Area 51, UFOs and Conspiracy Theories

By Judy Berman

Flying saucers have been reported on land and in the air. Are they of our making or from outer space?

The truth is out there. But what it is depends on who and what you believe.

On a lonely stretch of highway about 100 miles north of Las Vegas lies Area 51 – the site connected to the Roswell Incident in early July 1947. Rancher W. W. “Mac” Brazel reported that the wreckage of odd tinfoil-like material was spread over a large area on his property near Corona, New Mexico – about 75 miles from the town of Roswell.  A few witnesses also reported seeing strange bodies.

“The case for Roswell actually started in 1979, when Jesse Marcel, the Army major who played a role in the recovery of the crash debris, started publicly saying how he thought it was an alien spaceship. Until then, Roswell had totally dropped out of UFO history,” states UFO expert Bruce Maccabee in a Dec. 18, 2009, interview in Popular Mechanics.

Off a lonely stretch of highway, Area 51's function is a mystery to many. But some claim to have seen UFOs and aliens near Roswell.

Off a lonely stretch of highway, Area 51′s function is a mystery to many. But some claim to have seen UFOs and aliens near Roswell.

Many believe that a “flying disk” crash-landed here, and alien bodies were removed from the wreckage and are housed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

WDTN-TV producer Darl Day, who has investigated this, reported that one “pretty good explanation” about the Roswell “incident” was the debris came from “a top-secret high-altitude spy project.”

So were there alien bodies? Day’s interview includes some intriguing details. John K. Mosgrove, a dental technician, said while he worked at a Veterans Administration hospital in Dayton, Ohio, (about a 30-minute drive from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base), “he was assigned the task of replicating a strange mandible or lower jawbone, taken from a createure of unknown identity.”

The cast was broken and tosssed into the trash, but Mosgrove retrieved it later and pieced it back together. His conclusion was that it was not human or animal.

“At this point, the weight is still toward the unknown, rather than toward the known. … A lot of these people I’ve talked to are very reliable individuals, and there is something going on. I don’t know what. There’s a lot going on at Wright-Pat. I had sources at Wright-Pat that were pretty reliable who really wanted to get to the bottom of it. Even with their clearances, they couldn’t find anything,” Day said.

What became of those “remains” and the “UFO?” The government said at the time that there were no bodies and that it actually was a weather balloon. UFO believers say it’s a government cover-up.

A couple of weeks before that crash, on June 24, 1947, airplane pilot Kenneth Arnold had a strange experience. “I observed a chain of nine peculiar-looking aircraft flying from north to south at approximately 9,500-foot elevation. … They seemed to hold a definite direction, but rather swerved in and out of the high mountain peaks.

Arnold said they approached Mount Rainier, and he saw their outline against the snow quite plainly. He could not identify what the vehicles were. Arnold compared their motion to “a saucer, if you skip it across the water,” which some later interpreted as a “flying saucer.”

“As I was flying in the direction of this particular ridge, I measured it and found it to be approximately five miles, so I could safely assume that the chain of these saucer-like objects were at least five miles long,” Arnold stated in a memo posted by PROJECT 1947. (PROJECT 1947 is a worldwide effort to document the origins of the modern UFO phenomenon.)

The pilot thought “it was very peculiar that I couldn’t find their tails, but assumed they were some type of jet plane …”

Pilot Kenneth Arnold's drawing of one of the flying disks that he saw in 1947. Officials found him credible, but thought he was mistaken.

Pilot Kenneth Arnold’s drawing of one of the flying disks that he saw in 1947. Officials found him credible, but thought he was mistaken.

Air Force investigators found Arnold to be a credible witness, but concluded that what he “had seen was a mirage, not actual flying ships,” according to history.com

Arnold said: “A number of newsmen and experts suggested that I might have been seeing reflections or even a mirage. This I know to be absolutely false, as I observed these objects not only through the glass of my airplane, but turned my airplane sideways, where I could open my window and observe them with a completely unobstructed view.”

So, what do you think?

There’s no shortage of conspiracy theories. In Part 2: The Dark Side of the Moon (Landing).

