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What Is Up With Those Pentagon Ufo Videos?
ON DECEMBER 17, 2017, a newspaper printed a story titled“Real U.F.O.’s? Pentagon Unit Tried to Know.” No, the headline wasn’t surrounded by text about post-baby bods and B-listers’ secret sorrows. Because it was on the front page of The New York Times.
The article describes a federally funded program that investigated reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs, the take-me-seriously acronym that includes UFOs). And within the story, the Times embedded videos of two such UAPs.
Although the article was careful not to say that unidentified meant extraterrestrial, the Department of Defense acknowledged the program, and it was easy enough for readers to draw the conclusion that these videos could show alien aircraft. The Times supplemented one of the clips with a first-hand account of a Navy pilot who was sent to investigate “mysterious aircraft” that appeared—poof!—at 80,000 feet, dropped down to 20,000, and then seemed to hover before either leaving radar range or launching straight up. Weird, right?
The discovery, and federal acknowledgement, of a UFO of non-earthly origin would be revelatory—and the Times’ scoop seemed to suggest that such a worldview-shifting scenario is at least not not-true. That the videos came courtesy of the Defense Department made it easier for readers to put faith in their validity.
“The video footage, in this case, is what captures people’s imagination and is part of what made this case more compelling,” says historian Greg Eghigian, a recent NASA and American Historical Association Fellow in Aerospace History.
But there are a few missing links in this narrative chain, links that need to be forged before anyone has enough information to accurately interpret these videos, let alone conclude they even remotely suggest anything extraterrestrial.
But wait, this story broke the news that the DOD had a secret UFO program and had released secret video! That’s huge!
Here’s what happened. About a decade ago, the Department of Defense inaugurated a UFO program, budgeted at $22 million according to the Times. It went by AATIP, for Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, though the Times story refers to it as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Its purpose was to investigate flying foreign weapon threats—ones that exist now or could be developed in the next 40 years. The product of legislation cosponsored by senators Harry Reid of Nevada and Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, the program, according to Pentagon spokesperson Audricia Harris, was primarily executed through a contract with Bigelow Aerospace—a company owned by Reid’s constituent and donor Robert Bigelow. (The wealthy businessman, who is best known for his inflatable space habitats, still owns a company called Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies, which has also researched UFO reports.)
The Pentagon program was run by Luis Elizondo, who told WIRED he took the lead position in 2010. (WIRED was unable to verify that Elizondo worked on AATIP, but Harris does confirm that he worked for the Defense Department.) The AATIP team, Elizondo says, took strange-sighting reports from pilots, as well as associated data like camera footage and radar returns, and tried to match them with known international aircraft signatures. “What we found many times was the fact that the aircraft did not belong to anybody,” Elizondo says. Sometimes, he says, the craft displayed behavior the AATIP team couldn’t explain.
Elizondo has become a kind of celebrity—in the wider world, arguably, but definitely in the UFO community. This week, those UFO researchers and enthusiasts and skeptics gathered in Fort McDowell, Arizona, for their annual International UFO Congress. And Elizondo, who had brought them closer to the capital-D Disclosure they’ve long sought, was supposed to be there. Instead, this evening at 6 pm Eastern, the Congress will show a prerecorded interview in which Elizondo will answer submitted questions from the community— “many of the questions that have gone unanswered,” according to a press release.
People have been clamoring for those answers—and Elizondo characterizes himself as being all about the answers. He says he wanted, for instance, to speak more publicly about the crafts’ non-nationality. “That fact is not something any government or institution should classify in order to keep secret from the people,” Elizondo told the Times, and the website linked to his new venture makes reference to the declassification processes the films had to undergo. The Times portrays the program as “shadowy” and possessing “excessive secrecy.”
But those are all funny things to say, because it doesn’t seem like the Pentagon ever held the program’s data or documents that close, and it doesn’t seem like the videos in that story ever were classified.
“If they were officially declassified, they would have to have been officially classified,” says Nate Jones, director of the Freedom of Information Act Project at the National Security Archive. And a classified video would likely have a marking at least at the beginning and end, even after it was okayed for public consumption. Someone—at the Times, at To The Stars—could have cut those introductory and closing seconds from the video, but why would they do that, when both groups were emphasizing the direct-from-DOD legitimacy of the videos? “It looks very strongly like these weren’t released through any proper DOD declassification channels that I’ve ever seen,” says Jones. “I’ve seen a lot of DOD declassification in response to FOIA, in response to mandatory declassification review, in response to proactive disclosure. And it doesn’t look like this.”
