From: Larry W. Bryant <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 20:18:06 -0400 Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2002 08:59:30 -0400 Subject: CAUS PRESS RELEASE: Bryant Vs. NARA Citizens Against UFO Secrecy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Larry W. Bryant CAUS Washington, D.C., Office 3518 Martha Custis Drive Alexandria, VA 22302 (Phone: 703-931-3341; e-mail: email@example.com) New FOIA Lawsuit Challenges the UFO-E.T.-Coverup Status Quo No single government official, or group of officials, has the authority to withhold from public view hard evidence of the extraterrestrial presence. That premise lies at the heart of UFO researcher Larry W. Bryant's latest freedom-of-information lawsuit, aimed at helping free up such evidence from its confines at the U. S. National Archives and Records Administration in Washington. Filed in U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the case -- Larry W. Bryant v. National Archives and Records Administration (Civil Action No. 02-1259 ) -- focuses on what may be the "smoking gun" of the official UFO-E.T. coverup: a "SECRET" July 17, 1947, NARA-housed memorandum (with some related tabbed enclosures) announcing the forthcoming 14th meeting of an interagency panel called the Intelligence Advisory Board (see photo-copy on obverse of this press release). "Does the memo's totally censored agenda item No. 3 pertain to the early-July 1947 Roswell, N.M. [UFO-E.T. crash/retrieval] Incident?" Bryant asked. "If it does -- and if it also confirms existence of the supersecret post-Roswell damage-control group called Majestic-Twelve [see: http://www.majesticdocuments.com] - - then how much more evidence do we need to show ourselves that behind all this revelatory SMOKE lies a BONFIRE of official deception, stonewalling, and other abuse of authority?" Bryant noted that the lawsuit's filing date of June 24, 2002, coincides with the 55th anniversary of the modern era of UFO awareness. The worldwide public interest in this disclosure contest has had to cope with several months of delay tactics from such quarters as the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department. Accordingly, Bryant's choice of counsel in this case -- Mark S. Zaid of Washington, D.C. (phone: 202-371-6626, Ext. 19) -- couldn't be more apropos. "Mr. Zaid's track record as the nation's premier litigator in the realm of national-security affairs speaks for itself," Bryant explained. With this lawsuit, the government once again has the opportunity to come clean on what it knows (and when it knew it) about UFO- E.T. reality. "Mr. Zaid and I welcome receiving whatever useful material, commentary, and leads that might come our way during this litigation -- including additional evidence from UFO- coverup whistleblowers," Bryant concluded. NOTE TO EDITORS: The remainder of this e-message contains the text of the lawsuit's complaint, as follows: COMPLAINT This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. =A7 552 et seq., as amended, for the disclosure of agency records improperly withheld from plaintiff Larry W. Bryant by defendant National Archives and Records Administration. JURISDICTION 1. This Court has both subject matter jurisdiction over this action and personal jurisdiction over the defendant pursuant to 5 U.S.C. =A7 552(a)(4)(B) and 28 U.S.C. =A7 1331. VENUE 2. Venue is appropriate under 5 U.S.C. =A7 552(a)(4)(B) and 28 U.S.C. =A7 1391. PARTIES 3. Plaintiff Larry W. Bryant ("Bryant") is a specialist in collecting, analyzing, and publicly disseminating official government documentation on the controversy surrounding reported Unidentified Flying Objects ("UFO"). He currently directs the Washington, D. C., office of the public-interest group Citizens Against UFO Secrecy. He resides in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 4. Defendant National Archives and Records Administration ("NARA") is an agency within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. =A7 552 (e) and is in possession and/or control of the records requested by Bryant which are the subject of this action. BACKGROUND 5. In 2001, UFO researchers discovered within NARA's holdings at College Park, Maryland, an Intelligence Advisory Board ("IAB") Agenda (with its related tabbed enclosures) for a meeting scheduled for July 17, 1947. This record may very well constitute the "smoking gun" of evidence confirming three elements of the so-called official cover-up of UFO-E.T. reality: (1) the now-famous crash-landing, military retrieval, and government-industry technological analysis/exploitation of an alleged alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico, in early July 1947; (2) the post-Roswell formation of a supersecret panel -- "Majestic-Twelve" -- comprised of 12 seasoned military and industrial officials chartered by President Truman to manage the government's further acquisition/analysis/exploitation/sequestration of UFO-E.T. artifacts (to include official bio-medical and forensic research on the origin, nature, and culture of the retrieved "UFOnauts"); (3) the behind-the-scenes UFO-E.T.