posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 02:58 PM
reply to post by CardDown
I think there are a multitude of reasons and interests that have led to a diminution of contemporary, official UFO FOIA documents. Your OP
presents one aspect that seems pretty reasonable. After all, *if* there were reasons for playing UFO sighting reports down, it'd be
naive to be recording and storing them in archives that were/are subject to FOIA legislation.
Perhaps a more significant factor is the lack of very good UFO sighting reports in the US? This would mean that the physical volume of paperwork would
be shrinking and that might just be compounded by the suspicion you raised in the OP. Fewer reports and some portion of them being squirreled away in
unlisted filing boxes? Maybe.
Following a hard-drive death, I don't have the files to link to, but recall a series of PDFs that listed FOIA requests to NASA. John Greenwald Jr of
the Black Vault
featured very heavily in the pages of names. He's posted 1000s of pages of documents and
some of them relate directly to those GSW legal appeals of the '70s. Surprisingly, those NASA FOIA lists didn't feature the redoubtable Larry
Fawcett who's been persistent for years in his FOIA requests.
Of course, FOI requests are available to researchers outside of the States and (imho) Dr Dave Clarke
(Aus) have been the most prominent in recent years. Clarke uncovered a series of UFO documents by filing requests for
unusual meteorological phenomena. Basterfield has had great success via FOI and also by
trawling online records
of the Australian
National Archives site.
Back on USA territory, I recall Richard Dolan describing how there was also a shift in FOIA policy in the wake of 9/11 that made it easier for
official departments to obfuscate and/or limit their archive protocols. Further to that shift, a number of previously released files had their status
changed and were/are no longer accessible. I think Nick Redfern ran into that problem too and mentioned in a podcast that a lot of his files are now
'technically' illegal to possess. I think Frank Warren has also mentioned that issue.
I guess it should be no surprise that the potentially more interesting files would be inaccessible to FOIA requests. Still, there are a few
researchers who believe that one day they'll receive a 'smoking gun' document that confirms their beliefs.