Here is, perhaps, why: While the details of the program weren’t widely known, Harris says that the program files the Pentagon has pored over so far—Pentagon staffers have been reviewing AATIP documentation since around the time the Times story broke—were unclassified.
Of course, there are endless quibbles to be had over classification. Elizondo, for his part, clarified to WIRED that he didn’t believe the videos themselves were ever classified: They were just stored on a classified system. Either way, though, it seems that they made their way into the world without the typical release process, which the Department of Defense requires of “all documents that are submitted for official public release.”
Information is classified, according to the National Archives, if its improper release would present a national security problem. So why would a secret program looking at aerial anomalies—“aerodynamic vehicles engaged in extreme maneuvers, with unique phenomenology,” says Harris—remain unclassified? Sounds like those UAPs weren’t so threatening after all.
Well, fine. But the videos were still part of the program, even if they weren’t classified. It even says right there: “Courtesy of US Department of Defense.”
It’s true, that’s what the December Times story says about the videos. But there are two important things to know about that credit.
First of all, Harris maintains the Pentagon isn’t the source of the videos. “The official who is authorized to release this video on behalf of DOD did not approve the release of this video,” she says. She’s adamant: “I stand firm that we did not release those videos.”
Which means that although the videos may have originated within the DOD, which Harris acknowledges they may have, there’s no public proof or Pentagon acknowledgement of their association with AATIP. Of course, perhaps the Pentagon wants it that way. In the 1950s, according to a book by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen, the CIA’s Psychological Strategy Board concluded that the public’s potential reaction to UFOs (belief, followed by hysteria) constituted a national security threat. The ’50s were a long time ago, but we still enjoy Jell-O salad every so often, so maybe we would still be susceptible to social chaos if we were to learn about flying objects of questionable origin.
And in any case, one of the Times’ video credits has since changed. WIRED contacted the Times reporters in late December, asking them to comment on how the paper obtained the videos, and on the Defense Department’s denial that it had released them. Reporter Ralph Blumenthal replied on behalf of the three coauthors in early January, “We don’t discuss the processes by which we obtain information.” But he added, “We have official documents showing the origin of the videos and the process of review provided within the DOD before they were released.”
In mid-January, though, the Times changed the caption of the lead video in its story. Both videos still have captions stating they were “released by the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.” But the page now simply says the first video is “by,” not “courtesy of,” the Department of Defense.
Journalists gonna journalism, though. Of course they’re protecting their sources. But I just so happen to know that there’s another place that has original video straight from the DOD, and they’re up-front about everything.
Ah, you must be talking about To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science.
In case other readers are not already caught up, To the Stars is a company cofounded by former Blink-182 member and longtime paranormal enthusiast Tom DeLonge. The company wants to collect data on unexplained phenomena, maybe even building out tech based on what they observe. Oh, and sell books, movies, music, and merchandise related to To the Stars’ efforts.
It also, coincidentally, now employs Luis Elizondo. Elizondo says he wanted to speak about what he says the AATIP team had seen, but he didn’t think that was possible from within the Pentagon. So he resigned in October 2017, he says, signing on with To The Stars soon thereafter (although WIRED’s FOIA request for Elizondo’s resignation letter, which was quoted in the Times, turned up no records, according to the Office of the Secretary of Defense/Joint Staff).
Also coincidentally, To the Stars launched a video-centric site on the same day the Times story came out—carrying the same two fighter-jet clips that appeared with the article. The so-called Community of Interest currently hosts one pilot report and one video interview along with the gun-camera videos—“the first official UAP footage,” the page says, “ever released by the USG.” (That’s the US government, for all you sheeple.)
While the academy’s site may make bolder claims than the Times did, that doesn’t make those claims more true. The Community of Interest page says the videos come from the Defense Department, have gone through the official declassification review process, and have been approved for public release. Further, it boasts that the academy can prove it with chain-of-custody paperwork. Its two UAP videos, together, have garnered nearly 3 million views on To The Stars’ YouTube channel, where the footage begins with on-screen text characterizing the videos as official and released.
Those chain-of-custody files aren’t public, but To The Stars did show WIRED some paperwork suggesting that the videos had gone through the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review (DOPSR), which is one part of the DOD’s document release procedure. DOPSR, says this guide, conducts “security and policy reviews on all documents that are submitted for official public release.” “It means that one of the steps for the review of a product has been completed,” says the Pentagon’s Harris.
