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originally posted by: mirageman
Certainly one of the important figures in the early days of ufology. .I think, unlike some of the charlatans around these days, that Keyhoe was genuine in his beliefs. There was definitely a cover-up of some sort during his time in the field. The details and the depth of which are still debated now. But at a bare minimum the US military did not want people talking about or spotting 'flying saucers' whilst the threat of nuclear war with the Soviets seemed very possible.
Not sure he was commenting on Roswell specifically in the interview. Here's a snippet of the transcript (the full interview is sourced as well for those without the means or the will to watch the whole interview.)
WALLACE: All right. Now, let's go at it from another point of view, if I may, the Air Force point of view. They agree, undoubtedly, objects have been seen in the sky, but the Air Force has said time and time again --, this is a quote from Richard Horner, assistant secretary of the Air Force for research and development --, "All, but a small percentage of these reports -- of unidentified flying objects -- have been definitely attributed to natural phenomena that are neither mysterious nor dire." End quote. Weather balloons, mirages, ordinary sky phenomena like meteors or airplanes themselves. What about that?
KEYHOE: I'll answer that, but I'd like to make several points in doing it. In 1947, the Air Technical Intelligence Center at Dayton, that's the top Air Force intelligence men and scientists under contract, sent the secret documents to the Commanding General of the Air Force, saying that whatever of these things were, they were real. In 1948, ATIC, the same group, sent a top-secret estimate to the Commanding General, Roy Vandenburg, that these were interplanetary spaceships. ...............
Source : Full transcript of Keyhoe interview with Mike Wallace
There was a lot of sightings after Kenneth Arnold's in June 1947 : www.project1947.com...
However Roswell does not feature much at all in the contemporary reports of the time. But make up your own minds.
ETA: Anyone who wants to read Keyhoe's book then it is available here : Donald Keyhoe - Flying Saucers Are Real (free pdf)