Unraveling the Age of the
Pyramids and Sphinx on the Giza Plateau
After all these
years of doing research by many scholars about the pyramids of Giza
and the Sphinx, a definitive time line is yet to be confirmed
establishing when they were built, who built them or for what
purpose the were built. Unlike many other ancient structures in the
world, no records have been found thus far to resolve these
do know that global weather has had a big part on where various
civilizations lived or moved to because of such things as prolonged
drought, extreme periods of moisture, etc. Egypt is of course no
exception to that, since thousands of years ago Egypt for the most
part was a tropical area, unlike the harsh desert terrain of today.
(Ice Age map, left)
Around 12,000 BC, Earth’s sea level rose suddenly more than 60 feet
in less than 200 years, a direct result of extreme glacial melting,
which was the beginning of an eight-thousand-year period scientists
call the end of the last Ice Age, when sea levels rose nearly 400
feet to the level they are today. About 9000 BC monsoon rains
invaded Egypt, which lasted until about 3500 BC when they abruptly
A few of the
theories I’ve become aware of include the most obvious one we hear
about today, that the Pyramids of Giza were built for Egyptian
Pharaohs, primarily of the 4th dynasty (2500 BC). The
Great Pyramid was supposedly the burial tomb for Kufu to enter the
afterlife, yet nothing has ever been found inside the Great Pyramid
to verify that.
Sphinx water deterioration
As I’ve mentioned
in previous editorials, the Sphinx has water deterioration on the
back of the lion’s body, and we know there hasn’t been that amount
of rainfall to cause it in Egypt for some 7000 years.
Some have said the
Pyramids of Giza were built by the Israelites while in captivity in
Egypt, while others refer to the great flood mentioned in the Bible,
however it’s believed the deterioration would have been caused by
large volumes of rainfall, not flooding. Many of the Arabs of the
ninth century AD appear to have had sources of information, which
led them to believe that the Great Pyramid was built before the
flood, as a repository for scientific knowledge.
theory was that a civilization in North Africa known as Khemtians
some 10,000 years ago had contact with star people that may have
been involved in the construction, or at least the method of doing
the construction. For me with a civil engineering background, it’s
hard to envision how the construction could have been accomplished
with the tools we believe were available to them at the time, and
the technology that would have been involved.
with the use of computers and soft ware it’s possible to track the
stars of the heavens back thousands of years to determine there
location on particular ancient dates. Many of those locations do in
fact align with certain structures in Egypt, such as the three
Pyramids of Giza being in the same alignment as the 3 stars of
Orion’s belt, the fact that the Sphinx faces exactly toward the
eastern sunrise at certain times of the year, and that the shafts of
the Kings and Queens chamber align perfectly with certain stars, and
other astronomical occurrences in the sky. As an example, during the
summer solstice, (the longest day of the year), and the winter
solstice, (the shortest day of the year), at Giza the sun rises
about 28 degrees south of due east and 28 degrees north during those
two times of the year, thus being an equinoctial marker when the
Sphinx faces perfectly to the east at sunrise during the spring
Pyramid with casing stones
technology side of how the Pyramids were built is to me, some of the
most amazing information to come forward thus far. Fourteenth
century Arab commentators tell us the Great Pyramid and the second
one were both covered with smoothly-polished Tura limestone that
glowed in the Egyptian sun, and were shaken loose by an earth quake
in 1301 AD, and most then used to build mosques and temples. Only
the second Pyramid still has any of the limestone casing stones at
the top. Those casing stones consisted of an estimated 22 acres of
8-foot thick blocks, each weighing about 16 tons, and so closely
joined that they appeared to be a single slab from top to bottom. As
determined in 1881 by Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie, the mean thickness
of the joints is 0.020 of an inch giving a variation of the cutting
of the stone from a straight line and a true square but 0.01 of an
inch on a length of 75 inches up the face.
value of pi (3.14), was supposedly discovered by the Greeks
in the 3rd century BC, however when one takes the
designed height of the Great Pyramid (481.3949 feet), it bears the
same relationship to its base perimeter (3023.16 feet), as does the
circumference of a circle to its radius. That relationship is:
2 pi (481.3949 feet) x 2
x 3.14 = 3023.16 feet
There is also a
direct relationship between the dimension of the Pyramid and the
dimension of the earth using a scale of 1 : 43,200. These
relationships are not speculation, but rather measurable facts.
The accuracy of
the Pyramid’s base between the longest and shortest side is less
than 8 inches, considering each side is 755 feet.
The Great Pyramid
I have for years
wondered about the stability of the Pyramid with the massive weight
of the stones not causing it to recede into the sand. In Graham
Hancock and Robert Bauval’s book, “The Message of the Sphinx”, they
point out that it was not built on perfectly flat ground, as might
be expected by the accuracy of the dimensions revealed, but with a
massive natural mound, or hill, left exactly in the middle of the
site on which the Great Pyramid was erected. The mound is estimated
to be almost 30 feet high, and located dead center over the base,
which probably accounts for its stability over thousands of years.
It’s now believed
that the Sphinx is much older than the 4500-year age assigned to it
by Egyptologists, some thinking as far back as the last Ice Age in a
range of 15,000 BC and 5000 BC.
Have the Pyramids
of Giza and the Sphinx given us some message about a past
civilization that we don’t yet understand, not unlike the
possibility of a message from extraterrestrials would or have given
us perhaps about the future. Both seem to be a possibility. Perhaps
there is a common language that all technical civilizations, no
matter how old or futuristic use. That common language is science
and mathematics, since the laws of nature are the same everywhere
based on our limited knowledge today.
It appears the 3
Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, as well as some other monuments
located on the Giza Plateau are giving us a view of the sky as much
as 10,500 years ago. Carbon dating of mortar from the Great Pyramid
with organic fiber obtained in 1986 was tested at Southern Methodist
University, and others at laboratories in Zurich, Switzerland,
revealing dates of 3809 BC to 2869 BC, some 400 years prior to the
Can we draw any
conclusions today? Various theories must continue to be pursued and
some day, hopefully the truth will be known.
Dennis G. Balthaser
of Annie Jacobsen’s book "AREA 51"
I very seldom comment in writing about books I’ve
read, although I have done so several times pertaining
to TV documentaries, in which I have questioned the
information being presented.
After reading many reviews about Annie Jacobsen’s
book "Area 51" (Little Brown and Company, 2011,
ISBN978-0-316-13294-7) I had no intentions of reading
it, however when I started hearing about the information
she presented pertaining to the 1947 Roswell Incident, I
decided to read it for myself. After all, Roswell has
been my main area of research for the past 20 years, so
I’m always interested in others views on that subject. I
have also lectured and written about Area 51, so both
topics are very much of interest to me. I found most of
the information presented about Area 51 to be of
interest, and for the purpose of this editorial, I will
concentrate mostly on Ms Jacobsen’s comments about the
I only read to the second paragraph of the PROLOGUE
on page xi before red flags started popping up for me.
In the last sentence of that paragraph she stated, "The
U.S. government has never admitted it, (Area 51)
exists." As a matter of fact every year since President
Clinton was in office, and including President George W.
Bush, the President has issued a Presidential
Determination stating Groom Lake (Area 51) is exempted
from environmental laws, due to National Security
issues. I have not yet located such a document issued by
the current President.
On page 16, she states, "Three hours after Haut
dropped off the statement the commander of the Roswell
Air Field sent Walter Haut (left) back to KGFL
radio station with a second press release stating the
first press release had been incorrect." General Ramey
in Ft Worth issued the second press release stating it
was a weather balloon, which was headlined in the Los
Angeles Herald Examiner evening edition July 8th
and most newspapers east of Chicago the following day
(July 9, 1947).
On page 36, she claims the Joint Chiefs of Staff took
command and recovered from the crashed Roswell craft,
the airframe, some propulsion equipment, including the
crashed craft’s power plant. Every witness that ever
handled or saw the debris scattered over the Foster
ranch referred to small pieces of debris, and never
mentioned any of the equipment Jacobsen refers to.
On page 37 she stated there was "Russian writing,
block letters from the Cyrillic alphabet that had been
stamped, or embossed, in a ring running around the
inside of the craft." Would Major Marcel, the top
intelligence officer in the world at the time, not been
able to recognize Russian writing, which both Major
Marcel (right) and his son Jesse Jr. later
described as resembling hieroglyphic type symbols.
Again on page 37 Jacobsen states, "the weather
balloon story has remained the official cover story ever
since." The weather balloon story was General Ramey’s
rebuttal July 9th, less than 24 hours after Walter
Haut’s press release hit the news wires. In 1994 the Air
Force issued "The Roswell Report, Fact vs Fiction in the
New Mexico Desert" report, stating it wasn’t a weather
balloon, but rather a Mogul balloon. 3 years later the
Air Force issued another report entitled, "Case Closed"
stating the bodies seen by the witnesses were
anthropomorphic crash test dummies.
On page 38 she refers to the Roswell Army Airfield
being 45 miles to the southeast of a facility called
Sandia Base near Albuquerque New Mexico. The shortest
driving distance from Roswell to Albuquerque is 198
miles. Even using a straight-line distance it would
exceed 120 miles. A 150-mile error is of no importance
when other facts about Roswell apparently weren’t
She comments on page 44 that the crash remains from
Roswell were shipped from Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base 4 years later, (1951) to a secret facility out in
the middle of the Nevada desert. In 1947 before the Air
Force and Army separated the base in Dayton Ohio was
known as Wright Field, and more importantly the secret
base in the Nevada desert wasn’t opened until 1955 for
the CIA to test the U-2 aircraft. She does later in the
book confirm the name change of the Air Force base at
Later on page 367, she suggests that, Area 51 is
named as such not because it was a randomly chosen
quadrant, as has often been presumed, but because the
1947 crash remains from Roswell, New Mexico, were sent
from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base out to a secret
spot in the Nevada desert – in 1951. All other areas of
the Nevada Test and Training Range are also designated
by numbers, so are they numerical numbers for
identification purposes, or numbered to represent some
historical event as Jacobsen claims?
On page 151 talking about the runway needed at Area
51 for test flying the A-12 (later named the SR-71), she
states that, "the 8,500-foot long runway, designated
14/32 is believed to be the longest in the world." The
runway here in Roswell (above) where the 509th
Atomic bomb group was stationed in 1947 has a runway
that is 13,000 feet long. A quick search of the Internet
reveals pages of runways that vary in length from 13,000
feet up to the Qmado Bangda airport in China at 18,045
On page 211 she says, "In his position as CIA
director Hillenkoetter knew that the flying disc at
Roswell had been sent by Joseph Stalin (left). If
in fact Russia had such a craft, why was it never used
in any conflicts the Russians were involved in?
On page 370 she refers to Vannevar Bush referring to
back engineer the craft by stating he said, "Take it
apart and put it back together again." Take what apart?
The only thing found on the Foster ranch was a field ¾
of a mile long and several hundred feet wide, filled
with debris. Debris is hardly an intact craft that could
be taken apart. It was already apart from the crash.
On page 375, Jacobsen refers to, "America’s first
postwar nuclear test begins as a mysterious Army-Navy
assignment in a "sand-swept town---Roswell." The first
atomic bomb test took place at White Sands Missile
Range, (Trinity Site), 100 miles west of Roswell near
Alamogordo, NM, in 1945, later in the Pacific Ocean, and
the 509th atomic bomb wing didn’t arrive in
Roswell until after the atomic bombs had been dropped on
Japan to end WWII.
Although I found some of the book interesting in
reference to the information Ms Jacobsen referenced
relating to Area 51, it’s obvious to me, and many others
who have devoted many years to researching the Roswell
Incident that she didn’t do the research required to
make the statements she made. The book would have been
much more informative had she stayed with the subject in
the title of the book (Area 51), and avoided
embarrassing herself with some of the outlandish claims
she penned about Roswell.
Young Researchers Need to Become Involved
Having just turned 70 years old, and trying to catch
up with Stanton Friedman in age, we have both discussed
the need, and our desire for young people to get more
involved in UFO research. I’ve been encouraged by
several middle school and high school students that have
written to me over the years requesting assistance when
doing school writing assignments on the subject of UFOs.
That gives me hope that some might continue to pursue
the subject as they mature, which I think is vitally
needed in this field. I have written 2 editorials, on
12/01/04 and 12/01/10, which are archived on my website
about my confidence in these young students, and have
set up a link on my site to post the reports they have
written. I also appreciate the teachers that allow their
students to research and write about a subject that is
controversial to many.
As with many of the first-hand witnesses of the 1947
Roswell Incident, we’re starting to loose some of our
more experienced and elderly researchers also. Seems
like the morticians always win out on this one, and to
my knowledge nothing is going to change that, so I feel
if we’re going to learn the truth, the ball has to be
picked up by a younger generation.
There is one young gentleman that has come to the
table and established himself at a young age to become
one of the top researchers of today. I have had the
pleasure of sharing the platform with him on several
occasions either as a co-speaker, or actually having the
privilege of introducing him. I was impressed with his
diligence and dedication since I first heard of him
several years ago, and it has always been my honor to
visit with him at conferences, through email and share
with him some of our views on the subject. He himself
has been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies or the
keynote speaker at many of the top conferences.
Of course I’m talking about John Greenewald, Jr.
(left), the creator and owner of the Black Vault website
www.theblackvault.com. John recently announced that
the Black Vault had surpassed fifteen years of being on
line, exposing some of the world’s closest guarded
government secrets. 15 years is no big deal to some of
us older researchers, until you understand that he was
only 15 years old when he started the site. (As an
example, I was in my late 40’s when I started seriously
researching the subject.)
John has had very minimal advertising revenue to
support his site, and due to the value of the
information he has accumulated over these 15 years, any
contributions made to him are appreciated, and will help
him continue to uncover what the government doesn’t want
us to know. The Black Vault and Frank Warren’s
www.theufochronicles.com site are in my opinion, two of
the best sites on the Internet for obtaining factual
The Black Vault site, known around the world for
having the largest private archive of declassified
records contains more than “600,000 pages”, an
astronomical number, mostly obtained through persistent
Freedom of Information Act requests. The topics John has
pursued are not only UFO related either. He has
requested information on the JFK Assassination, Mind
Control and Biological Weapons, so just about any
government secret you can think of is in his database.
What has taken John as many as 12 years to acquire in
some FOIA requests is now available to anyone going to
his site. Since some of the responses he receives are
blacked out, like many of us, John wonders what is still
One other amazing fact about the Black Vault is the
number of visitors it gets on a daily basis. On an
average day, 5,000-6,000 visitors look through the
archives or download the research that has taken John
more than half of his life to obtain.
In addition to his website, he has been featured on
television networks such as The History Channel,
Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, A&E, Fox, NBC,
along with international networks such as the BBC (UK),
NTV (Russia), and many more.
In published media, Greenewald has been featured and
quoted in more than one hundred articles, in papers such
as the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily News,
the Baltimore Sun, and featured on the front page of
Yahoo! as one of the top stories for the day.
And there is more about this young man. In broadcast
radio, Greenewald has been featured on stations
worldwide, including Coast to Coast AM (Premier Radio
Network-syndicated), the Adam Carolia Show (CBS
Radio-syndicated), the Bob & Sheri show (Greater Media
Radio-syndicated), and countless others.
At the age of twenty-one, Greenewald published his first book “Beyond UFO Secrecy” in 2002.
This book has recently been put into a second expanded
edition, and re-published by Galde Press in January
Today, just 15 years after starting the Black Vault
website, his career has led him to a career in
television production, as a supervising producer,
writer, director and editor. Many of his shows can be
seen on the History channel, National Geographic
channel, Discovery, and Military channels to name a few.
In addition to his remarkable website, John can also
be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
John Greenewald Jr. has definitely set the standard
for other young people to get involved in UFO research.
With the technology available to them today and even
more so in the future, it continues to be my hope that
through individuals like John and others of this younger
generation, the government secrecy will eventually have
The future of our research and investigation on the
topics of Ufology and other conspiracies are in good
hands for the future with the leadership of such young
dedicated individuals as John Greenewald Jr. John thank
you for what you’ve accomplished in this short time
period, and we all look forward to you continuing the
excellent work you’ve started.
Dennis G. Balthaser Website:
The Air Force Remains Consistent about Roswell after 64
I recently obtained
a copy of the June 2011, “Air Force Magazine”,
published monthly by the Air Force Association in
Arlington Virginia. The magazine is also available on
the Internet at
I was unaware that
such a publication existed, however what created my
interest was an article on pages 68-72 written by John
T. Correll, who was the editor of the Air Force Magazine
for 18 years, and is now a contributing editor. The
title of his article is “USAF and the UFOs”. His lead
sentence states, “The Air Force, to its lasting
regret, got in on the ground floor of the UFO phenomenon.”
From that first sentence on, the 4-page article is a
repeat of what the Air Force has stated in July 1947, in
their voluminous report of 1994, and their “Case Closed”
report in 1997. As a long time researcher of the 1947
Roswell Incident, am I surprised---NO!!!
article begins by talking about the Kenneth Arnold
sighting June 24, 1947 in Washington State. Arnold
estimated the speed of the nine disk-shaped objects he
saw at 1,700 mph. Mr. Correll pointed out that although
Arnold was credited with coining the term “flying
saucers”, after an article appeared in the spring 1948
Fate magazine, the term had been used previously on July
8, 1947 in the Roswell Daily Record, and most afternoon
newspapers west of Chicago to describe the wreckage of
the Roswell Incident. The scientific consensus of
Arnold’s sighting was that it was an inversion of
refracted light-commonly known as a mirage.
The interest in
flying saucers faded quickly according to the article,
when the Air Force announced that the Roswell debris was
from a high-altitude weather balloon experiment, and not
mentioned again for 30 years.
Since no other
government agency came forward to assume the
investigation of flying saucers, the Air Force began to
collect and evaluate the data with Project Sign in 1947,
which evolved into Project Grudge and Project Twinkle,
and finally Project Blue Book in 1952. Captain Edward J.
Ruppelt, the first director of Project Blue Book is
given credit in the article for being the first to use
the term “Unidentified Flying Object”. In 1952 there
were 1,225 sightings to investigate.
A very brief account
of the 1961 Betty and Barney Hill abduction case is
mentioned in the article, only referring to it as being
the result of a later hypnotic regression. Stating no
one had seen an actual alien until 1964, when police
officer Lonnie Zamora, “chased a flame in the sky to
a mesa south of town where an egg-shaped craft landed
and two strange figures got out.” Stating among
others who investigated the case, only Philip J. Klass
is mentioned. (Ed. Note: why
list serious researchers when a debunker like Klass
Two cases that Mr.
Correll mentions that involved former Presidents of the
United States were Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. In
Ford’s case, 87 students at a college in Michigan saw
UFOs in flight from their dormitory in 1966. When Ford
requested a “full-blown” investigation by the House
Armed Services Committee, the meeting lasted 1 hour and
20 minutes. The report that then Governor of Georgia
Jimmy Carter made to NICAP in 1969 was determined to be
the planet Venus
In an effort to end
the UFO controversy the Air Force was involved in, they
engaged the University of Colorado to conduct an
independent investigation led by physicist Edward U.
Condon. The Condon report was issued in 1968, endorsed
by the National Academy of Sciences, with the
conclusion, “that nothing has
come from the study of UFOs in the past 21 years that
has added to scientific knowledge.”
In 1969 the Air
Force announced the end of Project Blue Book. Of the 12,
618 sightings reported, 701 were categorized as
unidentified, mostly due to insufficient information.
Correll states the records of Blue Book were shipped off
"I'm one of those people who believe that
with some two billion planets scattered
around our universe, there has to be a
couple of more than can support life on it."
--- Barry Goldwater
The Air Force
continued to be pressured however, being accused of
keeping 2 saucers and 12 alien bodies from a crashed
saucer in New Mexico at Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio. According to the article,
“there is no hangar 18 at the base.” Then
Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona also complained that
the Air Force had denied him access to a “blue room” at
Wright-Patterson where UFO artifacts were supposedly
Much of the article
from here on deals with the 1947 Roswell Incident,
accurately stating accounts of, and briefly mentioning
rancher Mack Brazel, Sheriff Wilcox, Intelligence
Officer Major Jesse Marcel, and Public Relations Officer
original interview with retired Major Marcel in 1978 is
mentioned, where Marcel stated, “that in 1947, he had
been ordered not to talk about the true nature of the
debris, which he described as nothing from this earth.”
In 1978, the
National Enquirer tabloid ran an article about Marcel,
and in 1980 Berlitz and Moore published their book, “The
Roswell Incident.” With one exception the witnesses are
accused of repeating accounts they had heard from
The author mentions
the “Majestic 12” documents, and the fact that many
Ufologist believed that Majestic 12 member, Secretary of
Defense James Forrestals’ suicide in 1949 was a cover
story and, “the reason for his murder was that he was no
longer trusted by those within the security services who
had control over the captured saucer.” Correll claims
the Majestic 12 story has several flaws, including being
typed on a typewriter not in use until 1962, formats and
date styles were wrong for the period. The National
Archives acknowledged a document was in its files but
did not know how it got there.
A great deal of space is devoted to
Ballard Funeral Home Mortician Glenn Dennis’ account of
his experience. Stanton Friedman interviewed Glenn
Dennis in 1989. Dennis referred to the redheaded
Captain, (or Colonel), who had him ejected from the base
hospital, after he encountered a nurse friend who was
visibly upset. The nurse disappeared from Roswell within
a day, and Glenn Dennis was unable to get in touch with
her despite attempts to help by the chief nurse Captain
When the Air Force
heard about the General Accounting Office investigation
into the Roswell Incident, requested by the then New
Mexico Representative Steven Schiff in 1993, they
decided to move on their own, supposedly pulling out all
the stops, digging into records, hunting down people,
(long retired), who had taken part in the events many
years ago. This became the 1994 and 1997 Air Force
reports I mentioned at the beginning of this editorial.
(Ed. Note: All one has to do is
read the GAO report or the Air Force reports of 1994 and
1997 to know the above statements are far from the
This article about
the “Air Force and UFOs” mentions the balloon theory,
which has been pretty well disproven over the years, not
mentioning the fact that the Soviet Union
didn’t do any nuclear testing until 1949 which is
what the Mogul balloon was supposed to detect. Nor does
it mention the fact that the anthromorphic crash test
dummies could not have been the bodies witnesses
described, since they were not
used until 1953 (6 years after the Roswell Incident.)
There are other
references in the article I could refer to, but due to a
lack of space here, I’ll close with Mr. Correll’s final
comment in his article,
“Perhaps, in the context of the world today, there are
more disturbing and important things to worry about than
Mr. Correll, I
hope when the truth is finally revealed and UFOs are
determined to be a factual occurrence, you are still
around to write another article about the Air Force and
UFOs, because there will be a lot of explaining needed
about the past 64 years, and the way the Air Force has
handled this topic.
Media Coverage of UFO Events and
years that I’ve been doing research, I have never been timid
about sharing my frustration about many in the media that
are responsible for reporting on the subject. Local and
national TV newscasters are some of the worst, hardly ever
able to factually report an event, without adding some
sarcastic footnote to the end of their report, which in my
opinion diminishes the content they are reporting on. Many
times at conferences, when photos or film are included with
an article, they don’t show the serious researchers, but
rather someone dressed in an outlandish costume.
documentaries on the subject of UFOs, which I have had a
fair amount of time participating in, usually involve show
hosts or interviewers, which have very little knowledge of
the subject. After filming, some editor or producer back in
Los Angeles or New York, will put his or her own take on the
material presented. Of all the documentaries I’ve been
involved with over the years I could count the respectable
ones on one hand. Two of the least credible that I wrote
editorials on include the Peter Jennings ABC Special in
National Geographic channel’s, “The Real Roswell”, in 2007
positive side, radio interviews (usually done by telephone),
are fun to do and very little, if any editing is done since
most are live interviews. Call-in shows are also good as a
way of sharing information with a listener, or even having a
lively discussion on the subject being discussed. In some
cases the radio show hosts have actually done their homework
prior to the show airing, making for a better discussion
between the host and the guest.
magazine has treated me fairly for several years, posting my
editorials as I have written them, while the MUFON Journal
has reworded, omitted, or added information to my editorials
without notifying me; on the few occasions they have
included them in their Journal.
most people think, researchers are normally not reimbursed
for their knowledge or time when doing interviews. More
importantly after an interview is completed, the researcher
has no in-put to what the final product will be,
consequently I have begun turning down some interviews that
I’d rather not be involved in. I’ve also begun turning down
speaking engagements that consists of clairvoyants, card
readers and psychics, intermixed with serious UFO
did a lecture in Alamogordo, New Mexico for the First
National Bank “Lunch and Learn monthly series”, and
unknowing to me at the time of my presentation, a reporter
from The Alamogordo Daily News was present. She wrote an
article for the paper, which was an extremely accurate
account of what I discussed. I found this to be quite
refreshing compared to some other experiences I’ve had with
the media as mentioned above. With the reporters permission
I am including her article below.
government cover-ups of Roswell, Area 51
By Elva K.
Osterreich, Associate News Editor
(Used with the
permission of the Alamogordo Daily News)
Balthaser's quest is to question the government
and hold it accountable for the truth.
He has spent a
second lifetime, after retirement, investigating
UFOs and secret government projects such as Area
51 and underground bases. His program Thursday
at First National Bank's Lunch and Learn series
was about his journey scrutinizing the 1947
Roswell incident, Area 51, underground bases and
the Pyramids of Giza.
at Roswell, after 64 years, it refuses to go
away," Balthaser said at the beginning of his
talk. "There is no doubt in my mind the
government is failing to disclose."
According to a Roper
poll, he said 72 percent of Americans believe
the government is not telling the public
everything it knows about UFO activity.
"Today, cover up is
a way of life," Balthaser said. "Most of us have
been raised in a box. But I want my children and
grandchildren to know what is in store for
When someone in the
audience asked why those piloting UFOs have not
communicated with humans, Balthaser responded by
asking why they would want to.
knowledge and technology is far superior," he
said. "Why would they want to communicate with
Balthaser said it is
time for the government to come clean and tell
the public what happened in Roswell. There is no
more reason to keep it secret, he said.
"What if we received
bodies and some 60 years later we don't know
what we have, where it came from or how it
works?" he said. "I don't buy in to the idea
that it would cause panic not anymore."
demonstrated some evidence that photos and
claims made by the government at the time of the
Roswell incident is falsified. He said he has
interviewed 100 to 150 witnesses in the case and
"probably 1,000" have been interviewed
altogether by researchers. These are not only
first-hand witnesses but second- and third-hand,
too, he said.
Balthaser said there
are always reports that don't coincide and
people who exaggerate accounts. Balthaser
believes the only way now to get real
information from a witness will be in the form
of deathbed confessions because, he said, there
comes at a time when a person can no longer be
threatened by government entities.
"I am completely
frustrated with UFO research," he said. "I think
the answers will come from good research and
He said the military
personnel who "saw" the Roswell incident are the
same ones who planned and deployed atomic bombs.
"How can they be
capable of delivering atomic bombs, but
incapable of telling a weather balloon from a
UFO?" he said.
said, 50 years later the Air Force claimed the
bodies recovered from the desert were
anthropomorphic crash test dummies. The problem
with that, he said, is the incident occurred in
1947 and crash test dummies were not in use, or
even invented, until 1953.
When talking about
Area 51, Balthaser said many secret aircraft,
including the F-117A Stealth bomber, were tested
in the Nevada desert. The area is included in
the property attributed to Nellis Air Force
Base. They may be working on a daytime stealth
aircraft that cannot be seen during the day
because it takes on the appearance of the
background sky, he added.
rumors persist that there are up to 22 levels
underground at Area 51, but there is no proof
because no one can talk about it.
validity are the cornerstones of UFO research,"
he said. "You and I are paying for something the
government says doesn't exist."
On the subject of
underground bases, Balthaser said there are
numerous rumors of such areas. For example,
there is said to be such a place in New Mexico
near Dulce on the Jicarilla Apache reservation
where biogenetic research on animals and humans
About the great
pyramids, Balthaser said there is no evidence
the great pyramid was ever even made as a tomb
for a king.
"No mummy has even
been found in the great pyramid," he said. There
are no drawings on the walls or coffins. There
is an entrance and exit vent for air, whereas in
most pyramids made as tombs there is only one
"Dead pharaohs don't
need air," he said. "So why were air shafts
the great pyramid is much older than people have
been led to believe by researchers and it
appears not to have been finished.
Each of the four
areas addressed at the presentation has its own
lecture, Balthaser said. He is available to
groups who would like him to present them. His
lectures are also available on DVD on his
Dennis G. Balthaser
Criminal Actions of Bill Knell (AGAIN)
I recently received a phone call from Lee Speigel,
chief writer of unexplained phenomena for AOLNews.com,
and former host of NBC Radio’s “The Edge of Reality,”
informing me that an audio album he did in 1975
entitled, “UFOs: The Credibility Factor,” and put on a
CD in 2007 by Mr. Speigel, is now being advertised on
Amazon.com. as a DVD under the same title, and being
credited to a Bill Knell as the “Actor” and “Director.”
Mr. Speigel has also advised me that if you read the
description Bill Knell has on his DVD, and compare it
with the original album notes, not only did Knell steal
his audio recording, and album title, he also
plagiarized, WORD for WORD, everything Mr. Speigel wrote
about the album 36 years ago.
I immediately informed Mr. Speigel that he had now
become a part of a piracy scheme that Bill Knell (a long
time criminal), has been doing for many years.
Bill Knell has been using the Internet to sell
researchers and TV producers copyrighted videos and DVDs
on the subject of Ufology for his own benefit, to the
point of changing the titles, stating that he is the
actor or director of the films he’s pirating, and
offering them for sale, many times at a reduced price,
and definitely with a poorer quality than the originals.
This is not only a scam against the researchers, but
also the victims who have purchased these products. This
is an infringement of copyright laws and a serious
www.theufochronicles.com made me aware a few years
ago that one of my DVDs, titled “The Roswell Incident:
Then and Now,” was being offered by Knell on a website
entitled Bravenet, under the title of “Aliens Among Us:
Stunning Secrets About UFOs and Extraterrestrials.”
Aztec Incident Researcher Scott Ramsey also had a
film being offered by Knell illegally, which after some
detailed investigation by Frank and Scott revealed a
list of over 80 researchers and TV producers products
were being offered by Knell. Frank, Scott and myself, to
make them aware of Knell’s illegal action, personally
contacted many of those victims, and we requested that
they contact IC3 of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
to report these violations. The on line IC3 form only
takes a few minutes to complete and submit ---
unfortunately only a handful of those we contacted
bothered to do so.
We contacted and complained to FBI offices in North
Carolina and Indianapolis, Indiana, Detective Maurice
Hobson with the Lebanon Police Department in Lebanon,
Indiana where Knell lives and conducts his criminal
activities, and other law enforcement agencies. We were
able to shut down several of Bill Knell’s websites
through our efforts, but it appears he is now using
Amazon.com for his continued operation.
Contacting Knell directly is of no value, as he will
only give excuses, as he’s done to us, removing the
products in question until he feels the pressure is
gone, and then they reappear at another site on the
Rich Rosell of DVD Talk was contacted recently about
reviewing one of Knell’s pirated films and his only
response was, as a reviewer it wasn’t his place to take
sides. Bill Knell deserves no publicity (good or bad
reviews), but rather needs to be prosecuted and
incarcerated for a long time, since any publicity given
to Bill Knell, would be assisting his criminal actions,
as Amazon.com is currently doing after being notified by
several of us on different occasions.
