In a certified letter dated September 10, 1997, attorney Peter A. Gersten filed a formal FOIA request with the U.S. Department of the Army, asking for all relevant information concerning the activities of Lt. Col. Philip Corso (ret.) as described in Corso's bombshell book, "The Day After Roswell."
Gersten, who has previously filed many successful FOIA requests on behalf of the organization Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS), specifically requested "any and all... memorandum [sic], notes, reports, documents, letters and/or any other equivalent recordation including sketches, photographs and film" pertaining to Corso's Roswell-related activities.
In his book, Corso says he worked under General Arthur Trudeau in the Army's Office of the Chief of Research and Development (OCRD) at the Pentagon during the period 1961 to 1963. It was here, Corso says, that he personally handled wreckage and records from the 1947 crash of an alien spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico.
Gersten notes in his FOIA request that "Corso's military personnel file shows that he was a staff officer in the Plans Division, OCRD, from 5 May 1961 to 20 Jul 1961, when he became a staff officer in the Foreign Technology Division, OCRD. On 18 April 1962, Corso became the Chief, Foreign Technology Division, OCRD until 18 July 1962, when he again became a staff officer in the Plans Division, OCRD. Corso retired [from the Army] on 1 March 1963."
Gersten notes numerous specific references made by Corso to records, artifacts and even alien bodies. Gersten specifically asks for:
-- "The Roswell File" containing "various reports relating to the Roswell incident, along with some of the debris recovered from the crash site," referenced in detail by Corso thoughout the book;
-- "Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs)," one of which Corso says he saw first-hand in July, 1947, while stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas;
-- "Autopsy reports of EBEs," which Corso says he personally read while at the Foreign Technology Desk at the Pentagon;
-- "Any and all communications between Lt. Colonel Corso and General Trudeau," including reports Corso wrote specifically for the General, detailing his analysis of various items contained in "the Roswell File."
The Army is legally obliged to respond to Gersten's FOIA request or explain why it cannot. CNI News will report the outcome of this inquiry as soon as details are available.
Original file name: CNI - Gersten FOIA.Corso.final
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