by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D
Kona, Hawaii
July 2, 2007

from Exopolitics Website


Sixty years ago, on the evening of July 2, 1947, a farmer by the name of Mac Brazel and others heard a loud explosion nearby his farm approximately 75 miles NW of Roswell, in Lincoln County, New Mexico. On the morning of July 3, he investigated and found the wreckage of what appeared to be a flying saucer. He reported the find to the Sheriff's office who then notified the nearby Roswell Army Air Field (AAF) base that sent two military intelligence officers to investigate.


The result of the military's investigation led to the famous press release on July 8 that a flying saucer had crashed.

This generated instant media interest around the world. As the media interest began to build, another press release was quickly issued, this time by more senior military authorities, claiming the initial release was mistaken. It was only a weather balloon and not a flying saucer. Interest in the Roswell story then waned and it wasn't heard of again for another thirty years.

In 1978 one of the officers that conducted the initial military investigation, Major Jesse Marcel, contacted Stanton Friedman, a veteran UFO researcher, and told him the truth about events at Roswell. The subsequent publication of The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz and William Moore in 1980 which revealed the testimony of Marcel and others, brought the Roswell story back into public attention. The Roswell Crash has ever since been on the center stage of public interest generating further investigations, books and media interest.


One month ago, another book was published which contained a notarized affidavit by another key military official involved in events at Roswell. The affidavit by Lieutenant Walter Haut containing his version of events at Roswell is in the final chapter of Witness to Roswell (2007) by Tom Carey and Donald Schmitt (also online at: Haut's testimony promises to once again make the Roswell Crash a cause for great media attention.

Walter Haut was the Public Information Officer at Roswell AAF and was the individual that circulated the famous press release on July 8, 1947 claiming a flying saucer crash. Haut's affidavit was written in December 2002 and authorized for release after his death. He died in December of 2005 and the affidavit was then published in Carey's and Schmitt's book, Witness to Roswell.


A comprehensive book review by Dr David Rudiak appears online at:

The affidavit has some startling information for those interested in the political implications of extraterrestrial life or what has come to be known as the field of Exopolitics. The most important is that a staff meeting occurred on the morning of July 8 where Roswell AAF officers discussed how to deal with growing public and press interest in the wreckage found at TWO crash sites.


Haut stated:

"The main topic of discussion ... was an extensive debris field in Lincoln County approx. 75 miles NW of Roswell" (Affidavit #8).

This was Mac Brazel's farm and was the subject of earlier investigation by Major Marcel, the Roswell base's chief intelligence officer, who gave his report at the meeting. The second site was 40 miles north of Roswell and was not generally known to researchers of the Roswell crash. The base commander, Col. William Blanchard, gave a brief report on wreckage found at the second site.

The most surprising fact about the staff meeting was that General Roger Ramey, whose headquarters was Carswell AAF Fort Worth, Texas, was also present. Haut reveals that Ramey devised a strategy for throwing the public and press off track about the two crash sites.


According to Haut,

"General Ramey proposed a plan, which I believed originated from his bosses at the Pentagon. Attention needed to be diverted from the more important site north of town by acknowledging the other location [Mac Brazel's ranch]. Too many civilians were already involved and the press already was informed" (#9).

Ramey approved a press release pointing to the more remote and less important site near Mac Brazel's ranch, and later retracting this announcement with the weather balloon story that appeared in the news the later on July 8 and the morning of July 9. This strategy succeeded in taking the flying saucer story off the news headlines, and confusing members of the public and press that had witnessed or were investigating events.

General Ramey's role in the cover up is significant. It was Ramey that ordered Major Jesse Marcel, whose report that a flying saucer had crashed at the more remote location in the July 8 press release, to fly to Fort Worth to appear at a press conference. Marcel was ordered to be photographed crouching quietly over what appeared to be material from a weather balloon. This was used to buttress Ramey's claim that the Roswell wreckage was from a weather balloon.


Marcel was forced to keep silent and about the affair for over 30 years. In 1978 he approached Stanton Friedman over what he had really seen at the Roswell crash site, thus reviving interest in the Roswell story. Jesse Marcel's son, recently authored his own book about what he had had been shown by his father who brought some of the Roswell wreckage home.


Marcel's book is to be released at next week's 60th anniversary of the Roswell crash:

Haut's affidavit indicates that Ramey was operating under orders by the Pentagon which had been briefed about the two crash sites. It is clear that the staff meeting was focused on controlling press and public interest in the crash sites. It is significant that no discussion occurred for supervising security at the sites or for retrieval of the crashed material. This is surprising since it would have been expected that given its proximity and resources, Roswell AAF would play a prominent role.


This suggests that security and retrieval operations at the crash sites were being surprised at a higher level than the general staff at Roswell AAF. Clearly, the Pentagon had deployed its own specialist teams for controlling security and retrieval operations. Roswell AAF would supply manpower, resources, and throw the public off the trail by contradictory press releases, but little in the way of leadership.

Haut also says that he was taken to one of the Roswell hangars by the base commander, Col Blanchard later on July 8 where he saw part of the wreckage that "was approximately 12 to 15 feet in length, not quite as wide, about 6 feet high, and more of an egg shape" (12). Haut also saw under canvas tarpaulin, with the heads sticking out, two bodies of the victims who appeared to be the size of a 10 year old child.


He said that at,

"a later date in Blanchard's office, he would extend his arm about 4 feet above the floor to indicate the height" (13).

