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Kecksburg Case Back In Spotlight

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:29:59 -0400
Archived: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:29:59 -0400
Subject: Kecksburg Case Back In Spotlight

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


UFO Case Back In Spotlight

By Ann Saul Dudurich
Wednesday, November 6, 2002

On Dec. 9, 1965, a fiery orange object was observed streaking
across the evening sky. Witnesses in Westmoreland County said
the object appeared to bank and turn before gliding into a
wooded ravine near Kecksburg, Mt. Pleasant Township. Military
personnel arrived a short time later, purportedly keeping
curious onlookers at bay while the area was searched.

Several eyewitnesses stated they saw a large, acorn-shaped
object being removed from the area on a tarp-covered flatbed
truck. Yet the Air Force has never confirmed anything was found.
The official explanation: A meteorite.

Nearly 37 years later, Kecksburg is once again in the national

During a recent news conference, the Sci Fi Channel challenged
government secrecy, calling for declassification of records
concerning unidentified aerial phenomena, commonly known as
UFOs. To help the cause, Sci Fi joined forces with John Podesta,
former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton,
and his public relations firm, PodestaMattoon. Together, they
are backing a Freedom of Information Act initiative aimed at
cases involving the retrieval of objects of unknown origin.

Sci Fi has obtained the services of Lobel, Novins and Lamont, a
Washington, D.C., law firm, and has commissioned California-
based investigative reporter Leslie Kean to document the Freedom
of Information Act request. It has also formed the Coalition for
Freedom of Information to generate public support.

The Kecksburg case is cited in the group's request for documents
through the Freedom of Information Act, the 1966 law that grants
the right to request access to federal agency records or

According to Larry Landsman, Sci Fi's director of special
projects, the cable channel is lending its resources in an
effort to "figure out what's going on in our skies," and, more
specifically, what happened that night in Kecksburg.

"It's a real mystery; a fascinating story," he said. "And we
just want to know what's going on."

On Sci Fi's behalf, Kean made the trip to western Pennsylvania
Tuesday to interview witnesses, and tour the crash site area.

"I know there have been other requests in the past that haven't
gone anywhere," Kean said. "But, this is the first time an
effort is being made which has some resources and legal power
behind it. <#201> There is a consensus here to take this as far
as we possibly can, and really demand and insist that people get
this information because it's their right to have it. And, if
that means going to court, or whatever it takes, we're really
going to go for it."

According to Kean, the Kecksburg case is a "natural," in part
because of a large number of witnesses and the reported recovery
of a physical object.

"Another reason we looked at this case is all the work done by
Stan Gordon," she said. "We're not starting from ground zero

Gordon, a Greensburg resident who was 16 years old in 1965, has
devoted "years and years" to solving the unsolved mystery. His
efforts to obtain top-secret records, however, have failed.

"Will these documents ever be declassified? I have my doubts,"
Gordon said with a smile, "But I am always hopeful. It's very
important that anyone connected with this case come forward now
and tell what they know."

Ann Saul Dudurich can be reached at adudurich.nul

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