Do UFOs exist? Everyone knows that they do. Even the US Navy, it turns out.
But don’t call them that. Someone might think you’re a kooky conspiracy theorist.
The US Navy is using the more innocuous term, Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, or UAP, to describe a host of mysterious flying vehicles that it is still unable to identify.
That the Navy even admits to the existence of UFOs, or UAPs, is something of a breakthrough.
A watchdog group called Black Vault filed numerous Freedom of Information Act requests over the years to obtain US Navy videos that purportedly show UFOs detected on radar and other surveillance equipment.
The US Navy complied with the request and is now trying to explain – or explain away – what the videos show.
Officially, the U.S. Navy denies that UFOs are evidence of “aliens” penetrating US airspace, but Black Vault says the very admission of their existence is a blow to the wall of denial that the federal government has erected over many years to blunt public interest and concern over the presence of extra-terrestrial life
“The most powerful military doesn’t know what these objects are,” Black Vault’s founder John Greenewald told the Washington Post last month. “That doesn’t mean aliens, or that they don’t have some plausible logical explanation. But … admitting that they see things in the sky and they can’t identify them, that to me is the most amazing part of this.”
Officially, the US Navy continues to suggest that what it calls UAPs are likely drone-type surveillance vehicles that belong to a foreign government or another entity. The use of such drones, sometimes called quadro-copters has increased in recent years, the Navy says.
But there’s no evidence to support that theory, either.
It turns out that increased sightings of UAPs are largely due to concerns expressed by U.S. Navy pilots over past protocols that discouraged them from even reporting such phenomena.
Reports from these pilots have already cast doubt on the U.S. Navy’s explanation
for a sharp uptick in UAPs – several a month or more — detected since 2014.
Some pilots say they have observed small spherical objects flying in formation, not isolated drone-type vehicles. Others say they’ve seen white, Tic Tac-shaped vehicles.
Aside from drones, all engines rely on burning fuel to generate power, but these vehicles all had no air intake, no wind, and no exhaust, the pilots note.
The Navy has celebrated it release of the new videos, despite its own past stonewalling of public requests for more information and data.
Chris Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and a staffer
on the Senate Intelligence Committee, scolded the U.S. intelligence community for a lack of “curiosity and courage” and a “failure to react” to a strong pattern of sightings.
“I don’t believe in safety through ignorance,” he said.
Black Vault’s Greenwald says the videos are likely just the tip of the iceberg and the public needs to keep pushing the government for more answers.
“The truth is still out there, and there was only one way to find it: We just have to keep asking those questions,” he said.
In fact, the recently released Navy videos are not the only sign of US government interest in UFOs. Recently the Pentagon admitted to the existence of a super-secret “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program” that has gathered data on UFOs from 2007 to 2012, and possibly longer.
In its 5 years of existence, the program produced some 38 classified research papers with unusual titles like “Traversable Wormholes, Star-Gates, and Negative Energy,” and “Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions.”
Black Vault and other watchdog groups want the Pentagon to release all of the documents in its possession about the program.