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  • November 14th, 2004.

  • The USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is conducting exercises off the coast of Southern California.

  • For the last two weeks, the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton has been detecting unidentified

  • aircraft in the airspace around the strike group.

  • These aircraft have been performing feats no human aircraft could possibly match, such

  • as appearing at 80,000 feet and then dashing to just 20,000 feet in seconds, and then hovering

  • in place.

  • Today, one of those objects is back.

  • Commander David Fravor and his wingman are immediately waved off their exercise flight

  • aboard their F-18s and redirected to intercept the unidentified object.

  • As he approaches the location of the object, he spots a massive disturbance beneath the

  • waves, and what he thinks may be an object roughly the size of a 747 cruising just under

  • the surface of the ocean.

  • Even more peculiar, a small, white oval object is floating directly above the underwater

  • object.

  • Fravor immediately begins a slow descent to get a better look at the white, tic-tac shaped

  • object, and is astonished when the object mirrors his descent but in reverse.

  • Clearly, it's under intelligent control... whatever it is.

  • Suddenly, the object speeds away from the American jets.

  • A second wave of F-18s are vectored in on the object's new position, and Lieutenant

  • Commander Chad Underwood manages to record the object on his fighter's infrared camera.

  • The object is never identified.

  • All the way across the US on the east coast, fighter pilots from the USS Theodore Roosevelt

  • Carrier Strike Group encounter their own aerial anomalies.

  • Once more while flying training exercises, the F-18s detect anomalous radar contacts-

  • objects moving in ways that no known human craft is able to.

  • Flying in for a closer look, they manage to capture two objects on their infrared cameras

  • (play GIMBAL and GOFAST vids from same page above).

  • These encounters would only be the beginning of a tidal wave of UFO reports by military

  • personnel, and one American senator felt that he needed to address the UFO question once

  • and for all.

  • Starting in 2007, if you saw something strange in your neighborhood, and it definitely didn't

  • look good- you wouldn't call the ghostbusters.

  • You'd call the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.

  • Started by Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the program was written into a spending bill and

  • authorized for a budget of $22 million.

  • It's job: find out why so many American aviators were reporting strange things flying in the

  • skies alongside them.

  • The program was never classified, but rather unreported to the American taxpayer.

  • That meant that while not specifically hidden from view- so to speak- the AATIP and its

  • findings simply weren't reported on.

  • This desire for semi-secrecy was critical to the program's investigations into Unidentified

  • Aerial Phenomenon, as very often AATIP's investigations would require diving deep into the capabilities-

  • and possible limitations- of America's most advanced fighter aircraft, sensor, and imaging

  • systems.

  • For five years, until its funding was canceled by the Pentagon, AATIP investigated reports

  • of strange phenomena by both military and civilian personnel.

  • The focus of the program wasn't so much to look for little green men from mars looking

  • to eat our brains though, as it was to identify possible phenomena which could be placing

  • American pilots at risk.

  • However, as the investigation ramped up, the reports of strangeness on a global scale began

  • to pour in.

  • By program's end, an as-yet unclassified report nicknamed theTen Month Report '' included

  • detailed investigations into hundreds of UAP sightings and encounters by pilots all over

  • the world.

  • What AATIP personnel quickly discovered was that Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon was hardly

  • limited to the United States, and the more they looked the more reports of encounters

  • with inexplicable phenomenon in the skies they found.

  • According to a former contractor of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies- itself contracted

  • to assist AATIP in its efforts- this Ten Month Report was merely a drop in the bucket of

  • investigative materials generated by AATIP personnel.

  • However, it turns out that AATIP wasn't just interested in discovering if highly advanced

  • alien craft were zipping along our skies, they may have been interested in reproducing

  • their effects for ourselves.

  • In one of the more controversial discoveries of the AATIP program since its public disclosure,

  • AATIP was found to not just be investigating aerial phenomena, but actively awarding research

  • grants to individuals working on the very cutting edge of human research.

  • These grants led to 38 published studies, all of them dealing with extremely experimental

  • physics . Some of these studies includedWarp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of

  • Extra Dimensions”, “Traversable Womrholes, Stargates, and Negative Energy”, andDetection

  • and High Resolution Tracking of Vehicles At Hypersonic Velocities”.

  • The range of studies funded at least in part by AATIP indicated a keen interest in extremely

  • theoretical physics, potentially in an effort to either replicate or at least explain the

  • capabilities of the phenomenon investigated by the group.

  • Other studies, such asInvisibility Cloaking”, had very obvious benefits for the military

  • that didn't necessarily have anything to do with aliens.

  • Even the study on detecting and tracking hypersonic vehicles in high resolution is of obvious

  • benefit to a US military which right now is threatened by a growing arsenal of hypersonic

  • Russian and Chinese weapons.