My Nov. 1, 2009 editorial, “Piracy: A Silent Plague
on Ufology” at:
some of what transpired several years ago when Frank
Warren, Scott Ramsey and I first began trying to expose
Knell. Obviously things haven’t changed, and it’s
imperative that those who have been victimized by Bill
Knell (researchers, TV producers and the many who have
bought poorly reproduced, pirated, illegal DVDs) contact
IC3 and complete the complaint form. The IC3 website can
be found at
http://www.IC3.gov/ The following list of potential
victims of Bill Knell was distributed a few years ago,
and it can be assumed that Knell has possibly removed
some (or worse), added more. Again it’s imperative if
you recognize your name or know anyone on the list
contact IC3, so Knell’s illegal operation can be
1 Al Bielek 41 Jim Marrs 2 Angelina Joiner 42 Joe
Montaldo 3 Bill Cooper (Estate of) 43 John Greenewald 4
Bill English 44 John Lear 5 Bill Moore 45 John Nebel
(Estate of) 6 Bill Stanley 46 Ken Johnson 7 Bob Lazar 47
Larry Warren 8 Brad & Sherry Steiger 48 Lawrence Fawcett
9 Bruce Maccabee 49 Lee Speigel (new addition) 10 Budd
Hopkins 50 Linda Moulton Howe 11 Cathy Ross 51 Lloyd Pie
12 Chuck Zukowski 52 Matthew Thuney 13 Clifford Stone 53
Michael Nelson 14 Daniel Sheehan 54 Michael S Heiser 15
David Hatcher Childress 55 Nick Pope 16 David Jacobs 56
Nick Redfern 17 Debbie Ziegelmeyer 57 Oscar Jordon 18
Dennis Balthaser 58 Patrick Heron 19 Dick Criswell 59
Paul Bennewitz (Estate of) 20 Don Ledger 60 Peter
Robbins 21 Donald Keyhoe (Estate of) 61 Phillip Corso
(Estate of) 22 Donald Schmitt 62 Philip Imbrogno 23 Dr.
Paul LaViolette 63 Richard Haines 24 Dr. Steven Greer 64
Richard Hall (Estate of) 25 Dr. Edgar Mitchell 65
Richard Hoagland 26 Dr. Joseph P. Farrell 66 Richard M.
Dolan 27 Ed abd Lorraine Warren 67 Rob Simone 28 Edgar
Cayce Foundation 68 Robert Emenegger 29 Edward R. Murrow
(Estate of) 69 Robert Salas 30 Erick Von Daniken 70
Robert Wood 31 Frank Edwards (Estate of) 71 Ryan Wood 32
George Fawcett 72 Scott Ramsey 33 George Knapp 73 Stan
Friedman 34 Gildas Bourdais 74 Stephen Bassett 35 Grant
Cameron 75 Susan Swiatek 36 Greg Bishop 76 Ted Phillips
37 Guy Malone 77 Timothy Good 38 Ivan Sanderson (Estate
of) 78 Travis Walton 39 J. Allen Hynek (Estate of) 79
Whitley Strieber 40 James Fox 80 William Henry 81
Today, Knell’s DVDs are currently on Amazon http://amazon.com
Do a search for Bill Knell and you will see he is listed
as actor or director on many of the DVDs, when he is
neither. Bill Knell is a criminal and with your help he
can be stopped. If additional information is required,
or if you have any questions please feel free to contact
email@example.com, Frank Warren at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Ramsey at
Dennis Balthaser Website:
Theories about the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza
During my 33 years of civil
engineering work with the Texas Department of
Transportation, I was fortunate enough to have been
involved with quality control and quality assurance of
materials used to build several massive bridge
structures in Texas. That background tends to be the
reason I became interested in researching Underground
Bases and Tunnels, and more recently the Pyramids of
Giza. Area 51 and the 1947 Roswell Incident were two
areas of research I had an interest in before retiring
from the Texas DOT in 1996, and it’s been sometime since
I addressed one of my favorite areas of research, “the
pyramids of Giza.” My views about who built them haven’t
changed over the years, still believing that the three
pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are much older than the
Egyptian civilization, as we’re led to believe today by
many Egyptologists and others.
fact the great pyramid of Giza was built for Khufu, a
Pharaoh of the 4th dynasty about 2600 BC, why
was nothing ever found inside the pyramid to indicate
that he was prepared for the afterlife, as was the
custom with other Pharaoh’s tombs uncovered over the
years? To this date the only artifact found referring
to Khufu is a 3” statute, now in the Cairo museum, that
was originally found a great distance away from the
pyramids in 1903. Unless some great discovery is still
to be revealed inside the great pyramid referring to
Khufu, I will continue to question if in fact the great
pyramid was ever built for him.
recently come upon several new theories about how the
pyramids of Giza were built, indicating that after all
these years and all the research that has been done, we
still don’t have any factual information on how they
were built, who built them or for what purpose. Unlike
everything else the Egyptian civilization did
accomplish, no records have been discovered on how or
who built the 3 pyramids of Giza or the Sphinx. Theories
are described as, “Proposed explanations whose status is
still conjectural, in contrast to well-established
propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of
actual facts.” Many I suppose would place UFO research
into that same category as only being theories, since
some have suggested that alien technology was involved
in the building of the pyramids.
Researcher Stephen Mehler offers scientific evidence in
his book, “The Land of Osiris”, about an advanced
civilization that lived in Northern Africa some 10,000
years ago known as Khemitians. One of his sources of
information came from a local known as a “keeper of
wisdom”, who presented evidence that he believed the
ancient Khemitians had contact, and that the existence
of life on other planets and in other dimensions is a
distinct reality, being part of the indigenous tradition
of the Khemitian wisdom keepers. Were the pyramids of
Giza and the Sphinx built with technology the Khemitians
received from star people, prior to the Egyptian
great pyramid of Giza stands over 450’ tall and contains
some 2 ½ million stones weighing between 2 and 70 tons
each. That does not include the polished limestone
casing stones that originally covered the stones seen
today. Only one of the three great pyramids of Giza
still has any casing stones in place near the top, due
to the Arabs removing them to build mosques and temples.
most frequently mentioned method of building the
pyramids is the use of a ramp to drag the stones to
their final location, requiring 20-30 years and
20-30,000 workers to accomplish. Considering the stones
had to be quarried, cut, transported up the Nile river,
moved across the Giza Plateau and set, using the above
information, a stone would have had to been placed every
mathematical problem is the ramp itself. Knowing the
height of the pyramid (450 feet) and assuming an angle
of 20 degrees for the ramp, which would be a fairly
steep angle, the length of a ramp would calculate to
more than 1316 feet long. Additionally, assuming a
conservative width of 20 feet for the ramp, and knowing
the length and height, the volume of material required
for such a ramp would be more than 7,000,000 cubic feet.
These numbers seem like astronomical figures, since as
the pyramid grew taller, the ramp would have to be
lengthened and the base widened to keep it from
collapsing. Since there are over 200 lifts, or steps to
the top of the great pyramid, considerable time would
have been lost in maintaining the ramp size for each
lift. Other ramp methods have also been theorized, using
internal, zigzag, or spiraling ramps. Levitation of the
stones has also been mentioned.
recently, Steven Myers, author of the book, “Lost
Technologies of the Great Pyramid” has suggested that
the stones were transported up the Nile on barges
utilizing a series of water locks across the Giza
plateau, similar to what was used to build the Erie
canal in the 1800’s, due to the increase in elevation
from the Nile River to the Giza plateau pyramid site.
Upon arrival at the site, each layer of the pyramid was
sealed and flooded, enabling the stones to be floated
into position by lifting the stones on barges in
switchback water locks up along the face of the emerging
pyramid. Railroads today use a similar switchback
concept to travel up steep grades.
the three pyramids of Giza were built remains as much a
mystery as how they were built and/or who build them.
Many believe they were build before the great flood
mentioned in the Bible, as one researcher has found
evidence of fossils in some of the stones. I would raise
the question of whether those fossils were in the stones
cut from the quarries, or were they embedded after the
pyramid was built due to a massive flood? In either case
unlike today, Egypt was apparently subjected to a large
amount of water at one time, 5-10 thousand years ago.
I’m also convinced that the Sphinx shows evidence on the
back portion of the lion’s body of water damage, not
deterioration by wind and sand as many propose, having
been covered with sand up to the neck until the 1800’s.
Although I’ve not found any direct references to the
pyramids of Giza in the Bible, Biblical scholars have
made other comments such as found in Isaiah 19:19-20;
purpose of the great pyramid has been discussed by many
over the years indicating it was designed as an energy
machine, while others contend it was a water pump of
sort. Today there is no doubt that it is a money-making
generator based on the tourism industry in Egypt.
of the lesser-known facts about the three pyramids of
Giza that I find interesting are the following:
The alignment of the three
pyramids of Giza coincides with the 3 stars of Orion’s
belt in the Orion Constellation.
There is believed to be a
large rock outcropping directly below the pyramids which
might explain why the massive weight of the pyramids has
not recessed much in height over thousands of years.
The great pyramid was placed
in the exact center of all the land area of the world.
Lines drawn through the north-south and east-west axis
of the pyramid divide equally all the earth’s terrain.
The empty coffer found in
the great pyramid by the Arabs about 850 AD has the
exact same inside dimensions as the “Ark of the
Covenant” mentioned in the Bible. Coincidence?
Egyptologists continue to take credit for building the
three pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, however these
theories and others not mentioned here need to be
considered. For me the research of the pyramids and
Sphinx are more important than as a tourist industry.
Research Encouragement from a Middle School
Doing UFO research is at times extremely
frustrating for me due to the continued denial of truth by the
government and military, the “woo-woo” types that have infiltrated
serious research, and the small town politics and egos surrounding
Roswell and the UFO Museum.
Fortunately, young people continue to come
to my rescue by writing to me and asking for assistance in doing
school project reports on the subject of Ufology. This has been of
such importance to me over the years, that I have devoted a section
of my web site to “Kids Speaking Out About UFOs”, where I post their
reports when complete. These young students and their teachers give
me encouragement that the future, with their desire for knowledge,
is more important than the debunkers, skeptics and critics we’ve had
to deal with for many years.
Below is a list of questions and my answers
I received from a middle school back east that I want to share with
Here are the questions.
Thanks again for doing this interview.
connections are there between the Mogul project and the Roswell
crash, besides the government's claim that they are the same
There is no
connection. The Mogul balloon project excuse for the Roswell
Incident has been disproven. The material in the photo taken in
General Ramey's office on the floor is part of a weather balloon and
contains no material from a Mogul balloon. Additionally, the
particular launch of a Mogul balloon referenced by the government
and skeptics was cancelled due to weather conditions.
the government seem vague, is there anything they seem to be
Yes, what they are leaving out is the truth about
what actually crashed on the Foster ranch. We've been given 4
excuses over the past 64 years by the Air Force and government.
July 8, 1947 newspaper article in most afternoon papers west of
Chicago stated we had captured and had in our possession a flying
saucer. The next day July 9th, newspaper articles in the morning
papers east of Chicago said it was a weather balloon. In 1994 the
Air Force report stated it was a Mogul balloon, and finally in 1997
the Air Force said the bodies were
anthropomorphic crash test
dummies. Don't be surprised if we are given another excuse.
In your words,
what effects does this secrecy have on the public?
The cover-up of UFOs (flying saucers) is only one
of many things the government has lied to the public about during
the past 30-40 years. In 1947 people trusted and respected the
government---today that trust has diminished as shown in current
surveys about the mistrust of our government.
What is your
explanation of the supplies found at the site? (Indestructible
foil, engravings in wood, etc.)
Those type materials were described by numerous
first hand witnesses as being materials no one had ever seen or were
familiar with. Today we have fiber optics, metal that has memory,
etc, which didn't exist in 1947.
Is there any
solid evidence of ET's captured from the crash?
Yes, from 1st hand witnesses that claim to have
actually seen bodies, described as child size, with larger than
normal heads, large eyes and approximately 3 ½ - 4’ tall.
research, we learned that the vehicle recovered from the site
was unable to be started. Why? What does this prove?
There was no craft recovered, but rather pieces
of debris scattered over a field several hundred yards wide by 3/4
What type of
information would prevent the disclosure of this event?
Our government will not admit to anything
existing that they cannot control, and if these craft have been
visiting us as long as many believe and continue to do so, our
government cannot do anything to stop it. Who in our government
would, or will admit that they have been lieing to us for the past
64 years about the Roswell
Incident and other things? More importantly, it is my theory that
whatever was recovered will not be disclosed or admitted to until
the military has the complete advantage of such technology, which I
don't believe they have yet. (Propulsion and guidance systems, where
they are from, and what their motive is.)
Why is the
government trying so hard to keep this a secret?
For the military advantage of having such
technology and knowledge. You can't tell your friends your secrets
without telling your enemies.
Is there any
connection between the atomic bomb test and the Roswell crash?
Many believe there is a connection, since the
atomic bomb was tested less than 100 miles south of Roswell
in 1945, and they could have been sitting out there wondering what
these clowns on earth were up to. The atomic bomb consisted of
50,000 people and the secret was kept for 10 years. Area 51, the
secret base in Nevada was opened by the CIA in 1955 to test the U-2
aircraft and we found out about it in the 1980's through a Russian
satellite photo. The F-117 stealth airplane was on the drawing
boards in 1973 and we learned of it during the Gulf war in 1991, so
the government is very capable of keeping secrets.
If there are
ET's, why would the government keep them a secret?
Same answer as question 7 above---CONTROL....
anything of extreme value that would come from having alien
bodies and alien materials on earth?
Yes, medical information, technological
information, time travel, etc., etc. To get here from wherever they
are from would mean they are 100s, thousands, perhaps 10s of
thousands of years ahead of us, since we can't go there yet.
Does the crash
test dummy story provide a good explanation of the bodies
None...the Air Force shot themselves in the foot
with that excuse, since the dummies weren't used until 1953, (6
years after the Roswell
Was the balloon
in the picture with Maj. Jesse Marcel the same wreckage found in
No, and until Major Marcel’s death he insisted
the material he was forced to pose with for the pictures in General
Ramey’s office was not the material he brought from Roswell to
General Ramey’s office. The brown paper the material is laying on is
off a new roll of paper not from a wrapped package brought from
Roswell, and an unopened package is seen against the wall in several
of the photos.
Why has the
government been so hostile towards witnesses?
Threatening people appears to be a good way to
silence witnesses, through their retirement, their safety and the
safety of their family members.
Why are there
so many alleged crash sites?
Various rumors and stories have developed over
the years. My thinking is that the craft crashed (debris found on
the Foster ranch), and the bodies were discovered within a mile of
that site, possibly being ejected in a capsule, knowing they were
crashing. I put no confidence in any other sites mentioned due to
not having any reliable witness testimony about them.
How much was
the president involved?
The President of the United
States is not cleared for this type information. The President is a
temporary employee ( 8 years max.), and cannot be trusted with this
information. Each President is probably made aware of ET existence,
but not details. Many Presidents have tried to go public with UFO
information but were silenced such as Carter, Ford, Reagan, Kennedy
and Clinton. Bush Sr. might have known the most having been head of
the CIA before becoming President. Reagan had meetings with Russia's
Gorbachov about UFO and was told to be quiet after addressing the
United Nations on the subject of UFOs.
We read that at
the president's signature was forged. Is this true? How much
evidence of this is there?
It appears that Truman's signature might have
been lifted from another document for the MJ-12 papers. That is
still debatable, although it appears to be true.
With these type questions from young students,
perhaps the truth will someday be made public.
Dennis G. Balthaser
The Paranormal Invasion
of Serious UFO Research
This editorial will not set
well with many that read it, but my personal
concern has been a growing problem for me for
some time, and as I’ve done in previous
articles, I confront things that bother me, or
are obvious contradictions or alternatives to
serious UFO research. Perhaps my concern is due
to having a civil engineering background, or the
fact that for the past 14 years I have been
fortunate enough to do this research with some
of the top researchers in the field of Ufology,
and many of those researchers share my concern.
As an example, a Google
search of the “1947 Roswell Incident websites”
reveals over 84,000 results. For many of those
sites listed, the “researcher” has never been to
Roswell, never interviewed a witness, or knows
anything about the crash site(s), consequently
their information is second or third hand “arm
chair” research, and in many cases it is not
factual information. Such is the fallacious
nature of the Internet, since anything can be
posted by anyone about anything.
Another concern is what I
refer to as the “circus or carnival atmosphere”
surrounding several of the well-known UFO
Symposiums, “Festivals”, and Conferences around
the country. I realize that by having such
events, a town or city believes it can generate
more income, and probably does, but what does
such an event do to promote serious research?
Photo: Roswell UFO Festival,
Copyrighted, Kathy Burns
At most of these type
events, pay attention to what the media, (TV,
newspaper and magazine reporters and
photographers) depict about the event. It’s
usually an article or photograph of some one in
a tinfoil hat, or outlandish costume. Very
seldom is anything depicted of the serious
researcher that has devoted most of his or her
life and expenses to investigating and
researching a UFO Incident.
Several of you that read
this will say, “Dennis you need to lighten up."
My immediate response would be that the serious
research of the UFO phenomenon may well be the
biggest story of the millennium, and I
personally think it should remain a serious
topic in the media, at symposiums and
conferences, and other venues. I certainly
haven’t seen it reported or depicted that way at
many of those events for many years, and the
paranormal aspect has slowly been creeping into
all of those.
After many years of
observing and being involved with the making of
TV documentaries on the subject of UFOs, I have
finally realized that they have very little to
do with factual or verifiable information from
serious researchers. Ratings and profit are the
main motive. Additionally unlike what many
believe, in nearly every case the serious
researcher is NOT reimbursed for his time on
film, or the years of research and expense he or
she has devoted to the subject, which is freely
given to the documentary, so some producer or
director can apply his own take on the event,
usually with less than accurate information
presented, when the show is aired.
I vividly remember at some
of the conferences I’ve attended where one of
the speakers talked about having been
impregnated by aliens several times. Others have
talked about spiritual healing, ghosts, and
witches. Still others are clairvoyants,
astrologers, Shamans, mind and body healers,
Placing researchers such as
Stanton Friedman, (the 1947 Roswell Incident),
John Greenewald Jr., (Government Conspiracies),
Travis Walton, (1995 abductee, “Fire in the
Sky”), Kathleen Marden, (the Betty and Barney
Hill Story), and other serious, respected,
scientific oriented individuals on the same
conference schedule with those mentioned above,
does nothing to promote the further education of
the public on the subject of Ufology.
Perhaps the serious
researchers should no longer participate in
those events that contain such a wide range of
subjects that basically have nothing of value to
do with UFO research.
I have in fact talked to
several researchers who have devoted many years
of their time and expense to serious research,
who have already made such a decision, informing
me they would not attend any UFO conferences
until such time that conference organizers get
back to having real UFO conferences, without the
newagers, “woo-woo” types that appear to be
taken over many of the symposiums.
As a final comment, I just
returned from a conference I attended, and
received an email from one of the attendees
stating: “I just listened to
part of a radio interview you did. You talked
about the pyramids and you showed that they are
located so as to look like the Orion
Constellation. I wanted to add that the
spaceship that crashed at Roswell was from
Orion. And the crash test dummies were right.
Orion’s look human and they are over 6 feet
tall. They are covering up an Orion crash. If
anyone saw the crash and saw the Orion’s they
would have seen what looked like tall people and
could have been confused into thinking they saw
crash test dummies maybe.”
I responded to this
individual, "...other researchers and myself
have been investigating the Roswell Incident for
many years, and no one has ever mentioned any
bodies being over 6’ tall. All eye witnesses
have described the alleged bodies as being 3-4’
tall resembling small children”. As for them
coming from Orion, (as she stated as a matter of
fact), I emphasized again that in 64 years no
one has ever determined where they were from.
Not expecting a response,
since this person already knew more than all of
us that have been researching Roswell the past
30 some years she did respond with the
following: “My reaction to the
symposium was that it was by and for hoaxers and
that there were no current reports of UFOs that
I heard. We walk different paths. On my path the
Greys are gone and there is no reason to focus
on them. Thank you for your time.”
So in her mind Stanton
Friedman, John Greenewald Jr., Travis Walton and
myself are hoaxers, since we were participants
in the conference she attended.
This type thinking and
reaction on her part only reinforces my thinking
and several other researchers that I have
discussed my concern with, that the time has
come for the news media, TV documentary
executives, and conference organizers to look at
what they are presenting to the public.
If the “woo-woos, kool-aid
drinkers, or new agers” (whatever you want to
call them), want to share their views give them
a separate venue, but don’t interface serious
UFO researchers with them. We have devoted too
much of our time and expenses over the years, to
be associated with those types. We want the
truth from our government and military about the
phenomenon known as Ufology, and when 70% of
those polled believe UFOs exist, and 60-70%
believe the government is covering up what they
know, give the serious researchers their proper
due. The answers we’re looking for about UFOs
will not be coming from Tarot card readers,
psychics, or clairvoyants, but rather from
researchers with credible backgrounds, who go
into the field, or archives to research factual
information, and try to educate the public with
the information they have devoted years to
Dennis G. Balthaser
Change Needed in Roswell
Another Roswell UFO Festival is
now in the history books, and in spite of a few “hiccups”
along the way in preparation for the 2010 annual event, it
was in my opinion a very successful event. During the 4-day
event, the attendance on Saturday at the Roswell Convention
and Visitors Center was as big as any I have attended.
The newly elected Mayor and one
of the recently elected city councilmen made some comments
that were picked up by the National media a few weeks before
this years Festival was scheduled, that were detrimental to
the city committee’s planning, and caused several
entertainers and vendors to cancel. I agree with the Mayor
that the cost of planning and operating such an event should
be reviewed, however the return on such an investment to the
benefit of Roswell appears to far outweigh the cost.
The Festival affects everyone involved from the local
t-shirt producer to
American Airlines who are all involved, and looking
to benefit from the Festival.
UFO Symposium Coordinator, City
Festival Adviser and UFO researcher Peter Robbins gave an
excellent presentation to the Mayor and city council at
their monthly meeting July 8, emphasizing the importance of
the city continuing to finance the annual festival. The
Mayor thanked Peter, and agreed that the city of Roswell
would continue to support the annual event, and anticipated
that 2011 would be bigger than this year. I’m pleased that
the Mayor and certain councilmen may have seen the benefits
of continuing to support the Festival.
As it has been for the past few
years, there are three conferences going on in Roswell
during the annual event each July.
Guy Malone has one that examines
the Roswell Incident from a theological perspective,
assuming it was not an “ET” related incident. I personally
welcome consideration of all possibilities in our combined
effort to get the truth after 63 years, (although I may not
agree with all.)
The UFO Museum, under the
leadership of its current Director Julie Shuster, has an
annual conference, which started back in the early 1990’s,
when a few gentlemen in Roswell, and years before Shuster
became involved as the Director, decided to organize an
event. It grew in popularity each year with the 50th
anniversary in 1997 possibly being the largest attended to
date, nearly doubling the population of Roswell for a few
days. When Shuster took over the Directorship of the Museum,
problems began between her and several researchers and city
personnel, resulting in a decline in attendance for the
Although the Museum received its
share of the lodger’s tax in previous years from the city,
the relationship between her and the city grew more hostile
with each passing year. To the credit of the Museum (not
it’s Director), the Museum does attract 150,000 people to
Roswell each year, a considerable boost to the economy
through merchants, t-shirt shops, restaurants, hotels and
Realizing that the Roswell
Festival was no longer reaching out to expand under the
guidance of the Museum Director, and in fact declining in
popularity, the former Mayor Sam LaGrone, stepped up and
assembled a committee to organize a festival under the city
of Roswell banner. On numerous occasions while I was on the
city committee a few years ago, the city reached out to the
Museum Director to join in with the city for the annual
event. Shuster refused that offer time and time again,
resulting in separate festivals the past few years, which is
confusing to those attending each year, and has drawn a line
in the sand between the city and the Museum Director.
Since becoming the Director of
the Museum, Shuster has acquired a hand-selected board,
utilized several CPAs, and started charging an admission to
the museum, which the original founders of the Museum, (Walter
Glenn Dennis and Max Littell), had strongly
emphasized would never happen. More damaging in my opinion
is the “control” she now attempts to place on speakers who
participate in her annual event. They are instructed to NOT
ATTEND any functions the city Festival has at the Convention
and Visitors center because they are under contract to her
for the duration of their stay in Roswell. Most of us
researchers know each other and enjoy the infrequent times
that we can get together during the festival, however this
is no longer possible.
The problems caused by the
Museum Director are much too numerous to list in this
article, however I believe she hit a new low this past week.
Last year the city Festival Committee created a Roswell UFO
Hall of Fame induction ceremony to honor people to be drawn
from three different categories: those involved in the
incident itself, researchers, authors, investigators and
lecturers, and contributors from the film, TV and
documentary fields. The first inductee last year was Major
Jesse Marcel, (the Intelligence officer of the 509th
bomb wing stationed in Roswell in 1947.) Major Marcel’s
award was graciously accepted by non other than Major
Marcel’s son Jesse Marcel Jr., who himself became involved
as a young boy, when his father brought debris by the house
from the crash site, before returning to the base.
This year the city nominating
committee selected three individuals to be inducted into the
Hall of Fame. Stanton Friedman, the original civilian
Roswell Incident researcher, known world wide for his
investigations, Paul Davids, movie producer of the 1994
feature film Roswell, and by unanimous selection by
the committee, Walter Haut, the Base Public Relations
Officer who wrote the July 8, 1947 newspaper article that we
had captured a Flying Saucer. Only two inductees were
installed in the Hall of fame however, because when the UFO
Museum Director Julie Shuster, (who is Walter Haut’s
daughter) was asked to accept the award on behalf of her
father she refused to participate. Not only was that
disrespectful of her father and the Roswell Incident, but
also again indicated her unwillingness to work with anyone
not under her domination, and only added more animosity to
an already bad situation.
In an article in the
Roswell Daily Record newspaper Sunday July 11th,
Shuster said, “Peter Robbins had contacted her sister
about nominating their Dad (Walter Haut) into the
city Hall of
Fame, and if you were inducting someone into the Hall
of Fame, you’d think you’d ask their family.” Is a
sister not family?
Walter Haut will eventually be
inducted into the Roswell Hall of Fame as he well should be,
with or without the current Museum Director's approval.
It’s time for a change at the
Museum, and the continued support of her hand-selected Board
of Directors that appear to ignore the ill will she creates
within the community, with researchers and the media.
Visitors to Roswell are not aware of these problems and
don’t need to be, but those that are aware need to look at
making changes for the betterment of the annual Festival,
and what locals have to deal with throughout the year.
The Roswell Festival is an
important part of the community and local businesses, and
must start being handled so all will benefit. The UFO Museum
is also an important part of the community, and vitally
needed for those interested in the subject of
but the attitude of the museum’s leadership is a hindrance
to that being accomplished.
Vendors and researchers I talked
to at the Visitors and
Center after the event, indicated this was one of the
best years they have had participating in the city Festival,
and my congratulations to Festival Director Renee’ Roach,
Peter Robbins, the members of the City’s UFO Festival
Committee and to all of the volunteers for a job well done.
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Building the Pyramids of Giza
Over the years many theories have been proposed about how the
three Pyramids of Giza were constructed, however I know of no
records having ever been found explaining how they were in fact
built, or by whom. Some of the theories proposed have merit; while
others are questionable, and I’ll try to explain a few that I’m
familiar with in this article.
Not only is the construction of the pyramids a mystery, but their
age is as well. Most Egyptologists refer to a period of time about
2600 BC during the reign of the 4th Dynasty Pharaoh Khufu.
The problem with that however is the fact that nothing has ever been
discovered inside the great pyramid, other than an empty lidless box
(coffer) to indicate a Pharaoh was ever buried there, as no
artifacts for the afterlife were present when the Arabs first
entered the pyramid about 820AD. The only reference to Khufu found
was a 3"statue, located miles from the pyramids which is today on
display in the Cairo museum. (Not much of a legacy for a Pharaoh
supposedly buried in a pyramid built for him.)
Researcher Ken Kline has stated that he found evidence of salt
water deposits on the inside of the great pyramid, which would
predate the age mentioned above, since that area of the world has
not had significant rainfall for 5-10,000 years. Kline goes as far
as stating perhaps the salt-water deposits he mentions are
indicative of the great flood mentioned in the Bible, which would
predate the Egyptian civilization. Many structures in Egypt
including the Sphinx, also contain seashells and marine fossils
fully intact and preserved in the stones used to construct those
In recent years several pyramid shaped structures have been
discovered in Bosnia, in a town near Sarajevo and Herzegovina, by
Bosnian-American archaeologist Semir (Sam) Osmanagich, which are
believed to be even older and larger than the those on the Giza
Plateau, containing a paved entrance and underground tunnel system,
when the woodland covering them is removed. As with the many ancient
structures still covered by sand in Egypt, much more research will
be required to validate this recent discovery. For more information
on the Bosnian pyramids go to
A Franco-American study first made in the 1970’s by French
chemist Joseph Davidovits, claimed the pyramids of Giza were built
by pouring a form of concrete into blocks on the site rather than
cutting and transporting large stones from a quarry, at least on the
upper portion of the pyramids, since it is apparent that two types
of stones were used, (one from the quarries and one man-made.)
According to an article published in the Journal of American Ceramic
Society, "the chemistry is well and truly different." The concrete
theorists also point out differences in the density of the pyramid
stones, which have a higher mass near the bottom and bubbles near
the top, like old-style concrete blocks. The 2.5 million blocks used
to build the great pyramid were originally covered with polished
limestone casing stones.
When the great pyramid is viewed from above, one clearly sees
that the horizontal surfaces of the uppermost blocks are flat,
unlike the rougher appearing surfaces of blocks toward the bottom of
the pyramid. The work force required for
casting the blocks at the top of the structure would have been
greatly reduced also, versus pulling gigantic stone blocks up ramps
to place them in their proper position.
The use of ramps with 20-30,000 workers over a 25-30 year period
seems to be the most popular theory presented thus far for
explaining how the 3 pyramids of Giza were constructed. I have some
problems with that theory which I’ll explain.
Considering the fact that the great pyramid, (Khufu’s), contains
2 ½ million stones weighing between 2 and 70 tons each, and that
each stone had to be quarried and shaped away from the site,
transported by barge up the Nile River and then set in place, (some
at a height of over 400 feet), doesn’t fit the time schedule
referred to. To accomplish this, a stone would have had to be set in
place every 90 seconds, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 30 years.
Prior to the Aswan Dam being completed in 1970 on the Nile, the
river flooded annually, which seems to me would have created
problems for transporting the massive stones from the quarry to the
site, and not allowed for the continuous placement of each stone.
Two methods of dragging these stones on wooden sleds to
their final location has also been proposed. Using one
continuous ramp would have required an extremely long
ramp to reach to the upper portions of the pyramid,
requiring the ramp to be lengthened every few increases
in elevation of the pyramid, and there are over 200
steps or tiers to the summit. Another ramp proposal
utilized a spiral ramp on all 4 sides of the pyramid,
going upward as each lift or step was completed.
The casing stones, which eventually covered
the pyramids, were probably started at the top working downward.
Today the only remaining casing stones on the pyramids of Giza are
at the top of the Khafre pyramid, (Khufu’s son), adjacent to, and
slightly shorter than the great pyramid. The Arabs removed most of
the casing stones during the 14th century to build their
own temples and Mosques.
Another theory I have heard mentioned, but have found little
documentation on is the possibility of levitation to lift the
gigantic stones into place.
Researcher Stephen Mehler, in his book "The Land Of Osiris"
refers to a civilization in North Africa some 10,000 years ago known
as "Khemitians". According to Mehler this civilization, supposedly
had contact with star people. This would of course predate the
Egyptian civilization, and as many believe, the pyramids of Giza and
the Sphinx are much older than the Egyptian civilization. As an
example, it’s a well-accepted fact that the deteriation on the
Sphinx was caused by water, not by wind and sand.
Using Mehler’s information I’m not proposing that star people
(aliens) built the pyramids, but perhaps furnished the technology to
build them. Of the 100+ other pyramids in Egypt, none compare with
the 3 of Giza, which all appear to be poor replicas built by the
Egyptians, of the 3 on the Giza Plateau.
Considering the tools the Egyptian’s had available to themselves,
the different theories proposed over the years for how the pyramids
were constructed, and the technology required, I continue to
question some of the information that has been presented about who
built the 3 pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and how it was
accomplished. Perhaps validated information will be forthcoming in
the future, but for the present time some of us will continue to
doubt and question what we’re being told. The physical evidence is
there today for all to see. The only questions remaining are how did
they get there, for what purpose were they built, and who built
Dennis G. Balthaser
What Some Say about the Existence
The debate whether UFOs exist or not has been discussed for
decades, and the simple answer has always been yes they do exist. If
it’s flying and is unidentifiable it’s a UFO. The more complex
question I suppose, is trying to ascertain what it is that is flying
and unidentifiable. Over and over many of the reported UFOs have in
fact been identified, creating the term IFO, (Identified Flying
Object.) The bigger question however seems to be whether it is
something terrestrial, developed or created on earth, by us or some
other country, or is it from somewhere "out there", perhaps in our
own galaxy, a distant galaxy or somewhere else in the universe.
