the stories about people collecting wreckage just lies, fantasies or false memories?
Every civilian who dared to approach the sacred crash site was stopped and searched at gunpoint if they tried to take any debris or clicked their camera.
At least, that is what Carey & Schmitt, and plenty of others, will tell you.