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You Can Now Easily Download All CIA UFO Documents to Date:

In anticipation of the government’s official UFO report coming in less than six months thanks to the COVID-19 omnibus bill, you can now download all of the publicly available CIA documentation on UFOs.

The Black Vault, a clearinghouse for declassified documents, has released a downloadable document archive filled with PDFs containing CIA files on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), the government's preferred term. . Some of the reports date all the way back to the 1980s, and according to the site's founder, John Greenewald Jr., the spy agency claims this is all of its documents on UAPs.

[...] “Around 20 years ago, I had fought for years to get additional UFO records released from the CIA,” Greenewald said in an email to Motherboard. “It was like pulling teeth! I went around and around with them to try and do so, finally achieving it. I received a large box, of a couple thousand pages, and I had to scan them in one page at a time.”

[...] “Plain and simple, the public has a right to know!” Greenewald said. “When I began researching nearly 25 years ago at the age of 15, I knew there was something to this topic. Not because of viral internet hoaxes. Not because of back door meetings wherein I can’t tell you who, but I promise it was mind-blowing information. No, none of that. It was simply because of the evidence that I got straight from the CIA. And the NSA. And the Air Force. And the DIA. I feel I am achieving what I set out to do. Easy access, to important material, for people to make up their own minds on what is going on.”

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Glowing Auras and 'Black Money': The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program

In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon's C Ring, deep within the building's maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

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The existence of UFOs had been "proved beyond reasonable doubt," according the head of the secret Pentagon program that analyzed the mysterious aircrafts.

In an interview with British broadsheet The Telegraph published on Saturday, Luis Elizondo told the newspaper of the sightings, "In my opinion, if this was a court of law, we have reached the point of 'beyond reasonable doubt.'"

"I hate to use the term UFO but that's what we're looking at," he added. "I think it's pretty clear this is not us, and it's not anyone else, so no one has to ask questions where they're from."

Since 2007, Elizondo led the government program, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, investigating evidence of UFOs and alien life. It was shuttered in 2012.

Its existence was first reported by The New York Times last week.

Elizondo was not able to discuss specifics of the program, but told The Telegraph that there had been "lots" of UFO sightings and witnesses interviewed during the program's five years.

Investigators pinpointed geographical "hot spots" that were sometimes near nuclear facilities and power plants and observed trends among the aircrafts including lack of flight surfaces on the objects and extreme manoeuvrability, Elizondo told The Telegraph.

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Newly-Released Video Shows 2015 U.S. Navy Sighting of UFO 72 comments

A group linked to Luis Elizondo, the former leader of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, as well as other former military and government officials, has released a video showing a 2015 UFO encounter involving U.S. Navy pilots:

A newly-released video which shows U.S. Navy pilots encountering an unidentified flying object (UFO) in 2015 has garnered calls for more research into what these mysterious objects could be. "What the f--- is that thing?" one pilot can be heard saying in the video. "Wow, what is that, man?" the pilot adds. "Look at that flying!"

The footage was released Friday by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), a private scientific research and media group. It is led by Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA and U.S. Department of Defense adviser and James Semivan, a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency service member. The clip is said to be "an authentic DoD video that captures the high-speed flight of an unidentified aircraft at low altitude" and "reveals a previously undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015," according to a statement from TTSA.

Editorial by Christopher Mellon, deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations

From my work with To the Stars Academy, which seeks to raise private funds to investigate incidents like the 2004 Nimitz encounter, I know they continue to occur, because we are being approached by military personnel who are concerned about national security and frustrated by how the Defense Department is handling such reports. I am also familiar with the evidence as a former Pentagon intelligence official and a consultant who began researching the issue after the Nimitz incident was brought to my attention. On several occasions, I have met with senior Pentagon officials, and at least one followed up and obtained briefings confirming incidents such as the Nimitz case. But nobody wants to be "the alien guy" in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue. This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress.

Also at USA Today and NextBigFuture.

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Are we alone? The question is worthy of serious scientific study

Are we alone? Unfortunately, neither of the answers feel satisfactory. To be alone in this vast universe is a lonely prospect. On the other hand, if we are not alone and there is someone or something more powerful out there, that too is terrifying.

As a NASA research scientist and now a professor of physics, I attended the 2002 NASA Contact Conference, which focused on serious speculation about extraterrestrials. During the meeting a concerned participant said loudly in a sinister tone, "You have absolutely no idea what is out there!" The silence was palpable as the truth of this statement sunk in. Humans are fearful of extraterrestrials visiting Earth. Perhaps fortunately, the distances between the stars are prohibitively vast. At least this is what we novices, who are just learning to travel into space, tell ourselves.

I have always been interested in UFOs. Of course, there was the excitement that there could be aliens and other living worlds. But more exciting to me was the possibility that interstellar travel was technologically achievable. In 1988, during my second week of graduate school at Montana State University, several students and I were discussing a recent cattle mutilation that was associated with UFOs. A physics professor joined the conversation and told us that he had colleagues working at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, where they were having problems with UFOs shutting down nuclear missiles. At the time I thought this professor was talking nonsense. But 20 years later, I was stunned to see a recording of a press conference featuring several former US Air Force personnel, with a couple from Malmstrom AFB, describing similar occurrences in the 1960s. Clearly there must be something to this.

