The next day, headlines in the Washington Post told of six of these objects being sighted over Washington during the night.
The government, of course, was quick to deny that these were UFOs, explaining away my experience with tiresome verbiage about celestial phenomena. It was the same stance they took following the "alleged" crash of a UFO near Roswell, N. M. in early July 1947 complete with alien bodies, both living and dead. After the initial stories had spread across the country, they were followed by denials and explanations of "a weather balloon" which had, at first, been misidentified by a high military official.
Now, 50 years after Roswell, the coverup is explained in a book by Col. Philip J. Corso, (Ret.), a former Pentagon official and National Security Council member working with President Dwight Eisenhower. He has written The Day After Roswell, in which he explains the major reason behind the reluctance of the government to tell the truth: fear of panic.
The military mindset at the time, and for the next 50 years, was to look at UFOs as a threat to humanity, seeing them as "invulnerable and invisible as they soared around the edges of our atmosphere, swooping down at will to destroy our communications with EMP bursts, buzz our spacecraft, colonize our lunar surface, mutilate cattle in their own horrendous biological experiments, and even abduct human beings for their medical tests and hybridization of the species. And what was worse, we had to let them do it because we had no weapon to defend ourselves."
Corso's job, while in the Pentagon, was to secretly place items from the downed space ship into the hands of science and industry to analyze and make use of what had been found. Much of the technology taken for granted today is a direct result of Col. Corso's reverse-engineering project with major defense contractors. Lasers, fiber optics, and integrated circuit chips are a few of the wonderful "inventions" of American scientists which had their origin in that UFO crash in 1947 in Roswell.
What has finally made it possible for him to come out with the truth after all these years? As he explains it, we are no longer helpless in the event of an attack. The Strategic Defense Initiative (aka Star Wars) has been put into place. "When we deployed our advanced particle-beam weapon and tested it in orbit for all to see, the EBE's (Extraterrestrial Biological Entities) knew and we knew they knew that we had our defense of the planet in place."
As interesting as this book is, I am disturbed by a couple of things. First of all, if we have been lied to for 50 years, how do we know the lying has stopped? Second, the military assumption that beings intelligent enough to travel to this planet have done so with evil intent is ludicrous. If their mission was to conquer, they certainly had the technology to do it.
Perhaps if they had not encountered armed lunatics and pursuit fighter planes when they showed up to visit, they might have been less aggressive in later encounters. It reminds me of the "hostile Indians" epithet the U.S. Army hung on my ancestors who only wanted to be left alone to roam and hunt as they had always done.
As with many Native Americans, Wallace Black Elk has been approached by what he calls star-nation-people in a strange disk. It was when he went on a vision quest and the disk landed right where he was. As he describes it, "It was silent, but it lit and luminesced the whole place. It was dark, but those trees in front of me were luminesced like neon lights Then these little people came but each little group spoke a different language. They could read minds and I could read their minds So there was a silent communication."
Assuming this is true, that extraterrestrials have made their way to Earth, why have they come? Maybe the human race is not yet civilized enough to find out.