on July 28, 2007
Relying 100% on eyewitness and secondary witness testimony this book weaves together a picture of what the authors believed happened at Roswell back in 47'. If you don't believe the ET craft / alien body hypothesis then the first question that you have to answer about half way through the book is simply this, "Why in the world would these people - quite a number on their deathbeds - make this stuff up?" Fame and fortune? I don't see fortunes being raked in by these supposed witnesses and if fame is having your name written up in book that just might get you weird looks at the church bingo game....well, then I guess it's worth it. Unless of course, the answer is all these people have somehow collaborated together for this story or borrowed from each other's accounts. In other words, they are all bold-faced liars. The fact that 600+ people would randomly do such a thing I believe is a bigger focus of concern than if an actual alien craft did crash near Corona. All the supposed fabrications just don't make sense. And if it does make sense where else in history do we have an example of such a lie that has the same positive benefits for those that perpetrate it? I couldn't think of any.
The authors also mention a number of people who refuse to talk at all about their involvement with Roswell. If these tight-lipped folks are represented accurately by the authors - then one gets the distinct impression that they aren't talking because they are afraid of being associated with the wing nuts who believe in the ET hypothesis - it is because they fear reprisal by the Powers That Be or they feel a duty to keep the secret they were told to shut up about half a century ago. Those that do talk seem to verify this is the reason the others aren't talking. The author's ask the appropriate question repeatedly, "Why would these reluctant participants not want to talk about a weather balloon?" And if it was something top secret other than a weather balloon - it certainly doesn't answer why, according to the witnesses - everyone was scratching their heads trying to figure out what the debris was.
Those of us who have read and thought about what happened at Roswell grow tired of the argument that something extraordinary such as a UFO crash didn't happen because we don't have any physical evidence, pictures, or something else that would hold up in the court of law to prove it. It's ludicrous to suggest that if it was determined that an event of this magnitude would be far too earth-shattering to reveal - particularly on the heals of world war - that a secret of that nature couldn't be kept and evidence erased or locked up. Of course it could. Extraordinary events demand extraordinary measures and if vacuuming a desert floor isn't just that - I don't know what is. The author's outline events in a way that certainly makes one believe this was the Event of the Millennium - and those who were in charge knew it.
I only have a few complaints about the book. While it's obvious the authors have done their research and homework - it's difficult to take them seriously when the book is laced with the perfunctory alien head or outline of the classic UFO on every page. While the UFO enthusiast might understand such graphical enhancements - the skeptic certainly wouldn't. It detracts from the serious subject matter of the book and just might keep me from sending a copy to my Roswell skeptic, Air Force retired Dad.
I'm also disturbed by the author's apparent dismissal of mortician's Glenn Dennis testimony of his encounter with the nurse and further question his voracity as a witness. They have no trouble accepting the testimony from witnesses who lied through their teeth about their participation in the Roswell incident in the past - because they felt an obligation to country or their safety of their family to do so, yet Mr. Dennis says that he lied about the nurses' name because she requested he do so - and the author's cry foul. What's the difference? It suggests a hidden bias against Mr. Dennis that leaves the reader wondering why. By the author's own admission he certainly was a man in position to know something about what was going on.
What? No mention of the testimony of Philip Corso of "The Day After Roswell" fame? It would have been fascinating to know the author's take on his crash testimony. The same holds true of David Rudiak's potentially ground-breaking research on the Roswell memo. It leaves the impression that the author's might be selectively picking and choosing their evidence particularly when Corso's testimony ended up being a New York Time's bestseller and Rudiak's work was highlighted by none other than Jesse Marcel Jr. - who handled crash debris himself. The absence of Corso's testimony - or at least an opinion of his testimony - leaves a hole in their otherwise comprehensive research. The same holds true with the Ramey memo in the famous weather balloon photograph featuring Marcel Sr.