But that documentation doesn’t actually clear material for release. “An approval from DOPSR does not equate to public release approval,” says Harris. To release AATIP videos by the book, someone would have had to coordinate with the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. So the videos on the To the Stars don’t carry any more weight than the same videos published by the Times.
OK, fine. But those videos are still spooky. If we can’t trust the feds or the paperwork, we can trust our own eyes, right?
True, the videos show some weird stuff. But without a clear chain of custody, we can’t even know whether they were part of AATIP at all, or trust that they haven’t been tampered with.
And a copy of one of the much-touted videos has been online since at least 2007. UFO researcher Isaac Koi (a pseudonym under which he writes about the topic) established that the second video in the Times story, of an event in 2004, appeared online in 2007. Someone posted it on the conspiracy website Above Top Secret, and Koi delved into its origins. The first appearance he could find was on a website for a company called Vision Unlimited—a film production company. An archived 2007 version of vision-unlimited.de confirms that the footage was hosted there back then.
That archival film matches the Times video.1
After all the unclassifications and release-denials, this information shouldn’t surprise you. We’ve pretty clearly established that whatever these videos show, they don’t seem important enough for the Pentagon to get in a tizzy over. And while the fact that one of them has shown up online before doesn’t prove that they didn’t originate with the military, it does call that chain of custody into question. Without official confirmation or available documentation (and more documentation than WIRED saw), you can’t be sure what you’re viewing is unadulterated footage, and you can’t be sure who recorded it first.
To The Stars Academy acknowledges that the 2004 video has existed elsewhere; its explanation is that those incarnations were leaked versions and that theirs is original. But there’s no public proof for that statement.
It’s true, a Navy pilot named David Fravor did give an account to the Times of his 2004 experience with a UFO, and an unnamed source provided a report in September 2017 of the same events to To The Stars Academy. But squint just a little to see that there’s no definitive link between these accounts and that video. The witnesses give a description of an alleged strange event, and the video shows an encounter with a strange object. But without a time and location stamp of some sort, viewers can’t know whether the witnesses are actually describing what’s in the video. And, beyond that, there’s no definitive link between this video and AATIP.
In the end, also, there’s no way for the public to know whether, five seconds after the other film ends, the pilots don’t discover the “fleet” of crazy flyers wasn’t from Finland. Or the Air Force.
Fine, hater. What would it take to make you believe?
In lieu of federal nondenial, or more public paperwork, there should exist hard data—like air traffic control reports, or the radar returns Elizondo mentioned—that could help establish the videos’ actualness and officialness, as well as the UAPs’ strangeness. If someone—in an aircraft, on the ground, on a ship—sent radio waves up, and they bounced off a flying object, the timing of their return and the way those waves had changed could reveal the object’s speed, its distance, and sometimes its shape.
Will To The Stars Academy be releasing those?
Yes, Elizondo says. But how and when and where, he doesn’t know.
1 UPDATE 9:45 AM ET, 2/17/2018: This article previously included an interpretation of the text on the Nimitz video display.
Area 51 Secrets & Cover-Ups | Are we the real Aliens and UFO Sightings?
Secrets | For years, the Pentagon has denied it, even when it became publicly known that the infamous 120-kilometer dessert piece of Las Vegas, called Area 51, was a base of the US Armed Forces for some, super secrets and experiments.
According to legends, in that dessert place well guarded by soldiers, secrets UFO experiments were taking place: aliens were studying in an atmosphere of X-Files.
In fact, what is known with certainty is that there were SF weapons, produced with land-based technologies, from the U2 spy plane, the Stealth F-117A to the invisible B2 bomber.
The legend dates from the 1940s when Roswell was spotted with something that looked like a flying saucer. According to the documents, never confirmed by the US government, the bodies of two aliens would have been found in the shell of the aircraft, which would have been transferred and preserved in secret laboratories located within the secret military base.
In 2001, the book called Dreamland appeared in the United States. The author, journalist Phil Patton, promised to provide readers with a detailed report on an American mystery that seemed destined to find no rational explanation.
The title of the book was used by one of the many names used by the US government to define that area located in the western United States in the Nevada desert, covered by an absolute mystery: Dreamland, Area 51, Nevada desert, or more innocent, private troops, “where one of the most sophisticated military bases in the world would be, and where the most advanced technological experiments of the United States would be held to maintain its military supremacy over the rest of the planet.
