Leaked Documents Show Pentagon Was Studying UFO-Related Phenomena
Newly leaked paperwork present that the Department of Defense funded a research regarding UFOs, contradicting latest statements by the Pentagon.
In 2017, The New York Times revealed the existence of $22 million greenback UFO investigation program known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, or AATIP. A twist got here two months in the past, nonetheless, when Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough instructed John Greenewald—curator of the Black Vault, the biggest civilian archive of declassified authorities paperwork—that AATIP had nothing to do with UFOs. Greenewald additionally wrote that the Pentagon instructed him that one other program, the Advanced Aerospace Weapons System Application Program or AAWSAP, was the identify of the contract that the federal government gave out to provide stories beneath AATIP.
In a brand new Popular Mechanics article, journalist Tim McMillan acquired paperwork from Bigelow Aerospace’s unique science division, Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, or BAASS, indicating that the group did discover unusual phenomena beneath the auspices of the AATIP program.
One BAASS report, leaked to McMillan by an unnamed supply, beforehand appeared on an inventory of merchandise produced beneath the AATIP contract “for DIA to publish” that was obtained through FOIA legal guidelines. The report was cited incorrectly on that record, however Popular Mechanics tracked down its creator, who confirmed its authenticity. The report investigated “exotic” propulsion through accidents sustained by individuals who skilled “exposure to anomalous vehicles.” The textual content mentions UFOs a number of instances.
“What can not be overly emphasized, is that when one looks at the literature of anomalous cases, including UFO claims from the most reliable sources, the extent and degree of acute high but not necessarily chronic low-level injuries are consistent across patients who are injured, compared to witnesses in the far-field, who are not,” the report states.
Notably, the report’s creator—Christopher “Kit” Green—instructed Popular Mechanics that he was not contracted by BAASS besides to provide this report and that it gives zero proof for extraterrestrial or non-human applied sciences.
Another BAASS report from 2009 and printed by Popular Mechanics that does not point out DIA by identify, solely a “sponsor,” is much more explosive. It reveals that, across the time that BAASS would have been producing stories beneath AATIP, it explored an enormous assortment of unusual phenomena together with “physical effects” of unknown aerial phenomena, or UAP; the “biological effects” of UAP encounters on organic organisms; a request for paperwork from the Air Force’s UFO investigation program, Project Blue Book; the point out of a number of UAP incidents, together with violations of restricted airspace close to a nuclear weapons facility; and that Utah’s notorious Skinwalker Ranch is a “possible laboratory for studying other intelligences and possible interdimensional phenomena.”
Last month, Motherboard was granted unique entry to Skinwalker Ranch. Currently, the ranch is owned by an nameless particular person engaged in non-public scientific analysis. “Skinwalker Ranch continues to be one of the best locations to study and record UAP activity,” the proprietor instructed Motherboard in an interview. “Where else in the world do you have constant monitoring with instrumentation recording across a broad spectrum?”
A curious aspect be aware on this story is the function of Luis Elizondo, a former Pentagon staffer who claims to have run the AATIP program. In statements earlier this 12 months, the Pentagon instructed Motherboard that Luis Elizondo was under no circumstances concerned in AATIP. McMillan obtained documentation from an unnamed supply that allegedly helps Elizondo’s claims, however didn’t publish them in full, solely a snippet of a memo that alludes to tasks beneath AATIP however doesn’t point out Elizondo by identify.
In a press release to Motherboard, Elizondo claimed that whereas the AAWSAP and AATIP applications are not energetic, the Pentagon continues to be engaged in investigating sightings of and encounters with unknown aerial phenomena beneath a unique program portfolio. He additionally stated he believes the largely unpublished documentation is “vindication,” including, “the truth always prevails.”
Motherboard reached out to the Pentagon for an official assertion on the leaked paperwork and Elizondo’s alleged function in this system. Pentagon spokesperson Susan Gough instructed Motherboard that the Pentagon will launch a brand new public assertion within the following weeks regarding the AAWSAP/AATIP applications.