Roswell still the home of alien theories

Roswell still the home of alien theories
By Matthew Reichbach
The Roswell Independent

Roswell, New Mexico has been the site of rumors of an alien crash for decades. The Roswell UFO incident has over the years achieved mythic properties, even spawning a television show of the same name.

And, it seems, the legend of Roswell still lives on.

Just last week, Wonkette mentioned Roswell in a story about President George W. Bush’s visit to Artesia. Though the Bush visit was in Artesia, Wonkette said Bush was speaking “with a bunch of high school kids in the alien concentration camp of Roswell, New Mexico.”

The article Wonkette quoted was from the Roswell Daily Record, which may have confused them.

But the liberal Web site Alternet named the supposed UFO alien crash as the seventh-ranked conspiracy on their top-ten list of conspiracies.

When ranch manager Mac Brazel came across crash debris near his property in 1947, he didn’t know what to make of it and alerted local authorities. That same day, the Roswell Army Air Field sent out a press release that stated a “flying disc” was found; later, this was retracted and the U.S. military told the public it was a fallen weather balloon. This slip sparked a huge conspiracy theory about the government attempting to cover up evidence of UFOs and alien existence; some even say there were alien bodies found in the crash. Now the story is that the balloon was part of Project Mogul, the government’s attempt to pick up on Soviet Union nuclear tests. As a result, Roswell has become a big tourist spot for extraterrestrial enthusiasts.

Even Gov. Bill Richardson called for the government to release all records in the Roswell incident during his presidential run and before.

Roswell, for its part, has embraced the rumors and has an annual festival devoted to the supposed UFO landings.
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