U.S. admits to running secret UFO programme

U.S. admits to running secret UFO programme

U.S. admits to running secret UFO programme

Still, the Pentagon's engagement here is a big surprise: This is one of the few times - if not the first - that an arm of the USA government confirmed the existence of a modern program created to look into extraterrestrial events.

United States media has reported that the Pentagon had been in charge of a secret multi-million dollar programme which investigated Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

The Pentagon's secret programme reportedly investigated unusual objects in the sky that "hovered" or moved at "high velocities".

Documents that have been recently declassified or acquired reveal that the Defense Department has spent at least $22 million on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which is meant to track and research unidentified flying objects.

It's a seemingly minor detail in a much larger story about a program that was established in 2007 under the guidance of then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid.

Yet according to its backers, the program remains in existence and officials continue to investigate UFO episodes brought to their attention by service members, the newspaper said.

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The Times noted that the defence department had never before acknowledged the existence of the programme, but officials now say it was shut down in 2012. Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes.

"This was so-called black money", Reid admitted to the Times.

A new report by the New York Times reveals the extent to which the Pentagon has been investigating UFOs. Following his resignation, he joined the for-profit To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences. He's gone on to work on privately funded UFO research projects.

Experts spent years investigating reports of unidentified flying objects under the program, which was run by military intelligence official Luis Elizondo deep within the Pentagon's maze.

Despite Elizondo's departure and lack of budget, the program continues to operate he said. "I think it's one of the good things I did in my congressional service" he adds. "I've done something that no one has done before", Reid said.

An ex-member of Congress staff told Politico that the objective of the programme may have been to surveil the technological developments of rival foreign countries.

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