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CFi Press Release On NASA/Kecksburg Verdict

From: Richard Hall <dh12.nul>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 06:20:34 -0400
Archived: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 09:30:38 -0400
Subject: CFi Press Release On NASA/Kecksburg Verdict

Forwarded to the List at the request of Leslie Kean.

October 26, 2007

Contact: Leslie Kean

Landmark Court Settlement Requires NASA To Release Documents On
Mysterious UFO Case

New York, N.Y. -- On the heels of the news of NASA's attempt to
withhold survey data on aviation safety problems, the Coalition
for Freedom of Information (CFi) today announced the
unprecedented settlement of a lawsuit against the space agency
in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

As result of NASA's refusal to release its records concerning
the 1965 Kecksburg, PA UFO incident and subsequent stonewalling,
CFi filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in
December, 2003, as part of a broader FOIA campaign supported by
SCI FI Channel.

Presiding U.S. District Judge Emmett G. Sulliivan approved a
settlement that requires NASA to comb through hundreds of
documents in specified locations and provide copies to Leslie
Kean, investigative journalist with CFi and plaintiff in the
lawsuit, under the watchful eye of the courts. NASA is required
to declassify relevant documents, explain any redactions, and to
pay Kean's legal fees as part of the settlement.

John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for President Clinton and
President of the Center for American Progress, who has supported
Kean's FOIA effort since 2002 commented, "The time to pull the
curtain back on this incident is long overdue. Leslie Kean's
victory is a triumph for open government and the spirit of

Kean's attorney, Lee Helfrich, of the Washington firm Lobel,
Novins & Lamont, had made the case that NASA was recalcitrant in
its response to Kean's requests under the Freedom of Information
Act.  "It is unprecedented to have achieved success at forcing
an agency to do this kind of extensive historical search under
FOIA without Congressional intervention," Helfrich stated.

Kean has been seeking documents about the crash of an unknown
object in Pennsylvania that occurred over forty years ago.
Witnesses described seeing a fireball in the evening sky, a
controlled landing and a systematic military recovery of a
spacecraft-like object. As reported by local radio and
newspapers, U.S. military personnel cordoned off the area,
investigated the site, and left without ever providing a full
report of the incident other than to dismiss it as a meteor.

"Finally, we hope to acquire the relevant documents about
Kecksburg that are required by law," says Kean. "I look forward
to working with NASA on the resolution of the terms set out by
the court and to providing the public with the information it
has been waiting for."

The US government has for years resisted releasing records on
unidentified flying objects when requested under the FOIA.  CFi
does not make any assumptions about the origin of the Kecksburg
object, but defines UFOs simply as airborne phenomena that have
not been identified or explained.

Additional information on the Kecksburg incident and the NASA
lawsuit, including the settlement document, can be found at:


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