Ever since the 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico, hundreds, even thousands, of Americans have reported UFO sightings.
In fact, reports of unidentified flying objects in the sky go back thousands of years and have occurred around the globe.
But until 2009, the U.S. government hadn’t openly investigated UFOs.
In 2009, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to do something extraordinary.
That year, Reid obtained funding for a secret Pentagon investigative project known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program “for the purpose of collecting and analyzing a wide range of ‘anomalous aerospace threats’ ranging from advanced aircraft fielded by traditional U.S. adversaries to commercial drones to possible alien encounters.”
Reid was not alone in this effort. Not only did late former Senator Daniel Inouye support the program, so did Republican Senator Ted Stevens, meaning the project had bipartisan support, something rarely seen in recent years.
The project had legitimacy, of course, because our military needs to know if other nations have more advanced air power technology. China could very well have aircraft with propulsion systems that surpass anything we have ever come up with, and we wouldn’t know it unless we investigate UFOs whether they originate from other nations or outer space.
The $22 million project was run by former Pentagon official Luis Elizondo, who renewed his support of the program in his resignation letter earlier this year.
“Despite overwhelming evidence at both the classified and unclassified levels, certain individuals in the Department remain staunchly opposed to further research on what could be a tactical threat to our pilots, sailors and soldiers, and perhaps even an existential threat to our national security,” he wrote.
The project made sense considering our military pilots reported seeing flying objects that “defy the laws of physics.”
For instance, Navy F/A-18 fighter pilots allegedly recorded a UFO and even talked about it as they observed it flying against speedy winds and rotating.
Here’s a video of the incident via YouTube that the New York Times featured on their website.
The program only remained in operation for three years, but Reid is still proud of it. He even took to Twitter to defend it.
If anyone says they have the answers, they’re fooling themselves.
We don’t know the answers but we have plenty of evidence to support asking the questions. This is about science and national security. If America doesn’t take the lead in answering these questions, others will.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 16, 2017
Frankly, $22 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the overall Department of Defense budget. The primary purpose of the program was to find out what pilots see up there and whether the objects are a threat. Discovering that they were extraterrestrial would have been a bonus.
And since the Pentagon is undergoing an audit for the first time, it’s likely we may discover a lot more about what they have been spending taxpayer dollars on over the years and if you think the UFOs program was a waste of money, get ready to have something to get angry about.
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