December 18, 2007, - 11:36 am
Good News . . . For U.F.O. Believers: Federal Court Sides With Them, Sort of; Iran Believes in Outer Space Creatures
By Debbie Schlussel
Do you believe there are alien life forms in the universe? Well, then, there’s good news for you, Jimmy Carter, and Dennis Kucinich (both believe in aliens–the extraterrestrial kind), coming out of a settlement between the team of the SciFi channel and freelance writer Leslie Kean and NASA, which they sued.
While I doubt this info will settle anything, once and for all. After all, they still have “Area 51” and Roswell, New Mexico to fantasize about:
The U.S. government says nothing of note happened in this small town in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania at 4:47 p.m. on Dec. 9, 1965. A meteor may have passed by, but no alien ship or Russian space probe fell to Earth, as many here believe.
Still, Bill Bulebush, 82, says he knows what he saw, heard and smelled, despite the doubts of the government and others in this community 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
“I looked up and saw it flying overhead and it was sizzling,” said Bulebush, a retired truck driver. “I found it in the woods down there [in a valley] and I got to it 15 to 20 minutes after it landed. I saw it 10 to 15 feet away from behind a big tree — because I was worried it might blow up — and it smelled like sulfur or rotten eggs and was shaped like a huge acorn, about the size of a VW.”
Other people said that shortly afterward, dozens of Army soldiers and three members of the Air Force showed up; later that night a flatbed military truck took the object away.
Despite such accounts, the government has been “trying to make it out like we’re a bunch of liars,” Bulebush said. But now he and his fellow believers may have their best chance yet to prove their case.
A recent settlement in a 4-year-long Freedom of Information Act court battle requires NASA to meticulously comb its files for documents about the Kecksburg incident.
The lawsuit was filed in December 2003 in the District of Columbia by Leslie Kean, a freelance journalist, with financial support from the SciFi Channel, which ran a show that year titled “The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed.”
Kean was asked by SciFi in 2002 to find a UFO case with credible witnesses and possible physical evidence. She created the Coalition for Freedom of Information to support the effort and to look into other “unexplained aerial phenomena.”
Part of Kean’s own criteria, despite SciFi’s title for the Kecksburg show, was to pick a case as far removed as possible from the 1947 incident in Roswell, N.M. — thought by many to be a crashed alien spaceship but later revealed to be a top-secret research balloon.
“The types that go to Roswell and parade in the street in costumes, we try to stay far, far away from that,” she said.
Kean pressed the case after she filed a Freedom of Information Act request earlier in 2003 and NASA said it couldn’t find any documents related to Kecksburg. But Kean already knew the space agency, which had a program in the 1960s to recover and analyze space debris, had some documents. Stan Gordon, a UFO and Bigfoot researcher with whom Kean was working, had information he got in response to a request he sent NASA in the 1990s. . . .
After NASA turned over about 1,000 pages of documents that failed to adequately address Kean’s request, the case boiled over on March 20 for federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, who had tried to move NASA along for more than three years.
According to a transcript, the judge angrily referred to NASA’s search efforts as a “ball of yarn” that never fully answers the request, adding: “I can sense the plaintiff’s frustration because I’m frustrated.”
A settlement was reached Oct. 17 specifying how NASA will make a new records search and that both sides must report to Sullivan periodically, starting Dec. 17. NASA also agreed to pay Kean $50,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
In a statement, NASA would say only that it was “conducting another records search.”
This past week Kean and her attorney received the first batch of documents: 689 pages of Form 135s, which are inventory sheets that indicate what is in boxes and files in NASA’s archives.
Based on a first read of the documents — from which Kean will select files for NASA to review for any documents related to Kecksburg — Kean said she’s “cautiously optimistic” that they’ll turn up something.
“I asked my attorney if she found the ‘Kecksburg UFO Explained’ file,” Kean said with a laugh. “She said, ‘Not yet.’ But I’m still hopeful.”
By the way, our insane friends, the Iranians–like Carter and Kucinich–believe in UFOs:
Iranian air force encounter, 1976: Two Iranian F-4 fighter jets chase a UFO above Tehran. One pilot says he tried to fire at the object but his equipment was inoperable.
Good info for future strategies in trying to stop Ahmadinejad. Send a fake spaceship.
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