Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Strange Case Of Philip Corso And The Roswell UFO Incident

We're all familiar with the alleged UFO crash at Roswell New Mexico in 1947.  A lot of people believe it was a UFO and the government covered it up by recasting that event as merely the site of a weather balloon crash. There is certainly enough evidence on both sides of the argument to create doubt we will ever know the truth.

However, most people do not know about COL. Philip J. Corso (Ret), who was an intelligence officer serving in the United States Army from 1942 to 1963 and was secretly ordered to disseminate alien artifacts and technology recovered from the Roswell site to trusted defense industry contractors for research and reverse engineering of any useful technology.

Those technologies reportedly resulted in the development of: accelerated particle beam devices, fiber optics, lasers, integrated circuit chips and Kevlar material, among others; including top secret experiments on anti-gravity propulsion rumored to have been conducted at a government facility at Groom Lake Nevada (otherwise known as Area 51).

In 1998, Corso's book The Day After Roswell, was published wherein he claims the government covered up the Roswell incident, not because they were afraid of civilian populations panicking over the discovery of an alien spaceship, but rather to thwart foreign intelligence services from getting their hands on Roswell's treasure trove of material the US could use as a significant technology advantage in the ongoing Cold War against the Soviets.

Corso reported that in 1961, he became Chief of the Pentagon's Foreign Technology desk in Army Research and Development and worked under Lieutenant General Arthur G. Trudeau. In this role, he stewarded alien technology mining that would later be used to create the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), also known as "Star Wars" by it's detractors. Corso shockingly reveals that SDI was apparently not intended just for defense against Soviet anti-ballistic missile launches, but also for American planetary defense in a possible all out war with Extraterrestrials.

The Day After Roswell rapidly became a best-seller and remained on the New York Best Sellers list for several weeks. Soon after however, it was roundly panned by critics such as Publisher's Weekly;  and The Guardian even listed it in it's top ten literary hoaxes.

But a quick review of Corso's resume reveals little if any tendency toward fringe activity in his background. If anything, he was uniquely qualified and clearly entrusted with defense department secrets of the highest priority. He was the chief of the US Counter Intelligence Corps in Rome just before the end of WWII in 1945. During the Korean War (1950-1953), Corso served under General Douglas McArthur as the Chief of the Special Projects branch of the Intelligence Division, Far East Command.

He also served on President Eisenhower's National Security Council for four years (1953-1955). It was after he became the Chief of the Pentagon's Foreign Technology desk, working directly under Lt. Gen. Arthur Trudeau that he was assigned the Roswell project.

In his book, Corso explained his role as part of a covert government group under the first Director of Central Intelligence, Adm. Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter. Among his many tasks, he was to compile all information on off-planet technology, while the US administration simultaneously discounted all reference to the existence of flying saucers to the general public.

Corso's book is detailed, chronologically specific and exceptionally credible. You would think everyone would know about and have read his book by now given the extraordinary volume of material concerning Extraterrestrials and alien technology it reveals.

COL. Philip Corso (Ret.) died in 1998 in Jupiter Florida. His boss Lieutenant General Arthur Trudeau died in 1991. They took their secrets to the grave with them.

What do you think of the fantastic events he described in The Day after Roswell? Fact, or fiction? Read the book and you decide.

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