Kent Jeffrey, who got more than 20,000 persons to sign a "Roswell Initiative" petition asking president Clinton to release all classified UFO information in the hope that the "truth" about the incident could be known, has gone on record that he is now convinced that there was no Roswell crashed saucer – as predicted by SUN (#44/March 1997). Jeffrey’s candid report on what prompted him to change his views – partially the result of his own investigations – is detailed in a lengthy article slated for the new (June) issue of the "MUFON UFO Journal."

Several months ago, when Jeffrey confided his new views to several Roswell researchers (including officials from the Hynek Center for UFO studies) and explained what has prompted the change, he was sharply criticized and accused of "letting down" the many persons who had signed his Roswell Initiative. In Jeffrey’s MUFON article he explains:

"With regard to reversing my stance, it is important to remember that the objective of the Roswell Initiative has been to find the truth, not define it. Unfortunately, the truth turned out to be different from what I thought it might be, or hoped it would be. However, now that I am absolutely certain that the debris recovered from Roswell was not that from an extraterrestrial craft, I feel and obligation to get that information out as well. Not to do so would be less than forthright and less than honest" [SUN compliments MUFON for enabling Jeffrey to present his new views.]

Jeffrey, a senior pilot with a major U.S. airline, is best known in UFOlogical circles for his Roswell Initiative, but he has done considerable investigation on his own – funded out of his own pocket. For example, Jeffrey tried to help when he received a Mar. 20, 1993 letter from Roswell researcher Don Schmitt, which claimed he had located "another first-hand witness to the [ET] bodies. This brings our total to eight with yet additional prospects." Some of these (alleged) witnesses were formerly in the military and claimed they were reluctant to speak out because of possible consequences for violating their security oaths. Jeffrey hired a Washington D.C. law firm at his own expense to send two of its lawyers to New Mexico to counsel Schmitt’s eight ET-body witnesses. But when they arrived in Roswell, there was only one witness – and his tale "was considered outlandish and unbelievable," according to Jeffrey.


Although Roswell book authors such as Schmitt, Kevin Randle, Stanton Friedman, and Don Berliner brag about how many (alleged) witnesses they have interviewed, if they interviewed former members of the 509th Bomb Group based at Roswell in mid-1947, their books never quote their skeptical views on a crashed saucer. Jeffrey not only wrote to more than 700 former members of the 509th seeking any who might shed some light on the Roswell Incident, but he attended their reunion last September in Tucson. As a result, Jeffrey has talked with 15 former B-29 pilots and two navigators who were based at Roswell in mid-1947. Not one of them had heard anything about recovery of an ET craft at the time, Jeffrey reports.

Jack Ingham, who spent 16 years with the 509th from early 1947 and retired as a Lt. Colonel, stressed to Jeffrey that: "the 509th was a very close-knit group and there was no way an event as spectacular as the recovery of a crashed alien spaceship from another world could have happened at their base without them knowing about it."

In early January of this year, in an effort to use every available technique to enhance the recollections of Dr. Jesse Marcell about the debris that his father had brought back from the Brazel ranch and had shown to him 50 years ago, Jeffrey arranged to have Marcell undergo regressive hypnosis in Washington D.C. It was administered by dr. Neal Hibler, who has achieved fame for his skill in using the technique for forensic purposes. (Jeffrey underwrote both the cost of Hibler’s services and the cost of bringing Marcel to Washington, along with his daughter who videotaped more than six hours of recall sessions conducted over a three-day period.) Jeffrey acknowledges that "hypnosis can elicit memories of things that didn’t [really] happen, but it can’t take away memories of things that did happen."

Dr. Marcell was able to recall a few unimportant new details of what had occurred during the night when his father returned with the debris, but no new details about the debris itself. It still consisted of "pieces of metallic foil, a short beam or stick, and a few pieces of plastic or Bakelite-like substance. Certainly such mundane debris would not constitute the wreckage from any kind of sophisticated vehicle or craft, much less one capable of interstellar travel," according to Jeffrey.

"In addition to being mundane, the material recovered from the Foster [Brazel] ranch is definitely reconcilable with the debris from an ML-307 radar reflector [carried by the Project Mogul balloon train which was tracked to within about 20 miles of where Brazel found the debris] – the length and cross-sectional size of the beams or sticks, the pieces of foil, and the plastic-like material (now thought to be part of the plastic ballast cases that contained sand). Even the color of the symbols that Jesse Marcel, Jr., remembers is almost identical to the color that Air Force meteorologist Irving Newton remembers seeing in [Gen.] Ramey’s office."

Jeffrey also acknowledges that his current views were influenced by once "Secret" and "Top Secret" letters written in 1947-48 by top USAF officials which refer to the lack of any crashed UFO which could help them identify what UFOs were. One which particularly impressed Jeffrey was the Nov. 8, 1948, letter from Col. Howard McCoy, Chief of Intelligence for the USAF’s Air Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB to Maj. Gen. C. P. Cabell, USAF’s Director of Intelligence. In the letter, McCoy said that "the exact nature of these objects cannot be established until physical evidence, such as that which would result from a crash, has been obtained." Many Roswell researchers ignore such hard data or, like Michael D. Swords, foolishly claim that "the McCoy letter has nothing to do with the Roswell Incident." [SUN #45/May 1997].

In Jeffrey’s MUFON article he says he still plans to present the Roswell Initiative papers to the White House in early July, seeking de-classification of any still-classified UFO material. "If no information is being withheld, such action would, nonetheless, have the positive effect of setting the record straight and clearing up years of suspicion and controversy." SUN disagrees. If President Clinton were to respond by announcing that the U.S. had recovered crashed saucers from 49 of its 50 states, but not a single one from New Mexico, Friedman, Randle, Swords and others would still insist that the government was covering up the Roswell crashed saucer.

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