For years we’ve heard from the "naysayers" that claim UFOs can’t
possibly be from "out there" because of the vast distances they’d
have to travel, the propulsion systems they’d have to use, and the
fact that our own military and government dispute their existence.
Those type excuses have lingered on for years by many that always
have the same excuse, and don’t bother bringing anything new to the
table. I basically believe that those type individuals are living in
a box, thinking we humans know everything. The truth of the matter
is the fact that if these unknown craft being seen are manned, their
technology and knowledge would transcend ours by hundreds, maybe
thousands of years, because we can’t go out there yet. That
egotistical attitude has prevailed for many years by many
scientists, astronomers, debunkers, and others that always seem to
have all the answers.
Fortunately for those of us seriously interested in the subject
of Ufology, there is support for the existence of UFOs from many
impressive sources, which I will share with you. As with all of my
research however, there are some individuals that claim
extraterrestrial UFOs do exist, but I have to question their claims
based on their record, lack of scientific data, omission of
references, etc. That list of individuals would include Bob Lazar of
Area 51 fame, Phil Schneider about the Underground Dulce New Mexico
base, Lt. Col. Phil Corso, with no references for his best selling
book "The Day After Roswell", Tony Bragalia about Roswell, and
several others. I am hopeful that in time new information will
surface, which will allow me to retract my current views on those
Below are listed some quotes from individuals that I feel are
from more credible sources. These sources also indicate that the
possibility of UFOs being from "out there", and real, has been
suggested for many years.
"UFOs are real as the airplanes that fly over your head…I’m so
concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an
intergalactic war, that I just had to say something."
Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Defense Minister, September 25, 2005, at
the U. of Toronto
"Maximum security exists concerning the subject of UFOs."
Allen Dulles, CIA Director, 1955
"It is time for the truth to be brought out in open Congressional
hearings. Behind the scenes high-ranking Air Force officers are
soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and
ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying
objects are nonsense."
Admiral Hillenkoetter, first Director of the CIA, February 27,
"I certainly believe in aliens in space, and that they are indeed
visiting our planet. They may not look like us, but I have very
strong feelings that they have advanced beyond our mental
Senator Barry Goldwater, Arizona, 1965
"I feel that the Air Force has not been giving out all the
available information on the Unidentified Flying Objects. You cannot
disregard so many unimpeachable sources."
John W. McCormack, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1965
"In my official status, I cannot comment on ET contact. However,
personally, I can assure you, we are not alone."
Charles J. Camarda, (Ph.D.), NASA Astronaut
"Of course it is possible that UFO’s really do contain aliens as
many people believe, and the Government is hushing it up."
Professor Stephen Hawking
"There are many reasons to believe that UFOs do exist. There is
so much evidence from reliable witnesses."
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, March 28, 1954
"The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated
Mikhail Gorbachev, Premiere of the Soviet Union, May 4, 1990
"I can assure you the flying saucers, given that they exist, are
not constructed by any power on earth."
President Harry Truman, April 4, 1950, White House Press
"In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget
how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some
outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I
occasionally think, how quickly our differences worldwide would
vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.
And yet, I ask is not an alien force
ALREADY among us?" "There are only a handful of people who know
the truth about this."
President Ronald Reagan to a full session of the United Nations,
September 21, 1987
"Given the millions and billions of earth like
planets, life elsewhere in the universe without a doubt, does exist.
In the vastness of the universe we are not alone."
"I am aware that hundreds of military and airline
pilots, airport personnel, missile trackers and other competent
observers have reported sightings…These UFOs are interplanetary
devices systematically observing the earth, either manned or under
remote control, or both."
Col. Joseph Bryan, CIA 1960
"The vastness of the universe means it is
possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even
The Rev.Jose Gabriel Funes, Jesuit Director of
the Vatican Observatory, 2008
Mankind has long wondered if we’re "alone in the
universe. (But) only in our period do we really have evidence. No,
we’re not alone."
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, at the
National Press Club, 2009
There are many more quotes available by notable individuals,
making similar comments that not only are UFOs real, but that most
believe the occupants operating those craft are likely from
somewhere "out there", (wherever out there might be).
Listing these comments will not change the view of those against
the possibility of other life forms existing in the universe, while
for me as a UFO researcher, I have assurance that the search should
continue. Granted it’s an "up-hill" battle, but worth it if it
proves we are not alone in the universe.
Foster Ranch and the BLM
I was recently reviewing some of my old files and came upon some
research I had done back in 1999, in reference to the then Foster
ranch, where "Mack" Brazel had claimed to have found debris from an
unknown craft in July 1947. Historical UFO researcher Wendy Connors
and I had conducted several interviews with the local BLM office
here in Roswell back in 1999, obtaining information and documents
pertaining to the BLM’s more recent involvement at the ranch.
I was surprised when recently, (10 years later), I read an
article penned by Anthony Bragalia, entitled, "Roswell Crash
Revelations from the Foster Ranch", in which I got the impression
that he believed there was some conspiracy or cover-up by the BLM
about the ranch. (I need to be clear here, in that I am not a big
supporter of the way our government and military handled, and still
handles information pertaining to the 1947 Roswell Incident.)
However based on the research I did 10 years ago, I have no reason
to believe the BLM is hiding or covering up anything about the
ranch. In this case, I feel we may have an infrequent admission by a
government agency that something did in fact happen on the Foster
ranch in 1947.
In Bragalia’s article he mentions that ranch foreman "Mack"
Brazel was sometimes referred to as "Mac". That’s a true statement
and many articles referred to him as "Mac", however when I found
Mack and Maggie’s burial site the spelling on their tombstone was
I have the distinct impression that the article written about the
Foster ranch by Bragalia is another of his attempts to take good
research and put his own "spin" on it, as in this case, assuming
that because of the restrictions put on the site by the BLM office,
they are covering something up. The one paragraph in the BLM report
he’s referring to that I uncovered in 1999 consisted of several
visits to the local BLM office, interviews with numerous employees
involved in writing the report, and acquisition of actual documents
When I first contacted the local BLM office in late 1998, I did
not tell them who had made me aware of a document they had referring
to the crash site. I had been told that an Environmental Impact
Study had been recently done on the ranch that I might be interested
in. That document was a United States Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Assessment (EA)
NM-066-99-003 on allotment #63020, concerning grazing.
I obtained a copy of the 12-page document, which was dated
December 1, 1998. After reading through it, I found two paragraphs
referring to the 1947 UFO crash contained in the report. Under
Section III, Affected Environment, B., Affected Resources, the
following paragraph on page 4 is copied from the actual document.
To imply that this paragraph got my attention would be an
understatement, particularly since the document was signed off by 11
employees of the Roswell BLM office, including the cover letter,
signed by the Acting Assistant Field Office Manager. I immediately
contacted the BLM office to inquire about how the information was
obtained and who wrote it. I was told that the gentleman who wrote
it, did it as a joke to see if anyone would catch it, and it should
have been removed before the document was made public. I was assured
that it would not be included in the final copy. I of course
requested a copy of the final report to verify if in fact that
paragraph had been removed.
We also had the opportunity a day or two later to meet in person
with the guy that had written that paragraph, and all the employees
at BLM that we talked to were very cooperative with information,
again insisting that it was a joke and that it would not be included
in the final report. I was fairly emphatic in my response to them
that some of us do not consider the study of Ufology a joke, and
would anticipate getting a copy of the final document to review.
The second paragraph also containing a statement about the crash
site is located on page 6 in the same Section III, B., Resources, as
item 9., Recreation, shown here again copied from the actual
This is the paragraph that Anthony Bragalia referred to in his
article, in which he assumes the BLM is involved with some
conspiracy or cover-up. This paragraph remained in the final report
dated August 9, 1999 which I received by certified mail from the
U.S. Department of the Interior, postmarked August 10, 1999.
Having visited with several employees of the local BLM office on
numerous occasions in regard to this document and other inquiries
I’ve had, I do not feel that anyone associated with the BLM is
involved with anything abnormal or any conspiracy about the crash
site. Rather because I know of the interest at least one employee
has in Ufology in general, and having listened to several other
employees I believe the BLM is preserving this portion of land,
unlike many of the historical buildings that no longer exist dealing
with the Roswell Incident, such as Sheriff Wilcox’s office, (now
court rooms), the base infirmary, (now a vacant lot) and others.
During our visits to the BLM office we were always given answers
to all of our questions, given maps of the crash site area, and
other information useful in our research. Additionally, a few years
ago the Sci-Fi channel in conjunction with the U. of New Mexico
Archeological Department conducted a dig at the site. Would the BLM
have allowed that if they were trying to cover up something?
We were told that the crash site is excluded from Right-of-way
and mineral leasing and withdrawn from mining claim location and
designated NSO, (No Surface Occupancy), for oil and gas leasing as a
means of preserving the site.
The reason 40 acres of this land is Federal land is because it
was never changed to state or private land, which is common on many
ranches in New Mexico. It has nothing to do with a UFO crash site
allegedly being on the ranch, other then a way to preserve it, with
the Environmental Assessment document. The Federal land was also
shown on the maps we were given.
I am appreciative of the fact that a Federal agency (Bureau of
Land Management), is acknowledging in a public document that
something may have happened on the Foster ranch by stating, "One of
the alleged UFO crash sites of 1947 is located on this allotment",
leaving the door open for more research.
I believe the BLM’s statement about the "alleged site" being an
extraordinary notation as stated by Bragalia also, but for very
different reasons than he implies. Wendy Connors and I did a lot of
legwork in our research with the BLM, which many in the field of
Ufology do not do, while they claim to have all the answers. Unlike
most of my research, this is one project that I believe may be to
our advantage in the long run, warranting further investigation.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Piracy: A Silent Plague on Ufology
To quote a Chinese Proverb: “When someone
shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have
a moral obligation to share it with others”, which is what I’ll try
to do in this article.
I have been
working closely with my Webmaster, researcher Frank Warren,
www.theufochronicles.com and Aztec researchers Scott and Suzanne
Ramsey for the past 12 years, on various UFO cases, highly
respecting them for their honesty and thorough investigations. We
have dealt with debunkers, skeptics and critics of all sorts, and
have even welcomed their comments, if and when, the information they
presented was factually worthy of review.
another, quieter element in Ufology, aside from debunkers, skeptics,
and critics. They are the hucksters who use other researcher’s work
without doing their own; those who take from other’s research, or
articles, and publish the work as their own (plagiarism). Then there
are still other scoundrels who market or sell researchers’ works,
such as DVDs of lectures, books, or documentaries, without
permission or financial arrangements made with the researchers
(piracy). I have recently found that I am myself, a victim of
piracy, and this is what I feel a moral obligation to share with my
Until a few days
ago, one could go to UFOGuy.com, an online UFO store, with the
claim, “Discount Paranormal DVDs Direct from Producer/Distributor,”
and purchase an impressive compendium DVD set “Aliens Among Us:
Stunning Secrets About UFOs and Extraterrestrials”. Included in the
set was my own DVD from my lecture series, “The Roswell Incident,
Then and Now”. Let me be clear: I had no agreements regarding the
distribution and sale of my copyrighted material, nor had the owner
of the site UFOGuy.com, Wm.“Bill” Knell contacted me for permission
to include my lecture in his compilation.
represents himself as a noted Ufologist, with an impressive list of
credentials such as founding a UFO investigative organization in
Long Island, NY; had his own cable TV show;
claimed to be an advisor to the X-Files television program; and
published a UFO newsletter. Knell’s also been a guest on
Coast-to-Coast, Paracast, and several other Internet venues, and has
several published articles. It was one of these articles that first
brought Knell to the attention of investigator Frank Warren, when in
November of 2008; he’d published an article by mainstream
journalist, Angelina Joiner, on his TheUFO Chronicles
web site. She notified Frank a few days later, that it appeared
Knell was plagiarizing her article, copy-and-paste-style, in his own
investigation into Knell uncovered a decades-long history of
questionable activity, in which his plagiarism paled in comparison
to his other disreputable deeds. In compiling the names of potential
victims of Knell’s DVD piracy (over a hundred in question), Frank noticed that one of the DVDs
was a bootleg of the The Aztec Incident, owned by friend
Scott (Ramsey) & Co. Frank
then notified Scott of Knell’s activity and they joined forces to
inform other victims.
with the authorities not doing anything with the many complaints
that had been filed, Frank Warren and Scott Ramsey alerted many
researchers to what Knell was doing, and in fact, distributed a list
of 80 names taken from Knell’s website who were potential victims of
Knell’s tactics. Scott had discussed this with me, so when I saw my
name on the list of victims, I checked Knell’s website, finding my
copyrighted lecture grouped in a 2-DVD set with 6 other researcher’s presentations. I notified them,
requesting that they file complaint forms with the IC3, a division
of the FBI. None of them had been aware, nor had they authorized
Knell to compile, distribute or sell their work.
My next move was
to complain directly to Knell via email on Oct. 20, 2009, with a
copy to his website host Bravenet.com. Not receiving a response from
Knell within 24 hours as required by Bravenet in order to begin an
investigation into my claim, I emailed a second complaint to Knell
on Oct. 21. Knell responded with the same lame sob-story excuses he
had sent to others in the past: times were tough, sales were not
that great, terrible illness, etc.
Knell did remove
the 2-DVD set from his site, which according to Frank and Scott, has been his
method of operation in the past. When someone complains to him about
his operation, he removes the DVDs in question, then later, when he
believes the pressure is off, he re-posts the DVDs back on his site
for sale. Of more importance to me in his response was his statement
that, “most” of the DVDs he has sold were his own; a
seemingly tacit admission of questionable activities.
We have been
contacting the researchers that are verified victims of Knell’s
activities (approaching at least 30 at this point), who were not
aware of what he was doing, nor had they given him permission to
compile, distribute or sell their products.
A few of the law
enforcement agencies that have been notified about Knell’s
operations, and Bravenet’s unresponsiveness in curtailing his
activities, are the Lebanon, Indiana Police Department, where Knell
resides, the Rowan County Sheriff Department in North Carolina, FTC,
USDA, VISA, State Attorney Generals of Arizona and Indiana, Western
Union, Royal Canadian Mounties, and others.
encouraging those victims affected to file Complaint Referral Forms
with IC3, at
http://www.ic3.gov/ I have written to Amazon.com informing them
that some of the DVDs being sold on their website by Knell are not
authorized to be sold. Those DVDs are still on Amazon’s website
under a search for Bill Knell, with approx. 50 DVD titles.
We have been in
contact with many websites that post articles by researchers on the
subject of Ufology, requesting that any articles written by Knell
should be removed, as another means of removing him from
circulation. Frank had done this in the past with many removing
Knell’s articles after being informed of his questionable ways. This
will be expanded in the future to more websites, radio hosts, and
researchers in our attempt to support what Frank and Scott have made
many of us aware of, by joining together and not allowing these
types to get away with their activities.
researchers I have been affiliated with over the years are in the
same situation; doing the best they can do with very little income
for their devotion to the subject of Ufology. We don’t need scam
artists that are ripping off innocent researchers, or taking
advantage of innocent people that have been buying his poor quality,
responses to my complaints were unacceptable, as they had been to
other researchers that complained to them, while continuing to host
Knell’s website after numerous complaints had been filed. Finally,
after several emails to Bravenet informing them that complaint forms
had been submitted to IC3, they informed me on Oct 26, 2009, that
Knell’s website has been suspended until their legal department
reviews the complaints. I have requested a copy of their findings
and assurance that his website is permanently shut down.
This will not
end the problem with Knell doing what he has been doing for several
years, since he has had other websites shut down for the same
reasons in the past. He’s also had other non-UFO related web sites
that many on the Internet have complained have misled them or cost
To listen to an
interview on “The Paracast with Gene Steinberg and David Biedny”,
where Knell lied about his accomplishments, and hung up on the show
hosts, as well as a response by Frank Warren go to:
or wondering if they might have been, or are a victim of Knell’s
piracy, can contact me at
email@example.com or Frank Warren at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Ramsey at
Scottr@ExpressWireServices.com It’s imperative that all victims
file a Complaint Referral Form with IC3. This will only take a few
minutes, and the results will be a permanent end to his operations,
and possible prosecution.
Searching for the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember Anything)
our government is not anything new, and in the case of
developing new technology for our military, I agree with the
need for secrecy, since we don’t want our adversaries knowing
what is being developed. It’s my personal feeling that UFO
information is well known by our government and military,
however for more than 60 years they have both been emphatic that
they either know nothing about it, or it doesn’t exist. Those of
us that have done this research of course believe differently.
To put it simply, we’re being lied to. Such secrecy is not only
limited to information the government has or knows about UFOs,
but on many other fronts as well.
While doing research, I always
regress to two questions I have. Who has given a few the
authority to keep certain secrets from the public? And secondly,
what has happened to the first three words in the preamble to
our Constitution---“We the people”? Secrecy, lies and cover-ups
have perpetuated themselves to the point that the general public
no longer has any confidence in our elected officials, as shown
recently in the public’s low approval ratings of those
Again in my opinion, young
people in this country need to start asking questions and
demanding answers of our leaders. Accepting secrecy and
cover-ups is no longer acceptable, but will continue, and
probably increase if no one questions them. Secrecy can be good
and even justified in some cases, but it can get out of hand and
become extremely dangerous if abused.
this secrecy is cloaked from the public and most of our elected
officials with catch phrases such as; “National Security”,
“Research and Development”, “Special Projects”, and others, some
of which are probably “Black Projects”. The financial budgets
for some of these programs are staggering figures, and in the
case of the Central Intelligence Agency, by law, the National
Security Act of 1947 made it illegal to ever disclose how much
money is spent by the CIA. Guess who is paying for all of this?
You and I are.
“Activities at Area
51 (also known as Groom Lake), have properly been determined to
of the secret military bases, such as Area 51 have highly
visible signs posted stating, “the use of deadly force is
authorized”, which is a good indication that something very
secretive is taking place there either above or below ground.
Since the 1990’s each President has issued a yearly Presidential
Determination, “exempting the base from complying with
environmental laws.” The reason given is the fact that,
“activities at Area 51 (also known as Groom Lake), have properly
been determined to be classified, and its disclosure would be
harmful to National Security.”
While doing research for my
“Underground Bases and Tunnels” lecture, I discovered another
federal agency that is heavily involved in secrecy, which very
few Americans, including very few Congressmen are probably aware
locations are referred to as “Continuity of Government”
Federal Emergency Management Agency, is not only available to
help in times of disaster, but has a much more complex role in
protecting our leaders in case of a national emergency, and in
obtaining information on you and I. Many of FEMA’s underground
locations are referred to as “Continuity of Government”
facilities. One of those underground locations is Mount Weather,
46 miles from Washington, D.C. near Bluemont, Virginia. This is
the operational hub of approximately 100 other Federal
Relocation Centers. In the event of a nuclear war, declaration
of martial law, or other national emergency, the President, his
cabinet and the rest of the Executive branch would be relocated
here. Officially Mount Weather and its budget do not exist, and
FEMA refuses to answer questions about the facility. As far back
as 1975, a Senate subcommittee learned that the facility has
information on at least 100,000 Americans, and their computers
can access millions of pieces of additional information on the
personal lives of other American citizens. Mount Weather was
prepared for use at the time of the 1961 Cuban missile crisis,
the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, and was on
standby during the 1967 and 1968 urban riots.
the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line is the Raven Rock
Underground Command Center, sometimes referred to as Site-R.
This site has 700,000 square feet of interior space, underneath
the surface. Underground the facility contains six levels of
underground offices, massive steel doors, a subterranean water
reservoir, and up on the surface banks of antennas and satellite
dishes. It went on line in 1954, and in the event it is needed,
representatives of all military departments and the Joint Chiefs
of Staff would be located here.
“There was a
television studio with a backdrop of the United States capital
on the wall where lawmakers could have addressed their
constituents, had any of those constituents survived”
A third site
in the “Continuity of Government” facilities known as the
Greenbrier Resort, 250 miles southwest of Washington, had to be
deactivated in 1992, when the Washington Post published an
article about this underground bunker, exposing it to the
public. Again in the event of a nuclear war, about 1000 people
including all 535 members of the U.S. Senate and House of
Representatives, along with their top aides would have been
evacuated to this facility. It contained 18 dormitories with
bunk beds, a 12 bed medical clinic, self-contained power plant,
water purification plant, and a “crematorium.” There was a
television studio with a backdrop of the United States capital
on the wall where lawmakers could have addressed their
constituents, had any of those constituents survived above
ground to watch television. In 1995 the Greenbrier facility was
opened to public tours, and I have not yet located a new
facility for our lawmakers, but I’m sure there is one.
Many of the
facilities constructed in the 1950’s were primarily for the
protection of our leaders in the event of a nuclear war. Today
many of the secret military facilities not only in the United
States, but in other countries as well have been required to go
underground because of the many foreign satellites circling the
earth that are so technically advanced that they can read a
newspaper from 200 miles above the earth. Very little can remain
secretive on the surface anymore. Military facilities are no
longer limited exclusively to underground locations either, as
the Navy has been evolving underwater locations with huge manned
bases offshore for several years, of which not as much
information has been forthcoming.
Sweden had an elaborate Naval facility build into the side of a
mountain, with water access, known as the Musko Naval Base,
consisting not only of dry docks for ships and submarines, but
the whole base was built into the side and under the mountain.
It contained repair factories, a hospital with a thousand beds,
dining rooms and barracks.
civil engineering background was aroused when I started
researching underground facilities, and I quickly learned that
the equipment and personnel required to build some of these
elaborate underground complexes is readily available. Several
types of tunnel boring equipment sometimes referred to as TBM’s
have been manufactured by companies like Bechtel, the Robbins
Company, and Dawn Engineering, as well as several foreign
equipment manufacturers. They vary greatly in size and can be of
the “gouging” type, flame cutters and nuclear, the latter being
developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico with a
United States Patent Office date of September 26, 1972
facilities are known to exist, and you have the assurance of our
government that with the use of our tax dollars, our government
and military leaders are at least protected even if we are not,
and in most cases their purpose, cost and location will be
denied, or attempted to remain in secrecy.
Dennis G. Balthaser Website:
Credibility of Major Jesse Marcel and Jesse Marcel Jr.
It appears that there are still those
that refuse to give credibility to Major Jesse Marcel and
his son Jesse Marcel Jr., who after all these years, are
still two of the most credible “first-hand” witnesses of the
1947 Roswell Incident. I never had the opportunity to meet
Major Marcel, but have had many conversations about him with
Stanton Friedman, who was the first to interview him in
1978. I do personally know Jesse Jr., and have had
conversations with him, and have read his book “The
Roswell Legacy” (the revised edition shown below,
published in 2008), which it appears as usual, that the
debunkers, critics and skeptics that are the loudest, have
In defense of the Marcels,
I’d like to share some of the comments made by Jesse Jr. in
his book not only about his Dad, but also about his own life
since 1947. The book is obviously written by someone that
had a deep respect for his father, and presents the
information in the only way he knows---honestly from the
heart, as his father desired, to get the truth out to the
Both of these gentlemen deserve our
highest respect for the many years they both gave to serving
our country in the military, (Major Marcel as probably the
top intelligence officer in the military in the 1940’s, and
his son Jesse as a helicopter pilot, flight surgeon and a
civilian physician.) Talk about credibility and integrity as
compared to many of the other witnesses that have surfaced
over the years in relation to the Roswell Incident. Those
with backgrounds such as theirs are rare when researching
the Roswell Incident. It took Jesse Jr. 60 years to set the
record straight about his Dad and himself, and those that
still question these two gentlemen are ignoring the truth
about their first-hand knowledge of the event.
Major Marcel voluntarily enlisted in
the U.S. Army Air Force in December 1941.
Up until his death in 1986, Major
Marcel repeatedly stated that the material we examined was
as he described it, “not of this earth,” and that the truth
about Roswell had yet to be revealed to the public. In order
to reveal that truth, Jesse Jr’s. father made him promise to
see the true story told. Jesse Jr. fulfilled that promise
with his book in 2007, and anyone seriously interested in
the Roswell Incident would benefit from reading it, before
criticizing or demeaning them.
As an eleven year old boy Jesse Jr. was
“privileged” to be one of the individuals who actually saw
and handled debris from the crash site, that his Dad and
Captain Sheridan Cavitt had recovered from the site. This
occurred at his home in Roswell, prior to his Dad returning
to the base from the Foster ranch debris field, when the
Marcel’s lives would be forever changed.
One of the things Jesse Jr.
observed which again silences the critics and debunkers, is
the fact that the foil material did not have a paper backing
for rigidity like the foil of a radar target. Also of
importance was the fact that none of the debris spread out
on the Marcel’s kitchen floor that Jesse Jr. observed that
night, or any material that Major Marcel saw at the debris
site where the material was recovered, contained any
electronic components which a weather balloon or Mogul
balloon would have had such as radio transmitters,
microphones, and sensors for detecting and recording weather
data, or pressure waves in the atmosphere from a possible
Russian nuclear test. It’s important also to note that the
Russians didn’t do any nuclear testing until 1949, Mogul
balloon launch No. 4 (which skeptics like to use as what
crashed near Roswell), was cancelled due to weather related
problems, and finally, the pictures taken in General Ramey’s
office on July 8, 1947 also did not contain any electronic
In 1942 Marcel attended the Army Air
Force Intelligence School as a 1st Lieutenant.
After graduation he was invited to join the school’s
faculty, an honor bestowed upon only the brightest and most
Two years later Marcel would be
assigned to the 509th Composite Bomb Group in
Nevada as their S-2 Intelligence Officer. He was now part of
a special, hand-picked group, where the work was classified
as Top-Secret. While in Nevada he helped work out the
details of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan. The 509th
was then assigned to the island of Tinian, where Marcel
participated in briefing the flight crews before the
missions to Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Nagasaki, Japan 1945
Upon returning to the states, Major
Marcel enrolled in a radar training school at Langley Air
Force Base in Virginia, graduating in September 1945, and
became an expert on the state-of-the-art radar devices,
including varieties of the rawin radar targets, including
the ML-307 reflector used on the Mogul balloons. As Jesse
Jr. states in his book, “for those that say his father
confused UFO debris with a radar target is ludicrous.” So
the same government that paid for his advanced radar school
in 1945 would accuse him of not knowing the difference
between a UFO and a weather balloon 2 short years later,
while assigned to the 509th in Roswell, New
Mexico. Copies of the radar and intelligence school diplomas
Major Marcel attended are in Jesse Jr’s. book. I have
several other commendation and recommendation documents for
Major Marcel in my file for his intelligence work, before
and “after” the Roswell Incident.
Setting aside my thoughts about the
Marcel’s credibility, lets not forget that the debris Major
Marcel took to General Ramey’s office was changed to a
weather balloon for the photos taken by James Bond Johnson.
I interviewed Johnson as did Kevin Randle and David Rudiak,
prior to my interview with him. In all three interviews
James Bond Johnson’s remarks were less than factual about
his involvement. He did take the photographs, but was not
involved in any other way, in fact telling me in our first
conversation, that he knew very little about the Roswell
Incident. The interview can be read at:
The really sad part for me is the fact
that when General Ramey ordered Major Marcel to pose for the
pictures with the obvious weather balloon on the floor of
the Generals office, General Ramey ordered Marcel to keep
silent, and to not make any comments in the presence of the
civilian photographer. That appears to be when the cover-up
became a reality, and Major Marcel realized he was in the
middle of it, and had become the scapegoat. For those that
have seen the photographs taken in General Ramey’s office,
it’s apparent to me that there are unopened packages along
the wall, and more importantly the brown paper on the floor
under the debris staged for the photographs is from a new
roll of paper and shows no indication of ever being wrapped
around any debris or anything else brought to Fort Worth by
I firmly believe that as a researcher
part of my responsibility is to provide information that is
truthful and factual for my future generations as well as
I believe Major Marcel and his son
Jesse Jr. have done that.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Aztec, New Mexico Crash and Symposium
(05-01-08) - Much has been written about the
Roswell Incident of July, 1947 over the past 60 years, and while
some researchers have written it off as a crashed balloon with crash
test dummies, some of us continue to look for other explanations of
what really happened, not believing the four excuses given by the
military during those 60 years. New witnesses and information
continues to be found about the Incident and that appears to be
worth investigating, to determine what actually happened.
The Foster Ranch, Corona, New Mexico
The annual celebration of the Roswell Incident
each July since 1995 has attracted many visitors to this southeast
New Mexico town generating revenue for the city of Roswell, and
exposing the incident to the world with the media coverage it has
received. Many however, view the annual Roswell event as a carnival
rather than as a serious study of what happened here 60 years ago,
even though some well known researchers are usually present each
year to share their research. When the city of Roswell took over the
annual event last year, the attendance figures once again increased
compared to the previous few years when the UFO Museum was in charge
of the Festival. It was the city’s desire to make the annual
celebration a family event. The UFO Museum and city were not been
able to work together, thus 2 separate events were held during last
years Festival, and it appears that it will be the same again this
year for the upcoming July 2008 Roswell Festival.
On the opposite end of the state near
Farmington, New Mexico in the four-corners region of the state,
another crash supposedly happened only 10 months after the Roswell
Incident in March 1948, known as the Aztec Crash. The Aztec crash
has also been riddled with skepticism and beliefs of it being a
hoax, however in recent years much more information has come forward
primarily through the research of Scott and Suzanne Ramsey,
requiring a much closer look at that event. Other than the fact that
both crashes occurred in New Mexico within 10 months of each other,
there are many differences in the two events.
Scott and Suzanne Ramsey
The Roswell craft was discovered in many small pieces scattered
over the Foster Ranch, and was estimated to be about 30-40 feet in
diameter, while the Aztec craft appeared to make a forced crash east
of Aztec in Hart Canyon with slight damage, and measured about 99
feet in diameter. Roswell’s craft supposedly had 3-5 bodies, while
Aztec’s had 13. Both crafts are believed to have been recovered by
the military with Roswell using the 509th bomb wing from
the Roswell Army Airfield, and the Aztec crash being recovered by a
military unit from Colorado.
Aztec Crash Site
Columnist Frank Scully wrote about the Aztec
crash in his book “Behind the Flying Saucers” published around 1950.
In 1986 William Steinman and Wendell Stevens published “The UFO
Crash at Aztec”. Similar to the descriptions of the “metal” in the
Roswell craft, the Aztec craft “metal” could also not be burned, cut
or damaged when attempted. Neither craft showed any signs of rivets,
bolts, screws or signs of welding. After 60 years no physical traces
have been discovered at the Roswell crash site yet, while the Aztec
site has a road leading to the site that wasn’t shown on older maps,
and a small concrete slab exists that could have possibly been used
as a support for a crane outrigger. It has been established that the
concrete slab is not a well cap and no other reason for its
existence at the crash site exists.
Although I had read both of the books
mentioned, I too didn’t put much confidence in the account of the
Aztec crash for several years, until the Friends of the Aztec Public
Library decided to conduct an annual symposium starting in 1997 to
celebrate the 1948 crash, and to help generate interest in obtaining
a new library for Aztec. (That goal was accomplished a few years ago
with the dedication of a new state-of-the art library in Aztec.)
There are not enough words to be said about the many volunteers who
have diligently worked at accomplishing this over the years, for the
benefit of the library and the city of Aztec, not to mention the UFO
enthusiasts who attend each year. A few of the volunteers that have
been actively involved all these years include, Scott and Suzanne
Ramsey, Katee McClure, Donna Chadwick, Randy and Suzanne Barnes, to
mention only a few.
Stanton Friedman and Dennis Balthaser
I was involved with the Roswell Festival as a
speaker on several occasions during the past 11 years, but consider
myself extremely fortunate to have been involved with Aztec’s
symposium every year for the past 11 years as a speaker or Master of
Ceremonies. The annual Aztec symposium had a few speakers during the
early years that were less than credible, and they have decided to
be more cautious about who is invited to speak at the annual event,
thus providing a symposium for those interested in serious UFO
research, without any of the carnival or “woo-woo”atmosphere.
Aztec Symposium Audience
The recently held Aztec Symposium in March 2008
was a good example of the type researchers Aztec is attracting, and
the increased crowd attendance verified the importance and interest
of those attending. As emcee this year I had the honor of
introducing; Stanton Friedman, Mike Forston, Duane Tudahl, Ron
Storch, Timothy Good, Ted Phillips, Scott and Suzanne Ramsey, and
Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr.
