U.S. government is “ignoring UFO sightings” because “nobody wants to be the alien guy,” former Pentagon official said

U.S. Pentagon UFO alien life ufos Aliens The government is “ignoring UFO sightings” because “nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy,” a former Pentagon official said. Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant security of defense for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, claims that the government needs to thoroughly investigate nationwide reports of flying unidentified objects, given the sheer quantity in recent years. In a Washington Post op-ed, Mellon, who now works at The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), says some U.S. pilots have encountered a UFO and several have even caught footage of the occurrence, but not enough has been done about it. "We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating," he wrote. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now On Friday, the Stars Academy of Arts and Science released footage of a UFO spotted by the U.S. Navy off the East Coast in 2015. Youtube Mellon believes that although they may not necessarily indicate alien life, the UFOs could be advanced Chinese or Russian technology, which would still warrant an investigation. However, he claims that people in the Pentagon turn their backs on bizarre videos and treat them as isolated incidents, rather than connected events. "If these craft mean that Russia, China or some other nation is concealing an astonishing technological breakthrough to quietly extend its lead, surely we should respond as we did then," Mellon wrote. He added: "Or, if these craft really aren’t from Earth, then the need to figure out what they are is even more urgent." Mellon then states that “nobody wants to be ‘the alien guy’ in the national security bureaucracy” because those types of people are often “ridiculed or side-lined for drawing attention to the issue.” On Friday, new UFO footage was released by TTSA, a Continue Reading

What’s that in the sky? Group analyzes local UFO sightings

WASHINGTON — Last month, something strange hovered in the sky just a few miles from the Pentagon, a witness reported. The witness, who took photos, said whatever it was appeared to rotate and then morph into a group of glowing objects that split apart. The photos are hard to make out, but one does seem to show a set of glittering, airborne lights. Maybe there’s a good explanation, but the incident is one of the most recent UFO sightings reported in the D.C. region to the Mutual UFO Network, also known as MUFON. MUFON collects reports of sightings worldwide and investigates them. Another organization, the National UFO Reporting Center, or NUFORC, also accepts reports of UFOs. “Our first credo is believe the witness. At least listen to the witness,” Susan Swiatek, MUFON’s Virginia director said to WTOP. “That’s a big therapeutic thing we can do for people and get their remarks on the record for hopefully a greater whole that will emerge.” Swiatek said some people are happy to have a strange encounter, while others are definitely not. “Just seeing something in the sky that they know they can’t explain, that’s enough to really upset people. And if you can just come alongside them and say, ‘It’s OK, we get those reports all the time,’ then that can help. Conversely, I’ve had people get really upset. They’d rather say ‘I’m crazy, give me a pill,'” she said. There were more than 100 sightings reported in Virginia last year — up 13 from the number of 2016 sightings reported, MUFON reported. In 2017, Virginia had more sighting reports than Maryland and D.C. combined. There were 65 reports in Maryland and 11 in the District. Reports can be filed online, and submissions can remain anonymous. Tony Angiola, assistant state director of MUFON Virginia and an investigator, has appeared on TV’s “NASA’s Unexplained Files” and “Hangar Continue Reading

UFO Sightings, Alien Threats: Pentagon Admits Having Secret Investigation Program

For the first time, the Pentagon has admitted that it ran a program that investigated sightings of UFOs, according to a New York Times report. From 2007 to 2012 the $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program investigated UFO reports and run under military intelligence official Luis Elizondo inside the Pentagon. Officials said program was shut down five years ago. “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change,” a Pentagon spokesperson told the Times. However, supporters say the program still exists, although the Defense Department stopped funding it. Since 2012, the program has continued to investigate reports and has also carried out other Pentagon duties, the report said. Harry Reid’s Connection To UFO Pentagon Program The secret program was primarily funded at the request of former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the report said. The Democrat, who retired last December, was reportedly a space fan. Most of the funds went to an aerospace research company run by billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, a friend of Reid’s. UFO Sightings Reports: Documents, Videos The Pentagon UFO program teamed up with Bigelow’s company to produce documents that detailed sightings of aircrafts that appeared to move at high speeds with no visible signs of propulsion, as well as other objects that hovered in the skies. The program also looked into videos of encounters with unknown objects and U.S. military aircrafts. One of the videos showed an oval object about the size of commercial airplane, according to the Times. The aircraft was chased by two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets off the coast of San Diego in 2004. The program and company also stored metal alloys and other materials that were believed to have been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena. Researchers also studied people who reported going through physical effects from Continue Reading

