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November 3, 1981
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,STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/09/09: CIA-RDP90 ARTICLE APPEARED ON PAGE THE WASHINGTON POST 3 November 1981 .1 A- 0 S LuT elt Tro- M__ ocu -men, fS.-I By Ward Sinclair::. Wa.hlnytonPaet9WtWrtGr The U.S. government 'sayi 'it keeps no. records on unidentified."flying objects, be-, cause they don't exist. But 131 secret doe c:rnents. about UFOs ? in.the.files_ of-the Na tk)nal Security Agency have become the sub-: ject of an intense legal battle Would the - documents disclose startling details about.the flyingsaueers,:,or, UFOs,. that snore. than 10 million.?Americans claim ucompromise- to have seen? Would discloere; NSA's. sophisticated . eavesdropping tech=, niques? Is. it all buncombe? Or is- it all too t:?ightening to contemplate? Apparently : only :NSA-. can answer those 7uestions and NSA- isn't talking: NSA,: in,_ fact, refuses to talk and its: reticence is being challenged in the federal.courts: Eleven months ago, a U.S. -District Court Judge here, Gerhard A: Geeelt, held that-the 'iocuments were so sensitive?that theirpublic. release' might endanger, national "security. Gesell slid , not review -th&Mdoeuments: His' decision was based on: a~21=page top-secret . affidavit given him-inchambers by NSA. The battle last week reached the U.S.I Court of Appeals, where a small organization.1 known as Citizens: Against UFO Secrecy! (CAUS), arguing for release of .the NSA doc- uments, told a three-judge, panel that. the' government cannot have it both ways. If . LFOs do not. exis4;..CAUS attorney Peter-A.. Gersten of New York told the.court;. then Uncle Sam has nothing to hide. If they, do exist; then we may be in 'big trouble--and. we know about,-it But NSA's lips stays buttoned. The suit. brought:-by" CAU1%nder the: Freedom of Information Act is another ina series, of challenges to, the powers of spy out.: fits such as NSA, the Central=Intelligence' Agency and the- Defense Intelligence Agency'. to' withhold virtually anything'-they.;want under the "guise of ?rratinnal,4ecunty "The'government- ri%i4 l ii is -that OF are not a- threat:th t` - 'the government does not; study UFOs,A` er,ten told the a .1 Pettis panel If the not- order dis- closure, ' he said, Gesell" a-leest "should' be directed ; to review the "1 ;UF0 documeatsr and decide for himself just how sensitive they really are. Arguing for NSA, attorney Cheryl,. vL Long said there is no way the documents, no matter-what they show, could. be released without exposing and .compromising the in- telligence-gathering techniques of the. agen cy, which include global electronic snooping.. and code-breaking. CAUS'E' appetite for government doeu .mentswas;'whetted by the 1978 release of ? Air Force and CIA reports .on UFO sightings. -.that were deemed to have no national secu rity implications. (:Ground Saucer Watch,' a Phoenix-based Ul'0 monitoring organiza- tion, forced the.'release through freedom-of- information suits. - Those documents revealed that in Octo- ber, November and. Deemer of 1975,"re-: "liable military per?;onnel sine unconventional and urtexplainet! ' erial s:t;'),e& ' hovering around nuclear ' nos ~r , t ,p .;less air- craft alert areas w id. 1 ,site c~mtrol "com- . plexes at installations acrciss the northern United tates.- In -some instance-,. as radar sightings ot- the. objects were made, Air Force. fighter. .'planes were sent aloft in unsuccessful pur . suit, although the records gave no indication that the fighters fired on the intruders. . CAUS and the Fund for' UFO Research;. based in suburban Mount. Rainier,.-not" -that last week was the sixth anniversary of a celebrated series of sightings over Loring Air Force ,Base in Maine, brought, a witness to" Washington'to tell his ;story at a press con Terence i .i~ t 1.-'; itY Stephen' B. Eichner, a now retired ser, geant who as on duty when a strange object 'hovered over the Loring ammunition- damp, described in some detail what he saw in.1973 and said thatot2icials at the "base' tended to discount his and other witnesses' reports: -_ , Eichner told how he'and fellow airmen hart seen a football shaped reddish orange! object; three or four car,tengths long,: hov. '%;ering'over the Loring dump. He-said the ob- ject: suddenly vanished,.' then reappeared 'Bonne distance away at the end:of a runway' Numerous 'other visual and' adar.siglttiugs were made at Loring. Air Force planes' i F scrambled-.'in'n a: "luckless attempt to tr down the object. The Air Force generally theorized that the object was an unidentified helicopter, but Eichner said. last week it made no noise and could not be n istaken for? a helicopter. Gersten said CAUS- intends to file anolrh r freedom of information suit against' the'. Air Force this month in an effort to force disclo- sure of more data on the series of *till. *4n- 'explained.1975'sightings over Strategic'l1ir Command bases Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/09/09: CIA-RDP90-00806R000100200075-6