Children of Roswell, by Thomas J. Cary and Donald R. Schmitt (Softcover, 2016)|
(You can print this review in landscape mode, if you
want a hardcopy)
Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
I'm still not convinced that UFOs are visitors from other worlds or that
scientists have found signs of intelligent life in Washington, DC. There's quite
a bit of circumstantial evidence that "could" corroborate other evidence if we
had it. Regarding alien visitors, does it not seem odd that nobody has caught
one of these on their smartphone? Those and other commonsense questions leave me
skeptical. Yes, I am open to the idea and would like it to be true. I just
haven't seen the evidence that makes the case nor have some basic "What
about..." questions been answered.
The authors of this book assume that aliens from another planet (or
dimension or whatever) did visit here, and actually crashed in the desert in
1947. Everything in this book follows from that assumption.
The subtitle indicates that some party (not named in the subtitle) has
engaged in a 70 year pattern of intimidation and cover-up. The party in
question is the federal government (such that it is). Having gone through an
illegal and extended ordeal at the hands of criminal sociopaths employed by
this very government, I would be the last person to dismiss claims of abuse
of any sort from a federal agency or collection of agencies. Most federal
agencies are illegal and should be shut down, and many serve no purpose.
So I accept the authors' claims of such abuse even though those claims
seem thinly researched (the bibliography is decidedly unimpressive) and
documented. The authors did interview people, but my impression of those
people was they are nutcases. They just don't seem credible. Were these
people actually abused by the federal government? Probably. Was it because
these people had artifacts from a UFO crash or actually saw the crashed UFO?
Unlikely, at best.
My own theory about Roswell is that sociopaths in the employ of the
federal government were up to something nefarious, and they started the
whole UFO thing just to create a smokescreen or diversion. The typical
nefarious plots are for the purpose of personal enrichment. Maybe they were
processing illegal drugs (e.g., bagging up cocaine) or running a
prostitution center. Who knows? But it's much more likely to have been
something like that than advanced visitors from another planet.
If you were an alien explorer coming the earth, why would you waste all
the resources invested in that trip by heading out to the thinly populated
desert instead of visiting a densely populated area? If you're going to
encounter an alien species, why would you not want to go where the action
is? And if you can make that incredibly complex trip, why would you be so
incompetent that you crash once you get here? This whole scenario just
defies logic. That's why I'm deeply skeptical about Roswell in particular.
So basing a book on the idea that all the abuse just had to be due to the
crashing of an alien spaceship puts the authors on shaky ground from the
The authors kept referring to a specific kind of artifact. It's a
material that is apparently indestructible. Yet somehow, bits of it became
detached from the ship and all of those bits are just the right size for
people to hold in their hands yet everyone who had one of those bits has
lost it. Hmm.
The authors did have a great theme, though: the abuse. Instead of
deciding the alien visit was a proven fact (it's not) and proceeding from
there, they would have better served the reader by documenting the abuse (as
best as possible) and then following the money. What federal employees
worked in the area around the time of the alleged crash? Did any of them
have unusual signs of wealth compared to what is expected from their
government pay? What kinds of supplies did they buy from local sources? What
was their official reason for being in the area?
It's worth noting that people have been programmed to "remember" things
that never happened. This casts doubt on the many "eye witness" accounts,
none of which are corroborated by material evidence. Why program people this
way? To start a huge diversion. If you program a few people, then others
will self-deceive to have similar fake experiences (that is one way new
religions spread) and pretty soon you've got a huge number of fake
witnesses. If you're out near Roswell doing something illegal and you get
alerted that someone higher up is sniffing around, all you have to do is
create a diversion like this.
It's also odd that all these alleged witnesses were allegedly scared into
silence. Many people can be scared into silence, but some will speak out
(that's just how it is). For government employed thugs to totally silence
all these people, especially if they actually witnessed something so
momentous as an alien spaceship, stretches plausibility to an extreme.
Nobody went public for seven decades? Nobody kept a diary, took photos, or
in any way documented what happened? We just have recollections from oddball
people who are at an age where senility is very common. Interviewing people
today about what happened seven decades ago is bad enough, but interviewing
people about what happened before they were born and grandpa said? That's
The book was an interesting read, but there's really no research to give
it any legs.