Pentagon confirms secret program on UFO sightings since 2007; official wants data released

Just before leaving his Defense Department job two months ago, intelligence officer Luis Elizondo quietly arranged to secure the release of three of the most unusual videos in the Pentagon's secret vaults: raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and "anomalous aerial vehicles" - military jargon for UFOs. The videos, all taken from cockpit cameras, show pilots struggling to lock their radars on oval-shaped vessels that, on screen, look vaguely like giant flying Tic Tacs. The strange aircraft - no claims are made about their possible origins or makeup - appear to hover briefly before sprinting away at speeds that elicit gasps and shouts from the pilots. Elizondo, in an internal Pentagon memo requesting that the videos be cleared for public viewing, argued that the images could help educate pilots and improve aviation safety. But in interviews, he said his ultimate intention was to shed light on a little-known program Elizondo himself ran for seven years: a low-key Defense Department operation to collect and analyze reported UFO sightings. The existence of the program, known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was confirmed officially for the first time Saturday by a Pentagon spokesman. The acknowledgment came in response to media inquiries, which were generated in part by a start-up company Elizondo has joined since retirement. The private company specializes in promoting UFO research for scientific and entertainment purposes. Current and former Pentagon officials confirm that the Pentagon program has been in existence since 2007 and was formed for the purpose of collecting and analyzing a wide range of "anomalous aerospace threats" ranging from advanced aircraft fielded by traditional U.S. adversaries to commercial drones to possible alien encounters. It is a rare instance of ongoing government investigations into a UFO phenomenon that was the subject of multiple official inquiries in the 1950s and 1960s. Spending for the program totaled Continue Reading

A “UFO sighting” briefly freaked out the West Coast. There was an earthly explanation.

The people of Los Angeles can be forgiven if they were a little quick to jump to extraterrestrial conclusions. The government did, after all, just admit that it had spent $22 million to investigate unidentified flying objects. And after 70 years of keeping the government installation known as Area 51 under wraps, Uncle Sam conceded that, yes, it did exist, and yes, some super-secret stuff went on there. So, it’s perfectly logical that Los Angelenos gazing into a darkening sky around 5:30 p.m. Friday would assume their city was in the midst of an alien invasion. Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who ultimately wants to put people on a space-bound Megabus, fanned the flames by saying on Twitter that the jellyfish-like shape in the sky was a “nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.” Southern Californians and other people out West, well, freaked out. Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tweeted that she was wondering what the lights over Phoenix were. For some reason, she tagged President Donald Trump. And many, many others pointed their smartphone cameras skyward, capturing what they assumed was the first sign of the alien apocalypse – or something – and musing about the vapory lights in the sky. There was, of course, a perfectly reasonable explanation. Musk’s SpaceX had launched an Iridium-4 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California – about 150 miles from the City of Angels. According to the Los Angeles Times, officials had warned that people would be able to see the launch across Southern California and elsewhere on the western half of the country. There was even a live webcast for those with more than a passing interest in rockets. But for most people, there was just confusion, awe and maybe a little bit of panic. And as Musk pointed out in the wee hours of Saturday morning, people along the East Coast can freak out next month. “If you liked tonight’s launch, you will really like Falcon Heavy next month: 3 Continue Reading

