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Skeptics who consider the crash of an ET craft at Roswell often maintain that it is not credible because it is based on testimony. These scoffers believe that those who say that they saw ET or its debris are either intentionally or unintentionally not telling the truth. They further maintain that such testaments are not sufficient to believe that ET crashed to Earth.
Those with such doubting attitudes are wrong. They feel compelled to "shoot holes" in all such testimony. This is because if even one witness to Roswell is telling the truth, the critics must then acknowledge the fact that we are not alone - and that this fact has been kept from them.
Testimony often leads to truth. Its value in finding the answers to our questions about Roswell is unquestionable. Such testimony has been given without gain. It has been offered by those who are lucid and credible. It is told by those who would be in a position "to know" what had happened. The accounts include details which are internally consistent. What is said is often corroborated by many others. Such testimony has been combined with other evidence such as circumstantial evidence, elevating its value. We cannot ignore this testimony, we must evaluate it.
As contributor to sections of the revised edition of Witness to Roswell
(2009) by Tom Carey and Don Schmitt, I am especially aware of the value of witnesses and of testimony. In fact the national firm that I lead in my professional life engages in conducting in-depth interviews, evaluations and verification. I have applied these skills in the personal interview of countless Roswell witnesses. "Testimony" is something of which I am very familiar. WHY TESTIMONY FOR NOW SUFFICES
Those critics of the crash who insist that without a bona fide piece of the Roswell debris - or a tissue sample of an alien corpse - reports of an ET Roswell crash are shams. But these cynics reveal their ignorance. Such physical evidence will never be officially forthcoming in our lifetimes. To demand such evidence is on the very face of it ridiculous. Though private individuals may perhaps have retained such evidence- we will never see an ET body on a gurney wheeled out into a White House Press Conference. The other types of evidence that then remain available to us are qualified testimony, circumstantial evidence and the paper trails of any relevant documents.
In any courtroom in the nation, under United States law, such evidence -even absent physical evidence- is often enough to convict and execute someone for a capital offense! Skeptics repeatedly gloss over this fact. And they should bear in mind too that historians often deem as truthful the communications of those who have come before us, even when absent physical evidence. Historians often confirm history without physical proofs. TESTIMONY AND THE LAW
A "credible witness" in a court of law is defined as someone who is "competent to give testimony, is worthy of belief and who is not speaking from hearsay." Many Roswell witnesses would be considered "credible" under this very definition of law. Some of these witnesses have even appeared in video or audio recorded deposition and have signed and dated notarized affidavits. Some testimony is so valued by the US Government that the witnesses who give such testimony are even placed in official "Witness Protection" programs! TESTIMONY AND BEHAVIOR
As a US Governor in the 1800s once said, "A trembling in the bones carries more convincing testimony than dry utterance." In other words, if such disturbing or troubling testimony is accompanied by corroborating behavior (i.e. drinking, leaving, keeping the secret until you are old) then what is said becomes very convincing. And just such testimony and subsequent behavior came from many who left Roswell, or became alcoholic (see "The Roswell Alcoholics
" archived on this site) or who waited until they were aged or dying to say anything about the event. WHY ROSWELL TESTIMONY IS DEFINITIVE: IT WAS ALIEN
In a criminal investigation, errors in observation often come into play. There is always the possibility for instance, of misidentifying a perpetrator in a police line-up of potential burglars. Mistakes can be honestly made relative to body size or height, eye and hair color and other such identifiers. But Roswell witnesses to alien bodies or debris are fundamentally different than witnesses to a crime. With these Roswell witnesses, there is no such possibility of "incorrect identification."
This is simply because witnesses to ET corpses either saw them or they did not. Similarly, either witnesses held debris (or saw a craft) that could not be made by man- or they did not. There is no "in-between" or margin for error. A human being knows if they are viewing something that is non-human. They would most certainly be certain if they held something in their own hands which represented a material so unique that it could not be of man or that came from that time.
If they indicate that they did witness such thing, they are either telling the truth or they are lying. There are no two ways about it. They either viewed small, hairless, earless creatures with large heads and eyes that were plainly not from this world- or they did not. They either held what was described as bizarre "memory metal" (something that did not even exist at that time) or they did not. Unlike witnessing a crime scene and its “perps,” viewing ET bodies or debris leaves no room for doubt or error. If the reports are true, the witnesses saw ET, period.
Critics are too cowardly to call such people out-and-out "liars." Instead, they resort to convoluted terms -and even psychiatric conditions- to describe these witnesses. Their testimony, they say, is "contaminated" by other stories that have been told; they are susceptible to suggestion; they give the answers that are desired by researchers; or that they suffer from faulty memories, a "syndrome" of some type- or even that they have the "liar's disease" called crypto-amnesia.
Another favored tool in the skeptics arsenal is to belittle the elderly as too old to remember clearly. Such talk is insulting and demeaning to everyone. We will all get old, including said skeptics. And we all hope that when we do, that we will be believed and trusted in what we say. These critics also have a penchant to question motive- though the only "motive" is most always to simply relate what they know about the event and nothing more.
The reason that the critics say these things is that they are unsure or unwilling to call out these witnesses as complete, no-good liars. They feel that they must couch what they say about these witnesses in the language of pseudo-psychology. And of course the larger reason is that if the cynics were to agree that such a witness is truthful in what they say about Roswell - they then must acknowledge the event as ET. DISCERNING THE ROSWELL SPIRITS: WHICH WITNESSES ARE TELLING THE TRUTH?
The very nature of Roswell itself invites fraud. There is perhaps no other subject that holds fascination for so many as the possibility that ET has crashed to Earth. It then makes complete sense that this would always be a subject that would be ripe for scammers. It would invite liars. There would invariably be those who would bear false witness. There would of course be those that would want to insert themselves into history. But this is true of all human pursuits. There are such types in all walks of life, especially in areas that touch upon such "hot button" issues.
But by "discerning the spirits" as Ecclesiastes instructs, we can establish who is telling the truth -and who is not- when it comes to Roswell. And we have already done so. Rather than disparage researchers who have found and then later disposed of witnesses, these researchers deserve our respect. UFO researchers who are genuine in their pursuit have vetted out such frauds as Gerald Anderson, Frank Kauffman, Jim Ragsdale and Phil Corso.
What remains though is a very large core of credible Roswell witnesses who:
- were sought out rather than who had come forward
- divulged information sometimes only reluctantly
- received no recompense or reward
- were verifiably there at the time
- were of clear minds but waited until old age or their deathbed to tell
- told stories that were internally consistent
- related accounts that were corroborated by others (and often in fine detail)
- made statements that were supported by circumstantial evidence and documents
Such things help guide us in determining the veracity of witnesses and their Roswell accounts. It is only when we apply such discernment that we arrive at the answers. And it is then that we realize that the Witnesses to Roswell have offered us the Testimony of Truth.