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Book Review of: Children of Roswell
A seven decade legacy of fear, intimidation, and cover-ups
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Children of Roswell, by Thomas J. Cary and Donald R. Schmitt (Softcover, 2016)|
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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 get-go.
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 not research.
The book was an interesting read, but there's really no research to give it any legs.