The Pentagon has just admitted that it still investigates UFOs — or what it now calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs).
In an exclusive statement to The New York Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.”
The DOD says it shut down the AATIP in 2012, according to spokesman Christopher Sherwood however he said the department still investigates reported sightings of UAPs.
“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment, as well as identifying any foreign capability that may be a threat to the homeland,” Sherwood said.
“The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure defense of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation’s adversaries,” the DOD told The Post.
Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the British Government during the 1990s called the DOD’s comments a “bombshell revelation…It also shows the British influence, because UAP was the term we used in the Ministry of Defence to get away from the pop culture baggage that came with the term ‘UFO.'”
The existence of the AATIP was revealed in 2017, along with a 33-second DOD video that shows a flying object being chased by two Navy jets off the coast of San Diego in 2004.
At the time, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took credit for arranging $22 million in annual funding for the AATIP, telling the New York Times that it was “one of the good things I did in my congressional service.”
Reid’s home state of Nevada is the home of the top-secret military base known as “Area 51,” long rumored to be a site where extraterrestrial space craft are back-engineered into experimental military aircraft.