High Strangeness: UFOs and the Secret Pentagon Study

Monday, December 18, 2017

UFOs and the Secret Pentagon Study

By now most of the world has heard of the top secret $22 million Pentagon UFO study revealed in the December 16 New York Times, and I'm sure a lot of us are scratching our heads over the article and asking a lot of questions about this so-called "Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program," or AATIP.

Here are some of my questions:

  1. If, as the report states, the bulk of the $22 million AATIP budget went to billionaire aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow to construct buildings in which to store captured alien technology, does that mean that Bigelow retained the right to keep whatever technologies or artifacts might be discovered/recovered by the program? Remember that when Bigelow struck a deal with MUFON around this same timeframe, he insisted that any physical evidence of a "nuts and bolts" object recovered by the MUFON STAR Team would belong to him.
  2. Was the supposed shutdown of AATIP in 2012 due to a lack of results, a lack of money, or both? 
  3. If the mission of AATIP was/is to determine whether UFOs pose an "Advanced Aviation Threat," doesn't that presuppose that UFOs are real and are intelligently controlled physical objects? On what basis would AATIP have decided this?
  4. What has this "whistleblower" Luiz Elizondo, who claims to have been in charge of AATIP from 2007 to 2012, been doing for the past five years? Why release this bombshell news now when he could have done it in, say, 2012, when the project was defunded?
  5. U.S. Senator Harry Reid claims that AATIP is one of his proudest accomplishments, which implies that the program produced results, so exactly what results does he think it produced?
  6. If you listen to today's Times podcast about this story, reporter Helene Cooper says at about the 11:35 mark that "...the people who operate (AATIP) tend to be true believers," but we know from the fate of the Air Force's Project Sign in the late 1940s that when "true believers" are running a UFO research program the results and conclusions are going to be skewed towards the extraterrestrial hypothesis and ultimately rejected by the Pentagon brass. Did the AATIP meet this same fate? And if so, can its conclusions be trusted?

I'm not dissing the reporting at all. There could very well be something very big and exciting going on here. But I think it behooves us to keep asking questions and demanding answers.

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