2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 10:54:14 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] New Mexicans challenge Luftwaffe
Ranchers, as well as other residents of New Mexico and Texas opposed to
training flights by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) out of Holloman Air
Force Base, won a skirmish May 1, 2000 when a federal judge ruled in
their favor. "'The Air Force possibly suffered a strong setback on May
1, in the Lee vs. USAF case because of Judge Black's decision to allow
an amendment to the lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of the German Air
Force presence in the U.S.,' stated Bob Jones, President of the Paragon
Foundation. 'American Air Force officials have not followed proper
channels in allowing foreign troops to train in America.'" (Sierra
County Sentinel, May 10, 2000) The article is written by a
representative of the Paragon Foundation, an Alamogordo, New
Mexico-based "constitutional property rights organization."

Though the case was originally filed in September, 1998, it attained
support after two German fighter aircraft collided near Carlsbad in
September, 1999. The New Mexico state Senate asked the U.S. Air Force
for details of that crash, but a Holloman spokesman said that the
Luftwaffe did not reply because the Senate's Memorandum did not have the
force of law.


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/968-1126

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