The Four Faces Of The U.S. Government -

The government has made four chief statements over the years concerning what was found at Roswell.


1. On July 6, Lieutenant Walter Haut, the public information officer for the Roswell base, issued a military press release on the crash. It was published in the Roswell Daily Record on July 8: "The many rumors regarding the flying disk became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disk through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff's office of Chaves County."

2. Later on July 8, Brigadier General Roger Ramey called the original announcement a mistake. He claimed the recovered debris was simply the wreckage of an experimental weather device.

3. Early in 1994, in reaction to continuing insistence that a cover-up existed, Representative Steven H. Schiff of New Mexico asked the General Accounting Office---the investigative arm of Congress---to urge the Pentagon to declassify documents relating to Roswell. In response, Secretary of the Air Force Sheila E. Widnall ordered that the Air Force investigation and report be as thorough as possible. The results of that investigation were reported in a box on the front page of The New York Times in late September that same year. According to the Times, "The wreckage, quickly whisked away by the Air Force, was part of an airborne system for atomic-age spying" called Project Mogul. Balloon-launched, its purpose was to search high in the atmosphere for weak reverberations from nuclear blasts half a world away. The debris, found near Roswell, N.M., was a smashed part of the program's balloon's sensors, and, of most consequence to the growth of spaceship theories, radar reflectors made of thin metal foil.

"At the time, the Air Force said the wreckage was that of a weather balloon, a white lie, " the Times piece continued. "But over the decades, the incident grew to mythic dimensions among flying-saucer cultists, who spun slim evidence into weighty charges.... On Sept. 8, after an eight-month investigation, the Air Force issued a report and a number of thick appendices that to all appearances deflate the conspiracy theory once and for all. Of course, ardent flying-saucer contend that the cover-up continues."

4. On July 4, 1997, on the 50th anniversary of the Roswell crash, the US government/Air Force held a press conference. If people were expecting an amazing or shocking revelation, they were quite disappointed. The big "revelation" was that the Roswell crash involved a DIFFERENT KIND of balloon then what they had previously claimed. This balloon supposedly carried some dummies/human mannequins into the air, and these mannequins, when the balloon crashed near Roswell, accounted for the so-called bodies recovered.

Some in the media, particularly popular coast-to-coast radio host Art Bell, and others, wondered out loud why the picture of the balloon, with mannequins, was of a kind that DID NOT EXIST in 1947, but was developed in the 50s. Bell and others questioned why the Air Force didn't, or couldn't, come up with a picture of a 1940's era balloon to back up their "new" claims.