One problem that the Aztec symposium is
encountering is the fact that a facility is needed to accommodate
the ever-increasing crowds. The annual symposium has been held in
various locations within the city of Aztec and again this past March
a sold-out crowd was present. Not a bad problem to have.
Be on the lookout for a new book by Scott
Ramsey shortly that will be the most comprehensive account of the
Aztec crash to date. Doing research on the Aztec crash, Scott has
traveled to 31 states, interviewed over 73 first and second-hand
witnesses, and archived over 3476 Atomic Energy Commission, United
States Air Force, F.B.I. and C.I.A. documents. He has also uncovered
three secret radar bases, with possible connections to the Aztec
The Aztec crash like the Roswell crash back in
the late 1940’s are both cases that will require further research to
finally determine the truth, since we obviously have not been given
that truth for over 60 years.
Dennis G. Balthaser
All photo credits: Dennis Balthaser
William “Billy the Kid” Bonney, Pat
Garrett, Jesse Wayne Brazel, William “Mack” Brazel
Witness Related to the Old Wild West
One never knows what information will show
up, or where the information will come from when doing UFO research.
Sometimes it comes from the witnesses themselves, or in some cases a
spouse, a child or other person somehow related or acquainted with
the witness. Finding a “side-story” not related to a UFO case can
also be interesting when it’s found. Over the years I’ve enjoyed
looking into other interests fellow researchers have when not doing
UFO research. The in-depth interview Wendy Connors and I did several
years ago with Walter Haut revealed his childhood in Chicago;
involvement in WWII with the 509th bomb wing and other
non-UFO related accomplishments. Those little tidbits of information
give a better overview of the person in my opinion, sometimes not
Such is the account I stumbled on recently
while doing a radio interview, when I was asked if I could verify
some information I had never heard of before.
Everyone who is familiar with the 1947
Roswell Incident of course recognizes the name “Mack” Brazel, the
ranch foreman on the Foster ranch near Corona in 1947, who found the
debris scattered across his pasture. By all accounts “Mack” appears
to have been a gentle man, away from his family a lot while in
charge of the ranch, and trying to earn a living in the 1940s. After
the Roswell Incident, his interrogation by the military, and
unwanted notoriety, he apparently tried to remain that gentle
person, still a characteristic of ranchers in the southwest United
Apparently such was not the case with
“Mack’s” uncle “Wayne” Brazel, back in the late 1800’s and early
1900’s, when the “wild west” was still controlled by the
six-shooter. As with the 1947 Roswell Incident, the story I will
share about Jesse “Wayne” Brazel, “Mack’s” uncle, also contains
controversy, but I can’t pass up sharing it.
During the late 1800’s two names emerged
which are forever remembered in the annuals of the old west---Billy
the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett.
The legend of William H. Bonney, (better
known as Billy the Kid), became well known over the years as being a
vicious and ruthless killer in the New Mexico Territory during the
1800’s. Many of his escapades have been exaggerated over the years
in books and films, but there is no doubt that he was a wanted man.
After finally being captured, the “kid” shot his way out of the
second floor Lincoln County jail on April 28, 1881, in Lincoln, New
Mexico (about 47 miles west of Roswell), killing Sheriff Pat
Garrett’s deputies Bob Ollinger and James Bell, and successfully
Although Pat Garrett is best known for
killing Billy the Kid, many think he was one of the most
contradictory men in the history of the American West. Depending on
what can be researched about Garrett, he is also accused of being a
woman chaser, drinker, gambler and a man slow at paying his debts.
His marriages were also controversial affairs. About the time of the
Lincoln County War, Garrett became Sheriff, with strong support from
cattle baron John Chisum. As Sheriff, his primary responsibility was
to track down Billy the Kid, which he subsequently did, locking him
up in the Lincoln County jail, only to have the Kid shoot two of
Garrett’s deputies while escaping. Garrett tracked down Billy the
Kid again, this time at Fort Sumner, (about 80 miles north of
Roswell). The Kid was hiding at the house of land baron Pete
Maxwell, and around midnight on July 14, 1881, Sheriff Pat Garrett
was sitting beside a bed talking to Maxwell when the Kid stepped
through the doorway. He saw Garrett sitting there, but didn’t
recognize him in the darkness. Instead, he drew his revolver and
hoarsely whispered, “Quien es?” (Who is it?). Garrett fired and shot
Billy the Kid dead, putting an end to his young outlaw life.
Enter “Wayne” Brazel, the uncle of “Mack”
As the years passed by Garrett’s troubles
increased because of his gambling, drinking, and loss of allies.
James P. Miller, who had a reputation as a murderer was interested
in buying Garrett’s Bear Canyon Ranch in southern New Mexico. During
the negotiations Garrett informed Miller that a “goat man” named
“Wayne” Brazel (right) leased a portion of the ranch and
would have to be evicted. When confronted Brazel refused to leave
unless he was paid $3.50 a head for his 1200 goats. Miller agreed,
and offered Garrett $3000.00 for the ranch. Then Brazel raised the
price and Miller told Garrett the deal was off since he didn’t have
that kind of money.
The next day, February 29, 1908, Garrett and
Carl Anderson, a relative of Miller’s, set out for Las Cruces in a
buggy and caught up with Brazel, who was on horseback. Garrett and
Brazel began arguing about the goats and Garrett said, “it didn’t
make any difference whether Brazel moved off of the property or not,
he (Garrett) would get him off the ranch somehow.”
From here on there are two accounts of what
took place next. One says Garrett climbed out of the buggy and
stepped to the rear of it to relieve himself, carrying his folding
shotgun in his right hand, and turning his back on Brazel ---who
shot him twice in the back of the head. The other account says that
while the two were arguing, Garrett reached under the buggy seat to
retrieve his shotgun and Brazel shot him. So a little over a quarter
century after Pat Garrett shot Billy the Kid, he met his own demise
from a handgun.
Fourteen months later on April 19, 1909,
Brazel’s case went before a twelve-man jury that took 15 minutes to
reach a verdict of “self defense.”
There are other accounts of who shot Pat
Garrett, for other reasons and where, but I couldn’t pass up the
fact that Roswell witness “Mack” Brazel’s uncle “Wayne” is included,
hoping the reader will enjoy this return to the “old wild west” near
Roswell in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, when law and order were
much different than today.
Billy the Kid is buried at Ft Sumner New Mexico
where he met his end, amongst much controversy whether the grave
actually contains the remains of the Kid or not. Pat Garrett
was buried in Las Cruces, at the Odd Fellows cemetery, on March 5,
1908. In the 1950’s due to poor maintenance of the cemetery,
Garrett’s son had his father’s remains reinterred at the Masonic
Cemetery across the street.
As for “Wayne”
Brazel, he married and obtained a small ranch west of Lordsburg, New
Mexico a few years after killing Garrett. When his wife died in
1913, he sold the property and disappeared from public record. It is
unknown where he moved to after selling the property, and his exact
date of death is unknown, but believed to have been around 1915.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Courtesy Frank Warren
O’Hare Airport Sighting, (UFO, Hoax or Security Threat)
I rarely investigate UFO sightings, primarily because I decided years ago to
concentrate my research on other areas of Ufology, rather than sightings,
abductions, etc. I do however maintain an interest in some of the
better-documented sighting cases such as the Phoenix lights several years ago
and the Mexico City mass sightings of the 90’s, and follow reports of sightings,
abductions, crop circles and other Ufological events with interest from a
distance. Occasionally a sighting will attract my attention and I try to keep as
informed as possible, usually until it either “slips through the cracks” and is
forgotten, is proven to be a hoax, or interest diminishes and nothing more is
reported. Many times those in authority with the ability to reveal the factual
information simply write it off as something mundane and explainable. The better
researchers however usually don’t accept those conclusions, keeping pressure on
to determine the truth when possible.
Such is this case with the recent sighting at 4:30pm (Central Time) on
November 7, 2006 over United Airlines Gate C 17 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, and
it is my hope that pressure will remain on those in authority until the truth of
this event emerges.
On that date, United Airlines and Federal authorities were notified that
approximately a dozen witnesses were observing a small round, metallic
appearing, disc-shaped object, hovering above Gate C 17. The object was first
spotted by an employee on the Gate ramp, pushing back Flight 446, which was
departing Chicago for Charlotte, North Carolina. The employee reported to his
supervisors that the object was almost directly over his location at Gate C 17,
below the cloud cover at about 1,900 feet and appeared to be round and spinning.
Other United Airlines employees, (as well as pilots) witnessed the object, which
was apparently visible for approximately two minutes, before suddenly
accelerating straight up at a very high speed, shooting through the overcast sky
at about 1,900 feet at the time. It appeared to leave a hole in the cloud as it
So what we have in this sighting is what was reported to be a solid object
hovering about 1,900 feet above the second busiest airport in the country,
witnessed by respectable ground crew employees and pilots, and a sudden erratic
movement of the object as it ascended straight up at a high speed leaving a hole
in the cloud and reported to authorities. As I would expect the FAA (Federal
Aviation Administration), said it must have been a weird weather phenomenon. (At
least it wasn’t a weather balloon with crash test dummies this time according to
the FAA). Initially United Airlines denied any knowledge of the event as
reported to them by their own employees, later admitting they had interviewed
the witnesses and requested reports, but had no authority to investigate the
It’s now been three months since the sighting occurred and was reported, and
we still have not been given an explanation by anyone in our government. That is
not surprising to me, however my concern lies much deeper than the initial
“blow-off remarks” by the FAA that it was a weather phenomenon. The United
States is under a terrorist threat and daily the news media reminds us of the
status of those threats, and we have had a sighting of “something” hovering over
an airline gate at the second busiest airport in the country and no one in
authority in the government is willing to come forward and explain what the
employees of United Airlines actually witnessed. Luckily for us, the incident is
still raising questions as it should, and Peter Davenport of the National UFO
Reporting Center www.nuforc.org has been in the forefront to keep the
investigation open, reporting information as it becomes available, as are
several other Internet websites and discussion groups. I’m not saying that what
was seen was some terrorist plot, but I am saying if in fact we have to live
under that threat as we do daily, someone in the United States government owes
an explanation to the general public as to what it was. It would be ridiculous
to believe that such an event would not show up in the Intelligence Agencies
daily reports, if nothing more than as a concern about National Security.
As to the skeptics or debunkers, I say believe what you want, but as long as
I have to live under a terrorist threat I want to know what it was that sat over
Gate C 17 at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and then made a hole in the cloud when it
sped upward out of sight, with multiple reliable witnesses observing it.
Skeptics always insist that witnesses are not credible or reliable. Such is not
the case with this incident. Some have reported that United Airlines instructed
these witnesses initially to not talk about it, so who is reliable in this case?
Undoubtedly, United Airlines was probably totally unprepared for this incident,
but restricting freedom of speech of their employees is not comforting when
terrorist activities or airport security are in question.
Speaking of the witnesses, these are people that have worked in the aviation
industry for years, and are familiar with aircraft and weather conditions in
most cases. To see a metallic object hover over the gate a mere 1,900 feet above
them, and then disappear through a cloud leaving a hole was not what they would
normally have seen at Gate C 17, while performing their duties.
Another concern I have is why it took so long for any information to surface
about the sighting, when the Chicago Tribune newspaper finally broke the story
in early January 2007, almost 2 months after it had been posted on the National
UFO Reporting Center’s web site? And how did the news media handle the story? As
an example, Anderson Cooper of CNN made light of it as has been done in past
years when a UFO story finally makes it to the mainstream media, and the media’s
agenda is directed to a pre-determined conclusion, as with many TV documentaries
on the subject of Ufology.
There have been several instances where photographs of the alleged craft have
shown up on the internet, all so far having been generally agreed on to have
been hoaxes. This too is a common practice with the computer equipment that is
readily available today to alter photographs. Hopefully of the several witnesses
that saw this incident, one perhaps will come forward with information that can
be verified as being accurate, providing a photo was actually taken.
Another consideration in addition to my thoughts above about terrorists is
safety. Would an unidentified craft (metallic object) hovering at 1,900 feet not
be a safety concern for the hundreds of flights in and out of O’Hare daily?
There are several obvious reasons why someone in authority should be held
accountable for explaining to the public and especially to the witnesses what it
was that they saw on November 7, 2007 at O’Hare airport in Chicago.
I will continue to monitor this incident and hope that enough pressure can be
generated through good research and investigation, or Freedom of Information
requests, so that a factual, truthful explanation will be forthcoming. We should
not let this one fall between the cracks as many have in the past.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Verification, Confirmation and Facts
One of the most important factors in doing UFO research to
me is being able to confirm or verify the many accounts given by individuals
supposedly involved in the 1947 Roswell Incident. So-called “first-hand
witnesses” have continually come forward with claims that they were here, or saw
this or that, or were told something, when in fact after carefully scrutinizing
their information, they were not involved as they publicly had stated. Several
examples come to mind. Unfortunately many of them have passed on, and we may
never know the entire truth. It is possible however to check records and
documents in an attempt to verify the information made public. I will herein
give you some examples of a few of those individuals that continue to make this
Jim Ragsdale became popular in the mid 1990’s with the
promotion of a booklet and video of his account of the Roswell Incident promoted
by the International UFO Museum and Research Center and published by Ragsdale
Publications. Ragsdale died on July 1, 1995, and his accounts of what he
witnessed remains clouded by several factors, most importantly being the fact
that within the few years that he was interviewed (1993-1995), he gave two
different accounts on signed affidavits about what he had witnessed. The
location of his experience varied as well as what he saw. Consequently having
two different affidavits created questions about his story, and the validity of
his tale(s) may never be known. As with other so-called witnesses, Ragsdale’s
story for some has become part of the 1947 Roswell Incident, and is another
account that may or may not have been factual, as stated. Unless a substantial
amount of information can be obtained about Ragsdale’s experience, I will leave
it as not being valid in helping to resolve the Roswell Incident.
James Bond Johnson was the photographer for the Fort Worth
Star Telegram newspaper who took the pictures in General Ramey’s office in July
1947 of the General, Col. DuBose and Major Marcel. There is, and has never been
any dispute about the fact that he did take those pictures, which today are
preserved in the University of Texas, Arlington Library. I had the good fortune
of meeting Johnson and did an extensive interview with him about his involvement
in 2001, as David Rudiak and Kevin Randle had previously done with him. Johnson
for some unknown reason decided to elaborate on his involvement indicating he
had given the paper to General Ramey that the General is holding in the
photographs he took. Later Johnson indicated that perhaps he had not given the
General that teletype, stating, “Obviously I was in error in that speculation”.
He also indicated that he rummaged through the General’s office prior to General
Ramey coming in to pose with the “debris”, opening the packages brought in by
Major Marcel and arranging the material for his photo shoot. (As a researcher
and having been in the military, I have a problem with that comment). When I
first talked to Johnson he admitted that he knew very little about the Roswell
Incident, but it appeared that as time went on he believed he was more involved,
later having to backtrack some of his earlier statements. I remain convinced
that James Bond Johnson did take the photographs in General Ramey’s office, but
very little of his other involvement. I was honored when Johnson’s son Jerry
informed me that my interview with his Dad was distributed at Johnson’s funeral
for those attending the Memorial Service in March 2006.
Glenn Dennis, the mortician at Ballard
Funeral home in 1947 has been interviewed hundreds of times and is still alive.
I talked with Glenn daily during my 2-½ years as a volunteer at the UFO Museum
between 1996 and 1998. His account has varied very little over the years, and
Glenn is a witness that I wish would set the record straight while he still can.
He has talked about the nurse at the base hospital that took notes during an
examination of a recovered body and that she was transferred to Europe within
days of the Incident, dieing in a plane crash. No record of that plane crash has
ever been revealed. He gave several researchers a wrong name of the nurse, which
after years of investigation produced no results, and finally admitted that he
had given the researchers the wrong name to protect her. The “red-headed
Captain” that supposedly threatened him while at the base infirmary has never
been located. The drawing of an alien face and hands given to Glenn by the nurse
at the officer’s club has been lost and cannot be found according to Glenn.
These statements are of utmost importance in helping to resolve some of the
mysteries surrounding the Roswell Incident, so I’m hopeful that he will provide
the truth while he still can, or at least leave it for us in the future. I
really want to believe Glenn, but validation is needed and only he can provide
Frank Kaufman died February 24, 2001,
after coming to Roswell in 1942 in the military. Surprisingly, Frank (who was
born in New York City) stayed in Roswell after his military time serving on the
Roswell Chamber of Commerce for 14 years. After the Roswell Incident research
began “heating up”, Frank also started heating up with many tales about his
involvement, practically all which have been discredited since. I had breakfast
with Frank on several occasions and it was his form of entertainment I suppose,
to share one of his experiences with me and then stop when I questioned him,
with a response like, “you’re the researcher---figure it out.” I remember one
occasion when he and I and a few other researchers were filming a documentary at
the Corn ranch site, (which he helped make famous), and I asked him to point to
the exact location of the crash site and he crossed his arms and pointed in both
directions. Frank provided researchers with a lot of documents, but never let us
make copies and as we learned later, most were manipulated by him to make them
appear official. Stanton Friedman was dubious of Frank’s comments for years
before many of us other researchers were. At a meeting in Frank’s home in 1999,
with Linda Moulton Howe, Don Schmitt, Stanton Friedman and myself after
discovering that he had cancer, Frank finally admitted to Stanton that he had
not gone to the crash site with Col. Blanchard or Major Marcel as he had
proclaimed on many occasions in the past. Frank Kaufman was a master at
deceiving some of us researchers and I’m sure enjoyed being such, but for now
Frank is no longer a key figure in determining the truth about Roswell.
Lt. Colonel (not Colonel) Corso, in his
widely read book “The Day After Roswell”, co-authored with Bill Birnes, made
some extreme statements about his involvement in the Roswell Incident, as well
as about his military career. After reading the book my immediate response was,
where are the references in the back of the book to all these claims---there
were none? I met Corso several times before he passed away July 16, 1998 at the
age of 83, and found him interesting and cordial, but not willing to factually
support his many claims. In a sworn statement to lawyer Peter Gersten, Corso
claimed to have been a member of the NSC (National Security Council). There are
no records that he ever belonged to or even attended any of their meetings. When
Gersten asked Corso if he wanted to change that part of his sworn statement, he
said no. As to his claim about helping industry develop the integrated circuit,
it’s well known that Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments developed them in 1958,
receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2000 for that, BEFORE Corso joined
General Trudeau at Army FTD in 1960. Corso claimed to have seen a body at Ft
Riley enroute to Wright field in Dayton Ohio by truck, when all reports I’ve
read over the years indicate the bodies were flown to Wright Field. Corso did
have a distinguished military career and the book was an interesting read, but
lacks any verification or support for the claims Corso made about his
involvement with the Roswell Incident.
Fortunately there have been many and still are a few
extremely respectable witnesses that were involved with the 1947 Roswell
Incident such as Judd Roberts, Walter Haut, Major Jesse Marcel and his son Jesse
Marcel Jr., rancher “Mack” Brazel and his son Bill Brazel, Loretta Proctor,
Sheriff Wilcox and both of his daughters Phyllis and Elizabeth, and others whose
accounts of their involvement can be verified. Time is however not on our side
and the search for the truth continues. Information other than the truth must be
Dennis G. Balthaser
Is the Roswell UFO Museum & Annual UFO Festival becoming a thing of the past?
UFO Museum and Research Center co-founders
As one who remains dedicated to researching the Roswell
Incident, it concerns me that the International UFO Museum and Research Center
and the annual Roswell UFO Festival seem to have deteriorated to an
embarrassment for the city of Roswell and those of us that remain interested in
obtaining the truth.
In 1996 I moved to Roswell, was actively involved as a
volunteer at the museum (1996-98), and helped promote the museum and the
festival. Several local individuals with the purpose of having the whole
community involved for the benefit of Roswell for tourism and financial benefits
first organized the annual July festival in 1995.
Visitor numbers for the annual event grew each year as more
community involvement was added and “peaked” with the 50th
anniversary in 1997. This past July the number of visitors to Roswell for the
annual event was pathetically low, and no one with the UFO committee involved in
organizing this year’s festival, headed up by Museum Director, Julie Shuster,
has come forward with any numbers of how few attended. The loss of revenue to
the museum and the city of Roswell this year appears to be staggering, and many
believe it can be directly attributed to the UFO committee, and the manner in
which it was presented. If the Museum and the Festival are to prosper and
benefit Roswell, changes are needed. Too much hard work has been devoted over
the years in promoting Roswell, the Museum, and Festival to let it continue on
its present course.
The museum was established by co-founders Glenn Dennis,
Walter Haut, and Max Littell in 1991, and none of them had any idea that it
would grow as it did the first 10 years, drawing some 200,000 visitors to
Roswell each year. The founders were also emphatic that the museum should always
remain free to the public. Under the current Museum Director and Board of
Directors, that is changing. Currently the museum has a “suggested adult
admission donation fee of $2.00”, ($1.00 for 18 and under), and if in the future
the Museum decides to charge an admission fee, it will be a direct violation of
the co-founders desire for the museum to remain free to the public.
The music concerts scheduled for this year’s festival were
moved from a city park to the fairgrounds due to the city not approving a “beer
permit” for Ms Shuster. Greed at the museum has caused the city to loose tens
of thousands of dollars in annual festival revenue by country music star Merle
Haggard withdrawing his annual concert from the festival. A few years ago when
Haggard brought in Willie Nelson, 6000 people attended the concert---this years’
three concerts drew 200, 300 and 1000 each, according to the Roswell Daily
Record even with beer sales. Research, new displays, community involvement and
management seem to be a thing of the past for the Roswell Museum and the
Festival under the current Director and Board of the UFO Museum.
Guy Malone has brought in well-known speakers each July on
the subject of UFOs for his symposium in conjunction with the annual event. This
year Ms Shuster announced on the Roswell 2006 UFO Festival website, “Any
events not included in this schedule are not sanctioned by the Roswell 2006
Festival”. For the Festival to be a community project, her sanctioning
events are not needed or desired. Church on the Move planned an all day event
for people to enjoy, which included honoring our veterans and a fireworks
display in the evening---Ms Shuster tried to stop that, as reported in the
Roswell Daily Record, and again because there was no organization for the
Festival or community involvement that were under her leadership, problems
Several of the out-of-town visitors attending this year’s
festival in July, planned their vacations around coming to Roswell and many
indicated to me that they were bored and visited the Historical Museum of
Southeast New Mexico because there wasn’t anything to do with the UFO Festival.
I occasionally lecture at other UFO symposiums around the country and those
always have a full slate of speakers, most being all day long for 3 or 4 days.
Aztec, NM and the Rachel, Nevada symposiums, where I spoke this year had a
minimum of nine speakers for their conferences. As they do every year, Roswell
again had Don Schmitt, Tom Carey and Derrell Sims as their headline speakers. In
a comment in the Roswell Daily Record newspaper, Carey stated that, “ he and
Schmitt are the only “active” researchers about the Roswell Incident.” Stanton
Friedman is the original civilian Roswell researcher, (dating back to 1978). He
was invited last year but was not asked to do a lecture. David Rudiak, Don
Burleson, myself and several others are very actively researching the Roswell
Incident, but not according to Tom Carey.
I have received several contentious letters (two by
Certified U.S. mail), from Museum Director Julie Shuster, in the past two years.
The board of directors at the museum, is obviously not aware of such tactics by
their director, and unlike other organizations with a board of directors, the
UFO Museum Director apparently controls the board, rather than the board
controlling the Director. All of my research is copyrighted with the Library of
Congress in Washington, DC, and I have the documentation to support all lectures
I’ve written, videotaped, and presented. The Museum purchased my lecture videos
from me and sold them willingly in their gift shop at a 100 percent markup
from1998 until 2 years ago, and are now telling me I can no longer sell my own
copyrighted lecture tapes anywhere. It is not only unethical but also
unreasonable to try and claim “my copyrighted work” 8 years later.
Ms Shuster and gift shop manager Sandy James showed up at a
local lecture I did in Feb 2006, which I concluded was to try to intimidate me
during my lecture, which failed on their part.
New Mexico MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) is not allowed to
have their meetings at the UFO Museum because Board President, Jack Swickard,
stated that he considers MUFON “competition” for the Museum. Nothing could be
further from the truth and shows the mentality and lack of Ufology knowledge of
the current leadership at the Museum.
The Mission Statement of the UFO Museum, Article 1-Purpose
of Corporation states,
“ The International UFO Museum and Research Center at
Roswell, New Mexico was organized to inform the public about what has come to be
known as “The Roswell Incident.” The final sentence of Article 1, states,
“The International UFO Museum’s constituents are committed to gathering and
disbursing to all interested parties, the most qualified and accurate up-to-date
In one of the letters I received from Ms Shuster, I was
told, “ I could not make any statements about any conversations I ever had
with Museum co-founder Walter Haut.”
Censorship and suppression of one’s research as has been my
own experience with the museum director, is not part of their Mission
If that Mission Statement is in fact the purpose of the
Museum, perhaps changes are needed not only with the Director and certain board
members but also with the need to work with the community for the benefit of all
of Roswell, and finally to make the “Roswell Incident” a household name again
worldwide as it was in the 90’s. Many of us that live here and have been
involved, or are still involved with the Roswell Incident research are concerned
and desire that changes be made for the benefit of Roswell and the entire UFO
community. This concern is evidenced by several letters to the editor of the
Roswell Daily Record newspaper since the Festival in July from individuals
airing their concerns about the museum and the festivals demise in recent years.
As a serious, respected UFO Investigator, Lecturer and
Journalist, I continue to believe that the UFO Museum in Roswell is a vitally
needed facility for the public, as the original co-founders intended it.
Unfortunately, it no longer has the respect of the serious UFO community, and as
observed by comments of visitors this year, even the general public has seen a
decline in the Museum and the annual Festival.
Revenue generated from the Roswell Incident, for Roswell
and southeast New Mexico is of major importance and must not be allowed to
continue in the downward spiral it’s currently on. Many that come to Roswell are
curious and could care less about UFOs, but in the past they came, and
businesses in Roswell and surrounding areas benefited from that. We should have
learned from those in the past that the annual festival must be a community
effort, not an attempt by individuals with their own agenda, who try to sanction
their own interests and hurt the whole community in doing so.
As for the UFO Museum, it needs to comply with its own
Mission Statement; be a research center as advertised, presenting all sides of
the Roswell Incident; and finally, organize a board of directors that is in
charge and allowed to voice opinions that may not be in agreement with the
Dennis G. Balthaser
Copyright © 2006, Dennis G. Balthaser
Photo Credits: Photo of Max Littell used by permission; Photos of Glenn Dennis
and Walter Haut by Dennis Balthaser
Security is Alive and Well at Area 51
By Dennis Balthaser
I know for a fact that the security at Area 51 is
alive and well, since I just returned from there,
and experienced it first-hand.
In my many years of doing this research, I have
always tried to present information that was
verifiable and confirmable, when possible. That
hasn’t always been an easy task, considering the
amount of disinformation being spread around,
particularly with a lot of that information being
presented on the Internet.
When doing lectures or writing editorials about a
particular subject, I find it helps one’s
credibility if you have first-hand knowledge of the
subject. It’s kind of like the 2000+ web sites on
the Internet about the Roswell Incident. When you do
some checking, most of those people that have
Roswell Incident web sites have never been to
Roswell or interviewed a witness related to it, but
claim to be authorities on the subject. From now on
when someone asks, “have you ever been to Area
51?”---I can say, “Yes I have---at least to the
entrances to the base”.
I have been researching Area 51 for several years,
working closely with Chuck Clark, who I consider the
predominant person with knowledge about Area 51.
Last year, Ike Bishop, who arranges the annual
Rachel Nevada UFO Conference, (next to Area 51),
contacted me about possibly being a speaker at this
years conference, and knowing it would be a
financial loss, due to the distance, time and
expenses, I gladly agreed to be part of the
conference, for the simple fact that I would have an
opportunity to see first hand what all the “hype”
was about related to the secret base in Nevada. I
was not in the least disappointed. The conference
lasted 3 days in May 2006, and I’ll never regret the
cost due to the first hand knowledge I obtained
about the security, at least at the entrances to the
For years I have read and heard reports about the
intense security involved at Area 51, but to
actually be there and see it working doesn’t compare
with what I’ve read or heard. It’s real and it’s
Stop and think for a minute that the base has been
in existence since 1955 when the CIA (Central
Intelligence Agency) opened it to test the U-2 spy
plane in secrecy. Many of the aircraft we have in
our military arsenal since then that were developed
in secrecy, have been test flown there (and several
we don’t yet know about). During those 51 years that
the base has been in existence, security to my
knowledge has not been seriously breached, and
remains off limits to anyone not authorized to
why is it that we can prevent anyone from going past
security at Area 51, but cannot control our own
United States borders? Perhaps our borders need a
few signs like are present at Area 51, that state in
no uncertain terms
“The Use of Deadly Force is Authorized” , and
apparently mean it. Signs also list the penalties
for violating the warnings, of either six-months
imprisonment and a $1000.00 fine, or one-year
imprisonment and a $5000.00 fine based on two
separate Federal Internal Security Act Regulations.
The guards (Cammo dudes as their sometimes known)
are also a positive deterrent, and make their
presence obviously known to anyone approaching the
entrances to the base, which to me indicated that
these people are serious about enforcing security.
The main entrance to Area 51 is down a 13 mile well
maintained dirt and gravel road that has no signs
present on Nevada 375 (the Extraterrestrial Highway)
between Ash Springs and Rachel, to indicate anything
is there. Driving down the road toward the base
entrance, I expected to see the guards in a gray
pickup or white Jeep come up over a hill to let me
know we were approaching the entrance.
to my surprise, when I drove around a corner and saw
the warning signs, I also saw a gray pickup truck
with two occupants parked on a hill just up from the
signs, watching me approach with binoculars fixed on
me. They were waiting for me as I assume a sensor
had warned them someone was approaching. The
guardhouse is about a quarter mile beyond the signs
(out of view from the dirt road), so they have time
to get in their vehicle, park on the hill and be
your welcoming committee. The main entrance where
the warning signs are located has no gate of any
kind, so if you go beyond the signs you are on
restricted land, and the consequences are obvious.
On the hills surrounding this entrance solar powered
cameras and listening devices are evident. There is
no fence ---only orange colored plastic boundary
markers located every several yards to indicate
where the boundary is.
Having seen pictures of this scenario many times in
the past, it was quite an experience for me to
actually be standing there by the signs and boundary
markers, and realizing that this is all too real.
You can’t help but wonder what all transpires on or
under the base that we don’t know about, to require
such high security?
After my second lecture on our last day in Rachel,
Chuck Clark asked me if I wanted to drive out to the
back gate entrance to the base. Knowing very little
about the back gate entrance, I jumped at the
opportunity to go. The back gate is a little closer
to Rachel than the main gate and appears to have
higher security visible than the main gate.
Apparently most deliveries to the base enter through
the back gate.
Once again after driving on a well-maintained,
un-marked dirt road, you see the all to familiar
warning signs. At this entrance however you are also
greeted by two swing-down gates with stop signs
attached, a guardhouse that has all the windows
darkened so you can’t see in, and a surveillance
camera and other equipment.
entrance has a ranch type barbed wire fence showing
the boundary line in each direction from the gates.
While at this entrance I walked along the fence line
in order to get a better view of the Russian Radar
equipment set up in the distance. The guard(s) in
the guard house were keeping tabs on my activities
along the fence with the camera that is mounted
about 25 feet atop a metal tower, and whenever I
moved along the boundary, the camera followed me.
After being at the entrance for several minutes, we
soon noticed something in the distance on the road
inside the gates, coming towards us, and it turned
out to be another security guard, in a white Jeep.
He stopped about a quarter mile from us and observed
us with binoculars, as had been done at the main
entrance two days ago.
we were apparently not a threat to him, he shortly
thereafter drove up to the guardhouse, getting out
of the vehicle while trying to stay out of view of
our cameras. When he departed he seemed upset that
he had left the passenger door open on the Jeep, and
rather than come around the vehicle to close it
where we would have a good photo opportunity of him,
he backed the Jeep up, hit the brakes and tried to
close the door. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t
work, so he leaned over the seat out of our view and
pulled the door shut before taking off toward the
We departed the back entrance, returning to Rachel,
satisfied that whatever takes place at Area 51 is
well protected by warning signs that are extremely
serious in their warnings, surveillance equipment
that works well, and guards that have what appears
to be a boring job unless someone like us shows up.
