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Date: December 11, 1999
Source: Badger Herald - U. Wisconsin
By Katie Harbath

(U-WIRE) MADISON, Wis. - UFO expert and author Don Schmitt spoke Wednesday night at the University of Wisconsin about his experiences investigating the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle near Roswell, N.M.

Schmitt, who is from Milwaukee, has been investigating the crash for 10 years through the Senate For UFO Studies, a privately funded group.

The Roswell incident occurred on July 3, 1947, after a rancher by the name of Mack Brazel stumbled upon a debris site three-fourths of a mile wide, Schmitt said. There was also a gouge 10 feet wide and 500-feet long with a big chunk of debris at the end. When Brazel observed the debris it was unlike any other substance he had ever seen.

Schmitt said witnesses described the material as four-and-one-half feet in diameter and paper-thin. Yet, when a sledgehammer or drill would be taken to it, nothing would happen to the material.

"There wasn't even a scratch on it," Schmitt said.

Schmitt said other debris was found at the site, including beams with hieroglyphic symbols. While fiber optics had not been invented yet, Schmitt said silken strands similar to the modern technology were also found.

There was also a malleable substance that returned to its original shape once it was put down on a table, "just like water," he said.

Schmitt said once Brazel took this information to the sheriff, it was forwarded to the No. 1 military intelligence officer located in Roswell at the time. A statement was released later to the press "declaring the capture of a flying saucer."

However, within seven hours the military changed its explanation of the incident, claiming a weather balloon had been recovered at the site, Schmitt said.

Schmitt compared this to a similar incident that had happened a few days earlier. Another family in Ohio had found a weather balloon, and the military told them to keep it because it was of no use to them.

Schmitt asked why the Roswell case was any different if it too was just a weather balloon.

During the military's two-and-a-half day excavation, Schmitt said 50 to 60 men cleaned up the debris site to recover all the pieces they could.

"All for some balloon, right?" Schmitt asked.

Schmitt said this explanation sufficed for 30 years before the military came up with a third explanation in September 1994 and a fourth explanation in June 1997.

The military's third explanation maintained that the debris was from a weather balloon but it was part of a secret mission called "Project Mogul." The fourth explanation stated that the victims recovered at the site were wooden crash dummies, Schmitt said.

Schmitt said Brazel had discovered a second site soon after he found the first.

At the second site Brazel described the scene as "horrible." Schmitt said Brazel claimed what he saw was "not human."

Schmitt said all of the men who were a part of the case were threatened by the military to keep quiet or else face harm to their families.

Schmitt said his organization has 600 witnesses so far for the case, 100 signed affidavits and nine deathbed testimonies. All of them support the first explanation that it was a flying saucer recovered in Roswell.

"None of the other explanations have any witnesses," Schmitt said.

(C) 1999 Badger Herald via U-WIRE

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