Detractions aside, I agree with other reviewers that this is so far the definitive work on Roswell and for that reason alone deserves 5 stars.
on June 26, 2007
Recently, two mile wide UFOs were sighted over the English Channel by a reputable, seasoned pilot, his copilot and several of their passengers. News of this potentially earth-shaking event was relegated to mili-second sound bytes on the majority of American news networks: and usually accompanied with a snide, derisive, condescending tone as if the pilot and passengers were Loony Tunes. Yet the same news stations endlessly - and I mean ENDLESSLY! - watch and comment upon the misadventures of a non-entity named Paris Hilton as if her every move were potentially life-altering and of vital importance to America's need to know! This is the sad state of affairs in America: focus on the idiotic while the truly important rides the back of the bus, if it rides at all. What is more important? Paris' jailhouse converson - or a mile wide UFOs spotted over the English Channel...or the Phoenix Lights...or, yes, Roswell? To everyone who has their head buried (by choice or force)in the sand of popular, pointless bilge...please read this book! To anyone with an interest in Truth - read this book. It is gripping, enthralling and if even 1/100th of it is true - then the political and philosophical ramifications of it to we Americans (and all citizens of the World!) are immense beyond all comprehension. Yes....it is easy to follow the mindlessly flashy exploits of celebrity screw-ups. It numbs the collective brain of the country - eases it into acceptance of the trivial. But America needs wake-up calls and this book is one of them!!! Read this book and realize that our government is a magic act and that behind its smokescreens there are serious, cosmic, incredible goings-on that we - the paying audience - never really are privy to. Only through the researches of determined men such as Carey and Schmitt do we begin to see peeks behind the Wizard's curtain. Turn off the life-wasting news about Paris and all the rest of her ilk - and wake up to the reality of Roswell!!! This book should be in every classroom in America. The mind is a terrible thing to waste: reading this account will help keep us from burying our heads in the sand. It will literally help make us look UP to the inspirational, awe-inspiring sky above us with renewed wonder and question, instead of DOWN to the dreary, mundane, litter-strewn landscape of popular culture we are media-hypnotized to wade through
on June 20, 2007
This is perhaps the most comprehensive, well informed and intelligent work that I have read on the Roswell incident to date. This book is essential for anyone who is interested in delving into one of the biggest mysteries of the modern era: The government's cover-up of an alien aircraft crash landing in 1947.
If you are interested in uncovering the truth behind the flimsy and ridiculous stories that the U.S. Air Force has been selling to the public for the past 60 years, then this book is the perfect place to start.
Likewise, if you are not necessarily interested in the UFO phenomenon, then this book still provides an excellent story of government deceit, mystery and intrigue, be careful though, you may find yourself opening a Pandora's box to a realm of truth that may scare you. Whether you choose to take the red pill or the blue pill, this book is an excellent buy.
Thanks in no small part to the tenacious pioneering work of Stanton Friedman in the 1970s and 80s the now famous July 1947 Roswell incident is known throughout the world as the definitive crashed UFO recovery, spirited away in secret by the US military and successfully covered up for 60 years.
Plenty of books about the Roswell crash have been published and one might think that after 60 years there would be little more to add. But it turns out there is a lot more, and real meaty stuff too. Tom Carey and Don Schmitt researched the Roswell incident separately and together for years prior to the final publication of "Witness to Roswell" and both have written previous books and articles on the case. For this book they obviously did new primary research tracking down eyewitnesses and participants and recording testimony: some 600 people in total. The result is probably the definitive evidential summing-up of the Roswell incident and, due to the passage of time and the fact that witnesses grow old and don't live forever, is unlikely to be bettered. The verdict: what came down in the desert on Brazel's ranch in early July 1947 was of non-terrestrial origin, the wreckage was recovered by the US military, the craft and ET bodies were shipped by air to Wright-Patterson USAAF base on a B-29 (all documented), and the subsequent cover-up perpetrated by the government in Washington DC and its agencies was of unprecedented ruthlessness in threatening witnesses' lives and the lives of their families should any of them ever talk about the incident.
Carey and Schmitt must be commended for their thoroughness in tracking down all these witnesses and piecing together the complex story. The result is compelling reading, and in a perfect world where evidence is examined impartially, all but the most hard-line believer would be convinced. There is an abundance of detail about every aspect of the case including descriptions of the non-human bodies recovered from the crash and exactly how they were moved and stored.
Not one witness gives any credence to the absurd cover-stories manufactured by the US Air Force about weather balloons, mogul balloons or crash test dummies in vain attempts to "explain" what really crashed and to justify why thousands of special troops, National Guardsmen, Federal Agents and high-level Government officials from Washington DC poured into the Roswell area in July 1947 following the crash and remained until the desert floor was vacuumed clean, all evidence removed and all possible witnesses comprehensively intimidated into silence.
No mention from the authors of Philip Corso or the preposterous claims of his ego-driven fantasy "The Day After Roswell"- they stick to the serious and credible stuff, like corroborative multiple-witness testimony and verifiable facts.
