- NEW ROSWELL REVELATIONS CLEAR
- Victor Marchetti says, "We have,
indeed, been contacted perhaps even visited by extraterrestrial beings,
and the US government, in collusion with the other national powers of the
Earth, is determined to keep this information from the general public.
Victor Marchetti, former Special Assistant to the Executive Director of
the CIA, in an article written by him for Second Look entitled "How
the CIA views the UFO Phenomenon", Vol. 1, No 7, May 1979.
- PHOTOGRAPHER CLAIMS
"NO SWITCH OF UNKNOWN MATERIALS"
- Iíve spent many hours discussing
the Roswell case with Dr. James Bond Johnson, who photographed and handled
the crash debris. He sent me the following remarkable e mail:
- "Modern photo technology has debunked
a longtime charge by UFO writers of a blatant "cover-up" by Air
Force Lt. General Roger M. Ramey in connection with the sensational Roswell
Incident of 1947, which involved the announced "capture" of a
crashed UFO. The results of a new digital scan applied to super-enlargements
of the famous UFO photos taken by a reporter-photographer for the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram show that the debris displayed in General Ramey's 8th
Air Force Headquarters office in Fort Worth on July 8, 1947, is clearly
consistent with eyewitness descriptions of the world's best-known "flying
saucer" which had crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, a few days before
and is not a "weather balloon" which had been substituted on
orders of General Ramey. This includes clear identification of the "hieroglyphic-like"
characters displayed along stick-like structures, including I-beams, and
inclusion of very thin, but super strong metal-like material that resisted
bending or crumpling. The new photos were specially enlarged from the
original Roswell Incident negatives
- The resulting new discoveries discredit
frequently repeated theories of several UFO writers that General Ramey
had concocted the "weather balloon" ruse and then ordered the
substitution of the "weather balloon" for the real wreckage,
which had been flown secretly to Wright-Patterson Air Force base -- then
known as Wright Field -- in Ohio for "further analysis" and where
it reportedly has been kept under tight security for more than a half century.
The newly obtained, digitally enhanced photographs reveal for the first
time that "out of this world" qualities described by Major Jesse
A. Marcel, Sr., Intelligence Officer stationed then at Roswell Army Air
Base, who retrieved parts of the wreckage of the alleged alien-operated
craft, are clearly established in the photos. The photographs were taken
by J. Bond Johnson, who had been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since
January of 1943. At the time of the Roswell Incident in 1947, Johnson
had been discharged from the Army Air Corps after World War II service,
which included training as an aircraft mechanic and pilot. He has practiced
as a clinical psychologist and United Methodist minister for the past 35
years in Long Beach, California. He also is a retired Army colonel. Upon
arrival at General Ramey's office on July 8, 1947, Johnson unpacked portions
of the wreckage from its paper wrappings and arranged the pieces for the
photos while awaiting the arrival of General Ramey at his office. Johnson
then took six shots with General Ramey, Colonel (later Brig. General) Thomas
J. Dubose, Ramey's chief of staff, and Major (later Lt. Col.) Marcel, who
had couriered the wreckage from Roswell to Ramey's headquarters in Fort
Worth. Other packages of the wreckage, still unopened, also appear in
the photos. The frequently quoted descriptions by Marcel, and repeated
by Marcel's son, Dr. Jesse A. Marcel, Jr., an Army helicopter pilot and
flight surgeon, who was shown some of the wreckage parts by his dad prior
to their being turned over to the Roswell base commander, are further corroborated
by civilian eye witnesses who were employees of the Brazell Ranch 85 miles
northwest of Roswell, where the craft crashed, and some of their neighbors.
- The witnesses described the wreckage
as including material that was "very lightweight, lead foil-like,
very thin, metallic-like but not metal, and very tough." It also
included very light "balsa-wood appearing sticks," including
I-beams, some of which included "hieroglyphic-like" characters,
possibly depicting some unknown writing. One witness described the "figures"
as similar to the petroglyphs the ancient Native Americans etched on rocks
in the Roswell area. Further, the witnesses described that some of the
material, even though very thin, when crushed tended to "smooth-out"
when released. There also was a quantity of black plastic looking material
"which looked organic in nature that had either been melted or burned."
Johnson also described the strong odor of burned debris when he was in
the general's office with the wreckage. When questioned in 1979, Marcel
-- who retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel -- described the unusual
markings on the sticks as "like Chinese writing....nothing you could
make any sense out of." In his interviews Marcel stated that "they
took one photo of me on the floor holding up some of the less-interesting
metallic debris...pieces of the actual stuff we had found." Marcel
said that the debris was scattered over a square mile of a ranch near Roswell.
"It was something that must have exploded above ground and fell...it
scattered all over."
