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, many Americans 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 are giving the public inside details. Those pilots who claimed to see UFOs may have been sane after all. So go ahead and put on your tinfoil hats, gang, because it looks like the aliens are approaching.

The Secret Program Was Allocated $22 Million For Research

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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.

Military Pilots Encountered An Unidentified Aircraft With Ambiguous Origins

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Scientists and astrophysicists are quick to point out that inexplicable things aren’t always unearthly. It’s hard to keep that in mind, though, when watching the 2004 military footage of what appears to be an alien spacecraft.

The video, captured during a routine training session near San Diego, CA, is fairly short, but it seems to prove the existence of an aircraft that wasn’t made by human hands.

The pilots, Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight, witnessed the long white ship but could never fly fast enough to catch the elusive machine. Fravor said, “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen… I [was] pretty weirded out.”

AATIP Research Was Funded With Black Money

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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

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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

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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.

A Director Doubted That The US Could Defend Itself Against Alien Invasion

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In a 2009 Pentagon progress summary, the program director chillingly declared that what had been science fiction was now “science fact.” He went on to say that the United States was incapable of defending itself against new, otherworldly technologies.

Harry Reid deemed the AATIP’s discoveries grave enough to warrant extra security classification. However, even with the former director’s foreboding report and Reid’s frantic request, the designation was denied.

Congressmen Like Ted Stevens Wholeheartedly Supported The AATIP

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AATIP advocate Harry Reid was quite vocal about some aspects of the program. Though retired from Congress since 2017, Reid was proud of the AATIP’s work. Reid said: “I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service. I’ve done something that no one has done before.”

Former Republican congressman Ted Stevens and former Democratic congressman Daniel K. Inouye also supported the AATIP. Stevens was a pilot in the Air Force, and purportedly, “a strange aircraft” chased him during his service. Regarding the program, Stevens said: “I’ve been waiting to do this since I was in the Air Force.”

An Official Resigned From The AATIP Instead Of Engaging In Flawed Policies

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In October 2017, Luis Elizondo resigned from his post as a director in the AATIP because he didn’t like the secrecy of his job or the internal conflict. In a resignation letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Elizondo asked: “Why aren’t we spending more time and effort on this issue?”

The opinionated official found government provisions to be extremely lacking, stating:
There remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation. […] The [existence of unearthly artifacts] is not something any government or institution should classify in order to keep secret from the people.

Bigelow Claimed That America Was Backwards For Ignoring The Existence Of Aliens

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Robert Bigelow claimed that America was the “most backward country in the world” in regards to understanding alien life. He went on to say that even small countries like Belgium were more open-minded. Bigelow suggested that America should abandon its fear of the unknown, saying:

Our scientists are scared of being ostracized, and our media is scared of the stigma. China and Russia are much more open and work on this with huge organizations within their countries.

A New Program Dedicated Itself To Studying Potential Alien Threats

Luis Elizondo refused to state who replaced him as the director of the AATIP. However, he willingly shared his involvement with a different organization. Along with two other former Department of Defense officials, Elizondo helped launch the new venture To the Stars: Academy of Arts and Science.

The new program committed itself to raise funds and interest about unexplained space phenomena, stating on the website:

The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity. Without the restriction of government priorities.

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