NYT reports Pentagon spent millions on UFO program

NYT reports Pentagon spent millions on UFO program

One of the major players in the USA government program the investigated UFOs has now joined Tom DeLonge's "science fiction technology" academy. Be prepared for your conspiracy-loving uncle to be extra insufferable this holiday season.

Documents show how the unit, working with a Las Vegas aerospace company run by Robert Bigelow, Reid's long-time billionaire friend, investigated sightings of aircraft moving at high speeds with no signs of propulsion or that hovered mysteriously. Bigelow, a devout believer that aliens have visited Earth, is now working with NASA on producing space modules for human use.

While not classified, the BBC says "only a small number of officials were aware of the programme", with funding secretly tucked away in the US Defense Department's annual $600bn budget.

Officially, the AATIP program "ended in 2012", the Pentagon told Reuters. It had been run in near-secrecy by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon's C Ring, deep within the building's maze.

Newly declassified footage shows two USA fighter jets chasing an unidentified flying object (UFO) off the coast of San Diego in 2004.

Former director Luis Elizondo revealed that he continued the investigations on behalf of the Navy and Central Intelligence Agency for another five years until he quit in October 2017.

In his resignation letter to James Mattis, the defence secretary, he reportedly wrote: "Why aren't we spending more time and effort on this issue?" But it's part of an investigative piece by The New York Times that devotes considerable ink to the Pentagon's "mysterious UFO program".

The U.S government has investigated UFOs off for decades, dating back to cases during World War II, but the notorious Project Blue Book didn't begin to look into UFO sightings until after the 1947 "UFO crash" in Roswell, New Mexico.

Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes.

The eerie footage comes just as the U.S. government acknowledged the existence of its Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which aimed to investigate reports of extraterrestrial life. Iranian pilots frequently chased objects they thought were American drones sent to spy on the country.

Who knows what else the AATIP program uncovered? In audio and video, the pilot is heard to exclaim: "There's a whole fleet of them". He said that he joined the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, founded by former Blink-182 gutarist Tom DeLonge.

Many will see the Pentagon's decision to monitor and research UFO sightings as a tacit admission that there really are mysterious floating objects in the sky that are probably extraterrestrial in nature.

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