- The new digitally enhanced super-enlargements
clearly show the strange metallic debris as described, including some thin
metal-like parts, which are quite rigid and smooth, and the I-beams identical
with the witnesses' descriptions. Marcel stated that the solid members
were mostly square, "of varied lengths, and along the length of some
of those they had little markings...two color markings as I can recall...like
Chinese writing." His son described the markings as "flower-like"
figures printed along the sticks. Yet for nearly 20 years UFO writers have
claimed that the Air Corps engaged in a dramatic fraud to protect the UFO
wreckage from Roswell and to mislead the press -- and the American public.
The story concocted by the writers tell it generally this way:
- When Marcell turned the portions of the
UFO wreckage he had recovered over to his base commander, Colonel William
Blanchard. Blanchard then dispatched an official public announcement that
the Air Corps had "captured" a flying saucer. Blanchard then
notified his boss, General Ramey, of the "capture." For some
unknown reason, Ramey concocted a dramatic hoax. He sent the real UFO
wreckage directly to Wright Field for study and ordered the burning of
a weather balloon and Rawin target. The, he sent this debris as a fraudulent
substitute along with Major Marcel to 8th Air Force Headquarters in Fort
Worth. There, the bogus material was displayed in Ramey's office and the
Star-Telegram was invited to send out a reporter-photographer to cover
the story. Johnson was selected and dispatched by his editor with camera
in hand. When Ramey told Johnson that he didn't know what the unimpressive
looking debris was, Johnson took his pictures and left. No other media
representatives were allowed to view the debris or to take any pictures.
All these exotic actions were taken solely to mislead and misinform one
21-year- old photographer-reporter. Later that day, Ramey summoned a weather
officer, Warrant Officer Irving Newton, and instructed him to agree that
the debris in Ramey's office was only a "weather balloon" and
Newton was then photographed holding portions of this debris. General
Ramey then quickly went to a Fort Worth radio station and announced that
his weather officer had decided that the Roswell crash was only a weather
balloon with an attached radar target. Also, a news release was distributed
to the press containing this false information. The press and the American
public accepted the bogus story based on the word of a distinguished war-hero
general. There never has been any reason given as to why Ramey would take
such a drastic and risky action to deceive the press and the public in
this very dramatic way.
- Roswell writers generally have continued
to repeat the "balloon switch" fable. Nevertheless, Lt. Col.
Marcel contended until his death in 1986 that the material he recovered
and which he posed with in Ramey's office was "not part of any kind
of weather balloon or experimental craft ... it was not made of anything
available on earth." This description also has been corroborated
by the civilian primary witnesses.
- Likewise, General Dubose was very clear
when interviewed by UFO researcher Jaime Shandera. When asked to describe
details of the photo session in General Ramey's office Dubose made the
- Shandera: J. Bond Johnson, reporter for
the Fort Worth-StarTelegram, has stated that when he asked General Ramey
what this debris was, Ramey said that he didn't know. You were present
in that room at that time. Also, the Associated Press had carried a story
indicating that General Ramey didn't know what the debris was when talking
to (Air Corps Chief of Staff) General (Hoyt) Vandenberg in Washington."
- Dubose: "Well, that's true. None
of us knew what it was." Shandera: "There are two researchers
(Don Schmitt and Kevin Randle) who are presently saying that the debris
in General Ramey's office had been switched and that you men had a weather
balloon there." Dubose: "Oh Bull! That material was never switched."
Shandera: "So what you're saying is that the material in General Ramey's
office was the actual debris brought in from Roswell?" Dubose: "That's
absolutely right." Shandera: "So not you or anyone else ever
switched that material for the cover story." Dubose: "We never
switched anything. We were under orders from Washington to look at that
material. We wouldn't have switched anything. We were West Pointers --
we would never have done that." Shandera: "But General Ramey
did put out a cover story that it was a weather device." Dubose: "Yes.
We were ordered to get the press off our backs -- things were getting
out of hand." Memories of witnesses may dim over the span of half
a century and more. But West Pointer General Dubose remembered that day
in July of 1947 very accurately it now appears. But digitally enhanced,
super-enlarged photos taken by a 21-year-old reporter-photographer provide
even a more convincing record. The debris of the Roswell crash photographed
in General Ramey's office is indeed genuine. General Ramey, General Dubose
and Lt. Colonel Marcel all were telling the truth about the Roswell Incident
of 1947. Their reputations remain intact! Thanks to James Bond Johnson.
Editor's Note: I feel it is important that these new revelations come
out about the debris photos . I look forward to seeing the digitally enhanced
images and the odd looking material that apparently is not part of the
Mogul Balloon train! The photographer, Dr. Johnson told me some of the
material was like modern plastic, that evidently was not available in 1947.
Itís nice to recognize the officers involved were telling the truth.