Government Explanations
THE "ROSWELL INCIDENT": OFFICIALLY SPEAKING

General Accounting Office Report

At the request of New Mexico Congressman Steven Schiff, the General Accounting Office (GAO) initiated an audit in February 1994, to locate records about the "Roswell Incident" and determine if the incident was properly handled. The 20-page GAO report titled Results of a Search for Records Concerning the 1947 Crash Near Roswell, New Mexico was issued in July 1995. It summarizes the GAO investigation and reproduces the researched documents.

A wide range of classified and unclassified documents dating from July 1947 through the 1950s was thoroughly scrutinized. The records examined came from numerous organizations, including the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council.

The intense search revealed that no records at existing Air Force offices indicated any "cover-up" by the USAF. Additionally, the records did not disclose the recovery of any "alien" bodies or materials having extraterrestrial origin. The information obtained from the investigation indicated that the material recovered near Roswell was consistent with the reports of a balloon device, most likely from one of the Mogul balloons that had not been recovered. This report suggests that witnesses misinterpreted the events that had occurred.

However, the GAO report indicates that important RAAF documents are missing. The outgoing messages from RAAF for this time period had been destroyed without proper authority over 40 years ago. These documents would explain what military officials in Roswell had told their superiors about the events that occurred.

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The Roswell Report, Case Closed

In June of 1997, (a week before the 50th anniversary of the "Roswell Incident") a 231-page Air Force report titled The Roswell Report, Case Closed was released.

The report, aimed at ending longstanding speculation over the "Roswell Incident," was necessary since the GAO report only explained the identification of alleged flying saucer debris as remains of top-secret high-altitude balloons, but did not explain the reported sightings of aliens.

The 1997 report is said to be a comprehensive examination of official records, technical reports, film footage, photographs and interviews with individuals who were involved in the events. No evidence of flying saucers, space aliens or sinister government cover-ups were borne out in the investigation. The report also explained that the alien bodies described by witnesses were actually test dummies that had been dropped in parachutes from top secret Air Force balloons for scientific research.

Skeptics immediately scoffed at the report and pointed out numerous discrepancies, claiming the report raises more questions than it answers. For instance, it has been determined that test dummies were not dropped by parachute until around 1954, seven years after the "Roswell Incident." The Air Force claimed the time discrepancy was due to faulty memories on the part of eyewitnesses, suggesting that all of the witnesses confused the dates by several years and mistook the dummies for alien creatures.

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