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I recently read an article out loud to my son, Chuck, in which a retired CIA agent claimed that he had been in the secret CIA archives and that he had seen the proof that aliens did really crash in New Mexico near the Roswell Experimental Aircraft facility back in 1947 and that there were, indeed, alien corpses involved. He went on to say that he couldn't go into details because he had signed the Officials Secrets Act and was prohibited from talking about it further.
While the report must be making the alien chasers very happy, I confessed to Chuck that I had a couple of serious problems with it. First of all, the source. I worked with those CIA guys when I was in Military Intelligence and I can say with absolute conviction, that I wouldn't believe a word they said, active or retired, even if someone was holding a cannon to their heads. This guy was covert operations and that means that lying was in his job description. The CIA holds classes on lying, how to do it, how to be believed, what to lie about, and how to tell a convincing lie about a different lie. Any covert operative can lie as easily as he can breath.
Secondly, in my experience there is no such thing as a “retired” CIA agent, in the sense that if you spend 25 years being a successful spy, you pretty much die one. I met people who were “retired” from the Agency and when someone asked them what they had done for a living they usually said, banking, financial advising, investment, or managing a Home Depot or something, but never, “I was an agent for the CIA.” It just isn't done. The guy in the article, however, seemed to have no problem whatsoever telling everyone and anyone about being a covert agent.
Thirdly, The fact that he signed the Officials Secrets Act makes perfect sense, everyone in intelligence signs it. The fact that he is using it as a reason that he can't tell the whole story but is willing to spill his guts about sneaking into the official CIA archives and finding proof of an alien crash landing makes no sense at all. I read the Officials Secrets Act before I signed it and I'm pretty sure that sneaking around in the archives and publicly announcing that your government had lied about alien visitations was included in the, “Don't do this no matter what,” column. Spilling a big secret and then claiming secrecy, government security, or some sort of bizarre after the fact patriotism for not telling the whole story is completely absurd. I'm pretty sure this guy was trained in the spy school of, “Say nothing to anyone about anything,” and clearly understood that any information was too much information. We all were given that lecture, and more than once.
Last, but hardly least, I have a problem with where this alien flying saucer supposedly crash landed. I'm not a big fan of coincidence. Coincidence usually sets off all my proximity alarms for something being out there I can't see and don't know about. This kind of attitude was another thing ingrained in us in the intelligence service. If you come across a too convenient coincidence, you should automatically be nervous. How convenient is it that this alien spaceship just happened to land in the middle of the desert near a Top Secret Airforce facility? Why didn't it crash near a used car lot or an all you can eat diner? How did it manage to malfunction and crash right where the government needed it to? Chuck suggested that perhaps it was shot down by surface to air missiles on the base. Possible, I guess. But why was it flying right over the place? Chuck then postulated that it might have been checking out the facility or on it's way to pick up some fruitcake in the desert for probing. Maybe, but any alien race capable of conquering time and space and traveling a million or so light years to get to our little corner of the galaxy would look at what we were doing at Roswell and laugh. It would be like an F18 pilot checking out a toy airplane on a string, ludicrous. As for picking up local fruitcakes for probing, that whole business is kind of suspect anyway, so I discounted it.
So, all in all, I was highly suspicious of the whole story. Chuck maintains that this is a perfect example of my closed mind to certain possibilities. I don't know about that. Do I believe that there are other beings out there in the stars? Why not? Its a big universe. Do I believe that they might have the technology to visit earth? Sure. A race of beings more intelligent and advanced than we are is not only likely, but probable. Do I believe what some self-proclaimed retired CIA agent tells me while simultaneously telling me that he can't tell me anything? Not so much. Do I believe that an alien spacecraft was accommodating and helpful enough to crash right near a secret government facility because stuff like that happens? Well, like I said, its possible – but not likely.
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