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Re: Roswell: Final Declassification - Hamilton

From: Bill Hamilton <skywatcher22@space.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 06:10:33 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 16:04:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Roswell: Final Declassification - Hamilton


 >From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1@maine.rr.com>
 >To: <tv@lorencoleman.com>
 >Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 17:34:51 -0400
 >Subject: Roswell: Final Declassification

 >HISTORY CHANNEL USA

 >World Premiere

 >History Undercover: Roswell: Final Declassification:

 >Ever since a strange object fell from the sky near Roswell, New
 >Mexico, in 1947, controversy has brewed over what it really was.
 >The National Archive is about to declassify the last remaining
 >files on the Roswell incident, releasing 11 boxes from a
 >government vault. Check out the contents of these controversial
 >boxes-which contain film. Photos, audio recordings, and an
 >unidentified metal object, and take a tour to the Roswell crash
 >site with scholars from the University of New Mexico.

 >Airs Thursday, June 13 at 8pm EDT / 7pm CDT

 >http://www.historychannel.com/ontv/index.html

Now, how is it that the General Accounting Office never found
these records and came up empty-handed?

In 1994 the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), an
investigative agency that works at the request of Congress,
began a quest to obtain government documents regarding an event
that took place half a century ago, but which still remains
clouded by suspicion: the July 1947 retrieval of an object in
the New Mexico desert.

The first official statement on the case came from the public
affairs office at a nearby military facility, Roswell Army Air
Field, which announced that a wrecked "flying disc" had been
recovered. A day later, Army Air Force officials offered a
different description of the object that fell from the sky -- it
was not a disc or other form of unidentified flying object, but
rather a giant weather balloon used for radar tracking.

This discrepancy of explanations sparked decades of fascination
with Roswell, and today the event is viewed as a major
historical landmark in the study of UFOs. Many UFO researchers
believe that the military did in fact find an alien craft and
the bodies of the creatures that traveled inside. They allege
that a long-standing government cover-up has shielded the
purported close encounter from the public.

Public interest in Roswell has skyrocketed in recent years, and
as a result, at least one member of Congress made an effort to
track down government records on the incident. In response to
queries from his constituents, New Mexico Representative Steven
Schiff began digging for documents in 1993. (Schiff also had a
personal connection to one of the more popular UFO researchers,
Karl Pflock, whose wife worked on Schiff's staff.) Schiff says
that "most Americans don't believe they were told the full story
[about Roswell] by their government."

Unsatisfied with the Defense Department's response to his
request for information (he later told Larry King that "I was
pretty clearly getting the run-around"), Schiff turned to the
GAO, the "investigative arm" of Congress, and asked them to
prepare a report on the status of government records related to
the Roswell incident.

Some eighteen months in the making, the GAO report, "Results of
a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New
Mexico," was issued in July 1995. In it, the GAO summarizes its
investigation and reproduces the small number of documents it
unearthed.

Among the records that did turn up, there was little mention of
extraterrestrials. A previously released FBI teletype message
included in the report did state that "DISC AND BALLOON BEING
TRANSFERRED TO WRIGHT FIELD BY SPECIAL PLANE FOR EXAMINAT
[sic]." And a declassified history of the 509th Bomb group,
which was stationed at RAAF, mentions briefly that the "Office
of Public Information was kept quite busy during the month
answering inquiries on the 'flying disc,' which was reported to
be in the possession of the 509th Bomb Group. The object turned
out to be a radar tracking balloon."

That was the story that the military gave the public in 1947,
but recent Air Force research conducted in response to the GAO
inquiry suggests that this was no ordinary balloon assembly. The
object that came down near Roswell, according to the Air Force's
1995 publication, "The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in
the New Mexico Desert," was most likely the remains of a top
secret research program named Project MOGUL. The aim of the
project was to determine the ability of balloon-carried acoustic
sensors to detect Soviet nuclear tests.

For thousands of Americans, this explanation remains
unconvincing. Speculation about what happened at Roswell will
not be dampened by the GAO report, which notes that key Roswell
Army Air Field (RAAF) records from the relevant period have been
inexplicably destroyed. These include "RAAF administrative
records (from Mar. 1945 through Dec. 1949) and RAAF outgoing
messages (from Oct. 1946 through Dec. 1949)." In a press release
announcing the GAO's findings, Representative Schiff noted that
the "missing records leave unanswered questions."

UFO author Stanton Friedman is one of many ufologists who have
pointed out shortcomings of the GAO's investigation. In his most
recent book, TOP SECRET/MAGIC, Friedman writes:

"[T]he GAO reviewed only the FOIA [Freedom of Information Act]
files of the CIA, FBI, and NSA [National Security Agency],
rather than the entire files, as is borne out by one of the
tables in the report. Surely the documents the GAO saw wouldn't
have included highly classified materials! Based on my own past
experiences, these agencies should not be trusted to do their
own searches. The GAO should have demanded that their staff gain
access to the potentially useful files of these agencies."

Representative Schiff says that even in light of the GAO's
findings, he doubts the Roswell controversy will die down any
time soon. As he told Larry King: "After fifty years, even
though some people are still living from that situation, I don't
see enough evidence now to resolve it to everyone's
satisfaction. I think there will continue to be a debate. I
think the GAO report will go further to fuel the debate."

The GAO researchers who delved into the Roswell controversy
would probably agree. Having come up essentially empty-handed
after its "extensive search for government records," the GAO can
at least state with certainty, as it did in the report, that
"the debate on what crashed at Roswell continues."

In this era of tightened security, the government debunkers are
pulling out the stops and will make one final attempt to squash
the Roswell case and put us back on its own agenda.

With sincere regrets for the death of truth...

P.S. Please view this program and write the History Channel your
opinion and knowledge of the GAO findings. We still have a voice
left, at least, for a little while longer.


Bill Hamilton




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