The Sunday Times, 8 June 1997, p. 7 in the first section: IT CAME from outer space. Now the very first X File is being reopened as a new witness comes from out of the blue to testify that he saw the body of an alien recovered from the wreckage of a flying saucer in the New Mexico desert. The "Roswell" incident has fascinated UFO researchers for 50 years. Now Colonel Philip Corso, a retired American army officer, has written a book in which he becomes the highest-ranking person to give evidence that what crashed was not, as the Pentagon insisted, a high-altitude balloon, but an alien spacecraft. Britain's UFO spotters welcomed his testimony this week-end as fresh evidence that Roswell actually happened, after losing credibility when a film purporting to show the autopsy of the aliens was exposed by the Sunday Times as a hoax. Sceptics, though, claim it is Corso who is now full of hot air, pointing to the fact that he has kept quiet for half a century only to come forward to cash in on the golden anniversary of the incident which started the UFO craze. (snip)---(Recapitulation of the Roswell events and nothing but the well-known facts)--- In his book The Day After Roswell, Corso claims not only to have seen an alien who had been killed in a crash but also to have examined the Pentagon's secret files on the incident. Corso says that the Pentagon shipped the bodies of aliens to the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, where autopsies were performed. The space craft contained technology that baffled the Pentagon's best scientists, says Corso. He claims parts of the spacecraft were parcelled out to America's top defence companies and eventually led to the development of fibre optics, night-vision equipment, lasers, particle beams and integrated circuits. The "massive cover-up" of the Roswell incident was not so much to keep the secret of the aliens from the American people, he insists, but to allow defence contractors to develop the new technologies without them falling into the hands of the Russians. Ironically, the defence contractors were told that the material had been stolen from the Soviet Union. Corso said: "Nobody wanted to come in second place in the silent, unacknowledged alien-technology development race going on at the Pentagon as each service quietly pursued its version of a secret Roswell weapon." Corso had joined the army in 1942 and served in intelligence in Europe. Later, during the Korean War, he was on General Douglas MacArthur's intelligence staff and for four years served on President Dwight Eisenhower's national security staff. He claims that while he was based at Fort Riley in Kansas in July 1947, he became curious about a mysterious group of sealed boxes that had been stored in a secure area. One night, armed with a torch, he prised open one of the containers. Inside, he says, was an astonishing sight: "The contents, enclosed in a thick glass container, were submerged in a thick light blue liquid. At first I thought it was a dead child they were shipping somewhere, but this was no child." "It was a 4ft human-shaped figure with arms, bizarre-looking four-fingered hands - I didn't see a thumb - thin legs and feet, and an over-sized incandescent lightbulb-shaped head that looked like it was floating over a balloon gondola for a chin. I had the urge to touch the pale grey skin. But I couldn't tell whether it was skin because it also looked like a very thin one-piece head-to-toe fabric covering the creature's flesh." His account is similar to how others have previously imagined the Roswell "aliens". However, George Knapp, an investigative reporter and UFO expert, said: "Corso brings a level of credibility to these revelations that has been sorely lacking in the past. I strongly suggest that interested parties keep open minds about his claims." But Karl Pflock, a former assistant secretary of defence and a writer on UFOs who is working on his own account of Roswell, said: "The book is a cross between a 1940 pulp thriller and contemporary pop science fiction. It is one big outrageous joke that a retired officer could pull off this kind of thing. He offers no proof, no back-up and no documentation." Nevertheless, the book wil give weight to the claims of researchers when 10m people watch a live debate on UFOs on ITV later this month. Lionel Beer, founder and vice-president of the British UFO Research Association, said: "Ninety-five per cent of UFO researchers are now convinced the autopsy film was a put-up job. Clearly something happened at Roswell, but we may never know exactly what it was."
Article 2Thurmond Disputes Book on Purported Alien Spaceship By WILLIAM J. BROAD A new book contending that the nation's military and industrial power largely derive from a crashed alien spaceship is being disparaged by Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who wrote the book's foreword. The book, "The Day After Roswell," published by Pocket Books, says the government found an alien craft that had crashed in the desert near Roswell, N.M., in July 1947 and set up a program to glean its secrets, including things like lasers, computer chips and fiber optics. The government clandestinely fed the alien technology to the military and industry, the book says, while engaging in a wide conspiracy to keep the existence of the aliens from the American public. The book might be dismissed as part of a genre making similar wild claims except for the author's military background, his claimed role in the endeavor and Thurmond's praise of the author in the foreword. The author, Philip J. Corso, who wrote the book with William J. Birnes, retired from the Army in 1963. The book says he retired as a colonel. The Army said its best records showed that he retired as a lieutenant colonel. In that rank, he served on the National Security Council under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Corso contends that, while at the Pentagon, he personally spearheaded an Army project that secretly planted the alien technologies throughout the economy and military, mainly to build up U.S. strength to fight an inevitable war against alien invaders. In the foreword, Thurmond says Corso worked for him as an aide after leaving the Army and praises him as a person of integrity who served his country well. "He has many interesting stories to share with individuals interested in military history, espionage and the workings of our government," Thurmond wrote. But he made no mention of the book's central thesis of inadvertent aid to the United States by space aliens. In a statement, Thurmond said that he agreed to provide the foreword on the understanding that the book was autobiographical and that he regretted that it appeared to bolster claims of a government conspiracy and cover-up. "I know of no such 'cover-up,' " the senator said, "and do not believe one existed." Liz Hartman, director of publicity for Pocket Books, said in an interview that the confusion appeared to center on Thurmond's office and staff rather than Corso's revelations. "We absolutely stand by the book," she said. "It's a memoir."