Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Pentagon has finally confirmed the existence of a hitherto hush-hush unit that secretly investigated “anomalous aerospace threats” (Pentagon speak for Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs) for five years without the knowledge of the American public.
The unit, which was disbanded in 2012, went by the name of “Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program” (AATIP). Its existence was revealed by its former chief, Luis Elizondo, who joined a firm called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences after retiring as head of this unit.
It was Elizondo who revealed the existence of AATIP.
The existence of AATIP was confirmed by current and former Pentagon officials. Officials also said this unit’s aim was to collect and analyze a wide range of anomalous aerospace threats ranging from advanced aircraft fielded by Russia and China to possible encounters with UFOs, which are also referred to as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena or UAP.
The federal government invested some $22 million on AATIP.
“The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe,” said Pentagon spokesman Tom Crosson.
“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.”
AATIP, however, hasn’t provided conclusive proof of extraterrestrial visitors, but baffling videos taken by U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter pilots do prove there were encounters with UFOs that withstand any logical explanation to this day.
Three of these videos were recently made public by the Pentagon. One of these videos, which was recorded by a Navy fighter pilot (now retired) in 2004, can be viewed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=tf1uLwUTDA0.
This pilot confirmed the images accurately reflected his recollection of the events.
Elizondo remains frustrated at the Pentagon’s refusal to further investigate unexplained encounters with UFOs.
“Despite overwhelming evidence at both the classified and unclassified levels, certain individuals in the (Defense) Department remain staunchly opposed to further research on what could be a tactical threat to our pilots, sailors and soldiers, and perhaps even an existential threat to our national security,” said Elizondo in a letter.
To The Stars Academy says it strives “to be a powerful vehicle for change by creating a consortium among science, aerospace and entertainment that will work collectively to allow gifted researchers the freedom to explore exotic science and technologies with the infrastructure and resources to rapidly transition them to products that can change the world.”
It’s mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the U.S. intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, which have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades.
Members of this group all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.
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