Highway 375 crosses the state of Nevada, walking along a town called Rachel. It is not far from any place of tourist relevance: dominates the typical silence of the desert, interrupted only by the noise caused by the engine of an airplane or the somewhat sinister presence of an eagle.
Extraterrestrial Highway, Alamo, NV
And yet, every day, hundreds of tourists come here to see the famous post box on a highway and drink something at Little A’Le ‘Inn: the alien bar.
The governor of the state of Nevada even baptized the Rachel “Extraterrestrial Highway” route following the numerous “appearances” of alleged “space shuttles” that occurred in the 1990s near the post box used by Klass- tv as the “nada” for the UFO.
In 2009, the area of 20,000 sq. Km was inaccessible, where ufological mythology concealed the evidence of the existence of aliens and their secrets, was photographed by a Russian satellite and the images were sold online (www.terraserver.com) on a site created by Aerial Images, a company that includes Microsoft, Kodak, Digital and a Russian agency.
In the photos, there are neither Martians nor flying discs, but for mysterious passionate, there are many things to see: there are hundreds of edifices, residential areas, tennis courts and baseball, an athletics track and a swimming pool, but also some strange craters, caused by not knowing what.
In fact, more than what we see, I think, it is interesting what is not seen: in the whole area, there is no car, no paved street, and no parking; just a bus, catching on the unpaved paths that disappear among the rocks, all with the thought of an underground secret transport network.
“In that area, secrets projects that are important for national security are developing,” was the only information “snapped” by an Air Force spokesman, Goria Cales. This and nothing more.
Area 51 was founded in the early 1950s (so early in the Cold Rabbit) with the approval of President Eisenhower. The US Army had to set up an secret airplane capable of crossing undetected radar controls and reconnaissance on Soviet territory in order to obtain precious information on nuclear weapons and arsenals.
Military Aeronautics benefited from the collaboration of engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, one of the pioneers of US aviation. Johnson has put all his craftsmanship at the disposal of the government and all the resources of his airline company: Lockheed, based in California.
What is Area 51?
Johnson and Area 51 staff developed, in 1954, the prototype of the spy plane baptized. U2. Meanwhile, in order to maintain secrecy on the activities carried out in the base, President Eisenhower signed a decree-law that in fact made the 100-km area of the desert surrounding Groom Lake inexistent.
Eisenhower also authorized the media, increasingly curious about dessert-based operations, to present U2 to the public as a “meteorological plane”. In the following years, other prototypes of such planes have been developed in Dreamland Labs.
Sophisticated flight systems such as “A12” and “Blackbird SR-71”, which were flying at higher speeds thanks to the use of avant-garde technologies and hi-tech materials.
The interest of the scientific community that gravitates around ufology begins in the late 1980s. In 1989, in particular, the Klass-tv station in Las Vegas broadcasts several interviews of great interest; in one of them, reporter G. Knapp asks live Bob Lazar, a former Area 51 technician, to reveal the contents of certain documents he examined within the military base.
Lazar says it’s about aliens, secrets and allegoric photographs and says he can accurately determine the place and time when alien spaceships will return to Area 51. The “appearances” are filmed as expected and expected by the Klass- tv, and in this way, in just a few days, the public interest in the military base of the desert.
Area 51 is thus, for many years, the preferred objective of ufologists around the world, until 1996, when a study led by the Federations of American Scientists seems to finally unravel the mystery.
The initiative, called “Public Eye”, provides for the rental of a private satellite for capturing images of the secret area, and the conclusion provided by the scientists is clear: the base serves exclusively for the development of technologically advanced aircraft. Journalists dealing with the “Area 51 case” say the same.
One of them, Bill Sweetman, comments in particular: “The inside of the base is working on the invisibility of the radar. The strength point seems to be the secret space plane, a plane that takes off its own energy and can reach any part of the world in less than half an hour. ”
Secret Triangle Aircraft
Dreamland will be in the spotlight, tragically, in the late 1990s, following the death of two former employees of the secret base of the desert.
Attorney J. Turley will be able to reveal at the end of a lengthy lawsuit filed against the US government a disconcerting truth: the investigation, which was fervently desired by former employees in Area 51 and by the mysteriously deceased workers, certifies that within the military zone they experiments were carried out with toxic substances, whose waste was burned inside the base (employees called the toxic smoke “London
The truth, or at least what is known to date, seems to have described Dreamland as a sort of “radioactive waste dump of America” or headquarters of military technology research, rather than a center dedicated to studying the alleged alien life forms.
