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FBI Posts The Real 'X Files'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 01:39:25 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 01:39:25 -0400
Subject: FBI Posts The Real 'X Files'

From: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0%2C4%2C23343%2C00.html?dd.ne.tx.fs

FBI Posts The Real "X Files"
By Courtney Macavinta <courtm@cnet.com>
Staff Writer, CNET NEWS.COM
June 18, 1998, 1:55 p.m. PT

As fans rush to see the anticipated X-Files movie tomorrow,
another unusual phenomenon is unraveling.

The truth, it seems, is out there. And it can be found where
special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully might never look--on
the FBI's own Web site.

The agency has been quietly posting documents on the Net about
reported unidentified flying objects and alien abductions. More
than 1,600 pages dating back to the 1940s are now public on the
site, although most contain blacked-out passages and missing

The Freedom of Information Act files may not reveal all there is
to know about life on other planets, but they give true
believers--and even skeptics--a peek at the government's
investigations into decades of mysterious sightings.

Included in the batch are random reports, such as a September
19, 1947 memo to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover regarding "flying
discs" near Seattle, Washington. "[A man] sighted a silver
object streaking across the sky," the memo states. "It was
observed by these three people while they drove from 20 to 30
miles. All three people saw it, they decided they must be
'seeing things.'"

There also is only one document about the infamous craft that
reportedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. A July 1947 memo to
the FBI office in Cincinnati about the craft states, "The object
resembles a high-altitude weather balloon with a radar
reflector=85Disc and balloon being transported to Wright Field by
special place examination=85National interest in case=85National
Broadcasting Company, Associated Press, and others attempting to
break story of location of disc today."

On the site there are 12 pages from "Project Blue Book," the Air
Force program to investigate UFOs, which was shut down in 1969
on grounds that "there has been no evidence indicating that
sightings categorized as 'unidentified' are extraterrestrial."

It's no coincidence that the documents were released the same
year Walter Andrus started investigating UFOs. He is glad to see
the FBI opening its files, but he doesn't expect to find much.
All the files posted on the site were at one point made public
to individuals or organizations such as the Mutual UFO Network,
which he founded in 1968.

"They don't make things convenient even if they say they do,"
Andrus said today.

"This is one way to pass people off if they ask for a
document--they'll just refer people to the Web site to dig
through all those files," he added. "It is good that the FBI has
gone this far. It's advantageous because the government has been
very uncooperative in releasing information."

Although some Net users complain that files can take several
minutes--and up to 30 minutes in some cases--to download, the
FBI says it's no conspiracy.

"We hadn't really had complaints about it," FBI spokesman Paul
Presson said today. "It's a pretty enormous volume of
information we put up there. This is a technical issue--it's not
a speed bump we were trying to put up to keep people from
viewing [the material]."

Presson said there are a total of 16,000 Freedom of Information
Act files online, including details about the 1962 Alcatraz
Prison escape, Amelia Earhart's disappearance, and the agency's
goods on Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Elvis Presley, and
Bonnie and Clyde.

The agency plans to put up to 1.3 million documents on the Net.

Some X-Files fans are glad to see part of the real-life mystery
being unveiled.

"The institutional bureaucracy of the FBI has always been to
keep anything that embarrassed the county or FBI close to the
vest," said Dawson Rambo, who runs an extensive X-Files fan

Despite what the files say, Rambo said he doesn't believe it is
scientifically possible for distant space travelers to reach
Earth. So he turns to the X-Files to explore the possibility.

"Some of the stuff related to UFOs probably hasn't been released
and we'll never know because none of us has the security
clearance to peer deep enough into the files," he added. "Do I
believe we've been visited by extraterrestrial life? No. But the
show is fascinating. I'll say that."

Still, Andrus of the Mutual UFO Network suggested that the FBI's
Web site itself could be part of a bigger government conspiracy.

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