I appreciate the hospitality of Chuck Clark, and
know that my lectures and editorials about Area 51
will be different in the future having “been there
---and done that”.
* All photographs
Copyright © Balthaser, 2006
Searching for the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember
Accountable for Records?”
One of the most troublesome things I have encountered
during my many years of doing UFO research, is the lack of accountability by
those supposedly in control of documents and information pertaining to this
subject. Of course it’s by no means limited to just Ufology research, but also
to many other areas, within our military and government establishments. Trying
to obtain documents from those groups for validation of information is
practically impossible, and it appears to me that no one wants to take
responsibility for that. My question has always been---who has given those
individuals the authority to withhold information and not be accountable for it?
Responses like “the records were destroyed”, or “were transferred to another
agency”, are too frequently used when requesting information.
In this editorial I will give some examples of such
instances, where I have personally tried to obtain information, as well as that
of other individuals who have also been denied information through various
One of the most common responses to document requests is
“blacking out” certain information on documents. That no longer looks good on
television when researchers like Stanton Friedman hold up the documents, so in
some cases “whiteout” is now used.
Military Records are kept at the National Personnel Records
Center in St Louis, Missouri. Many times when a Freedom of Information Act
Request (FOIA) is submitted (as required), pertaining to an individual assigned
to Roswell Army Airfield in 1947, the response returned has a rubber stamp note
stating, “ No record located. If on file on July 12, 1973, it may have
been destroyed in a fire on that date”. May have been destroyed?
Was it destroyed or not? In my experience, an appeal rarely produces any
additional information. The military personnel I usually request information on
were assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing in Roswell, (the only Atomic
bomb group in the world at the time), and their records may have been destroyed
in a fire. Convenient, unfortunate, or an untruth!!!
One request for information that I worked on, starting in
July 1999, with a FOIA request involved the United States Air Force report, “The
Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert”. In that report a
Colonel Richard L. Weaver stated that, “the photographs taken in General Ramey’s
office were sent to a national-level organization for interpretation and
analysis”. That “unnamed organization” reported back that, “the photos were of
insufficient quality to analyze”. My first request was submitted to the
Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon, requesting copies of the
correspondence between the Air Force and the national-level organization that
analyzed the photographs, along with copies of the report returned to the Air
Force. After several delay letters from the Air Force, in November 1999 I was
informed that all records regarding this subject were returned to the Air Force
Historical Research agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
When I contacted Maxwell AFB, I was told they have no such
documents within their archives, nor did they have any inter-office documents
regarding the “Roswell Report”, and I was invited to file an appeal. What I did
receive from Maxwell Air Force Base was an 81-page list of information available
on microfilm about Roswell Army Airfield dealing with everything the base was
associated with except information about the Roswell Incident. I didn’t feel
that information about the base “Supply and Food Service, Motor Vehicles, when
aircraft arrived at the base, or maintenance of aircraft” were pertinent to my
FOIA request. Basically this meant there were no documents in the Air Force
archives to substantiate the remarks made by Colonel Weaver in the Air Force
Report about the Roswell Incident.
By March 2000, I had received so many delay responses while
the Air Force searched their records, that I finally told the Lieutenant in
charge of my request that he would probably be promoted to Major or Lt. Colonel
by the time my requests were fulfilled, if ever fulfilled.
Since the Air Force report was an official document, I
asked if Colonel Weaver had ever been contacted to determine where he obtained
the information he was referring to in the report about the photographs being
analyzed by a national-level organization. The response from the Air Force about
that request stated, “we are not obligated to do so under FOIA”, since anything
that is not tangible or a documentary record does not qualify as a “record”.
I did obtain one page of a 4-page “Fax” from the University
of Texas at Arlington, Special Collections, addressed to Captain McAndrew
indicating he was receiving 3 pages of “something”. Since the University of
Texas at Arlington is the repository for those photographs, the date of the fax
was 07-18-96, and it was addressed to Captain McAndrew, I’m assuming the pages
dealt with the next excuse the Air Force presented in 1997 entitled “The Roswell
Incident: Case Closed”. Additionally in this response from Maxwell AFB, I was
advised that “the custody of these records was currently being transferred from
Maxwell AFB to the National Archives either in Maryland or Washington DC.
I indicated my disappointment to the lieutenant in charge
of my FOIA request at Maxwell AFB in October 2000, and had to write again in
February 2001 since I did not receive a response to my October letter. When he
responded I noticed he had been promoted to Captain (on his way to Major as I
mentioned earlier). Again I was advised that I could submit an appeal and my
final correspondence to Maxwell AFB occurred on March 7, 2001.
Researcher David Rudiak has suggested that I resume my
research on this, however since the documents have been transferred to a
National Archive, it would mean starting over.
As a final example, the late New Mexico Congressman Steven
Schiff made a valiant attempt to obtain information about the Roswell Incident
in the 1990’s, when he requested a full investigation of the Incident.
Congressman Schiff released the 20-page, General Accounting Office (GAO) Report
in a press release on July 28, 1995. In the press release Congressman Schiff
indicated that, “important documents which may have shed more light on what
happened at Roswell, are missing.”
The Chief Archivist for the National Personnel Records
Center provided the GAO with documentation indicating that (1) RAAF records such
as finance and accounting, supplies, buildings and grounds, and other general
administrative matters from March 1945 through December 1949 and (2) RAAF
outgoing messages from October 1946 through December 1949 were destroyed. The
document disposition form did not properly indicate the authority under which
the disposal action was taken. Other records including outgoing RAAF messages
for 1950 were also destroyed. Schiff understood that these outgoing messages
were permanent records, which should never have been destroyed. Since the
records had been destroyed over 40 years ago, further inquiry about there
destruction was impractical according to Schiff.
An FBI Teletype document revealed by the report referred to
a “radar-tracking device” – a reference to a weather balloon, which the Air
Force themselves later discredited.
58 years after the Roswell Incident occurred, we continue
to lose first-hand witnesses, and the more research that is done on the
Incident, the more we realize that accountability for records and documentation
has been and continues to be a major problem. When will someone in our
government come forward and take the responsibility we expect from our
representatives and leaders?
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching for the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember
“A Tribute to
During my affiliation with the International UFO Museum and
Research Center here in Roswell, from 1996 until 1998, as a full time volunteer
and as the UFO Investigator, I had the opportunity to meet many of the
well-known researchers in this field of Ufology. Since then I have developed
close personal relationships with a few of those, and continue to do my research
in conjunction with our desire to find the truth. That of course is not the case
with a larger number of “researchers” I have met.
The same is true for witnesses of the 1947 Roswell Incident
that I have met over the years. Several of the many witnesses I have met and/or
interviewed, have elaborated on their testimonies, while some have presented
hoaxes, and still others have not provided any validation for their claims.
Fortunately for those of us that continue to look for answers to the Roswell
Incident, there are some witnesses that stand out, (at least to me), as being
extremely credible. Walter Haut was one of those individuals that I’ve always
had the utmost respect for, and who I will be miss since he passed away on
December 15, 2005. As one who knew Walter fairly well, and had the opportunity
to visit with daily for two and a half years, I felt a tribute to him was in
order at this time.
In 1947, then Lt. Walter Haut, was a key figure in the
Roswell Incident due to being the person that wrote the now famous newspaper
article of July 8, 1947, “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell
It was quite an honor for me to meet Walter in person when
I began my affiliation with the UFO Museum in 1996. After all, nothing can be
written about the Roswell Incident without including Walter in the events that
took place some 58 ½ years ago. It was even more rewarding for me to be able to
visit with him daily during my two and a half years with the museum. During that
time, Walter was at the museum almost every day, and would enjoy meeting the
visitors that came by, always with a smile, a little kidding and explaining his
involvement in the incident, as the public relations officer that wrote the
newspaper article. Walter was always a gentleman, never looking for notoriety,
enjoying life in his retirement years. If he wasn’t occupied with visitors, I
would walk into his office and we’d discuss a variety of topics, which always
amazed me, because he had such an interesting life, and freely talked about it.
Walter was born in Chicago in 1922, and one of my favorite
stories he shared with me several times was that when he was young, he worked
for a drug store in the Chicago area and made deliveries to local customers that
ordered merchandise from the drug store. One of those customers was the “Capone
family”. Walter remembered how most customers he made deliveries to would tip
him 10 or 15 cents, while the Capone’s would tip $1.00, $5.00, even $10.00. He
indicated that the Capone family was very generous, and always smiled when he
shared that story with me.
I’m sure very few researchers, and particularly the general
public knew much about Walter’s military career, other than his involvement with
the Roswell Incident as a young Lieutenant, who was the public relations officer
for the Roswell Army Air Field in 1947.
WWII, Walter (above) flew some 35 missions over Japan as a bombardier in
B-29’s. He received numerous medals for his service, but one of the experiences
I enjoyed hearing from him the most, was his description of how those missions
were accomplished. He indicated that being a bombardier was a great job, because
the missions were sometimes 18-20 hours flying time from their home base to the
target, and back home. He said he would sleep on the way to the target and being
located up front in the B-29, the pilot or co-pilot would kick him when they got
close to the target to wake him up. He would then take over flying and when the
target was in his bombsites, he would release the weapons. His job completed he
would sleep again on the ride back to their home base.
Several times we talked about the 509th bomb
wing’s involvement in the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan to end the
Second World War.
Walter also shared his involvement during the testing of an
atomic bomb in the Pacific Ocean, during Operation Crossroads in 1946. Walter
was in an airplane that flew through the mushroom cloud the bomb created when
tested in the ocean and he actually dropped the instruments in it. We would
“kid” each other about him “glowing” afterwards, which he of course didn’t, but
he did say it was a little “bumpy” flying that close to it.
would often mention Colonel “Butch” Blanchard (above) with much
admiration and respect. Blanchard was in charge of the 509th bomb
wing here in Roswell in 1947, when Walter was the public relations officer for
the base. Blanchard was also the base commander. They had an exceptional
relationship according to Walter, and Walter talked about that relationship many
times. I remember sharing a similar relationship I had with a Warrant Officer
Philpot when I was in the service, so I could relate to his feelings and the
respect he had for Blanchard. They were apparently quite a team, and Walter
would talk about how “the old man” would call him into his office, where
Blanchard (a Colonel), would ask him, (a Lieutenant), for his thoughts about
something that Blanchard was thinking about.
Walter was very active in many civic organizations in
Roswell after he got out of the military and he and his wife decided to stay in
Roswell. He often talked about how they enjoyed living in Roswell, even though
the first time he was assigned here, he wondered where Roswell New Mexico was.
My life as a person and as a researcher of the Roswell
Incident has been extremely enriched because I had the opportunity to meet and
get to know a man named Walter Haut. I will always treasure those times where he
and I sat down and just visited with each other. He had a fascinating life in
his childhood, being involved with WWII, the Roswell Incident, original founder
of the UFO museum and the many civic accomplishments he achieved.
I will miss you Walter.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Web site: www.truthseekeratroswell.com
Copyright © 2005, Dennis G.
Searching For the Truth
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At What Level
in our Government is the Truth Known?
In previous editorials I have addressed my concern about
whom in our government (and possibly in the military), has the authority to
withhold information about UFOs. Information is being withheld not only from the
public, (who in most cases, pay the salaries of these individuals through
taxes), but also to our leaders, some of which are in the highest positions of
our government. Most presidents since Harry Truman have shown an interest in
getting the information public, only to be stone walled and not given the
I am convinced that the presidents are briefed on the
existence of UFOs but not much more and it’s my conviction that the reason is
simple. The President of the United States cannot be trusted with such
information, primarily because they are temporary employees (elected for 8 years
maximum). If that’s the case, then who in our government has the authority to
withhold that information, and who has given them that authority?
Withholding or denying information to those in high
government positions is not something new either, nor to those private citizens
that are high profile individuals. But for almost 60 years the lid has been kept
on the truth, and apparently only those individuals that “need to know”, know!
One example that has always intrigued me is the Senator
Barry Goldwater incident back in the 1960’s. Goldwater was a United States
Senator representing the state of Arizona, was a member of the Senate
Intelligence Committee, had been a colonel in the United States Air Force,
(eventually achieved the rank of Brigadier General), and was the Republican
candidate for President of the United States, losing to Lyndon Johnson in the
1964 Presidential election. As a young adult in 1964, I always thought that
Barry Goldwater was ahead of his time, in some of his political views and
particularly his interest in the subject of UFOs, but as we quickly found out,
his curiosity with UFOs would not be allowed to be pursued.
Senator Goldwater’s interest in UFOs, prompted him to seek
access to the “blue room” at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which was
denied, when he made the request to General Curtis LeMay, who was the head of
the Strategic Air Command in the 1960’s. Goldwater thought that was where they
kept the UFO records. General LeMay told Goldwater, “ You can’t go in there and
I can’t go in there”, but the General never informed Goldwater what was in there
or why access was denied, and neither affirmed or denied that UFO records or
materials were in the room. Senator Goldwater apparently had a top-secret
clearance, which obviously wasn’t a high enough clearance to access the room.
Rumors have continued about a blue or green room at Wright-Patterson Air Force
Base ever since, but no one has of yet revealed what if anything the room
In a 1994 interview on the CNN television show hosted by
Larry King, Goldwater stated, “I think at Wright-Patterson, if you could get
into certain places, you’d find out what the Air Force and the government does
know about UFOs. Reportedly, a spaceship landed. It was all hushed up. I called
Curtis LeMay and I said, ‘General, I know we have a room at Wright-Patterson
where you put all this secret stuff. Could I go in there?’ I’ve never heard
General LeMay get mad, but he got madder than hell at me, cussed me out, and
said, ‘Don’t ever ask me that question again!’”
Senator Goldwater never asked about the room at
Wright-Patterson again, and took his curiosity and discussion with General LeMay
to the grave with him. Goldwater died May 29, 1998. Others high up in the
government have unfortunately gone the same route as Goldwater did many years
ago, being denied information although you would think that they were in a
position to be told. Some of those included, President’s Carter, Ford, Reagan
and most recently Clinton.
In an entry in President Clinton’s diary posted January 6,
2005, he stated, “I was on the inside of the government, so I know there is more
out there than meets the eye”. He also said, “I never did get a clear answer
about Area 51 from the ones with the security clearances”. Clinton had an
interest in the 1947 Roswell Incident, even bought a book on the subject, and
asked Webster Hubbell to investigate the matter, which Hubbell was unable to do.
Later Clinton said, “Sometimes you shouldn’t ask questions why, you just have to
accept reality”. As a researcher and a tax-paying citizen of the United States,
I find that response unacceptable.
Based on these denials for information, I have to wonder
who is in control, who put them in that position, and who, (if anyone) do they
answer to? It confirms my belief that the United States has been operating under
a “cover-up” policy for many years, not only dealing with the subject of UFOs,
but also in many other areas. 58 years after the Roswell Incident, it’s going to
be hard, if not impossible, for anyone in our government to admit that the
American people have been lied to by their government for all these years.
That’s the reason I say, “Young people in our country don’t understand
cover-up---because they’ve grown up with it, and apparently are accepting it”.
Although Senator Goldwater never got access to the room at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base he requested to visit, nor the answer’s he
wanted to the UFO phenomenon, he did communicate with several individuals on
both these topics. Several letters written by Goldwater, in the 1960’s, 70’s and
80’s, in response to inquiries made to him have surfaced. In general his
responses included such statements as, “I have long ago given up acquiring
access to the so-called Blue Room at Wright-Patterson, as I have had one long
string of denials from chief after chief, so I have given up”. He also stated,
“I don’t know of anyone who has access to the “blue Room,” nor am I aware of
it’s contents, and I am not aware of anything having been relocated.”
In another letter response, Goldwater said, “I have no idea
who controls the flow of ‘need-to-know’ because, frankly, I was told in such an
emphatic way that it was none of my business that I’ve never tried to make it my
business.” He also said, “I’m one of those people who believe that with some two
billion planets scattered around our universe, there has to be a couple of more
that can support life on it.”
In a letter to a gentleman in California March 28, 1975,
Goldwater wrote in part, “I have, however heard that there is a plan under way
to release some, if not all, of this material in the near future. I’m just as
anxious to see this material as you are, and I hope we will not have to wait too
Senator Goldwater, 30 years after you wrote that--- we’re
Based on other correspondence and comments from Goldwater,
he apparently had a serious interest in the 1947 Roswell Incident, and also
stated that Colonel Butch Blanchard and him were close friends. (Blanchard of
course was the base commander and head of the 509th Bomb Wing, when
they were stationed at Roswell Army Air Field in 1947).
These few responses from Goldwater indicate the interest he
had in the subject of UFOs, the real possibility that something extremely
important was housed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and instead of ignoring
the letters he received, he took the time to answer them, which sounds to me
like he was sharing his disappointment in not being able to find the truth.
All of us that do this research share his disappointment in
our government leaders, and the frustration we encounter in trying to find the
Dennis G. Balthaser
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Limits, Even To Their Own Military Personnel
Through my years of doing
research about the 1947 Roswell Incident, I have had the opportunity to meet and
interview many witnesses. A few of those came forward on their own, due to being
involved themselves, while many others were located through someone else that
either knew the witness, or had heard of their involvement in one way or
another. A new witness to a researcher like me is like a child waking up on
Christmas morning and finding what they had hoped for under the tree. I keep
hoping that the next witness that comes forward just might be the one that has
the information all researchers are looking for to resolve the Roswell Incident.
We know such individuals are still out there, whether they are retired military
or civilians that were here in Roswell in 1947.
All witnesses’ accounts
add to the volumes of information we have already assembled on the Roswell
Incident. Once a new witness is located and interviewed, the next step is
validating the new information to see if in fact it is factual or not, and that
sometimes is hard to accomplish. Many times it proves unverifiable, but being
able to obtain any new information adds to our case and sometimes can verify
other similar accounts.
Another problem is a lack
of information due to not being able to remember all the details of an event
that happened 58 years ago, or the names of the witnesses, etc., and each year
that passes, that becomes more of a problem. Such was the case recently when I
was contacted by a person that told me, “she had an interesting story about
someone that was stationed here in 1947”.
With my web site being
seen by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, as indicated by the
number of visitors the site receives, I’m always interested in knowing where
individuals that contact me are from and how they found out about my research.
Many indicate they have done a web search on the Roswell Incident and my site
came up, and it’s truly amazing where some of the visitor’s to my site are from,
and just how world-wide the internet is. In this case however, the person that
contacted me lives right here in Roswell, and had read a recent editorial (“Threats
to Roswell Witnesses – Why”), I had written for the local newspaper about
witnesses being threatened, that were involved in the 1947 Incident. I received
many comments after that editorial was posted, both locally in the newspaper and
on the 16 other web sites that post my editorials every other month. The only
new information I received about threats to individuals however was from the
person that called me locally, after reading the editorial.
She was excited when she
called me and said I have an experience that you might be interested in hearing.
She started by telling me, “that she was about 10 or 11 years old when the event
happened in 1947” and gave me her address here in Roswell where she lived at the
time with her parents. There was a small apartment behind their house that was
being rented by a military couple, assigned to the Roswell Army Air Field. The
informant thought the couple was probably in their late 20’s or early 30’s, with
The serviceman’s wife had
become very ill and was admitted to the base hospital for treatment. In order to
visit his wife while she was hospitalized and take care of the children, the
airman had taken military leave. She could not remember the exact date but knew
for sure that it was the same time as the Roswell Incident, which would have
been around July 4, 1947. Her mother and her would sometimes watch
the children of the airman if they needed to go somewhere.
Such was the case on one
particular day when the airman dressed in his military uniform planned on going
to the hospital to see his wife, who by now had become ill to the point of being
critical. He had planned on staying at the hospital with his wife for a length
of time, but much to the surprise of the woman who called me and her mother, who
were caring for his children back then, he returned home shortly after leaving
the house, extremely upset and mad.
He stated that when he
got to the hospital, he was met by armed military personnel with rifles and was
told he could not go in the hospital to see his seriously ill wife at that time.
He was not given any reason other than the hospital was off limits to everyone,
regardless of their situation.
Over the years of
research into the Roswell Incident, the use of armed military personnel to keep
people out has been mentioned at the base hospital, Hangar 84, Sheriff Wilcox’s
office and other locations in
Roswell and on the military
After listening to this
woman’s account of the airman’s experience at the hospital, I was anxious to
obtain more information from her. Unfortunately due to the time span since it
happened (58 years), she was not able to remember the couple’s name. I was
hopeful that if she remembered his name, I could possibly locate him (if still
alive) and get a first hand account of his experience. Another alternative would
have been the children’s names---to ask them if the incident had ever been
mentioned within any family discussions.
This account by someone
who “was there” at the time will be added to the long list of other accounts we
have on file. Unfortunately we won’t be able to follow up on this one, because
no additional information is available, but in my research it will remain as an
accurate account of something unusual that really happened during the Roswell
Incident of 1947. This again shows how very critical and important it is for
anyone having knowledge of anything that took place at the Roswell Army Airfield
or anywhere else to come forward with whatever information they might have.
Time is our worst enemy
in resolving the Roswell Incident. In this case, the woman voluntarily coming
forward with information has been extremely important in adding additional
information to what we already have documented. This again appears to be proof
of the extreme measures taken by the military to keep anyone not directly
related to the incident from having any knowledge about what was actually
happening. It also validates my desire to find the truth and I continue to ask,
if it was a weather balloon, Mogul balloon or crash test dummies that happened
in July 1947 near Roswell New Mexico---why were both
military and civilian personnel threatened?
It’s extremely gratifying
to me as a researcher, when sharing my research and thoughts in an editorial, at
a lecture or in an interview, prompts someone to contact me about information
they have, and have not previously shared.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching for the Truth
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Threats to Roswell Witnesses---WHY?
I’ve always been curious why some military, and
particularly some civilian witnesses to the 1947 Roswell Incident were
threatened about talking about their experiences. After all, if it was just a
weather balloon, or a Mogul balloon, or anthropomorphic crash test dummies that
were involved in the Roswell Incident, why would it be necessary to threaten
individuals about discussing it? Discussions about threats from witnesses goes
back to the 1970’s when the research on Roswell began. I’m continuing to get
statements today from children of individuals that were at the Roswell Army
Airfield in 1947 as civilian employees, about threats their parents received,
and how they handled those threats. As a researcher of the Roswell Incident, the
threats are one of the things that have kept me interested in the Incident, and
have convinced me there was more to the Roswell Incident than what we’ve been
I have found that the threats varied from individual to
individual too, with some of them being direct and to the point, while others
were less personal, but still threats. It appears that the more you knew the
more intense were the threats.
Some of threats that we know about include:
Maj. Jesse Marcel, the 509th Bomb Wing
Intelligence Officer, who after returning from General Ramey’s office told his
wife and son, Jesse Jr., “They were not to speak about what they had seen, when
he stopped at the house on the way back to the base from the debris field a few
Sheriff George Wilcox’s granddaughter in an interview done
in 1991 stated that, “When the incident happened, the military police came to
the jailhouse and told her grandparents (George and his wife Inez), that if they
ever talked about it, not only would they be killed, but the entire family would
be killed.” Sheriff Wilcox never ran for Sheriff again, although his wife did
and was defeated.
After Frank Joyce of the KGFL radio station in Roswell,
send Public Information Officer Walter Hauts’ press release to the United Press
bureau, he received a call from a gentleman that identified himself as an
officer at the Pentagon. Joyce stated that, “This man said some very bad things
about what would happen to me…he was really pretty nasty.” KGFL radio was
notified that if they ever broadcast an interview that they had done with “Mack”
Brazel, their FCC (Federal Communication Commission) license would be in
Ranch foreman, “Mack” Brazel, who discovered the debris on
the Foster ranch where he was the foreman, was taken into custody at the Roswell
Army Airfield base for several days after coming to the Sheriff’s office with
pieces of the debris. According to Mack Brazel’s son Bill Jr., “the military had
asked his Dad to take an oath never to talk about it, and he went to his grave
never telling anyone anything after being interrogated.” Changing his story at
the radio station after being interrogated and being able to open a meat locker
in Alamogordo, New Mexico a short time later on a ranch foreman’s salary in
1947, also raises speculation as to what all was involved in his interrogation
along with the threats.
Frankie Rowe has been interviewed and written about in
books about her Dad, Dan Dwyer’s involvement as a city of Roswell Firefighter in
1947. Miss Rowe recalled that military personnel came by their house and she was
told, “If she talked about this again, they could be taken out in the desert,
and no one would ever find them again.”
Joseph Montoya was the Lt. Governor of New Mexico in 1947
and apparently viewed both the crashed craft debris and bodies in the hangar at
the base. When Ruben Anaya asked Montoya about the events he had just
experienced at the hangar, he was told to forget it. “It’s too dangerous”,
Montoya said. “The FBI will do away with you.”
Some of the military personnel involved that were sworn to
secrecy according to interviews they have done over the years included “Pappy”
Henderson, one of the top pilots with the 509th Bomb Wing; Edwin
Easley, provost marshal for the 509th; Sheridan Cavitt and Bill
Ricket, Counter Intelligence Officers.
Probably one of the most publicized threats made against a
civilian were those made to Glenn Dennis, the mortician at Ballard Funeral Home.
Glenn told Stanton Friedman in an interview in 1989 that, “Upon arriving at the
base medical facility with an injured airman, he was met inside the infirmary by
an MP (Military Policeman), who wanted to know who Glenn was, where he was from
and what business he had there?” Glenn then met a nurse he knew, who asked him,
“how did you get in here” and she told him, “My God, you’re going to get
killed.” Shortly after that a big red-headed Captain asked the MPs what Glenn
was doing there and ordered them to remove him from the building which they did,
following him back to the funeral home. Glenn told researchers, Schmitt and
Randle that when the Captain threatened him; he replied to the Captain “he could
go to hell because he was a civilian”. The Captain responded by saying, ”Don’t
kid yourself young man, somebody will be picking your bones out of the sand.”
Most of the above accounts of being threatened most likely
are accurate accounts, as the witnesses making the statements had no reason to
embellish their experience. As for the military and certain civilians, there is
no doubt that many were sworn to secrecy at the time of the incident, and many
kept that oath until they went to the grave. In a few cases, because individuals
have not been found to substantiate the experiences as told by the witnesses, we
must continue to search for information on those individuals. The threats
however speak for themselves, that something of extreme importance took place in
Roswell in 1947 that apparently had nothing to do with balloons or crash test
Recently I’ve been fortunate enough to receive information
about other civilian personnel that were at Roswell Army Airfield in 1947, and I
have questioned the siblings of those individuals, about the threats they
received and how they handled them.
One such case involved a woman who worked at the base in
1947, as the only civilian in the communication department, in conjunction with
Mountain States Bell Telephone Company. I located her son in Albuquerque, New
Mexico in December 2004, and asked him if she had told the family anything
before passing away in 1997, here in Roswell. His reply was, “As a matter of
fact no---I don’t know what pressure they used, but they told her not to talk
about it to anyone---and she DID NOT, until the day she died.” I responded, “so
she was told not to talk about it”, and he said, “She was definitely.” She told
us, “she couldn’t tell us about anything---she was instructed not to.”
Another situation involved a man who was the city manager
of Roswell from 1946-1964, a WW II veteran with a high security clearance, who
retired from the National Guard as a Major General. His son still lives here in
Roswell and recently told me, “His Dad and then base commander Col. Blanchard
were friends.” He had told the son’s mother and grandmother, “he had seen
something he could not talk about” and as in other cases did not, until his
death in 1982.
There were many more threats that I don’t have room to list
here, but this list that I’ve shared with you provides a wide diversity of the
type threats both military and civilians received, due to their involvement in
the 1947 Roswell Incident, and my question remains --- Why?
Dennis G. Balthaser
Your Representatives Views
As we approach the 2004
elections, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of voting, and
encourage everyone to do so. I don’t endorse any politicians publicly, but there
are issues on the table this election that will have long lasting effects on us,
so the importance of voting cannot be over emphasized. As each of you will
probably do, I will also study the records of certain representatives running
for election and look at their view points on various topics, which brings me to
the purpose of this editorial.
Accountability by our
representatives at any level in government should be a paramount concern to us
when we go to the polls to vote. It raises the question whether they are really
representing us, or not.
Within the past few
years, (since 2001), Dan Willis, one of the military witnesses affiliated with
the Disclosure Project has set up an online fax at
www.DisclosureProject.org/fax allowing thousands of other individual
citizens to communicate with our national representatives on the subject of
UFOs, Extraterrestrials and the proposal to deploy a missile defense system.
The responses received were varied, with the most common response being, “we
will keep your views in mind should legislation about UFOs happen in the
future.” That basically says, debating the reality of UFOs is not a pressing
issue with Congress or many other elected and appointed officials. The reality
of UFOs has already been well established for many years through credible
witnesses, radar, physical traces, etc. Our representatives continue to avoid
the subject, or worse, are unwilling to disclose what is known on the subject by
not taking the necessary steps of leadership required, to openly discuss and
inform the public on what our government knows.
Very recently, the
current New Mexico Governor, Bill Richardson, called for a definitive
investigation of the Roswell Incident, saying, “the mystery surrounding this
crash has never been adequately explained—not by independent investigators, and
not by the U.S. government.”
A few others,
(Congressman Kucinich and former New Mexico State Representative, Andy Kissner),
to mention two, have also attempted to obtain disclosure out of Washington, DC
on the subject of UFOs and other events that appear to be cover-ups. One of the
most publicized attempts was made by New Mexico Representative Steven Schiff in
1994, who accused the Pentagon and General Accounting Office, (GAO) of giving
him “the run-around” when he tried to locate missing government documents
pertaining to the 1947 Roswell UFO crash. Finally, many serious UFO researchers
have pressured their representatives also, in most cases to no avail.
Nearly all Presidents
since Truman have publicly stated that they want to reveal what the government
knows about UFOs, and in every case that has never become a reality. We know
there are illegal operations taking place within our government on this topic
from misappropriation of money, concealment of recovered craft and possibly
occupants, to technology derived from them, which could have a profound impact
on the energy crisis, health care and many other challenges we face, not to
mention the military benefits that probably are being derived from such a
Of the 73 response
letters Mr. Willis has posted from various individuals, NONE addressed taking
responsible leadership in addressing this issue with action. Eight showed some
interest in trying to further understand the need for disclosure, while half of
the responses indicated that without current legislation, nothing is addressed
other than keeping it in mind. Because of the lack of knowledge or interest by
our representatives, several quoted out-dated official government denial
statements as the final word on the UFO and ET situation, while others simply
“passed the buck” by indicating they were not responsible or on the committee of
jurisdiction, and apparently have no desire to pursue it.
Perhaps all of us that
are interested in revealing the truth about UFOs would be wise to contact our
representatives and obtain their views on this subject, and others, before we go
to the polls to vote. There is strength in numbers when politicians are
involved, and they, as our elected officials have a responsibility to us, which
they have not shown for many years on this subject.
Mr. Willis has given me
permission to quote some of the responses he received in this editorial, so for
informational purposes, I will share some of the statements made by our
representatives on the subject of UFOs.
U.S. House of
“Thank you for expressing
your support for congressional hearings on Unidentified Flying Objects and
extraterrestrial events. While it is important to pay close attention to these
issues, I am not on the committee of jurisdiction.”
“There are no
technologies in existence that have come from an extraterrestrial origin.”
“As you know, the
possibility of this phenomena has been long-debated. To further your reading on
the matter, I have enclosed a Congressional Service Research Report entitled
‘The UFO Enigma’.”
“Thank you for your
recent email expressing strong support for an open dialogue on potential
interface between humans and life forms from beyond our own solar system.”
“I will keep your
comments in mind should topics related to the extraterrestrial come before the
House for debate.”
J. D. Hayworth-AZ
“Thank you for sharing
your views with me on UFOs. I always appreciate knowing about the concerns and
opinions of my constituents, and will certainly take your views under advisement
should this issue ever be deliberated by the House of Representatives.”
“Thank you for contacting
me regarding the possibility of extraterrestrial activity in the United States.
