UFO enthusiasts marked the 65th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident on July 8. It was on July 8, 1947 that the Roswell Daily Record splashed the famous headline that claimed U.S. military officials captured a "flying saucer" on a Roswell ranch.
Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer Walter Haut, announced on July 8, 1947 that the military had captured a flying saucer. Conviction that the government was trying to conceal information about the incident began rising when the military changed its story on July 9, claiming that it was only a weather balloon that was recovered.
According to Gizmodo, after retraction of the original "flying saucer story," the incident receded from public attention until Major Jesse Marcel, an eyewitness of the original recovery of crash debris, told media, about 30 years later, that it appeared to him the U.S. military was covering up the recovery of an alien spacecraft.
After 65 years, the original claim that the Roswell object was an alien spacecraft is still alive, although official sources have sought to debunk the claim.
Roswell Daily Record
Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947
Chase Brandon, a former CIA officer who, according to The Huffington Post, served as an undercover operations officer in the agency's Clandestine Service for 25 years, still maintains that "it" was was alien craft that the US military officials captured.
Brandon said: "It was not a damn weather balloon -- it was what it was billed when people first reported it. It was a craft that clearly did not come from this planet, it crashed and I don't doubt for a second that the use of the word 'remains' and 'cadavers' was exactly what people were talking about."
According to The Huffington Post, Brandon claims he stumbled on the information while he served with the CIA on the director's staff as the agency's first liaison to the entertainment and publication industries. He claims that in the mid-1990s, he got access to a special section of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Va, called the Historical Intelligence Collection.
Brandon said: "It was a vaulted area and not everybody could get in it. One day, I was looking around in there and reading some of the titles that were mostly hand-scribbled summations of what was in the boxes. And there was one box that really caught my eye. It had one word on it: Roswell. I took the box down, lifted the lid up, rummaged around inside it, put the box back on the shelf and said, 'My God, it really happened!'"
According to Brandon, he found in the box, "Some written material and some photographs, and that's all I will ever say to anybody about the contents of that box. But it absolutely, for me, was the single validating moment that everything I had believed, and knew that so many other people believed had happened, truly was what occurred."
The Huffington Post reports that Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist who investigated the Roswell UFO incident in the late 1970s, found former original eyewitnesses who said the Roswell incident involved a UFO. Friedman said: "It's time for the retirement of the mythical part -- where we don't have all the pieces -- to be replaced by the true story of what happened, all the details, and we certainly don't have them."
Brandon said: "It's been 65 years since things took place at Roswell. How much more widely known could it be -- everywhere I've spoken in the world, they ask about Roswell. What we really need now is the Woodward-Bernstein of the UFO world to bring out the disclosure."
With regard to the limited information about Roswell he is sharing, Brandon says there is no CIA policy for its agents and employees that prevents him from revealing what he claims he saw. Brandon said: "Nobody tells any of us that we can't say anything about sources, methods, classified information having to do with working for the Central Intelligence Agency."
In spite of his admission that he is free to talk about it, he said: "I'm not reluctant to talk about it -- I won't talk about it. I'm telling you there was a box that had stuff in there having to do with Roswell, and I looked through it, and it validated everything I believed in, and that's all I have to say about it."
Unfortunately, when people like Brandon who claim they accessed classified information make categorical assertions while refusing to go whole hog, the Roswell incident will remain nothing but just another of conspiracy theories that find conducive breeding environment online.
Brandon's credibility is not helped by the fact that he is currently promoting his book, a work of fiction titled "The Cryptos Conundrum." The book is "a sci-fi, political conspiracy thriller about CIA’s cover-up of the Roswell UFO crash."