18 December 2017 - Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs
Pentagon admits it ran secret multimillion-dollar UFO programme between 2007 and 2012
Samuel Osborne (The Independent, 17/12/2017)
The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs.
Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles.
The programme ran from 2007 to 2012 with $22m (£15m) in annual funding, which was hidden in US Defence Department budgets worth hundreds of billions of dollars, The New York Times reported.
Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program
The Pentagon claims that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was terminated in 2012 after five years in order to focus time and resources on other issues.
But despite the Pentagon insisting the program—first reported by The New York Times on Saturday—ended with the termination of its funding, its backers claim it is still in existence. Below are some of the most bizarre sightings laid out in the declassified reports.
Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean (The New York Times,16/12/2017)
Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
Bryan Bender (Politico Magazine, 16/12/2017)
The “unidentified aerial phenomena” claimed to have been seen by pilots and other military personnel appeared vastly more advanced than those in American or foreign arsenals. In some cases they maneuvered so unusually and so fast that they seemed to defy the laws of physics, according to multiple sources directly involved in or briefed on the effort and a review of unclassified Defense Department and congressional documents.