I support full and open disclosure by all government agencies of any information
regarding Unidentified Flying Objects. As you may know, both the United States
Air Force and the General Accounting Office (GAO) have conducted reviews of
available government information on UFOs. I have enclosed a copy of the GAO’s
report on the alleged crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Although I
support efforts to ensure that citizens have full access to relevant information
on these issues, I am unaware of any legislation currently before the Congress
regarding this matter.”
Alan B Mollohan-WV
“Currently there are no
hearings scheduled regarding allegations of suppressed knowledge by the U.S.
government of UFOs or UFO technologies. Please be assured that I will keep your
thoughts in mind should hearings be held or relevant legislation be considered
regarding UFOs or UFO technologies during the 107th Congress.”
“Thank you for your
recent communication regarding Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) and related
government projects. The subject of UFOs is often overlooked, but it seems that
many people have encountered similar sightings. It is evident that this is an
issue that affects American citizens and deserves careful consideration.”
“Thank you for contacting
me regarding congressional activity related to the existence of extraterrestrial
civilizations. I am unaware of any current legislation or current House
committee activity related to the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations.
Although I am not a member of any House committees with jurisdiction over such
matters, I will keep your concerns in mind if the House should consider
legislation in this area.”
“Thank you for contacting
me with your concerns regarding the theorized UFO/Extraterrestrial presence on
and around Earth. I have taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your letter
to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science to obtain additional
information. I will be sure to forward the information on to you as soon as I
“However, in the recent
absence of recent UFO activity, the absence of any scientific gain from the past
study of UFOs, and the absence of hostility from any previously reported UFOs,
it would be irresponsible to spend taxpayer money on hearings and legislation
related to such a phenomena.”
“Having researched the
issues you raised, I found no record of legislation regarding the existence of
“The House of
Representatives conducted two Congressional inquires regarding UFOs and
extraterrestrial events in the late 1960s. Since that time however, I am unaware
of any further investigation by Congress of these matters.”
“As you know, people have
long wondered are we alone in this universe? There have been numerous accounts
of “contacts” or “sightings” of UFOs and extraterrestrial beings. While I
certainly do not discredit these reports, I have not heard of any concrete
evidence that would suggest there are other beings out there. Please know that I
will keep your thoughts on this matter in mind, but I doubt that Congressional
hearings dealing with extraterrestrial beings will be held in the Senate.”
“As one of the few
scientists in the United States Senate, I believe in the scientific method and
am open to any credible information and proof of extraterrestrial contact, and
to date there has been none. That being said, we luckily live in a democracy
where our government can be open with the majority of the information that it
has. Little proof of extraterrestrial visitation was revealed in the two
previous Congressional hearings on UFOs in the 1960s. However if there comes a
time when corroborative proof of extraterrestrials is shown, then maybe Congress
should revisit the issue.”
“At this time I am not
aware of any legislation or hearings to explore the issues you raised in your
letter. However, should such issues be brought before the Senate, I will
certainly keep your views in mind.”
Responses from Others:
“No government agency is
currently responsible for investigating UFOs because there is no factual
evidence that alien life exists on other planets or that UFOs are related to
Secretary of Defense
extraterrestrial life forms alleged to be present on Earth are matters no longer
being investigated by the Defense Department. From 1948-1969, the Air Force did
conduct investigations under several program names, the last of which was
Project Blue Book. The decision to discontinue UFO investigations was based on a
number of factors, including reports and studies by the University of Colorado
and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as past UFO studies and the Air
Force’s two decades of experience investigating UFO Reports.”
Due to space restrictions
for this editorial many responses are not included here, several of which only
commented on the proposed space missile defense system in their reply,
completely ignoring the issues of UFOs and extraterrestrials. To me, it appears
that most of the responses are polite (although somewhat generic) to their
constituents, while none of our representatives are willing to take the
leadership required to reveal to the public what our government knows on the
subject of UFOs. Personally I plan to keep the pressure on my representatives,
as others hopefully will also do.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Contact your elected
Little Known Facts About Roswell,
By Dennis G. Balthaser
Moving to Roswell New Mexico from Texas in 1996 to continue my interest in
Ufology, provided me with a good base for doing that research, and also gave me
the opportunity to learn a lot more about my new home state, and particularly
the town of Roswell and Chaves County. With the help of many “locals”, and
particularly information I’ve gathered from Elvis E. Fleming, Chief Archivist of
the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, Inc.
www.hssnm.net I will try to share some information with you that perhaps
you’ve not read or heard about before concerning the area of New Mexico where
the 1947 UFO crash occurred.
Pre-history for the Roswell area began during the Paleo-Indian Period, who lived
in the area around 12,000B.C. – 6,000 B.C. Archaeological dig-sites in the
area known as Bloom Mound, Henderson Site, Rocky Arroyo and Fox Place have
revealed a sedimentary culture that occupied Southeast New Mexico from about the
9th century until the 14th century, known as the “Jornada-Mogollon”.
Other Mogollon cultures in the area included the Anasazi of the Four Corners
region and the Hohokam of Arizona. Sometime later the Jornada-Mogollon were
replaced by the Mescalero Apaches. The Pioneer Period for Roswell and Chaves
County began about 1866 to about 1890.
Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving blazed the Goodnight-Loving Trail in 1866.
John Chisum also settled in the Pecos Valley and by 1870 had become the “Cattle
King of the Pecos”, being the largest cattle-producer in the United States with
tens of thousands of cattle on the ranges along the Pecos River from Ft. Sumner
south to the Texas line. In the late 1870s with the Lincoln County War going on,
(adjacent to what is now Chaves County), Roswell-area resident Pat Garrett (pictured
right) became sheriff of Lincoln County in an attempt to put and end to the
violence, and hunt down Billy the Kid. The Army sent the now-famous “Buffalo
Soldiers” to protect the town from outlaws in the aftermath of the war.
The Buffalo Soldiers
County was created in 1889 and organized in 1891. Today it covers an area of
6,095 square miles (4th largest county in New Mexico). The town of
Roswell had a population of 343 in 1890. Ten years later Roswell had grown to
2049. In 1947 the population of Roswell was about 22,000, and Chaves County was
35,600. Today the city of Roswell is approaching 50,000. New Mexico Military
Institute (pictured left) was established in 1891, and by 1947 had an
enrollment of 600 boys. Today NMMI is co-ed and has an enrollment of
approximately 1000. The only newspaper today is the Roswell Daily Record, which
was started in 1891. In 1947 Roswell had 2 newspapers---the Roswell Daily Record
and the Roswell Morning Dispatch. Telephone service failed in 1894 but was
successful in 1899. In 1947 most telephone numbers consisted of only 2 or 3
numbers, unlike the 7 digit numbers we have today. Roswell Seed Co. was started
in the late 1890s and is still in business today. The railroad also arrived in
Roswell in the 1890s. Electricity lit up Roswell for the first time in 1901.
KGFL and KSWS were the only two radio stations in Roswell in 1947. KGFL,
prominent in the Roswell Incident of 1947, went on the air in 1931. In 1947,
postage rates were a little lower than they are today. 1st class
letters were 3 cents per ounce; post cards were 1 cent and airmail was 5 cents
to anywhere in the United States. Roswell had 25 churches of various
denominations in 1947, and 2 banks, First National Bank and Roswell State Bank.
Goddard, (pictured left) the “Father of Modern Rocketry” moved to
Roswell in the 1930’s, where he made man’s first attempt to explore outer space.
Well known artist Peter Hurd was born in Roswell in 1904. Several other locals
achieved national fame in sports over the years, including Tom Brookshier, Pete
Jaquess and Chick Smith. Roswell’s All-Stars became Little League World
Champions in 1956. Roger Staubach former Dallas Cowboy quarterback, attended New
Mexico Military Institute for a year in the 1960’s before attending the Naval
Academy. Women’s PGA golfer Nancy Lopez is from Roswell and “Henry John
Deutschendorf, Jr.” was born in Roswell in 1943 at St. Mary’s hospital
(established in 1906). You know “Deutschendorf” better as the famous entertainer
“John Denver”. Denver’s dad was stationed at Roswell Army Air Field as a
pilot-instructor in the early 1940s. Movie superstar Demi Moore attended school
in Roswell before becoming a Hollywood actress.
Mayor of Roswell in 1947 was Thomas J. Hall. The Governor of New Mexico was
Thomas J. Mabry and the Lt. Governor was Joe M. Montoya, who according to some
researchers had witnessed the bodies in the hangar in 1947. New Mexico
Legislature representatives for Chaves County in 1947 were State Senator
Clarence E. Hinkle, while A. B. Carpenter, Ellis Whitney and Wayne W. Adams
represented Chaves County in the New Mexico House of Representatives. George
Wilcox was the Sheriff of Chaves County, who Mack Brazel contacted when he
arrived in Roswell from his ranch, with debris he had recovered on the ranch a
few days earlier in July 1947.
Military Period for Roswell was from 1940 until 1967, which will put us in the
time period of the July 1947 UFO crash. Military presence at Roswell began with
the installation of a military flying school, which later became Roswell Army
Air Field and when the Army and Air Force became separate entities in 1948, the
name of the base was changed to Walker Air Force Base. During WW II, Camp
Roswell was a large prisoner-of-war camp at Orchard Park, housing 4800 German
prisoners. During the 1960s, the federal government built Atlas missile sites
and Nike missile installations within a twenty-five mile radius of the Air Force
base, which were only operational for a few years. Walker Air Force Base was
closed in 1967 and was converted into the Roswell International Air Center, as
it remains today.
WWII, Roswell Army Air Field became the home of the only atomic warfare group,
the 509th Composite Bomb Group, who helped end the war by dropping
the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The “Enola Gay” B-29 bomber (pictured
above) was part of that group and stationed here.
July 1947, something occurred on a ranch northwest of Roswell, near Corona New
Mexico, that warranted a press release by then LT. Walter Haut (Public
Information Officer of the 509th pictured left), under orders
of the base commander Colonel William Blanchard, stating “RAAF Captures
Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region”. That article was distributed to
both newspapers and both radio stations on July 8, 1947 by Haut, and from then
on the world knew about the Roswell Incident of July 1947.
1991 the International UFO Museum and Research Center was founded by Walter
Haut, local Mortician in 1947 Glenn Dennis, and local business man Max Littell.
The museum is now in it’s third location since being incorporated and annually
draws 200,000 visitors to Roswell.
Present day Roswell is world known for the UFO crash of 1947, and several of us
researchers continue to search for answers to this incident that occurred here
57 years ago. Many of the structures at the old base and in town have been
demolished or replaced, but the UFO Incident will not go away. The Dairy
industry, farming and ranching also continue to thrive on the high plains of
southeast New Mexico, making Roswell and Chaves County a unique location with a
vast history from Pioneer life to the mysteries of the universe.
Photo Credits: Pat Garrett, The Historical Museum Archives for Southeast New
Mexico. Walter Haut, Copyright © Balthaser, 2001.
Dennis G. Balthaser
God the Geometer, Manuscript illustration
UFO Research and
By Dennis G. Balthaser
This editorial will touch on a topic that not everyone will
agree with and that’s OK, but I felt it was a subject that I could personally
talk about based on my own experience as both a UFO researcher and a Christian.
Over the years at symposiums and in conversations, I’ve been questioned several
times about whether I was a Christian or not, and my answer is always, “Yes I
am.” Many people seem to have a problem or “hang up” about that, whereas I
never have. One’s Christian belief to me is a personal decision, and I normally
don’t emphasize it in my research unless asked about it. I was a Christian long
before I became a UFO researcher, so I saw no need to change anything because I
chose to do this type research.
I have also for many years been interested in reading
comments made by the Catholic church (particularly the Vatican), about their
views on the subject of extraterrestrials and the possibility of life in the
universe, other than just on our little glob of mud and water known as earth,
and their views appear to be leaning more and more toward the possibility that
other life probably does exist out there somewhere. The Vatican has a
tremendous interest in “what is out there,” from meteorites and asteroids to
extraterrestrials, as I’ll briefly review later.
In recent years, a few scientists have also finally
admitted that the universe probably has life other than just us, so it appears
to me that we are all slowly coming together with the same conclusion, from
totally different points of view.
One profound exception that I know of was made by
Evangelist Pat Robertson several years ago, when he was quoted as saying,
“Anyone who believes in UFOs or Extraterrestrials, should be stoned.” That
certainly wasn’t very comforting to those of us that have chosen to research
Several researchers have studied the Bible and many
scriptures have been found that seem to indicate a relationship with UFOs, the
best example for me being the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 1, (King James Version),
which discusses living creatures coming out of the north in a cloud and wheels
within wheels. Perhaps I shouldn’t make that comparison, but it does appear
similar to many UFO reports, which also refer to creatures, wheel shaped craft
such as discs or saucer’s coming from the sky, etc.
I was raised in the Lutheran faith for the first 30 years
of my life and have been associated with the Southern Baptists since then.
Today I am active at First Baptist church here in Roswell, in the choir, playing
drums in the Praise band, Sunday school, Men’s Bible study and other activities
at church. Recently at a symposium while talking to some attendees I was asked,
“You mean they let you in First Baptist church,” as if I had some disease that
would prevent me from being active in church because I research UFO’s. My
method of doing this research has always been to do the research and share that
information with the public, allowing them to decide what they want to believe
or not believe.
A few weeks ago I took that one step further. I was asked
to do a lecture at our church for the monthly senior’s luncheon. Instead of the
normal 20-25 people showing up, there were between 70 and 80 at my
presentation. They were extremely attentive and interested, with excellent
questions after the presentation. Other than a few humorous comments from time
to time by fellow church members, I’ve never been ridiculed for what I do, which
indicates an open-mindedness we could all learn from.
I was brought up believing that God created everything, and
my interpretation of everything means everything, so why couldn’t there be life
elsewhere? Just because we don’t yet know if life exists somewhere else in the
universe, certainly doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Earlier I mentioned the Vatican in Rome, and from time to
time articles are released by them on the subject of life elsewhere in the
universe and what they are doing in space exploration. I have heard that the
Vatican has one of the largest UFO related libraries in the world.
According to Vatican astronomer Dr. Guy Consolmagno, since
1981 the Vatican has operated a 1.8-meter telescope on Mt. Graham in Arizona.
Including the Mt Graham telescope, the Vatican has two observatories and five
telescopes. Castel Gandolfo, Italy is home of the Vatican meteorites. The
library at Castel Gandolfo contains more than 22,000 volumes and rare antique
books including the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kepler and others.
It’s believed that the “church” wants to show the world that it is not afraid of
science. It’s my belief that one does not have to choose between science and
religion, but rather that it’s entirely possible that they can work together.
Science should not be done for money, our own prestige or glory, but because we
want to find out what’s the truth.
On October 8, 1995 Vatican Priest Monsignor Corrada
Balducci went on Italian National Television and said “Extraterrestrials do
exist.” He stated that of the entire phenomenon that exists, if 99 out of 100
were false and that one was true, it’s that one that says some phenomenon exist.
To me Christian religion and the study of UFOs are based on
human testimony, and we as individuals have the choice of what we believe or do
not believe. My personal choice is to believe in both, one of which I pursue by
faith, and the other not by faith, but by trying to determine which human
testimony is accurate and truthful pertaining to Ufology.
French scientist Charles Richet (1850-1935), wrote in his
“Traite de Metapsychique”, in 1922, “Do we have any right to claim, just because
of our limited senses and our mistaken intelligence, that man is the only
intelligent being in this immense cosmos?…That other intellectual forces,
different from us, exist is not only possible but extremely probable. It is even
certain…It is absurd to claim that we are the only intelligence in nature. The
existence of these beings has not yet been proven, but the probability of their
existence is evident.” And to quote nuclear physicist and UFO researcher Stanton
Friedman, “We humans, intelligence-wise, are trying to get into the pre-school
of the universe.”
Cardinal Nicolo Cusano (1401-1464), philosopher and
scientist said, “We are not authorized to exclude that on another star beings do
exist, even if they are completely different from us.”
Jesuit George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory,
said, “The more we study the stars, the more aware we become of our own
ignorance, and it is madness to think we humans are alone in the universe.”
So after I discontinue my UFO research, I will still be a
Christian, and during the interim period I will comfortably be both.
Doing Ufology research is not much different from some of
the civil engineering research I did for many years, because as in all research,
it is of the utmost importance that information is validated and verified before
going public with it. Ufology research, especially concerning topics such as the
1947 Roswell Incident, are difficult to research and investigate for many
reasons. Some witnesses who were involved are not willing to share information,
while others embellish or elaborate on their involvement for some reason; the
government and military catch-all excuse of “national security” and the out
right lying they do; and finally, the physical evidence which has not shown up
yet (although I’m convinced it’s out there somewhere). So I pay close attention
to any information about the Roswell Incident presented whenever I have the
opportunity. With several hundred, perhaps thousands of web sites on the
internet about the Roswell Incident, it’s a given that most of those sites are
comprised of second or third-hand research— knowing the “researcher” has never
actually done any research on their own. I suppose that’s all right if the
information presented is factual or accurate, but in many cases it’s not.
Unfortunately, many times the general public accepts
whatever they are told by whoever tells it. This was the situation with the
Roswell Incident for 30 years until the Incident was finally investigated
starting in the late 1970s. Fortunately, there is a delete button on computers
to get rid of such information, or as in my case, as I’ve done twice before on
my website, I have responded publicly in editorials I’ve written: once to a
challenge I received from Phil Klass where I had to defend my credibility, and
again with James Bond Johnson, when he elaborated on his involvement based on 3
separate interviews he had done.
I assume the politically correct method of challenging
misinformation would be privately, however, due to the amount of time that is
required to “clear the record” and try to put a stop to it, I have decided to do
it in the open. The public deserves accurate information, and serious
researchers should be devoting their time to research – not correcting errors
and misinformation put out by individuals that have not done the research. This
editorial is not a personal attack on these individuals, but rather an attempt
on my part to challenge the unverified information being put out. It’s difficult
enough to find the truth dealing with the military, government and witnesses,
without having to cope with wrong information or misinformation distributed by
individuals, so my approach has become one of doing it publicly as I hope to
bring attention to it and put an end to at least some of it.
A good example of this is when critics, debunkers and
skeptics mistakenly agree to debate Stanton Friedman on the Roswell Incident.
Typically they don’t do the required research to be on the same platform with
Mr. Friedman, and in a short period of time Mr. Friedman will have presented
documentation and factual information that they can’t dispute. As soon as the
debate is over, however, they’ll be back to spreading their misinformation to
anyone that will listen. It appears to me that sensationalism sells, and this
gives these individuals, despite their lack of research, lecture opportunities
or the media exposure that they do not deserve.
On many occasions TV documentaries present information that
is not factual. They do this, primarily I believe, because the media have not
done the required research in the first place, or the information being
presented has been altered to fit someone’s specific agenda. Ufological research
especially requires credibility: validated testimonies and documentation that
can be verified. UFO research is too important from a historical viewpoint, and
to important to our future to allow certain individuals to continue to
distribute “bogus” information as though it were factual.
Such was the case, when recently, I was asked to be Master
of Ceremonies at a UFO symposium where I had the pleasure of introducing 6 guest
speakers on a variety of topics from the Aztec crash to crop circles to Native
American information. I am not one to buy into everything presented, and really
have a difficult time believing everything I’m told – especially when it’s
presented as the only possibility based on that individuals belief.
Nancy Red Star was one of the invited speakers, and being
interested in what information she would present about Native Americans star
knowledge and UFO involvement, I paid extra attention to her presentation. She
showed an hour-long video in which she interviewed several Native Americans and
for the most part it was of historical value getting some of their experiences
During part of the video, Nancy was interviewing an elder
who said he had been involved in the Roswell Incident in 1947. As she
interviewed this gentleman, he spoke of guarding two live aliens recovered from
the Roswell crash in 1947, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a year at Area 51.
He even said meals were delivered to him so he'd never have to leave his guard
position during that time. He described the beings similarly to how others have
described them as looking, and he mentioned communicating with them through
Two of the areas that I have dedicated my research to for
the past 15 or 20 years are Roswell and Area 51, so the gentleman being
interviewed by Nancy was talking about topics that I felt I was very familiar
with. After she completed her presentation and the floor was opened to
questions, I challenged her about the statements the elder had just made on the
video. I explained how long I had been researching these two topics, and
informed her that this person could not have been guarding 2 live aliens at Area
51 in 1947, and that I believed this was information that should not be included
in her video. I explained that Area 51 was not placed into service until 1955
when the CIA was looking for a secret location to test the U-2 spy plane. The
U-2 had been developed by Kelly Johnson and when he presented it to the CIA,
they felt a more secretive location than Edwards Air Force Base was needed to
test it. Consequently, 12 sites were reviewed in the southwestern United States,
and the location at Groom Lake, Nevada was chosen. A runway was built, several
buildings erected under the fake construction name of “CLJ”, and by 1955 the CIA
had its secret base. This of course means that the gentleman being interviewed
could not have been at Area 51, 8 years earlier since it didn’t even exist in
Nancy took exception to my challenge, emphatically stating
that I should talk to the gentleman she interviewed— not to her. She missed the
whole point, in my opinion, because if she’d done her research she would have
known he was not telling the truth and she could have challenged his statements
herself or removed his testimony from the presentation. I explained to her that
since she was doing the interview on tape and had produced the film, she was
responsible for its contents. Those one hundred people in the audience at the
symposium, some of whom may have not researched Roswell or Area 51, would not
have known the facts if I had not questioned her publicly.
After her presentation several people approached me and
thanked me for bringing up the discrepancy after her presentation, however,
Nancy voiced her concern to me that I'd challenged her, and she let me know she
didn’t appreciate it. My response was that I didn’t appreciate her putting out
misinformation, or in this case, unverified information, which turned out to be
false. I have the documents to support when Area 51 came into existence; she
had nothing other than the gentleman’s remarks, which she never verified. I
told Nancy to do her homework before presenting information that is unverified.
She refused to be part of a panel discussion later that day with all of the
speakers and myself.
Some of us researchers are watching and listening to what
is being presented, and in my case I will no longer keep it to myself. The
truth is too important.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching for the Truth
"Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to
509th Bomb Wing
By Dennis G. Balthaser
Mention the 1947 Roswell
Incident, and one thing that always comes to mind is the 509th
Bomb Wing that was stationed here in Roswell when the incident
occurred. Their place in history was apparent in WWII, when
they helped bring the war to an end by dropping the only
atomic bombs ever used in wartime. Hopefully they will never
be used again, but should that need arise, the 509th today
stands ready to continue to defend our nation with the B-2
Stealth bomber, now located at Whiteman Air Force Base in
in 1945 when they dropped the bombs, here in Roswell in 1947
when the Roswell Incident occurred, and continuing today, the
509th is an elite group. 60 years of military history is a
long time. I’ve often wondered if that longevity is due to
their involvement and secrecy in ending the Second World War
and/or the Roswell Incident as both were events that did, and
could have dramatic effects on the history of mankind. Is the
509th perhaps getting paid back for keeping secrets all those
years? Many of us are aware of the secrecy that was maintained
with the development, testing and use of the atomic bombs in
the early and mid 1940s. On July 8, 1947, Roswell Army
Airfield base commander and head of the 509th Bomb Wing, Col.
William Blanchard, gave then Lt.Walter Haut (above
left) orders to distribute a press release stating,
“Roswell Army Airfield Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in
Roswell Region.” We are all aware of the secrecy and cover-up
of that story, which continues to the present day.
I met fellow researcher Jim Hickman
http://www.thehickmanreport.com for the first time
last year, one of the things we discussed was the 509th. Jim
provided me with a copy of a uniform insignia patch (left)
he had recently located for the 509th. My immediate reaction
when seeing it was, “here is the proof we’ve been looking for
pertaining to the 509th involvement with the Roswell
Incident.” It appeared pretty obvious that the 509th was
identified on the insignia with the numbers 509; the B-2
Stealth Bomber was shown; and to my surprise an alien head and
hands were depicted. This was it! All I had to do was contact
the Air Force and verify what was on the insignia. Much to my
disappointment after five months of corresponding with the Air
Force, I discovered I did not have the proof I had hoped for.
I contacted the 509th at Whiteman
AFB in Missouri to submit a (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act
Request on Sept. 5, 2003. I received permission to submit the
FOIA from the FOIA/Base Records Manager a few days later and I
immediately did so with several questions pertaining to the
insignia. The next correspondence I received was not from
Whiteman AFB however, because my FOIA request had been
transferred to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards
AFB, California. The FOIA Custodian at Edwards AFB would make
a determination whether any records could be released or
withheld from disclosure under the FOIA. A few days later I
received a letter from a USAF Colonel at Edwards AFB, with the
title of Staff Judge Advocate, indicating, “A search of all
relevant agencies has found no records responsive to your
Again a few days later I was
surprised when I received a large envelope from a PhD
Historian at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB
containing not only answers to my questions about the
insignia, but a copy of the United States Air Force “History
of the 509th Bomb Wing” Fact Sheet, and an Air Force Reference
Series, “Air Force Combat Wings, Lineage and Honors Histories
1947-1977” pertaining to the 509th. As one who is interested
in the 509th, I considered that information a bonus.
Below are the questions I
asked about the insignia patch in my FOIA request and the
responses I received from the Historian at Edwards Air Force
Base Flight Test Center.
Q. Because the B-2
bomber and the numbers 509 are shown on the patch, I assume
this is an official insignia patch used by the 509th at some
point during the testing of the aircraft?
A. This is not an official
patch. The official emblem used by the 509th Bomb Wing was
approved in 1952, and is very different from the example
given. No official emblem would display a unit number without
also indicating its function---bombing, reconnaissance,
Q. Wording “Classified
Flight Test” is at the top of the insignia. During what time
period would the flight tests have been done and at what
A. No Air Force unit would ever
designate “Classified Flight Test” on its emblem. Flight
tests, classified or unclassified, are conducted by the Air
Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, and no AFFTC patch
ever carried such a legend.
Q. Latin words “Gustatus
Similis Pullus” are shown at the bottom of the insignia.
Please translate to English?
A. Guststus Similis Pullus is
dog Latin for “Tastes Like Chicken.” This is supported by the
alien figure, which apparently is eating the B-2.
(Ed. Note) You have to appreciate
that answer coming from the United States Air Force
Q. What do the nine
horizontal lines in the background represent?
Q. What is the
interpretation of the symbols shown on the right and left?
(One on the left appears to be a fork)
The symbol on the left is
indeed a three-pronged fork. This would support the eating
motif. The symbol on the right is unclear.
(Ed. Note) It appears to be
another eating utensil, known to me as a knife.
Q. What does the
upside down “Q” represent within the diagram of the B-2
The “Upside down q” is a
symbol used in aeronautical engineering to represent pressure
ratio. Such a ratio is dimensionless.
Q. An alien face with
two-three fingered hands is obviously holding the bomber on
the insignia. What significance would an alien have with the
B-2 bomber and/or the 509th?
The alien’s three-fingered
hands are holding the B-2 in order to facilitate the eating
Q. Who designed the
insignia patch and when?
It is unknown who designed
the patch, or when. It would be a privately-made emblem. To be
used informally as a souvenir, a joke, or possibly a party
favor of some kind. Such a patch would never actually be
officially worn on a flight suit or uniform.
So five months of research on
my part put me back to “square one,” and I did not have the
proof I had hoped for. We still know of the unquestionable
involvement the 509th had with the 1947 Roswell Incident, and
in the future new avenues of research will come forward, and
we’ll go there too.
With the help of Jim Hickman
and my correspondence with the Air Force we do know what the
official emblem of the current 509th is, and in fairness to
the 509th, I’ll share that with you.
The 509th Bomb Wing’s emblem is
rich in tradition. The shield is like a family coat of arms
and uses symbols to tell its story. Each symbol on the shield
represents some part of the past, except the 1947 Roswell
Incident the 509th was involved in.
The Air Force wings represent the
branch of service but the wings are not in the familiar
out-stretched position. When the ancient Greeks approached a
stranger, they raised their arms with the palms outward to
show they were carrying no weapons, “a sign of peace.” The
509th obtained special permission to display the wings in this
configuration to show that it, too, comes in peace.
Next the words “Defensor-Vindex,”
(translated: Defender-Avenger) means that its mission was, and
still is, to protect and retaliate for any infringement on
The atomic cloud burst
represents two things: the fact that the 509th dropped the
only two atomic bombs ever in wartime, and that it still uses
atomic power as a deterrent to war and defender of peace.
Finally, the eldest son symbol shows that the wing is the
oldest atomic-trained military unit in the world.
Even though I didn’t obtain
what I had hoped for with this information, I am grateful to
the 509th Bomb Wing for what they have done and are continuing
to do for our nation in keeping the peace, so I can continue
searching for the truth.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching for the Truth
Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember Anything)
Area 51: Still Above the Law
Since 1955 the United States
has developed and maintained a secret military base 85 miles northwest of Las
Vegas, Nevada, known by several names, such as Groom Lake, Dreamland, the Box
and the most popular name, “Area 51.” This is no small piece of real estate in
the Nevada desert, but rather a land area the size of the state of Connecticut,
containing an even larger restricted air space. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
signed an executive order on August 19, 1955, restricting the air space over
Groom Lake, Nevada, which is still heavily in force today
Originally set up to test the U-2 reconnaissance
airplane by the CIA, it has served as a test facility for nearly every newly
developed aircraft since then including; the A-10, A-12, Stealth F-117, B-1 and
B-2 bomber. Whatever has come off of the design drawing boards since then is
probably being test flown there now, which could include such craft as the Black
Manta, The Pumpkin Seed, the Aurora and other military aircraft that we can’t
even speculate about.
The Air Force finally
admitted to the existence of Area 51 on April 17, 2000, when an Air Force
spokeswoman told the Associated Press reporters, “We acknowledge having an
operating site there (Area 51), and the work is classified”. She also stated
that the work done at Area 51 includes “operations critical to the U.S. military
and the country’s security.”
I have always maintained that Area 51 (at least for
me) is a “Catch 22” situation. I totally agree that we (the United States) need a place
to test newly developed aircraft to keep our adversaries from knowing what we
are developing. That would also explain to me why much of what is at Area 51
probably is hidden in underground facilities or in hangars to keep the prying
eyes of foreign satellites from knowing what is going on there. Rumors have
surfaced over the years that the base has as many as 22 levels underground, and
some of the hangars seen from locations miles from the base indicate structures
of gigantic size. One of the two runways at Groom Lake is 30,000 feet long,
indicating some aircraft are landing at tremendous velocity, to require that
length of runway. As a comparison, one of the Roswell Army Airfield runways is
13,000 feet and was used by B-29 and B-52’s to carry atomic bombs in the 40’s,
50’s and early 1960’s.
Other than the flight-testing
of aircraft, we know very little about what transpires at the base, but due to
the security around the base and in the air, it’s obvious that other highly
secretive projects are conducted there on a regular basis. At least one of those
projects involves the production, use, and disposal of toxic waste, which all
government and private business’s except Area 51 are required to report in their
waste disposal procedures, as required under the Resource Conservation and
Recovery Act (RCRA), administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
For the fifth year in a row,
the President of the United States has recently granted the Air Force an
“executive exemption” from legal requirements to disclose information regarding
solid or hazardous waste disposal operations at Area 51. Under federal law
42-U.S.C. 6961(a), the President can exempt any solid waste management facility
of any department or agency in the executive branch from compliance with such a
requirement, if he determines it to be in the paramount interest of the United
States to do so. I have always believed that the President of the United States
does not have the security clearance to know all there is to know about UFOs,
and other secretive projects of our government and/or military, because he’s a
temporary employee---in office a maximum of 8 years. Making the exemption every
year for Area 51 was decided in 1997, when a court ruled that the exemption for
“an operating location near Groom Lake”
had to be issued by the White House. The first exemption was issued by President
Clinton in 1998 and is being continued yearly by our current resident in the
White House, George W. Bush, who issued the most recent exemption (Presidential
Determination No 2003-39) on September 16, 2003,
according to an “immediate release” issued by the White House Office of the
It’s believed the yearly
exemption by the President is the result of a lawsuit filed in 1996 on behalf of
two former civilian employees at Area 51. Both died of illnesses connected to
inhalation of smoke from toxic materials being disposed of at Area 51. Attorneys
for the families of the two employees claimed the Air Force and EPA violated the
RCRA by illegally burning hazardous waste at Area 51 in open pits. The attorneys
were not seeking monetary damages, but were asking that the Air Force be
required to disclose what the chemical nature of the hazardous waste was, and
their method of disposing of the chemicals at Area 51. When the lawsuits were
filed, the Pentagon denied the existence of Area 51, and the Air Force lawyers
indicated the deceased former employees could not have possibly inhaled
non-existent smoke from non-existent hazardous waste
disposed of at a non-existent Air Force Base. When the court
handed down it’s ruling, it ordered the EPA to conduct annual inspections at
“the operating location near Groom Lake” for compliance with RCRA and to make
it’s findings public. To avoid any information going public, the federal law
mentioned above was invoked and the Air Force was able to maintain their secrecy
at the base, with the blessing of the President by virtue of the exemption
issued each year. The widows of the former employees will probably never know
what their husbands were exposed to that caused their deaths, while employed at
Area 51. There are undoubtedly other secretive bases within the United States
that also do not need to comply with the EPA laws, simply exempted from the law,
with the stroke of the President’s pen. What about the ranchers, livestock and
wildlife in the vicinity of Area 51? Are they also in jeopardy of being exposed
to deadly radiation from the unlawful means used to dispose of toxic wastes at
the secret base?
