Linda & I just finished
watching 'UFOs Declassified' on Freeview
Hmmmmm.... As with the previous progs in the series, there was a genuine
attempt by the producers to be balanced and reasonable, and the summing
up at the end was excellent: "Why would the Air Force need to invent
four different stories to explain Roswell? If there was a single, credible
explanation, why not announce it straight away"
But (as a scientist) I have to say there were some laughable undistributed
premises and pseudo-scientific gaffes on the programme! For example:
when the first 'metallurgist' examined the composition of a metal fragment
from Roswell, he commented on the high MANGANESE content. Later on,
a laboratory was asked to check for MAGNESIUM isotope distribution!
One glaring piece of hokum is the idea that Project Mogul - the use
of high altitude balloons to look for evidence of possible Soviet nuclear
testing - had to be kept secret until 1996, when the USAF report was
published. The rationale for this (given by the report's author)
was that it was vital to prevent the Soviet Union from discovering that
the US was monitoring their activities! As if the Soviets wouldn't anticipate
that everything they did was being scrutinised!
I have to say, the routine rubbishing by the military / intelligence
/ political community of 'civilian' accounts of extraordinary events
like Roswell, Kecksburg and Rendlesham is becoming a bit tedious.