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Friday, May 22, 2009

Anthony Bragalia's Roswell Interview


Tony Bragalia is interviewed by Billy Cox for The Sarasota Herald-Tribune about Roswell and the memory metal recovered from the alleged 1947 UFO crash.

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  • There is no contradiction between Battelle Institute's UFO Report of 1954, where 21.5 per cent of UFO cases were given as unknowns, and the 3 per cent unknowns quoted by Donald A.Quarles (Defense Secretary). This is because the Battelle Report, which covered the years 1947-52 only, was not made public until October 1955, and by then the SecDef had access to more recent figures produced by the USAF covering the early months of 1955 which had reduced the unknowns to only 3 per cent of the total for that year. Since different time periods were being covered there was no contradiction. We can talk about and dispute the figures as much as we like, but that is the explanation for the 21.5% and 3% discrepancy.

    Battelle did no investigation of any sightings at all, and merely applied statistical methods to the cases supplied to them by the Air Force (who had already drawn their own conclusions on the 3200 odd sightings). Battelle then re-studied them and amended the AF conclusions in some instances. It was in fact an early 'punched card' computer study of UFOS, which Ed Ruppelt of Project Blue Book later wrote off as worthless.

    I doubt very much if anything of value to science was contained in either the first or second report on the 'Nitinol' research. Commonsense tells me that if such reports had discovered anything useful (e.g. a completely unknown substance or a possible 'ET connection') the said reports would never have been lost or mysteriously disappeared. And yes, had the USAF really wanted help on the Roswell metals they would have handed the actual stuff to Battelle in 1947, not some substitute metal!
    Why suggest otherwise?

    The article takes us nowhere. All it does is add to the tiresome conspiracy theories about Roswell.

    I predict that if either report is ever found it will contain nothing of value to the ET cause.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, May 23, 2009  

  • This Nitinol development is very interesting; however, readers may be interested to know that one of the sources who I interviewed for my "Body Snatchers" book told me years ago that there was a Nitinol link to the Roswell story - but that the link had a far more down to earth (and, in my view, more plausible) explanation.

    We can view the words of the interviewee in a couple of ways: (a) his story is true; (b) it's disinformation put into the public domain in anticipation of confusing the truth if data such as that secured by Tony ever surfaced.

    I have copy-pasted below the section of relevant material on Roswell and Nitinol as published in "Body Snatchers."

    True or not, there's no doubt that the source in question knew of a Roswell-Nitinol connection years ago (and my book that references Roswell and Nitinol was published 4 years ago).

    Here's the info from my book:

    Also, according to the Colonel, in the early 1960s a Soviet spy known to be operating in Washington, D.C. was suspected of having received classified data from someone allied with the U.S. Army’s Foreign Technology Division (FTD).

    A plan was hatched to reveal some very specific but bogus information to the traitor that could be easily traced to the Soviet contact when it was duly passed on – thus identifying the traitor as well.

    The concocted story, states the Colonel, was that, in 1961, the FTD had got its hands on a quantity of strange, metallic debris from a crashed UFO that was being analyzed under cover of the strictest security.

    This story was duly and carefully leaked to the suspected Soviet sympathizer and, apparently, the ruse worked: the traitor passed on the information to his Russian handler and arrests were quickly and quietly made without any real secrets having been compromised.

    Interestingly the Colonel states that as with Operation Klondike and Fort Knox, this led to rumors among officials that the Army’s FTD had gotten its hands on crashed UFO materials.

    Perhaps of relevance to this incident is the 1997 publication of one of the most controversial UFO books of all time: The Day After Roswell, co-written by Lt. Col. Philip J. Corso, who was a prime mover in the Army’s Foreign Technology Division in the early 1960s. Corso claimed that while he was with the FTD he had hands-on access to recovered debris from the Roswell crash of 1947 – debris that Corso asserted until his dying day was extraterrestrial in origin.

    The Colonel believes that, wittingly or unwittingly, Corso’s story can be traced back to the ruse laid down to smoke out the Soviets’ informant.

    The Colonel states that, in reality, the odd metal material that the FTD obtained and utilized in its operation was Nitinol.

    In 1961, Nitinol, which stands for Nickel Titanium Naval Ordnance Laboratory, was discovered to possess the unique property of having shape memory (returning to its original shape when heated), which a number of individuals claimed the recovered materials on the Brazel ranch possessed.

    The Colonel states that shortly afterwards a supply of Nitinol was presented to the FTD to begin smoking out the Soviet source with a crashed UFO story.

    How this all relates to the Corso story is not fully clear; but it is an intriguing slant on the whole controversy and it should be noted that it was during this precise time period in which Nitinol came to the fore, 1961-2, that Corso served with the FTD.

    (Extracted from "Body Snatchers in the Desert" by Nick Redfern, published July 2005.)

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, May 25, 2009  

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