The United States Navy is sitting on a trove of videos depicting unidentified flying objects (UFOs), but claims releasing them would be disastrous for national security.
The announcement came as a response to a two-year legal battle between the Navy and The Black Vault, a website dedicated to highlighting government secrets using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
According to reports, Black Vault has previously published thousands of pages on various topics, including UFOs and other space-themed things. These documents were obtained from agencies across the government, including the CIA and other agencies.
Back in April 2020, Black Vault made their Freedom of Information Act request, when the pandemic had just begun. At the time, the Navy had released video footage that depicted some sort of unidentified high-tech aircraft moving in a bizarre and seemingly impossible pattern.
At the time, the internet exploded with theories about what the UFO could be and whether or not it was a Russian or Chinese aircraft intent on harming the United States of America and its allies.
More than two years later, the government responded with a letter that both confirmed that more UAP videos exist and denied the request to turn them over due to national security concerns.
Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy’s FOIA office, wrote in a response letter shared by The Black Vault:
“The release of this information will harm national security as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities. No portions of the videos can be segregated for release.”
Public pressure on the US to release what it knows about aliens has been building for decades as civilian groups of so-called ufologists argue that evidence of their existence has been suppressed by the government.
Cason added that the Navy was able to declassify the three UAP videos released in April 2020 only because the videos had been previously leaked to the media and had already been “discussed extensively in the public domain.”
The Navy deemed it possible to officially release the footage “without further damage to national security,” Cason wrote. Interestingly, in its response to The Black Vault’s request, the Navy did not make any attempts to conceal the existence of additional UAP videos.
There are clearly more videos of inexplicable UFO encounters in the Navy’s archives, but how many and what they depict will have to remain a mystery for now.
It’s clear, however, that the US military takes the potential threat of UAP very seriously.
There is no doubt unexplained phenomena have been observed, such as in footage obtained by navy pilots (below) showing fast-moving airborne objects. But the leap to aliens requires far more substantial and direct evidence – incredible evidence – that can be widely scrutinized using the tools of science.
After all, the existence of life elsewhere in the universe is a fascinating question for science and society. So the search for extra-terrestrial life is a legitimate pursuit, subject to the same burden of evidence that applies to all science.
Watch the 3 declassified UFO sightings from here: CNBC/Youtube