'The Day After Roswell' by Philip J. Corso - book review

A few months ago, I began a fresh look into the U.F.O. topic, as a result of aimless youtube wandering. It was a very interesting experience. After watching several of the Sirius Disclosure testimonies, I was amazed at the number of testimonies from respected professional, educated, senior people, including a Rear Admiral, stating that U.F.O.’s do exist but that the secret services and military sections of the major governments of the world have been hiding the facts from the general population for the last seventy years (or more).

Following on from that surprising claim, I sought out and read ‘The Day After Roswell’ by Colonel Philip J. Corso. This book is about the United States' military’s encounters with U.F.O.’s since the Second World War and, in particular, Corso’s own involvement. By his own, account, Corso was very much in the thick of it. He received artefacts from crashed alien spacecraft and passed them on to private defence contractors so that they could examine the advanced technology and replicate it, thereby developing valuable new technologies. All of this was done in secret and, according to Corso, was responsible for huge advances in key technologies on Earth. It’s astonishing stuff and I can imagine many people would simply reject it as a lie. But is it?

Let's be logical

Corso' book is certainly official 'kook' territory but, before judging and sentencing it, let’s think rationally about the likelihood of its key assertions. Firstly, it's become clear to all of us in recent years that the intelligence agencies and militaries of the world are definitely hiding things from their citizens. After Edward Snowden’s recent revelations about the N.S.A. and G.C.H.Q.’s email and phone snooping, along with a whole host of recent scandals in which the western military and spy establishments ignored laws, due process, peoples’ lives and other rather important things, it’s pretty much a ‘given’ that our spooks are hiding stuff from us.

Therefore, if aliens are visiting us, it'd be no surprise if our secret services did hide it from us. But could aliens actually visit our planet in interstellar craft? The recent explosion in exoplanet discoveries shows that many of the solar systems around us in our galaxy contain planets, lots of planets. We’ve also discovered that life can thrive in all sorts of exotic environments. Therefore, the likelihood that sentient life exists elsewhere in our galaxy, among those billions of stars, is extremely high. If it's true that sentient life does exist, then the next big question becomes; could they visit us?

For many years, I thought interstellar travel was impossible, due to the restrictions of Relativity, but recently, new research has made it clear that it is theoretically possible that we could build a craft that manipulates space-time, thereby overcoming the restrictions of Relativity. According to history, the gap between establishing something as possible and doing it isn't too long. Millennia-wise, the gap between us rumbling around on ox-carts and us going to the moon is in single digits. With this in mind, the likelihood that other species are travelling between the stars in craft that manipulate space-time is pretty high. Therefore, the likelihood that other sentient races in our galaxy are visiting us on such craft also becomes likely.

Enrico Fermi famously commented that, logically, aliens should be visiting but where were they? This became known as the Fermi Paradox. It looks as if the answer to that may be: ‘they’re here, but the government and the military are keeping it quiet because they want the alien kit.’ Which is a perfectly rational possibility.

According to Corso, Roswell was the site of an alien crash-landing. In light of what we know happened, that's not that loopy an idea. The commander of the base at Roswell was convinced enough to report the incident to the papers. There’s no way he would have done that with someone that was really a weather balloon. Be serious! According to Corso, and the initial newspaper reports, the U.S. military gathered up the crash debris, the dead alien bodies, the live aliens and took them back to their base. Soon after, very powerful individuals in the corridors of U.S. power ordered the whole event to be hushed up and all the evidence to be sent to another location. This is a logical outcome. When a militaristic government with a secret service - a government that is at war with someone else nearly all the time - finds something exotic and advanced, it would, understandably, keep it, study it, make use of it for military means and tell no one about what it’s found. That all rings true.

Gathering all the above elements together, I think the idea that 'aliens have visited us and it's been kept secret' is logical and scientifically believable. Because of it, I don’t think Corso’s book can be dismissed out of hand. Corso’s book may still not be true, but it is scientifically sound, which makes its contents fascinating. Hand on heart, I'd only be able to say it wasn’t true on emotional grounds. I know of no evidence, historical or scientific, that contradicts or finds fault with anything in Corso's book. That’s a pretty impressive feat for a book that contains some astonishing assertions.

The worrying content

What worried me the most about the book is not what Corso reports, but his mindset. Throughout the book, Corso seems convinced that the aliens that have been visiting our planet are hostile. He puts forward very little evidence to support this fact. All he says in support of his view is that aliens hovered over U.S. military bases and nuclear weapon installations; that’s it. That was enough for him to conclude that they were hostile. He seems unable to comprehend that the aliens may have been curious, or concerned. Personally, if I thought that every man or woman that lingered on my doorstep was hostile to me, I’d be in Broadmoor, but for Corso, it’s clearly both normal and self-evident.

Corso’s hostility towards the aliens also ignores the fact, at least according to his book, that not a single human being had been murdered by the aliens. Corso makes it clear that the aliens are technologically advanced and have been visiting Earth many, many times. Since he doesn't know of a single human casualty, this shows an advanced level of respect and care of humans by the aliens. By comparison, he reports that a guard shot and killed one of the two aliens that survived the Roswell crash. That makes for a very unbalanced murder rate in human-alien contact. The aliens had seven billion potential targets and they murdered zero people. The humans had two potential targets and their murdered one. Let’s be honest, who’s the dangerous species here?

Corso, in his book, also seems very keen to ‘dehumanise’ the aliens of Roswell. He reports that the military could not find any sign of food preparation facilities or toilets on the crashed spacecraft. He therefore concluded that the aliens on board weren’t normal, biological individuals but some sort of bio-robot. The simple possibility that the ship was a short-range scout ship operating out of a ‘mothership’, and therefore needed no long-voyage facilities, was mostly ignored. Why was Corso so dedicated to the idea that the aliens were sub-sentient, on such flimsy evidence?

I found Corso's firm belief that the aliens were sub-sentient, entirely hostile creatures to be very a worrying approach. Psychologically, such an attitude indicates that some members of the U.S. military are violent, paranoid people who would prefer to think of the alien visitors as hostile bio-robots, thereby making them viable targets that these people can kill without any moral qualms. According to Corso's book, the U.S. military has advanced in technology, due to them capturing alien craft, and has developed space-based defence systems in secret to shoot down more alien craft. If this is true, then our planet has become a violent, paranoid, primitive planet in the eyes of anyone visiting us. Oh dear.

After finishing Corso’s book, I got an uneasy feeling. Was it really the outpourings of a man who wanted the world to know what happened? Corso is clearly an intelligent, devoted, loyal military officer. Because of this, I have the suspicion that he would have quietly either sought permission from people higher up before writing his book or alternatively, that he was actually instructed to write the book by people higher up. Whichever it was, it means that ‘The Day After Roswell’ is a book that the powers-that-be in the U.S. want the public to read, with its warnings about hostile, sub-sentient aliens that mean us all harm. Why is that? Do they have an agenda? What are they planning? It's ominous stuff, if the book is true. We'll have enough problems in the next century with climate change. The last thing we need is a 'War of the Worlds'.

Overall, Corso’s book is a great read for anyone who's interested in U.F.O.s. For those people, I heartily recommend it.