Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme

Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme

In 2007, former senator Harry Reid-along with former senators Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye-used "so-called black money" to secretly fund a program inside the Defense Department to study and investigate reports of UFOs, particularly from U.S. military personnel.

Only a small number of officials were aware of the programme, which began in 2007 and was reportedly closed in 2012.

The Pentagon acknowledged on Saturday that its long-secret UFO investigation program ended in 2012, when USA defense officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities.

The Times also passed along a video clip from the Defense Department's Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which it said received $22 million annually from the defense budget.

Bigelow once said on CBS's "60 Minutes" that he was "absolutely convinced" that aliens exist.

The Times noted that the Defense Department had never before acknowledged the existence of the program, but officials now say it was shut down in 2012.

The United States has investigated UFOs in the past.

"I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going", he told The Times. In 1947, the US Air Force launched Project Sign to "collect, collate, evaluate, and distribute within the government all information relating to such sightings, on the premise that UFOs might be real and of national security concern", according to a Central Intelligence Agency analysis.

Elizondo resigned from the position in October due to his frustration over the Pentagon's lack of funding and attention to his efforts, the report said. Pentagon spokesperson Thomas Crosson told the Times the reason AATIP's funding ran out was because "there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding".

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