by GovernmentSecrets.com Staff
John Greenewald, Jr. of The Black Vault was successful in getting a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of the Yeates affidavit; a Top Secret explanation on why the NSA was withholding the release of the hundreds of UFO documents. It was created during the Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) v NSA court case which took place in 1980 and has largely remained blacked out since it was redacted and released to the general public.
This record convinced the judge of the case, that the NSA, along with the COMunication INTelligence (COMINT) reports which were not released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), should remain hidden and not released to the public. They were many years later, however, they were nearly entirely blacked out — with only a few words legible on many of the pages. Despite the records entering the public domain, the fact that many were heavily redacted, proved to many that the NSA was actively engaged in a UFO cover-up.
The MDR was filed by Greenewald back in July of 2013, and took over a year to process. MDR’s can be requested under the FOIA, and by law, the agency will “declassify information that no longer meets the standards for classification.”However, the allegation of a cover-up deepened with the fact that under the the same MDR filed by Greenewald, the NSA was also requested to review the hundreds of blacked out UFO COMINT reports that have eluded the public’s eye with being primarily classified and blacked out.
However, this portion of the request was denied. Ironically, the NSA claimed they could not find a single one, unredacted, to do a review.
In essence, the ‘originals’ were destroyed or lost when they blacked out the records many years ago — and now in 2014 — they are missing and can not be further reviewed for declassification and release. The history, whatever it may be, is lost forever.