FBI Opens Up Official Site: The Vault, Under The Freedom of Information Act
Gird yourself for a whole new wave of alien conspiracy theories: the FBI has placed hundreds of pages of information on its past UFO investigations online in a new, searchable database. It means that documents on UFO sightings - and the feverish correspondence between concerned members of the public and the bureau - can now be easily mined for fine-level data.
Called the Vault (I can almost see Fox Mulder yanking its door open as Scully looks on), the FBI’s new site gathers together documents frequently requested via the Freedom of Information Act - and is designed in part to reduce costs in answering such FOIA requests. It covers many popular subjects - from Al Capone to Marilyn Monroe - and the UFO info is under the heading “unexplained phenomena”.
The Vault does not contain any previously unreleased information, an FBI spokesman told New Scientist today. So what’s really new (and powerful, in my view) is the ability to search the unstructured, often handwritten and/or smudgily typed text.