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Clinton Library Releases Files On UFOs

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:15:05 -0500
Archived: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 09:15:05 -0500
Subject: Clinton Library Releases Files On UFOs 

Source: The New York Sun - New York, USA


November 9, 2007

Clinton Library Releases Files On UFOs

By Josh Gerstein
Staff Reporter of the Sun

Under fire for its sluggish processing of files from President
Clinton's White House, the National Archives released files and
photographs yesterday responding to 14 Freedom of Information
Act requests from members of the public.

The records appear unlikely to contain any political bombshells,
though there could be fodder for the tabloids. Many of the
requests sought information about the Clinton White House's
records on unidentified flying objects or UFOs.

The files detail the predilection of one of Mr. Clinton's chiefs
of staff, John Podesta, for the extraterrestrial-laden
television series, "the X-Files." A listing of the newly-
released files is available on the Web at

In a recent court filing, the Clinton Library's acting director,
Emily Robison, said it had 287 pending requests for information
from the Clinton Library's archives. The responsive records
could total 10.5 million pages, she said.

So far, the library has released records in response to just 18
Freedom of Information Act requests, according to the library's
Web site.

At a debate for Democratic presidential candidates last week,
one of the moderators, Timothy Russert of NBC News, questioned
Senator Clinton about her husband's decision to ask the library
to consider for withholding certain records about Mrs. Clinton,
as well as other files.

Mr. Clinton later called the questions "breathtakingly
misleading." He noted that the letter he sent the archives dated
from 2002, long before Mrs. Clinton's presidential bid. He also
said the thrust of the request was to speed up release of some

One of the former president's aides, Bruce Lindsey, said in a
statement last week that Mr. Clinton had not blocked any record
from being released.

The bulk of the delays in responding to the public requests,
which often focus on substantive issues like Mrs. Clinton's
Health Care Task Force, seems to stem from thin staffing at the
library, which is run by the National Archives. Only six
staffers conduct the page-by-page review required to weed out
classified and private information, as well as information a
former president is entitled to withhold for 12 years after
leaving office.

Asked by e-mail about the newly disclosed files and any possible
impact on Mrs. Clinton's presidential bid, Mr. Podesta repeated
an "X-files" catch phrase: "The truth is out there." He declined
further comment.

More substantive records about the Clinton White House appear to
be on the verge of release.

"We have had a breakthrough," a National Archives spokesperson,
Susan Cooper told The New York Sun yesterday. "There should be a
significant addition of materials coming up in the next few

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