- (Note - The Post could barely refrain from open laughter
and let the story pass with a modest sneer. Nevertheless, the issue was
covered, and Larry Bryant's case will make more news as it works its way
through the court system.)
- Larry W. Bryant has a court case that could have ramifications
way beyond Alexandria--way, way beyond.
- Bryant believes that people who claim they were abducted
by extraterrestrials should have their day in court. In an effort to force
a hearing on the issue, the city resident and two other Virginians have
filed a lawsuit against Gov. James S. Gilmore III in Alexandria.
- In the lawsuit, the trio argues that the governor has
ignored an important public safety issue and has a legal obligation "to
identify, assess, and repel this clandestine invasion within Virginia."
- "Yet, in direct dereliction of duty," the lawsuit
filed in Alexandria Circuit Court charges, "he refuses even to acknowledge
the existence of the 'invasion.' "
- A spokesman for the Virginia Attorney General's Office
would not comment on the allegations. But David Botkins said the lawsuit
will receive the attention it deserves. "We have turned this case
over to our 'X-Files' department," he said.
- Bryant said he has been unable to find a lawyer willing
to take the case, but he is prepared to argue it himself. The retired Army
civilian said he has been involved in "the politics of UFO research"
for more than 40 years and directs, from his Alexandria home, the Washington
office of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, a public interest organization
with about 10,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide.
- "It deserves a fair hearing," said Bryant,
62. "I believe that the UFO subject has serious merit and that witnesses
are telling the truth as they see it."
- The lawsuit, which was filed June 5, is filled with talk
of mysterious "flying triangles" and the abduction of citizens
from their neighborhoods, homes and cars. Bryant, along with Gretchen Condon,
of Hampton, and Evelyn J. Goodwin, of Newport News, believes that citizens
deserve to know what the government knows and that the issue deserves more
- Among other things, they want the court to order Gilmore
- * Convene a special state grand jury, under the Alexandria
court's jurisdiction, to investigate the scope, impact, perpetrators and
methodology of "this clandestine invasion."
- * Appoint a state police task force to analyze and publish
all available intelligence on the subject.
- * Direct the Virginia National Guard to establish and
operate a quick-reaction force to repel "these non-human/humanoid/alien
entities yet to be apprehended and brought to justice."
- * Afford to invasion victims the same victims-rights
counseling, comfort and protective measures as any other victim of criminal
- If they get their hearing, Bryant said, he will introduce
exhibits to document the current invasion. How the court rules could have,
well, far-reaching implications.
- "Whatever the court decides in this case may affect
how all Earth governments [and society] treat the UFO problem from here
on out," Bryant said.
- Or not.
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