Area 51 Revisited

A book just out on Area 51 reports there was no alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. It was actually a plot by Joesph Stalin.

Author Annie Jacobsen claims the spaceship was actually a Soviet spy plane that came down during a storm. Jacobsen claims it was filled with bizarre, genetically engineered child-sized pilots. Soviet dictator Stalin was hoping that the news would cause widespread panic here in the States.Stalin had heard about the 1938 radio broadcast of the HG Wells story "War of the Worlds," aired by Orson Welles. The broadcast triggered panic in some listeners who tuned in and mistook it for a real-life alien invasion.

The ET-looking aviators were really scientific experiments created by the "Angel of Death," Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, for the USSR after the war. The flight was piloted remotely, according to the book, and was filled with a crew of "alien-like children."

One of Jacobsen's many sources, a retired engineer who was put on the project in 1978, the look of the human experiments could explain the alien conspiracy theories: "They were grotesquely deformed, but each in the same manner as the others. They had unusually large heads and abnormally shaped oversize eyes."

The New York Times is taking the book seriously, writing in its review: "Although this connect-the-dots UFO thesis is only a hasty-sounding addendum to an otherwise straightforward investigative book about aviation and military history, it makes an indelible impression. 'Area 51' is liable to become best known for sci-fi provocation."

Daily Show host Jon Stewart has interviewed Jacobsen about her claims recently and people are now Googling the words "Area 51" in large numbers. Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to deny the existence of Area 51.