  • Before you shake your head at government waste of taxpayer money on crackpot science however,

  • you should be aware that all of the funds handed out by AATIP were awarded to legitimate

  • scientists, not youtube conspiracy theorists who try to convince you the government doesn't

  • want you to know you can build a perpetual motion machine in your garage.

  • Spoiler alert- you can't.

  • Every single technology proposed by AATIP's studies is theoretically believed to be possible,

  • and not immediately impossible by the laws of physics as we understand them.

  • They are simply centuries if not more ahead of our time.

  • But maybe aliens have already mastered them, and AATIP's funded studies were an attempt

  • to explain how they work.

  • That would certainly be the opinion of AATIP's former director, Luis Elizondo.

  • A former US Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Elizondo got his start conducting counterintelligence

  • operations in South Korea and then the American Southwest.

  • After a few years, Elizondo was recruited into the Special Activities Program within

  • the Department of the Army- and for those of you who don't remember your history, this

  • would be the same program that fought back against a Communist takeover of the world

  • by toppling democracies all over the Middle East and South America.

  • After the special event that happened right after September 10th, 2001- which we're not

  • even allowed to mention by name or Youtube hits us with the banhammer- Elizondo brought

  • his counterintelligence and counterespionage expertise to US forces in the Middle East.

  • Then Elizondo earned himself a promotion as the Overseas Investigations Desk Officer in

  • Washington D.C., where he helped manage investigations into foreign intelligence agents and terrorists

  • worldwide.

  • Then in 2008, Elizondo turned his expertise to the alien question, as he joined the AATIP

  • program and a few years later, became its director.

  • It was Elizondo who years after the program's end, leaked to the public the now infamous

  • FLIR, GOFAST, and GIMBAL videos depicting US Navy F-18s encountering unexplained phenomenon

  • over the Pacific Ocean.

  • To the surprise of most people, the US Navy itself was quick to verify that the videos

  • were in fact real, with Susan Gough, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, stating that the videos

  • arepart of a larger issue of an increased number of training range incursions by unidentified

  • aerial phenomenon in recent years.”

  • However, the Pentagon has repeatedly stated that the objects are exactly that: unknown

  • in nature.

  • Much of AATIP's findings remain either unpublicized or classified, with Elizondo himself having

  • leaked the three F-18 videos out of frustration with the lack of transparency by the government

  • on the UAP issue.

  • While officially AATIP was shut down in 2012, it's now known that a second, also unacknowledged

  • program took over exactly where AATIP took off.

  • This new program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force is believed to have

  • been running since 2012, though there is no verifiable information on budget or current

  • status.

  • The only information we have is an official acknowledgement that on August 4th, 2020,

  • Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist approved the establishment of the UAPTF- the

  • Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force- under the Department of the Navy.

  • Elizondo and others however claim that the UAPTF program has been secretly running for

  • years, and the public disclosure of its creation was simply meant to address rumors of its

  • existence.

  • Today we still know very little about what AATIP discovered in its five years of operation,

  • as most of its findings remain classified to this day.

  • What is known is that several classified briefings took place by AATIP members and the US congress.

  • These briefings also included interviews with US Navy pilots who encountered UAPs, as well

  • as Navy leadership.

  • According to Popular Mechanics, Senate Intelligence Committee Brigadier General Richard Stapp,

  • director of the Department of Defense Special Access Program Central Office, testified that

  • the UAP phenomenon being encountered by American forces was not in fact secret US technology.

  • This has alarmed many senior military leadership and congress members, who are fearful of unseen

  • advances by the Russian or Chinese military.

  • While it may be tempting to run straight to the alien conclusion concerning Unidentified

  • Aerial Phenomenon, for many in the defense community AATIP's real value was in investigating

  • potential sightings or interactions with secret Chinese or Russian technology.

  • It is known after all that while the United States was focused on the War on Terror, it

  • was greatly eclipsed by both China and Russia in development of hypersonic missile technology.

  • Many military personnel believe that UAPs being encountered by military pilots around

  • the world may be nothing more than advanced drones or similar technology, and are fearful

  • that they are now being employed by our potential adversaries.

  • As far as what the pentagon actually knows about UFOs, the world may get a chance to

  • find out thanks to a June 25th, 2021 briefing requested by Congress from the Pentagon.

  • The subject of the briefing is specifically on the UAP phenomenon, and congress has stipulated

  • that as much of it must be made unclassified as possible, so that the American public can

  • also share in the search for answers.

  • However, some elements of the briefing are guaranteed to remain classified, simply because

  • the search for answers on UFOs over American airspace will necessarily reveal information

  • about America's most cutting edge sensor systems.

  • Now go watch Why Pentagon Is Releasing UFO Info in 6 Months, or click this other video

  • instead!

November 14th, 2004.

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