Minor criticisms of "Witness to Roswell" might be that the book was passed for publication with a few too many typos, and the page-design with pictures inserted into the text, a cartoon graphic of a flying saucer at the start of every new paragraph and a little gray-alien head next to the page numbers might do a disservice to the essentially serious subject matter and be too frivolous a style for some readers. But hey, Roswell town went that way years ago, with its carnival-atmosphere festival every July complete with cartoon-style alien costumes and inflatable rubber aliens decorating main street. So yes, there is a lighter side to it all but when dealing with something as serious as the US Government perpetrating a cover-up and threatening a number of its most civic-minded citizens and their families with death if they ever dare speak out on what they witnessed, is such a trivial style appropriate?
Overall I would rate the book four stars and, if the reader can look past the typos and the tabloid-style page layout, recommend it as probably the definitive work on this most celebrated UFO incident. If you want to know just about everything there is to know about the Roswell crash, this is the book to read.
on July 3, 2007
I found this to be a fascinating read. I thought I knew all about Roswell, but discovered that I knew very little. Since I saw a UFO myself in 1980, I had no question of their existence. The authors went to great pains to get at original sources. But what struck me was the intimidation of witnesses. Death threats abounded, as reported. Is this a proxy for subsequent tyrannical government behavior? Very scary, indeed.
on March 23, 2010
This book answers many, if not most, questions concerning the spacecraft which presumably crashed near Roswell, New Mexico early in July, 1947: virtually all the questions, in fact, that can be answered at this late date considering the blanket of silence cast over the facts of that event by the United States Government and in the absence of any physical evidence. The questions answered include: 1) how the government used "compartmentalization" and threats of imprisonment to silence enlisted military personnel; threats, promotions, patriotism, sworn oaths, and possible loss of pensions to silence officers and enlisted military lifers; and threats to kill residents of Roswell and the surrounding area and their families if they ever spoke out in order to silence civilian witnesses; 2) how government personnel meticulously scoured the crash sites immediately after the crashes, and over a period of years, to ensure that no crash site debris would ever come to light; 3) how and when the crash debris and the humanoid remains were removed from Roswell, where they were taken, and for what purpose; and 4) how some current day materials and technologies [e.g., Nitinol (memory metal; an alloy of pure nickel and titanium), optical cables, micro technology, etc.] may be the result of analyzing and reverse-engineering the Roswell crash debris.
At the same time, the book raises still more questions. Why, for example, was the government so intent on denying that it had in its possession the crash debris from an alien spacecraft and the remains of three deceased and one live humanoid that it would go so far as to threaten to kill civilian witnesses and their families if they ever told what they had seen? Was it to prevent a world wide panic? Was it because they didn't know what the intentions of the visitors might be, or even how many others there might be - especially since the aliens clearly came from a technically superior civilization? Did they think that it might have something to do with the atomic bomb which was developed and tested near by? Was it to use the materials and information obtained to develop and maintain a technological edge over America's enemies? Was it simply out of fear of the unknown? Or What? And, who made the final decision? President Truman? Or was it because of fear that it might shatter mankind's long held beliefs? If God created man in his own image, for example: Who were these superior creatures and were they not also creatures of God? In a broader sense, many might even question their belief in God. Could the people of the world handle the truth?
In any event, this book, by virtue of its authors having interviewed hundreds of first, second, and third hand witnesses, and having pieced their testimonies together, make a compelling case for an extraterrestrial spacecraft having crashed near Roswell in July of 1947. At the same time they totally destroy any credibility the U.S. Governments may have had for its mundane and trivial attempts to explain the event away. What makes the case most compelling, to me at least, is that the testimony of so many unrelated witnesses, who never met or even knew of each others existence, dovetail so completely.
When all this is taken together, it's hard to imagine that any impartial reader could possibly believe the government's claims that what crashed near Roswell was a weather balloon, a top-secret radar target, or any other such thing, or that there was only one crash site. And, it's almost as hard to believe that that same reader could conclude that it was anything other than exactly what these authors claim it to be: an extraterrestrial space ship with four diminutive humanoid spacemen on board.
But, sadly, although compelling, this is an incomplete story; and it will continue to be incomplete until the U.S. government finally sets the record straight. At present it's like that proverbial jigsaw puzzle: All the pieces fit nicely and the picture is clear, but one tantalizing piece is still missing.
on June 30, 2007
Witness to Roswell is perhaps the best book yet on the market regarding the Roswell incident of 1947. Although there is no physical proof of an extraterrestrial presence at the heart of the Roswell "myth" (as many call it) presented in this monumental collection of Roswell testimony, the overzealous debunkers of the trade may see this book as more of the same. "Speculative conjecture promoted by profit seeking conspirators based on questionable extrapolations of shady exaggerated untrustworthy testimony by first, second, and third hand witnesses whom are likely to have their own profit or attention seeking agenda." You know who you are.
