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Lawyer To Sue For Release Of Real X Files

From: Mark Hall <capn_black@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 22:44:23 +0100
Fwd Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 23:58:58 -0400
Subject: Lawyer To Sue For Release Of Real X Files

UK Sunday Telegraph Aug 22nd 1999

Sunday 22 August 1999
Lawyer to sue for release of 'real X-Files'
By James Langton in New York

The truth is out there, and Peter Gersten believes that he knows
where to find it. As director of the Citizens Against UFO
Secrecy he will launch a lawsuit this week against the United
States government, claiming that its refusal to hand over secret
documents on the existence of flying saucers is a violation of
his constitutional rights.

While the authorities, including the Department of Defence and
the CIA, continue to insist that they are not concealing details
about alien incursions, their denials are undermined by growing
evidence of real-life X-Files.

The British academic journal Intelligence and National Security
last week published an official CIA report that documented
attempts by the agency to uncover the truth behind UFO sightings
over half a century. It revealed that the CIA operated its own
team of UFO investigators and that, like the television series
The X-Files in which secret agents probe extra-terrestrial
activity, the agency was plagued by sometimes bitter divisions
between sceptics and those who believed in flying saucers. Mr
Gersten and his organisation hope that their latest lawsuit will
force the authorities to reveal what they know about a large
number of well-documented sightings of large triangular craft
seen over Arizona and New Mexico in recent years. The objects,
some many times larger than a jumbo jet, have been observed by
tens of thousands of people. One was filmed over Phoenix two
years ago but later interpreted by the air force as a series of
flares dropped in a training mission - an explanation few
accepted. "People have a right to the truth," says Mr Gersten, a
lawyer from Scottsdale, Arizona, who believes that
extra-terrestrials are trying to contact us through crop
circles. "I believe that the authorities have evidence and that
I can prove it in a court of law."

While such extreme opinions are only shared by a tiny minority,
most Americans believe that their government knows more than it
will say. Opinion polls show that more than half now believe in
UFOs. And after years of denial, almost all branches of the
American military now admit that they carried out their own
secret investigations into flying saucers, particularly in the
1950s when UFO fever peaked.

The CIA report, by its official historian Gerald Haynes, says
that the agency eventually concluded that most reports could be
explained and that there were no little green men. While some
CIA agents believed that there was evidence of genuine UFO
activity, the official version attributes at least half the
sightings to secret US Air Force reconnaissance aircraft such as
the U2 and Blackbird.

Dr Bruce Maccabee, one of America's leading UFO experts who
regularly met CIA agents from 1979, believes that the "real
X-Files" are in the vaults of the air force and FBI. The air
force also maintained Project Blue Book in which it documented
nearly 13,000 sightings between 1951 to 1969, all but 700 of
which it was able to explain as conventional aircraft or natural

The air force has also attempted - with very limited success -
to end speculation that it recovered the remains of a spacecraft
which crashed near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 and several
alien bodies. It has released previously classified files which
claim that the "saucer" was actually a weather balloon used to
monitor nuclear tests and that the "aliens" were crash test
dummies for parachute prototypes. Among UFO diehards, however,
such "explanations" are seen only as evidence of a further

Mark Hall
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