A Memorial Tribute to Philip Corso

Col. Philip J. Corso, retired from the U.S. Army, and author of THE DAY AFTER ROSWELL, passed on in July 1998. This review, which appeared in the November 1997 issue of THE STAR BEACON, is reprinted here in memory of a man dedicated to revealing the truth about what happened at Roswell in July 1947.

Book Review:

Credit the aliens for modern-day technology

Reviewed by James Parsons

Finally, a book about the reality of the UFO crash at Roswell from a high-ranking miliary man in the know.

Corso, President Eisenhower's science advisor and a member of the National Security Council in the 1950s, has not only confirmed that an alien spacecraft and bodies were recovered at Roswell in 1947, but he relates how he participated in a "reverse engineering" program to make recovered alien technology available to U.S. industry.

In 1961, Corso was assigned to Research and Development (R&D) at the Pentagon, working under Lt. General Arthur Trudeau, head of Army R&D. According to Corso, Trudeau placed the Army's Roswell crash materials in Corso's hands and directed Corso to feed information learned from the Roswell crash to selected arms industries.

For the next two years, without disclosing his source of information, Corso says he gave selected U.S. defense contractors discoveries related to night-vision viewers, bulletproof vests, integrated circuit chip technology, fiber optics and lasers.

Author Corso writes that the design of America's Stealth aircraft was a direct result of studies made of the Roswell crash vehicle. The skin of the Stealth, which conceals it from enemy radar and heat-seeking missiles, is also a direct result of these studies of the UFO, Corso says.

In his book, Corso names experts, scientists and companies associated with this amazing tale. In an aside, he comments that the Roswell saucer is now housed in a top-secret kind of "alien technology museum" at Norton AFB in California.

Corso explains the extreme secrecy which has surrounded the subject of UFOs for 50 years. According to him, the CIA was known by Army Intelligence to have been infiltrated by the KGB. "The only way to keep the UFO secrets from the Russians was to keep them secret from ourselves," Corso writes. Only a few high-placed individuals would be told the truth about aliens and UFOs. So secret was the subject that even presidents subsequent to Eisenhower were excluded from the knowledge, Corso writes. Officially, "nobody knew anything and nothing happened."

The architect of the secrecy plan known as MJ-12, according to Corso, was General Nathan Twining. General Twining is known by researchers to have flown to Roswell shortly after the crash in his capacity as head of Air Materiel Command and Scientific Labs. Later Twining became chief of the joint chiefs. "Deny everything," Corso quotes Twining as having said to President Truman, "but let public sentiment take its course."

Successors to the original MJ-12 people still exist, according to Corso, and are now known simply as the "UFO Working Group." However, those in the know serve in various government departments and are no longer a unified group. Those who are shown the secrets are immediately bound by National Security legislation and cannot reveal what they have been shown, according to Corso.

In Chapter 2, Corso relates how he, as a young night-duty officer at Fort Riley, Kan., obtained an unauthorized peek at an alien body. This happened on July 6, 1947, Corso wrote, two days after the crash at Roswell.

At a book and author event in Albuquerque, Corso told friends of this reviewer that he would provide documentation for his claims at a later time. At present all documents and records remain classified.

No book of this detail and scope from an insider has ever been written about the Roswell case. In this reviewer's opinion, a decision has been made at a very high level to allow UFO information to leak to the public in the 1990s.

Corso's book is available at the Crystal Center in Taos, N.M., and through area booksellers.

Copyright ©1997 by James Parsons
All rights reserved

James Parsons is an art dealer and appraiser in Taos, N.M., and is a member of a Taos UFO study group. He was an Air force navigator in the 1950s.

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