Haut's affidavit helps confirm the historical timeline concerning events at the 1947 Roswell crash, and the subsequent cover-up of extraterrestrial life. So we are in a better position to understand the public policies implemented by national security leaders to manage extraterrestrial affairs. What follows are some of the key exopolitical implications of Haut's affidavit.

1.- First, the affidavit helps corroborate a number of leaked Majestic Documents concerning Roswell and its aftermath. These documents first began to be leaked to the public in 1984 and there has been continuing controversy over their authenticity ever since. A number of the documents relate to events surrounding the Roswell Crash.


One is an Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit (IPU) Field Order on July 4 directing a small team to investigate the crash site (click below image).

This date is consistent with the dates concerning the reports of a crash on the evening of July 2 and discovery of debris by Mac Brazel on July 3, 75 miles NW of Roswell. Marcel arrived on July 6/7 and retrieved some of the material and took it first home where he showed his family, and then to the Roswell base. It is unlikely he would have been allowed to do so if the IPU was at the Mac Brazel ranch. Consequently, the IPU most likely investigated the more significant crash site only 40 miles north of Roswell which had the larger portion of the crash wreckage and the EBE (extraterrestrial biological entities) witnessed by Haut at the Roswell hangar.


This was the subject of an IPU Report on July 22, which referred to:

"the extraordinary recovery of fallen airborne objects in the State of New Mexico between 4 July and 6 July 1947."

It also refers to several bodies being taken to hospital at Roswell AAF. These were very likely the same bodies that Haut witnessed at the Roswell Hangar on July 8.

Also, Haut's affidavit helps confirm the authenticity of a Majestic document which was a directive from former President Dwight Eisenhower, who at the time was Army Chief of Staff, to General Nathan Twining regarding the events at Roswell. Eisenhower ordered Twining to travel to White Sands Missile base to "make an appraisal of the reported unidentified objects being kept there". (click below image)

White Sands was the location of German scientists who were specialists in rocket technology and therefore best able to evaluate the retrieved object.


Twining was also directed to take control of the military, political and psychological situation surrounding the object. Just over a week later, Twining released an Air Accident Report to headquarters (click below image).

Two months later, President Truman authorized a top secret project (Operation Majestic 12) to take charge of the extraterrestrial issue on September 24, 1947 (see Truman memo - click below image).

The affidavit also helps confirm the validity of the Eisenhower Briefing document which contains references to the Roswell crash and the national security policy implemented to keep this secret.



2.- The second exopolitical implication stems from the fact that General Ramey was present at Roswell when the wreckage was first discussed by base personnel on July 8. This suggested the strategy of deceiving the public by contradictory press releases shows that senior military leaders were ordered to lie about the truth of the Roswell wreckage and the reality of extraterrestrial life. Haut's affidavit also confirms the text analysis of a telegram held by General Ramey during the press release at Fort Worth where he refers to the victims and wreckage at Roswell (see:


Also significant is the fact that the telegram in Ramey's hand was addressed to his boss, Lt General Hoyt Vandenberg. This points out that Vandenberg was in the loop about events at Roswell and was coordinating events with other Pentagon officials through his subordinate General Ramey. Confirmation of Vandenberg's knowledge of the Roswell crash clearly demonstrates that he was actively part of national security policy based on deception.


This was exemplified in his rejection of the results of a 1948 investigation of Air Force personnel into the flying saucer phenomenon that concluded they were interplanetary in origin. Vandenberg ordered that the conclusions of the original report called "Estimate of the Situation" to be rewritten to remove the interplanetary hypothesis and the original report would be destroyed. A national security policy based on deception of the general public and press was officially under way after retrieval of the wreckage and victims of the Roswell Crash.


3.- A third exopolitical implication is that Haut's affidavit clearly shows that the flying saucer phenomenon had shifted from a scientific question of what were flying saucers, into a national security issue of keeping the truth from becoming public. Subsequent, scientific investigations of UFOs assumed to be objective studies, e.g.,

  1. 1951-1969 USAF Project Blue Book

  2. 1953 Robertson Panel

  3. 1969 University of Colorado Condom Report

  4. 1997 USAF Roswell Report,

...were all part of well orchestrated national security policy based on deception.


Also, the term "Unidentified Flying Objects" (UFO) which came into widespread usage through initial military efforts to make the study of flying saucers more scientific, was in fact part of the deception ordered by senior national security officials. National Security officials already knew that flying saucers were extraterrestrial in origin, but encouraged a public campaign to emphasize the unidentified nature of the phenomenon, which the UFO term implies, and the need to identify UFOs by scientific means. At the same time, national security officials would use all their resources to undermine scientific studies and debunk evidence concerning the reality of UFO's as extraterrestrial vehicles.

In conclusion, Haut's affidavit clarifies many issues surrounding the Roswell Crash. It clearly demonstrates that out of national security concerns, a policy of deception was implemented which continues to this day. This deception involved senior national security officials from different branches of the military, and included President Truman himself.


Given that this national security policy has successfully continued for sixty years, its extent and scope must be concluded to be extremely sophisticated and well enforced. The affidavit also shows that the study of UFOs ceased being strictly scientific issue, but become a national security issue of paramount importance.


On this 60th anniversary of the Roswell Crash and its subsequent cover up, great thanks must be extended to all whose exhaustive research and courageous testimony have helped bring to the public's attention the truth about events at Roswell.