From the Chicago Tribune; relayed by the Detroit Free Press freep.com
KECKSBURG, Pa. — The U.S. government says nothing of note happened in this small town in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania on Dec. 9, 1965. A meteor may have passed by, but no alien ship or Russian space probe fell to Earth.
Still, Bill Bulebush, 82, says he knows what he saw, heard and smelled, despite the doubts of the government and others in Kecksburg … Other people said that dozens of Army soldiers and three members of the Air Force showed up, and later that night a flatbed military truck took the object away.
Despite such accounts, the government has been “trying to make it out like we’re a bunch of liars,” Bulebush said.
A lawsuit was filed in December 2003 in the District of Columbia by Leslie Kean, a freelance journalist, with financial support from the SciFi Channel under the Freedom of Information Act. NASA reported that they had no files but proof of their having had files were reported back in the 1990’s.
The case boiled over on March 20 for federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, who had tried to move NASA along for more than 3 years.
According to a transcript of the hearing that day, Sullivan angrily referred to NASA’s search efforts as a “ball of yarn” that never fully answers the request, adding: “I can sense the plaintiff’s frustration because I’m frustrated.”
A settlement, reached Oct. 17, specifies how NASA will make a new search for records. Both sides will be required to report back to Sullivan periodically, starting this week.
Defense Minister Ishiba Considers Japan’s Options in UFO Attack (Article by Stuart Biggs)
Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is considering how his Self-Defense Forces could respond to an attack by space aliens while adhering to limits on military action under the country’s war-renouncing Constitution.
Ishiba is the second Cabinet member to profess his belief in unidentified flying objects after Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura suggested on Dec. 18 they are the only explanation for “unexplainable” things like the Nazca Lines, pre-Columbian etchings in the desert south of Lima, Peru.
Ishiba said yesterday a Japanese military response, such as those in the Godzilla movie series, would require legal review and said he is studying ways Japan could deal with an attack. Ishiba said his comments represent a “personal view,” and not Defense Ministry policy, according to the transcript of the press conference published on the ministry’s Web Site.
“There are no grounds for us to deny there are unidentified flying objects and some life-form that controls them,” Ishiba said. “Few discussions have been held on what the legal grounds are” for a military response.
Ishiba said that, if the aliens arrived in Japan in peace, a military response would not be legal under the terms of Japan’s pacifist Constitution. He also said he was concerned about communication difficulties if a UFO landed.
BBC reported on Tuesday 18th December as follows:
Japan’s chief government spokesman has announced that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) exist.
Earlier, in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker, the Japanese government issued a statement saying it could not confirm any cases of UFOs.
But Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura later told reporters he believed they were “definitely” real.
It is the sort of question politicians dread but, under Japanese rules, are unable to ignore.
A member of the opposition asked the government what its policy was to deal with UFOs.
He said work should begin urgently to try to confirm whether or not they exist because of what he called “incessant” reports of sightings.
The Japanese civil service swung into action.
In a statement it said that should a flying saucer be spotted in the country’s airspace, a fighter would be scrambled to attempt visual confirmation.
But it emphasised that the government was not aware of cases where a UFO from space had been discovered.
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