That statement is an advanced acknowledgment for trashy disparaging reviews bemoaning the lack of physical "proof" to fuel the "myth" of Roswell that are bound to happen as with any book regarding the UFO phenomenon for that matter. If you, the reader, often take this approach towards the subject of UFOs, or more specifically the Roswell incident, that's okay. I'm sure whether you accept the testimony or not, it will be an entertaining read nonetheless. Deem it science fiction if you wish. Ignorance is bliss.
Carey and Schmitt effectively highlight some of the most sensational testimony from the most credible of sources regarding the Roswell event of 1947. As the book moves along, previously discussed eyewitness testimony is further corroborated and substantiated as source material is cross referenced by various independent high quality sources to bring further credibility to the proposed hypothesis (or conclusion) that a UFO crashed in Roswell in 1947, not a weather balloon. Nearly all the main contributors to the Roswell recovery, analysis and cover-up are analysed to reveal a striking similarity: nearly all the "big names" attributed to Roswell at one time or another acknowledged that the Roswell object was not of this Earth, either by confiding in family members, close friends, or more commonly, first hand.
In similar fashion, Carey and Schmitt briefly provide reasonable objections to some of the more famous (or infamous) Roswell whistle blowers whose testimony contradicted that of the majority and thus were effectively ruled out of the Roswell equation. Of course, not all of the witness sightings of unusual events during the Roswell conspiracy are provided in the book. After all, as Carey and Schmitt noted, the Roswell witness total is now over 600! Most interesting of all is the fact that not one single witness yet interviewed has recalled seeing anything even remotely resembling a weather balloon or project mogul that fateful day, not one! (This of course excludes CIC Captain Sheridan Cavitt, whose testimony was reviewed at length several times and rightfully excluded from the realm of the credible for obvious reasons.)
Carey and Schmitt turn the tables on the government in a most essential way. The government exercised a long list of civil rights violations that day and ever after in attempt to keep a lid on the most important story of the millennium! Most likely nothing will come of it, however, if more people were to take notice of this monumental abuse of authority, a prosecution and eminent disclosure could be a potential reality (however unlikely due to public ignorance). Carey and Schmitt rightfully dubbed the Roswell event "The Ultimate Cold Case File" as they presented their hypothetical civil case against the U.S. government for its seemingly unjustifiable acts of cruelty and intimidation.
To any veteran of the UFO field, unless you have intensely investigated the Roswell incident first hand, you will find this well researched and well presented book to be of invaluable importance. Witness to Roswell does present some little known facts and accounts as well as some, to the best of my knowledge, never before published. Witness to Roswell chronicles one of the most important events in human history: The crash and retrieval of an extraterrestrial spacecraft and bodies near Roswell in 1947.
-- Highly recommended for believer, skeptic and debunker alike. Either for simple entertainment or honest investigative interest purposes, you decide.
on July 27, 2007
I was undecided about Roswell for a long time. Yet these guys, Carey and Schmidt, have done a superb job, really. I mean, they knock it out. Boom, bang. Not only is this the best book written on Roswell but probably the best UFO book to come along in the last ten years, I would offer, since Marrs' Alien Agenda. And frankly, I think it is better than that. Its so well-written, compassionate, factual, thoughtful, and up to date. They claim 1) a UFO fell to earth near Roswell, 2) it had alien bodies, 3) the Army Air Force scooped them up, and 4) the Army Air Force covered it up by force of warnings, death threats, and bribes. I believe they make a compelling case beyond a reasonable doubt for these claims. There can now be no question about the Roswell Incident and the book really succeeds in this regard. I almost wished it didn't end. Indeed, the only thing I think the authors might have done differently is rather than end with Haut's affadavit, by itself a K.O., add one more chapter to put it all into perspective for us. I mean, what does it all mean? Is this it? Is there more? Where do we go from here?
Ok, my disclosure first.
Living in New Mexico, most of us take the 'Roswell Incident' at some level of face value and believe that 'something' of an extraterrestial nature happened. Maybe it's the make-up of who lives in this state, but almost everyone has seen something---typically in the sky---that cannot be explained by rational thought or science. I include myself in that. Thus, even though the facts and details of Roswell may be somewhat blurry, most of us acknowledge or believe that much of what has been reported has some element of truth.
