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Re: Criticism Of New Drive For UFO Disclosure -

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@privat.dk>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 17:10:52 +0200
Fwd Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 13:21:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Criticism Of New Drive For UFO Disclosure -

Source: Wired News




Outing UFO Clues Good for Ratings

By Mark Baard

02:00 AM Oct. 25, 2002 PDT


Fox Mulder would be proud of a group of Washington insiders who
are throwing their weight behind the UFO movement.

Former Chief of Staff John Podesta and a former Capitol Hill
staffer this week called on the government to release secret
evidence from UFO crash sites.

The Coalition for Freedom of Information, directed by Washington
lobbyist Edwin Rothschild, hopes to acquire UFO documents and
debris for scientific analysis.

Rothschild said neither he nor Podesta, who joined in the
announcement, has heard any new rumors about UFOs from the Oval
Office or Capitol Hill.

"But people and pilots worldwide have seen things that shouldn't
be there," Rothschild said, "and we ought to know what these
things are."

Rothschild said he wants to encourage a sustained, scientific
study of UFO materials. But Rothschild may be more interested in
strengthening his ties with the Sci Fi Channel, which is funding
the Coalition for Freedom of Information.

Sci Fi also happens to be a client of PodestaMattoon, the
lobbying and PR firm where Rothschild works.

Sci Fi is using the CFI connection to promote its new UFO
miniseries Taken. The show, produced by Steven Spielberg, will
air in December.

And here's a twist worthy of The X-Files: PodestaMattoon is run
by John Podesta's brother, Tony, which may explain John's
participation in the launch of CFI.

John Podesta did not respond to repeated requests for an

While schilling for Sci Fi, CFI promises to use its connections
to muscle the UFO debate into the mainstream. Indeed, CFI is
girding itself for a row with the Air Force over CFI's Freedom
of Information Act request for documents from its official UFO

"I've done this type of work before," Rothschild said, "and I've
found that some people don't listen unless you file a lawsuit
against them."

CFI is especially keen for documents about an object the Air
Force may have recovered at a crash site in Kecksburg,
Pennsylvania, in December 1965. Witnesses who saw the Kecksburg
object described it as saucer- shaped and marked with strange

"For all we know, that writing might have been Cyrillic,"
Rothschild said. "It might have been a Soviet vehicle. The point
is we just don't know."

But the public may never see the Kecksburg object, or any other
UFO, for that matter.

"They'd have an easier time getting the government to haul out
an alien cadaver than any piece of a ship," said Ryan Wood, who
runs The Majestic Documents, a UFO research site.

Wood heads up a group of real-life versions of the X-Files Lone
Gunmen who seek to authenticate UFO-related government

Wood believes the government may be hiding UFO evidence because
of its military value.

But one of Wood's associates has another more mundane
explanation for the missing data.

"With all the bureaucracy surrounding FOIA requests," UFO
researcher Nick Redfern said, "the material could just be
sitting around somewhere, in a dusty old office."

Scientists, including the skeptics, say they'd welcome full
disclosure of UFO evidence.

"It's unlikely that an interstellar spacecraft has ever struck
the earth," said Tom McDonough, Search for Extraterrestrial
Intelligence coordinator for the Planetary Society. "But let's
look at whatever evidence there is. Then we can debate about its

But Rothschild said that hard-core skeptics, especially in the
media, are killing the UFO debate.

"We're working against a big ridicule factor here," he said,
"and that isn't going to lead to any kind of outcome."


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