CIA Says, “No UFO Investigation Since The ’50’s!”

By | October 8, 2008

CIA Says No UFO Investigation Since The 50sLarry Bryant posted his UFO freedom of information request response from an Information and Privacy Coordinator for the CIA.

… On the general subject of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), there is no organized CIA effort to do research in connection with UFO phenomena, nor has there been an organized effort to collect intelligence on UFOs since the 1950s. At that time, the Air Force, specifically the Air Technical Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, had the primary responsibility for the investigation of all reports of UFO sightings. The CIA’s role was in connection with a Scientific Advisory Panel, established to investigate and evaluate reports of UFOs. The panel was concerned only with any aspect of UFO phenomena which might prove to present a potential threat to the United States national security. The panel later issued a report of its findings, the Report of the Scientific Panel on Unidentified Flying Objects dated 17 January 1953, also known as the Robertson Report. The report was released by the Air Force Office of Public Information on 9 April 1958. The Air Force investigation, called Project Bluebook [sic], was terminated in 1969. We understand that the Air Force turned its records on this subject over to the National Archives and Records Administration where they are currently available for inspection and purchase. There is currently no CIA program to actively collect information on UFOs, although since the time of the Robertson Report there have been sporadic instances of correspondence dealing with the subject, and we occasionally receive various kinds of reports of sightings of objects in the UFO category.

As of this date, however, the Agency has released to numerous previous requesters 1,022 pages of UFO-related documents under the FOIA. Most of this material was located as a result of a previous search for records conducted on behalf of an earlier requester for information regarding UFOs up through 1979, and as a result of a recent updated search for records conducted on behalf of an earlier requester for information regarding UFOs from 1979 through 15 March 1990…  Also, as a result of former Director Woolsey’s 14 December 1993 radio interview, a recent further release of 1,757 pages has been made bringing the total amount of pages to 2,779.

The current cost for the paperwork to get these documents from the CIA is US$267.90.

… You also have the option of reviewing the initial release of 991 pages on the CIA’s electronic FOIA internet site. The access for this site via homepage URL is: http://www.foia.ucia.gov.

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