Aug 25, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Roswell "UFO" Affair: A Crash By An Ancient, Underground Civilization?

Is it possible that the Roswell "UFO" was really the creation of an ancient civilization from our very own world? Is it also possible that the same civilization was revealed to a small number of people in the U.S. government - in a shocking fashion - when the 1947 crash occurred, and quite out of the blue?  Certainly, there are numeous theories for what came down on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico in the summer of 1947. The theories include a weather-balloon, a U.S. Air Force 20th century Mogul balloon designed to detect early Soviet atomic bomb tests, monkeys or chimpanzees used in high-altitude experiments, the ragged remains of a Japanese Fugo "bomb-balloon" made to provoke chaos and fear in the Second World War, time travelers from our very own future, some kind of device created by Nazi Paperclip scientists brought to the United States after the Second World War was over, an experiment using grossly, physically altered children - the work of evil, deranged maniacs.Take your pick. The late Mac Tonnies, who had a deep interest in the Roswell case, pondered on the possibility that the Roswell craft was the creation of an off-shoot of the human-race, a relatively small civilization that primarily lived underground. 

(Nick Redfern) The Roswell affair: Did the crash reveal a secret, ancient, underground race?

In his 2009 book, The Cryptoterrestrials, Tonnies speculated on the possibility that the Roswell craft was balloon-like and built, flown, and disastrously crashed, by ancient humanoids that lurk in the depths of the planet. Controversial? Yes. But he made some interesting observations on this possibility. In Tonnies’ own words: “The device that crashed near Roswell in the summer of 1947, whatever it was, featured properties at least superficially like the high-altitude balloon trains ultimately cited as an explanation by the Air Force. Debunkers have, of course, seized on the lack of revealingly ‘high-tech’ components found among the debris to dismiss the possibility that the crash was anything but a case of misidentification; not even Major Jesse Marcel, the intelligence officer who advocated an ET origin for the unusual foil and structural beams, mentioned anything remotely resembling an engine or power-plant.”

Tonnies continued, in a fashion that emphasized the Cryptoterrestrials may not be as scientifically and technologically advanced as they might prefer us to think they are: “The cryptoterrestrial hypothesis offers a speculative alternative: maybe the Roswell device wasn’t high-tech. It could indeed have been a balloon-borne surveillance device brought down in a storm, but it doesn’t logically follow that is was one of our own. Upon happening across such a troubling find, the Air Force’s excessive secrecy begins to make sense.” Regardless of what you, me, or indeed any number of the well-known Roswell researchers/authors – such as Bill Moore, Kevin Randle, Stan Friedman, or Don Schmitt – might think or conclude, the fact is that Tonnies’ Cryptoterrestrial theory is probably the only one that allows for the Roswell crash site to have been comprised of very unusual, non-Homo-sapiens, but, at the same time, incredibly simplistic technology.

The alien theory should, of course, require highly advanced technology to have been recovered – yet, we hear very little on this matter, aside from talk of fields full of foil-like material with curious properties. Accounts of the military coming across alien-created “power-plants” and “engines” – as Tonnies described them – are curiously absent from the Roswell affair. It’s that aforementioned foil and not much else. Perhaps, Tonnies was indeed on the right track when it came to Roswell. It's intriguing that Tonnies was not alone with his theory. Now, we go from speculations to claims of reality.

(Nick Redfern) A secret world below ours?

While Mac Tonnies’ admittedly intriguing theory was simply that – a theory – there is an even more intriguing aspect to this story, one which comes from a former employee of the U.S. Government. He writes under the pen-name of E.A. Guest. His real name, however, is Walter Bosley, who served in both the U.S Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He has revealed a startling story told to him by his father, who was also a respected figure within the U.S. military. 

In the 1950s, Bosley’s father worked on various projects that would ultimately have a significant bearing upon the manned space-program, including “training pilots in altitude chambers” and “flight medicine training.” At one point in his career, Bosley’s father was ordered to attend a briefing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. It was a briefing on none other than the legendary UFO crash outside of Roswell, New Mexico in early July 1947. Despite what UFO researchers – and a sizeable amount of the public think – Bosley says his father told him that nothing of an extraterrestrial nature crashed at Roswell on that fateful – and, for the crew, fatal – day. In Bosley Jr.’s very own words: “According to my father, these vehicles came from inside the planet. The civilization…exists in a vast, underground system of caverns and tunnels beneath the southwest and is human.”

 He continues: “Occasionally, they come and go, emerging in their vehicles and occasionally they crash. They are human in appearance, so much so that they can move among us with ease [and] with just a little effort. If you get a close look, you’d notice something odd, but not if the person just passed you on the street.” Significantly, Walter Bosley says: “I believe that the ET hypothesis has been used by the ‘aliens’ themselves, because it is most readily embraced by people who have had encounters with them.” There's no doubt that Bosley's story is fascinating. Taking into consideration that all of this happened in the latter part of the 1940s and the early part of the 1950s, it makes me wonder if Tonnies' Cryptoterrestrials - as he termed them - and the so-called Space Brothers that enchanted the likes of George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci, Dana Howard, and so many others during the early years of the Cold War, were exactly the same. Think about it: the Space Brothers were always keen to tell the Contactees that they were aliens, sometimes from Mars, sometimes from Venus, and even from the likes of Saturn and Jupiter. Maybe, the Cryptoterrestrials / Space Brothers pushed a little bit too much in their plans to keep their real origins (right here on Earth!) away from the Human Race.

(Nick Redfern) The site of the crash of "it."

