Thanks, in part, to Harry Reid, the Pentagon was tracking UFOs

Randolph Lopez
December 20, 2017

The Pentagon said that it had a secret program that lasted for five years that investigated unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, according to multiple reports published Saturday.

A 2009 Pentagon briefing summary of the programme at the time asserted that "what was considered science fiction is now science fact".

According to Luis Elizondo, who was at the head of the program, "the phenomena studied did not seem to come from any country".

The Department of Defense spent $22 million on a program involving unidentified flying objects, with most of the funds going to a friend of then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.).

"A Department of Defense video released in August shows a "whitish oval object about the size of a commercial plane" being chased by two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz near the coast of San Diego in 2004", according to the report.

And working to keep a program that he was sure would draw scrutiny from others, Reid said he, Stevens and Inouye made sure there was never any public debate about the program on the Senate floor during budget debates.

Politico suggests there may have been a more earthly motive for the programme, with one congressional staffer telling the news site that is may have been set up to monitor the technological progress of rival foreign powers, namely Russian Federation and China.

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Neither the New York Times nor Politico got more information on these "very sensitive discoveries".

In an interview with the New York Times, Reid said he doesn't regret a thing about helping to start AATIP.

How much the rest of the DoD was on board with Reid's beliefs remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that the implementation of a UFO-watching scheme was not agreed upon by the leaders of the U.S. military, but rather one politician with a lot of influence over the defense budget, who also happens to have very powerful, and persuasive, friends.

Yet in 2012, the program was seemingly wound up, to the frustration of many.

Former Democrat Senator Harry Reid of Nevada - home of the mythologised "Area 51" - was the driving force behind AATIP, which analysed reports of UFO sightings and collected audio and video evidence of mysterious aircraft. "Our scientists are scared of being ostracised, and our media is scared of the stigma", Bigelow told The Times. He assures that China and Russian Federation "are much more open", as well as "Belgium, France, England or Chile".

Officially, the AATIP program "ended in 2012", the Pentagon told Reuters.

Official funding has been cut, but the program has not necessarily stopped. Sources argue that the research has continued after this date, but that the funding for the project no longer comes as part of the DoD's remit. The programme operated jointly out of the Pentagon and, at least for a time, an underground complex in Las Vegas managed by Bigelow Aerospace, a defense contractor that builds modules for space stations.

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