Nov. 12: Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington moderated a distinguished panel of former high-ranking government, aviation, and military officials from seven countries who discussed encounters with UFOs and official investigations. The event was organized by filmmaker James Fox and
journalist Leslie Kean of CFi.
Read transcripts of the press conference
and view additional information
International Declaration to the U.S. Government
Requesting the re-opening of the U.S. Government's investigation
Welcome to the Coalition for Freedom of Information Website
Unexplained aerial phenomena, commonly known as UFOs, are real, not the stuff of science fiction. In the 1950's the Air Force defined them as "any airborne object which by performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features does not conform to any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which cannot be positively identified as a familiar object." There is no implication of origin inherent in the meaning of the word "UFO." It simply means "unidentified."
Phenomena for which there is no scientific explanation have been observed in America's (and the world's) air space for over fifty-five years. Trained observers -- pilots, air traffic controllers, radar operators, astronauts, military personnel, scientists -- and government agencies have reported and documented spectacular events visually, photographically, and on radar.
Most sightings can be explained. Yet there is a consensus among most researchers that from five to ten percent cannot be explained by natural or artificial causes. Furthermore, because there has been no ongoing independent, empirically based scientific research conducted on unidentified aerial phenomena, no one can explain with objectivity or authority what they are.
The appearance of UFOs, particularly in the skies over the U.S., has created an intense interest on the part of the public, researchers and, for many years, by the U.S. Government. According to a 2002 Roper poll, 72% of Americans believe the federal government is not telling us everything it knows about unidentified flying objects. Many investigators believe that significant classified information is being withheld, in addition to physical evidence that should be studied by scientists.
In keeping with our society's belief in and commitment to open government, the Coalition for Freedom of Information was formed in 2002. CFi is an independent alliance whose mission is to achieve scientific, congressional, and media credibility for this often misunderstood subject. This effort hinges on the release of additional official information and the public's right to freely acquire the facts.
CFi's goals are to support quality research into these phenomena, bringing together the most credible, qualified experts and observers who have both studied and been exposed to the UFO phenomenon, and who believe it to be worthy of further investigation. The coalition is seeking Congressional cooperation in affecting US Government policy changes regarding UFO investigations. Our core group of international supporters have signed the International Declaration posted above, and are assisting CFi in calling specifically for the US Government to open a new, official investigation into UFOs.
The media plays a critical role in facilitating this process through responsible and serious reporting, and CFi works on both sides of this process. We generate news through our activites and press conferences, which receives serious media coverage, and we publish our own stories in the media, written by journalist Leslie Kean.
In this site you will find highlights of compelling evidence and testimony on the phenomenon from the past fifty-five years. You can also read the presentations of a panel of scientists who appeared at our groundbreaking symposium at The George Washington University in 2002. We have posted material on our investigation using the Freedom of Information Act into an unsolved 1965 case in Kecksburg, PA, which includes John Podesta's comments at two press conferences in support of CFi's work. Information about our lawsuit against NASA, and the unprecedented settlement of the case, is also included on the site. And, you will find some of the best media stories from recent years - including Kean's recent articles about the UFO incident at O'Hare airport in 2006 and the announcement of former Arizona Governor Fife Symington about his 1997 sighting - along with coverage of CFi's ongoing campaign and press releases.
Thank you for your support and interest in our site! We welcome your input and suggestions.