Aliens or Dummies

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The truth, or at least the Air Force's version of it, is now out there in the form of a 231-page report concluding that the "alien bodies" recovered at the Roswell, New Mexico crash site were dummies used in parachute tests. Conspiracy buffs were quick to note that the report didn't solve all, since Air Force records show the dummies were not used until a good decade after the 1947 Roswell incident. Coupled with a 1994 report that said the "flying saucer" found in 1947 was actually an Air Force balloon used to monitor the atmosphere for evidence of Soviet nuclear tests, the Air Force now insists that it has refuted all charges that the government actually recovered several extraterrestrial bodies and a UFO when a mysterious aircraft crashed at Roswell. But UFO researchers point out that the two stories have been rather awkwardly cobbled together. According to "The Roswell Report, Case Closed," life-sized latex and aluminum test dummies were used in high-altitude parachute drops between 1954 and 1959 over the New Mexico desert -- not in 1947, the year of the Roswell crash, and not in top-secret weather balloons. Meaning that as far as the Roswell believers are concerned, the government hasn't cleared up anything just yet.