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US Gov confirms: UFOs exist

The U.S. government just admitted to finding UFOs.  Seriously.


  On December 16, Politico and the New York Times first mentioned The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Harry Reid, a previous Democratic House majority leader, requested funding from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to found the AATIP in 2007, and received a total fund of 22 million dollars before the DIA pulled funding in 2012. The DIA only recently acknowledged the existence of the secretive program when the New York Times published an article releasing impossible video footage, odd warehouse records, and interviews from former government officials about their firm beliefs in the existence of alien life.


  A former Department of Defense official Luiz Elizondo held an interview with CNN on December 17. He talked about a video that the New York Times released along with the confirmation of the AATIP, showing recorded footage of an disk-shaped object flying through the sky. The video also includes the Air Force pilots recording the video talking about the object, expressing their awe and astonishment at its impossible maneuvers and flight patterns. Elizondo quoted, “[These are] things that don’t have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological.” Elizondo goes on to say “These aircraft — we’ll call them aircraft — are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of”.


  The released story also describes warehouses in Las Vegas full of unidentifiable metals, recovered from reported U.F.O. sites. The New York Times described that these metals had negative effects on the minds of nearby humans, and several people were brought in to study any psychological changes they may have undergone.


  Elizondo later said, “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.”


  This is not some “Mysterious Floating Lights” story one would find on the evening news. This isn’t a crazed relative claiming they got abducted by aliens. The New York Times released an official government-archived video showing a U.F.O. An ex-government-official with nothing to gain claimed that he believed we are not alone in the universe. This is real. This is indisputable evidence that UFOs have visited Earth.


  So, what does this mean?


  Primarily, it means that the government believes that Aliens aren’t going to blow up the White House anytime soon. The actual results of the investigation indicate that UFOs do exist, but are not a threat. The only purpose of the AATIP was to investigate these aircraft posed any kind of threat to national security, in which the DIA defunded it, because there was no evidence of hostile intentions. In fact, there are many reasons to believe that these unidentified aircraft are trying to protect us from ourselves.


  In Elizondo’s 2009 official resignation letter, he stated that there were “many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities.” One of these accounts includes an incident that occurred at the Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base in 1967, during the Cold War. One night, a unidentifiable object appeared in front of the front gate of the base. Former Air Force Captain Robert Salas described the anomaly as “ [A] bright glowing object. The best way I can describe it, it looked like an eye – with bright red, with a dark center. It appeared to be winking. It was shedding something like molten metal, was dripping off it.” While the object hovered in front of the base, the nuclear missiles stored at the base began to shut down. “… just as I [called my commander], our missiles began going into what’s called a no-go condition, or not launchable. Essentially, they were disabled while this object was still hovering over out site,” Salas said. This incident is not isolated; there have been over 120 soldiers who stepped forward, describing similar phenomena during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s.


These reports, as well as the official statement at the disbanding of the AATIP, which stated that there was no evidence of UFOs posing a threat to national security, all indicate that the government is well aware of the existence of UFOs, but are not concerned with them at the current time.