• August 7, 2020
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Photo of 2004 UFO sighting released by the Pentagon on 4/27/2020. Photo taken by Naval Aviators in the public domain. 

On Monday, April 27 the Pentagon released three videos of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) from over the years. The video was released to “clear up any misconceptions” about the true nature of the footage. The videos were initially released in 2017 by The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a company dedicated to furthering the public understanding of scientific phenomena and its technical implications, but they were not confirmed. The videos are real, and naval aviators captured the footage. 

In one of the videos, the unidentified object is rotating against 160 miles per hour wind. In the audio, you can hear the witness’s shocked reaction.“As I got close to it … it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds,” said retired US Navy pilot David Fravor in his 2004 interview with Jason Kurtz. “This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.” 

“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems,” said Sue Gough, spokesperson for the Pentagon. 

This has quickly gained lots of media attention. One of the biggest questions is, what is the government’s plan with the information gathered from the footage? Out of the $600 billion budget for the  Department of Defense (DOD), $22 million goes toward the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The head of the program is Luis Elizondo, a military intelligence officer, who works in the Pentagon. The program was not acknowledged until its funding stopped in 2012. The program was for studying unidentified flying objects or unexplained aerial phenomena. 

The United States government has had eleven separate UFO investigations made public dating back to the 1940s. Despite the recent emergence of the videos, unexplained unidentified flying objects are not a foreign concept to the US government. Other countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Brazil, and Russia are looking into other sightings as well. 

Could these videos be a sign of extraterrestrial life or just advanced technology that has not been exposed to the public yet?

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