Did the Pentagon Just Confirm the Existence of UFOs?

Did the Pentagon Just Confirm the Existence of UFOs?

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There are two types of people in this world: those who believe that extraterrestrial life is out there–and those who just haven’t seen enough proof yet. The Pentagon just declassified three US Navy videos that seem to show UFOs in action. But are you convinced yet?

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New York Times Exposé

These videos aren’t new. They were recorded during training flights by Navy pilots in 2004 and 2015. The earlier video was leaked in 2007, and the later ones were published by the New York Times in 2017.

Three years ago, NYT journalists Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal, and Leslie Kean decided to follow the money. Specifically, they tracked back the $22 million earmarked for the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.

Although the official word is that the program ended in 2012, alleged former program director Luis Elizondo told the Times that it was still in operation. And yes, they were absolutely investigating possible UFO encounters and alien sightings.

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Mr. Elizondo claimed to have resigned in October of 2017, in protest over the immense secrecy required by the government. Three senators–Harry Reid, Ted Stevens, and Daniel K. Inouye–funded the program through “black money.” The Pentagon’s budget for classified programs meant that the Senators could bypass a debate.

According to Elizondo, the program received overwhelming proof that UFOs were real. After leaving the Department of Defense, he went on to join the “To the Stars… Academy of Arts & Science,” a group dedicated to investigating the possibility of UFOs. However, it is not clear that Elizondo actually worked for the Pentagon.

What Do the UFO Videos Show?

The earliest video was filmed over the Pacific Ocean during a training flight. It is nicknamed FLIR or the Nimitz video. Two pilots encountered a strange object hovering just above the waves. Suddenly, it darted away. Commander David Fravor told the Times that “[i]t accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

The second video clip is nicknamed GOFAST and was filmed in January of 2015. You can hear the pilots talking in this one, whooping with excitement. One of the asks, “What the **** was that?” as the strange craft moves past the screen.

Finally, we have the GIMBAL video. In this brief clip–also filmed in January of 2015–two pilots discover an object that looks a lot like a flying saucer.

One of the pilots claims that “there’s a whole fleet of them.”

Why Did the Pentagon Declassify These Videos Now?

The Department of Defense decided “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

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“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” the statement said.

In other words, the Department of Defense was so sure that the videos didn’t show UFOs (or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, as they are called in official channels) that they felt comfortable releasing the videos themselves.

Do you buy that excuse? And if the DoD was so sure that the videos were nothing special, why did it take them years to confirm it? Keep in mind, Pentagon officials aren’t saying that these previously leaked videos are hoaxes. They’re the real deal–and the government still doesn’t have an answer as to what the objects seen in the videos might be.

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