Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story.
The devil spawn of Dr. Mengele
By Billy Cox
By Billy Cox
They were child victims of Nazi quack doctor Joseph Mengele, who was in cahoots with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
Hey, yo, wait a minute. There’s something I forgot to do. Hang on. Back in a blink.
So anyway. Yeah, when I heard about how Annie Jacobsen’s Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base had solved the riddle, it was definitely refreshing because it made perfect sense. Stalin and Mengele conspiring to trigger a “War of the Worlds”-like panic in the U.S. by stuffing surgically deformed children into a captured Nazi Horten flying wing disguised as an ET spacecraft – that’d be just like something those two madcap yo-yos would do.
Jacobsen’s broader history of America’s murky military base is drawing kudos from the MSM, like the New York Times, whose reviewer offered only a minor caveat. The UFO stuff, she wrote, “is only a hasty sounding addendum to an otherwise straightforward investigative book” that “is liable to become best known for sci-fi provocation.”
Witness to Roswell with Don Schmitt. Over two decades, Carey reckons he and Schmitt interviewed 600 people in the witness pool — military personnel involved with debris-recovery operations, civilians, and/or their survivors — who testified to what they saw. Unlike Jacobsen, the authors named names when they went to press in 2007. But none of the media big boys reviewed Witness to Roswell, says the Pennsylvania businessman with an anthropology background.
“This whole Nazi thing, disfigured children — that’s not what people described to us,” Carey says from his home in Huntington Valley, Pa. “I guess if you’re a journalist, people tend to take your word more than if you’re not. But there’s just more crap that passes for journalism these days …”
Jacobsen is a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. The first bio blurb that pops up on a Google search is a reference on the reality-check Web site Snopes.
In 2004, Jacobsen wrote a first-person piece called “Terror in the Skies — Again?” stemming from her Detroit-to-LA flight in which 14 suspicious looking Middle Eastern men caused her to think maybe they were rehearsing for a skyjacking. Federal air marshals would identify the men as Syrian musicians bound for a legitimate gig in San Diego. No arrests were made. The feds said Jacobsen not only overreacted, but her behavior was “in danger of panicking other passengers and creating a larger problem on the plane.” A review of Jacobsen’s article by the online magazine Salon called it “six pages of the worst grade-school prose, spring-loaded with mindless hysterics and bigoted provocation.”
Ahh whatever. The Stalin-Mengele-Roswell thing is cool.
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