CIA releases entire collection of UFO-related documents

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https://www.livescience.com/cia-declassi...hives.html

INTRO: More than three decades' worth of government UFO records are now yours to download and peruse, thanks to the efforts of some intrepid truth-seekers.

The massive data dump includes more than 2,700 pages of UFO-related documents declassified by the CIA since the 1980s. (The U.S. government also calls them "unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP). According to The Black Vault — an online repository of UFO-related documents operated by author John Greenwald Jr. — the documents were obtained through a long string of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed over the last quarter century .

Over time, so many requests piled up that the CIA created a CD-ROM full of declassified documents, known as "The UFO collection." In mid-2020, Greenwald purchased the CD-ROM, and he recently finished uploading its contents as a series of searchable PDF files on his website. You can find them at The Black Vault.... (MORE)
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I just looked at a couple of the documents at random and one didn't seem to have anything to do with UFOs. The other simply noted the German title of a German newspaper story about UFOs without any information about the contents of the story. If those are indicative of the quality of these documents, I'm not impressed.
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(Jan 15, 2021 04:55 AM)Yazata Wrote: I just looked at a couple of the documents at random and one didn't seem to have anything to do with UFOs. The other simply noted the German title of a German newspaper story about UFOs without any information about the contents of the story. If those are indicative of the quality of these documents, I'm not impressed.

Only a score or so even have a description at this point, though the page states that it's a work in progress, more will be continually added. Mention of Leon Davidson appears in several. The CIA's classic black marker smudges are sporadically present, but they seem to largely cover up names.

All of those without captions that I've randomly looked at so far feature an instance of "flying saucer" or "glowing object" or "unidentified flying object", etc. Their legibility is pretty horrible at times.

Many from the '50s appeared to be reports submitted by citizens(?) or military personnel(?). One was a patient in a hospital and probably just mistook the vibrations of a large aircraft or helicopter overhead as something frightening, as if he was a resident of the 19th century.



One of the files: Letter from a Brigadier General to a Lt. Colonel Lawrence J. Tacker (Jan, 1961):

It was very thoughtful of you to send me the inscribed copy of your new book on flying saucers. I certainly agree with the pious hope that publication of this book will do much to clear up the confusion about UFOs. I read about half the book last night and found it extremely interesting and well presented. Unfortunately, there seems to be a fair sized "lunatic fringe" that will never be really convinced of Air Force objectiveness and forthrightness on this subject. In any case, I hope the book will be a huge success.


Lt. Col. Lawrence Tacker audio interview, promoting the above book (photos & images displayed in the video portion)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=498F-ob9EPY
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