Nothing about any aliens, UFO
craft or otherworldly things was ever mentioned by the former employees or the
attorney’s representing their families, when the lawsuit was filed. There is no
factual proof or verification that anything related to UFOs is taking place at
Area 51, however the rumors continue to flourish, based primarily on statements
made by individuals who claim to have worked there at one time or another. Those
rumors will continue I’m sure until such time that the government or military
decides to inform the public about what really transpires at the base that has
the highest security in the world. As taxpayers we are entitled to know some
things, however if national security is involved, care must be taken in who is
told what. That however does not in my opinion relieve our government from
complying with the same laws that all other businesses have to comply with.
Politicians constantly rant and rave about the environment, while dedicated
employees such as the two mentioned in the lawsuit are exposed to toxic waste,
that apparently had fatal results while employed at Area 51, and exemptions
continue to be given.
The original Presidential
Determinations signed by then President Clinton and more recently by George W.
Bush in 2000 did not mention the lawsuit. Both the 2002 and 2003 Determinations
signed by Bush however do mention the litigation, in Kasza v. Browner and Frost
We can assume then that Area
51 is still alive and well. The signs around the perimeter still indicate “the
use of deadly force is authorized”, and the patrols by the “cammo dudes” in
their Jeeps, and 4 wheel drive Ford and Chevy pickups, still monitor any
unauthorized individuals approaching to close to the boundary of the base.
I agree that some of the work
being done at Area 51 probably deserves to be classified, but it does not give
the government or military permission to break the law or to abuse the rights of
Dennis G. Balthaser
Web site www.truthseekeratroswell.com
Searching for the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth, Means Never
Having to Remember Anything)
Calling the Debunkers
Another Roswell Incident anniversary has recently passed
and after 56 years we still have not been told what really happened on the high
plains of New Mexico in 1947. The debunkers and skeptics continue to bring up
the same excuses they have been using for 25 years, but when their theories are
challenged they refuse to admit they are wrong. Time compression for witnesses,
Mogul balloon theories, and anthropomorphic crash test dummies are just a few of
the excuses they have given.
It’s been 6 years since the Air Force presented their last
excuse, so I assume they are currently working on their next public pacification
statement. The Air Force after all, has given us 4 excuses since 1947: “We
captured a Flying Saucer” reported on July 8, 1947. According to General Ramey,
“it was a weather balloon” on July 9, 1947.
Note: General Ramey’s response that it was nothing
more than a weather balloon actually started about an hour after Walter Haut’s
article went out under orders of Col. Blanchard, (the Roswell Army Airfield base
commander), stating we had captured a flying saucer. Due to the lateness of the
Ramey response on July 8, it didn’t make the newspapers except for a few west
coast evening papers. Irving Newton’s ID of a weather balloon along with Ramey’s
response was widely posted on July 9, 1947.
“It was a Mogul balloon” according to the Air Force Report
in 1994, and finally “the bodies witnesses saw were anthropomorphic dummies”
according to the 1997 Air Force report.
If any of the 4 excuses given by the Air Force were
correct, why would ranch foreman Mack Brazel not have brought the tag attached
to most balloons in to the base to collect a reward for locating the balloon, as
he had done on previous occasions? Why would one of the best (if not “the” best)
intelligence officer in the military at the time, (Major Jesse Marcel) be
ordered out to the crash site to retrieve a weather balloon or Mogul balloon or
any other kind of balloon? Did the Intelligence Officer of the atomic bomb group
not have better things to do. Why would General Ramey want Marcel to bring a
weather balloon to Fort Worth so he could see it and then have it flown on to
Dayton Ohio to Wright Field? We have first, second, third and fourth hand
witnesses to these events. We are sentencing criminals to prison and execution
daily in this country with testimony of only one witness, while we have hundreds
of witnesses for the Roswell Incident and no one in the military or government
will admit to what happened. Is it possible that whatever was recovered back in
1947 near Roswell, is still not understood, and therefore cannot be made public
due to the military advantages such information would have?
If we look at the testimony of these witnesses, could a
weather balloon or a Mogul balloon spread out over an area as described, several
hundred yards wide and ¾ of a mile long?
Basically the Mogul balloon launches from southeast New
Mexico have come down to a Mogul 4 launch as the only possibility of the crash
being a balloon. Researchers David Rudiak and Brad Sparks have seriously
challenged the calculations presented by Mogul engineer Charles Moore (and
defended by debunkers Dave Thomas, Karl Pflock and several others), purporting
to show that Mogul 4 would have landed on the Foster ranch and triggered the
Roswell Incident. Instead the model was badly miscalculated and really shows
that Mogul 4 would not have come down anywhere near where Brazel found debris,
but dozens of miles away. There is even some discussion on whether there
actually was a Mogul 4 launch.
Did Mac Brazel change his story about what he found and
when he found it? Yes, according to the radio station personnel that talked to
him. His story did change after he was detained by the military at the base, and
why would a ranch foreman be detained by the military for finding a balloon?
Once again we have first hand testimony from AP reporter Jason Kellahin, radio
station KGFL personnel, Jud Roberts, Frank Joyce and others, (such as Brazel’s
son Bill), but the debunkers prefer to ignore that.
Through Freedom of Information Act requests, I have tried
unsuccessfully for several years to obtain information from the Air Force about
the remarks made in 31 pages written by Colonel Weaver in the 1994 Air Force
report pertaining to the photo analysis done by a national organization of the
pictures taken in General Ramey’s office. Not only have Weaver and the Air Force
refused to identify this “national level organization,” they have never
documented the alleged conclusion of this organization that nothing could be
read in General Ramey’s memo because of “insufficient quality.” This is a
government printed book authorized by the Air Force, but neither will take any
responsibility for the contents in the report. Wouldn’t a “national level
organization” like the CIA or FBI have more sophisticated equipment then some of
our researchers have access to, and what were the results obtained by that
In my opinion, David Rudiak
http://www.roswellproof.com/ has done some of the best work so far on
analyzing the Ramey photos. Other individuals and groups are also working on
what could be the “smoking gun “ for the Roswell Incident, but Rudiak’s work
stands above the rest. Here too we seem to have personal agenda’s that slip in
to the research. As an example Don Burleson claims to see the word “Carlsbad”
(New Mexico) in his interpretation of the Ramey memo, but to my knowledge no
other researcher agrees. James Bond Johnson who took the photographs in Ramey’s
office in 1947 has embellished his involvement in interviews done with Kevin
Randle and myself on separate occasions.
I have had my own experience with threats, so when the Air
Force says witnesses have time frames confused with actual events, I must
disagree. I can assure you that once you’ve been threatened; you will remember
the date and location where it happened for a very long time. Most of the
Roswell witnesses still alive are now in their late 70s or early 80s and memory
loss has taken it’s toll on some information, but trying to change dates by 5 or
more years as the Air Force implies is just another excuse in their continuous
cover up of facts.
Of all the excuses given over the years, I suppose my
favorite has to be the 1997 report by the Air Force, in which they state that
the bodies seen by witnesses were anthropomorphic crash test dummies. To my
knowledge none of the witnesses have ever described the bodies as being 5’-8” to
5”-10” tall and weighing 180 pounds, which the crash test dummies are. Again I
know this from first hand experience, having obtained a crash test dummy
(pictured) from the Space Museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico for a display at
the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell a few years ago.
Neither debunkers, critics, nor the Air Force however will defend this theory
since the dummies were not even used until 1953, (6 years after the Roswell
Incident happened). The Air Force shot themselves in the foot with the dummy
excuse in 1997, and for many active duty Airmen I talked to when the report came
out, it was an embarrassment.
I don’t expect the four excuses given so far to be the
last, and anticipate more cover up about Roswell in the future. Those of us that
continue to research the Roswell Incident are still finding new witnesses and
compiling information as best we can. I think it’s time we stand up to the
debunkers and critics and demand that they present new information. Mogul
balloons, crash test dummies, and a refusal to make information available are
not helping us to find the truth. Why doesn’t Mogul engineer Charles Moore admit
his calculations are wrong? Why won’t the Air Force give us the results of the
tests done on the Ramey photographs by a national level organization, or admit
the crash test dummies were not used until 1953? We have wasted enough time with
the Dave Thomas, Karl Pflock, and Phil Klass types over the years. They have no
new information while claiming to be researchers. Prove us wrong about the
research we’ve done.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Ramey Message Copyright
2001, by David Rudiak.
Image used with permission from David Rudiak,
Searching For the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth, Means Never Having to Remember Anything)
More than UFOs and Aliens
Mention that you are from “Roswell” and
someone will invariably ask, “ have you seen an alien?” The connection
between Roswell and the alleged UFO incident of 1947 are synonymous. I’ve even
mail ordered things and when giving my address as Roswell, New Mexico was told,
“I’m sorry --- we don’t ship out of the country.” You get used to it.
Here in the southwest
United States we don’t measure distance in miles either, but rather in time.
For those of us that live in Roswell we sometimes think, “you can’t get
there from here” due to the vastness of the area. As an example, the closest
major cities are Lubbock and El Paso, Texas and Albuquerque, all about 3 hours
driving distance, which converts to approximately 200 miles for all three from
Roswell. That can create problems for woman that like to shop, but they’ll
jump in their vehicle make the round trip and think nothing of it.
Moving here from El Paso,
Texas in 1996, which with it’s sister city Juarez, Mexico, has a combined
population of over 2 million people, I found Roswell to be a pleasant change.
Roswell has a population of approximately 50,000 people and it’s possible to
drive from one end of town to the other in 15 or 20 minutes. Traffic congestion
doesn’t exist. Obtaining stores such as a Super Wal-Mart and Home Depot are
major events for us. We’re excited about getting an I-Hop restaurant soon too.
Living here, it’s the little things that you learn to appreciate such as the
weather, (clear skies, an indescribable sunset, low humidity, etc.), and the
I thought for those of
you that have never been here you might like to know a little about this
community that became famous 56 years ago when a craft of unknown origin
supposedly crashed on the high plains northwest of Roswell.
Due to that event, the
International UFO Museum and Research Center, located downtown at the
intersection of all roads in and out of Roswell has become world famous.
Originally founded in 1991 by Walter Haut, Glenn Dennis and Max Littell, the
museum draws 200,000 visitors to our city annually. Walter and Glenn are at the
museum most days to share their experiences with the visitors. Max
passed away in 2001. That number of visitors to Roswell annually converts to
revenue for local merchants, restaurants and lodging facilities.
Many downtown merchants have also adopted the alien theme in their window
displays. Downtown Roswell has definitely been rejuvenated thanks to the museum
being located there.
Being located in an arid
desert region receiving only about 10 or 12 inches of rain per year at an
elevation of 3600’, I was
surprised at the amount of vegetation within the city. Roswell has 41 parks
offering sports facilities and jogging and bicycling trails, including the
36-acre Spring River Park and zoo. Also located just east of town is the Bitter
Lake National Wildlife Refuge---a habitat for sandhill cranes, snow geese and
other migratory birds. In the same area is Bottomless Lakes State Park with
camping and picnic facilities.
Over 100 churches or houses of worship
represent all faiths. The Roswell Symphony Orchestra presents 5 or 6 concerts
per season and is comprised of excellent musicians. Roswell’s Community Little
Theater presents local talent in productions at least 6 times a year.
There is a Historic District of homes representing architectural styles
including Queen Anne, Prairie, Bungalow, Victorian and others. The Roswell
Museum and Art Center features Native American, Western Americana and Hispanic
collections. We have the Goddard Planetarium located next to the Art Museum as
well as the “father of rocketry”, Robert H. Goddard museum, which includes a
workshop recreated to represent what his workshop looked liked while testing his
rockets in the area. Other museums in town include the Historical Center for
Southeast New Mexico, depicting the history of Roswell, Chaves County and
southeastern New Mexico, and the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. Finally
there is the General Douglas L. McBride Military Museum, with military
memorabilia and exhibit’s documenting 20thcentury military history.
Roswell has an Adult
Center, second to none offering more than 50 classes including foreign
languages, writing, woodworking and fine arts. RSVP (Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program) provides a variety of opportunities for retired individuals
to stay active in services for the community. The Chaves County J.O.Y. center
provides services to senior citizens 60 years of age and older from four
centers. We have 15 schools for K-6, 4 for 7-8 and 3 for 9-12, in addition to
Eastern New Mexico University, with a coeducational college preparatory high
school and university parallel junior college curriculum.
If you retire here (as I
did to pursue my interest in Ufology), or are just visiting as over 200,000
people a year do (to visit the museum), Roswell is a must stop if in the
If you plan on visiting
Roswell there are several other attractions and points of interest within just a
few hours driving time from Roswell that should be included in your itinerary.
To the south approximately 100 miles following
US 285, is Carlsbad, New Mexico, home of the well known Carlsbad Caverns, which
should not be missed. You can eat lunch 750’ underground and have a choice of
several walking tours into the caverns. The size of this cavern will amaze you.
(The big room is the size of 8 football fields.) Carlsbad also has the living
desert state park, with local animals and vegetation on display.
To the north on US 285
and State road 20 is Fort Sumner; the location of western outlaw “Billy the
Kid’s” gravesite, Fort Sumner State Monument and close by is Fort Sumner
Lake State Park.
Following route 380 west from Roswell will
take you both back in time through Lincoln, New Mexico, (where Billy the Kid
broke out of jail), and through Capitan where the originally “Smokey the
Bear” was laid to rest in 1976, after recovering from a forest fire in 1950
and living at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for 26 years. Continuing west
on 380 just passed Carrizozo, New Mexico is the Valley of Fires State Park. 5000
years ago little Black Peak erupted. Lava from the mountain flowed south
covering an area 4 to 6 miles wide, more than 160 feet thick at the
center and 44 miles long.
Another 100 miles to the
west on 380, just past Socorro will bring you to the future, and the location of
the VLA (Very Large Array), consisting of 20 gigantic radio astronomy telescope
dishes used to listen in on space for possible life, and as seen in the movie
“Contact” with Jodie Foster.
Also traveling west on
380 and 70 from Roswell, you’ll be amazed in the changes in the scenery as you
drive from the high plains and desert area surrounding Roswell, into the Lincoln
National Forest at elevations of 8-10,000 feet with 60’ pine trees, fresh
mountain air and snow skiing in the winter. Both Ruidoso and 30 miles away, the
village of Cloudcroft, have quaint little shops, being adjacent to the Mescalero
Apache Indian Reservation.
Continuing west a short distance down the
mountain from either Ruidoso or Cloudcroft, the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico
becomes visible. Alamogordo is home to the Space Museum and Holloman Air Force
Base, (White Sands Missile Range and home base of the F-117 Stealth fighter). 14
miles west of Alamogordo is the White Sands National Monument, consisting of 275
square miles of gypsum, creating the world’s largest sand dune field.
A trip to Roswell and
southeastern New Mexico will be one that you won’t forget soon, blending the
past with the future.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Discrediting Witnesses and
Having read many of the discussions on the various UFO
email lists recently, I am again bothered with some of the comments being made
by a few of those list members about certain witnesses and researchers. If our
government and/or military is in fact covering up the Roswell Incident of 1947
as most of us believe they are, those covering it up must sometimes sit in their
Washington, D.C. offices and almost be laughing out loud at the way the Ufology
community attempts to resolve this research. It appears to me that at times we
don’t need a government cover-up for the Roswell Incident, since we can’t
agree about anything related to the event ourselves. We have a major need in the
Ufology community to clean up our own act, and I think we should do that by
putting an end to the name calling and accusations being thrown around.
I certainly don’t condone lying in any sense of the term,
but also in certain cases, feel that the accusations against individuals that
have been untruthful or embellished their witness accounts are unfair and may be
unjustified at times. I’ve also noticed that in some of these comments,
“people” are often being ridiculed ---rather than the data they’re
presenting. Some of those accused of lying or embellishing their information are
being completely ruled out as having any worth at all, and that’s where I have
a problem. Granted once an individual has been exposed for not telling the truth
or embellishing his account, it makes it a lot more difficult to believe
anything else they say. Being called a liar is a fairly strong accusation. It
seems we sometimes-lose sight of what the bottom line of our research really is,
i.e. trying to determine what took place near Roswell in 1947, which to me means
“weeding” through the untruths and embellishments in order to arrive at the
truth and factual information, without destroying or attacking individuals in
the process. Perhaps in some cases it’s a personality thing, or a way of
drawing attention to one’s self, neither one having a place in research in my
Over the years, I have had indications from certain
witnesses that they are not, or have not been completely truthful also, and I
admit that it makes my research that more difficult. In most cases however, I
won’t attack the individual, and until absolutely sure that all information
about the person has been exhausted, won’t completely rule them out as a
witness or a respectable researcher. On the other hand, I have realized that the
debunkers and skeptics are the easiest types to deal with. In most cases they
haven’t done any worthwhile research to begin with, and once publicly exposed
crawl back in their hole to re-group. They don’t particularly like being
exposed for their comments, so that’s exactly what I’ve done when confronted
Yes it drags the research on, but we’re researching a
subject (in the case of the Roswell Incident), that is already 50 some years
old. To rule a witness or researcher completely out because of a lie or
embellishment without further investigation is unjustified in many cases. In the
case of the researcher, do we ignore the good work and valid information he or
she has presented over the years? Do we really know the reason behind the lies
or embellishments? Until we do know (and in some cases we may never know), I
believe we must continue to do our research. Only when all of the information
has surfaced can we truly say the person is not worthy, and in my opinion there
are some that do fall into that category.
Over the years I have run into both witnesses and
researchers that have embellished their education or their involvement in the
Roswell Incident. I have never understood why this is done, because it’s easy
to check on one’s education by contacting the school or university they
claimed to have attended. I know in my case, I worked in the civil engineering
field for 33 years with the Texas Department of Transportation and 3 years in
the U.S. Army prior to that in an engineering battalion, doing QA and QC
Inspection. I never say I was a civil engineer because that requires
registration in the individual states you work in, and there is a difference
between being a civil engineer and working in civil engineering. I have been in
the presence of Stanton Friedman when he has been addressed as Doctor Friedman,
and he emphatically pointed out to that person that he does not have a
doctorate, but rather a Masters Degree. So those wishing to embellish their
education or their involvement as witnesses are playing with a time bomb, since
they will eventually be exposed.
Two good examples of individuals whose credentials or
claims of involvement have not been verified include Bob Lazar of Area 51 fame,
and Lt. Col. Corso, co-author of “the Day After Roswell”.
I would like nothing better than to believe the information these two
individuals have presented, however without verification I cannot. Perhaps with
more research we will discover that some of their claims were accurate, and then
we can decide if any of their information is believable or not, but we don’t
have to destroy them as individuals in the process. Lazar’s claimed education
cannot be verified, and Corso supplied no references in his book, nor can many
of his claims be verified as accurate.
Many times when requesting information through Freedom of
Information Act requests on Roswell military witnesses from the Military
Personnel Records Center in St Louis, I am told that a fire allegedly destroyed
the individual’s records in 1973. Were the files destroyed? Colleges and
Universities keep pretty good records of their graduates, and to my knowledge do
not respond, that the records were lost or destroyed.
On the embellishment side for witnesses, I suppose they want to be more
involved than they actually were for ego, greed, notoriety or whatever their
reason. Many times the reasons can be revealed through thorough research, by
comparing statements made at one time with statements made later, or checking
official documents when they are available.
James Bond Johnson, who took the photographs in General
Ramey’s office in July 1947 while employed by the Fort Worth Star Telegram
newspaper, has definitely changed his involvement over the years, as evidenced
in interviews he has done separately with Kevin Randle, David Rudiak and myself
on three different occasions. He did take the photographs, but years later he
claims more involvement, so even though he has embellished his involvement, the
fact remains that he took those photographs that we are so interested in today.
Frank Kaufmann was someone I’d known since 1996 and
visited with several times. His claims of involvement in the Roswell Incident
are now questioned emphatically as being hoaxed documents that he provided to
researchers to read, as well as his accounts of events he was involved in back
in July 1947. Did Frank hoax these documents himself, or did someone else create
them for him to use? Frank passed away last year so we may never know.
Personally I believe he had some involvement, which many other researchers will
not agree with because they have written Frank off as totally unreliable.
Jim Ragsdale, who went public in 1995 about his involvement
with the Roswell Incident at Boy Scout Mountain, west of Roswell, also passed
away a few years ago. Ragsdale’s account was changed in two separate
affidavits he did, and in his case it may have been for monetary reasons. I
would have to see a considerable more amount of information on Ragsdale before I
would accept his account of being involved.
Glenn Dennis the mortician in Roswell in 1947 has admitted
to giving researchers the wrong name of the missing nurse, and consequently has
been tagged by certain researchers as not believable based on that. I’ve had
long conversations with Glenn over the past 6 years, and believe he was
involved, but have not been able to determine to what extend.
If I’m wrong in continuing to believe in certain
researchers and witnesses, then I’ll admit that I was wrong, but in the
meantime, I hope that I can continue to do my research without personally
attacking anyone, and exhaust all avenues available to me before stating they
are not credible or worse that they are liars.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Area 51, A History and Update:
For a place that doesn’t officially exist, Area 51 has
been referred to by a lot of names over the years. Some of those names included;
GroomLake, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Watertown Strip, the Box, the Pig Farm and
several others. Many people do not know how or when Area 51 came into existence
in the Nevada desert some 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas Nevada. Most people
believe it was a military base, when in fact it was originally opened by the CIA
(Central Intelligence Agency).
President Truman through the National Security Act of 1947
set up both the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Back then, the Director of the CIA answered directly to the President. In 1949
the CIA Act was passed which stipulated that not only would the CIA’s
activities be classified but that it’s budget would also be classified. The U.
S. Government could also deny any responsibility for the CIA’s activities
should they be exposed.
After World War II the United States was very concerned
about whether the Soviet Union had developed an atomic bomb. One way to find out
would be to over fly the Soviet Union in a high altitude aircraft equipped with
cameras. Lockheed’s Kelly Johnson designed such an aircraft and went directly
to the CIA with it. Normally such aircraft would have been test flown at Edwards
Air Force Base, but with the security required for such a top-secret project as
this, it was decided to look for a new secure site somewhere in the Southwest. A
dozen sites were looked at before deciding on Groom Lake, Nevada, adjacent to
the Nevada Test site. The area which was previously controlled by the Atomic
Energy Commission for testing atomic weapons was expanded to include Groom Lake
and by July 1955 the CIA had its secret base. A fake construction firm “CLJ”
was formed to oversee the construction on the base mostly done by
sub-contractors to build hangars, a mile long runway, ramps, control tower, mess
hall and other required structures.
The airplane designed by Kelly was known as the
“Aquatone” by the CIA, and as “Angel” by Lockheed. The first prototype
was called “Article 341”, and flown to Groom Lake in a transport plane on
July 24, 1955. Eventually that aircraft became known as the U-2.
The thing to remember about the inception of Area 51 is
that it was not an Air Force base, but rather that Lockheed and the CIA were in
charge, not the military. Pilots were recruited from the F-84 pilots with
top-secret clearances from SAC bases. If they became U-2 pilots they resigned
from the Air Force and became CIA employees.
The first mission over the Soviet Union took place on July
4, 1956, and the missions were quite effective due to their speed and high
altitude capabilities, until May 1, 1960 when Francis Gary Powers was shot down
by a Soviet missile, captured and forced to confess to spying. That same day the
first American spy satellite film was retrieved which showed more information
about the Soviet Union than all the previous U-2 flights combined. The
satellites however did not put an end to spy planes developed and test flown at
With Project Oxcart, which eventually became the SR-71, a
longer runway was needed and in fact a small town was built for the support
personnel assigned there.
The Stealth project began in 1973 and was referred to as
“Project Harvey”. Because of the flat surfaces on the plane to reflect radar
away from their source, such as the appearance of facets on a diamond, Lockheed
named the project “the Hopeless Diamond”. It was renamed “Have Blue”
when the prototypes began arriving at Area 51 in 1977 for testing.
Other aircraft that have been test flown at Area 51 include
the A-10, A-12, B-1 and the B-2. Captured foreign aircraft are also flown there
such as the MIG-21. Under
development and being test flown there today are such names as the TR-3A Black
Manta, the Pumpkin Seed and the Aurora. Within the last few years, contrails
have been seen that leave a trail that look like “doughnuts on a rope” which
is believed to be a pulsating propulsion system, possibly from the Aurora.
Several researchers have indicated that the crashed saucer
from Roswell, originally taken to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio in 1947, may be
at Area 51 today. Other reports indicate that Area 51 has as many as 22 levels
below ground and the secret base was brought to the forefront involving UFOs
when Bob Lazar claimed to have been there to back engineer a UFO propulsion
system in another area of the base known as S-4 at Papoose Lake. No real
evidence of this has come to light and Lazar has been seriously questioned on
Like Lt Col. Corso, co-author of “the Day After
Roswell” whom I met on three separate occasions, and several of the Roswell
witnesses, Lazar is one of those types that I’d like to believe, but cannot
without a significantly more amount of verification of his claims. Credibility,
verification and validity remain the cornerstones of UFO research.
Rumors have been rampant for sometime that the base is or
has moved. That’s just not true,
as one of my sources has recently informed me that a new gigantic water storage
tank has recently been constructed at Area 51.
Employees are moved around from base to base when their projects are
completed, so the number of employees at the base varies from time to time
depending on what projects are being done there. Daytime stealth is one of
things we believe currently being tested at the base. If successful it would
make the surface of an aircraft appear invisible by taking on the appearance of
Each year the President of the United States issues a
Presidential Determination pertaining to classified information concerning the
Air Force’s Operating Location near Groom Lake, Nevada. Basically that
determination states that “information concerning activities at Groom Lake
have been properly determined to be classified, and disclosure would be harmful
to National Security. Continued protection of this information is therefore in
the paramount interest of the United States”.
As a tax payer who has helped pay for the base over the
years, I certainly would be disturbed if the base were shut down or moved,
particularly after being lied to about it’s existence in the first place for
many years. I do have very mixed emotions about Area 51 however, as I look at it
as a “catch 22” situation. As a world leader our country needs a location to
test newly developed aircraft and other technology, because we certainly don’t
want our advisories knowing what we’re developing, but if alien craft or
beings are being kept there, I think we deserve to know it. Because of the governments past record I am highly suspicious
that they are hiding something other than the development of new aircraft. As
recently as 1995 the Department of the Interior withdrew 4000 acres of BLM land
from public access creating an even larger buffer zone to prevent the public
from seeing any activities at Groom Lake. This means the area of land
incorporated into Area 51 is now the size of Connecticut and the restricted
airspace above the base, encloses almost a thousand square miles.
Security at the base continues to be some of the most
stringent of anywhere in the world. I
have been told that security is handled by ASI (not Wackenhut anymore) and in
addition to the white Grand Cherokees we have heard about for years, they now
use Ford and Chevy pickup trucks also. Highly
sophisticated sensing devices are still in place as well, using camera’s,
motion detectors and sensor’s that can determine the difference between human
and animal odors and perspiration. F-16’s
and black un-marked helicopter gun ships fly around the perimeter of the base to
keep the curious out. The signs posted still say “the use of deadly force is
authorized” and they mean what they say.
So for those of you that have thought that our government
can’t keep secrets, I’ve just presented you with a few examples of some
secrets they have kept at least at Area 51. The base (with a land area the size
of the state of Connecticut) existed under the control of the CIA for some 25 or
30 years before anything public was acknowledged about it’s existence. Today
we are told that a base exists there, but nothing else. We found out about the
stealth F-117 during the Gulf War in 1991, whereas it had been test flown at
Area 51 in 1977 under the name “Have Blue” and it’s development had begun
With the other projects going on at Area 51 including
radioactive projects, and the fact that as a taxpayer I’m helping to fund
these projects, I feel you and I have every right to be suspicious and should
continue to seek whatever information we can about what is taking place at this
I highly recommend web site www.dreamlandresort.com
to anyone with an interest in Area 51.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Ufologist Involved in the Great Pyramids of Giza Research
Many of you might wonder how a Ufologist would fit in with the research being
done by The Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association. Dr. John DeSalvo is the
Director of this association, and he has organized some of the best researchers
in the world within the past few years to research the history of the pyramids
and to study the effects the pyramids supposedly possess. Currently the advisory
board consists of 22 individuals from Canada, Ukraine, Italy, India, France,
Malta and the United States comprised of scientists, physicists, Egyptologists,
engineers and recently a Ufologist. The association web site is
www.gizapyramid.com and if you have any interest in the pyramids, I would highly
recommend this site. Currently the association has over 5000 members.
In this editorial I will share a limited amount of the research that has been
done by a few members of the advisory board over the years and give a few of my
Stephen Mehler has researched a civilization known as Khemitians, well over
10,000 years old, which has led to his book, "The Land of Osiris". He
and others believe the Khemitians were an advanced prehistoric civilization in
ancient Egypt. Could the Khemitians have built the pyramids? Mehler thinks the
answer could be yes, and his research supports that of others that say the Great
Pyramids were never intended to be a tomb for an Egyptian King, but possibly a
machine to transform, generate and transmit energy. The theories on the
Khemitian civilization by some researchers goes as far as stating they may have
been in contact with star people, because it appears they had technology and
tools that were superior to anything the Egyptians or any other known
civilization possessed. The use of water and sound may someday prove to have
been a key factor in the building of the great pyramids as a means of overcoming
gravity to handle the gigantic stones used to build the pyramids and the precise
accuracy used to cut them.
No mummy or remains of any kind have been found in the great pyramid. When
first entered by the Arabs in 820 AD, the only thing found was an empty granite
box in the Kings chamber called the "coffer". The empty, lidless box
was uninscribed and undecorated, and most certainly would have been covered with
hieroglyphics and paintings had a Pharaoh been placed in it, as was the custom
of the Egyptians. It is the only pyramid with ascending and descending passages.
Others pyramids only have descending passages. Dead Pharaoh's don't need air, so
why were airshafts built into the great pyramid?
Originally the great pyramid was covered with highly polished limestone
casing stones, which acted like gigantic mirrors to reflect light and so
powerful that it would have been visible from the moon. The Arabs removed most
of the casing stones from the pyramid in the 14th century to build mosques.
It has been assumed the great pyramid was built for Khufu a pharaoh of the
4th dynasty about 2600 BC, but historical records indicate Khufu was not buried
in the great pyramid, and it is our belief that the Sphinx and the pyramids of
Giza are much older than we've been told by modern day Egyptologists. Many have
researched the Pyramids during the past 4 or 500 years including Napoleon
Bonaparte in 1798, whose expedition was accompanied not only by his military,
but also by engineers, surveyors, astronomers, artist and archeologists. Their
work was published in many volumes from 1809 to 1822 by order of Napoleon.
Napoleon was supposedly visibly shaken after spending time alone in the King's
Chamber and refused to ever talk about it again. Some say he was given some
vision of his destiny while alone in the King's chamber.
Another of our advisory board members, Joe Parr has spent an entire night on
top of the great pyramid on two separate occasions in 1997 and 1998, conducting
electrical, magnetic and radioactive measurements. He has been able to measure
an Energy field or bubble that forms around the pyramid. The energy field
appears to vary with the 11-year sunspot cycle. As a point of interest it
appears that the great pyramid was never finished, since the top is flat and
contains no top stone. The top of the pyramid has a 30 by 30 foot flat area.
