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The Pentagon’s Been Secretly Spending Millions On UFO Research And Hiding The Evidence From You

Buckle up, X-Files fans, this one's for you. For decades, X-Files fans have been convinced that the government is hiding evidence of aliens. These conspiracy theorists swear that their respective states experience an inordinate amount of alien abductions, UFO crashes, and crop circles that definitely aren't manmade. Turns out, though, that there may be some credence to those claims.

That's right, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) has admitted to its own existence. Up until this point, the research program was not widely known. News articles from 2017 and interviews with former program directors and Pentagon staff revealed inside details. Those pilots who claimed to see UFOs may have been sane after all. 

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  • The Pentagon Released Official Footage Of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

    The Pentagon Released Official Footage Of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
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    On April 27, 2020, the Pentagon officially released three short videos of "unidentified aerial phenomena" in order 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." In December 2017 and March 2018, former Blink 182 musician Tom DeLonge's company To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences circulated the videos, which are now being acknowledged by the Pentagon. 

    In 2017, Commander David Fravor, one of the pilots who witnessed the UFO from the 2004 Navy footage, told CNN, "As I got close to it... it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds. This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way."

    The video, captured during a routine training session near San Diego, CA, is fairly short. 

  • The Secret Program Was Allocated $22 Million For Research

    The Secret Program Was Allocated $22 Million For Research
    Photo: US Air Force / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Conspiracy theorists are feeling pretty smug right now. The Pentagon confirmed the existence of a government-funded program that investigates unidentified flying objects. Though officials referred to UFOs as anomalous aerospace threats (perhaps in an effort to make them seem innocuous), it's agreed that $22 million dollars were dedicated to the project. Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid spearheaded the expensive venture, and he's apparently had a "longtime interest in space phenomena."

    A 2017 New York Times article released all of this info, combining details from interviews with Reid and billionaire researcher Robert Bigelow.

  • AATIP Research Was Funded With Black Money

    The Department of Defense maintained a huge annual budget of $600 billion, of which $22 million was allocated to the AATIP from 2008 through 2011 - an incredibly small amount to track in such a large overall sum. That's what officials intended. 

    In fact, the extraterrestrial-scouting program was financed with black money - funding that the Pentagon put aside for classified programs. Specifically, the funds were used for "management of the program, research and assessments of the threat posed by the objects."

  • The AATIP's Main Researcher Believed In Aliens

    After urgings from Harry Reid, the Department of Defense funded the AATIP. The organization then made Reid's friend, aerospace researcher Robert Bigelow, the main recipient of government funds that would allow for optimal alien research. Bigelow was no newcomer to extraterrestrial exploration, though. He's a "contractor, designer, developer, financier, buyer and manager" at Bigelow Aerospace.

    The multi-talented man also partnered with NASA on many projects, including an abandoned habitat technology that would've helped people live in outer space. Additionally, Bigelow advocated for a "sustainable commercial space economy."

    Some believed that AATIP's main researcher was decidedly eccentric, though. Bigelow gave almost $4 million to the University of Nevada Las Vegas to promote classes about life after death. Bigelow Aerospace also created the Fly Your Stuff program that allowed people to fly their stuff to space for a nominal fee. Bigelow claimed to be "absolutely convinced" that aliens exist and that UFOs have touched down upon the Earth. 

  • Officials Claimed That The AATIP Ended In 2012, But Reports Proved Otherwise

    Many people discredited the existence of any UFO-detecting programs like the AATIP because the Department of Defense claimed that any like it had been terminated in 2012. In a Pentagon release, a spokesman wrote: "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."

    However, reports revealed that although government funding stopped in 2012, the program was able to continue. Former military intelligence official Luis Elizondo helped run the AATIP. He claimed that officials from the Navy and the CIA helped him continue the program's efforts. 

  • A Building In Las Vegas Was Modified To House UFO Artifacts

    At Robert Bigelow's request, his company modified buildings near Las Vegas, NV. The structures were renovated so they could be used to store artifacts associated or involved with potential unidentified aircraft investigations. 

    According to Luis Elizondo, the buildings housed alloys, plastics, and other materials allegedly pulled from potential alien machines. Additionally, researchers conducted studies on people who claimed to suffer physical effects from encounters with the objects. Trained professionals also spoke to military service members who reported UFO sightings.