Here is my take on Roswell (delete after reading):
The New Mexico desert after WWII is used for top secret military research activity. It is a vast, sparsely populated expanse of nothing where
virtually anything can get done with little recognition. The atom bomb was born there and VERY smart scientists were whisked away there from abroad
and given money, opportunity, and amnesty. It is also a place of God fearing patriots, steeped in superstition and Native American culture, so much
The US government wants to close the Roswell case for a big reason. If people keep poking around New Mexico they are going to find out things that
were done there that can not be conveniently covered up with 1950s era declassified security documents. This is bad because there are still covert
operations happening there 60 years later.
The report that the OP mentions, the case-closed report on Roswell, is able to provide credible closure by claiming the testimony of witnesses are the
result of multiple secret projects (Mogul for one) occurring over several years, confused and combined into one event.
The problem with the classic Roswell news story should be obvious though. Consider the typical UFO eyewitness account at face value. Maybe it was a
bright light, saucer, or triangle. It made some sound or not; had a particular behavior. Most skeptics are willing to concede that the observer saw
something, but do not necessarily agree with what the observer may claim is the explanation, if one is given. Regardless of what the witness believes
is being observed, the visual representation is accepted as somewhat accurate and even consistent if multiple observers witness the event. So, UFO is
observed (balloon, swamp gas, hubcap, starship), and a subjective mental association is made.
One might therefore wonder why the Roswell newspaper headline read something to the effect that a crashed disk had been found. Why a disk? If a
rancher came upon debris on his land, given his general knowledge of the day, what would he know? He most certainly wouldn't know what the state of
the art in material science (mylar) was, but he would know the difference between shapes: a disk, balloon, or angular radar reflector. So why a
Well, now we come to one of those strange moments of wild unpredictable synchronicity. The US military used
the UFO phenomenon both to keep track
of the public's awareness of its black projects, and as a means of counterintelligence aimed at the Soviets, ally intel agencies, and WORSE, its own
military and diverse intel infrastructure. In the case of Roswell, the lies turned around and bit them.
What rancher Mack Brazel saw was in fact a wrecked flying disk. But the cover story of Project Mogul, should it ever be compromised, was - wait for it
- a flying saucer. So a cattle rancher finds wreckage, the base commander, Col. Blanchard, pulls out the play book for the only black project he is
privy to and it says call it a saucer. Unfortunately, it is a saucer. When Gen. Ramey, who has knowledge of another black project, finds out about the
story and the evidence, he has a fit and there is a scramble to retract the story. Everybody will buy a weather balloon but it can not, by any means,
be described as a DISK.
The US government has done a lot of questionable things to its citizens and its brave soldiers, with or without motive. Think of the admitted Bomb
tests and biologic experiments. The Air Force used Project Mogul and High Dive as a means to cover up things it can't come clean on. Think of the
history of some of the scientists brought to New Mexico. Think of what Von Braun was able to do with the Apollo space program. What did the other
scientists do? There may have been other wondrous success stories that people might really not be as proud about. Case closed.