WASHINGTON, December 17, 2017: Pentagon officials are admitting that they ran a top-secret UFO investigation for five years, ending in 2012. The New York Times first broke the story of the UFO investigations, according to Defense Department officials.
The program is officially known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program.
UFO and Plausible Deniability
The Defense Department has never before admitted the existence of the program. Run deep inside the Pentagon the cloak and dagger program began in 2007 in response to requests from Senator Harry Reid. Most of the funding went to a research company run by a friend of Reid’s, Robert Bigelow.
Bigelow has been an advocate of exploring space telling CBS ’60 Minutes’ that aliens exist and UFO’s have made the journey to Earth. Opponents of Reid and Government Pork are questioning the awarding of millions of dollars to Reid’s billionaire buddy.
The program is still active, run by military intelligence official Luis Elizondo. Parts of the project are still classified. The program is alleged to be receiving $22 million each year.
The issue of UFO’s have been a focus in political campaigns and presidencies. In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chair John Podesta said he convinced Clinton to look into declassifying any government documents related to UFOs should she win the election.
During the Clinton Administration, President Bill Clinton said he sought secret files pertaining to aliens and UFOs.
Explaining UFO sightings
The AATIP program is seen as an attempt to replicate some of the research undertaken by the Defense Department in the 1950s and 1960s, in an attempt to explain thousands of reported sightings of UFOs. Some suggest that this program was begun because lawmakers believe that Russia and China are developing technology advancements.
Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoas confirmed the program saying:
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe. It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change. The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed.”
Several military service members have made claims that they saw some type of UFO all over the world. Elizondo was key on getting the Pentagon to release three videos from the Pentagon’s vaults that showed footage of encounters between fighter jets and UFOs.