With July 2 being World UFO Day, it is a good time for society to address the unsettling and refreshing fact we may not be alone. I believe we need to face the possibility that some of the strange flying objects that outperform the best aircraft in our inventory and defy explanation may indeed be visitors from afar – and there's plenty of evidence to support UFO sightings.

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In official statements, the US Navy has for the first time officially stated that the three UFO videos made public by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge's UFO research organization are footage of real "unknown" objects violating American airspace.

Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher told Motherboard that "the Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those 3 videos as unidentified." Previously, the Navy never addressed the content of the videos. The terminology here is important: The UFO community is increasingly using the terminology "unidentified aerial phenomena" to discuss unknown objects in the sky.

John Greenwald, author and curator of The Black Vault, the largest civilian archive of declassified government documents, originally reported the news. Greenwald requested information in August from the Navy regarding the content of the three popular videos purporting to show anomalous aerial objects.

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The Pentagon Releases Official Footage of UFOs. No, Seriously! 37 comments

Pentagon Has Finally Declassified Those Grainy UFO Videos From The US Navy:

After years of speculation, defence officials have now declassified and released three grainy videos from the Navy that have been circulating online for a while now, causing all sorts of speculation.

The mysterious footage was captured using infrared cameras in November 2004 and January 2015, and leaked to the public a few years ago.

[...] "DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos," the US Department of Defence said in a statement.

"The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterised as 'unidentified'."

But that characterisation is not for a lack of trying. For five years, from 2008 through 2011, the Pentagon had a top-secret program investigating UFOs and the potential threats they could pose to aircraft and other aerial activities.

See the linked story for the videos.

Also on the Beeb, The Guardian, even The Daily Beast.

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Despite Pentagon statements that it disbanded a once-covert program to investigate unidentified flying objects, the effort remains underway — renamed and tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, where officials continue to study mystifying encounters between military pilots and unidentified aerial vehicles.

Pentagon officials will not discuss the program, which is not classified but deals with classified matters. Yet it appeared last month in a Senate committee report outlining spending on the nation's intelligence agencies for the coming year. The report said the program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, was "to standardize collection and reporting" on sightings of unexplained aerial vehicles, and was to report at least some of its findings to the public within 180 days after passage of the intelligence authorization act.

While retired officials involved with the effort — including Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader — hope the program will seek evidence of vehicles from other worlds, its main focus is on discovering whether another nation, especially any potential adversary, is using breakout aviation technology that could threaten the United States.

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The former Pentagon official who went public about reports of UFOs has filed a complaint with the agency's inspector general claiming a coordinated campaign to discredit him for speaking out — including accusing a top official of threatening to tell people he was "crazy," according to documents reviewed by POLITICO.

Lue Elizondo, a career counterintelligence specialist who was assigned in 2008 to work for a Pentagon program that investigated reports of "unmanned aerial phenomena," filed the 64-page complaint to the independent watchdog on May 3 and has met several times with investigators, according to his legal team.

The claim that the government is trying to discredit him comes weeks before the director of national intelligence and the Pentagon are expected to deliver an unclassified report to Congress about UFOs and the government's strategy for investigating such encounters. The report is expected to include a detailed accounting of the agencies, personnel and surveillance systems that gather and analyze the data.

"What he is saying is there are certain individuals in the Defense Department who in fact were attacking him and lying about him publicly, using the color of authority of their offices to disparage him and discredit him and were interfering in his ability to seek and obtain gainful employment out in the world," said Daniel Sheehan, Elizondo's attorney. "And also threatening his security clearance."

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:26AM (3 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:26AM (#1099911) Homepage

    They won't discuss first contact with the Lizard People, because they are the Lizard People and they've infiltrated all facets of our society for their nefarious ends.

    What they will tell you is that those damn Amphibian Newtinoids hacked the elections, flew those anti-gravity triangle-shaped pods over our seas, and that the politicians Lizard People don't like are all working in concert with the evil Amphibian Newt hackers.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by inzkeeper on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:44AM (1 child)

      by inzkeeper (5829) on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:44AM (#1099918)

      Greeting earthling! Take me to your lizard!

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by fustakrakich on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:57AM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:57AM (#1099928) Journal

      evil Amphibian Newt hackers

      Dibs on the eyes!

      Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
  • (Score: 3, Touché) by takyon on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:27AM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:27AM (#1099912) Journal

    US intelligence agencies have 180 days to share what they know about UFOs, thanks to the Covid-19 relief and spending bill []

    Six months later: The report is in. All the sightings were of ball lightning and drones.

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    • (Score: 2, Informative) by fustakrakich on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:10AM (1 child)

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:10AM (#1099935) Journal

      What happened to all the weather balloons []?

      Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Freeman on Thursday January 14 2021, @04:24PM

        by Freeman (732) on Thursday January 14 2021, @04:24PM (#1100109) Journal

        Weather ballons? They don't exist.

        Forced Microsoft Account for Windows Login → Switch to Linux.
  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:16AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:16AM (#1099938)

    I’m guessing a hardcore X-files fan... the truth is out there

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Socrastotle on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:26AM (6 children)

    by Socrastotle (13446) on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:26AM (#1099944) Journal

    Me when government refuses to release 'alien files':
      Dude, they're just trying to keep it all secret from us. They think society can't take the truth. But we can! Assholes!

    Me when government releases the 'alien files':
      Look, I don't care if the files say there was contact with potential extraterrestrial or extraterrestrial objects. They're full of shit. They're just trying to get us to get interested and go enlist in the military... or something. Assholes!

    • (Score: 4, Touché) by multistrand on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:41AM (5 children)

      by multistrand (13836) on Thursday January 14 2021, @06:41AM (#1099949)

      not just any military - Space Force!

      • (Score: 4, Funny) by mhajicek on Thursday January 14 2021, @08:53AM (4 children)

        by mhajicek (51) on Thursday January 14 2021, @08:53AM (#1099980)

        Service guarantees citizenship!

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @03:48PM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @03:48PM (#1100090)

          What planet are you from?

          • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday January 14 2021, @04:27PM (2 children)

            by Freeman (732) on Thursday January 14 2021, @04:27PM (#1100110) Journal

            Hopefully not the bug planet. We've yet to develop our Space Force to such a degree as to have telepaths in their ranks. How are we to track down the Mind Bugs, then?

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            • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:39PM

              by PiMuNu (3823) on Thursday January 14 2021, @05:39PM (#1100138)

              Come on you ape - you wanna live forever?

            • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Thursday January 14 2021, @10:23PM

              by mhajicek (51) on Thursday January 14 2021, @10:23PM (#1100232)

              Brain bugs?! Frankly, I find the idea of a Bug that thinks offensive!

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Thursday January 14 2021, @07:51AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 14 2021, @07:51AM (#1099965) Homepage Journal []

    Clicky the linky, you are presented with 1/3 of a standard page, telling you about the Black Vault's efforts to get these documents. Nice. Then you get a list of PDFs with titles like C05515622.pdf. Totally uninformative, nondescriptive, and meaningless. []

    The redactions in that particular pdf makes the document all but useless. Names are redacted, and you're left with nothing more than a date of 16 April 1976, and a denial that the government has a UFO program.

    No, I haven't opened all of the pdf documents, maybe some of them really are informative. I guess you can pick some at random, or you can methodically run through them, to determine which might be informative. Or, if you're lazy, like me, you can wait for someone to catalog the information contained in the files.

    There are quite a lot of documents to work through if you are the methodical type.

    Let's go Brandon!
  • (Score: 2) by corey on Thursday January 14 2021, @09:25AM (1 child)

    by corey (2202) on Thursday January 14 2021, @09:25AM (#1099985)
    Have a look at the photo of the CD that they apparently received from the CIA []. It's titled "UFO COLLECTION" (not UAP as is the preferred nomenclature apparently), with green shadowed Courier font on a background with a grainy B&W photo of a flying saucer. Is this a joke? It looks almost like the X-Files logo. I reckon the people at the CIA must have had a bit of fun on a Friday arvo with this one. What does it say about the contents?

    What was I expecting from the CIA? Well something a bit more plain, mundane. A plain white label with the other text that is on the current CD, "UNCLASSIFIED, APPROVED FOR RELEASE" in Arial font, I guess.
    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by corey on Thursday January 14 2021, @10:05AM

      by corey (2202) on Thursday January 14 2021, @10:05AM (#1099994)

      I had a look at a number of them. Probably 8-10. A lot of the files are UNCLASS telegrams on what was being shown on TV in the UK and the USSR. It's somewhat amusing but otherwise completely uninformative. Some seem to say that the shows are to be marked for review.

      In my squizz, there were a couple of more interesting files, one being a report about a traveling US scientist in the USSR and how he had discussions with Russians on UFOs they'd been seeing. I didn't go far into it, it stopped after the first page, probably the next PDF is the following page. Best I saw was CONFIDENTIAL which is pretty low level, I wouldn't expect much juice at that level. Unlike the TS stuff that Snowden dumped.

      Seems like it's more of the witness accounts type stuff which is not much interesting, you can read any online forums for UFO stories. What about the conclusions from sweeping analyses of aggregated accounts, possible direct evidence and information from other agencies, etc. That's where the money is.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @11:08AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 14 2021, @11:08AM (#1100001)

    Interesting that all these scams are winding down at the same time. War on drugs, ufos, frns.

    They must no longer be required.

    • (Score: 3, Touché) by khallow on Thursday January 14 2021, @01:49PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 14 2021, @01:49PM (#1100056) Journal
      Or the public just isn't jumping at them anymore. Change bait when the fish ain't biting!