Sep 15, 2022 I Nick Redfern

A Speculative Look at One Intriguing Angle for the Roswell "UFO Crash" Event

As the title to this article demonstrates, it's very much speculative in nature and content. But, I don't see anything wrong about that. So, let's begin. One of the most surprising of all the revelations made by Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar was that, by 1988 / 1989 the team out at S-4 had made very little progress (if at all) when it came to the frustrating matter of trying to understand the alleged extraterrestrial technology that had fallen into the hands of the U.S government. In fact, at times, it sounded like the environment was more akin to a museum than a place where high-tech research and development was speeding along. To some degree, the image mirrors the final scenes of the hit 1981 movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. In those final, memorable moments, we see the Ark of the Covenant – which the Nazis were desperate to get their hands on – hidden away, as a result of its awesome, destructive powers. And kept hidden from just about anyone and everyone. Could it be true that, rather than having duplicated the alien technology, the staff out at S-4 are in a very similar position: they have a mountain of alien-originated technology, but they have no significant way to use it. Not in the slightest. A complete lack of understanding of the alien science may very well have ensured that much of the recovered material is just sitting on shelves, boxed away, and remaining largely untouched until our science catches up. Even if our technology can catch up. With that said, let us explore this possibility to a greater degree. And let's see where it takes us.

(Nick Redfern) Roswell today

If creatures from another world really did crash to earth in July 1947 (I am, of course, talking about the Roswell affair) and then finally wound up at Area 51, then why is it that the material evidence has never surfaced? It is a fact. That important issue aside, Roswell, as an event, is a matter of record. The case has, after all, been the subject of numerous non-fiction books and has featured in a near-endless number of TV series and documentaries, movies and novels. The controversy has also been the focus of two U.S. Air Force investigations and a report by the Government Accountability Office. And, we still don't have any anwers from the government. The lips are closed. Regardless of what really happened on that now-infamous, remote ranch all those years ago, Roswell is the cornerstone of Ufology; no doubt about it.and thousands of people (millions, maybe) want answers.

There is no doubt that Roswell is to Ufology what the 1967 “Patterson Film” is to Bigfoot research, and what the 1945 disappearance of Flight 19 is to those who believe in the existence of the Bermuda Triangle. My personal opinion is that the U.S. government (and I use those words – “the U.S. government” – as a catch-all term for the U.S. Air Force, the intelligence community, and elected officials) is, today, out of the loop when it comes to knowing the full, unexpurgated facts surrounding the Roswell incident. Far more likely, as I see it, the Roswell secrets are maintained by a kind of “shadow agency.” That’s to say a group which is (a) answerable to no-one; (b) not officially known to exist; and (c) funded in a deeply clandestine fashion. And it’s almost certainly operating out of Area 51. Where else? I don't see anywhere else. Just maybe, Utah's Dugway Proving Ground. That could be a possibility. But, there’s another side to all of this.

It’s very much one thing to have a secret group that oversees the Roswell case at S-4. It is, however, quite another issue for this group to have successfully hidden every bit of wreckage, every single page of every single document ever prepared on the event, and every highly-classified photo. And all without making a single mistake (just one!), to the point where absolutely nothing – not even the merest scrap – has surfaced in seven decades. How is such a thing possible? Well, let's have a look at this angle. Let’s face it, we hear numerous stories of extraterrestrial debris found on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico, which is then (sooner or later) “back-engineered,” perhaps at Area 51 or elsewhere. We’re told the Roswell technology and materials played major roles in the development of everything from night-vision goggles to integrated circuits, and from lasers to fiber-optics. If the stories are true (even just a few of them), then such programs would have required the dedicated, secret work of countless people and numerous companies and industries. And with so many scientists and personnel involved – combined with the reams of paperwork such studies and research would surely have generated since 1947 – is it too much to expect that not even one legitimate smoking-gun would surface? No, it is not. Something is wrong with this picture. And, as a result of that, we need to fix that wrong.

(Nick Redfern) Dead bodies, hidden forever?

