|We read this story from
Thursday, June 22, in the Washington Post, and we had to write something
about it. We're wholly on the side of the authorities on this one,
and we're glad to see them stick to their guns. We especially like
the snide comment about the X-Files. These are good folks, and we
hate to see UFOnuts ruin that. Here's the article in its entirety:
X-Files' Case Lands in Va.
By Patricia Davis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 22, 2000; Page V01
Bryant has a court case that could have ramifications way beyond
Alexandria--way, way beyond.
Bryant believes that people who claim they were
abducted by extraterrestrials should have their day in court. In an effort
to force a hearing on the issue, the city resident and two other
Virginians have filed a lawsuit against Gov. James S. Gilmore III in
In the lawsuit, the trio argues that the governor has
ignored an important public safety issue and has a legal obligation
"to identify, assess, and repel this clandestine invasion within
"Yet, in direct dereliction of duty," the
lawsuit filed in Alexandria Circuit Court charges, "he refuses even
to acknowledge the existence of the 'invasion.' "
A spokesman for the Virginia Attorney General's
Office would not comment on the allegations. But David Botkins said the
lawsuit will receive the attention it deserves. "We have turned this
case over to our 'X-Files' department," he said.
Bryant said he has been unable to find a lawyer
willing to take the case, but he is prepared to argue it himself. The
retired Army civilian said he has been involved in "the politics of
UFO research" for more than 40 years and directs, from his Alexandria
home, the Washington office of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy, a public
interest organization with about 10,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide.
"It deserves a fair hearing," said Bryant,
62. "I believe that the UFO subject has serious merit and that
witnesses are telling the truth as they see it."
The lawsuit, which was filed June 5, is filled with
talk of mysterious "flying triangles" and the abduction of
citizens from their neighborhoods, homes and cars. Bryant, along with
Gretchen Condon, of Hampton, and Evelyn J. Goodwin, of Newport News,
believes that citizens deserve to know what the government knows and that
the issue deserves more investigation.
Among other things, they want the court to order
* Convene a special state grand jury, under the
Alexandria court's jurisdiction, to investigate the scope, impact,
perpetrators and methodology of "this clandestine invasion."
* Appoint a state police task force to analyze and
publish all available intelligence on the subject.
* Direct the Virginia National Guard to establish and
operate a quick-reaction force to repel "these
non-human/humanoid/alien entities yet to be apprehended and brought to
* Afford to invasion victims the same victims-rights
counseling, comfort and protective measures as any other victim of
If they get their hearing, Bryant said, he will
introduce exhibits to document the current invasion. How the court rules
could have, well, far-reaching implications.
"Whatever the court decides in this case may
affect how all Earth governments [and society] treat the UFO problem from
here on out," Bryant said.
© 2000 The Washington Post Company
There is not sufficient evidence to
show that anyone has ever been abducted, let alone that there is some kind
of invasion going on. This should continue to get dismissed and
rejected by cooler heads.