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The Truth Behind Roswell Essay

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Roswell: Fact, Fiction, or Military Coverup
Some time in July of 1947, a mysterious flying object zigzagged across the skies of New Mexico. By Wednesday the object was over Roswell. On Thursday afternoon officials from Roswell were flown in to observe the activity (Korff). Then on Friday the object completely disappeared from radar and possibly crashed. On Saturday July 5th a rancher, by the name of William “Mac” Brazel, discovered the wreckage on his ranch a few miles outside Roswell (McAndrew). Perhaps the greatest evidence that a UFO did indeed crash near Roswell is the wide scale military cover up that took place after the crash. This along with numerous eyewitness accounts of the ...view middle of the document...

Most of their more convincing evidence came from government documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Their conclusions were that, at least one alien craft had crashed in the Roswell vicinity, aliens – some possibly still alive – had been recovered (Speigel). Over the years, books, articles, television specials, and a made-for-TV movie brought the 1947 incident significant notoriety. By the mid-1990s, public polls such as a 1997 CNN/Time poll, revealed that the majority of people interviewed believed that aliens had indeed visited Earth, and that aliens had landed at Roswell ("Poll").
The main reason for all of the scepticism was the supposed government coverup. Once Brazzel had alerted the local authorities, the local sheriff sent the material to the airfield. Once sent, the debris was examined and “Brigadier General Roger Ramey… held a press conference, with Major Marcel present, and announced that all the hoopla had been over a mistaken weather balloon, and nothing more” (Korff). In 1979 Jesse Marcel was interviewed regarding his role in the recovery of the wreckage. Jesse Marcel stated, "... it would not burn ... that stuff weighs nothing, it's so thin, it isn't any thicker than the tinfoil in a pack of cigarettes. It wouldn't bend. We even tried making a dent in it with a 16 pound sledge hammer. And there was still no dent in it" (McAndrew) Officers who had been stationed at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio (where the wreckage was taken) at the time of the incident have supported Jesse Marcel's claims (Speigel). The U.S. military says it's all a misunderstanding caused by a downed weather balloon, but the official story keeps changing, and the Roswell legend won't go away. The case is interesting if we listen to Major Jessee Marcel’s account of the story. He claims that there were two crashes not one like the original story reports there was. He also goes on to claim that even though the government has provided a coverup to calm down the public. It’s true though “ If they accepted the fact that there are creatures coming to Earth from other universes or from wherever, it basically would destroy religions, and the fact that our military's helpless against them would destroy the reputation of the military” (Speigel). But when the original story was presented, Marcel was there under oath, he claimed that the parts were from a downed weather balloon (“Roswell”). This refuted everything that he said to any of the other UFO authors. We can only assume that the debris was not part of an alien craft and theories about an alien craft must be excluded.
The only way to rationalize this is to assume that the government was withholding crucial parts...

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