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Separating the ‘extra’ from the terrestrial; Presentations by alien skeptics help open 2017 UFO Festival; Redfern expands on idea of otherworldly beings

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Nick Redfern, considered by some the chief antagonist of ufologists, examines the possibility of a non-extraterrestrial explanation for the Roswell incident Thursday during the kickoff of the Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis Conference held at the Roswell Mall. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

Theories, conspiracies and viewpoints altogether leery about the world’s most famous “flying disc” permeated the city Thursday during the kickoff of the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Roswell incident.

Eric Frame of Sacramento, California, asks how people can trust the government to tell the truth about the reported alien crash near Roswell in 1947 during a conference at the Roswell Mall Thursday afternoon. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

About 75 people attended, and an untold number of internet viewers from distant places such as Australia and New Zealand watched, an afternoon lecture Thursday that challenged many of the theories of exactly what happened on a ranch outside Roswell in 1947.
Nick Redfern, the author of 40 books on UFOs and other topics and considered by some the chief antagonist of ufologists, examined the possibility of a demonic influence on the crash during the Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis Conference at the Roswell Mall.
Redfern said a program of 30 to 40 expert members was secretly formed at the U.S. Pentagon to study UFOs for decades. He said military personnel may have had mind-to-mind interactions with “non-human entities.”
Redfern said he’s spoken with a handful of committee members, including an Episcopal priest and former Mutual UFO Network Nebraska state director, who gave on-the-record insight into the Roswell event.
Redfern said the U.S. government concluded that aliens are forms of demons, and that the government devised a hoax to convince the world into believing that space aliens crashed near Roswell, instead of Satan’s minions, which was actually the case. He postulated that the U.S. government intentionally drew attention to the demonic crash, leaving a debris field and alien bodies, and alerting the public through the Roswell Army Air Field.
“Whether or not that’s true, I don’t know,” he conceded. “By the group’s own admission, it is a belief.”
Redfern, who has studied non-extraterrestrial viewpoints that explain aliens, UFO reports and the Roswell incident in non-extraterrestrial terms, said the world-famous report of an alien crash in 1947 by a public information officer at the Roswell Army Air Field could have simply been a high-altitude “mobile balloon” used covertly in the Cold War by the United States to detect nuclear tests by the U.S.S.R.
On the other hand, it could have been a spaceship from another dimension, he said.
“I don’t view the government as the bad guys at all,” Redfern told the audience. “They’re normal people with this incredible burden and they don’t know what to do.”
Redfern said he takes a detached, data-driven approach to studying the Roswell incident and other phenomenon. He said the crash could have been a hologram that left a physical impact on the landscape.
“It all depends on your own interpretation of what this phenomena is,” he said.
Interim editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at editor@rdrnews.com.