Tonnies continued: "It is indeed a fact that in the early to late 1950s, countless people across the planet claimed close encounters with very human-looking aliens, who demanded we lay down our atomic weapons, lest we turn our planet into a radioactive wasteland, all but bereft of life. Of course, this begs an important question: why would aliens from a planet in a star-system who-knows-how-many light-years away, even care about what might happen – of a cataclysmic nature – on our world? Well, a good argument can be made that they wouldn’t care. Why should they? But, if, as Tonnies suspected and suggested, the ‘aliens’ are really Cryptotererstrials from right here, then their fears that we might destroy the Earth become far more understandable: they are forced to share the planet with the most violent and destructive species on the entire planet: us, the Human Race."

Tonnies said of what became known as “the Space Brothers": "Commentators regularly assume that all the Contactees were lying or else delusional. But if we’re experiencing a staged reality, some of the beings encountered by the Contactees might have been real and the common messages of universal brotherhood could have been a sincere attempt to curb our destructive tendencies. The extraterrestrial guise would have served as a prudent disguise, neatly misdirecting our attention and leading us to ask the wrong questions; which we’re still asking with no substantial results.” Tonnies also opined that the Space Brothers presented themselves in the way they did – as concerned E.T.s who wanted us to dismantle our weapons of mass destruction – because they knew that if we provoked a third world war, they too, would be annihilated. So, they did what they could to help the situation – and particularly in the 1950s, when there was a great deal of alarm and anxiety about nuclear war – by disguising themselves as something very different to their real form.

In terms of his theorizing, Tonnies said: “After devouring countless books on the UFO controversy and the paranormal, I began to acknowledge that the extraterrestrial hypothesis suffered some tantalizing flaws. In short, the ‘aliens’ seemed more like surreal caricatures of ourselves than beings possessing the god-like technology one might plausibly expect from interstellar visitors. Like Jacques Vallee, I came to the realization that the extraterrestrial hypothesis isn’t strange enough to encompass the entirety of occupant cases. But if we’re dealing with humanoid beings that evolved here on earth, some of the problems vanish. My hypothesis works too when we apply it to Martians stranded [on Earth] and who, I sometimes wonder, are waiting for the day when our world becomes theirs.” Tonnies continued: “I envision the Cryptoterrestrials engaged in a process of subterfuge, bending our belief systems to their own ends. And I suggest that this has been occurring, in form or another, for an extraordinarily long time. I think there’s a good deal of folkloric and mythological evidence pointing in this direction, and I find it most interesting that so many descriptions of ostensible ‘aliens’ seem to reflect staged events designed to misdirect witnesses and muddle their perceptions.”

The one area that really caught the attention of Tonnies - when it came to addressing the possibility that the UFO phenomenon is driven not by aliens but by Cryptoterrestrials - was that of the alien abduction phenomenon. There can be very few people who have not heard of the controversy – if any - such is the ways and means by which it has filtered into our societies, pop-culture and on-screen entertainment. There’s no doubt at all that the most famous of all alien abduction incidents was also one of the very earliest: that of Betty and Barney Hill, of New Hampshire, whose lives were turned upside down after a strange and nightmarish encounter on the night of September 1961. Everything was going well for the Hills, for a while anyway.

(Nick Redfern) George Van Tassel's Integratron. Were his Space Brother "friends" really Tonnies' Cryptoterrestrials?

On the night in question, Betty and Barney were driving home from a vacation in Canada – a trip to the Niagara Falls being a highlight for the pair. If the Cryptoterrestrials are, as Tonnies strongly suspected, impoverished beings – but ones who try their utmost to make it seem that they are our technological superiors - then choosing the location where the incident occurred makes a lot of sense. Probably limited in terms of their abilities to come and go without being seen, the Cryptoterrestrials chose the area carefully: it was a long and winding – and dark – stretch of tree-shrouded road that few people were using that night. A strange light in the sky suddenly appeared, something which made Betty and Barney uneasy. That was hardly surprising, as it seemed like the light – or whatever it really was – was shadowing the Hills, watching them carefully. Eventually, the light went away and the Hills – along with their faithful dog, Delsey, who appears in so many of the Hills’ own photographs – continued onwards to their home.

Puzzlement turned into deep concern when the Hills realized, on getting home, that a significant amount of time seemed to have been “lost” during the course of the drive home. As the days and weeks progressed, bad dreams – of having been taken from their car by strange, humanoid figures and taken on-board a craft and subjected to medical experiments – turned into absolute nightmares. Hypnosis soon followed, and what came out was a story of full-blown alien abduction. In 1966, John G. Fuller wrote a full-length book on the Hill affair, titled The Interrupted Journey. One can say that the alien abduction phenomenon was well and truly born. It has never gone away, largely as a result of the coverage given to the subject in Budd Hopkins’ 1981 book, Missing Times, and Whitley Strieber’s bestseller, Communion, of 1987.  

Mac Tonnies had a lot to say about the alien abduction controversy, most of it from a negative perspective when it came to the theory that the perpetrators were real aliens, and wholly positively from the Cryptoterrestrial perspective: “I regard the alleged ‘hybridization program’ with skepticism. How sure are we that these interlopers are extraterrestrial? It seems more sensible to assume that the so-called aliens are human, at least in some respects. Indeed, descriptions of intercourse with aliens fly in the face of exobiological thought. If the cryptoterrestrial population is genetically impoverished, as I assume it is, then it might rely on a harvest of human genes to augment its dwindling gene-pool. It would be more advantageous to have us believe we’re dealing with omnipotent extraterrestrials, rather than a fallible sister species. The ET-UFO mythos may be due, in part, to a long-running and most successful disinformation campaign.” While Tonnies' theory was a controversial one, and particularly so when it came to the ever-controversial Roswell affair, admittedly it does make a great deal of sense.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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