Many people believe that an alien craft crash-landed at Roswell, NM in 1947. The main problem I have with this has nothing to do with the existence of extraterrestrials, the possibility that they may have been visiting our planet for thousands of years, or the probability that our own government has decided to cover up the evidence for our own peace of mind. Covering stuff up is, after all, something the government is used to doing and does fairly well when it comes to perceived national security issues or illegal activity by government officials.
The main problem I have with the Roswell incident is that I don’t understand why an advanced alien civilization would not have immediately sent out a search and rescue party to recover the bodies and ship debris and, if possible, clear out the memories of anyone involved in the discovery. There could be many explanations for this, so let’s do some postulating.
With the rise of smart phones and GPS, we have become pretty good at locating each other. I would expect a super-advanced alien civilization to be even better at locating each other precisely, so there shouldn’t have been any question as to where the ship went down. If we can build an accurate GPS system, they’ve got to have something much, much better.
On the other hand, what if they don’t need all the technological gadgets that we do? We developed GPS mainly so we could do a better job of spying and dropping bombs on each other. Maybe that just isn’t a concern for them. Maybe they really can communicate via telepathy, or via some kind of biological communications technology embedded in their brains, so they don’t need some artificial tracking device to tell them where their buddies are. Besides, would tracking devices even work through wormholes or during time-warping travel? Telepathic aliens might normally be in contact at all times, so it could be that there just isn’t any market need for tracking devices.
What if the ship that crashed at Roswell was disabled before they could send out a telepathic or technical call for help. Maybe the mother ship really didn’t know where they were until the local Air Force base announced the discovery and it was broadcast over the radio.
By then, enough damage had been done and perhaps it would have been too difficult to try and retrieve the bodies that were being examined by military officials. Perhaps aliens have some physical weakness and were afraid to confront too many soldiers with guns. I doubt that extraterrestrial explorers would have much need for specially-trained SWAT/special forces teams to execute covert snatch/grab operations.
But somehow, I doubt that our visitors would be totally helpless. Wouldn’t they at least have advanced robotics that could go into harms way for them? How do they explore hostile planetary environments that do not support their form of life? Humans are already sending robots to explore the most distant bodies in our solar system, so why wouldn’t aliens be able to do this too? Besides, there are plenty of reports of alien abductions where people have been paralyzed by an unknown force while they are kidnapped and examined or experimented on, with their memories mostly wiped except for flashbacks and dreams. So, why didn’t this happen … or did it? Maybe there is no evidence because it was later retrieved.
One might envision a scenario would go something like this.
“Captain Kloop reporting from Earth station Alpha. We just had a Grey harvest ship go down on the planet. Two are dead and one is in critical condition. The ship is a total wreck. The ape-men have already spotted the wreckage and several hundred of them are swarming over the area, so we can’t launch a quick recovery mission. We’ll have to wait until they relocate the bodies and plan out a snatch mission after nightfall. We may need a full squad of our best teleparalyzers, some kinetic beamlifters, and a recovery sweeper. Hold on, we’re picking up an ape-man broadcast announcing the crash. We’ll probably have thousands of reporters and other natives swarming over the area in a few hours. We’ll have to get some guidance from the Terrestrial Preservation Committee first.”
“Since it was just a low-tech Mini ship and it’s pretty smashed up, the committee decided to leave it up to the federal ape-man liaison group to cover up the news and retrieve the ship and its crew. We’ll notify the men in black to start working the issue.”
Using humans to work on their behalf would be a natural way to deal with any terrestrial situations that arise. Human empires have always installed colonial authorities mostly run by native peoples as an effective way of governing the locals. Why wouldn’t aliens make at least some use of humans to help them achieve whatever aims they might have? Some believe they even grow their own humans.
On the other hand, perhaps nobody came to recover the craft. What if the ship was exploring on its own and was therefore not in touch with a nearby mother ship? Maybe alien cultures have poachers and smugglers just like us. They could have been on an illicit mission that was not sanctioned by the governing authorities, or maybe there are no governing authorities.
They could have been looking for gold, or cow blood, or Earth collectibles. Maybe Earth is a wildlife preserve that is supposed to be protected for approved scientific research only and they were breaking the rules. If this were the case, maybe nobody knew that they were even there, never mind that they crashed.
Who knows what kind of alien politics could have been going on behind the scenes after the Roswell crash? Speaking of the Men in Black, could one of these buildings be their present or future headquarters? The Pentagon just doesn’t cut it anymore–it’s just so … 20th century.