Since we clearly don’t have that much-sought-after smoking-gun (if we did, you would hardly be reading these words right now), the skeptics conclude that is because it dos not exist. There is, however, another angle that needs to be addressed. It’s an angle to which very few people ever give much thought. What if aliens did crash in New Mexico in 1947, but very little (if, indeed, any) notable progress has been made in studying and understanding the alien theoretical technology? In fact, more to the crux of the matter: what if the recovered evidence has barely been investigated in the slightest? Taking things a step even further than that, what if the material is so baffling and appropriately alien that it has just been hidden away, in museum-style? And that’s all. Such a scenario might sound strange, but bear with me. Consider the possibility that all the stories of “back-engineering” are totally bogus and were designed – at the very height of the Cold War – to absolutely unnerve and confuse the Soviets in the Kremlin. And what if the reality is that zero progress has been made when it comes to the examination of the Roswell materials? Admittedly, this is very close to the scenario that Lazar described when he blew the whistle abot what was going on in the Nevada

 Now, with that said, let's get back to Roswell. Despite what has been stated about a UFO crashing in New Mexico in 1947, the fact is that – for the most part – we actually have very few, credible stories of a UFO being found on the Foster Ranch. What we have, chiefly, are reports of a massive field of debris and a varying number of bodies of perceived, non-human origin. Maybe four bodies. Maybe five. Those are the figures most ufologists suggest, based on decades-old testimony. Consider the possibility this is all our theoretical group that oversees the Roswell affair has in its possession. No “power-plant,” no “engine,” no “flight-deck,” and no “fuel-tank.” Just a lot of mystifying, so-called “memory metal,” as the debris is described, on account of its mystifying abilities to spring back to its original shape, even after being crushed. As for the bodies – whether in fairly good shape or pulverized and shattered – what if studies have yielded very little beyond the conclusion that they aren’t exactly what you would call locals? But, how is it even possible for us not to have made any progress since 1947? The answer to that question is: very easily, that’s how.

Imagine sending a modern-day car way back in time, let us say somewhere in the region of 300 years, and dumping it where it is sure to be found. The finest minds of that era would, very likely, be able to conclude it was designed to transport people from one place to another. If the ignition key was turned on, the engine then rumbled into life, and the steering-wheel was turned, the chances are those same finest minds would actually be able to drive the car – after a fair bit of practice, of course. But what happens when the car runs out of fuel? Totally. If the people of that period are utterly unable to duplicate the fuel that the car requires – whether diesel or unleaded gasoline – they will be left with nothing but a shell that offers great potentials, but which is as good as dead and useless. And that should make us wonder if something similar has happened regarding Roswell – if, of course, the answer goes down an alien path and not a far more down-to-earth one.

(Nick Redfern) Will we ever get the answers?

If all that our theoretical, secret group at Area 51 has in its possession is a huge mass of memory-metal and a bunch of corpses (and nothing else), then it becomes incredibly easy to understand how - and why - only very little progress might actually have been made. And particularly so if (in the same way that unleaded fuel could not be successfully duplicated 300 years ago) we have not yet developed adequate means to understand and use the technology. What could the possible outcome be? The corpses and the debris are stored away somewhere (Raiders of the Lost Ark-style), perhaps even barely ever studied, until such a time comes when our technology allows for meaningful scrutiny to be undertaken.

The skeptics do, admittedly, make a very good point that with thousands of people hypothetically working on the analysis of a crashed UFO and its crew, the truth surely should have surfaced by now, whether by the actions of some Edward Snowden-type character or by an accident – the latter perhaps more likely, due to the complex logistics of trying to oversee and contain so many inter-related programs and projects. The believers counter this stance by making comparisons with the Manhattan Project that led to the development and deployment of the atomic bomb. It was a project on which a massive number of people worked, but that remained secret for years. Yes, it did. But not for almost seventy years – which is where, today, we’re almost at with the Roswell controversy.

I should stress I’m not skeptical – in the slightest – of the idea that something of significance occurred back in July 1947. It clearly did. We should be very skeptical of the idea that with supposed “UFO back-engineering” going on all over the map – and with claims in circulation of numerous programs established to replicate alien technology found outside of Roswell – the smoking-gun would not, by now, have surfaced. And, it can be suggested, if aliens did die in New Mexico almost seventy years ago, then the Indiana Jones / Raiders of the Lost Ark scenario may be the correct one and the only one – as incredible and as unlikely as it may sound to many.

The wall of secrecy that has prevented us from knowing the truth of what really happened at Roswell has not yet been knocked down. A strong case, however, can be made that it has at least barely been dented. That may not be (as many UFO researchers believe) due to highly efficient, incredible security surrounding every single aspect of what amounts to a gigantic program involving the military, the government, the intelligence community, who knows how many private industries and corporations, and...well, the list goes on and on.

The Roswell secrets, whatever they are, may remain so successfully hidden because no-one – at all, in the slightest – is doing anything with the debris, or with the bodies, beyond keeping everything locked behind closed doors, until such a time comes along when our technology “catches up” and we can finally begin to understand it - at least to some kind of degree. Certainly, the easiest way to hide something perceived as deeply worrying, and perhaps even sinister – for nearly seventy years, and from the General Accounting Office, the Air Force, the media, and the UFO research community – is to lock it firmly away and to do absolutely nothing with it. And, I do mean Zero. Forever.

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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