Backed by infamous Democrat Harry Reid was a secret Pentagon program which spent millions of dollars to study UFOs. The program has existed unbeknownst to everyday Americans for at least three years and has so far spent at least $22 million dollars.
The program reportedly examined cases including incidents of military pilots claiming to have seen flying objects that appeared to “defy the laws of physics.” A video posted on YouTube as well as on the website of The New York Times purports to be footage taken from Navy F/A-18 fighter jets showing a disc-like object in the sky. “Look at that thing! It’s rotating!” voices say in the video.
Dubbed the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, it was run out of the Pentagon by former Department of Defense intelligence officer Luis Elizondo. It began in some capacity in 2007, according to The Washington Post and The New York Times. It officially “ended” in 2012, though it could still be in existence in some capacity today, the Times says.
Former Democratic Senator Harry Reid obtained funding for the program beginning in 2009. He had support from the late Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye and late Republican Senator Ted Stevens, according to reports by Politico. According to The Washington Post, the program spent at least $22 million “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.”
According to NPR, Reid “was persuaded in part by an aerospace titan and hotel chain founder Bob Bigelow, a friend and fellow Nevadan who owns Bigelow Aerospace, a space technology company, and government contractor.”
The site’s report continued:
“Bigelow, whose company received some of the research contracts, was also a regular contributor to Reid’s re-election campaigns, campaign finance records show, at least $10,000 between 1998 and 2008. Bigelow has spoken openly in recent years about his views that extraterrestrial visitors frequently travel to Earth. He also purchased the Skinwalker Ranch in Utah, the subject of intense interest among believers in UFOs. Reid and Bigelow did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”
It wasn’t simply a concern for threats posed by extraterrestrials that prompted the foundation of the program. Former officials told the media outlets they worried about advanced aircraft programs that could have been developed by China or Russia.
Elizondo said that the military refused to take this program 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.
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