GOVERNMENT LIES AND STALLS ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST ON UFO METALS ANALYSIS, WANTS OVER TWO YEARS TO RESPOND!
This author filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the US Defense Intelligence Agency seeking details on the Pentagon’s UFO-related Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, as reported in The New York Times in December. In January, a FOIA was filed to compel the release of test results of purported UFO alloys held by Bigelow Aerospace in Nevada under the federal program. The extraordinary reply to the request included a litany of “reasons” why the government wants at least two and a half years to reply to my request.
The UFO metals held by the Pentagon were reported by numerous media outlets, and on this site in previous articles entitled “UFO Researcher Demands Alien Metal Test Results from Government Under Freedom of Information Act” and “Is Some UFO Debris Dangerous to Touch?”
On January 10, 2018, an “interim response” was sent to me by Alesia Y. Williams, Chief, FOIA and Declassification Services Office for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). She indicated that “we will be unable to respond to your request with the FOIA 20 day statutory time period due to unusual circumstances.” Williams incorrectly responded that she understands that I am requesting “all information” on the Pentagon UFO program. This is not true. My request was very specific to the test results of the purported alien metal, not for “all information” on the program. Such a request would be far too broad, and the key to such requests is specificity.
On March 22, 2018, I again contacted Ms. Williams at the DIA:
“Hi Alesia Williams-
It is going on three months since I filed a FOIA (Case Number FOIA-0089-2018) for the test results of metals warehoused in Nevada by the Pentagon under the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. You incorrectly replied to me on January 10th that this was a request for ‘all information’ relative to the program. It was not. I named specific information sought, including analysis of the alloys now with Bigelow Aerospace under authority of the DIA. The time to respond to my request is unacceptable. You cite numerous reasons for a substantial delay, which I and my attorney find suspicious. Please reply to this email at your earliest convenience to update on status. Thank you, Anthony Bragalia.”
On March 28th, Ms. Williams further replied, contradicting herself and stating that she “is aware of the specifications within your request”, ignoring the fact that she had previously replied that I was seeking “all information” on the program. Williams goes on to say that “Your estimated completion date (ECD) is March, 2020.” She further adds that it may take even longer, as “ECDs are subject to change and are strictly estimates and not intended to be used as actual dates of completion.”
Then she pulled out every excuse in the kitchen sink to explain why the extraordinary delay in replying to my request. This included “coordination with other agencies” during the process. This could include “referrals and concurrences.” She explained the need to “search for and collect records from a facility geographically separate from this office” as well as “the need for consultation with one or more agencies which have substantial interest in either determination or the subject matter of the records” as well as “the potential volume of records responsive to your request.” She also cited a heavy “current administrative workload.”
What Williams does not know is that I had already contacted all other Department of Defense agencies that could possibly have information on the program. Every other agency stated to me unequivocally and in writing that they did not have such information, and that my inquiry would best be directed to the Defense Intelligence Agency (Williams’ agency). Williams’ citing “coordination with other agencies” at “facilities geographically separate” from her is therefore simply not true.
Why would a FOIA request filed in early January of 2018 take at least until March of 2020 to fulfill? The answer is of course, it would not. There is something about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program that is causing the government to delay answering inquiries about the nature of the program. There is something about it that would make the government rationalize their delay by using every excuse that they could possibly muster.
Why the UFO Metal is Held by Bigelow Aerospace
The reason that the US government has placed potential extraterrestrial craft material with a private sector company is simple: Private companies are not subject to FOIA requests. By placing the debris with Bigelow, the government will avoid having to provide to me the test results of the UFO metal. I predict that this will be the ultimate excuse used to deny me my request for information on the program and the alloys.
Because of this, I have today elected to initiate a lawsuit against the Defense Intelligence Agency to compel them to release this information in a far more timely manner.