Roswell UFO Incident

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By all outward signs easily visualized and publicized in every format and forum, it's a very safe bet that the 1947 Roswell UFO Sighting is the most sensationalized event of its kind since first dawn of time. Indeed, even staunch skeptic D. B. Gildenberg opined in a recap of the incident entitled, "A Roswell Requiem" published in 2003, that "[Roswell] is the world's most famous, ... exhaustively investigated, and ... thoroughly debunked UFO claim."

Such a mixed bag of public reactions described above is perhaps only to expect, considering the totality of all surrounding circumstances. This is clearly evidenced by enormous notoriety the Incident gained during intervening decades since its initial development, thanks to numerous books, TV documentaries, news reports and even at least one made-for-TV movie.

Following is an overview of the 1947 Roswell, New Mexico UFO Sighting. It is offered in a spirit of hopeful expectation that readers will draw their own conclusions, based on unbiased observation.

How the 1947 Roswell UFO Tale took shape and has taken off like a rocket ever since

The long-running Roswell UFO Saga first launched during a severe thunderstorm late one evening in early July of 1947. During that spell of inclement weather, some type of spacecraft zoomed down from the sky and crash- landed on a tract of private land close to Corona, New Mexico. Known locally as the "Foster Ranch," the crash site was actually much closer to Corona than Roswell. Despite that, it became associated with Roswell, which was the location of a military installation that later became integral to the story.

The day after the crash, Foster Farm foreman William "Mac" Brazel and a seven-year old lad who lived nearby named Dee Proctor reportedly discovered remnants of the wrecked flying saucer. Various pieces were purportedly scattered throughout a large area estimated to be longer than 1/2 mile. Brazel later claimed the recovered pieces were made of a peculiar metallic substance unlike anything he'd ever seen before in his entire life. Accordingly, Brazel contacted local law enforcement agencies that in turn notified military authorities at nearby Roswell Air Field (RAF).

Meanwhile, many reports began to surface from many local residents who claimed to have seen the remains of alien extraterrestrial humanoid beings that U.S. military personnel recovered several miles away from the crash site.

Amid an ensuring frenzy of intense public interest, the U.S. Armed Forces made an official announcement that the crashed vehicle was merely an ordinary weather balloon used by meteorologists to forecast weather conditions. The U.S. Government Accoutability Office has a full report on the 1947 weather balloon crash at Roswell. Per one popular account, however, U.S. military officials concealed the true purpose of the crashed device as nuclear test monitoring. Nevertheless, the incident gradually faded from collective memory into relative obscurity for nearly the next three decades.

However, widespread interest resurged during the late 1970s that was apparently sparked by many UFOlogist claims that at least one extraterrestrial spacecraft had indeed crashed. In addition, these same conspiracy theorists openly accused the U.S. military of deliberately covering up its discovery of alien occupants' remains.

Primarily cited Roswell UFO Sighting eyewitness problems

Despite several hundred eyewitness accounts compiled and published by various sources that ranged from investigative journalists to scholarly researchers, skeptics opine that very few of those self-identified witnesses reported actually seeing any alien remains or wreckage debris. By stark contrast, critics posit that a vast majority of subjects interviewed simply recited previously made third-party claims. Consequently, UFO skeptics point out that such eyewitness accounts are merely hearsay and therefore inadmissible in a court of law.

One widely cited case in point is "The Roswell Incident." Published in 1980 and co-authored by Charles Berlitz and William Moore, the documentary was the first conspiracy theory book that emerged regarding the 1947 Roswell UFO incident. Berlitz and Moore had previously written best-selling volumes about the infamous Philadelphia Experiment and the Bermuda Triangle. In "The Roswell Incident," however, those noted authors claimed to have interviewed 90 witnesses, but recounted just 25 witness narratives. Of those 25, only seven made claims of having actually seen wreckage debris. Of those seven, five claimed to have personally handled debris.

In addition to those and many similar discrepancies, die-hard skeptics further debunked the substantive content of witness's statements who claimed to have seen alien beings. Other commonly cited grounds for justifiably harsh criticism include the unreliability of secondhand accounts, total lack of credibility from objectively demonstrable falsehoods, multiple self-contradictions, dubious deathbed confessions by elderly witnesses and highly questionable reports given by easily confused firsthand observers.

According to skeptics, the main underlying flaw of all witness reports is a 31 to 40-year gap between initial alleged events and subsequent recounting thereof. Besides well-known general unreliability of all accounts given so long after the fact, skeptics posit that such statements are especially dubious with regard to the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident. The stated basis for that reasoning is high susceptibility to contamination by other accounts, to which witnesses were directly exposed.

Mutually acknowledged major discrepancies

Moreover, both UFO skeptics and proponents agree that some material positively identified by Marcel as recovered from the wreckage was part of a balloon device. When this was brought to Marcel's attention, he reportedly changed his story by denying that particular material was recovered from the crash site. Many skeptics further pointed out Marcel's prior history of embellishment and outright fabrication. A prime example cited is Marcel's previous claim to being a former Air Force pilot who was awarded five Air Medals for shooting down enemy planes during combat. Likewise, many high-profile UFOlogists have expressed firm conviction that no extraterrestrial spacecraft or alien beings were involved in the Roswell Incident.

Ostensibly expert opinion of real causes for such resounding controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident

Anthropology experts Kathleen Stewart and Susan Harding opined that Roswell is an ideal prototypical case that vividly illustrates how easily public discourse can shift from radical fringes to mainstream views when fueled by endemic preoccupation with cover-ups, repression and conspiracy. In their self-stated assessment, generalized 1980s sociopolitical climes were perfectly aligned with outlandish eyewitness accounts widely published in sensational books during the same time.

Concluding opposed commentary on the 1947 Roswell UFO Sightings case study

In all candor, this writer feels compelled to make a fair, but very rare disclosure of mixed reactions to the Roswell UFO Tale. On one side of an internalized vigorous debate is long-standing generalized personal belief in the very probable reality that we earth-dwelling human beings are not alone all by ourselves in an infinitely vast universe. Indeed, any expression of such a suggestion by others invariably evokes instant dismissal as extreme naivete of the most absurd kind. Thus, an actual extraterrestrial spacecraft crash can't be completely ruled out of the Realm of Infinite Possibilities.

On the flipside, however, resides an instinctive desire to remain objective by systematically evaluating all proffered evidence with analytical detachment. Ergo, taking into full account all the foresaid contradictions, outright fraud, discrepancies and ambiguities, this writer's final judgment must remain indefinitely deferred in the Roswell UFO Case.

As stated at the very earliest outset of this writing, each reader must ultimately reach his or her own conclusions. However, one undisputed fact remains that rational minds should find it very hard to divine any credible dispute with the proposition that this particular UFO case has garnered the greatest amount of rapt attention, intense fascination, vehement controversy and pure speculation than all others combined.