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P.L. Clarke memo 1983

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Document #: 16
From: UFO INFO SERVICE
Date Sent: 06-10-1986
Subject: 1983 P.L. CLARKE MEMO

CUFON – UFO INFORMATION SERVICE SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT DOCUMENT FILES
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Mr. Peter L. Clarke 5 December 1983
KOB Television
4 Broadcast Plaza SW
PO Box 1351
Albuquerque NM 87103

Dear Mr. Clarke

This is in reference to your Freedom of Information Act request of 18
November 1983 requesting access to information regarding photographs taken
by Paul Bennewitz in 1980 near Kirtland AFB.

The only information we have in our files regarding this incident is a
copy of a message, originator unknown, which apparently was placed in
circulation in at least three cities in the U.S. This message discusses
analysis of UFO photographs, and, while it does not mention who the
photographer was, it does mention the name Bennewitz. The purported
originator, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, has reviewed
the message and confirmed that it is a hoax. While the Air Force
Intelligence Service is listed as a recipient of the message, we have no
record of ever receiving it from AFOSI. The copy which we have in our
files was forwarded to us by the organization Citizens Against UFO
Secrecy.


  We are attaching a copy of the document as we received it. We have,
however, removed the bogus security markings so as not to alarm any
recipients. We are also attaching other documents created by this agency
as a result of the bogus message. These documents have previously been
released to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.

For your further information, this agency collected information on UFO
sightings for a few years. However, our interest in this topic was
discontinued in the mid-1970’s and our UFO records were transferred to
the General Services Administration for inclusion in Project Blue Book.
These records are available for public inspection through the National
Archives and Records Service, Modern Military Branch, 8th and
Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20408.

Sincerely 3 Atch
1-3. Docs on UFO Incident
SUSAN COOKSEY
Freedom of Information Manager