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20 December 2017, 01:19 | Kara Nash
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The US Defense Department has acknowledged authorizing millions of dollars in secretive funding to investigate UFO sightings. Be prepared for your conspiracy-loving uncle to be extra insufferable this holiday season.
In a welcome distraction from everything else, The New York Times and Politicoreported on Saturday that the Department of Defense ran a shadowy program whose objective was to conduct research and analysis into UFOs.
Working with the aerospace research company, the program produced documents describing sightings of aircraft that hovered with apparent means of lift or seemed to move at very high speeds with no visible signs of propulsion. Bigelow, a devout believer that aliens have visited Earth, is now working with NASA on producing space modules for human use.
Because many intelligence programs by the CIA, FBI and military are deeply classified, information that could explain possible UFO sighting often continues being "unexplained" until the intelligence programs are declassified.
Despite the Pentagon's claim that the programme has been shut down, its original backers say that the investigations are ongoing.
This included one released in August of a whitish oval object about the size of a jetliner, being pursued by two Navy fighter jets from an aircraft carrier off the California coast in 2004, the paper added. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change", it said.
The Pentagon says the program has since been shuttered.
Former director Luis Elizondo revealed that he continued the investigations on behalf of the Navy and Central Intelligence Agency for another five years until he quit in October 2017.
But belief in UFOs is still widespread; according to a survey conducted in 2012, an estimated 80 million people in the US think that UFOs are real, and 1 in 10 responders claimed to have personally witnessed what they describe as an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
Despite this, officials have, according to the reports, persisted in their investigations of UFO sightings.
The AATIP program was not fully classified, but a very small number of USA officials were informed.
Mr Bigelow built a headquarters to store "recovered unidentified aerial phenomena" with researchers who examined people that had "experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects".
The shock revelation has finally disclosed the true aim of the mysterious Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Iranian pilots frequently chased objects they thought were American drones sent to spy on the country. They are speaking publicly about their efforts as their venture aims to raise money for research into UFOs.
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