Roswell Revisited

By Pete Hartinger  The Circleville Herald    Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The 60th anniversary of the Roswell Incident is fast approaching.  In 1947 a strange object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico.  The first press release by the Roswell Air Base was that a flying disc had crashed and it was later recovered by our U.S. Army Air Corps.  They backtracked a few hours later and stated it was only a weather balloon.  It was a description similar to the weather balloon recovered near Circleville, just a few days earlier.  The Circleville story was carried nationwide by the Associated Press.  It is accepted that this is where the cover story originated.  Circleville is mentioned in some of the Roswell books.
     Over the years, I have heard stories of alien bodies being stored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.  I have had several second-hand reports from witnesses confirming this.  Some of these were from my good friend Len Stringfield of Cincinnati, who was our country's top civilian UFO crash researcher at the time.
     Bill Richardson, present Governor of New Mexico, states "the mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately explained not by independent investigators, and not by the U.S. government."
     Dick Chaney, our Vice-President, has publicly stated that if he is or ever has been briefed about UFOs, it surely would be classified and therefore he would not be at liberty to discuss it.
     Before he passed away, Congressman Steven Schiff from New Mexico accused the U.S. Air Force of a massive cover up regarding the Roswell Incident.
     In 1993, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) discovered that all documents covering the Roswell Incident had been destroyed years before without explanation or apparent authority.  There can be no innocent explanation for this.
     New testimony has came out about this 60 year-old event.  A new book titled, "Witness to Roswell," is authored by Donald Schmitt and Thomas Carey.  During the course of Schmitt and Carey's investigation they amassed a growing roster of more than 600 people directly or indirectly associated with the events of Roswell who support the initial claim of a flying saucer recovery.
     Former Secretary of the Air Force, Sheila E. Widnall, under President Bill Clinton, issued an order in 1994 freeing a former servicemen of any secrecy restrictions that may have prevented them from talking about what they knew about the 1947 Roswell Incident.  No longer would they have to fear recrimination, loss of pension, or even prison for violating any "oath of secrecy" forced upon them by the military long ago.  This action expanded the potential witness pool.  Schmitt and Carey seized the opportunity and thus have gained testimony from many older servicemen who had not spoken about Roswell before.
     A growing number of military and civilian witnesses are providing deathbed testimony, all admissible in a court of law, confessing to direct knowledge about "non-human" bodies recovered at Roswell in 1947.  Some of these witnesses state that there was indeed a survivor of the crash.  Many witnesses never talked publicly about their part in Roswell.  The information from some was released after their death.
     The Personnel Information Officer at the Roswell Air Base in 1947 was Walter Haut.  He had been a greeter at the local Roswell Museum for years.  He is the one who gave the press release in 1947 about recovering the "flying disc" and then later retracted it.  Haut has since passed away.  Upon his death a sealed affidavit was given for the historic record.  In his affidavit he states that he also saw the wreckage of the object and the bodies in the hangar at the Roswell Air Base.
Jon Fry, our chief researcher, loaned me this book. His book review will appear on our website,  I highly recommend this book for the ones who are interested in the Roswell Incident.  I intend on getting my own.
     We have monthly meetings at the Circleville Library on the second Thursday of each month, which is open to the public. We discuss the latest events and past history of ufology.
     If anyone has questions about Roswell or UFOs in general, please contact me at 740-477-6252 or e-mail me at [email protected].