I visit Roswell for business once a month. Thus, I'm intrigued by the way they have turned this myth or story into a cult phenomenon. As you enter Roswell from the north, for example, the Walmart has green alien motiv on the wall. Moving closer to town, you see plastic green aliens welcoming you to stay in hotels; alien-head-shaped lamps line the street; it probably has the only McDonalds in the world with a UFO for the kids to play on; the local ice cream shop carries flavors such as Alien Ice; and of course, there is the UFO museum.
The UFO museum is located in a former/converted movie theater, though land has been set aside for a newer and larger museum in the near future. Going through the museum is interesting, though it has the feel of visiting a sophisticated high school science project. That is, there are copies of newspaper reports, miscellaneous drawings of what people believe they saw, a mock alien, and side-story posterboards of UFO sightings throughout the world. And of course, a gift shop.
Missing from the UFO museum, however, is any physical evidence that a crash occurred in Roswell back in the pre-Google age.
And this is where I get torn.
This is an intriguing book, and it provided me with information and stories I didn't previously know about with respect to the whole 'Roswell Incident' (the UFO 'crash' was actually 20+ miles from Roswell, but who has ever heard of Corona?).
For the most part, the residents of Roswell are somewhat salt-of-the earth, God-fearing folks. Many in New Mexico consider them to be closer to 'Texas mentality' than that of New Mexico. Still, there isn't much to be gained on their part for lying or exaggerating a story of this magnitude.
In true detective style, these authors portray what may have happened in Roswell through a combination of interviews, file reviews, referencing the work of other documentarians, and trying to put the various pieces together. For the most part, there isn't a lot of commentary on their part, though it is clear they believe something significant happened.
The book is an easy read, and like any mystery, it flows well. Thus, I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn about the story that gripped Roswell and Eastern New Mexico for years, whether it is true or not. There is something about the collection of photographs included in this book that lends an extra degree of credibility, though I'm not sure why.
After reading the book, I can say that I'm more convinced than before that something of an extraterrestrial nature happened in Roswell. Could it all amount to weather balloons, Russian satellites, or whatever? Perhaps.
I guess where my skepticism comes in is that after 60 years, there has been no physical evidence. None. While the authors point out that the Military did a fine job of scouring the site and rummaging through the homes of local residents, I just can't belileve that some small fragment isn't out there somewhere. The authors allude to the possibility of this surfacing someday--perhaps after certain people pass on--but we'll have to wait and see.
The book doesn't leave the reader being very trustful of our Military, and if what is reported is true, many in that region of the country feared for the safety of themselves and their families. If true, that is scary and sad.
Anyhow, the annual UFO festival in Roswell is coming up (July 4th). Regardless of what is or isn't true about this whole thing, Roswell has benefitted from the visitors and international attention. Where it goes from here, who knows ...
Thomas Carey has written one of the most important books of our new Millenium, in his "uncover-up" of the Roswell,NM UFO event. By writing such a well-researched, well-documented and rational book, the authors have cleared the smoke that the government has created to distort and hide the truth about the Roswell incident. Government officials may have to sit up and take notice when faced with the evidence revealed in this book, and admit that their "Roswell weather balloon" was capable of traveling through galaxies, and one fine weather balloon it was.
For me, the bigger picture(which is tough concept since we are talking about Alien lifeforms flying to the Earth) is the government cover-up. Granted, this event took place in a very different time; government officials were probably afraid that panic would occur and citizens would run rampant in the streets, etc, but that was then and this is now. A government that continues to claim that a weather balloon landed in the desert at Roswell, just ends up looking pretty foolish. As far as I'm concerned, Roswell has always been the site of a UFO crash, and thanks to the authors, more and more "proof" is available for those who remain unconvinced.
Unfortunately, this cover up begs the question of how many other cover ups have occurred. I have a serious concern about how independent our televised "news sources" are here in the US. Sorry to sound like a "conspiracist" but I do believe that there is serious evidence in this situation and elsewhere that the news that filters down to us, has been considerably spun before it gets to us. Which isn't the way it's supposed to be here in the US.
I am grateful to the authors for compiling all the credible evidence cited in Witness to Roswell and for providing us with exactly what has been needed in the Roswell literature: a sane, well-documented and rational book that effectively offer eye witness accounts that Roswell was a UFO encounter. This book is highly recommended.