As most of you know, I am currently working on assembling some materials for a book proposal about the various moral panics that flared up in 1947 and burned through the 1950s. As part of that research, I am invariably forced to deal with the so-called Roswell crash, even though the incident was of no particular importance in 1947, except as an illustration of how the flare-up in anti-communist panic in the preceding weeks led military officials to use that summer’s UFO flap as cover for operations aimed at the Soviet Union. I was, however, amused to read this week that Michael Salla and Corey Goode are flogging a new claim, that Donald Trump has been briefed on the Roswell crash and that the flying disc that the military claimed to capture was in fact a time-traveling military vehicle from the future.
The warrant for their claim comes from a recent interview between Trump and his son, Don, Jr., in which Trump pandered to the large contingent of right-wing UFO nuts by suggesting that he knew “interesting” things about Roswell.
In an article published on ExoNews, Salla quotes Goode to this effect:
I have mentioned this in the past. It was brought up again recently after Trump commented on Roswell. POTUS ‘Roswell Briefings’ are basically this: Roswell was NOT an Alien event. It was a mishap from US in the future. POTUS is told that the MAJORITY of the lights seen in the sky are from our own craft operating in the future and creating a temporal butterfly effect. They are told that what the ancients saw in the sky was often the exact same phenomenon….
Goode went on to connect his claim to the pro-Trump Q-Anon conspiracy theory and to argue that Trump is an agent of disclosure, and that he is helping to fight a Doctor Who-style time war between humans from two competing timelines. Goode argues that Trump’s uncle John examined Nikola Tesla’s secret papers about space aliens in 1943 and shared the results with the future president, thus imbuing him with secret knowledge that forever marked him among humanity’s elect.
It amazes me how badly right-wingers want Trump to be a demigod, or somehow touched by the divine.
Nevertheless, Salla doesn’t like Goode’s ideas and suspects that the story of time-travelers is simply cover meant to hide the truth about space aliens. “The explanation that Roswell involved time traveling future humans who arranged for the crash to occur to speed up our technological development certainly sounds plausible, and will appeal to those wielding Occam’s Razor to dismiss the extraterrestrial hypothesis,” he says. In what world is time traveling super-soldiers the most probable explanation for a balloon crashing in the desert?
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