If U.S. government is tracking UFO sightings, Arizona is fertile ground

Editor's note: This story was originally published in January 2015, following the online publication of 130,000 declassified records on the Air Force's files on UFO sightings and investigations.The possibility that humans are not alone in the universe is something the U.S. government is preparing for — if recent headlines are any indication.Welcome to the real-life "X-Files."The New York Times, on Dec. 16, 2017, published a story detailing a mysterious Pentagon program tasked with tracking UFOs.Defense officials said the program, called Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, ended in 2012. But the Times reported that the program is still in operation in 2017, even if the Pentagon stopped funding it. PREVIOUSLY: 'Alien Ranch' west of Phoenix can be yours for $5M In response to the Times' story, Luis Elizondo, a former Pentagon official told CNN: "My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone."Is it any coincidence that NASA announced, in August, that it was hiring a "Planetary Protection Officer"?Meanwhile, Phoenix has a storied history of UFO sightings.Decades before the "Phoenix Lights," Arizona residents reported seeing V-shaped formations of UFOs hovering over Yuma and Phoenix.They reported reflective flying disks, glowing fireballs and swarms of starlike spheres streaming though the Arizona night skies.These sightings, and many more, come from a trove of nearly 130,000 pages of declassified records from Project Blue Book, the Air Force's files on UFO sightings and investigations. The records were released online in January 2015 thanks to UFO enthusiast John Greenewald. MORE: What's the story behind Phoenix's most famous UFO sighting?For Project Blue Book, the Air Force compiled 12,618 UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969 — some of which are from Arizona — but decided to discontinue investigations after finding no proof of national security threats or extraterrestrial Continue Reading

UFO sighted in York? Sure, why not.

  The universe is a big place. It is vast beyond our imagination – at least if your imagination is somewhat less active than that wheelchair guy – and it is ever expanding, creating new space for new planets and solar systems and galaxies and strip malls, a kind of cosmic sprawl. It would be solipsistic of us to believe that we are the only beings in the universe who have built great cities, tamed and then destroyed our environment and domesticated the dog to the point where we exist as a support system for canines. (If aliens ever visit, they will immediately try to talk to our dogs to learn about our culture. The dogs are clearly in charge. I mean, we follow them around and pick up their poop.) There has to be intelligent life out there somewhere because, as Monty Python once opined, "there's bugger all down here on Earth." These are notions to ponder as we delve into the news, kind of, of a close encounter of some kind that may have occurred somewhere around here.   More: Here's why the hellbender should be our state amphibian  It happened April 11 at about 10 p.m.  According to a report received by the Mutual UFO Network, called MUFON, for short, the person who witnessed it was inside watching TV when the person, who was not identified, saw two bright lights in the distance.  At first, the witness believed it was a new cell tower, but it wasn't. The witness reported to MUFON that the lights did not move for a while, and after a few moments, a smaller light detached from the larger one and hovered below it.  The witness then reported that the larger of two objects, described as a large craft, moved toward the witness and passed, low, over the witness's house. "It was diamond shaped and had a rectangular light underneath it," the witness was quoted as saying. "In that rectangle was a red light, Continue Reading

