According to newly declassified materials, the Pentagon spent at least $22 million dollars researching the UFO phenomena in a secret program that existed for at least three years, reports the NY Times.
So, the logical question here is, if UFO’s aren’t real? Why on Earth would anyone in their right mind spend $22 million dollars investigating something that’s not real?
It is believed that from 2008 through 2011, the Pentagon secretly spent a budget of at least $22 million dollars on a program that specifically investigated unidentified flying objects; The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. This secret program as supposedly shut down in 2012. The secret program 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, reports the NY Times.
This is the first time that the Pentagon has acknowledged the existence of the secret program, and UFO hunters around the world rejoice as they see this as a sign that UFO disclosure is near.
Elizondo resigned his post in October because of his frustration over the lack of funds and the Pentagon’s attention to his efforts, according to the report.
If UFO’s aren’t real, why has the government spent so much money on studying the phenomenon?
This shows that the Pentagon has had a great interest in UFO’s for many years and that the government has allocated a very large budget in hopes o understanding what UFO’s really are.
The declassified papers also show that the UFO phenomenon is not something new and that the government has been researching it for decades while keeping all information hidden away from the general public.
In the resignation letter that Elizondo sent to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, according to The Time, he stated that the government should take the matter seriously.
“Despite overwhelming evidence at both the classified and unclassified levels, certain individuals in the [Defense] 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,” Elizondo wrote in a resignation letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the Post reported.
Elizondo added that “there remains a vital need to ascertain capability and intent of these phenomena for the benefit of the armed forces and the nation.”
We must not forget that the Air Force has looked into the UFO phenomena before. As part of the so-called Project Blue Book program, the Air Force investigated UFO’s between 1947 and 1969 guttering thousands of documents on unidentified aerial vehicles.
In 1947, In 1947, the U.S. Air Force launched Project Sign with the goal of the collecting, collating, evaluating and distributing within the government all the information related to UFO sightings, under the premise that UFOs could be real and due to national security concerns”.
The project determined that while UFO’s appeared to represent actual aircraft, there was not enough data to determine their origin.