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    • CommentAuthorjmmurrow
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    So there's a new book out about Area 51 titled "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base", and its rather interesting. Most of the material is about things that we can actually document happened there (i.e. nuclear tests, the development of stelth aircraft, etc.).

    However, at the end it claims that the famed Roswell crash was a hoax perpetrated by the Soviet Union to cause panic in the U.S. To me, it seems way more plausable than a group of humanoid aliens crashing due to a weather ballon. Thought?
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    That fact that it's more plausible still doesn't mean it is remotely likely.

    I heard another "reasonable" theory about Roswell involving Japanese midgets and a stratospheric balloon project.
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2011
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    OK I'm going to be lazy - I blogged a few thoughts preliminary here, I'm going to be keeping an eye on this and see it where it goes.

    Basically, some of the details are implausible but it is an intriguing idea - there has been a lot of intelligence interest in US Ufology over the years for a range of reasons (see Mirage Men) could this be one other reason? The big problem is that pulling off this kind of stunt would have been fiercely complicated when a lot of the influential UFO sightings and encounters from this period largely relied on the testimony of witnesses and the occasional poor quality photograph, so it suggests that faking Roswell would take far more effort than necessary, with a higher potential for the American military to see right through it.

    So while I'd imagine some of the Cold War-era sightings might have been fakes from one side or the other (Google "Pentacle Memorandum"), I'd have thought faking Roswell would be overkill. However, I do like the idea and it'll be one to watch, I just hope the problematic aspects don't make the whole area radioactive.
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    Another theory I've heard is that this whole alien-visitation thing is a hoax perpetrated by the U.S. government itself. They drop tantalizing clues to excite imaginations, and then deny everything to goose public paranoia. The purpose being that when we run out of foreign demons to justify our huge defense establishment, we'll need to invent new ones, and what can be scarier than powerful space-aliens? As Orson Wells demonstrated so ably albeit accidentally in the infamous 1938 radio broadcast.

    But then, my own favorite theory is that the saucer was actually a time-ship from 300 years in the future, piloted by a friendly nine-legged, giant hairy alien spider who is taking a gaggle of beautiful human college girls on a research-field trip. To learn what it really was that crashed at Roswell in 1947. Of course, YMMV.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2011
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2011
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    If you believe what's been written in the rather excellent 'Defence of the Realm' history of MI5 book, then that would suggest the Russian intelligence wouldn't have the skills to do something like that.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2011
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    @ScottBieser your theory sounds like it would make a very interesting film XD

    @jmmurrow is the new Area 51 book worth getting? I was pondering doing so (was also kind of hoping it had more bizarre claims in it for entertainment value).
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2011 edited
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    Flabyo:
    The 'Defence of the Realm' history is considered by many to be a major disinfo ploy by 5 - an Official Version with a lot of papering over cracks. Even if it's relatively accurate in some places, dismissing KGB Cold War efforts with that sort of handwaving from the agency which nearly made Kim Philby its director is specious to say the least...
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    @taps
    -Love the car pic. Spooooky. Kinda wish my car did that. Only... I bet cops would be on it in an instant to find out why my car glowed.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2011
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    Everyone knows Roswell was just Bender and Dr. Zoidberg goofing around.
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    I'm about halfway through area 51 and haven't made up my mind yet. As far as the Roswell crash being Russian, I can buy that. Haven't gotten to the part about child-size pilots yet.
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    Morrison's "nuclear testing cracking the seals of reality long enough for a piece of God to fall into the painting and causing the Biblical fall at the end via pan-directional shockwave" is still my favorite theory.

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