-crash/retrieval operations conducted by a U.S. Army-acknowledged counterintelligence organization called the Interplanetary Phenomenon Unit -- an organization expressly revealed and discussed by certain "leaked" MJ-12 documents. 6. The Roswell Incident has been the subject of widespread public interest for years. The first publicized story of July 8, 1947, reported that the Intelligence Officer of the 509th Bomb Group, stationed at Roswell AAF, Major Jesse A. Marcel, had recovered a "flying disc" from the range lands of an unidentified rancher in the vicinity of Roswell and that the disc had been "flown to higher headquarters." That same story also reported that a Roswell couple claimed to have seen a large unidentified object fly by their home on July 2, 1947. On July 9, 1947, the local paper noted that Brigadier General Roger Ramey, Commander of the Eighth Air Force at Forth Worth, Texas, stated that upon examination the debris recovered by Marcel was determined to be a weather balloon. 7. In July 1994, the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force concluded a search for records in response to a General Accounting Office ("GAO") inquiry about the event. The focus of the GAO probe, initiated at the request of a member of Congress, was to determine if the U.S. Air Force, or any other U. S. government agency, possessed information on the alleged crash and recovery of an extraterrestrial vehicle and its alien occupants near Roswell, N.M., in July 1947. 8. The 1994 Air Force report concluded that the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Air Forces, had recovered debris from an Army Air Forces balloon-borne research project code-named MOGUL. This report contended that many of the accounts of alien bodies appeared to be descriptions of unclassified and widely publicized Air Force scientific achievements. Still other descriptions of "bodies" were alleged to have been actual incidents in which Air Force members were killed or injured in the line of duty. However, many researchers still continue to claim that not only was debris from an alien spacecraft recovered, but also the bodies of the craft's alien occupants. 9. There is no dispute, however, that something happened near Roswell in July 1947, since it was reported in a number of contemporary newspaper articles; the most famous of which were the July 8th and July 9th editions of the Roswell Daily Record. The July 8th edition reported that "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region," while the next day's edition reported, "Ramey Empties Roswell Saucer" and "Harassed Rancher Who Located 'Saucer' Sorry He Told About It." 10. Despite various government-issued explanations for the Roswell Incident, a series of related whistleblower-leaked documentation has raised serious, persistent questions about the government's veracity, motives, policies, and practices surrounding this event of far-reaching, worldwide socio- political importance. Consequently, researchers' unfettered, prompt access to the withheld information can help the public determine how much of that information does, in fact, pertain to the Roswell Incident. The IAB memo's meeting-agenda item No. 3, still classified SECRET after 55 years, merits widespread dissemination, analysis, and debate -- particularly since the 14th IAB meeting would have been the most opportune time for such a high-level body to review evidence related to the Roswell Incident. COUNT ONE 11. By letter dated September 14, 2001, Bryant submitted to NARA a signed printout of an e-mail-formatted letter that he had characterized as an FOIA Appeal, but which was treated by NARA as a FOIA request, for an unredacted copy of the one-page agenda for the July 17, 1947, meeting of the IAB, as well as its enclosures. Upon information and belief, the pages in question are contained in Record Group 353, Entry 411-413, Box 96. 12. By letter dated September 25, 2001, NARA acknowledged receipt of Bryant's request/appeal and assigned it tracking number NW01-0906. 13. NARA has failed to comply with the requisite statutory periods that govern compliance under FOIA with respect to Bryant's request. Therefore, NARA has wrongfully withheld information from Bryant. 14. Bryant has constructively exhausted all required administrative remedies. 15. Bryant has a legal right under the FOIA to obtain the information he seeks, and there is no legal basis for the denial by NARA of said right. WHEREFORE, plaintiff Larry W. Bryant prays that this Court: (1) Order the National Archives and Records Administration to disclose the requested information in its entirety and make copies promptly available to him; (2) award reasonable costs and attorney's fees as provided in 5 U.S.C. 552 (a)(4)(E) and/or 28 U.S.C. =A7 2412 (d); (3) expedite this action in every way pursuant to 28 U.S.C. =A7 1657 (a); and (4) grant such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper.
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