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Today in History: The "Crash" at Roswell, New Mexico

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM

On this day (July Eight) in 1948, reports circulated that a UFO had crashed outside of Roswell, New Mexico. The U.S. military reported that the UFO was actually a weather balloon and, because in the 1940s people generally believed their government, interest waned. But all of that changed in the 1970s after the trauma of the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal. Confidence in the government’s truthfulness dipped and a growing number of people began to question the initial account of a weather balloon as a possible cover up of a genuine encounter with life from another planet. Theories continue to abound. I read quite a bit about this in my youth and one of the points that authors always made was that, contrary to the government’s official accounts, there have been many leaks regarding UFOs, it’s just that the government is very good at destroying the credibility of the leakers. That idea that the government uses its might to tarnish the reputation of people revealing its secrets comes up repeatedly in science fiction and urban fantasy—everything from Capricorn 1 to Monster Hunters International. You can decide for yourself if you think it does such things in the real world in regard to UFOs.

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