Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Smart People Saying Crazy Things: Philip J Corso


(photo @ wikipedia)
                                                          

I love me a good conspiracy theory. I find it fascinating that there are events and facets of our daily lives that operate beyond the sphere of assumed or confirmed knowledge.

Fortunately, I also love me some good logic. Conspiracy theories are often perpetuated by people that simply enjoy thinking that they know more than all the "sheeple" that surround them. They derive a great deal of self worth from believing that they are the only ones that REALLY understand how the world works; it is their burden to carry this knowledge while the rest of us go about living our pointless lives.


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  Also, not everyone has the cheekbones to pull off a tinfoil hat


So while I will argue tooth and nail that John F Kennedy was assassinated by our own government or that Danny Casolaro was killed for knowing too much, I'll also scoff at your claims of the moon landing being faked or 9/11 being an inside job. It's just how I roll.

This is one reason I started this 'Smart People Saying Crazy Things' segment of my blog.  I am amazed by stories about people very high up in the government or with proven knowledge/expertise, that one day put their foot down and make a crazy claim about the world that we live in.

Please keep in mind that 'crazy' doesn't necessarily mean wrong. It often times can be incorrect, or it can be crazy because of it's accuracy and potential to change the world around us.

It also must be made by someone that has a proven track record of being a smart and well read individual; not just some lunatic that makes stupid claims and/or predictions.


                                                                                                                        The Guardian
  "I'm Harold Camping...and you just got punk'd!"



With all of that said, let us now turn our attention to Lt. Colonel Philip J. Corso. Corso was a highly decorated Army officer who served in World War II and the Korean War. 

-Lt. Colonel Corso's millitary records via FIA from CUFON--click arrows at top left for more pages.

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 Pictured on the right, looking like Milhouse from 'The Simpsons'



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 Pictured 2nd from the left, looking older and more squirrely


He worked in intelligence and was for a brief time the chief of the Pentagon's Foreign Technology desk in Army Research and Development.  He was also on the staff of President Eisenhower's then newly created National Security Council.

After his military career, he went on to be an aide to Senator Strom Thurmond and an investigator for Senator Richard Russell of the Warren Commission.  This guy clearly had a sharp military mind and was one of the inside players for the Washington D.C establishment.  

Then he wrote this book, 'The Day After Roswell.'  It explained that aliens had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. The United States government covered up the crash and then proceeded to reverse engineer the alien technology for corporate use; this included modern technological advances such as fiber optics and computer chips.  

Not only were these some potentially huge revelations coming from a long serving and high ranking military official, but he even got Senator Thurmond to write the forward for the book, though Thurmond later regretted it.  

Oh yeah, one more thing:  Corso also claimed that we were secretly involved in an interstellar war with the extraterrestrials. But don't worry; it's all good because we won.


                                                                                                                  theagencyboardshop
                                                                               



Why is it crazy?

Sorry, X-Files fans, but this one just doesn't add up. For one thing, I actually tried to sit down and read 'The Day After Roswell.'  The opening chapter sent my B.S. meter off the charts and I just couldn't pick it back up. Corso claims that at the crash site, there were swarms of officers, scientists, and military personnel recovering materials from the crash.  In one of the more thrilling parts of the operation, an alien tried to escape and was shot dead by a soldier.


                                                                                                                              gamespot
      He wanted to use a plasma grenade, but was too close to the rest of the team



This brings up one of the main issues I have with 9/11 conspiracy theorists, which is that it would be nearly impossible to keep a secret that big that also involved such a huge operational crew. This Cracked.com article (if you can't tell from my formatting, it's one of my favorite sites ever) does a pretty good job explaining it for the 9/11 crowd.

For the issue at hand with Roswell, there were quite a large number of people involved directly in the operation at the site; this doesn't include those that later would have been working on the interstellar technology, examining the aliens, filing reports, etc. It also doesn't include their families, close friends, and any other way that this info could have been leaked.  And as we all know, government information never leaks out to the public...


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Another issue is one that plagues a large portion of UFO discovery theories: To get to earth, these aliens would had to have mastered the ability to travel at light speed (or create some sort of dimensional wormhole) that could bring them to our solar system.  Needless to say, this would take some very advanced minds building and working with some very advanced technology.  

So how come when the aliens finally make it to earth, they often seem to have a problem remembering how to drive and crash onto the surface.  Are these technologically advanced beings from another galaxy also terrible drivers?


                                                                                                                    theweeklyconstitutional
   So...do we exchange insurance information now?




Combine this with numerous inconsistencies in his recollection of basic world events and the timeline of his own life and...well...it seems like Lt. Colonel Corso's spaceship has too many holes in it to fly.  

Corso passed away in 1998. He remained adamant in his beliefs about what happened at Roswell and its effect on our world, signing an affidavit and publishing his book shortly before his death. He gave numerous interviews on the subject and never once seemed fearful of any reprisal from his former employers, the United States military and the United States government.


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     Haters gonna hate




Maybe he really did know too much and the government knew that murdering him would show that he was right all along...or maybe, just maybe, he was an old man that missed being in the thick of battle, policy decision, and keeping secrets, and decided to make some up of his own.