- PHOENIX (AP) - The name says it all: Citizens Against UFO Secrecy. The
organization - accusing the Army of hiding the truth - has filed suit to
obtain documents on the rumored crash of an unidentified flying object
near Roswell, N.M., in 1947.
- CITING THE FREEDOM of Information Act,
the group is seeking documents to which retired Army intelligence officer
Philip Corso referred in "he Day After Roswell," a book on the
Roswell incident that was published last year. Corso claimed that his office
helped leading American businesses adapt alien technologies to develop
products such as lasers and microprocessors.
- In its lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S.
District Court, the Scottsdale-based group says the Army denies such documents
exist. That doesn't ring true with the group, which says its mission is
to "educate and enlighten the public about the continuing presence
of an extraterrestrial intelligence in contact, directly and indirectly,
with the people of this planet."
- According to a now-famous story, the
government recovered a crashed spaceship and alien bodies from a ranch
near Roswell in July 1947. The Air Force has long contended the wreckage
was actually a high-altitude balloon. In 1995, the Pentagon said the balloon
was part of a secret project to monitor the atmospheric effect of Soviet
nuclear tests. And in June 1997 an Air Force report said people may have
mistaken parachute test-dummies as alien bodies.
- The government's assurances have done
little to change the minds of those who believe there has been a conspiracy
to cover up evidence of alien visitations. The conspiracy theories have
enjoyed a new burst of popularity due to TV programs such as "The
X-Files" as well as observances of the 50th anniversary of the Roswell