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Did Recovered Extra-Terrestrial Technology
Make Possible This Century's Greatest Inventions

by Jack Landman

An incredible claim is made, quite seriously, by a career military intelligence officer whose record of service is impeccable and impressive. The claim is this: the wreckage and artifacts of a recovered alien spacecraft, in 1947, near Roswell, New Mexico, has seeded development of many late century technologies, including, fiber optics, night vision viewing, minituarized silicon circuits, composite ceramic materials, laser development/particle beam (SDI), stealth aircraft and unusually strong Kevlar™ type fabrics.

The claimant is Colonel Philip J. Corso. He died in 1998, but not before publishing, The Day After Roswell, in 1997. He served in World War II, the Korean War, and in the mid 50's, in the White House at the National Security Council. In 1961, he went to work in the Pentagon as Chief of the Foreign Technology Desk, Research and Development, serving directly under, and answering only to General Arthur Trudeau, a highly decorated military hero.

Col. Corso was not at Roswell in 1947. Instead he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, where, he says, he briefly saw a dead alien body, preserved in formaldehyde in its shipping container on its way from Roswell to Wright Field, Ohio. This particular chance event is an almost unbelievable, (but not quite), coincidence. Corso does not refer to the creature as an "alien", but as an "extra-terrestrial biological entity" (EBE), which, he says, became the top secret classified designation in the aftermath of the Roswell recovery of 1947.

Always the good soldier, he tucked away any thought of that experience until fourteen years later when General Trudeau chose Col. Corso to be the army's interface between its secret knowledge and American industry. According to Corso, between 1947 and 1961, the effort within the minds of the US secret keepers was to create a successful cover-up. It was not until Gen. Trudeau became head of the army's most secret weapons development programs that a system was developed to release extra-terrestrial technological information to researchers. In fact, the Cold War provided the urgency and cover for a military that at its highest levels feared the alien threat to our security much more than that posed by the Russians or Chinese, according to Col. Corso.

Have we any way of knowing if this true? No. As with all seemingly good evidence for the existence of alien UFOs, we lack any irrefutable information. In fact, it is uncanny how the evidence for this overall UFO/alien subject always comes right up to a point, then fades back. However, I do not believe this should be taken as supporting the more skeptical viewpoint. Instead, it speaks more to the high strangeness that characterizes so many aspects of the subject. In a twisted sort of way it actually boosts the possibility these things are true.

Still, to be satisfied, and to have our most skeptical friends and associates share our beliefs in the more bizarre qualities of reality, we must have a smoking gun, not just a huge body of circumstantial evidence. I suspect that if the best-documented cases were studied, one of several in particular, would already contain the proof for which we are looking. Maybe its Roswell (1947), Washington, D.C. (1952), North Dakota Missile Silo (1967), Teheran (1976), Bentwaters, England (1981), Belgium (1983), or Mexico (1990s), but its out there somewhere. The tantalizing suspicion is that if we just had a Woodward and Bernstein sneaking around the Pentagon for about 6 months, this thing would break right open.

Another factor is a "law" of the universe, which has probably been described by others, but until I am made aware of someone else's articulation of this, I will call it the Landman Tendency: Newly discovered facts always accelerate our vision of reality toward the greatest strangeness. Said another way, many new revelations from the fields of science and astronomy tend to confirm, or at least open to possibility the weirdest explanations for things. Think of the things quantum studies are telling us these days - particles may be in two places at one time, teleportation may be possible; a thing is not what it seems to be but is a set of probabilities. Of course, I over simplify, but you get my drift.

It is almost old fashioned to cling to the belief that the speed of light is the limit of velocities. An inter-dimensional understanding of reality may suggest that many universes exist simultaneously, and the ones other than our own may have entirely different physical laws. Have you seen the videos and photos of "rods" and "orbs"? These strange phenomena may exist at the margins of our current equipment's ability to capture them. Who knew what a bullet passing through an apple looked like until Edgerton fine-tuned stroboscopic photography?

And don't be too quick to dismiss crop circles as being the products of a few hoaxers with string, protractors and cardboard. There is a class of crop circles appearing around the world, which have very strange characteristics. Dr. W. C. Levengood at the University of Michigan is studying plant abnormalities that appear in samples taken from particular crop circles. These suggest a heretofore-unknown force literally "microwaves" symbolic patterns into the fields of grain. Seeds from the affected plants may produce "super-growth" plants, which may someday help us fight world hunger.

So what about The Day After Roswell and Col. Philip J Corso? It cannot be disputed that he was where he says he was when he says he was there. He had the top-secret clearances. Some say his book is actually an authorized attempt by our government to drip out the truth, so that when the ultimate statement of the UFO/Alien reality is made, more and more of us will have been prepared. I don't believe that. In fact, what bothers me most about Corso's claims is that I do not understand what could have motivated this career soldier and secret keeper to spill the beans toward the end of his life. That is the big "red flag" for me in this story. Though that piece of strangeness troubles me, it does not change the fact that this is one of the most compelling tales of its kind ever produced. I urge my most skeptical friends to check this one out, and beware the Landman Tendency!

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