I don't want to say I told you so, but I told you so. The FBI recently uploaded 2,000 new documents into its public, online, searchable database called "The Vault" and one of the newest additions addresses the UFO sighting in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
Oooooo weeeeee oooooo!! Break out the champagne and the welcome mats, it's time to celebrate! I've always thought aliens existed -- and Stephen Hawking agrees -- so if it turns out that little extraterrestrials really landed in New Mexico 64 years ago and the government is ready to confirm our suspicions after all this time, this could be life changing. Weather balloon shmeather balloon -- this is what the official FBI memo says about that summer day in 1947 when alien met Earth:
An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
According to Mr. (redacted) informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers. No further evaluation was attempted by SA (redacted) concerning the above.
The memo was written by the Special Agent (SA) in charge of Washington Field Office to the Director of the FBI on March 22, 1950 -- three years after the saucers crash-landed.
Here's an image of the original memo from the FBI Vault:
Sounds like we need to fill some more airspace with these intense radar waves that interfere with alien ships (and not airplanes?) and see if we can't get another saucer to touch ground. But, sounds like this memo has been circulating for years as "proof" the government knew about an alien event, and investigators are quick to point out that the memo mentions nothing about Roswell, and that the memo was never classified. They say its vagueness and fact that the guys who started this rumor were known for their fraud and schemes in the southwest at the time totally discredit this as any evidence that there was a cover-up.
There's another FBI memo that tells a different story. We are talking aliens after all -- I suppose nothing will ever be as straightforward as E.T. phone home. "The Vault" also stores a memo written right after the event in July 1947, which describes the UFO as hexagonal (not circular), 20 feet in diameter (not 50), and totally resembling a high-altitude weather balloon.
Well, crap. Were there aliens or weren't there? Should I put on my tin foil hat to let possible visitors know that I'm down with them, or not? So many questions, so few answers. I'll just go on assuming that at any moment aliens could come down to Earth and change everything, and that Will Smith will be our ambassador, and Michelle Rodriguez will protect us lest things get heated.
What do you think of the memos in "The Vault"?
Photo via frankpierson/Flickr, memos via vault.fbi.gov