- A federal judge in Phoenix has granted the government's
request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of UFO activists for information
about a very unusual triangular-shaped aerial object.
- In Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) v. Department
of Defense (DoD), Chief U.S. District Court Judge Stephen M. McNamee, in
an 8-page decision, has ruled that the DoD had conducted a reasonable search
even though it did not find any information.
- In his decision, Judge McNamee stated "this case
is not one over the existence or non-existence of UFOs, but whether the
government has conducted a reasonable search regarding information on specific
aerial modes of transportation.
- A fruitless search is immaterial if Defendant can establish
that it conducted a search reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant
documents requested for by Plaintiff.
- Defendant has met its burden by providing sufficiently
detailed affidavits for the Court to conclude that a reasonable search
was conducted in responding to Plaintiff's FOIA request for documents.
Plaintiff has failed to demonstrate substantial doubt regarding the reasonableness
of the search. Therefore, Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment is granted."
- CAUS attorney, Peter A. Gersten, stated he is considering
an appeal of the Court's decision.
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