> We can argue the merits of particular Roswell witnesses, but there > is one inescapable historical fact that can't be denied. The > commander of the Roswell Army Air Field officially announced that > the U.S. Army Air Force had recovered a "flying disk." There is a lot of doubt about this. Walter Haut, who according to Randle/Schmitt et al. wrote this release, has stated many times that Col. Blanchard told him to issue it. In an article for the August/September 1992 issue of _Air & Space/Smithsonian_ magazine, Frank Kuznik wrote: Before my trip to Wright-Patterson, I tracked down Walter Haut, the retired base public information officer who wrote the infamous press release, and asked him if he ever actually saw the wreckage. "No, and I feel like an idiot every time somebody asks me that," he said ruefully. "I got a call from the base commander, who basically dictated what was in the press release." And yet the "flying disk" release states that: "The _Intelligence_ office of the 509th Bombardment group ... announced that the field had come into possession of a flying saucer. According to information released by the department _over the authority of Maj. J.A. Marcel, intelligence officer_, the disk was recovered.... The _intelligence office_ stated that no details...etc.." In the _OMNI_ article, "The Truth About Roswell", a copy of which can be found at: http://www.omnimag.com/o07jul/ros_truth.html, Dava Sobel questioned Walter Haut about this point and more confusion arises: "When Blanchard talked to you about what to say, did he use the words 'flying saucer?"' I asked. "Did he seem to be frightened?" [...] "I do not remember the minute details," Haut told me. "I feel that I've had a pretty full life, and how the colonel passed that information on to me I cannot honestly tell you. I don't know whether he called me on the phone and said, `Haut, I want you to put out a press release and hand deliver it to the local news media. Here's what I want in it.' "Or," Haut continued, "the adjutant might have called and said, `Haut, the old man's got a press release he wants you to pick up [269 lines left ... full text available at <url:http://www.reference.com/cgi-bin/pn/go?choice=message&table=05_1997&mid=3257248&hilit=UFO> ] -------------------------------- Article-ID: 05_1997&3230496 Score: 84 Subject: Re: Why are they here?