CAUS Files
Lawsuit Over Roswell
PHOENIX (AP) - The name says it all: Citizens Against UFO Secrecy. The organization - accusing the Army of hiding the truth - has filed suit to obtain documents on the rumored crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M., in 1947.
CITING THE FREEDOM of Information Act, the group is seeking documents to which retired Army intelligence officer Philip Corso referred in "he Day After Roswell," a book on the Roswell incident that was published last year. Corso claimed that his office helped leading American businesses adapt alien technologies to develop products such as lasers and microprocessors.
In its lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the Scottsdale-based group says the Army denies such documents exist. That doesn't ring true with the group, which says its mission is to "educate and enlighten the public about the continuing presence of an extraterrestrial intelligence in contact, directly and indirectly, with the people of this planet."
According to a now-famous story, the government recovered a crashed spaceship and alien bodies from a ranch near Roswell in July 1947. The Air Force has long contended the wreckage was actually a high-altitude balloon. In 1995, the Pentagon said the balloon was part of a secret project to monitor the atmospheric effect of Soviet nuclear tests. And in June 1997 an Air Force report said people may have mistaken parachute test-dummies as alien bodies.
The government's assurances have done little to change the minds of those who believe there has been a conspiracy to cover up evidence of alien visitations. The conspiracy theories have enjoyed a new burst of popularity due to TV programs such as "The X-Files" as well as observances of the 50th anniversary of the Roswell incident.

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