Witnesses who, after years and years, have decided (or, more precisely, been left by the CIA) to break the silence in 2009, were not “somehow”
Colonel Hugh Slater, commander of the base in 1960,
Edward Lovick, the expert who tested for 30 years radar on some of the most famous planes in the world, including U-2, A-12 OXCART, and F-117,
Kenneth Collins, CIA experimental pilot, decorated with the Silver Cross,
Thornton Barnes, Special Area Area Engineer within Area 51
Harry Martin, responsible for fueling the experimental base aircraft. “Nobody really knew about our existence.
EVEN OUR WIVES DID NOT KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING WHEN WE LEFT HOME EARLY IN THE MORNING AND WE WERE ONLY RETURNING FRIDAY NIGHT, “THORNTON BARNES SAID.
Barnes, a specialist in radar technology and Soviet MIG hunters, would have been contacted by the CIA and asked to join a pool of experts selected to work on military projects.
As a NASA electronics engineer, he worked on the first X-15 missile, the Apollo space capsule, and the vehicles used by the first astronauts to land and travel to the Moon; within the secret base, worked on the development of the A-12 OXCART, a super-secret recognition aircraft built by Lockheed Corporation.
A project declassified by the CIA from secrets, over 50 years after its completion.
Romanian General Describes Encounter With Reptilian Beings
Romanian general reveals an intriguing story about reptilian beings seen right outside a public area.
There’s a conspiracy theory claiming that important political figures worldwide are nothing but disguised reptilian humanoids that secretly govern the unsuspecting human civilization. These allegations are based on several discoveries of huge underground cities in various regions of the globe, but also on local legends, cave paintings and recently an important statement coming from a high rank official.
Retired General Emil Strainu, a key figure of the Romanian army, author of a few interesting books relating facts about humanity’s “forbidden history,” spoke about a bizarre sighting involving a reptilian-like being present in a public area. He has widely discussed about this unusual meeting at relevant esoteric events throughout the world.
General Strainu strongly believes in the existence of reptilian extraterrestrials hidden in huge underground metropolises, but doesn’t want to reveal more on this topic. “I’m not going any further on this subject!” said the General.
To make his unusual story known, he contacted Aryan Hava, author of “Inuaki, the reptilian within me,” a two volumes work illustrating known and unknown facts about reptilians. The story describes a peculiar event lived by a good friend of his, who encountered two reptilian creatures near the Retezat Mountains in the Carpathians.
Driving back from a short vacation, the man decided to pull over a nearby gas station to refuel. As he got out of the car, he saw a khaki Hummer with dark windows parked right near the gas station with the engine running. He found this strange, as it was between 5:00 and 5:10 AM, and no one was on the road at that time of day and near the wilderness of the Carpathians.
The man paid for the gas and as he walked back to his SUV, he noticed the front door of the Hammer was opened, moment when he peaked inside out of curiosity and saw a reptilian being covered in green scales and nothing on except a pair of military boots. After the frightening appearance, the man rushed to his car, but not before having another glance at the unusual creature. They made eye contact for a brief moment before he stepped on the gas and ran out of there.
His friend requested to remain anonymous since he’s also an influential politician involved in the Romanian state’s affairs. After the incident, he went directly to General Strainu and spat out what had just happened. According to the general, the man was extremely credible when he narrated the story. His eyes looked as if telling the truth and he gave many details and possible meanings or misinterpretations. The man was certain of what he saw.
As for General Strainu, we can only trust his word, as an ex-official who had access to numerous classified documents involving out of place archaeological discoveries and events suppressed by the communist state in the past.
Among these imposing achievements, he is Advisor of the Romanian Parliament on unconventional issues and asymmetrical threats, Director of the Special Situation and Research Center on UFOs and Psihotronics, Founder of the Association for the Study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomenon, and at least as important as those mentioned, author of several esoteric books.
General Emil Strainu remains a trusted source, and his disclosures are well-received in the UFO community. He advocates for people knowing the truth about the real history and about how extraterrestrials govern our species from the shadows. He doesn’t go much into details except for the paranormal seminars where he feels free to disclose even more. His reserved attitude adds even more to the credibility of the story.
Are reptilian extraterrestrials among us? If this is really the case, we are going to find out in the future when they’ll reveal themselves to us once more.
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