The Pentagon's Mysterious UFO Program Revealed

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

The program was not technically classified but was only known about by a few officials.

The United States has investigated UFOs in the past. Despite receiving $22 million in annual funding, the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program has never been acknowledged by the Pentagon-until now, the New York Times reports. Bigelow, who now works at NASA, was the one who convinced Reid to move forward with establishing a UFO investigation program, according to the New York Times.

Bigelow is reportedly a close friend of Reid's and originally got the senator interested in UFOs and aliens.

Politico said the program is getting attention this year because of the October retirement of Luis Elizondo, a career intelligence official who ran the program and reportedly told Defense Secretary James Mattis in his resignation letter that the Department needed to take the program's research more seriously. AATIP had funds earmarked until 2012, though sources told the New York Times it has continued to operate and investigate potential sightings.

Defense officials told the New York Times that funding for the program ended in 2012 but the program's backers say the program is still in existence.

Elizondo told of sightings by Navy pilots of aircraft that were able to make manoeuvres that should not be aerodynamically possible, but complained that military leaders were not taking the threat seriously. Most of the money is said to have been allocated to an aerospace research company run by billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow - who now works with NASA. He gave money to both of Reid's senate reelection campaigns in 2004 and 2010. In 1947, the US Air Force launched Project Sign to "collect, collate, evaluate, and distribute within the government all information relating to such sightings, on the premise that UFOs might be real and of national security concern", according to a Central Intelligence Agency analysis. Bigelow was also a longtime supporter of Harry Reid.

"Internationally, we are the most backward country in the world on this issue".

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