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*Main Photo: X-Files – I Want to Believe

*Photo: Extraterrestrial Highway – Nevada Highway 375 is thus designated because of its proximity to Area 51 and its association with UFO spotting. Photo taken by Astronautilus. May 11, 1997. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e0/Extraterrestrial_Highway.jpg/400px-Extraterrestrial_Highway.jpg

Questions for a UFO Expert: Bruce Maccabee on the Real X-Files, Roswell and His Own UFO Sighting http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/ufo/4304682

*Photo: Pilot Kenneth Arnold – drawing of flying disks – The letter with a drawing of flying saucers or flying disks submitted by pilot Kenneth Arnold to Army Air Force intelligence on July 12, 1947. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Arnold_AAF_drawing.jpg/487px-Arnold_AAF_drawing.jpg

Pilot Kenneth Arnold – Project 1947 – who saw nine strange aircraft in the skies. http://www.project1947.com/fig/ka.htm

Article: Dental technician says “mandible” may be alien http://www.think-aboutit.com/aliens/dental_technician_says_mandible.htm

Video link: Alien Encounters: The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Connection, National Archives and Records Administration – This WDTN-TV Channel 2 Dayton, Ohio, video recording is an investigative look at the Roswell “incident.” Producer Carl Day reports. http://archive.org/details/gov.archives.341-roswell-4

Video: Coverup at Roswell? http://entertainment.msn.com/videopreview2/?channelindex=4&from=en-us_msnhp#/video/e1de114e-6e25-4263-ad1e-dcd277eb007f

The Roswell files – The Truth about Roswell may be “out there,” but it has been shrouded by faulty and conflicting memories, hoaxes – and,  sometimes, deliberate lies. http://www.roswellfiles.com/index.htm

“Unidentified Flying Objects – Project Blue Book” and “The Roswell Incident” http://www.archives.gov/foia/ufos.html

“How Area 51 Works” – Area 51 is the most famous secret military installation in the world. Learn about more Area 51 sightings next.(© HowStuffWorks) http://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/area-51.htm

The Truth Is Out There

By Judy Berman

The haunting theme music, investigations of UFOs, aliens and the paranormal were the staples of “The X-Files.”

FBI Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), whose sister had been abducted by aliens, suspected a government cover-up. But his partner, Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), was more skeptical.

Both agents were assigned to investigate unsolved cases referred to as “X-Files.” During the show’s run from 1993 to 2002, the science-fiction TV show moved to the big screen with “The X-Files: Fight the Future” (1998). A sequel followed, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” (2008).

Now, a third film is being talked about. But the truth is … it’s not certain if it’s out there.

“There is a very active and relentless fan campaign for a last movie. I do feel like it would be a terrible shame if that didn’t happen,” X-Files producer Frank Spotnitz said in an interview with Sciencefiction.com.

Spotnitz said he’s been talking to X-Files creator and executive producer Chris Carter about this possibility for a long time. “It feels wrong not to give it an ending around the alien colonization of Earth. … I have a clear idea of how it would go.”

At times, I could empathize with Mulder. I want to believe. Other times, I’m very much like Scully. I weigh the evidence, am skeptical about “eyewitness sightings.”

Is Earth the only planet in the whole galaxy that contains life? It doesn’t seem logical. We’re trying to contact other galaxies. Could another galaxy be trying to get in touch with us? Have some already visited Earth?

Some scoff at that notion. They dismiss accounts of Unidentified Flying Objects and/or little gray men as coming from yahoos out drinking in a swamp.

Pro-UFO supporters point to the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book, Area 51 and the 1947 Roswell incident as proof of credible UFO sightings and of a government cover-up about research on aliens – extraterrestrials. (Links to these stories are below.)

So it’s no wonder that the show’s slogans, “Trust No One” and “The Truth Is Out There” were embraced by X-Files’ fans. They also were a natural fit for me. I was a reporter during the show’s run. It was a natural instinct for me to question what I was told and not buy into every snake-oil salesman’s smooth-talking pitch.

That’s why I want to reject the idea of the series’ Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). He’s plotting with extraterrestrials who plan to wipe out human life. He’s evil personified, willing to sell out the public. But at what cost?

If they succeeded, just how safe would his job be? “No cigarettes for you.”

But, whatever the outcome, I do hope there’s a third movie for the rest of us who can’t get enough of the X-Files.

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Do you identify more with Fox Mulder or Dana Scully?

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Main photo credit of Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson)

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/the-x-files/images/19918135/title/x-files-wallpaper

Photo credit: Fox Mulder’s office in “The X-Files”

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_X-Files_Office.jpg

“How Area 51 Works”

http://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/area-51.htm

“Unidentified Flying Objects – Project Blue Book” and “The Roswell Incident”

http://www.archives.gov/foia/ufos.html