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Richardson on Roswell

Postby cartoonsyndicate » Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:36 pm

This from our own Mike Jamieson today on his WashoeDemCaucus forum

Richardson and Roswell

Bill Richardson's forward to a book examining the mysterious
"Roswell Incident" of 1947 is obviously NOT going to be an issue.
We know that Bill Clinton was likewise a student of this case,
considering that Ken Starr identified several books on Roswell in
Clinton's library immediately adjacent to a book Monica had given
him as a gift. We know that Bill Clinton, before an audience of
tens of thousands of people in Belfast, Ireland answered an Irish
boy's inquiry (by letter) that he didn't know one way or another
what that event was all about as the Air Force did not (or would not?)
talk to him about that case. And, we know that John Podesta in his
early post White House years (where he was the chief of staff) joined
his brother in an effort to uncover UFO secrets.

Bottom line: there are a lot of UFO nuts among baby boomers.
And, besides, every reader of the Weekly World News knows that
Hillary has an alien boyfriend.

BTW, in that sci-fi documentary (hosted by Bryant Gumble), there's
film footage of the White House demonstration that I was in charge
of in July 1993. I saw myself briefly, holding the front end of
a long cloth banner.

Flying saucers in New Mexico? Governor rekindles Roswell
Keay Davidson, Chronicle Science Writer

Monday, August 16, 2004

Ten years after the U.S. Air Force closed its books on the claim
that a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947, a top Democratic Party
figure wants to reopen the investigation into the cosmic legend.

Despite denials by federal officials, many UFO buffs cherish the
notion that in early summer of 1947, a flying saucer crashed in rural
Roswell, scattering alien bodies and saucer debris across the

Now Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who chaired the recent
Democratic convention in Boston, says in his foreword to a new book
that "the mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately
explained -- not by independent investigators, and not by the U.S.
government. ... There are as many theories as there are official

"Clearly, it would help everyone if the U.S. government disclosed
everything it knows," says Richardson, who served as Energy secretary
under President Bill Clinton. "The American people can handle the
truth -- no matter how bizarre or mundane. ... With full disclosure
and our best scientific investigation, we should be able to find out
what happened on that fateful day in July 1947."

The passage appears in a paperback titled "The Roswell Dig Diaries,"
published in collaboration with TV's SciFi Channel by Pocket Books, a
division of Simon & Schuster. The "dig" of the title refers to an
archaeological dig at the supposed crash site.

A Richardson aide, Billy Sparks, confirmed the governor's remarks.
Richardson "is interested in either debunking the story or
(encouraging) full disclosure" of any unreleased records on the case,
Sparks said.

To the Air Force, though, there is no mystery -- and there hasn't
been for a long time. In 1994, the Air Force published "Roswell
Report: Case Closed, " which asserted that so-called saucer debris
was, in fact, the ruins of an unusual type of military research
balloon, which contained hypersensitive acoustic sensors designed to
detect the rumble of any Soviet A-bomb tests. A subsequent
investigation by the U.S. General Accounting Office was unable to
locate any unreleased records on the case.

Hence, Richardson's foreword drew scorn from veteran UFO
investigators and science popularizers.

"We're kind of disappointed in Richardson for perpetuating the
mythology of that thing," said Dave Thomas, president of New Mexicans
for Science and Reason, a skeptics group in Albuquerque.

The grand old man of skeptical UFO investigators, Philip J. Klass,
who has written for Aviation Week & Space Technology since 1952,
said: "Gov. Richardson -- whom I previously admired -- is wrong about
Roswell and too trusting of TV network promoters. After more than a
third of a century of research, I have found no credible evidence of
extraterrestrial visitors."

Andrew Fraknoi, a noted astronomy popularizer and critic of
pseudoscience who teaches at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills,
called Richardson's foreword unbelievable.

"This continues to confirm that election or appointment to high
office does not guarantee wisdom in all areas of human thought," he

But in a show of extraterrestrial bipartisanship, the executive
director of the New Mexico Republican Party is taking Richardson's
side. Greg Graves, a native of Roswell who suspects the crashed
object was "something more than a weather balloon," wants to know
what really happened in the Southwestern desert two years before his

Still, Graves hopes the truth isn't disillusioning. That's because
the saucer legend is so good for the local economy: "Thousands of
people come to Roswell every year to visit the site and go to the
museum. It's an incredible boon to the Roswell economy. Just think
about 'X Files' and TV shows about Roswell.

"When I go around the country and tell people I was born in Roswell,"
he adds, "people ask: 'Do I think something crashed there?' "

E-mail Keay Davidson at kdavidson@....

This article appeared on page A - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle
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