Judge Orders Release of Documents

From the news script of KLAS-TV, Las Vegas Channel 8, 7/18/96. Original Source Location


AREA 51
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   HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS RELATED TO NEVADA'S INFAMOUS AREA 51
   MILITARY BASE HAVE BEEN MADE PUBLIC BY ORDER OF A FEDERAL JUDGE.
   THE ACTION WAS TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO LEGAL MOTIONS FILED BY CHANNEL
   8.    HOWEVER, THE PENTAGON IS STILL WITHHOLDING OTHER SENSITIVE
   MATERIAL, IN DEFIANCE OF THE COURT.
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   GEORGE KNAPP OF THE CHANNEL 8 I-TEAM IS HERE WITH THE STORY.
S-AREA 51
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  AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS, NUMEROUS DELAYS, AND THREE COURT ORDERS, THE
  PENTAGON HAS FINALLY COUGHED UP SOME OF THE MATERIAL CONCERNING A
  LAWSUIT FILED BY FORMER WORKERS AT AREA 51. CONSIDERING HOW MUCH THE
  MILITARY DRAGGED IT'S FEET, YOU MIGHT THINK THE DOCUMENTS HELD VITAL
  NATIONAL SECRETS. NOT SO.
P-AREA 51
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  ((Jonathan Turley/Law professor: what they're saying is that they can
  classify evidence of their own crimes.))
LAW PROFESSOR JONATHAN TURLEY REPRESENTS FORMER AREA 51 EMPLOYEES WHO
SAY THEY WERE EXPOSED TO TOXIC MATERIALS AT THE BASE. THE MILITARY HAS
CONTENDED THE LAWSUIT CANT PROCEED BECAUSE IT WOULD ENDANGER NATIONAL
SECURITY TO REVEAL ANYTHING ABOUT THE BASE, INCLUDING WHETHER THERE IS
PAINT OR JET FUEL STORED THERE. CHANNEL 8 NEWS ASKED THE COURT TO
UNSEAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE TRIAL, TRANSCRIPTS WHICH HAD NO REASON TO
BE SEALED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
((Jonathan Turley/Law professor: so why is the hearing sealed? The
answer is the oldest trick in the book. The governbment is embarrassed.
it doesnt want the public to know what it did behind closed doors.))

  THE PENTAGON RELUCTANTLY RELEASED HUNDREDS OF PAGES FROM THE TRIAL,
  INCLUDING COPIES OF AN AREA 51 SECURITY MANUAL, WHICH TEACHES BASE
  SECURITY OFFICERS HOW TO LIE TO THE PUBLIC. THE MANUAL CONFIRMS THAT
  AREA 51 HAS ITS OWN SWIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURTS, AND CORNER BAR.
  ALSO RELEASED WAS TESTIMONY FROM BASE WORKERS WHO WITNESSED EXPOSURES
  TO TOXIC CHEMICALS. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT MATERIAL REQUESTED BY
  CHANNEL 8 AND ORDERED RELEASED BY THE COURT IS STILL BEING WITHHELD.
  WHEN AND IF IT'S FINALLY RELEASED, THE MATERIAL COULD SHOW THE
  EXTREME LENGTHS THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN IN ORDER TO HIDE EVIDENCE OF
  ITS OWN CRIMES.

((Jonathan Turley/Law Professor: We've has three court orders and have
yet to get the release of these documents. Itr's bloody ridiculous for
the govt to reinterpret orders and delay the release. as we made clear
in our motion, we are not going away.))
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   NOR ARE WE. TODAY, THE U.S. 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS
   ACKNOWLEDGED THE GOVERNMENT'S DELAY TACTICS. IT GRANTED THE AREA 51
   EMPLOYEES MORE TIME TO FILE THEIR APPEAL, BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE
   PENTAGON HAS NOT YET HANDED OVER THE INFORMATION THAT CHANNEL 8 AND
   THE WORKERS HAVE REQUESTED.
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