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Re: FBI Puts UFO Files Online

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 05:29:51 +0200
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 01:13:41 -0400
Subject: Re: FBI Puts UFO Files Online

From the Boston Globe.





FBI files _ on Hitler, Amelia and UFOs _ on the Internet

Associated Press, 06/16/98 16:20 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dear FBI: You'll want to know that I just saw Adolf
Hitler and a woman in Seat 40, Car 10 of the Illinois Central Railroad.

Dear FBI: I saw an unidentified aerial object. It moved due north, it
was three times the size of the evening star, it was stationary for
five to 10 seconds, it was blue but turned white and then "went out
like a light. ..."

Dear FBI: About the disappearance of Amelia Earhart: I believe there
were stowaways. After takeoff, the plane was taken over by people from
some other country. ...

Anyone with computer access to the Internet now can browse through FBI
files on some of the cases that have intrigued millions of Americans.

So far, the FBI has made 16,000 pages from 37 investigations
accessible. It intends ultimately to post all 1.3 million pages of
files already opened to the public and available for perusal in FBI
headquarters. Names of informants and correspondents are blacked out
for privacy.

The FBI's Internet motive is simple: When people request copies of
files under the Freedom of Information Act, it is cheaper to refer them
to the Web than to make photocopies, says spokesman John Collingwood.
Since last July, 1.4 million visits to the FBI site have been recorded.
Four hundred people work full time handling freedom-of-information

The bureau started with historic cases that once were matters of
intense interest.

Among them: the explosion of the German zeppelin Hindenburg in 1937;
the 1940 pickax murder in Mexico of exiled Russian revolutionary Leon
Trotsky; the 1962 escape of three Alcatraz inmates who fashioned a raft
from rubber raincoats.

Or the 1934 shooting by FBI agents of John Dillinger; the disappearance
of flying pioneer Earhart in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean; the St.
Valentine's Day killing of seven members of the Bugs Moran gang in
Chicago in 1929; the crime spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow that
ended with their roadside killing by police in 1934.

Some don't involve criminal investigations at all: the 1972 gift of
$75,000 by John Lennon to the Allamuchy Tribe, headed by New Left
activist Rennie Davis with plans to disrupt the Republican Convention
later that year; the 1953 congressional investigation into why actress
Lucille Ball registered to vote as a communist in 1936. (It was at her
grandfather's insistence.)

As for Hitler, reports that he was alive kept coming for years after
World War II, possibly because no body was ever recovered after he
committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin as allied forces closed in.
Historians now generally agree that that the body was burned to ashes.

In the bureau's mail about Hitler was a letter from someone who had
registered in a hotel in Quebec, Canada, and was dumbfounded to look
around the lobby and see a man who "appeared identical in every respect
with Adolf Hitler."

Another correspondent claimed to have seen Hitler jump out of a
railroad boxcar. Another saw him in a New York boarding house. Another
reported that Hitler had written him recently from Argentina. Another
said Hitler - minus mustache - had arrived by submarine in Argentina
with a group of henchmen and headed for the Andes.

The most popular file concerns unidentified flying objects, even though
these sightings chiefly fell into the purview of the Air Force. UFO
observations became so common five decades ago that the bureau devised
a 28-question form for use in questioning eyewitnesses. People were
asked about the "apparent size," "color of object," "shape," "sound and
odor," "maneuvers," "manner of disappearance." Then there is a line for
"comments of interrogator relative to intelligence and character of

Also on file is a July 8, 1947, teletype from the Dallas office
reporting a call from the Air Force advising "that an object purporting
to be a flying disc was recovered near Roswell, N.M., this date." That
was a critical day for UFO followers.

Like so many other historically interesting cases, this one came to
nought: Lots of questions asked, lots of paperwork generated, but no
conclusions reached. Case closed.

That was certainly the outcome of some other Hitler documents of
interest for people with a what-if bent: These were letters received in
1933 by the German ambassador reporting overheard conversations - in
Yiddish - plotting the assassination of the new German chancellor.

The FBI Web site is: http://www.fbi.gov

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=A9Copyright 1998 Globe Newspaper Company 

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