Today we found out that the Pentagon spent at least $110 million over the course of five years to investigate unusual objects in the sky and, as expected, have absolutely nothing to show for it.
Officials at the Department of Defense have finally recognized the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a secret program that cost the government $22 million every year between 2007 and 2012. The program was started at the request of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), according to New York Times.
For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.
The program, which is still partially classified, has never been acknowledged before. It is one of many times in which governments have paid for alien visitation research, despite the fact that no one has ever successfully proven a single case.
The government money wasn’t going to NASA or any other reputable program, either. It went mostly to an aerospace research company run by a biased friend of Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who has said he is “absolutely convinced” aliens exist and have visited Earth.
Perhaps most interestingly, the program has continued to operate – without funding from the Defense Department – since 2012.
Working with Mr. Bigelow’s Las Vegas-based company, the program produced documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift.
But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.
It’s natural for humans to wonder about extra-terrestrial life, and I’m in favor of exploration, so I understand the search for it. I am a big fan, for instance, of S.E.T.I – the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. But it’s also important to understand that unidentified objects in the sky are not necessarily alien in nature, and that problems with human perception account for the vast majority of UFO reports.
If we’re going to continue to spend government time and money on the issue, then we better produce any solid evidence to compel that research. Until then, it seems like a waste, which only serves to propel conspiracy theories and add to an already skyrocketing debt.
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David G. McAfee