Area 51 ‘Uncensored’

Posted: May 19, 2011 in america, books, misc, science, technology

Fresh Air’s Terry Gross recently interviewed Annie Jacobson about her new book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base.  Jacobson spends the bulk of the book examining how the Atomic Energy Commission, the Defense Department, and the CIA conducted “controversial and secretive research on aircraft and pilot-related projects, including planes that traveled three times faster than the speed of sound and nuclear-propelled, space-based missile launch systems.”

The most startling revelation in the book is the author’s research regarding supposed “UFO” sightings and encounters related to Area 51.  Jacobson explains that a source claims that an aircraft did crash in the desert of New Mexico, and that what was found inside was almost unbelievable:

“The child-sized aviators in this craft [that crashed in New Mexico] were the result of a Soviet human experimentation program, and they had been made to look like aliens a la Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds, and it was a warning shot over President Truman’s bow, so to speak. In 1947, when this would have originally happened, the Soviets did not yet have the nuclear bomb, and Stalin and Truman were locked in horns with one another, and Stalin couldn’t compete in nuclear weaponry yet, but he certainly could compete in the world of black propaganda — and that was his aim, according to my source. …

“What is firsthand information is that he worked with these bodies [of the pilots] and he was an eyewitness to the horror of seeing them and working with them. Where they actually came from is obviously the subject of debate. But if you look at the timeline with Josef Mengele, he left Auschwitz in January of 1945 and disappeared for a while, and the suggestion by the source is that Mengele had already cut his losses with the Third Reich at that point and was working with Stalin.”

“The plan, according to my source, was to create panic in the United States with this belief that a UFO had landed with aliens inside of it. And one of the most interesting documents is the second CIA director, Walter Bedell Smith, memos back and forth to the National Security Council talking about how the fear is that the Soviets could make a hoax against America involving a UFO and overload our early air-defense warning system, making America vulnerable to an attack.”

Who knows how much of this is true and how much is fabrication, but it’s a fascinating story nonetheless.  Read an excerpt of the book here.

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