UFO Conjectures

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The FBI and Flying Disks, plus a mysterious AJB in an FOI document

Don wanted a source for my note that the FBI used "flying disk" for its sobriquet about the strange things flitting around the skies in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Here's a link where a document confirming my FBI notation may be read:


And note at the bottom of one section are the initials "AJB" -- the signature for Anthony Bragalia when he comments or posts material about UFOs here or at his personal blog:

Is Anthony Bragalia a MIB or was a government agent, way back when? [I kid]


The UFO Black Hole: Roswell

As one can see from the comments in the previous posting here about the Roswell Disk and a UFO book where it’s mentioned, the vicissitudes endemic to Roswell took over, as usual.

And the discussion, like all discussions about Roswell, intermingle with fact, fancy, and hefty biases of those intertwined in the commentary.

UFOs – what they are or may be – take a back seat.

The phenomenon isn’t even given a secondary status; it is ignored altogether, as participants struggle to make points within their Roswell construct.

Some see Roswell as a mythology. Others see it as the premise for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. While a few see it as the Uncle Remus “tar baby.”

(This is the description of tar baby (from Wikipedia):

“The Tar-Baby is a fictional character in the second of the Uncle Remus stories published in 1881; it is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br’er Rabbit. The more that Br’er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby. The more entangled he becomes.

In modern usage. “tar baby” refers to any “sticky situation” that is only aggravated by additional contact.”)

What did we discover from all the back-and-forth in the comments?

That Roswell skeptics get incensed with David Rudiak’s extensive Roswell research.

That’s about it.

For me, Roswell is a sociological/psychological conglomeration fueled by an incident that remains, after all these years, as fuzzy as it seems to have been in July 1947.

Even if the Roswell event were proven to consist of an alien space craft disaster, where does that take us, in 2014?

Does anyone think that Roswell will unravel the UFO phenomenon in its entirety or even substantially?

Suppose that the Roswell episode was a bona fide flying saucer crash from which alien bodies were extracted.

That raises more questions than it answers.

Roswell has become, for many UFO devotees, the one hoped-for credible UFO event that proves we are not alone in the universe and their obsession with UFOs is now considered prescient and worthwhile.

That, for me, explains why the topic and its ensuing commentary, that you saw here and also see regularly at Kevin Randle’s blog (along with a few others), is so intense and ragged.

It’s the utterances of persons at the brink of a delusional insanity….at the brink.

Paul Kimball came upon that interpretation after examining the comments found inside the posting. He didn’t define the psychic syndrome as such but did, in a private message, write, humorously, “ … you people are all insane. Ay caramba.”

I think Bruce Duensing would agree, as would several others who’ve passed by and over the posting.

Again, for me, a Roswell tease is grist for a psychological and/or sociological analysis of the people who come to (or fall for) the tease.

Roswell, by itself, as a UFO-related incident, holds no intellectual sway with me.

It is a Rorschach, that’s all.