Unsealed: Alien Files – The Freedom of Information Act episode 65: In 1969, the US government officially announced it would stop investigating UFOs, but declassified documents seem to tell another story.
In April 2011 the FBI declassified decades’ worth of secret government documents that contain thousands of reports of UFO sightings and alien activity. Each episode of this half-hour series tackles one alien case by investigating the previously off-limits government files. The program re-examines key evidence and follows developing leads based on newly released information.
Mass UFO sightings, personal abductions, government cover-ups, and alien news from around the world are some of the topics covered by the show’s panel of specialists, who include journalists, researchers, and radio and TV hosts. After watching an episode of `Unsealed: Alien Files’, you may begin to believe that `we are not alone‘.
Unsealed: Alien Files – The Freedom of Information Act episode 65
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that requires the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government upon request. The act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, and defines nine exemptions to the statute.
The act was intended to make U.S. government agencies’ functions more transparent so that the American public could more easily identify problems in government functioning and put pressure on Congress, agency officials, and the president to address them. While the public may be aware of news organizations’ use of FOIA for reporting purposes, they make up less than 10% of all requests with businesses, law firms, and individuals all being more frequent users.
The law came about because of the determination of United States House of Representatives member John E. Moss of California. Moss was chairman of the House Government Information Subcommittee. It took Moss 12 years to get the Freedom of Information Act through Congress. Much of the desire for government transparency stemmed from the Department of Defense and Congressional committees evaluation of the nation’s classification system in the late 1950s.
They determined that the misuse of government classification of documents was causing insiders to leak documents that were marked “confidential.” The committee also determined that the lowest rung of the confidentiality ladder “confidential” should be removed. They deemed that “secret” and “top secret” covered National security adequately. The Moss Committee took it upon itself to reform confidentiality policy and implement punishments for the overuse of classification by officials and departments.