The Pentagon spent $22 million on a shadowy program to investigate UFOs

The Pentagon spent $22 million on a shadowy program to investigate UFOs

Both Politico and the New York Times are reporting today that the USA government, as recently as five years ago, spent millions into researching UFO sightings.

A retired United States intelligence official has told of sightings by Navy pilots of aircraft that were able to make manoeuvres that should not be aerodynamically possible. Harry Reid, (D-Nevada) who was then the Senate majority leader, according to Politico and the New York Times, which broke the news of the program Saturday.

The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico. The firm, which continues to hold federal contracts including with USA space agency NASA, is owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow, whom the Times described as a friend of Reid.

Most of the $22 million spent on the program went to an aerospace research company run by Reid's friend and fellow Nevadan, Robert Bigelow, the Times said. Bigelow told CBS's 60 Minutes in May that he was absolutely convinced that aliens exist and that UFOs have landed on Earth.

The Pentagon spent $22 million on a shadowy program to investigate UFOs

The newspaper reported those in the program looked at videos of encounters between unknown objects and American military aircraft, "including one released in August of a whitish oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two Navy F/A18F fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego in 2004". "We were trying to take the voodoo out of voodoo science", Elizondo told Politico in a recent interview.

Defense officials told the New York Times that funding for the program ended in 2012 but the program's backers say the program is still in existence.

Shortly after his meeting with Bigelow, Reid met with officials, who were also interested in establishing a UFO investigation program.

Although its funding ended in 2012, officials have reportedly continued to investigate sightings of unusual aerial phenomena and suspicious objects alongside their daily duties. "I think it's one of the good things I did in my congressional service".

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