‘UFO’ sightings in D.C. turn out to be military drone: police

It's a bird, it's a plane — it's a UFO? No, it was just a drone aircraft, the military confirmed Thursday, responding to buzz that an alien craft was spotted in the Washington, D.C., area. People started reporting the sighting around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, according to MyFoxDC, when they saw an unusual-looking item being pulled by a tractor tailer on I-270. The object then traveled onwards to I-495. Facebook and Twitter quickly lit up with mentions of the sighting, which some users started discussing with the hashtag #beltwayUFO. Twitter user Juliee London posted multiple photos of the object, writing, "UFO spotting in Maryland?" But the saucer-shaped object wasn't an unidentified flying object at all — and not just because it wasn’t flying. In fact it was an 82-foot-long unmanned military aircraft called an X-47B, that had been pulled across the country from California. It "always attracts attention," military spokesman Melissa Mollet told NBC4 in Washington. The drone is the second of its kind to arrive in the area and will be going airborne soon as part of the military’s research. “The X-47B is the first unmanned vehicle designed to take off and land on an aircraft carrier,” the military said in a statement. “As part of the program's demonstration, the X-47B will perform arrested landings and catapult launches at [Naval Air Station Patuxent River\] to validate its ability to conduct precision approaches to the carrier.” The military added that “the base is one of only a few sites in the world where the Navy can run performance tests on aircraft-carrier catapult operations at a land-based facility with flight test and engineering support resources not available on a ship.” "In the coming months, you can expect to see the X-47B flying over the base and surrounding area along the Chesapeake Bay," Matt Funk, lead test engineer for the project, told NBC4. Continue Reading

Tempe history: City gets its first UFO sighting

Mysterious objects in the sky have been observed ever since man began looking up to the heavens.It wasn’t until the late 1940s, however, that witnesses really began to equate these baffling sightings with something extra-terrestrial. Because some resembled “saucer-like” objects, the novel term flying saucer entered into the vocabulary.Although its origin is inexact, in about 1953, according to the Old Oxford Dictionary, the phrase "Unidentified Flying Object," or UFO. became a more acceptable definition for enigmatic observances.Long before people were connecting sightings to alien visitations, they were looking for explanations for the strange occurrences.The first documented report in Tempe dates to July 7, 1907.The Arizona Republican recounted the event with the bold headline “A Strange Sight In Western Sky.”Rather than trying to figure out what it was, the paper was more concerned about finding other eyewitnesses. “A man who saw it would like to know if it was observed by anyone else,” the article asked.“Clerk W.E. Thomas of the board of supervisors is curious to know how many persons, if any,” a reporter wrote, “saw what he saw or thought he saw on Sunday evening.“It was either a phenomenon or what is still stranger, something that may be called a co-incidental ocular illusion for two persons saw it.”It seems Mr. Thomas was watching a magnificent “blood red” sunset, when “he next noticed a blue disk floating in the heavens apparently close to the sun and next it floated in front of it completely obscuring it.“Then he saw another disk and then another until there were seven of them.”Believing his eyes might be fooling him, Thomas asked his wife to confirm what he was observing. And indeed she did.Both agreed they were observing the same spectacle — “the disks were constantly in motion.”Their description of the event is Continue Reading

Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower covered up UFO sighting in England, letter claims

It's an international conspiracy worthy of the "X-Files." British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower covered up a UFO sighting during World War II in an effort to prevent mass panic, a letter sent to the British government suggests. The missive was one of thousands of documents related to the sighting of unidentified flying objects released by the United Kingdom's National Archives on Wednesday. This is the second mass release of UFO-related documents this year, and the sixth since 2008. The latest collection spans from 1995 to 2003. A letter sent in 1999 by an unnamed person from Leicester, England, relays a story he was told by his mother, which came from his grandfather, who claimed to have witnessed the alleged cover-up. "It is claimed that my grandfather, [REDACTED] was present during a debate between Winston Churchill and Mr. Eisenhower during World War II involving making a decision about an unexpected incident," the letter states, dated Sept. 20, 1999. The incident in question took place off the English coast and involved a Royal Air Force bomber crew, which was returning from a "photographic mission" in either Germany or France. "The aircraft was intercepted by an object of unknown origin," the letter explains, "which matched course and speed with the aircraft for a time and then underwent an extremely rapid acceleration away." Photos and/or film were supposedly captured of the object, which "hovered noiselessly" and seemed metallic. The incident sparked a discussion between Churchill and General Eisenhower, presumably via telephone, who commanded the Allied forces during the later period of the war.According to the letter, the grandfather who witnessed the conversation heard Churchill state: "This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic amongst the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church."The writer of the letter claims to not be a Continue Reading