“On July 8, 1947, public information officer Lt. Walter Haut issued a press release under orders from base commander Col. William Blanchard, which said basically that we have in our possession a flying saucer. The next day another press release was issued, this time from Gen. Roger Ramey, stating it was a weather balloon. That was the start of the best known and well-documented UFO coverup.”
1947 Roswell UFO Incident
The Government’s Take on Roswell
The key to the Roswell mystery lies in understanding not just the actions of the military, but their mindset in relation to the UFO phenomenon. In 1947, the idea that UFOs might be extraterrestrial was very much a ‘minority report’ view within government. The majority view was that UFOs were experimental prototype aircraft or missiles – either Soviet, or the result of a US program so compartmentalized that its existence was known only to a few. Nick Pope ran the British government’s UFO project and will analyze the Roswell incident from the perspective of government, where those involved would have viewed the incident in the context of the Cold War, in terms of threats and opportunities. Finally, Nick will examine what would happen if an incident like Roswell was to happen today – what if any contingency plans exist for first contact, and what would be the likely societal consequences?
The Alternative View
ROSWELL: ‘Aliens DID crash UFO but truth would end RELIGION and cripple stock markets’
AN ALIEN spacecraft definitely crashed in the New Mexico desert near Roswell, but the truth has been covered up amid fears it could end religion and cripple global finances, an expert has claimed.
By JON AUSTIN
PUBLISHED: 03:55, Sat, Jan 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23, Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Jan Harzan, chief executive of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), believes the legendary Roswell incident DID involve aliens and a cover up by the US Airforce.
But the following day it retracted the statement, saying it was in fact a damaged US Air Force air balloon.
Witnesses later came forward to say there had been alien bodies within the “crashed craft”, which along with the wreckage were then taken to the mysterious top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada.
Speaking to Forbes.com, Mr Harzan was asked if he thought Roswell was real or a hoax.
He said: “Real. Get a copy of the video presentation of ‘Recollections of Roswell’ filmed by MUFON member and well-known UFO researcher Stanton Friedman.
“It is interviews with some 30 survivors of Roswell, including first-hand witnesses, their spouses and their children.
“What they tell you will send chills up your spine.
“If you don’t believe something extraordinary happened after watching this video, then nothing will convince you.
“I can tell you this: It was no weather balloon.”
He was then asked why the governments appeared determined to cover up alleged incidents of alien visitations such as Roswell.
He said: “One possible reason is because they believe, rightly or wrongly, that Earth’s population is not ready for such a revelation.
“Other thoughts are that the knowledge would create widespread panic, cripple the stock market and end religion as we know it.
“Another possible reason is that the technology these beings have is so far advanced – whether it be faster-than-light travel, time travel or other far-advanced technology – that it poses a national security threat to America, especially if these capabilities were to fall into enemy hands.”
US-based MUFON is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to research of UFO and alleged alien sightings and keeps a global database of incidents going back years.
Mr Harzan has been a believer since experiencing a close encounter aged 10.
He said: “At the time (I was) with my brother Jeff, nine, when we witnessed a landing craft in our backyard in Thousand Oaks, California.
“It was 30 feet from us, hovering 10 feet off the ground, making a humming noise much like a transformer on a telephone pole.
“There were four landing gear on the craft, and it was completely smooth and seamless. It was a life-changing experience, to say the least.”