Our Russian board member Volodymyr Krasnoholovets, was part of a Russian and
Ukrainian group utilizing large pyramids recently built by the Russian National
Academy of Sciences in the Ukraine, that discovered; the immune system of
organisms increased upon exposure in the pyramid, agriculture seeds placed in
the pyramid for 1 to 5 days showed a 30% increase in yield, violent weather
seems to decrease in the area of the pyramid, the potency of pharmaceuticals
increased with decreasing side effects, and the pyramids decrease the strength
of various viruses and bacteria. Ordinary water does not freeze even at 40
degrees below zero and retains its properties for years, while synthesized
diamonds turn out harder and purer when placed in the pyramids.
Since I have had an interest in the pyramids and a few other subjects for
years I felt very honored when I was recommended by Jeff Rense and asked to join
the advisory board, and this research may well be some of the most difficult
I've attempted thus far. After all it's not going to be easy for any of us to
prove, much less convince the world that the great pyramids of Egypt may not be
Egyptian. Keep in mind that tourism in Egypt is big business and they will not
relinquish that easily. In my research I'm referring only to the 3 pyramids of
Giza and the Sphinx, as I do believe many if not all of the other pyramids in
Egypt may have been built by the Egyptians, but when they are studied, it seems
obvious to me that they are simply poor replicas of the original 3, based on the
workmanship, the smaller size and the lack of technology involved. None of the
pyramids anywhere in the world compare with the pyramids of Giza. In recent
years there have been attempts to duplicate the construction of the pyramids
only to have failed miserably in their attempts, and they wound up using cranes,
front-end loaders and other modern day equipment, still not able to duplicate
what was accomplished thousands of years ago. Whoever and whenever the pyramids
of Giza were built knew something that apparently we still don't know today.
They were one of the original seven wonders of the world and are in fact the
only thing still remaining of those seven wonders.
The factual information about the pyramids of Giza to someone like myself
that devoted 36 years to civil engineering is almost incomprehensible. Let me
share a few of those facts with you before I talk about some of the research
I've done with other advisory board members as it pertains to Ufology and
particularly the Roswell Incident.
The great pyramid of Giza is composed of 2 ½ million blocks of limestone,
which weigh 2 to 70 tons each, (you could build 30 Empire State buildings with
its masonry). The base of the pyramid covers 13 acres and it has a volume of 90
million cubic feet. It is 454 feet high, equivalent to a 48-story building.
There are 203 courses or steps to the summit. Each side slopes upward at an
angle of 51 degrees 51 minutes and each side has an area of 5 ½ acres, while
less than a fiftieth of an inch separates the blocks with optical precision.
Construction of the great pyramids of Giza was no accident---whoever build them
knew what they were doing.
Some of our assumptions about the pyramids of Giza being much older than
we've been told are derived from the Sphinx. For many years the body of the
Sphinx was protected by sand that completely covered it except for the head
portion. When the sand was removed in the mid 1800s, the body of a lion appeared
including outstretched paws. Further study of the Sphinx now indicates to many
researchers that the deteriation of the Sphinx body was not caused by sand and
wind, but rather by water, and there has not been that volume of water in that
area of the world for over 7,000 years, which would predate the Egyptian
civilization, that today takes credit for the Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza.
The head of the Sphinx is also a concern to us. Some of us believe the face of
the Sphinx has been altered. It is totally out of proportion with the body and
may at one time have been the head of a lion or even a female face, which would
correspond with the Khemetian civilization that appears to have had the female
gender in the power positions rather than males. This again would be contrary to
Egyptian teaching, since the female was the dominant gender for the Khemitian
civilization I mentioned earlier as predating Egyptians, and a female face would
probably have been that of a North African woman, which the face does resemble
today. My personal belief in viewing the head of the Sphinx is that the back
half of the head seems proportioned to the body, while the front half may in
fact have been altered.
My own research on the Pyramids and more specifically the Egyptians since I
became a part of the association, was created from being familiar with the
symbols described by Major Jesse Marcel and his son Jesse Jr. pertaining to the
I-beams from the 1947 Roswell Incident craft. The writing on the I-beams has
been referred to as resembling hieroglyphics on several occasions.
I contacted Linda Corley who was the last person to interview Major Marcel in
1981, prior to his death. During that interview Marcel drew 5 symbols on a piece
of paper as he remembered them looking, and signed the paper. Ms Corley's
research indicated that the symbols did in fact resemble demotic hieroglyphics.
After obtaining Ms. Corley's permission, since her work is copyrighted, I
purchased her manuscripts and asked one of the Pyramid Association members to
analyze Marcel's drawing. The response I got back was negative pertaining to any
similarities with Egyptian hieroglyphics. I will continue to exhaust all
research avenues available to me in order to confirm or deny that there is any
correlation between the symbols on the Roswell craft I-beams and hieroglyphics.
Another part of my research will of course involve the possibility of
extraterrestrials having been involved in some manner, perhaps not in the actual
construction of the pyramids, but by providing technology to a civilization that
predates Egypt. It will certainly be interesting research.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Web site: www.truthseekeratroswell.com
My 10 Favorite UFO Cases
I suppose most researchers have their favorite UFO cases
which they are interested in, so when I was recently asked to list my 10
favorite UFO cases, I thought this will certainly create some discussion, as
there will be those that disagree for one reason or another with my favorites.
I preferred to not call them “My top 10 UFO cases” for that very
reason. Over the years my research
has been primarily devoted to the 1947 Roswell Incident, Underground Bases, Area
51 and most recently the Great Pyramids of Giza.
In reality there are probably hundreds of cases that could be listed, and
I discovered early on in my research that it’s impossible for me to
investigate or research all phases of this subject, but I still can have an
interest in them, even though I might not personally be researching them.
The list of my 10 favorite UFO cases is not in any order as
far as importance to me, but rather ten of the cases that I personally feel are
worth further investigation or research, based on the information already known.
I cannot tell you that all cases are factual either, and until validated
information is brought forward to prove or disprove them satisfactorily, I will
continue to have an interest in these and others.
My 10 Favorite UFO Related Cases:
1947 Roswell Incident: Reports of a crashed
extraterrestrial craft with bodies on a ranch northwest of Roswell New Mexico in
July 1947. The United States Air Force has unsuccessfully given 4 excuses over
the past 55 years to explain what actually happened. Most major afternoon
newspapers west of Chicago reported the crash on July 8, 1947 stating, “RAAF
Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region”. The next day July 9, 1947, General Ramey’s weather balloon
cover story was in major newspapers east of Chicago.
Hundreds of first hand witnesses have been interviewed since 1978 when
the investigation again started. New
Mexico Congressman Steven Schiff had the GAO (General Accounting Office)
investigate the Roswell Incident, only to have the United States Air Force issue
a 1995 report stating it was a Mogul balloon. In 1997 the Air Force issued their 4th excuse
stating the bodies found were anthropomorphic crash test dummies.
The dummies however were not used until1953, 6 years after the Roswell
Incident happened. The debunkers,
skeptics and non-believers have failed miserably in satisfactorily explaining
what actually happened near Roswell New Mexico in 1947.
1964 Socorro New Mexico: Known as the Lonnie Zamora
case (a policeman for the city of Socorro) who on April 24, 1964 during a
high-speed vehicle chase, was deviated from the chase by the sight of a blue
flame under an object in the distance. His
first thought when approaching was that it was an overturned vehicle with two
people near by. Within several
hundred feet of where Zamora stopped his police car, he saw a white, egg-shaped
object standing on 4 legs with a bright polished metal surface.
Within moments of being spotted by one of the beings outside the craft,
he heard the slamming of a thick metallic door and a low frequency roar
eventually rising to a higher pitch. The
craft began rising with a bright blue and orange flame visible underneath the
craft. Project Blue Book classified the case as an “unknown”.
Later inspection of the site revealed impressions in the ground where the
craft had landed. Debunkers have
theorized that it was a hot air balloon, however the flame on hot air balloons
must go upwards, not downward to heat the balloon envelope for lift.
Known by many other names such as
Dreamland, the box, the dark side of the moon and the ranch, Area 51 is a secret
military base located 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas Nevada. It has been in
existence since the 1950s, however only recently has the government and military
admitted that the base exists at all. What
transpires there is some of the highest security work in the United States, some
of which includes testing of new type aircraft, radioactive research, etc.
It has been reported that extraterrestrial craft and
possibly alien bodies are housed at this installation in an area known as S-4.
Reports of 22 levels below ground have also been noted. Security is some
of the highest in the country with signs at the perimeter of the base that warn
trespassers that, “the use of deadly force is authorized”.
I don’t want our military development secrets revealed to our
adversaries, however if alien craft or bodies are kept there, I am interested in
that for the future of our children and grandchildren.
Fire in the Sky:
Travis Walton’s November 5, 1975
abduction experience has been recorded both in book form and big screen movie.
Working with loggers in the mountains of northeastern Arizona, an
unusually bright light was observed in the sky.
Walton got out of the truck to view it closer and as he walked toward the
light, he was blasted with a bolt of unknown energy.
The other logger’s fled the scene in fear. Returning to the site,
Walton was not to be found. A
massive manhunt was mounted for five days to find Walton (or his body), since
his co-workers were suspected of murder after his disappearance.
Walton finally reappeared, disoriented to a world of disbelievers and
interrogations that would change his life forever.
Great Pyramids of Giza: I was recently asked to join
the Advisory Board of the Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association.
Many of us believe that the pyramids of Giza are much older than we’ve
been told, primarily due to the fact that the deterioration of the Sphinx was
probably done by water rather than wind and sand erosion.
Since there hasn’t been a large quantity of water in that region for
over 15,000 years, it would mean that the pyramids of Giza are pre-Egyptian.
If that’s the case, and the Pyramids were not built by Egyptians, who
build them? Some theorize that
perhaps there was “ET” involvement due to the technology required to
construct the only remaining structures of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Barney and Betty Hill Abduction:
One of the
best-documented abduction cases on record. While traveling from Canada to their
home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at about 10:15 pm on September 19, 1961 the
couple noticed a light in the sky below the moon that kept getting closer to
them. As it got closer Barney was
able to see occupants standing inside the craft.
Because of the time required to make the trip (two hours longer than
normal), both Barney and Betty believed that they had been abducted and given
medical examinations. Betty claimed
to have been shown a star map with information that mainstream science didn’t
know about until years later.
1952 Washington, D.C. Invasion:
Over a 10 day period
Washington, D.C. was invaded by UFOs witnessed by radar controllers, pilots and
crews of both commercial and military aircraft, and ground observers.
The craft detected on radar screens would hover in one position at times
and also dart up and down. Radar
equipment was checked and found to be working correctly.
F-94 interceptors were called in but by that time the
targets were gone. Major General
John A. Samford, Air Force Director of Intelligence, announced at the Pentagon
on July 29, 1952, that the radar and visual sightings over the Washington, D.C.
area, “were due to mirage effects created by a double temperature
Seen by thousands of witnesses on
the ground, many with cameras and video equipment on March 13, 1997.
Described as very large (the size of a Boeing 747), reported to have had
the sound of rushing wind, V-shaped with large lights on the leading edge.
The lights were seen in the states of Nevada and Arizona over a 3-hour
period as it crossed those states. Luke AFB, Public Affairs office announced 2
months later that their investigation had revealed that the lights were flares
dropped from A-10 aircraft over the Gila Bend Firing Range.
The national news media didn’t report anything until June 18, 1997 when
USA Today had an article 10 weeks after the event.
Kenneth Arnold Sighting:
On June 24, 1947, two weeks
before the Roswell Incident, pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine shiny
objects traveling at an estimated speed of 1,900-1,600 mph while flying his
aircraft between Mt. Rainer and Mt. Adams in the state of Washington.
The term “flying saucer” is credited to reporter William C. Bequette,
who at the time worked in the newsroom of the Pendleton East Oregonian. Arnold
had described the movement of the craft as similar to a saucer being skipped
Aztec, NM Crash, March 1948:
A 99foot diameter craft
containing “16 little men” crashed outside of Aztec, NM in Hart Canyon.
A high security recovery operation took place over the next two weeks.
Some researchers believe the date should be changed to later (March 1950), when
the Farmington, New Mexico Daily Times newspaper had a front page
headline describing an armada of flying saucers that were witnessed by
Farmington residents over a 3 day period describing estimated speeds at 1000mph.
Many other cases such as the Dulce underground Base, the
Maury Island Incident, Shag Harbor, the White Sands Landing in the 50’s and of
course my own 1997 Interception experience would also qualify as favorites for a
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching for the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth, Means Never
Having to Remember Anything)
You Want Proof (about UFOs)
Trying to prove that aliens exist, or that we’ve been
visited is a challenge at times for us researchers. The debunkers, skeptics, and non-believers are always quick
to ask, “where’s your proof?”
It’s my thinking that they either ignore or distort the proof when
it’s given to them. It’s similar to the United States Air Force denying the
Roswell Incident, then giving 4 excuses over 50 years for what happened in 1947.
Why 4 different excuses?
UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) are not debatable;
they’re a fact of life. What
UFOs are, some think is debatable. I
suppose that’s where the disagreement starts. We have an enormous amount of
physical evidence, and I do not understand why they won’t accept the proof
that has already been produced. Perhaps if we had a piece of metal or other
material from an actual craft, some would tend to agree that we have been, and
are being visited by extraterrestrials from another world. Many of us believe
that our government does in fact have such physical proof, but we have not yet
been able to obtain it. The government may have good reason to withhold the
proof, but I can’t speak for them. I will try in this editorial to explain
some of what we do have as physical evidence and proof.
Several well-documented cases come to mind. The 1964
Socorro, New Mexico, Lonnie Zamora case had imprints in the soil from a craft,
as well as burnt vegetation around the area. Within hours, an Army Intelligence
agent from White Sands, as well as an FBI agent investigated it. When Project
Blue Book ended their study of UFOs in 1969, this case was still listed as
unknown. A U.S. Military Base in England had the same thing, as well as an
“audio recording” of the event. The Shag Harbor case reportedly produced a
green film on the water. Maury Island had its “debris” analyzed in Chicago
and Washington State, not to mention what the military investigated. The 1947
Roswell Incident, had material scattered over a large area of the impact site,
recovered by the military, and it has never been seen again. And there are more
Our judicial system in the United States is set up where
one eye-witnesses testimony is enough to find a defendant guilty, and sentence
that person to life imprisonment or even execution. There is no physical proof
involved there either. Many of the witnesses that have come forward over the
years pertaining to UFOs are very distinguished, professional, respectable
individuals, but the critics won’t believe them, even though some of those
names included the biggest names in the military as well as the intelligence
community. Consequently, to avoid embarrassment or ridicule, most sightings or
experiences with UFOs are never reported. For our politicians, apparently
admitting to knowledge about UFOs would be politically devastating. Perhaps
that’s why many of our leaders are not informed about the UFO situation. Who
has given certain individuals the authority to withhold information?
I have in previous editorials mentioned some phrases in the
Bible that many believe are UFO related; the ancient artwork from the 1900 and
1400’s that show what appear to be UFOs in these artwork masterpieces; and
other examples of UFO existence for thousands of years. We cannot, nor should we ignore that, simply because we are
not displaying a piece of a crashed craft or a recovered alien as physical
proof. It’s now believed that the
Egyptian pyramids are thousands of years older than we’ve originally been
told, and in the future I hope to research the possibility of alien involvement
in the building of the pyramids, if in fact they were built in pre-Egyptian
With the use of video cameras in recent years, many
sightings have been recorded by thousands of individuals and the images on those
films cannot be explained satisfactorily. Examples include hundreds of people
video taping the Phoenix Lights a few years ago, the Mexico sightings from all
over that country, taken simultaneously and reported by every major media outlet
in Mexico (but not here in the states). In
the U.S. there are thousands of hours of videotape of UFOs, many authenticated
by “experts”, both government and civilian. The same holds true for
photographs. Granted some are hoaxes or explainable, but not all and it’s time
we were told about them.
Regardless of what the Air Force says about not being
interested in UFOs or not investigating them, we now have enough documentation
through the efforts of reliable historical Ufologists to prove that the United
States Air Force has investigated UFOs and still is, regardless of what their
Public Relations personnel say. Forensic
experts have authenticated some of these documents, which indicate a possible
conspiracy by certain individuals within our government to keep this quiet. We
have in our possession military and governmental documents to support our proof.
In addition, the government has admitted to lying about UFOs on several
occasions on the subject of UFOs. Look up the CIA, NSA, and FBI on your computer and see what
they are saying on this subject, and while doing that, think about what they are
not telling you.
The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, states
as the first definition of the word “Proof”--- “evidence sufficient to
establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth”. I firmly
believe we have met those criteria.
Some of the people that claim to have been abducted by
extraterrestrials have unexplainable marks on their bodies, implants, missing
time in their lives, etc. Radar
screens have detected objects that are unexplainable, based on their speed and
movement, when no aircraft are reported in the area of the radar units at the
time of the observation. Our own
and other countries military aircraft have been scrambled to chase after UFOs,
only to find they cannot catch them or they completely disappear from the pilots
view. All of these examples are
well documented, yet we are asked, “where’s the proof”?
In my opinion, many of those that want proof, really
don’t want it, because once they are given that proof, they manage to distort
the facts and truth to continue their own agenda as is the case with several
researchers/authors on the subject of Ufology.
Also, certain members of the military and our government have had years
of practice in denying any involvement with UFOs. In their case, I believe we are now accumulating enough
documentation to prove that they are interested and are involved, and sooner or
later will have to admit to the public that there is proof that extraterrestrial
craft with intelligent occupants have visited our planet.
Researcher Stanton Friedman addressed this subject of proof
or evidence some time ago and has graciously agreed to let me quote what he said
“The case for the flying saucer reality is far better
than the case against most convicted criminals. If you do it on an evidential
basis, you can look at things like Ted Phillips’ collected information on over
5,000 physical trace cases from 70 countries. These are cases where the saucer
is seen on or near the ground, and after it leaves, one finds clear physical
changes such as burn circles and burn rings, landing gear marks, swirled
vegetation, dried out soil, and so forth. People say there is no physical
evidence. Well, if a footprint and a fingerprint are physical evidence, then the
physical trace cases are certainly physical evidence. In addition, the same
things keep happening all over the world. The problem is most people are unaware
of the evidence, even though there is a preponderance of evidence. Given the
physical trace cases, the radar sightings, the photographs and the eyewitness
testimony from people all over the world, we have quite sufficient evidence to
conclude that our planet is being visited by manufactured objects behaving in
ways that we Earthlings cannot yet duplicate, and that therefore were produced
I agree with Mr. Friedman about the public being unaware of
any evidence (proof). After all if there was any proof, the media would have
told us about it in the news, or the White House would have issued a statement.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and we should not continue to allow the
media to be controlled, nor have certain individuals with the power to suppress
information or distort the facts. We cannot afford to continue ignoring the
proof we have, and must pursue validating information as we obtain it. If we
keep searching for life on other worlds in the universe, isn’t that proof that
it must exist, and if they admit it exists, why can’t they admit we’ve been
Dennis G. Balthaser
Media Control and the Presidents Interest in
When doing radio or TV interviews and lectures, I am
frequently questioned about the cover-up of the Roswell Incident and other
related topics. The general public
has a hard time accepting the statements I make from time to time, that the news
media is controlled to some degree by the government, and that the President of
the United States is not totally informed about the UFO situation.
If I’m incorrect about the media, why don’t we hear or
read more about UFOs from them? There
are several lists on the internet that report sightings from around the world on
a weekly basis, but that information very seldom receives any coverage in
national or local newspapers, radio or TV broadcasts. When it is reported, invariably the reporter makes light of
it rather than reporting it seriously, which does nothing to advance the
knowledge of the average person about this topic.
There are of course exceptions to this in radio, with shows
such as Art Bell, Jeff Rense, Jerry Pippin and several other local broadcasts
around the country. As a
researcher, I’m thankful that they exist to give us researchers an opportunity
to share our knowledge and information at least with a small percentage of the
I feel strongly that some information as it pertains to our
national defense, is justified in being kept undercover, such as our approach to
dealing with bin Laden, in response to the terrorist attack against the United
States on September 11, 2001. With
news coverage being what it is today, there are certain things that we don’t
need to broadcast to the world. Past
history has proven that secrets can be kept and the news media can be prevented
from going public with the information.
In the 1940s, the development of the atomic bomb right here
in New Mexico had over 50,000 people involved and the public knew nothing about
it for almost 10 years. The Stealth
fighter, (F-117), was basically not made public until the Gulf War in the 90’s
but the development and testing of that aircraft goes back more than 25 years.
World wide, UFOs are reported daily and the impact they could have on our
future is of vital importance, so I have to assume that we are not being told
everything about their existence, since the major news media hardly ever report
anything on the subject of UFOs. It
has been reported that UFOs are the second most popular posting on the Internet,
meaning there is a large interest in this subject, but the media continues to
ignore it, or as I believe, perhaps is told to ignore it.
As to the Presidents of the United States not being totally
informed about the UFO situation, I maintain that the President is a temporary
employee and by law only allowed to be in office for two terms or 8 years.
Basically I don’t think the President can be trusted with all the
information that certain individuals in our government possess about the subject
of UFOs, because of term limits of the President and the fact that he doesn’t
possess the security clearance apparently related to the subject of UFOs.
Some have indicated over the years that the security of the UFO situation
was rated higher than the security for the development of nuclear bombs.
Most, if not all of the Presidents since Harry Truman have
publicly had an interest in the subject of UFOs, but for one reason or another
have not been able to obtain the information they desired on the subject.
If they are unable to obtain the information as President of the United
States, why not? We all know the
President is somewhat limited in his ability to get things done, due to the
check and balance system set up by our forefathers in establishing our
government in the first place, and that still is the best governmental system in
the world. It is my strong belief
however, that there are others within our government that have the information
on UFOs, and will not share that with anyone outside of their group, including
the President of the United States.
I will share some comments and statements with you, that as
a researcher I have been able to obtain over the past few years in regards to
our recent Presidents involvement and interest in UFOs.
You can decide what to believe.
Many rumors have circulated since 1947, that President
Harry Truman was involved with the Majestic 12 group that allegedly had a
written policy for dealing with UFOs. The
authenticity of those documents however, is still being investigated and
researched. On July 10, 1947, (days
after the Roswell Incident), Truman was asked if he had ever seen a flying
saucer. His response was, “only
in the newspapers.” A reporter
then asked Truman if there was “any explanation of them.” Truman again
responded, “Only the explanations I have seen in the newspapers.”
Many of us believe that Truman advised Dwight D. Eisenhower
about the UFO situation when he succeeded Truman as President.
(Remember that Eisenhower was a five star General during his military
career also). In December 1954,
“Ike” was asked about a “flap” of UFO sightings in Europe, and if U.S.
authorities suspected something extraterrestrial was involved.
He responded that nothing had come to him, verbally or in written form.
He further stated that the last time anyone had talked to him about the
subject, it had been from a man whom he trusted in the Air Force, who said it
was, as far as he knew, completely inaccurate to believe that they came from any
other planet or otherwise.
As a side note, I believe that there have only been 3
letters on the subject of UFOs signed by Presidents after entering the White
Letter from Lyndon Johnson (while Vice President) to a researcher in
directing him to NASA for analysis of
a UFO photo.
Letter from President Richard Nixon to a young girl commenting on her
theory as to
where UFOs come from.
Letter from Ex-President Gerald Ford to a researcher, telling him that he
to get any answers to the UFO
question as a Congressman, Vice President, or
President John F. Kennedy was supposedly asked, “what do
you think about UFOs” by one of the stewards aboard Air Force One, to which he
replied, “I’d like to tell the public about the alien situation, but my
hands are tied.” If in fact
Kennedy knew anything about the UFO situation, that knowledge was forever
silenced in Dallas, Texas November 22, 1963.
Ronald Reagan obviously had an obsession with the UFO
phenomena, and made several comments in various speeches.
Reagan in fact had several sightings himself while governor of
California. One of his most famous
comments came when he was attending the Geneva summit with Soviet General
Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in November 1985, when he supposedly stated, “that
if the people of the world were to find out that there was some alien life form
that was going to attack the earth, then that knowledge would unite all the
peoples of the world.” He
referred to his comments with Gorbachev, at Fallston High School in Maryland a
month later. The most famous Reagan comment I believe occurred as he was
addressing the Forty-second general assembly of the United Nations on September
21, 1987, when he said in part, “Perhaps we need some outside, universal
threat to make us recognize the common bond.
I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish
if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet I ask---is not an alien force already among us?”
President George H. Bush had been Reagan’s Vice
President, and previously for a year, the Director of the Central Intelligence
Agency under then President Ford. He
might have had access to UFO information in those positions.
In March 1988, while still Vice President and on the campaign trail in
Arkansas he was approached by a UFO Investigator and asked, “Will you tell the
people the truth about UFOs?” Bush
replied, “Yeah---if we can find it, what it is. We are really interested.”
President Jimmy Carter is on public record as having seen
and reported (two reports) a UFO in Georgia, while governor in January 1969.
I have heard that in 1977-78 Pentagon officials secretly suppressed a
White House study into Extraterrestrial Communications during the Carter
Presidential years. In 1976, at the
Southern Governor’s Conference, Carter stated, “I don’t laugh at people
anymore when they say they saw a UFO. I’ve
seen one myself.” He added, “If
I become President, I’ll make every piece of information that this country has
about UFO sightings available to the public.”
Whether forgotten or reconsidered in the White House, he never did.
The late television and film star Jackie Gleason, was an
avid collector of UFO literature and golfing partner of President Richard Nixon.
Gleason’s widow claims that President Nixon took Gleason to Homestead
Air Force Base, where he saw six or eight mangled remains in what looked like
glass-topped freezers located in an inner chamber of one of the structures at
the base. Nixon supposedly also pointed out what he said was the wreckage from a
flying saucer, enclosed in several large cases.
President Clinton kept a copy of Schmitt and Randle’s
book, “UFO Crash at Roswell”, on a shelf in his private study.
During a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, he read a letter from a
thirteen-year-old boy named Ryan, dealing with the crash in Roswell in 1947.
He answered the boy by saying, “No, as far as I know, an alien
spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. And, Ryan, if the
United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn’t tell me about it
either, and I want to know.” While
president, Clinton asked long-time associate and assistant attorney general
Webster Hubbell, “to find the answers to two questions for him: One who killed
JFK; and two, are there UFOs?” Hubbell
in his book, “Friends in High Places” says, “Clinton was dead serious.”
Hubbell said, “he had looked into both, but Clinton wasn’t satisfied
with the answers.”
That brings us to our current President, George W. Bush.
Bush was questioned about the UFO situation and stated his Vice President Dick
Cheney would be the man to know about this subject, having been former Secretary
of Defense. I personally will not
hold my breath for any disclosure by the former Secretary of Defense.
There are many other comments by the men that have held the
highest office in this country over the years, but again, it is my belief that
what ever they might know, we will probably never learn from them.
It appears evident to me that the President does have some information on
the subject and that several have definitely had an interest in the topic, but
researchers and the public, will have to obtain the information from other
sources than the media and our Presidents.
Dennis G. Balthaser
Searching For the Truth
(Always Telling the Truth, Means Never Having to
As I continue my research into the truth behind the 1947
Roswell Incident; (which the United States Air Force claims was a balloon with
dummies), Area 51; (which according to the government is nothing more than a
test facility for newly developed aircraft) and Underground Bases, (which are
only facilities for commercial use), I continue to be amazed at the responses we
as tax payers and citizen’s of this country are supposed to condone.
Within the United States government, some military personnel and certain
civilian’s are obviously on another planet, or in a different dimension than
those of us that seek to find answers to the many questions we’ve asked over
I also continue to be astonished by the individuals that
claim to be authors, investigators or researchers on the subject of Ufology.
I occasionally have the opportunity to attend lectures given by some of
these individuals, and daily I read comments on different email lists that
indicate those individuals have no knowledge of what they are speaking of.
Perhaps the general public doesn’t know, or worse, doesn’t care what is
being said. After all, how many of us know the names of our
neighbors, or even care if they have names?
Are we to complacent? So as
a researcher, we not only have to look for new information pertaining to a
certain subject, but also have to contend with putting out the fires of
disinformation, fraudulent statements, and other comments, which have no basis
for validity. This of course means
wasting many hours of valuable research time.
Recently I heard a lecturer state that there is an underground base under
the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I
had to challenge that statement since there is a gigantic water aquifer under
Albuquerque, not far below the surface.
I can understand at times why the government would not want
certain information disclosed, and they affectionately refer to it as
“national security”, but I believe that term is too frequently used by our
government to cover-up other things that we do have a right to know.
Three examples of national security excuses include; the design and
development of the F-117, Stealth aircraft which is probably 30 years old, and
was test flown for at least 10 years without the public’s knowledge; the code
used during WWII which was kept secret for 30 years, and the two widows who
tried to sue the government a few years ago, due to their husbands dieing of
radiation exposure contacted while employed at Area 51, were told Area 51
doesn’t exist. So it shouldn’t
come as a surprise to us that our government could keep secrets.
That brings me back to the Roswell Incident and my question
as to why it hasn’t been satisfactorily explained? Karl Pflock recently wrote a new book on Roswell and
“trashes” both Major Marcel (the intelligence officer at RAAF in 47) and
Col. Blanchard (the base commander and head of the 509th Bomb wing).
Major Marcel was, based on his many commendations and recommendations both
before and after the Roswell Incident, a superior intelligence officer, while
Colonel Blanchard went on to become a 4-star general at the Pentagon and
considered for Joint Chiefs of Staff (the highest rank in the military). So here
is Mr. Pflock, an ex-CIA employee, still putting out wrong information about two
distinguished military men to discredit them and their involvement in the
Roswell Incident. Mr. Pflock also
holds on to his theory about a balloon of some sort being what crashed at
Roswell, when in fact ranch foreman “Mack” Brazel was very familiar with
balloons, having recovered several to obtain the reward offered by the Air Force
at the time. In July 1947 however,
he didn’t know what had crashed on his ranch and brought some of the debris to
town to Sheriff Wilcox. Brazel was interrogated at the base for several days by
the military, something certainly not required if it was just a balloon of some
As to the Mogul balloon theory, if they were being used to
check on Russian nuclear testing, why were they used 2 years before the Russians
began testing nuclear devices? Of course the latest excuse in 1997 by the Air
Force, that the bodies recovered at the crash site were anthropomorphic crash
test dummies, is a true “masterpiece” by the Air Force, since the dummies
weren’t used until 1953, 6 years after the Roswell Incident occurred.
Why won’t the Air Force provide me the information I
requested about the photographs taken in General Ramey’s office in 1947, since
my Freedom of Information Requests are quoting from their government printed,
1994 account of what happened in Roswell and written by Air Force Colonel
Weaver? There must be records of
the testing done by a national laboratory according to Weaver’s statements,
that the photos were analyzed. Also, if the debris were a highly classified
balloon of some sort, why would pictures of it taken in Ramey’s office be
published in most newspapers?
If the debris discovered on the ranch was a military top
secret, why didn’t the military launch a full investigation into the cause and
location of the crash when it happened, rather than wait to order Major Marcel
and Captain Cavitt to the site after the rancher had contacted the local
Sheriff? You can see for many miles
in all directions from an aircraft above the site and anything crashed over that
large an area would have been visible immediately as soon as they knew it had
Why did the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) contact
Walt Whitmore of Roswell radio station KGFL and threaten to suspend his license
if he continued to broadcast information about the Incident?
Why were there at least 7 flights of aircraft used to
transport a balloon out of Roswell, most of the flights under high security?
Explain the need for new personnel (unknown to the local
military) at the base hospital at the time of the incident?
Why is the Roswell Incident not included in the Air Force
Blue Book report along with several hundred other UFO cases?
There are many other questions that could be asked about
what we’ve been told about the Roswell Incident, but since the Air Force has
already given us 4 excuses, perhaps it will suffice to wait for another excuse
from them. In the meantime I will
continue to ask “Explain This”?
It is vividly important that the Roswell Incident continue
to be investigated. We continue to
lose first-hand witnesses, and the disinformation, debunkers and critics need to
answer some of the questions, others and I have been asking for many years.
Dennis G. Balthaser