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?

There is a simple answer: if the military possessed such powers that they were able to confiscate each and every piece of wreckage, they could obviously do the same with the photographs.

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.
According to Carey and Schmitt many people took bits of wreckage away with them (presumably before the military arrived at the site), then organised searches which recovered every bit of wreckage. However, they did not mention photographs. What I really mean, of course, is that Witness to Roswell is just a geewhiz book.
Whoops - I mean the military organised searches.
I have added a note to your review of the Schmitt-Carey book. I don't know if you are familiar with the writings of Anthony Bragalia, especially his recent research into the discovery of Nitinol, which he claims had its origins in the 'morphing metal' supposedly found at the crash site.
Yes. His latest writings on nitinol are on his blog The Bragalia Files.
Before digital cameras people had to take their rolls of films to be developed. The photo labs would have been warned to look out for picturs of the wreckage and confiscate them like they did with porno.
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