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On October 30th, 1938, the United States experienced mass hysteria--most pronounced on the east coast in New York and New Jersey--in response to a radio broadcast put on by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater On The Air. The public reaction has prompted decades of research into mass hysteria, been used as a model by the military around the world to design information warfare against enemy troops and civilian populace, and used as the most compelling reason to protect the public from the knowledge of the presence of aliens on Earth.

General Wilson has been conducting an alien white paper. It took him a little while, but he managed to pluck a file out of the morass of red tape over at the Pentagon, and this file reveals the truth of the Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast in 1938. The truth is, there actually was an alien invasion in Grover's Mill.

From our analysis of eyewitness reports conducted on the 50th Anniversary of Orson Welles' broadcast of "War of the Worlds", it appears that in 1938 it was just a scouting mission, a group ahead of the main alien invasion to evaluate Earth's technological level and what to expect on arrival. The aliens were defeated, not by bacteria, but by the Grover's Mill Militia with the weapons they had on hand. It appears they did not have their "magnetic blister" shields to protect their ships. The cost was high though. There were 38 men in the militia in 1938. Only 4 remained alive in 1988.

Orson Welles' radio show though was nowhere near what really happened. According to one eyewitness, "He trivialized one of the great moments of our life. No one really remembered what happened; all they remembered was the damn radio show."

That's the fascinating aspect to all this. You know, when you think about it, Welles was a genius. He had people believing there was an invasion, then he turned around and told them that it was all a joke. We think people were afraid to admit that they'd been taken. That's what all this silence is about. Dr. McCullough says that those that can't remember the invasion can't remember it because it was just too frightening for them to deal with.

The same thing happened in 1953. Most people can't seem to remember that invasion. It could be selective amnesia: memory blockage as a kind of defense mechanism, along with the very interesting possibility that the aliens may be able to inflict memory loss on human beings.

And the government apparently did all it could to encourage people to believe the myth. From witness testimony, Welles said he hired to do the radio program to divert attention from what really happened to protect the people from global panic.

Meanwhile the myth of the 1938 invasion continues. Howard Koch, who wrote the original radio play has extended the story to a series of sequels set in the future chronicling an invasion of Mars in 1999. Also there have been countless remakes of the radio broadcast performed by new cast members, the most notable of which have re-set the story in a modern setting and in other regions of the world. The reactions to the rebroadcast of these contemporary versions support the governments of the world's continued secrecy.

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